Protea plans a 'budget' chain
PROTEA Hotels has joined forces with Southnet, a group specialising in low-cost housing, to build and operate a chain of affordable hotels across the country.
The partners plan to open 10 hotels, called Landmark Lodge by Protea Hotels, at a cost of R16.5-million each within the next three years. About 26 hotels should be established over the next 10 years.
The first 112-room Landmark Lodge will open in Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, on August 1, and a second, a 100-room hotel at Tyger Valley, on December 1.
Protea's special projects director, Bernard Cassar, says that by applying low-cost housing technology to new hotel developments, costs can be kept to a minimum.
"This technology, coupled with Protea's established infrastructure, will allow us to open hotels furnished to 3-star standards with en suite bathrooms and satellite TV at below R200 a night."