KZN Top Business Award
The Beekman Group walked away with the award for best business in Kwazulu-Natal under the Tourism category, at the 10th annual KZN Top Business Awards 2016. Executive director, Cindy Allan, was proud to accept the award on behalf of The Group during the prestigious function held at the Greyville Convention Centre in Durban on July 28.
The Beekman Group was started by brothers John and the late Bram Beekman and has been in operation for more than 45 years. From its first vacation ownership development in 1982, they went on to revolutionise the timeshare industry. The Holiday Club™ was opened in 1993, launching the flexible points system which catapulted the business to success. Other leisure products followed, including resort development and management services, accommodation rental, accommodation exchange and commercial and residential property development.
Leadership reins have been handed over to the second generation. Wayne Beekman, Neville Beekman and Cindy Allan, lead a team of over 700 staff members, with John still taking an active interest in operations and giving advice where needed.
The Beekman Group’s Vacation Management Services (VMS) offers on-site resort management and administrative membership management. This is no mean feat considering that this encompasses 35 resorts largely owned and managed by The Group as well as managing an active membership base that is 60 000 strong. VMS also offers professional management services to other resorts.
Another rapidly growing division, Beekman Managed Portfolio, is a collection of high-end developments for discerning investors, which offers a combination of lifestyle and leisure property investment. These currently enjoy up to 14% return on investment.
This premier portfolio includes:
- Cayley Mountain Resort is a truly stunning mountain retreat located in the Central Drakensberg.
- Monomotapa Village at Legend Golf & Safari is within the Big 5 Entabeni Safari Conservancy, with world class facilities.
- The Kingdom Resort is in the Pilanesberg region. As its catchphrase suggests it is “reserved for royalty,” with its truly unique African atmosphere and top facilities.
- San Martinho Beach Club™ is a sun-kissed beachside paradise located on the white sand beaches of Bilene, Mozambique.
The Group has enjoyed steady growth over the years and continues to cement its place at the forefront of the industry by providing consistent excellent customer-centric and professional holiday services.