South African-based Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts group chief executive officer Anthony Puttergill has said they are currently completing the pre-opening development phase of Umodzi Park in Lilongwe.
Umodzi Park comprises five-star hotel, President Walmont, Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) and Presidential Villas.
Peermont concluded a management contract agreement with Umodzi Holdings in October 2014, and is completing the final fit-out and interior design finishes, infusing local Malawian influences with a distinctly continental African flair.
“We were very proud to be awarded this prestigious management contract and Peermont is confident that the Umodzi Park Hotel, Convention Centre and Presidential Villas, under our management, will provide customers with a world-class business experience and will definitely complement our existing range of hotels and convention centres,” said Puttergill in a statement yesterday.
He said as a company that operates many multi-faceted hotels and convention resorts in South Africa and Botswana, including the renowned Emperors Palace and The Grand Palm brands, they believe that the Malawi development will be in good company and benefit from the existing business networks they have built up, as well as their adherence to strict operating standards. “Our sales and marketing teams are hard at work to position this wonderful business park correctly in the global business community.”
A statement from Peermont said the entrance to the Umodzi Park business precinct features 2 500-secure parking bays and leads to the statuesque double volume and twin buildings of Bicc.
Facilities of the Bicc include the Lilongwe auditorium, which seats 1 500 delegates and is accessed by a large volume foyer, which can accommodate the same number of guests.
The President Walmont Hotel comprises 130 rooms and suites, with 60 classic King rooms, 60 classic twin rooms, a special assistance room and 10 presidential suites, all with air-conditioning, 40-inch TVs with local satellite channels, international plugs, Wi-Fi and a mini bar that is stocked on request.
Additionally, there are 14 Presidential Villas—a short drive from Umodzi Park—offering a private clubhouse and relaxation and sporting facilities.
Bicc, according to the statement, has been operating in a limited capacity since November 2014 to service the needs of the local and regional community and Peermont expects the finalisation of the interior design fit-out to be completed by mid-March 2015.
Thereafter, the Bicc will operate at optimum standards and capacities.
The President Walmont Hotel will be open to the general public from May 1 this year.
The statement said the recruitment of Malawians has ensured that essential management and staffing positions are filled.