With 17 hotels and 1500 rooms throughout Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, Cresta already has an enviable footprint in the Southern African market – and its new property in Cape Town – the Cresta Grande Cape Town – only enhances its offering. “We are excited about this development, which further enhances Cresta Hotels’ already significant presence across Southern Africa,” said Cresta Hotels Group Executive, Chipo Mandela.
Heading up the property is general manager Jean Pierre Moggee, with a 16-year background in South Africa’s hospitality industry. The four-star hotel is aimed at business and leisure travellers and is housed in a 19-storey building in the Cape Town CBD. Previously an office block, the building on the corner of Loop and Strand Streets was converted by the Leisure Group in 2009. The hotel comprises 242 bedrooms, conference and banqueting rooms, a 24-hour café, bar and lounge, gymnasium, sauna and steam room, covered and access-controlled parking area and an outdoor swimming pool with sundeck.
“Today’s launch of Cresta Grand Cape Town Hotel is testimony to the investor confidence in the city and the province, and we’re honoured that Cape Town and the Western Cape has been selected as the first destination in South Africa for Cresta Hotels to lay its roots. With domestic travel on track and the prediction for international travel to gain momentum from October onwards, we wish the team a prosperous start in the Mother City, and look forward to seeing the group expand their footprint into the rest of South Africa,” commented Monika Iuel, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer.
“Cresta is not new to South Africa, it operated the Master Franchise for Best Western Brand for Southern Africa in the mid-90s before exiting to focus on other African markets. In addition, Cresta is a well-positioned brand in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, operating for decades and we believe will be part of the South African travel and tourism scene, this time, in one of the most popular tourist centres in the southern hemisphere,” said Ms Mandela.
“We believe the Cresta Grande will be popular with visitors from across Southern Africa, as well as from the international market, with these international travellers being able to link with other Cresta properties in key tourist destinations such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana” concludes Ms Mandela.