With the approach of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Peermont Global Botswana, a major player in the tourism and hospitality industry, is expecting an increase in business.
Peermont, which owns and manages The Grand Palm Hotel and Casino Convention Resort, the Mondior Hotel, the Metcourt Hotel, all in Gaborone, as well as the Sedibeng Casino in Francistown and Syringa Casino in Selebi Phikwe, is upbeat about the World Cup.
In an interview with The Sunday Standard, the Marketing Manager of Peermont, Charne Christensen, said 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer competition will present a wealth of opportunities giving fresh impetus into the southern African tourism industry and the effects of this will go beyond the event as it would be a huge marketing event for the regions tourism industry.
He said that “as the larger global economies climb out of the recession business will inevitably strengthen and we expect to see a measurable improvement in our hotels particularly those in Botswana.”
He highlighted that “we are going to use this opportunity to establish Peermont Hotels, Casinos’ reputation as the hospitality group for the opportunities brought about by the world’s greatest sporting event will give impetus to the group’s future growth.”
Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts are Botswana’s most empowered hospitality and gaming company, with ventures that include hotels, casinos, convention centres, retail outlets, restaurants, bars and other sport and entertainment facilities.
Charne said as we look into the future we have every reason to believe that our footprint across Africa will continue to grow, based on our rate of expansion. He added that Peemont’s current achievements have left them in a very strong position as they have created many advocates for their brand across the continent and they expect to build upon this with the coming major world event.
According to Christensen, Botswana is still a very safe country which appeals to many international travelers and has a lot to offer in the form of leisure: Gaborone itself offers many excursions such as the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Tour, Bahurutshe Cultural tour, Mokolodi’s Cheetah and nature drives, Cape Vultures in Otsi and then the Delta is only a hop away on Air Botswana.
“Peermont Hotels are looking forward to welcoming International Travelers with warm Botswana Hospitality,” he said.