Government has taken a deliberate decision to establish Botswana as a centre of conference tourism which has an enormous potential to attract international tourists and meeting delegates alike whose contribution to the economy will be invaluable, says Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi. Speaking at the launch of the capital city’s boutique hotel, Room50Two, housed in Gaborone’s tallest building, Masisi said the hotel proves to become an icon of Botswana’s tourism and is set to instantly capture the hearts and imaginations of business travellers.
Furthermore, Masisi said Room50Two also epitomises the importance of innovation and a new business model, which is attractive to visitors, tourists and the business community.“I am also happy to note that the hotel adds a fresh dimension and variety to the quality of facilities offered by the hospitality sector in the city of Gaborone.” “Our National Vision 2036 document asserts that the tourism sector will be diversified to promote economic growth and employment creation for local communities.
To this end, government will develop a diverse and varied tourist industry, capitalising on the country’s long established global reputation in governance, peace and democracy, the diverse scenic natural beauty of the country as well as our vast wildlife resources. These factors, among others, make Botswana conceptually and geographically a convenient place to hold global and regional meetings, conferences and events.”
Room50Two hotel offers a unique lifestyle experience defined by the highest standards of hospitality. The hotel is immaculately furnished with full sized bathrooms, kitchenettes and lounges. It blends the concept of serviced apartments with the hotel. At the same launch night, charitable organisations benefited from the auction of artefacts collected from different artists locally.
“Room50Two sourced the artworks that grace its rooms and reception lobby in a unique fashion. Through a process of special invites to well-established, reputable local artists to present their portfolios, they were able to shortlist and commission 13 local artists to create artwork in keeping with quality and prestige of the home these artworks would grace.”
Room50Two’s Head of Project Development, Justin Jose explained that as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) they undertook a plan to take a different approach when giving back to the community by raising money for charity and giving back to the Art community.
“We commissioned several artists to paint pieces within a given theme, these pieces are what we are currently using throughout the hotel.” The launch party was also graced by Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo, Director at Department of Tourism, Kelebaone Maselesele as well as other industry captains.