ONOMO HOTELS ACQUIRES BON HOTELS
ONOMO Hotels has acquired a 60,1% controlling stake in BON Hotels, consolidating the African hospitality market and strengthening its pan-African presence. According to ONOMO Chairman, Julien Ruggieri, “The acquisition establishes ONOMO as a key player in the Nigerian market and will reinforce our presence in Southern Africa.” The acquisition positions ONOMO as the leading pan-African mid-scale hospitality group with a footprint spanning across 15 countries, including 4 300 rooms and a significant pipeline of 3 000 additional rooms. BON Hotels CEO, Guy Stehlik says “Becoming part of ONOMO Hotels is good news for BON Hotels’ existing and future partners, giving them access to a bigger client database, a stronger distribution platform, and increased purchasing power. Our clients will benefit from the unique presence of ONOMO and BON Hotels across Africa and a wider-reaching loyalty programme.”

GAUTENG: HAMPTON BY HILTON SET FOR SANDTON
A R280 million Hampton by Hilton hotel is set to be built in Sandton, which will be managed by Indalo Hotels & Leisure Management. The development will feature 161 rooms, including 108 standard rooms, 7 accessible rooms, 44 family rooms and 2 deluxe rooms. The property will be on the corner of Grayston Drive and West Road South and is expected to be completed by December 2020.

GAUTENG: THE CENTURION HOTEL CLOSED FOLLOWING FLOODING
The Centurion Hotel has closed following severe flooding on 9 December and is expected to reopen in March 2020. A safety assessment will be conducted in order to upgrade the hotel’s facilities and refurbish the affected areas.

WESTERN CAPE: CAPE GRACE UPDATE
Cape Grace has launched the Best of the Best promotion, focusing on the events in 2020. Guests that stay over the date of any of the historic events will receive a 15% discount off the nightly room rate, which includes a 50-minute massage per person and a tapas voucher for the Bascule Bar. Click here to find out more.

ESWATINI: THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI TOPS THE LONELY PLANET LIST
Eswatini has emerged as a favourite destination for world-leading travel authority Lonely Planet. Eswatini was recently been named one of the world’s top countries for travellers in 2020 as part of Lonely Planet’s prestigious Best in Travel listings, and also features extensively in the December edition of the Lonely Planet magazine. According to Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience, “Eswatini offers mind-blowing wildlife watching, stunning scenery, adrenaline-boosting activities and colourful traditions, yet it has remained relatively undiscovered. Visitors in 2020 can experience the wonder of Eswatini ahead of the crowds as a new international airport and improved infrastructure make the country more accessible.”

BOTSWANA: LUXURY LODGE SET TO OPEN
Red Carnation Hotels is set to open Xigera Safari Lodge in June next year, their first safari property in Botswana. The lodge, on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve, will feature 12 air-conditioned suites with bathrooms, outdoor showers, and decks with daybeds and views over the floodplains. The Xigera Family Suite will feature 2 en-suite bedrooms. The lodge will run entirely on solar power and can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests and children aged 12 and older. Facilities will include a library, a dining room and a traditional boma. Wellness areas include a gym, swimming pool, and a spa with 2 treatment rooms and a steam room. Guests will be able to enjoy game drives, mokoro and motorboat trips in the Okavango Delta. Private walking safaris, photographic safaris and workshops, private yoga sessions, helicopter excursions and bush lunch or picnics will also be available.

KENYA: NEW WATERFRONT TO BE BUILT
Nakuru County in Kenya recently revealed plans to build a new waterfront at Lake Naivasha. The waterfront, which will serve as a public entry point into the lake, will feature hotels, recreational and entertainment facilities. The project is expected to begin in March 2020 and take roughly 18 months to complete.

NAMIBIA: RETURNAFRICA EXPANDS FOOTPRINT
RETURNAfrica is set to open a new lodge on the Kwando River in Namibia in 2020. RETURNAfrica signed a 25-year concession with Kwando Conservancy to develop and operate a lodge at the Old Susuwe site on the Kwando River. The luxury tented camp will be on the Kwando River within the Bwabwata National Park and will offer 20 rooms. RETURNAfrica also plans to develop a 2nd exclusive lodge in the area for later release. Guests can enjoy activities like game drives, walking trails, boat excursions, fishing, and visits to a nearby living museum. The lodge will be served by its own airstrip and will be easily accessible from a main tarred road, ideal for travellers en route to the Chobe River, Savuti, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.


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Eastern Cape
The Herald Cycle Tour from 16 to 23 February 2020
Addo Elephant Trail Run from 6 to 8 March 2020

Gauteng
The Randfontein Show from 5 to 8 March 2020
The Rand Show from 8 to 13 April 2020

KwaZulu-Natal
Durban Beer, Wine and Whiskey Festival 2020 on 19 December 2019

Mpumalanga
Forever Loskop Marathon on 11 April 2020

Western Cape
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival from 24 to 29 March 2020


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
Thursday, 26 December 2019 – Day of Goodwill
Wednesday, 1 January 2020 – New Year’s Day