Hospitality group Cresta has slashed prices for their rooms in a bid to promote domestic tourism during the festive season.
The promotion, which started at the beginning of November, has seen Cresta Jameson, Cresta Oasis and Cresta Lodge, all in Harare, cutting their prices by nearly half. A stay in Cresta Jameson is now charged at $37, Cresta Oasis $40 and Cresta Lodge $49 per head, all down from the normal rates that averages at $160 per room. This applies to people who are sharing accommodation, thus adding up to a total of less than $100 dollars per room with breakfast, free Wi-Fi and 20% discount on food and beverages.
Cresta Hotels operations manager Bill Bruce explains: “We know people usually visit relatives in the rural areas during the festive season and we don’t want to take that away from them. Thus the promotion runs until 28 February excluding days from 20 December to 4 January.” He said they want to give people a chance to spoil themselves at a low cost after or before visiting their relatives and friends in the rural areas.
Besides relatively low rates, those who stay at the hospitality outlets during the promotion stand a chance to win a holiday to Victoria Falls, including two nights for two at Cresta Sprayview and return air fares.
Meanwhile, Cresta Lodge has completed renovating over 100 rooms with only 56 left to go. This comes as part of their five million dollar facelift project which commenced in September last year. The lodge had its plumbing upgraded, rooms refurnished, floors redone, replacing carpets with wooden tiles and the whole interior redecorated.
“We wanted to give our guests something fresh and beautiful while also considering their health. That is why we had to do away with carpets,” said Chimumvuri. He added that carpets are unfavourable for people who are asthmatic.
Renovation of the remaining rooms will commence in March next year. Cresta hospitality group is one of Southern Africa’s largest hotel management groups, boasting several properties in Botswana, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.