South Africa's Legacy Hotels to help African Sun

South Africa’s Legacy Hotels will reportedly manage and refurbish city and resort hotels owned by African Sun in Zimbabwe at a cost of $60 million (R797m), effective next month. Legacy will help African Sun manage the flagship Elephant Hills resort in Victoria Falls, the Troutbeck Inn in Inyanga, as well as three other hotels in Hwange, Victoria Falls and Harare.

African Sun operates hotels under the Holiday Inn brand and mainly competes with rival operator, Meikles, which has hotel properties in major urban areas.

Bart Dorrestein, the chairman of Legacy Hotels, confirmed to IOL that the company had entered into a management partnership with African Sun to run five of its Zimbabwean hotels. He said the company was positioning itself for an expected recovery in the Zimbabwean economy.

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“The past months of negotiations, as well as our constructive interaction with government has convinced us that Zimbabwe is on the road to recovery. While building confidence in any market takes time, we believe all the ingredients are in place to track the process,” Dorrestein said.

African Sun, as IOL points out, is looking to transition into a hotel investment company, outsourcing management of operations to other firms such as Legacy Hotels.

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