THE Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) has introduced a new investor to manage Visitors’ Comfort Facility (VCF), a hospitality establishment in Butha-Buthe, to the community.
Tourism outfit, Southern Express, was recently introduced to the communities at the facility, which is located just outside the Butha-Buthe central business district, at the Caledonspoort border. Southern Express with run the facility for the next 25 year. The company is expected to remit 2% of revenue accrued from events to the community.
The government-owned facility has been idle for more than five years.
The LTDC said the introduction was mean to provide for smooth relations between the investor and the host community.
Different stakeholders, among them Tourism, Environment and Culture Ministry, the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS), the Butha-Buthe district administrator’s office, the National Security Service (NSS), the Town Clerk, Tšoana Maliba Cultural Group and tour operators attended the introductory meeting.
Southern Express director, Motlatsi Russell, told guests at the event that they would strive to collaborate with all stakeholders in the area. He said he was also looking forward to working with the community to ensure that many people benefit from the running of the facility.
“I want to see the community forming associations to provide services to the business so that as many people as possible benefit,” Mr Russel said.
The facility will on 4 September 2021 host a food and arts market which Mr Russell hopes will prove the potential of the business.
LTDC public relations officer Molapo Matela said the coming in of Southern Express was in line with the corporation’s mandate of ensuring that there is community beneficiation in the running of the facility.
“The investor is expected to work collaboratively with the host community and other stakeholders and ensuring they benefit either through job creation, while also enhancing the tourism product which will lead to an upsurge of visitors in nearby places tourism destinations thereby increasing revenue for all businesses in the area.
“In addition, the VCF is will provide a platform and an opportunity for tour operators, tour guides and handicrafts makers to trade and exhibit their products and in the process enhancing the tourism value chain,” Matela said.