THE Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has opened six safari suites following a recent increase in occupancy rate at the property.
Chief executive officer of the award-winning Africa Albida Tourism (AAT), Ross Kennedy, said the suites have been opened at a time the group’s flagship, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge last year recorded the best numbers in room occupancies since 1995.
“The Victoria Falls Safari suites are a perfect choice for families and small close–knit groups who seek stylish comfort, flexibility, privacy and space all within four kilometres of the mighty smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls,” he said.
Kennedy said 2013 was their best year ever after increased occupancy at its flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge as tourists returned to Zimbabwe’s shores.
“Last year, we sold 22,834 room nights and 41,101 bed nights while in 2012 the lodge sold 19,417 room nights and 34,950 bed nights. This is the best we have achieved ever,” said Kennedy.
A room night is one hotel room occupied for one night, a statistical unit of occupancy while a bed night is a measure of occupancy per person per night.
“The future is bright for the country and we anticipate even more arrivals as we start 2014,” he said.
AAT started operating in 1995 and its portfolio includes Lokuthula Lodges also in Victoria Falls and Ngoma Safari Lodge in Chobe, Botswana.
It also owns The Victoria Falls Safari Club, an exclusive 20-room block located adjacent to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and the Boma – Place of Eating, a popular themed restaurant in the resort town.
The country’s profile was boosted following the co-hosting of the 20th United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly by Zimbabwe and Zambia in Victoria Falls and Livingstone in August last year.
Source: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge opens six suites (21/01/14)