Biz-Community (Cape Town)

21 February 2013

South Africa: African Insignia Hotels Adds to Portfolio

African Insignia Hotels has added three hotels to its portfoli , being the Champagne Sports Resort and "sister" hotel Pumula Beach Hotel, and the Hampshire Hotel, Ballito.

The Champagne Sports Resort and "sister" hotel Pumula Beach Hotel are family owned and have their own successful in-house sales component. The owners, who are true entrepreneurs and realise the importance of sales and marketing in this tough economic climate in which we are trading, have employed AIH's services to ensure that they cover all market segments and maximise their ROI.

Champagne Sports Resort

The resort offers a variety of superb, fully serviced accommodation. The 152 hotel bedrooms are made up of twin rooms, family rooms, and various suites, all with well-appointed bedrooms and either mountain views or garden views. A further 91 timeshare units on the estate are used for hotel accommodation subject to availability. The hotel has wheelchair access throughout and all bedrooms are linked to the main hotel buildings by way of thatch-covered walkways. Conferences are an extremely important sector of Champagne Sports' business profile and every effort is made to ensure the smooth running of such events, no matter the size. The new Buttress Conference and Exhibition Centre, as well as four new boardrooms, have now been completed.

Champagne Sports Resort now offers a total of 16 conference venues including the new state-of-the-art Buttress Centre with a floor space of 1200m² (usable area), which seats up to 1400 delegates and banquets 850 guests at round tables. Conference equipment includes the most up-to-date equipment with Crestron hand-held controls through the bigger venues and all standard equipment through the smaller meeting areas. Delegates have Internet access in the hotel and all venues, and can utilise the business centre across from the new coffee shop.

Pumula Beach Hotel

Situated directly on a protected beach renowned for its vast stretches of open sand and serene fishing spots, Pumula Beach Hotel consists of 62 hotel rooms. The hotel aims for the highest levels of service, excellent cuisine and comfortable accommodation.

Located on the South Coast in the magical "Place of Rest", famous for its annual Sardine Run, fantastic marine life, and schools of dolphins and whales, Pumula Beach Hotel has much to offer.

You can play a round of golf at one of 10 nearby golf courses, play a game of pool in the pub, go on an adventure extreme ocean safari or relax next to the heated swimming pool.

Pumula Beach Hotel has stunning views of the Indian Ocean and is situated 100km south of Durban in Umzumbe. It's surrounded by indigenous coastal vegetation and makes an ideal venue for relaxing, stress-free conferences for up to 140 people.

Hampshire Hotel

These International owners too have their own successful in-house sales component. Also true entrepreneurs and realising the importance of sales and marketing in this tough economic climate in which we are trading have employed AIH's services to ensure that they cover all market segments and maximise their ROI.

Spacious and stylish, every room at this hotel in Ballito features everything you need for a relaxing stay. Hampshire Hotels' exclusive Hampshire Comfort Beds feature fluffy pillows, custom duvets and crisp linens to whisk you off to sleep. Each of the 103 hotel rooms allows for work and play, from a large desk to a 37-inch flat-panel television with cable. You can soundtrack your stay by plugging your iPod into our alarm clock/radio, or shut the blinds and cocoon yourself away from the world.

Part of the value of staying at Hampshire Hotel in Ballito is the wide variety of services available to the guests. Hotel staff are chosen specifically because they know Ballito and Durban inside out, thus offering everyone a prime insight into the recreation, shopping and dining opportunities available.

From business to pleasure, this hotel is a great place to hold an intimate event or meeting - two conference facilities, accommodating up to 80 people in a school room and an intimate boardroom accommodating 14 people. Assembling a small conference or a work retreat at Hampshire Hotel is ideal. Aside from a wealth of recreational opportunities available during downtime, guests can use the fully equipped Business Centre, complete with Internet access as well as Microsoft Office programming. In addition, each guest room features a large desk and chair, so that the entire stay is productive. The meeting rooms feature fully modern conveniences that allow individual teams to get together and get down to business. These same venues can host a small wedding or event.

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