CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
UNION Gold Zambia and Protea Hotel Group intends to build a hotel in Kasama district of Northern Province to boost tourism and
Minister of Finance Felix Mutati made the announcement in Kasama yesterday and said that a newly de-gazetted forestry land has been made available for the hotel project.
“Kasama town has for a long time lacked modern facilities such as hotels and shopping malls,” Mr Mutati said.
And Union Gold Zambia and Protea Hotels Group Zambia chairman Mark Odonell said a market study will soon be completed which will assess the cost of building the said hotel.
Mr Odonell said the group intends to build a three or four star hotel in the provincial capital to ease accommodation challenges.
He said the hotel will not only boost tourism, but will also create jobs for the people as part of government’s development agenda.
Mr Odonell said Protea hotel has helped increase economic activities in various areas where it operates.
“For a project of this kind, as a hotel, we intend to create 100 jobs or more. This is in line with government’s development agenda,” he said.
Mr Odonell said the local authority in Kasama which identified the land has been working closely with the hotel group.