Tsogo Sun Hotels has announced it is to take over the Mount Grace in Magaliesburg, the iconic Edward in Durban and the Protea Hotel Hazyview in Mpumalanga.
This follows the announcement on Friday by global hotel group Marriott International that it was permanently closing the three hotels as a direct result of the economic fallout around Covid-19.
In a statement, Marriott said the impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality industry “has been unprecedented” and travel restrictions and social distancing efforts around the world had “resulted in weaker demand and economic uncertainty”.
“These are indeed challenging times and our thoughts are with the associates affected by this decision across the three properties. We value their hard work and dedication over the years and thank them for their service.”
“These are three great hotels,” said Marcel Von Aulock, CEO of Tsogo Sun Hotels, adding that the group was committed to their long-term sustainability.
In the short term Tsogo Sun was working with Marriott and had mobilised resources to ensure the properties were handed over, secured and maintained while they remained closed, he said.
Tsogo Sun said it had noted the distress the announcement by Marriot had caused within the travel and tourism industry and the communities where these hotels are situated, as expressed on various social media platforms.