- A new Autograph Collection hotel will be opening in the Kruger National Park.
- This comes after Marriott International signed a franchise agreement with Tingana Hospitality Group.
- The hotel, which will feature 18 villas, is set to open in 2025.
Marriott International in a statement to the media announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Tingana Hospitality Group to open an Autograph Collection hotel in the Kruger National Park.
According to the statement the property, which is currently under construction, will undergo a brand positioning process before opening as an Autograph Collection by 2025.
Haroun Peer, director of the Tingana Hospitality Group, said, “We are extremely excited to have signed with the world-renowned Marriott International group, which has a global footprint internationally in the hospitality sector. This lodge is a distinctive addition to Autograph Collection Hotels and will be a unique destination for Marriott Bonvoy members and travellers from across the globe to visit."
According to Talya French, the director of lodging development for Marriott International, the group is "delighted to work with Tingana Hospitality Group to bring Autograph Collection Hotels to one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa".
French added, "Autograph Collection features curated properties that celebrate individuality and we look forward to offering a distinct perspective on design and hospitality to the emerging and beautiful areas of Mpumalanga. Through this deal signing, we continue to enhance our portfolio in South Africa and support the growth of the tourism sector in the country.”
The hotel in the Kruger National Park will feature 18 villas, an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby bar and swimming pool, amongst other features and facilities. The hotel will be located on the Sabie River and it is near the Kruger Gate entrance to the park.
As part of the vision of the ownership group, the hotel will be committed to social responsibility and empowering the local community through their operations.
Autograph Collection Hotels currently features over 270 hotels globally.