By Bester Kayaye
Mangochi based Sun and Sand Hotels says it is hoping for business revival with Malawi hosting the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) head of states summit and scaling up its immunization programme against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Human Resources Manager for the hotel group Martin Juma told Mining and Trade Review that business has been bad for the group and other tourism players due to containment measures that countries put in place to fight Covid-19 such as boarder closures.
Juma, however, was optimistic that business will pick up with the country’s hosting of the summit which will result in an increased number of visitors.
He said; “We are more than prepared to host these delegates as they are to spend their two weekends in the country and as Sun and Sand we have prepared all our conference rooms and diverse lucrative amenities ahead of this summit. We are more than ready to host any sort of meetings in our facilities.”
“We have a swimming pool with all sort niceties to suite everyone, we have also come up with special menus for the delegates of which everyone’s favorite Chambo fish is inclusive.”
He also said the hotel is ready with boats to take guests on game viewing safari to explore Lake Malawi National Park and view other places of interest including Cape MaClear.
Juma also assured guests visiting their resorts of sufficient protection from Covid-19 saying they are following all protection measures as advised by the Ministry of Health.
“We have disinfection chambers and temperature checks right from gate entrance, and everyone entering or leaving our facilities is mandated to abide by these measures,” he said
Malawi is hosting the 41st SADC Summit from August 9 to August 19, 2021 that will see state President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera taking over leadership from Mozambique’s President, Filipe Nyusi.