Pen supplier Bic has delivered its one millionth pen to Protea Hotels, marking a business partnership that has spanned 28 years.

Loyal suppliers are the lifeblood of Protea Hotels operations, says Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis, without which no hotel could function.

“A combination of loyalty, service, quality and price are what make our supplier relations so successful,” says Gillis of the hospitality company that is the largest in Africa. “We work with hundreds of suppliers across a range of product from pens to fresh produce, sheets to shower rails and our relationships are lasting.”

Gillis thanked Bic Pens for their many years of loyal service to the company, and said he looked forward to receiving the two millionth pen from them in the not too distant future.