20 JANUARY 2016




East London, South Africa.

Samuel Nassimov, Managing Director of Premier Hotels and Resorts (PTY) LTD and N.V Properties (PTY) LTD, announced the Group’s acquisition of The Winkler Hotel. 

The Winkler Hotel was formerly owned by HPF, marketed by Protea Hotels and managed by Extra Bold. Located a short distance from the Kruger National Park, this is the first of the Group’s properties in the Mpumalanga province, “We are continuing our national expansion and Mpumalanga has always been viewed as an important location in our strategic growth plans, Premier Hotel The Winkler provides the perfect base from which to expand our offering within the South African business and leisure markets,” says Nassimov.

Premier Hotel The Winkler, formerly a Protea Hotel, is a luxurious four-star property, located 15.5km from the centre of White River, and offers guest 87 rooms ranging from standard and executive rooms to family rooms and suites. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, satellite
television, internet connectivity and much more. Situated 14km from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, Premier Hotel The Winkler is a 20-minute drive away from the Kruger National Park. “This year marks Premier Hotels and Resorts’ 25th Anniversary. While this is definitely a milestone for the brand, the truly exciting part is, we’re just getting started,” comments Nassimov. “Our portfolio has more than doubled in only four years and the acquisition of The Winkler Hotel is just another step towards our goal.” Nassimov concludes.


Nassimov, who founded Premier Hotels and Resorts 25 years ago, started with humble beginnings, by purchasing a 40 bedroom hotel in East London in the Eastern Cape. Today, the company’s portfolio has grown to encompass 15 hotels and resorts throughout South Africa’s top holiday and business destinations, that offers more than 1700 bedrooms and provides employment to 1500 passionate staff members, as well as the ELICC (East London International Convention Centre), which also forms part of Premier Hotels and Resorts and received the award for Best Congress and Convention Centre Africa, in 2011.


Since 1991 Premier Hotels and Resorts has built a fine reputation offering a range of service-orientated luxury hotels and conference venues, carefully situated in the mainstream of regional business and travel destinations in South Africa. Premier Hotels & Resorts is one of South Africa’s growing independent groups, focusing on key destinations with properties in Cape Town, Knysna, East London, the KZN South Coast, Pinetown, Drakensburg, Pretoria, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport, Midrand and most recently – White River. The group also owns a private game lodge in the Eastern Cape and the East London International Convention Centre.

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