Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Paul Makonda said in Dar es Salaam earlier this week that the opening of the 5-Star iconic hotel which hosts elite tourists and business people, is vital for the commercial capital’s economy.
“Let me congratulate the hotel’s owners and employees for resuming services because this is one of the largest and most modern hotels in the country. As you all know, the government has already reopened the country’s skies to allow tourists carrying planes to bring the visitors to our nation,” Makonda said.
He further added that the coronavirus pandemic in the country has slowed down significantly but advised the public and hotel owners to continue following health experts guidelines to stop the virus from spreading which may force the government to take stringent lockdown measures.
“I am also happy with use of technology such as mobile phone scanning to pay for food and drinks’ bills which is an important step in containing the coronavirus spreading,” the Dar es Salaam RC added noting that the deployment of personal protective equipment at the hotel was also an important step.
He requested the hotel management to consider lowering prices for locals so that they can afford to spend some nights at the iconic hotel as the world continues to fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Briefing the RC on the hotel’s reopening, Marketing Manager, Lilian Kisasa paid tribute to the government for lifting the partial lockdown which has allowed tourists to start coming into the country after two month or so of closure.
“We welcome members of the public to come and sample our services, food and drinks which are offered at affordable prices,” Kisasa said while stressing that management will consider Makonda’s request on lowering prices.
President John Magufuli ordered resumption of business activities and reopening of the country’s air space to allow passenger planes with tourists to start arriving over two weeks ago following the declining of Covid-19 cases. President Magufuli ordered partial lockdown in mid March this year after the virus’ first reported case which later escalated killing dozens of people while infecting over 400.