Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
The Capital Mbombela will offer one of the largest conferencing facilities in the city, along with its 100 hotel rooms and 50 apartment-style rooms, exclusive restaurant and bar, and numerous other exclusive amenities. It will create at least 125 new full-time jobs and is also likely to create opportunities for allied trades and professions, including entertainers, eventing companies, and other related services.
Wachsberger anticipates that the new hotel will be popular among families from smaller urban and rural areas who are looking for a city weekend away and that families from Mozambique and Swaziland will find its offerings as appealing as the various shopping and leisure opportunities the city has on offer.
With Mpumalanga being home to some of the country’s biggest mining and manufacturing operations, The Capital Mbombela is also likely to be a popular conferencing and meeting venue, particularly with the group’s stringent approach to Covid-19 protocols.
The Capital Mbombela is the third new product in the group’s portfolio in 2021 as it continues its aggressive expansion strategy of adding at least two new hotels each year. It recently announced the acquisition of the resort now known as The Capital Zimbali in KwaZulu Natal after a business rescue process, and concluded a lease-to-buy agreement for the iconic 15 on Orange in the heart of Cape Town.
"In our 13 years of innovation in the hotel business, we have led the way in offering sought-after apartment-style accommodation, that offers a home away from home experience, complete with a fully equipped kitchen and other home comforts, but in the context of a slick, luxury hotel," says Wachsberger.
"There’s nothing like this on offer in Nelspruit, we’re looking forward to introducing this concept to the local market and hopefully, it will stimulate greater demand for accommodation in the city, and in turn, help uplift the local tourism industry."