Thanks to early exposure to hospitality and the opportunity to gain valuable experience from a young age, Clinton Armour found his niche and took over the reins of the family business after seeing the value in working in the local leisure market. As such, Ingeli Forest Resort was born seven years ago, a comfortable, mid-level hotel about an hour’s drive from Port Shepstone.
Two years later and together with a business partner, Clinton bought the Protea Hotel in Hluhluwe on auction. The newly-purchased hotel underwent an extensive R25 million refurbishment, and a five-star lodge was added to the existing four-star hotel.
During this time, he decided to form a new brand, with both hotels re-branded under the ANEW Hotels & Resorts banner. Clinton also added the Hotel Hilton in the Midlands to ANEW’s portfolio, increasing his stake in the industry by 100 beds.