By Hilary Mare
THE City Lodge Hotel Group expects to open its 147-room Town Lodge Windhoek next month, the company announced in its financial results for the year to 30 June 2017.
Town Lodge Windhoek will be the 58th hotel in the group, which has existing operations that offer 7 072 rooms in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana, across the Fairview Hotel, Courtyard Hotel, City Lodge Hotel, Town Lodge and Road Lodge brands.
Its 172-room City Lodge Hotel Two Rivers in Nairobi, Kenya is expected to open in October, followed by the 147- room City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in the first quarter of 2018 and the 148- room City Lodge Hotel Maputo, Mozambique in the second quarter of 2018.
Town Lodge Windhoek, will become the 13th Town Lodge in the City Lodge Hotel Group. It also owns the Fairview Hotel brand in Kenya.
While it is still finding opportunities to grow its footprint within South Africa, the group has in recent years also focused on growing its brands in selected parts of East and Southern Africa.
“We are really looking forward to having another hotel in a neighbouring SADC country, and we believe that Town Lodge Windhoek will ideally complement our well-established Town Lodge Gaborone,” said Clifford Ross, Chief Executive of the City Lodge Hotel Group.
Situated in the Steps development, within The Grove Mall of Namibia in the Kleine Kuppe area of Windhoek, the R130 million Town Lodge Windhoek will have a boardroom, secure free basement parking and a swimming pool, among its other facilities for business and leisure travellers.
In South Africa, the group has signed development and lease agreements to extend the City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport, by 62 rooms to 365 rooms, with the additional capacity expected to be available in the first quarter of 2018.
Plans are also well-advanced for the development of a 158- room Town Lodge in Umhlanga and a 90-room Road Lodge in Polokwane. The group continues to assess development opportunities for its brands in South Africa, the rest of Southern Africa and in Eastern Africa.
The group’s total revenue for the year to 30 June 2017 grew by 1.8 percent, to R1.52 billion, assisted by an inflationary increase in room rates. Average occupancies for the year decreased by three percent to 63 percent, and were negatively impacted by low business and consumer confidence, ongoing political uncertainty and negligible economic growth in South Africa. Kenyan occupancies weakened in the lead-up to the country’s general election, but are expected to improve, now that the general elections have been held.
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