Southern Sun The Cullinan and Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town are celebrating two decades of excellence this year.
Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town opened as Holiday Inn Waterfront Cape Town in July 1998, and The Cullinan opened a few months later that year. John van Rooyen, Tsogo Sun Operations Director – Cape Region, says, “We’re celebrating both birthdays in September as it falls between the hotels’ actual opening months, but more importantly, it is Tourism month, and our hotels have always been an integral part of the city’s excellent tourism offering.”
Through the decades, the hotels have been proud hosts of global sports stars, celebrities, musicians, business leaders, politicians, and even royalty, including the king and queen of Greece, King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie, UB40, Watershed, Prime Circle, Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther and Avengers fame, Idris Alba, The Script, and local leading lights such as Winnie Mandela, Mi Casa, Loyiso Bala, Johnny Clegg, and many others – many of whom are regular guests.
The hotels’ evolving history has also seen them develop strong partnerships with leading South African sports groups, which include, amongst others, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka World Tour cycling team and SA Rugby – with the national Springbok team and SA Rugby hosted at Southern Sun The Cullinan, and the Sevens, Women’s, and Junior Springbok teams staying at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town. Says van Rooyen, “The hotels are extremely proud of their ties to leading South African sports teams and always pull out all the stops to ensure their stays with us are excellent, which includes developing special menus and dishes according to their requirements.”
Van Rooyen says, “Twenty years might be just a blip in the city’s overall history – but it is well worth celebrating, by looking back over our successes and achievements, our triumphs through tough times, and recommitting ourselves to even better performance in the years to come. Our celebration month is an absolute highlight for both hotels.”
A cocktail party for key stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector and in local government, including Cape Town Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, media, local celebrities, and special guests set the celebration ball rolling on 5 September. It was held at the Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel, which was transformed into a festive art gallery, with installations and hotel memorabilia, food and drinks tasting stations, live music, and a sparkling atmosphere of congratulations.
The 20th anniversary celebrations in the hotels will give guests extra treats through the birthday month, with selected dishes and drinks being offered at special prices over the Heritage Day long weekend.