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Grand Palm in P24m facelift

Staff Writer
The Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort will soon boast a lavish new look after a P24,2m upgrade.

New developments at the Gaborone facility include expansion and refurbishment of the casino, an upgrade of the Walmont Hotel's exclusive executive floor business lounge and bedroom bathrooms and a total revamp of Livingstone's Restaurant that will become known as the Mokolwane Bistro.

The Grand Palm Resort also includes the modern three-star select services Metcourt Inn and the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), offering world-class conference facilities.

The stylish new casino reflects an African theme with a vibrant colour palette, independent gaming areas and smoking and non-smoking facilities.

The casino features a range of table games and the latest in slot machines with a mix of traditional reel and multi-line video options and the added convenience of coinless gaming, the most notable advancement to any gaming experience.

One bank of coin-operated slots will remain for players who prefer the traditional style of slot play.

 "The gaming experience will be second to none in the trendy new surroundings," says Bruce Page-Wood, Grand Palm's Chief Operating Officer. "Peermont will continue to be Botswana's Premier Business and Entertainment Address where there is more style and better play."

The revamped casino also features a new improved deli offering players a bite to eat without having to leave the casino floor, a new poker enclave and an appealing bar with bar-top mounted gaming machines - rather like Las Vegas - you may even imagine you're on the strip.

Gaming denominations range from 1thebe to P25. For the high-denomination player, there's the exclusive Diamond Prive with its opulence of rich plums, regal greens,

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beautiful furnishings and private parking.

The Grand Palm's new casino will re-open its doors on December 10 with four exciting days of draws and entertainment including comedians, loads of prizes and fun games.
 The Walmont Hotel Executive Business Floor revamping is not far behind with its new luxurious lounge and open plan bathrooms.

Guests can already indulge in the new contemporary Mokolwane Bistro with its splashes of African detail, overlooks the lush hotel gardens.

The Grand Palm has also taken a giant eco-friendly step towards going green. It has launched a grey water plant in conjunction with Aqua Engineering, implemented significant power saving measures, installed water saving apparatus into bathrooms and safely disposes fluorescent light bulb tubes, which contain mercury vapour harmful to the environment.

Page-Wood comments: "Tourism operations worldwide are increasingly being judged on their eco-credentials with guests choosing to support 'greener' hotel operators. A recent survey by Tourism Concern in the UK found that 96 percent of travellers prefer an environmentally friendly and responsible resort to a 5-star property.

"Governments are also starting to incentivise hotels that take steps to reduce power and water usages as environmental issues take to the world stage." He says Peermont offers guests the "personal touch".

A holiday or conference at The Grand Palm promises to leave guests feel as though they had just experienced a taste of paradise.

The Grand Palm team is always excited and ready to host both international and local visitors at the resort, enabling them to sample the luxury of Botswana.



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