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Drostdy Hotel Wins Two Awards

The Drostdy Hotel. Photo courtesy of Newmark Hotels

The Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the SA College for Tourism, has won two awards within six months of reopening its doors following extensive renovations.

On 20 May 2015, the Drostdy Hotel became a South African Property Owners Association award winner when it scooped the Overall Heritage Award at the association’s annual Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards function. During the same month, the hotel also became a proud first-time recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

The Drostdy Hotel. Photo courtesy of Newmark Hotels

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, offering travelers a wide variety of travel choices. Their Certificate of Excellence awards are based on consumer reviews and take into account the quality, quantity and most recent reviews and opinions submitted by travellers over a period of six to twelve months.

The Drostdy Hotel is a South African National Monument and landmark of Graaff-Reinet that was built in 1805, during the second occupation of the Cape by the Dutch. Apart from annually offering 35 internships to hospitality graduates of the SA College for Tourism, the hotel also serves as an operational training area for students during their initial skills development training period.

College students serving at the reopening of the Drostdy Hotel on 27 November 2014

College students serving at the reopening of the Drostdy Hotel on 27 November 2014

Says AndrĂ© Kilian, executive director of the SA College for Tourism: “The college is indeed fortunate to have its students and graduates training and working at an institution like Drostdy that excels in the hospitality industry. It is an affiliation that is serving the young women well at the start of their careers in the industry.”

For more information and to book, visit the Newmark Hotels website.

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