The push for greater support of and investment in local brands and products, and indeed the wider local creative sector, remains a paramount aspect of Botswana’s economy recovery as local SMEs are amongst the hardest hit from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With efforts underway across the Nation to support the #PushaBW movement now more than ever before, Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone has upped the ante to actively champion support for local talent and the creative industry with the much-anticipated inaugural #PushaBW Brunch, hosted in partnership with Brand Botswana, Botswana Tourism and Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport & Culture Development.
The Hilton Garden Inn #PushaBW Brunch, held on the 28th of November 2020, convened the best locally sourced innovative and creative goods and services from across Botswana, right in the heart of Gaborone’s CBD. Proudly Botswana brands showcasing their offerings included: Tsina Tota, Nubian Seed, Le Afrika, Sweet Sensation and Keno Custom Suits, to name a few, with over 20 exhibitors in total. Set against the backdrop of a beautiful Botswana sky and the melodies of local musicians including Han-C, DJ Boogie Sid, and upcoming artist – Queen, it was a feast for the senses and a welcomed spotlight on the bevy of local talent available.
Said Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone General Manager, Mrs. Thabani Ndlovu, “Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone is a proud member of Botswana’s diverse hospitality fraternity, and in these challenging times, we have come to appreciate the power of working together with our fellow hospitality providers to fight the negative impacts of the pandemic and thrive beyond it. The incredible number of local products and service providers under the #PushaBW banner are a part of that journey, and we are here to work together and support one another in the spirit of botho and tomagano. The #PushaBW Brunch, held in partnership with Brand Botswana, is just one effort towards this.”
The hotel has also ringfenced premium space within the premises for exhibitors, offering long-term exposure for artists to display their work, as well as increasing their commitment to use local products throughout the hotel, and sell these at the hotel’s Pavillion Pantry kiosk. This is in addition to the local artwork display initiative launched at the hotel’s opening in 2019, featuring photography by local talents such as Pako Lesejane.
#PushaBW, launched in 2018 as a campaign to rally Batswana to buy locally produced goods and services was last week revamped and re-introduced as a Forum at the Global Expo 2020. This saw Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Honourable Peggy Serame, urge Batswana to embrace and support the initiative as a means towards further development and sustainability of SMMEs and the economy at large.
Botswana Tourism Organisation has come on board to highlight that ecotourism in Botswana is one of the tools designed to achieve improved livelihoods within local communities, as well as conservation of natural resources. Ecotourism provides not only job opportunities for residents in and around a community, but also a market for local products and services.
Concluded Mrs Ndlovu, “As Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone, the #PushBW Brunch is about celebrating the talent across Botswana and continuing to commit ourselves to growing and nurturing the youth and entrepreneurial spirit across the Nation. As a proud investment of the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF), we recognise the importance of this platform and its impact on the development of Botswana. This is in line with our overarching desire to drive positive change across communities and collaborating with local suppliers to promote sustainability, articulated within our 2030 Travel with Purpose Goal.”
Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone remains committed to making a sustainable difference in supporting the #PushaBW movement further.