Threat of closure seems to have been averted and the management of Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Dar es Salaam can breathe a little easier as business resumed following their agreement to ‘total compliance’ of all environmental protection measures.
Deputy Minister, Vice President's Office, Mr Charles Kitwanga confirmed that the hotel has complied with given regulations and has got the go ahead to resume business.
"The aim is not to obstruct hotel operations of the hotel but rather to ensure observance of the environmental protection standards…" Kitwanga explained.
Speaking on behalf of the management, the Hotel's Director of Sales, Florenso Kirambata reported that business resumed as of Saturday December 22, 2012 and he also asserted that requirements specified by the National Environment Management Council, (NEMC) will be adhered to the letter.
In fact, he reported that inspection by officials from the National Environment Management Council, (NEMC) has been conducted and the officials are satisfied with the degree of compliance and even advised the Minister of State, Vice President's Office, (Environment) Dr Terezya Huvisa to lift the authority to shut the hotel down.
On behalf of the hotel management Kirambata said "…the entire team wishes to express appreciation and gratitude to the ministry and officials from NEMC who assisted and guided us in the process…to have the hotel back to a fully operational state…"
He further aplogised for all inconvenience caused in this period of inspection and they welcome back all regular clientele assuring them that they can expect that the hotel will live up to the Doubletree Brand Promise to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
Early last week, Dr Hiviza ordered the management to close down pending full adherence to environmental management standards. That order by the minister followed reports that the hotel dumping sewage into the ocean.
The hotel administration expressed regret for the anomaly and pledged immediate repair of the apparently ruptured sewage pipe. Inquiry by this paper revealed that reservations were going on as usual and guests had high remarks about the hotel and services provided.