Mascom Horse Race boosts business in Maun
The annual Mascom Horse Race has come and gone leaving joyful memories among the business community in the tourist town.
In the spirit of entrepreneurship different business people paraded their products in a colourful display of consumables and services.
Different business operators in the northern outpost expressed their gratitude for the commercial windfall brought about by the annual race and looked forward with enthusiasm to the next Easter holiday.
Managing Director of Bon Arrivee Cafe, Klass Boll, said the business was good on their side and that they failed to do some promotional specials because the restaurant which is opposite the Maun International Airport was ever busy.
Boll said the horse race brought many people to the area even before the start of the holidays and their usual happy hour session that they hold on Wednesdays was the busiest.
“Mascom should make it bigger because looking at the attendance, if they improve and increase the number of categories it will be big and other businesses can gain as well,” he added.
Hotels and Lodges were fully booked and that forced some people deciding to party the whole night.
Mogomotsi Masole, the Manager at Maduo Lodge said that their rooms which are Executive, Standard and Twin rooms were fully booked before the horse race.
He said that the partnership deal they had with AT&T Car rental whereby clients booked a car and accommodation as one package was also helpful.
“We also hosted the Miss Maun beauty pageant which did well too. We are currently going under some renovations and we hope that next year we will do more than what we did this year.”
With Trekkers Club still undergoing renovations, Fresh Exclusive Club was the only choice for those who wante to party more.
The Club Managing Director Reneilwe Wright popularly known as Manex was full of smiles after making a kill during the race. His Club was booked to cater drinks for the VVIP section at the event.
“We also had lots of activities lined up which included a festival that included MJ of Generations and an outdoor show at Crocodile Camp on Friday because Clubs were not allowed to open on that day.”
The popular AT & T Car rental and Travel Agency also did as their Maun Branch Manager Gao Sento mentioned that their entire fleet of fifteen cars were all fully booked.
She said that most of their clients came with public transport but when they realised that it was busy they decided to book cars looking at the package they had with Maduo lodge.
“Our Travel Agency also did well because some of the people booked flights through us after the race. We did well business wise and none of our cars came with a scratch.”
However Mascom Communications and Public Relations Officer Barbara Tshipana said that in the future they would like to engage other stakeholders in making the event big.
She said that stalls were open for acquisition by the public.
Tshipana said that as Mascom they used the horse race as platform to donate goods that were requested by some of the associations.
Okavango Artist Association became this year’s beneficiary getting a P10 000 cheque and some laptops for use.