Royal Swazi Sun Hotel

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Golf at the Royal Swazi Sun, on a misty day

The Royal Swazi Sun Hotel is a major entertainment complex in the Ezulwini Valley of Swaziland. Founded in 1965, the complex is located 4 hours from Johannesburg by road. It is home to a casino, a par-72 golf course, and a spa. The hotel features 149 rooms and is known for its luxurious accommodation. Business Insights called the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel the flagship of Sun International's four hotels in the area.[1]

It opened in 1965, three years prior to Swaziland's independence. It was the first casino-hotel in the region.[2] It was important as a major resort in the area that did not adhere to the Apartheid policies of South Africa.[3] The casino is considered an important part of the country's foreign exchange and serves 250,000 people a year, primarily from neighboring South Africa and Mozambique as well as Italy, Switzerland and France.[4]

The golf course has hosted many professional tournaments, and is the venue for two current Sunshine Tour events, the Royal Swazi Sun Open and the Lombard Insurance Classic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The making of Africa's Eden." African Business Jan. 1999: 24. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.
  2. ^ Lea, John (2006-12-05). Tourism and Development in the Third World. Routledge. pp. 24–. ISBN 9781134986750. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Comment on integration at Royal Swazi Hotel and Casino". New York Times. 28 September 1969. 
  4. ^ Cyr, Ruth (2001). Twentieth Century Africa. iUniverse. pp. 485–. ISBN 9780595189823. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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Coordinates: 26°24′28″S 31°10′11″E / 26.407722°S 31.169611°E / -26.407722; 31.169611