The Managing Director of Cresta Marakanelo Group, Mokwena Morulane says the opening of the hotel in Maun will benefit locals, as it employs 50 percent of locals. Morulane was officially opening of Cresta Hotel in Matlapaneng ward in Maun, which has already created 100 jobs. “Out of these, at least half are from Maun and the surrounding villages,” he said. Morulane said Cresta was inspired to come to offer the market a distinct facility that would be a prelude of the caliber of facilities in the delta, because Maun is the tourism capital of Botswana and the gateway to the delta. The hotel falls under their signature African Fingerprint gateway which includes hotels that are unique jewel within the Cresta family. It reflects a fully African landscape through different elements that make up Africa such as taste of food, texture and colour combination, he said adding that you will recognise that the base and prominent colour is brown and it represents the coffee coloured African landscape in the afternoon.
Morulane stressed that the construction of the hotel took into consideration the protection of the environment and the eco-friendl, among them being recycling of waste water, electricity saving mechanism, water restrictors in all taps, the green air conditioners across the hotel as well as the room layout aimed at conservation energy. The hotel has 83 rooms comprising of 1 paraplegic room, 1 presidential suite, 5 junior suites, and 76 standard rooms. “The hotels also offers a conference centre, restaurant and bar, a Gym, Safari Activities into Savuti, Moremi and Chobe National Parks, Complimentary Airport Shuttle services, swimming pool and a secure parking facilities,” he said. MP for Ngami, Thato Kwerepe, who is Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, said economic benefits of the hospitality industry to the country are being realized. He said such benefits can only be fully realized if locals intensify deliverables, among those the quality of hotels, lodges, camps and bed and breakfast facilities, matched with world class customer service. He said that among institutions which play a critical role are the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism which focuses on policy formulation which enhances commercial exploitation of Hospitality Industry, and Botswana Tourism Organisation BTO through vigorously marketing and promoting Botswana as a premier tourist destination of choice. “As the government continues to encourage the development of capacities in the remote areas in order to accelerate, deepen and expand the economic growth development, initiatives such as this one fit well in that aspiration,” he said