Johannesburg - Hotels and gaming group Sun International
[JSE:SUI] has‚ in the last three weeks‚ opened two new hotels with an overall
capacity of 420 rooms‚ strengthening its position in the key commercial and
The new 5-Star Boardwalk Hotel‚ Convention Centre and Spa
opened on 14 December 2012 along with the new Boardwalk Casino and
Entertainment World upgrade‚ an investment of some R1bn. Styled after
boardwalks made famous during the turn of the 20th century‚ the hotel is
extremely well positioned in Port Elizabeth.
With 140 guest rooms all sea-facing.
Since opening‚ the Boardwalk Hotel has already enjoyed a 74%
occupancy rate. Apart from leisure tourists to the region‚ it is designed to
complement the new 2 000-person international conference centre built on the
property‚ the company said on Thursday.
The Maslow Hotel‚ the group’s new business hotel in Sandton‚
opened on 7 January 2013 following a R250m refurbishment of the hotel formally
known as The Grayston.
The upgrade included a complete internal and external
refurbishment including guestrooms‚ modernisation of the public areas as well
as food and beverage outlets‚ landscaping of gardens including the pool and
terrace‚ reconstruction of the conference centre and the addition of 13
individual meeting rooms.
"Growing our presence in Sandton has been a major focus
for Sun International and I am delighted that we now add our first
business-focused hotel to our portfolio of hotels in Southern Africa‚” said
Garth Collins‚ acting CEO of Sun International.
The Maslow Hotel is one of the first properties within Sun
International to feature the Africology Spa.
In late November‚ Sun International announced that it would
extend its Latin American reach to Panama through an agreement with Newland
International Properties‚ the developer of Trump Ocean Club International Hotel
& Tower Panama.
In terms of the agreement‚ Sun International will acquire‚
on a freehold basis‚ the ground floor casino component of the development‚ the
Penthouse level (to be used as a Salon Prive)‚ a number of premium condominiums
in the building to cater to high-end guests‚ and the rights that the building
has to apply for a casino licence.
Trump Ocean Club opened in July 2011 and is a landmark
70-floor sail-shaped building - the tallest in Latin America. It is situated in
the affluent area of Punta Pacifica‚ within easy driving distance of Panama
City’s centre and the main residential areas.
Collins said that the company had had tremendous success
with its Monticello operation in Chile and given the economic fundamentals in
Panama‚ believed the new property would yield excellent returns‚ and allow the
company to further broaden its footprint in Latin America.
The acquisition is subject to the country’s regulator
approving an application by Sun International for a casino licence. The
licencing process is expected to take six months and will involve the
completion of standard probity investigations by the regulator.
At 12:20pm on the JSE‚ Sun International shares were up 48c‚
or 0.5%‚ at R96.49.