Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Maputo, now the largest hotel in the Mozambican capital, has re-opened after a four-month hiatus during which the hotel went through a US$30-million expansion and makeover that has added significant appeal, interest and comfort for business and leisure guests.
This major investment by Tsogo Sun is in line with Mozambique’s robust real GDP growth of seven per cent in 2013, despite the floods in the country last year. The progressive increase in coal production and the implementation of large infrastructure projects, coupled with budgetary expansion, are expected to continue to drive growth in Mozambique, projected at 8.5 per cent in 2014 and 8.2 per cent in 2015, according to the African Economic Outlook website.
“It makes sense to embrace the opportunities and invest in Mozambique, with its growing economy and its attractiveness to South Africans as well as international travellers,” said Richard Weilers, chief operating office of Tsogo Sun hotels. “Southern Sun Maputo has benefitted from a strong trading performance and we believe this expansion and refurbishment programme, together with its location as the only Maputo hotel on the beach, will cement it as the destination hotel of choice in the city.”
Travelling to Maputo is increasingly easy for South Africans as flights from Johannesburg and Durban are regular and take about an hour.
Southern Sun Maputo’s extensive renovations included the addition of 111 rooms and conference facilities, refurbishing of the existing 158 rooms and public areas, and expanding the restaurant, lobby, and back-of-house facilities.
The hotel expansion also included the addition of a new 120-seat conference centre, two new meeting rooms and a brand new business centre, for the convenience and comfort of the hotel’s growing complement of business travellers.
Bruce Chapman, general manager of Southern Sun Maputo, said that alongside the dramatic renovations that have transformed the hotel, special attention has also been given to staff training to ensure that service excellence is part and parcel of the new hotel offering.
“We had to ensure that our ‘new’ hotel, which promises ‘pleasant surprises’ to guests at every turn, would also give guests the perfect level of service – genuinely friendly, exceptionally helpful, and properly authentic.” Important too, to Southern Sun Maputo, is that it remains relevant to the local market, while also giving the international guest a special Mozambican experience,” Mr Chapman said.