The Hilton Cape Town hotel.
  • The American giant Hilton will stop operating its Hilton Cape Town hotel this weekend. 
  • Last month, another US hotel group Marriott gave up three South African hotels.
  • Hilton, which also has hotels in Sandton and Durban, says it has no plans to withdraw from the country. 
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The American hotel group Hilton will stop operating its Hilton Cape Town hotel from Sunday.

After nine years of operating the Hilton Cape Town hotel in Buitengracht Street in Cape Town, it will be handed back to its owner, Millat Properties, and the Hilton branding removed from the property.

Hilton recently announced that it would cut 2,100 jobs – more than a fifth of its corporate staff -  in response to the coronavirus crisis, which has decimated the hospitality industry.

“Never in Hilton’s 101-year history has our industry faced a global crisis that brings travel to a virtual standstill,” said CEO Christopher J. Nassetta.

In South Africa, leisure accommodation is still banned under lockdown rules.

A Hilton spokesperson told Business Insider SA that from July 12th, the company will no longer operate Hilton Cape Town. 

She said that the group had no plans to withdraw from the country. The company also operates Hilton Sandton and Hilton Durban. Its DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Woodstock, Cape Town, is managed by a franchise holder.

“We remain committed to Cape Town as a destination,” the spokesperson said. Hilton still plans to open its first boutique-style Canopy by Hilton hotel in the city towards the end of next year. The hotel – in Longkloof Studios, Gardens - will be owned and developed by property giant Growthpoint.

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Last month, the US hotel giant Marriott announced that it will stop operating three hotels - the Mount Grace in Magaliesburg, the Edward in Durban and the Protea Hotel Hazyview in Mpumalanga – in South Africa. Tsogo Sun, the owner of the properties, will take over the hotels. It expects to reopen the hotels within 18 months.

Hilton has 6,100 hotels in 118 countries.

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