Africa based global hotel brand, BON Hotels has announced the inclusion of Protea Hotel Empangeni, rebranded BON Hotel Empangeni, and Protea Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay, which has been rebranded BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay.
The two new additional properties, BON Hotels said, is part of moves to further cement the organisation’s presence in Kwazulu Natal, following the recent acquisition of Hotel 64 on Gordon in Durban by the group
Commenting on these developments, Chief Executive Officer, Mr Guy Stehlik, said the new hotels are exceptional products as they are the best in their class and in their respective locations, saying it’s going to be the responsibility of his group to make sure that they build on that good base.
He said to ensure that the hotels do not miss a heartbeat that the group’s objective will be to ensure the transition to BON Hotels’ systems and ensure that procedures are implemented with minimum fuss, with the aim of securing new business and ultimately improving upon the performance of the hotels.
According to him, BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay offers 75 spacious, modern rooms, each with spectacular views of the ocean-front and yacht harbour.
On his part, General Manager, André de Klerk said while Richards Bay may be underestimated as a tourist destination that it has much to offer in terms of its pristine beaches, fishing, water sports and entertainment, along with its strong corporate offering, pointing out facilities include a conference centre with 3 meeting rooms, a restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge, and swimming pool.
On BON Hotel Empangeni, De Klerk said the hotel is located in the heart of Empangeni’s business district halfway between Durban and Swaziland, noting it is well situated for the business and leisure traveller.
“The hotel combines simplicity with understated style, accommodation that comprises of 55 tastefully decorated rooms, an in-house restaurant, bar and 3 meeting rooms seating up to 230 guests. This hotel is popular with the government sector and for conferences, weddings and enjoys some domestic tourism too”.
Speaking on the hotel, a Prominent Member of the Richards Bay community Freddy Schoonhoven said BON Hotels is a young, dynamic and energetic brand that endeavours to exceed guest’s expectations in the true tradition that we as a hotel group have been accustomed to for the past 18 years.
“This new partnership will be exciting for us and our loyal guests – together we will grow with the BON brand that aims to lead us in a new direction of establishing genuine guest service excellence.”
According to chief executive officer, Guy Stehlik, BON Hotels has been working hard to develop their property portfolio and sales and marketing presence, and are looking to further replicate the BON experience throughout South Africa for their customers.
He said just like they are doing in Nigeria and Angola, that the group’s strategy is to create inter-city tourism circuits to boost the industry and link important centres across South Africa.
“We are not far off from where we need to be,” he added.
BON Hotels, it should be recalled, is a South African-based hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, and currently operates 37 hotels across the African continent, including hotels in Angola, Ethiopia, Namibia and South Africa. The West African arm, BON Hotels International West Africa, oversees the operations and management of 25 hotels across 14 cities in Nigeria.