THE Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) targets full capacity by the second half of this year for its new Beitbridge Hotel, an official has said.
Beitbridge Hotel general manager Innocent Kufa said the 136-roomed hotel is currently operating at 35% capacity since its opening on January 17 its doors.
“We anticipate to operate at full capacity by the second half of the year as people get to know more about our hotel. We cannot give you figures on our occupancy levels as we are at a closed period,” he said.
The hotel is one of the hotels that have been built since 2009 when the country introduced the multi-currency system. Beitbridge is the gateway that receives over 3 000 people every day enroute to South Africa and neighbouring countries.
The hotel was built by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) which leased it to RTG. The hotel has four conferencing rooms that can accommodate 700 guests at a given time.
RTG spokesperson Eltah Sanangura said: “The group will, through its various projects on product development, continue to invest in areas that will contribute significantly to the overall development of the tourism and hospitality industry in the country.”
She said the new hotel has solar-powered geysers and boreholes that provide 60% of the hotel water requirements. Sanangura said the hotel has 40 staff members.
It was constructed by NSSA at a cost of $32 million.
NSSA is a major shareholder in RTG with over 50% shareholding directly or indirectly through investment vehicles in the tourism group.