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Harare's Charter House turned into hotel

by Staff reporter
15 Mar 2019 at 16:32hrs | Views
CHARTER House located at corner Samora Machel Avenue and Julius Nyerere Way is set to be turned into a five-star hotel.

Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Dr Precious Sibiya yesterday confirmed the development during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Mashonaland Holdings Limited and Touchroad International Holding Group.

Dr Sibiya said the MoU signing was testimony that indeed Zimbabwe is open for business.

"This development is indeed significant as it comes at a time when tourism in Harare is in dire need of revitalisation and the need for additional luxurious smart hotels.

"This MoU signing occasion is really a testimony for the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra.

"There is nothing as beautiful and uplifting as transformation of a very old structure 61 years old into a smart modern building and there is no better work in embracing our heritage," she said.

Dr Sibiya added:

"The project promises to change the face of tourism in the capital by adding a five-star luxurious accommodation thus the Charter House and will cost more than $50 million.

"In Harare and  countrywide, there is a shortage of five-star hotels hence the new facility will see at least 80 hotel rooms  being added to the current hotel capacity of  2 371 in Harare.

"Even with this additional capacity, we will still be lacking behind in terms of accommodation facility as compared to Johannesburg and Lusaka just to mention a few."

Dr Sibiya commended Touchroad for expressing interest and coming in to walk the talk in this partnership.

She also thanked Mashonaland Holdings for providing the base for such an investment to take place in the capital city.

Sibiya urged the parties of the MOU to expedite the implementation since a lot of ground work needs to be done.

Source - hmetro