In another display of confidence in the future of tourism on the KZN coast, November will see the opening of the Bon Hotel Margate, a six-storey, 60-room, full-service hotel on the town’s main thoroughfare.
The hotel management company set up last year by Guy Stehlik Is about to make a breakthrough In The Middle East, but he says Southern Africa remains the main target for the group's value-adding proposition
Guy Stehlik, founder and CEO of Bon Hotels, has set his sights on becoming a front-runner in both the South African and international hospitality sectors. He has revealed that he expects his hotel management group set up last year to have at least 10 hotel management contracts by the end of 2013. And they will not be confined to Southern Africa, he says. They could be "anywhere where we can genuinely add value — the big advantage of our operation is that it certainly does not have to be confined to one territory:' Stehlik expects Bon to be managing its first three hotels in Dubai within a few months.
The brightly painted Hotel Verde aims to be both a landmark for visitors to Cape Town and a sustainability benchmark for other hospitality establishments in Africa
Opening in July, on Michigan Street just 500 metres from the Cape Town International Airport terminus, is the 145-room Hotel Verde, billed as 'Africa's greenest hotel'. It is the brainchild of Mario and Annemarie Delicio of Dematech, who are passionate about sustainability and have systematically transformed what was initially just a sensible business proposition into a showcase for some of the most advanced environmentally conscious technological installations, construction methods and operational practices in the world.
"We have a responsibility as a company, as an employer and as a visitor on this planet to live as sustainably as possible. This is the only way we can survive long-term and hand over to our children in a responsible manner."
"We have a responsibility as a company, as an employer and as a visitor on this planet to live as sustainably as possible. This is the only way we can survive long-term and hand over to our children in a responsible manner." Mario and Annemarie Delicio of Dematech are the owners behind Hotel Verde - Africa's greenest hotel. Dedicated and passionate about sustainability, they have transformed what was initially just a sensible business proposition into a showcase for some of the most advanced environmentally conscious technological installations as well as construction and operation practices in the world. Construction on Hotel Verde, which is a part of the recently launched BON Hotels group, began over a year ago just outside Cape Town International Airport, with a team of contractors and experts dedicated to finding the alternative.