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Cape Town’s Protea Victoria Junction Hotel has sadly closed its doors. Image: Supplied

Another pandemic victim: Victoria Junction Hotel closes its doors

Cape Town’s iconic Protea Victoria Junction Hotel is the latest casualty of COVID-19’s impact on the local tourism sector.

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Cape Town’s Protea Victoria Junction Hotel has sadly closed its doors. Image: Supplied

While it seems there is an increase in the number of visitors travelling to Cape Town as well as the return of cruise liners to the city, Cape Town’s hotel sector is still struggling – with yet another hotel closure being announced.

South Africa has suffered huge economic losses from reduced tourism arrivals over the last two years, resulting in numerous business closures in the country’s tourism and hospitality sectors.  

International flight and travel bans imposed on South Africa, coupled with the country’s own provincial border closures and beach bans have all had a negative impact on Cape Town’s tourism sector, resulting in fewer tourists travelling to the Mother City. 


Last year Cape Town said goodbye to one of its Hilton Hotels. The city is now losing another one of its hospitality stalwarts – The Victoria Junction Hotel. The hotel, located in the city’s popular De Waterkant area, was managed by Marriott international which has decided to hand the property back to its owners. 

“The impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality industry has been unprecedented. Travel restrictions and social distancing efforts around the world have resulted in weaker demand and economic uncertainty. Due to the financial impact of the situation and having explored the relevant avenues available to us, we must shut the doors at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Victoria Junction,” said Volker Heiden, area vice-president of Marriott International, sub-Saharan Africa, as quoted in Fin24.


The hotel is owned by HPF Properties, which belongs to Tsogo Sun Hotels.  Tsogo Sun Hotels may reopen the property under its own branding in the future but the timing of a reopening is not known. It would be unlikely that a reopening is imminent in the current economic climate.      

Marcel von Aulock, Tsogo Sun Hotels CEO, confirmed that Tsogo Sun Hotels owns Victoria Junction and that Marriott International had given the property back to its owners. 

“It is expected that Tsogo Sun Hotels will take it in-house and re-open Victoria Junction in due course,” said Von Aulock.