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Monday May 13, 2013

Maharani hotel makes a comeback

With a lick of paint and a throwback to the days of old - the Southern Sun North Beach has changed its name back to the Maharani, and just in time for the Tourism Indaba.

The Southern Sun North Beach has changed its name back to the Maharani.

Southern Sun relaunched its two hotels at the Durban beachfront as the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, making it the largest hotel in KwaZulu-Natal with more than 700 rooms altogether.

Earlier this week, the hotels were a flurry of activity underneath scaffolding, to get the popular hotels ready in time for the biggest tourism gathering in Africa.

The R220 million investment programme included a single vehicle entryway, for both hotels, which is divided by the Maluti apartment building.

Across the road from the Elangeni, at the Bay of Plenty, eThekwini municipality has put up a giant marquee for the Tourism Indaba.

Phillip Sithole, head of Durban Tourism said the city would host a beach party for about 3 500 delegates.

"Last year it was at Moses Mabhida Stadium and previously near uShaka, but this year we are hosting the exhibitors at the beach," he said.

He said the 10 000 delegates at the indaba would view the best Durban has to offer, while foreign tourists would also be taken on tours to see the city and township areas like Kwamashu.

"Hotels are fully booked and major tour operators are here, so we are hoping that we will exceed the R200m economic injection into the city that we had last year," said Sithole.

Walnut Road will be closed to traffic until Friday for the indaba.

The Independent on Saturday


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