Beitbridge hospitality sector slowly shrugging off COVID-19 impact

By Innocent Nxumalo

The hospitality sector in Beitbridge has been inspired by the ongoing modernisation of the border to spruce up their facilities in anticipation of improved business opportunities to be availed by the upgraded inland port.

However, the ongoing modernisation of SADC’s busiest inland port has inspired the COVID-19 distressed hospitality players to spruce-up their facilities as they are convinced that the completion of the project will cement the Beitbridge migration corridor as the preferred corridor in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We almost abandoned operations, but a ray of hope beamed upon us when we saw the pace of modernisation of the border. We know that our border will attract more travelers who were using other routes. We are considering expanding our facilities,” said Beitbridge Inn manager, Mrs Fumani Muleya.

Ms Tendai Muzenda, who is Peter’s Motel & Conference Centre manager also said: “The gradual relaxation of restriction is giving us traction to rebound. Border modernisation is an exciting development to the hospitality sector in the border town.”

“We consider this as an olive branch to us who were tormented by Covid. Border expansion actually gives us impetus to up our game,” noted Mr Alfred Zhou, Elliot Hotel supervisor.

The modern standards implemented in the US$300 million project are expected to increase the 15 000 daily transit of migrating population passing through Beitbridge border post.