Johannesburg’s Iconic Hotels: The Life and Death of the Two Carltons

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The establishment of an accommodation sector is crucial for the development of any tourism destination as they are the most visible manifestation of tourism. Urban hotels have been developed to accommodate a range of tourists and they comprise of a range of social and business spaces that are often identified as prestige developments for their funders. Iconic city hotels are assets for the destination and can become symbols of modernism and development. The aim of this chapter is to contribute to scholarship on hotel geographies of the past. More specifically the focus is on the rise and fall of two iconic luxury hotels in Johannesburg, South Africa’s major economic centre. Both hotels were called ‘The Carlton’. In many respects, The Carlton in Johannesburg was as iconic as Raffles in Singapore or Peninsula in Hong Kong. The paper builds upon and parallels the works of McNeill (2008) and McNeill and McNamara (2009) on hotels as civic landmarks and in particular their central role in the development of inner cities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeographies of Tourism and Global Change
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameGeographies of Tourism and Global Change
ISSN (Print)2366-5610
ISSN (Electronic)2366-5629


  • Historical tourism geography
  • Hotel geographies of the past
  • Iconic hotels
  • Johannesburg
  • Luxury hotels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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