Botswana: Okavango Companies Wrestle – allAfrica.com
Maun — Some enterprise entities within the Okavango Sub-district are nonetheless struggling from the results of the COVID-19 pandemic regardless of efforts by authorities to permit direct chartered worldwide flights to Ngamiland and Chobe.
Most tourism companies resembling lodges and lodges had been hopeful that the transfer would facilitate higher earnings, however that was not the case as some nonetheless decried lack of enterprise
Kamore Visitor Inn situated within the centre of Gumare is one such facility that has not but benefited regardless of efforts by authorities to give you methods to make sure restoration of a number of financial sectors.
The ability contains of spacious rooms which all characteristic en-suite bogs with showers and Wi-Fi Web entry amongst others.
One of many senior staff, Ms Ceciliah Kiritu confirmed that they had been nonetheless feeling the impact of the pandemic as enterprise was nonetheless low.
She mentioned they had been hopeful that issues would change for the higher in the course of the festive season however that was not the case. “We skilled a thirsty festive season as there was no enterprise in any respect,” she mentioned.
Gumare is a perfect place for travellers seeking to discover the well-known Okavango Delta and Tsodilo Hills that are world heritage websites.
Atoma Lodge supervisor at Shakawe, Ms Gaotlhobogwe Samayahe concurred that enterprise was low, noting that the final time they obtained shoppers was on twenty third December.
She acknowledged that they pinned their hopes on the festive interval to revive their companies, however that individuals had decreased motion as a result of pandemic.
Shakawe can be a gate approach to among the greatest tourism locations and enterprise house owners hoped that the festive season would convey enterprise as many had been travelling however that was not the case.
Atoma Lodge has opened one other department in Gumare and Ms Samayahe acknowledged that each services had been experiencing the identical downside regardless of their efforts to promote by means of social media.
Ms Kamogelo Karwero of Semo Visitor Home nonetheless in Gumare mentioned enterprise was happening at a snail tempo because the pandemic.
For the entire festive holidays, she mentioned there have been no bookings, including that they began receiving bookings on January 10 for a day.
She mentioned they had been working at a loss as they spent weeks with out bookings, including that at instances they obtained bookings twice every week.
Ms Karwero additional famous that it was unlucky as there had been experiences that instances of COVID-19 had been growing in Ngamiland and puzzled if they’d come again to full enterprise.