Marriott Hotels has removed three upmarket South African hotels from its management¬† portfolio, as a result of the impact on the industry of COVID-19, and the trio will be taken over again by Tsogo Sun Hotels. However, it might take up to 18 months for all Tsogo’s hotels to be back in full operation.

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Hotel Edward, Durban.

The hotels are the Mount Grace, Magaliesberg; Hotel Edward, Durban; and the Protea Hotel, Hazyview. Protea is a division of Marriott. Tsogo Sun Hotels owns a controlling stake in the hotels, which Marriott was managing. Tsogo said in a statement it would bring the hotels under its management portfolio and fully integrate them once the conditions for their re-activation were achieved.

“The hotel industry globally and in South Africa is undoubtedly experiencing one of the most disruptive and difficult periods in its history and it will take some time to recover to its previous activity levels,” Tsogo said.

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Since the announcement last week that hotels could reopen after almost three months of lockdown, Tsogo said some of its hotels were operating again on limited capacity.

“However, we continue to plan for a phased reactivation of properties, with the full portfolio expected to be open within twelve to eighteen months and will now include these three iconic properties in our planning.”

The Mount Grace in Magaliesburg was developed by the Brand family and was the sister hotel to the Grace in Rosebank, which we acquired and restored in 2015 and now operate as 54 on Bath.

The Edward is a landmark on the Durban Beachfront with a 111-year history, beautiful facilities and will add something different to Tsogo’s portfolio.

Hazyview is on the key tourist route through Mpumalanga on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park.