Outside of the Cape Town CBD, a revamp of the Ritz in Sea Point will add another 220 rooms to the cityâ€™s capacity while in Franschhoek, the last word in luxury has opened as Leeu House (part of the Leeu Collection). Analjit Singh has also acquired Le Quartier FranĂ§ais restaurant, one of best known in a town where outstanding restaurants are plentiful, and a wine label, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Protea Hotels, now part of the Marriott Group, has 10 hotels in Cape Town and a further one each in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. There are two hotels in George. Three of the brands of City Lodge Hotel Group are represented by seven hotels in the Western Cape, with all but one of the hotels (the George Town Lodge) being located in Cape Town. Hilton Hotels and Resorts has three Western Cape properties, two hotels in Cape Town and the Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa on the eastern head of the Knysna Heads. The Waterfront will soon be getting two more hotels (Radisson Red) and the Silo Hotel attached to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. In addition to all of these beds available in Cape Town, there are 15 000 properties on Airbnb. A Western Cape tourism delegation met with Airbnb in the USA in 2016. Country Hotels has upgraded the 42-room Clanwilliam Hotel as part of its plan to roll out good accommodation in smaller towns. What used to be known as the Hantam Hotel in Calvinia is now the refurbished Calvinia Hotel and Tankwa Lodge offering 25 airconditioned rooms and easy access to flower-spotting and WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017
the Tankwa Karoo National Park. Plett Lagoon Villa on the Keurbooms Lagoon is rather dif ferent to the rest of the Country Hotels suite of hotels in that it is a fivebedroomed house to rent. Country Hotels has other hotels in the Northern Cape Province.
Events The international HSBC Rugby Sevens tournament was held for the first time in Cape Town in 2015 and was a huge success. The City of Cape Town says that the tournament attracted more than 100 000 fans, at least 25 000 of whom were international visitors. The local economy benefited to the tune of R539-million. A contract has been signed to keep the tournament in the city to 2018. The Cape2Rio yacht race returns to the Cape in January 2017.