Six-star hotel boosts Namibian hospitality

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Namibia’s hospitality scene will be enhanced by the development of the R2bn Freedom Plaza mixed-use development in Windhoek.

NAMIBIA’s hospitality scene will be enhanced by the development of the R2bn Freedom Plaza mixed-use development in Windhoek.

The 80 000m² precinct is being developed by Madison Property Fund managers together with Swish Properties, Redefine Income Fund and Namibian company United Africa Group.

Included in the development is a 3 400m², 125-room hotel that will be developed within the complex with retail, residential, hotel, entertainment and offices all interlinked in a single location.

Site preparation for the six star boutique hotel, African Pride Eliakim Namundjebo Plaza, has started and construction will begin this month. The hotel should be completed in two years’ time.

The Freedom Plaza will include four premium-grade office towers covering about 35 000m², three trendy residential apartment blocks including 180 airy lofts and exclusive penthouses, 8 000m² of convenient retail space and 2 000 parking bays.

Mike Flax, an executive director at Madison Property Fund Managers, says: “It is a project of the highest international standards and will transform the urban design and dynamic of the Windhoek central business district.”

The first floor will feature a speciality restaurant, cocktail lounge, bar and terrace bar, while a casino will be built in the lower-ground level.

The upper levels will have a travellers’ lounge, business centre, executive boardrooms and a cigar bar. The rooftop will house a gym and wellness spa, pool, poolside cabanas, health bar and garden terrace.

The hotel will link with Freedom Plaza, one-third of which constitutes community and tourist facilities, including a bus terminus served by the main public transport routes, tourism kiosk, craft market, taxi rank, pedestrian walkways and public squares.

The construction phase of the development will create thousands of jobs and many opportunities for Namibian businesses, with the operations of the hotels, shops and restaurants creating sustainable economic advancement for hundreds of local families.

Redefine CEO Brian Azizollahoff says: “It is our strategic goal to ensure that as much benefit as possible which flows from the development of Freedom Plaza should stay within the local economy.”

He says Namibia is a natural first step for South African companies wishing to grow beyond SA’s borders, due to its proximity, political stability and growing economy.

Source: Business Day

Publisher: I-Net Bridge
Source: I-Net Bridge

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