AVERAGE hotel occupancy at Pote Hotel, a subsidiary of Pote Holdings in Zvishavane, has been hovering around 65% since the beginning of the year.
The high occupancy has been largely attributed to sporting activities in the vibrant mining town.
In an interview with Southern Eye Business, Pote Hotel manager Victor Mavingire said business was not as good during the first quarter (Q1) of the year due to economic challenges besetting the country and the hotel was looking forward to the start of the local Premier Soccer League for business.
“Since the beginning of the year there has been some drop, but not significantly, in terms of business,” he said.
“The hotel occupancy has been ranging between 65% and 80%. We are optimistic that things will be better when the soccer season starts.”
Mavingire said they had completed 50 rooms and plans were underway to add another 50 to meet demand.
The hotel is located 800m from the Zvishavane central business district in the mining town famed for its platinum, gold, chrome and diamond deposits. It was established in 2012, initially as a lodge, before being upgraded to a one-star hotel in September 2013.
Pote Holdings own a number of businesses around Zvishavane town, which include Pote Supermarkets, Hardware General Dealers and Pote Transport.
Their haulage trucks operate in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The holding company has some departmental stores that include hardware, delicatessen, butchery and stationery outlets.
Pote Holdings sells electrical gadgets like stoves, fans and other small electrical appliances. Pote Holdings’ major markets are in Shurugwi, Mberengwa, Masvingo, Gweru, Filabusi and Gwanda.
The company employs over 170 people.