South African Tourism: The Sun City Africa’s Kingdom Of Palace
South African Tourism: Sun International’s iconic Sun City continues to be regarded as a top leisure destination by both local and international holidaymakers.
Enjoying high occupancies throughout the year, Sun City’s hotels are gearing up for a bustling festive season, with forecasted occupancy rates soaring over 90%. An occupancy rate of over 93% is expected at the newly revitalised and upgraded Cabanas hotel where some 33 887 adults and children have already been booked for stays between 1 December 2015 and 15 January 2016. Over 28 000 adults and children have chosen to stay at the lively Sun City Hotel this festive season while over 20 000 have booked to stay at the Cascades.
An entertainment and leisure hub in South Africa’s North West province and the second most visited destination in South Africa, Sun City also expects to welcome about 228 900 day visitors in December alone. The majority of visitors to Sun City (57%) are South Africans but the resort also attracts visitors from Italy, Germany, Africa, India, China, South America, the USA and the United Kingdom.
“Sun City remains a top of mind holiday destination for South Africans who place value on the leisure opportunities a destination can offer when they are holidaying. They enjoy the convenience of being able to enjoy a range of activities on-site. This is particularly important for remote destinations like Sun City. South Africans want value for money, friendly and warm hospitality, and good service. These are guaranteed at Sun City,” says Mike van Vuuren, the Managing Executive at Sun City.
An award winning destination, Sun City has scooped five awards in recent months which have been based on votes from the public. The recent awards, including a readers’ choice awards from well read South African newspapers and an Australian family magazine, bear testimony to the intensified focus on reengineering Sun City’s hospitality, food and beverage, and entertainment offerings to deliver greater diversity, improved facilities, and value for money.
“That South African holiday-makers rate Sun City as the top holiday resort is a great source of pride for us. Our guests are the lifeblood of our business and we will continue to model and evolve our offering to ensure that Sun City remains relevant to them,” says van Vuuren.
An ambitious R800-million refurbishment project is currently underway at the resort to revitalise its iconic appeal and ensure that it remains one of the most exciting leisure destinations in the world.
Visitors to Sun City over the upcoming festive season and in the coming months will notice the exciting changes which are all part of Sun International’s grand design to keep Sun City at the cusp of leisure experiences.
The resort’s four hotels, the entertainment zones as well as food and beverage outlets are being revamped. Over the past few months, various spaces have been transformed to make way for more exciting options.
Amongst these are the opening of a new Spur and Ocean Basket at Sun Vacation Club, the new Bocado Mediterranean restaurant which took the place of Santorini at Cascades hotel, Mugg & Bean and Legends grill house at Sun City Hotel, The Brew Money gastro pub and Food Factory inside the Valley of Waves, and Harvest Grill & Wine and Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant at the Entertainment Centre.
A new structure will soon be erected at Sun City’s Front Entrance Car Park. This facility, to be called SunSky Village, will accommodate conferences during the reconstruction of the Entertainment Centre. Boasting a variety of integrated offerings, it will become a conferencing and activity hub for Sun City.
Also soon to come is SunPark, a multipurpose facility for hosting lifestyle events, music festivals, product launches and other experiences. Ample and versatile, SunPark will offer the support services of an indoor events venue with the flexibility of an outdoor space.
There are activities and entertainment for all ages and tastes at Sun City. The Valley of Waves is renowned for its wave pool and thrilling water slides, guests can look forward to even more thrills in the waterpark with the newly opened 155m long waterslide.
There are also two world class golf courses and a variety of water sports including jet skiing, parasailing and water skiing, available at Waterworld.
A new adventure hub has recently opened, Adrenalin Extreme, offering heart-pounding, adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities including Drift Trikes, Hovercrafts, the Accelerator and a quad 4×4 challenge.
In addition, the resort offers a choice of sparkling pools, two aviaries, jogging trails; quad biking; floodlit tennis courts, guided tours of the resort on zippy Segways, and one of the world’s longest Zip Slides – to mention just a few of the fun things to do at Sun City one of South African Tourism destination.
Children can enjoy the adventure playground, an animal farm and a kiddies’ mini race track at Sun City. Fun-filled, supervised workshops are hosted at Kamp Kwena twice a day. Activities include visits to the crocodile farm, musical games, arts and crafts, storytelling, adventures at The Maze of the Lost City, Bumper Boats and lots more.
Sun City’s Summer Escape campaign also kicks into high gear until 10 January 2015, featuring a super charged lineup of shows, entertainment, food events and family-styled Christmas activities.
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About Sun International
The Sun International Group is southern Africa’s premier hotels, gaming and entertainment group, with a diverse portfolio of properties including 28 hotels, ranging from three star to world class five star hotels; 12 modern and well located casinos, and premium resorts in superb locations.
Sun International’s iconic hotels include The Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, Zambia; The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa’s North West Province, and The Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Its exciting portfolio of city and resort casinos includes GrandWest Casino in the Western Cape; Sun City in the North West Province; Sibaya in Kwa-Zulu Natal; Boardwalk in the Eastern Cape, and Carnival City in Gauteng.
Over more than three decades, Sun International has built on the success of its first world-renowned property, Sun City, to consistently deliver experiential luxury, enduring quality, incredible adventure, and a high standard of personalized service. Sun International has been listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since 1984.
The iconic Sun International brand now has a strong presence in southern Africa, with properties in five neighbouring countries, a property in Nigeria, and a growing footprint in the Latin America region.