Protea Hospitality Group

Accommodation Suppliers

PO Box 75, Seapoint, Cape Town, 8060
Member Number: 202593 Tel: +27 21 430 5000

Protea Hotels by Marriott® is one of the most widely recognized hospitality brand in Africa with the most extensive footprint. With nearly 100 hotels across 9 countries including South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi & Algeria. Protea Hotels has the largest strategic footprint throughout the Continent and is highly committed to delivering every guest with a personalized service experience.

The Protea Hotels by Marriott portfolio comprises of two brands, the mid-up market Protea Hotels by Marriott including the lifestyle brand Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott.

The portfolio presents a full and diverse range of outstanding hotels, each is uniquely designed with its own personality, providing guests an opportunity to get a taste of the local flavor in a truly authentic way.

Protea Hotels by Marriott offers updated facilities, a unique service culture and consistent amenities such as full service restaurants, meeting spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi access and well-appointed rooms to ensure a comfortable, relaxed and successful stay.

Protea Hotels by Marriott is proud to be part of Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, withmore than 6,700 properties across 130 countries and territories, including gateway cities such as London, Dubai and New York.

In South African, you will find multiple brand under the Marriott Internatioanl portfolio including the new AC by Marriott Waterfront Cape Town, Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, The Westin Cape Town, Sheraton Pretoria and the five unique Autograph Collection Hotels.

Where we operate

  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • South Africa
  • Zambia

Activities offered

  • Accommodation


08 July 2014

New Protea Hotel Fire & Ice opening next year

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! will open its doors in Menlyn, Pretoria, early next year.  The six-storey hotel is being built in Summit Place, a new commercial precinct being developed opposite the Menlyn Park Mall.    The hotel will have 178 rooms of which 10 are suites and 40 inter-leading rooms, a restaurant, designer bar and lifestyle spaces, a conference centre, swimming pool and 250 underground parking bays.   Protea Hotels Director of Sales, Marketing & Revenue, Da…

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23 June 2014

Redesign for Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town, is undergoing a full refurbishment to the downstairs public spaces.   The reception area, bar, lounge, restaurant, Coughin’ Room, Bree Street deck, New Church Street deck and the lift lobby are all being revamped.   Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing & revenue for Protea Hotels, says the redesign is sleek and fits the new, modern Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!    “We’re blown away by the new design. It makes…

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11 June 2014

Gary Koetser appointed Protea Regional Manager

Gary Koetser has been appointed Cape Regional Manager for Protea Hotels & African Pride Hotels. Koetser is the former GM of Cape Town’s African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa, having also worked at several hotels in the Free State and Northern Cape. Koetser’s hospitality qualifications include a three-year Protea Hotels Diploma in Hospitality Service Management and Hospitality Management 1, 2 and 3 from the former Cape Technikon. He has also completed a General Managers&r…

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03 April 2014

Marriott International complete acquisition acquisition of Protea Hospitality Group

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today became the largest hotel company in Africa according to published information, and nearly doubled its presence in its Middle East and Africa region to more than 160 hotels and 23,000 rooms as it completed its acquisition of the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group (PHG), based in South Africa.  Marriott now operates or franchises more than 4,000 hotels in 79 countries. At the same time, Marriott said that its pipeline of new hotels in the Mid…

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12 March 2014

Protea Nelspruit opens new conference venue

Protea Hotel Nelspruit in Mpumalanga has launched a new conference venue, doubling the hotel’s conference capacity. The Valencia Room is situated in a landscaped garden and can accommodate between 30 and 70 delegates. The new facility is equipped and is suitable for meetings, seminars, cocktail functions, product launches and banquets. The hotel can now accommodate meetings, seminars and banquets for 60 to 120 delegates.

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24 February 2014

Protea Hotel Kampala offers free Wi-Fi on shuttles

With the burgeoning business travel industry in Africa only set to grow in the coming years, Protea Hotel Kampala is moving guests into the digital zone with free Wi-Fi connectivity from the second they set foot in a hotel shuttle. Not only will this allow weary travellers arriving in the country the opportunity to reconnect with their digital world once they arrive, but will also ensure that the commute from the Entebbe airport to the hotel can be a productive one for guests. These roving Int…

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29 January 2014

Zambia's new Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower to open in April

January 2013: Protea Hotels launches its fourth chic property in the Zambian capital Lusaka in April 2014 when the doors of the new Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower open. The nine-storey, 137 room Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower is situated in the Arcades Shopping and Entertainment lifestyle hub opposite the Mulungushi Conference Centre. Facilities in the elegant new property include four suites, 30 twin deluxe rooms, 103 king deluxe rooms, a swimming pool and a ninth floor restaurant and bar with expansiv…

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23 January 2014

Marriott Signs Definitive Agreements To Acquire Protea Hospitality Holdings

BETHESDA, Md., USA AND CAPE TOWN, January 22, 2014 –Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings announced today that they have signed definitive agreements for the purchase by Marriott of Protea’s three brands and management company. Under terms of the agreements Marriott will pay approximately 2.02 billion rand, or approximately US $186 million at current exchange rates, subject to normal closing adjustments.  The purchase p…

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15 January 2014

Protea Hotels Dives into the Zanzibar Market

January 2014: The Protea Hospitality Group has entered the beautiful tropical spice island paradise of Zanzibar, bringing the exclusive Mbweni Ruins Hotel into the Protea Hotels portfolio. Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins is situated on the breathtaking tropical coastline of Zanzibar, only 7km from Stone Town and 5km from the airport, which makes it an easily accessible destination. Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis says Zanzibar is one of Africa’s most popular leisure travel destinati…

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12 November 2013

Marriott signs letter of intent to acquire Protea Hotel Group’s Hotel Operations and Brands

BETHESDA, MD,  8 November 2013 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today said it had signed a letter of intent with Protea Hospitality Holdings of Cape Town, South Africa to acquire Protea Hotels’ brands and its management business that operates or franchises 116  hotels across three brands with 10,184 rooms in South Africa and six other Sub-Saharan African countries.  The transaction would nearly double  Marriott’s distribution in Africa to more …

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09 October 2013

Protea Hospitality Group Showcasing New Properties at West Africa's Akwaaba Travel Market

October 2013: The Protea Hospitality Group will be using this month’s AKWAABA Travel Market in Nigeria to showcase its new developments in West Africa, as well as introduce travel buyers to its existing portfolio of 11 hotels. The AKWAABA Travel Market is the only international travel fair in West Africa and attracts buyers and industry professions from across the continent, as well as the rest of the world. Protea Hospitality Group’s West Africa Director Pieter Bekker says the exp…

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18 September 2013


September 2013: Protea Hotel Sea Point has opened its doors to show a fresh new face to GUESTS who are already enjoying the light and airy seaside feel. The hotel was closed for winter to gut the public areas, restaurant and sea-facing rooms, and while the facade may look the same, the hotel inside has been completely transformed. A surfboard resting on a mini beach at the hotel entrance sets the stage for the new public areas that are now an open space incorporating a 9m long communal work ta…

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30 July 2013

Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris Refurbishment To Be Completed 2 Months Ahead of Schedule

July 2013: Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris on KZN’s north coast has considerably moved up its refurbishment timetable and is due to finish the make-over of all its rooms by the middle of September this year, rather than November as initially announced. “The decision was taken by the owner HPF to accelerate the construction program in light of the increased bookings being received for the Summer Season as well as the School Holidays. We are delighted that the professional Team a…

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23 July 2013

Sandton's Elegant Protea Hotel Balalaika Receives a Public Areas Facelift

July 2013: The elegant Protea Hotel Balalaika in the heart of Sandton is undergoing a soft refurbishment of all the public areas that is to be completed by the end of August 2013. There will be no structural alternations, so it’ll be business as usual at the hotel with no disturbance to Guests, says Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue at the Protea Hospitality Group. The refurbishment has begun with the banqueting facilities, then the reception area, the Lords Cigar Bar…

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17 July 2013

Super Fast Fibre Optic Bandwidth For African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

July 2013: The African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, which boasts the city’s second largest conference centre after the CTICC, is going live with 50Mbps of pure fibre bandwidth on 17 July 2013. The hotel is partnering with Century City Connect, the provider of an open-access fibre optic network that offers first-world connectivity for the supply of broadband, voice and multimedia services. Century City Connect allows blue-chip Internet Service Providers to provide hi…

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16 July 2013

Zambia's Protea Hotel Lusaka More Than Doubles Capacity To Service Demand

July 2013: The popular 100-room Protea Hotel Lusaka, located within the Arcades Shopping and Entertainment lifestyle hub opposite the Mulungushi Conference Centre, is constructing a substantial new wing which will see the hotel grow to 237 rooms. The major expansion project is to service the growing demand for business travel as Zambia’s economic growth trajectory continues on the back of industry expansion and low interest rates. “Zambia, like many economies in Africa, is showing …

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10 June 2013

Protea Hospitality Group Enters 10th African Country - Rwanda

June 2013: The Protea Hospitality Group has signed a deal that will see Africa’s largest hotel group moving into its 10th African country, the beautiful equatorial Republic of Rwanda, famous for its Mountain Gorillas. A 25-room hotel in the upmarket suburb of Nyarutarama in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali will become Protea Hotel Kigali when it opens in the last quarter of this year and represents a great step forward in the Protea Hospitality Group’s growth in East Africa, say…

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29 May 2013

Popular Protea Hotel Sea Point Closing For Winter To Reveal Stunning New Look

May 2013: The Protea Hotel Sea Point will close its doors for 3 months from June 1 and after a professional facelift will open again in September sporting a sleek and stylish new look. The bathrooms of all sea-facing rooms will also be gutted and from the second floor up, large walk-in showers are being installed. The family rooms will be bigger and feature 4 single beds or two double beds as options. These rooms will have two separate facilities in each room - one will have a toilet and basin…

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25 April 2013

Magnificent Zebula Gold Estate & Spa Joins Protea Hotels

April 2013: The stunning Zebula Golf Estate and Spa in the malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo Province joins the Protea Hotels portfolio this month. This is the second hotel within a month to join Africa’s largest and leading hotel group; the newly renovated Manor Hotel in Pretoria returned to the Protea Hotels portfolio on March 1. The Protea Zebula Lodge is situated on the stunning and totally unique Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, a mere two hours north of Johannesburg. In addition …

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04 April 2013

Magnificent Zebula Golf Estate & Spa Joins Protea Hotels

  April 2013: The stunning Zebula Golf Estate and Spa in the malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo Province joined the Protea Hotels portfolio on 1 April 2013. This is the second South African hotel within a month to join Africa’s largest and leading hotel group; the newly renovated Manor Hotel in Pretoria returned to the Protea Hotels portfolio on March 1. The Protea Zebula Lodge is situated on the stunning and totally unique Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, a mere two hours north of…

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19 March 2013

Protea Hospitality Group Breaks Ground In Ninth African Country

  March 2013: The Protea Hospitality Group has just finalised an agreement that will see Africa’s largest hospitality company entering the economically booming Ghanaian market, making it the ninth country in which the company will reinforce its dominance of the industry on the continent. Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis says the development of Ghana’s 130-room Protea Hotel Select Takoradi, which opens in the south-west coastal city of Takoradi in early 2014, brings t…

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06 March 2013

Pretoria Hotel Rejoins The Protea Hotels Portfolio

February 2013: The newly renovated Manor Hotel in Pretoria will be returning to the Protea Hotels Group on April 1. The hotel in Hatfield is situated close to the Hatfield Gautrain station, central business district of Pretoria as well as the Loftus Versveldt rugby stadium making it an ideal destination for executive and leisure travellers visiting the capital. It has a total of 88 rooms and apartments; the latter of which are in especially high demand from long-stay business travellers. The …

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27 February 2013

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn Construction On Track

  February 2013: Construction of Pretoria’s trendiest hotel, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn, is on tracks with the foundations for the six-storey building already complete. The hotel is under construction in Summit Place, a new development opposite the Menlyn Park Mall. Summit Place is a new commercial precinct that is being developed opposite the popular Pretoria shopping mecca and the hotel will be the flagship property in the development. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn …

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26 February 2013

Protea Hotel Select Emotan Opens In Benin City, Southern Nigeria

February 2013: The 94-roomed Protea Hotel Select Emotan has opened its doors in Benin City, capital of Edo State in southern mid-west Nigeria. This hotel represents the Protea Hospitality Group’s first presence in Benin City and forms part of the company’s plan to double its representation in Nigeria to 20 hotels within five years, says CEO Arthur Gillis. The new hotel is located just 10 minutes away from Benin City Airport. Its location is ideal for both leisure and business trave…

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21 February 2013

Protea Hospitality Group Baristas Compete to Offer SA’s Best Coffee Experience

February 2013: Scores of Protea Hospitality Group baristas are competing this month in a competition to find Protea Hotels top barista – not as simple an exercise as one might think. The perfect cup of coffee doesn’t just happen, explains Protea Hospitality Group Operations Director William Ford. A lot of skill and knowledge goes into producing a flavourful espresso, cappuccino or latte that includes setting machines to the perfect temperature, texturising milk to create a visually…

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06 February 2013

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Begins Final Refurbishment Phase

January 2013: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, located just 100m from the Paul Kruger entrance to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, will be completing the final phase of its renovations between 3 February 2013 and 15 May 2013.  Rooms are spread out across the spacious hotel ground and therefore there will be no disruption to our in-house GUESTS during the renovation process. The final 58 rooms will receive an elegant makeover, with a major focus on GUEST comfort. The beds are being replace…

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17 January 2013

Protea Hospitality Group Invests R15 Million In New Digital Brand Platform

January 2013: The Protea Hospitality Group is developing a state-of-the-art digital brand platform that will revolutionise the hospitality industry online user experience in South Africa. The online brand redevelopment encompasses both Protea Hotels (including Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!) and the luxury African Pride Hotels portfolio. The Protea Hospitality Group’s Head of Online Distribution, Clinton Arnot, explains that it’s all about the CUSTOMER experience. “We’ll …

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23 November 2012

Abbas Abrahams Inducted Into Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier

  November 2012: African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef Abbas Abrahams has become one of only a handful of South African chefs to ever be inducted into the exclusive Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier, which counts among its members some of the most acclaimed chefs in the world today. The organisation recently held its annual gala dinner in Africa for the first time, and chose to honour the deluxe Century City hotel and its executive chef. Abrahams says it was …

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22 November 2012

Protea Hotel Sea Point Closing June-August 2013 For Extensive Refurbishment

November 2012: The popular 124-room Protea Hotel Sea Point in Cape Town will be shutting down operations for three months from 1 June to 31 August 2013 to undergo a substantial room remodel. The facelift will bring a fresh, contemporary look to the hotel’s sea-facing twin rooms and standard rooms, as well as to the family units. “The rooms are getting a complete make-over that involves construction, furniture and fittings. The hotel will close during this period because the vast sc…

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19 November 2012

Location and Timing Are Everything, Says PHG’s Danny Bryer

  As hotel groups heave a collective sigh of relief that occupancy levels in South Africa have shown a full year of recovery, one can strategically look at possible expansion says Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue for the Protea Hospitality Group. Bryer was commenting after the announcement earlier this month that a new Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! is being built in Menlyn, Pretoria. It will open in 2014. “STR figures have shown for a full year now that we seem t…

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22 October 2012

Name Change For Protea Hotel Waterfront Centurion

  The Protea Hotel Waterfront Centurion, conveniently located between Johannesburg and Pretoria in SA’s economic powerhouse of Gauteng, has changed its name to the Protea Hotel Centurion.  The GDS codes remain as follows:   Sabre: 45082; Galileo: 97472; Amadeus: PRYWAT and Worldspan: PWATE.   This elegant 4–Star Hotel is within walking distance of the Centurion Gautrain Station, the Centurion shopping mall as well as Supersport park cricket stadium. . The hotel …

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18 October 2012

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel’s March Restaurant To Get Makeover

  The designer African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel’s March Restaurant is undergoing an extensive revamp over the festive season to offer even more dining options to visitors and GUESTS. The timing of the redesign has been calculated to cause the least disruption to GUESTS.  African Pride Hotels Group Marketing and Advertising Manager Nicholas Barenblatt says the new design will focus on dining privacy and intimacy. “Hotel spaces need to evolve with the changing desires and n…

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05 October 2012

Pretoria's Cool Factor Rockets As A New Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Is Announced For Menlyn

  October 2012: Contractors have already broken ground in Summit Place, opposite the Menlyn Park Mall, for the newest property in South Africa’s most successful urban concept hotel brand, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis made the announcement this week, saying the construction heralded a triumphant turning point in South African hospitality after the difficulties that had plagued the industry in recent years. “We always knew the Protea Ho…

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01 October 2012

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Shows Its Stylish New Face

  September 2012: The four-month transformation of Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, located just 100m from the Paul Kruger entrance to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, is complete and the hotel is showing a stylish and more environmentally friendly face to the world. The refurbishment encompassed the rooms, elevated walkways, conference facilities, restaurant and perhaps most importantly, infrastructural changes that now see a marked improvement in water and energy consumption. The hotel,…

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26 September 2012

It's Conferencing by Numbers at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

  September 2012: The devil’s in the detail when you’re organising a successful conference or event, and nobody knows that better than the busy bees at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa – the second largest conference centre in Cape Town after the CTICC. Conferencing STAFF at the hotel have been doing the sums for the first 8 months of this year and they’ve come up with some startling statistics about the Meetings, Conferences and Exhibitions that they&r…

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10 September 2012

New Multipurpose Venue For Protea Hotel Tyger Valley

  September 2012: Protea Hotel Tyger Valley, which is located in the heart of Cape Town’s northern suburbs where numerous national companies are headquartered, is starting construction of a new multipurpose venue this month. The construction, starting 6 September, will also include combining the restaurant and bar space to accommodate 120 people and sprucing up the exterior of the hotel. The new multipurpose facility can be used as two spaces or combined to create one larger venue. …

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27 August 2012

PHG Hotels Saving R4.5 Million Per Year After Energy-Saving Retrofits

August 2012: In the start of a concerted portfolio energy sustainability drive, 20 hotels in the Protea Hospitality Group have in the past year been fitted with lighting or water heating energy saving devices that substantially reduce those properties’ overall electricity consumption. The retrofits of lighting and water heating systems makes sense not only from a sustainability perspective, says Protea Hospitality Group Operations Director William Ford, but also from a savings perspectiv…

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09 August 2012

Jozi Just Got Hotter - New Addition: The Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge is the newest addition that has been created on the ground floor of the chic, urban and edgy hotel, where Balvenie, Lagavulin, Glenmorangie, Laphroaig and Royal Salute will show the power brokers that you mean business as you put your latest deal to bed. The Lobby Lounge, which has just opened, has a relaxed, modern Gentlemen’s Club feel, with deep leather bucket chairs, comfortable couches and small wooden tables, but with the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! twist of very …

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30 July 2012

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch gets new GM

  July 2012: Jozi’s hottest hotel, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch, gets a new GM on 1 August 2012, when Gabrielle Abrahams take over the reins. The lively, zany Operations Manager of the hotel takes over the reins from Anton Gillis, who is leaving the company after 6 years of helping to mould the funky Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! brand into what it is today. He is moving to Netcare. Abrahams, a Wits Technikon hospitality management graduate, had been in hotel management …

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