CRESTA Sprayview Hotel in the resort town of Victoria Falls has reopened after undergoing a $1,7 million refurbishment ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly, Cresta Hotels chief executive Mr Glenn Stutchbury said. In a telephone interview from Harare yesterday, Mr Stutchbury said he was happy to note that the hotel which reopened on 31 August was already fully booked for the general assembly.
“Yes the hotel has reopened after a $1,7 million refurbishment project. The hotel is reopening just in time for the general assembly. We are really looking forward to that event considering that all the 65 rooms have been taken by delegates coming in for the tourism indaba. We finalised the rooms for UNWTO with the relevant officials yesterday (Thursday) and we are very happy with the development,” he said.
Mr Stutchbury said refurbishments were done in the 65 bedrooms, the restaurant, two bars and three conference rooms spread around a swimming area.
“We also bought new furniture, linen among other things to give the hotel a new look,” he said.
Cresta Hotels acquired the hotel on a lease basis from its owners to make its first entrance into Zimbabwe’s premier tourist destination.
Cresta Hotels currently operates eight hotels in Botswana, one in Zambia and four in Zimbabwe, through Cresta Marakanelo listed in Botswana and Cresta Hospitality owned by Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-quoted TA Holdings Limited.
Cresta Sprayview was built in the 1960s as Peter Motel and was redeveloped into Sprayview in the 1970s.
The UNWTO general assembly is expected to provide the country with an opportunity to market itself to delegates from 158 countries set to attend.
Source: Cresta Sprayview Hotel re-opens (06/08/13)