The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Environment in KwaZulu-Natal said on Sunday that it regretted the business decision of the iconic Hilton Durban Hotel to close its doors.
“The department understands the pressure that the establishment has had and was involved in interventions to try to close it. The department is worried that this closure will have a negative impact on jobs.
“Together with other spheres of government, including the eThekwini Municipality, we will continue with the Hilton to ensure that we find solutions and to ensure that they reopen their doors soon.”
MEC Ravi Pillay
“We respect the business decision taken to temporarily close the facility and we understand the reason behind it. While this is not a precarious situation, it should be noted that the closure of the Hilton Durban Hotel is taking place in the context of a depressed global economy. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the global hotel group has taken a decision to close more than 1,000 Hilton Hotels worldwide, including one in Cape Town that closed last year, ‘said Member Ravi Pillay in a statement.
The position of the Hilton Durban Hotel and its symbiotic relationship with the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Center (ICC) has for many years strengthened Durban’s position as a prime host of premier international events. The iconic hotel has also played a major role in attracting tourists to eThekwini and to the province, Pillay said.
“As the provincial government, we value the Hilton Hotel as a strategic investment in our province. Together with other spheres of government, including the eThekwini Municipality, we will continue with the Hilton to ensure that we find solutions and to ensure that they reopen their doors soon. We hope that implementing the vaccine this year will speed up the economic recovery and reopening of many businesses, such as the establishment of Hilton Durban. We are working with all sectors to ensure that we revitalize the economy so that we can save jobs, ”said the MEC.
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