Four star hotel for the north
Local businessman John Endjala is planning to erect a four star hotel facility in the Northern part of the country to attract tourist and improve the visibility of his John and Penny Group (J&P) to national status.
Endjala revealed that plans for the construction of the hotel to be situated west of the Ondangwa Airport along the Ongwediva highway are already completed.
The planned grand hotel will house 250 rooms, a restaurant, conference rooms, a state of the art gymnasium and a swimming pool, amongst many other features.
Endjala said construction of the hotel will be wholly financed by the J&P Group but will not be disclosing how much it will cost, only saying that it is not a cheap undertaking.
Endjala said plans to start with the ground breaking ceremony is currently put on hold as government, through the Ondangwa Town Council, is still in the process of negotiations to compensate the five homesteads occupying the eight hectares of land on which the hotel is to be build, but is confident that the foundation will be laid by August this year.
Endjala, who is not new to the hospitality sector in the region, said the new venture was necessitated as the entire northern Namibia does not have a single five star graded hotel, making it challenging to get high class hotel accommodation in that part of the country.
“As a businessman who is from this part of the country I have a strategy to also contribute to the development of infrastructure in this region and I believe this project will also increase awareness of the town, attract more tourists and local visitors who are not necessarily from here but from other parts of Namibia,’’ said Endjala.
While most of the northern based businesses and accommodation facilities mostly depend on the influx of visitors from neighbouring Angola who are now facing an economic crisis that has affected the profit making of many businesses in northern Namibia, Endjala said he does not envision that the economic hardships in that country affecting the planned hotel negatively.
“I have been running another accommodation facility here in Ondangwa for over three years now and it has always been 85% booked and none of my clients are Angolans. To me the Angolan financial crisis will not affect the hotel at all. It will maybe affect those who relied on the Angolan market,’’ Endjala said.