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Hospitality industry benefits from NBC windfall

RYDER GABATHUSE
Tati Nickel Mine PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
FRANCISTOWN: The hospitality industry in the city of Francistown is set to benefit immensely from the windfall of the 15th National Business Conference (NBC) hosted at Adansonia Hotel.

For a city whose fortunes have been on a downward spiral since the advent of the closure of the Tati Nickel Mining Company (TNMC) and other related industries in 2016, there is no better chance than now.

The NBC is a top-notch biennial event that brings together captains of industry, public and private sector leaders under one roof to formulate new ideas on simplifying the way of doing business and keeping the country competitive on many fronts.

General manager of the host Adansonia Hotel, Tony Chatadza is elated that his hotel will be fully-booked for the duration of the conference and that as the host people will have an opportunity to view the hotel.

“Being the host of a conference of this magnitude, it will have direct impact on our business and it will also give us as an opportunity to prove our mettle to both local and international clients,” Chatadza promised in an interview yesterday stressing that they are part of the NBC for three days. “Remember, NBC is attended by decision-makers across the industries and it’s our resolve to give them our very best so as to catch their eye for future business,” he said, promising to give a long lasting impression to their clients for three

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Cresta Marang front office manager, Neo Senabe acknowledged that they are going to benefit immensely from the NBC windfall for the duration of the conference, which commences on Sunday all the way to Tuesday next week as their hotel is fully-booked for the duration of the conference.

On Monday next week, Cresta Marang Hotel will host a Debswana-sponsored dinner whereupon about 400 people are expected to grace the event.

“We appreciate a lot as we are going to benefit a great deal from accommodation, food and beverages and there will be new people of course who will be coming here for the first time hence, there are opportunities for new business deals,” Senabe said.

She further promised that as Cresta Marang Hotel, they are ready to give their very best as first impressions always last longer in the dog-eat-dog hospitality industry.

As for Judith Mswela of the Tati River Lodge, by yesterday she was not yet sure how they were going to benefit from the NBC windfall as accommodation bookings reserved for NBC were yet to be confirmed.

“What we have as reservations is yet to be completed. I can only confirm when the process is duly completed as we have to follow up with the clients,” Mswela noted.



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