Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has applauded Travelodge for contributing to the country’s economic diversification through hospitality and tourism. “Tourism is cross cutting, therefore requiring several sectors of the economy to perform in alignment to the national tourism vision, and we will continue to harmonise initiatives so that tourism is explored in the best way possible,” he said. According to Masisi, their aim is to continue growing the tourism sector in Botswana, saying that hotels in Botswana have created 11604 direct jobs for the local community. The conference facility can sit up to 800 people and has three executive boardrooms. He asked them to differentiate their product from others and create a distinct image for themselves. “We remain confident that Travelodge will live up to their standard,” he said.
Travelodge opened its doors to Batswana in March 2012. The opening of a conference centre and provision of additional rooms has made it even an all-round place for lodging and entrainment in general. On behalf of Shore Investments and Directors, Gaurang Mooney, said they are proud to officially open the conference centre which started operation this year because with that they are able to host weddings, church meetings, parties and also the long staying guests. He said their focus has been on providing a unique experience for their guests with comfort and efficiency. “Our vision is to open Travelodge’s around the country so that tourists and business travellers can enjoy our experience. Travelodge Kasane will be open for business this December,” he said. Mooney said Travelodge Gantsi will start operation next year while the Travelodge Palapye construction is underway and they will all continue to offer great accommodation and sleek conference facilities.
He urged the government to continue being supportive to them. He said with customer service being the backbone of the travel industry, they know that their success depends on listening to their customers, providing clean comfortable amenities, thoughtful treatment and value for money, having also become the first hotel to provide full Wi-Fi for their guests in 2012. He said this highlights their motto, ‘We take care of you’. The guests were serenaded to great music and to laugh their lungs out with South African Award Winning Comedian Barry Hilton bringing out his best.