Blog – ETA ropes in businesses for Buganu Festivals next year
These are Pigg's Peak Hotel and Casino as well as Chiefs Tented Camps who have been partnered with Mobale Emmanuel Consulting Services (MECS).
According to MECS CEO George Mamaila, it is in this view that on interacting with the tourism department and ET A the opportunity to provide something different in a bid to raise the level of Buganu Festival and create comfort for visitors emerged.
"We want to provide comfortable home away from home accommodatiort Together with Chiefs Tented Camps, we create extra-ordinary guest experiences as we provide up to(600 'home away fium home accommodation' in the fonn of fully equipped tents," he said.
The tented accommodation will come with comfortable beds with mattresses, linen, duvets, pillows, bedside tables, blankets, plug points, carpets and comfortable chairs.
"We will set up and service the accommodation over the duration of the events. Customers can book the tents at a rate of E 1 400 per tent per day, excluding break. f8$t. We have partnered with Pigg's Peak Hotel and Casino who will provide breakfast at a rate ofE I 00 per person per day," he said.
The Buganu Festival attracts more than 80 000 people and is one of the biggest and cultural highlights of"Eswatini.
According to BBC News, data collected by the World Bank indicates that in 2016 more than 940 000 international tourists visited Eswatini.
Though it has been reported that there has been a drop of 5 .1 per cent in visitor numbers to Eswatini, Mamaila believes that tourism is still one of the key drivers of the economy.
He further disclosed that the minister of tourism had expressed a desire for the visitors to "have a different and enjoyable experience without being worried about drink-driving.
"The minister added that there are visitors who come from as far afield as KwaZulu-Natal who make their annual pilgrimage to the festival at Hlane and Buhleni with no accommodation close by. lbis solution he added made perfect sense, which is why the ministry is supporting the initiative," he added.
"We will set up and service the accommodation over the duration of the events. Customers can book the tents at a rate of I 400 per tent per day excludmg breakfast We have partnered with Pigg's Peak Hotel and Casino who will provide breakfast at a rate of E 100 per person per day"