Golden Peacock expands as it seeks five-star status

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TAWANDA MARWIZI

Golden Peacock Villa in Mutare has begun an expansion drive to increase room capacity as it seeks a five-star status by the end of the year.

So far 54 rooms in a double-storey have been completed, with furnish­ing currently underway, said Willard Madhombiro, Peacock’s marketing manager. “If those rooms are done, they will add on to the existing 83 rooms.”

The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of next year and comes at a time the hotel has been running out of capacity.

“Demand is now high and at most times we run out of rooms”, Mad­hombiro added. “We therefore want to work on the rooms first and then come to the conference facilities as we try to reach a five-star status by the first quarter of next year.

Apart from the new rooms, the hotel is also giving the existing struc­tures a facelift.

“For us to get a five-star status, we need to work on a number of things. One of them is a facelift of the exist­ing structures. So far we have been working with feedback from our clients and most of the rooms have been refurbished,” Madhombiro said, adding that there was the need for tourism players in the province to come up with innovative ideas that complement the flora and fauna.

“Victoria Falls is an example of a place that is tourist active and the players have done their best in complementing the natural falls. I think it also good for us as players in Manicaland to do likewise,” Mad­hombiro added.

“Investors should also come and build facilities here so that Manicaland also contributes sufficiently to the country’s GDP.”