The success of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa still lingers on with an increasing number world class sporting events being hosted on in the city of Durban.
Hailed as South Africa’s playground, the city has definitely lived up to that through the various products on offer. According to research conducted by the Tourism Kwa-Zulu Natal (TKZN) , sport as a sector contributes significantly to the economy of South Africa and acts as an attraction agent to destinations.
Durban has also benefited from this trend and has successfully hosted major attraction events like the Comrades Marathon, the Durban July and the DUSI Canoe race. The Three Cities Riverside Hotel & Spa is ideally situated on the banks where the Umgeni River meets the warm Indian Ocean, this magnificent four star hotel has been exceptional in delivering good product and service, focusing on business, leisure and sport travellers.
“The hotel has always enjoyed the benefit of being supremely located a short distance to the City Centre; a stone’s throw away from the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium and other entertainment venue offerings. Time and time again we have successfully catered for our sporting guests.” said Jerod Flaum, General Manager of the Riverside Hotel & Spa.
The hotel recently accommodated all the teams who participated in the, Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup tournament. The cup is an initiative co-funded by Sanlam, the Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust and the Motsepe Family Foundation. It is the biggest schools soccer sponsorship with the largest prize money in the history of South African schools soccer.
Themba Tshabalala of the Sanlam Kay Cup said, “We had a wonderful stay at the hotel and will definitely return again.”With such an astounding reputation, it is clear that the hotel has proven valuable in sports tourism.