25 December 2012

Tanzania: Doubletree Hotel Reopens

AT last, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Oysterbay, Dar es Salaam has officially re-opened and currently fully operational.

According to the management of the hotel, activities have resumed in full swing as of Saturday (December 22, 2012) following total compliance with all requirements as specified by the government.

It was confirmed that inspection by officials from the National Environment Management Council (NEMC), was satisfactory and learnt about compliance and finally advised the minister to lift the ban.

"The entire team wishes to express appreciation and gratitude to the Honourable Minister of State, Vice- President's Office (Environment), Dr Terezya Huvisa and to officials from NEMC who assisted and guided us in the process, to have the hotel back to fully operational state," reads part of the statement issued in Dar es Salaam.

Speaking on behalf of the entire management, the hotel's Director of Sales, Florenso Kirambata thanked all clients and business partners for the support in the last few days as they look forward to the return of all regular clientele and new ones to live up to the Doubletree Brand Promise which is to make the traveller feel human again.

Early this week, the hotel was ordered to close down business when officials from NEMC informed Minister Dr Huviza that there was some unattended leaking sewage into the sea. However, the hotel administration acted promptly to rectify the defect so as to comply with the environment protection regulations.

The Deputy Minister, Vice-President's Office, Mr Charles Kitwanga, earlier informed this paper that Doubletree Hotel complied and was allowed to resume activities. "The aim is not to disturb business but to make sure that all business outlets abide by the environmental conservation standards," Kitwanga said.

On spot assessment at the hotel by the 'Daily News' team yesterday revealed that visitors were coming in as usual as some of them said they had secured booking at the hotel long time ago to spend days during Christmas.

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