TLOTLO HOTEL OPENS
Tlotlo Hotel, the latest addition to Gaborone’s booming hospitality industry are aiming for a 5-Star rating upon completion the hotel’s second phase next month.
This week the elated management revealed that the hotel which is an expansion of the popular Tlotlo Conference Centre in Phase 2, has been partly financed by CEDA, FNB and Stanbic bank and that the total construction cost upon completion will be P45 million.
The hotel’s owner and Managing Director, Antonia Shadiwa Moatshe said she decided to open the hotel after realising that the conference centre in Phase two was too small for the demands of the business with only four conference rooms and an auditorium.. “The total capacity of the centre was 300 and as we continued to expand our clientele it became apparent that the conference was a big fish in a small pond hence the need to relocate to a bigger and appropriate place,” she said.
As a strategic move, Moatshe said they decided to broaden operations beyond just a conference centre to a state of the art hotel and conference centre with 84 rooms, 7 conference rooms and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1000. “We will be opening the hotel for assessment by our facilities auditors on the 7th and 8th and we will be opening to the public by September 10th,” Moatshe said.
Popular fast food outlet KFC Botswana which is owned by Venture Partners Botswana (VB) has revealed plans to increase its store base in Botswana.
Speaking at a media briefing on Friday, KFC Marketing Manager, Annamarie Theron, said they are embarking on a five year expansion plan that will see the company broadening its operations at both commercial and community level. “In the past 20 years, we have grown with the Botswana market. There is a large demand for our products and this is an opportunity for us to play a bigger role in the community, both financially and socially,” says Theron.
In addition to increasing their number of outlets, KFC is planning to begin sourcing their ingredients from local farmers. They will also be initiating a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. The company currently supports Childline Botswana and the Bill and Melinda Gates Home for AIDS. “We are where we are today because of the support of our community. It is only fitting that we should support the community by investing in sustainable development,” elaborates Theron.
KFC will increase their community involvement by donating soccer and netball kits to primary schools in the country. In addition, they will launch a charity campaign aimed at feeding children later in the year.