THE Royal Solwezi Hotel has successfully completed the first two phases of the expansion programme, which have seen the erection of eight fully-furnished apartments at a cost of K50 billion (KR50 million).
Management at the hotel is determined to supplement Government's efforts in putting up infrastructure meant to deal with the shortage of accommodation in the provincial capital of North-Western Province.
Royal Solwezi Hotel managing director Litana Shindaile explained that "the first two phases have been completed and tenants have already occupied all the eight fully-furnished apartments, adjacent to the main hotel building".
"Solwezi town is experiencing a critical shortage of accommodation and it is imperative that players in the hospitality industry double their efforts in addressing the situation," he said in an interview.
Mr Shindaile said the Royal Solwezi Hotel deliberately embarked on a project to increase room space and came up with the idea of putting up fully-furnished apartments in its bid to help reduce the shortage of accommodation in the provincial capital.
"Fully-furnished apartments are ideal for families, individuals and groups of people who are being contracted by the mining companies as they need the freedom of doing their domestic chores without restrictions," he explained.
The hotel management had initially budgeted K100 billion (KR100 million) for a four-phased expansion programme with four units dedicated to each block of apartments. One unit was estimated to cost K50 billion (KR50 million).
Mr Shindaile said the contractors would soon complete the third block before concluding the project with the final block before the end of 2013.
"We have been patient and moving steadily with the project in our fervent desire to help reduce the shortage of accommodation in Solwezi.
"We have been systematically doing things correctly and I am happy to say that the progress has been well-recorded," Mr Shindaile said.
"All the apartments are available to all potential tenants although we always prefer the first-come-first-served manner of consideration."