By Confidente Reporter
O&L Leisure officially opened its latest world-class establishment, the 7-star Chobe Water Villas in Zambezi Region last Wednesday.
The Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu officiated at the exclusive opening that was attended by the Zambezi Regional Governor, Laurence Sampofu; the Chief of the Masubia Traditional Authority, King Maiba Kisco Liswani III and O&L Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme, amongst other invited guests.
During his opening remarks, the Deputy Minister applauded the O&L Group for its continued investment into the Namibian economy and in particular the tourism sector.
“The Chobe Water Villas are breathtaking. With its unique structure and amazing set-up, it is certainly a destination bound to create beautiful, unique and memorable experiences, not only for local, but also international tourists. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Namibia and her people, we immensely value the contribution that the O&L Group has made and continues to make towards the Namibian tourism sector’’.
Thieme stated that the latest addition to the O&L Leisure portfolio is a manifestation of the Group’s commitment to build a network of recreational and hospitality facilities throughout Namibia thereby ensuring it continues to add value to the Namibian tourism sector, and the Namibian economy at large.
“In line with our purpose ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ and our vision which is to become the most progressive and inspiring company, this latest addition to the O&L Leisure portfolio is a manifestation of our commitment to Government’s ideals as outlined in the Harambee Prosperity Plan and the goals of Vision 2030,” he said.
As part of its corporate social responsibility agenda, O&L Leisure through Chobe Water Villas has forged a successful relationship with the Kasika Conservancy with the objective of conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the conservancy area for the benefit and environment of its residents and visitors.
To date the conservancy has benefitted in excess of N$ 400 000.
The Chobe Water Villas with a total investment of N$57 million into the economy has brought about a number of opportunities such as job creation (30 direct jobs were created), building innovative and sustainable businesses, and in this case the Zambezi Region, thereby boosting the country’s global tourism profile and contributing to socio-economic wealth and ultimately complementing Namibia’s profile as a major tourist destination.
The boutique 16-room Chobe Water Villas – an exclusive and intimate wildlife lodge – is located at the eastern tip of the Zambezi Region. The lodge is situated in the 150 km² Kasika Conservancy, in a secluded position directly on the banks of the Chobe River and near to the town of Kasane in Botswana.
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