Written by  McDonald Chiwayula

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has officially opened a $60 million Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel in Blantyre.

Chakwera cuts the ribbon during the ceremony Chakwera cuts the ribbon during the ceremony

The President cut a ribbon to symbolise its official opening.


The Chinese funded multi-purpose hotel has 162 rooms, a shopping mall and conference rooms among other facilities.


The Malawi leader applauded Chinese Government and its people for their continued commitment to develop the country with high standard infrastructures.


“I am delighted to be in the commercial city of Blantyre for the official opening of this magnificent Golden Peacock Hotel. I congratulate the owners and management of the hotel for this multi-million dollar investment which is worthy addition to the Blantyre skyline.


“Tourism is a top priority in my administration because we regard it as a critical driver of the economy in the new Malawi we are building,” said the President.


The hotel adds to  Blantyre's skylines


The Malawi leader said tourism industry sits at the heart of Transport, food, retail aviation among other services that creates business and economic development.


Chakwera said his Government will expedite the Tourism Industry Master Plan so that there’s proper coordination and development of the sector. He also made mention of engagements with the African Development Bank towards the sector.


“There’s already great excitement for investment in tourism so we need to make the most of this opportune moment. For example the African development bank has already committed 10 million United States Dollars towards the strengthening of the industry and am grateful for this gesture,” said the Malawi leader.


Wang Xiusheng, Deputy Ambassador of People's Republic of China to Malawi, said the facility speaks volumes of the cordial bilateral relationship between the two countries.

“This hotel plus other infrastructures in the country is China’s contribution to the development of Malawi. We appreciate the cordial ties existing between the two nations as it is conducive for doing business and offering job openings,” said Xiusheng.


The Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima attended the auspicious event


Minister of Tourism Dr Michael Usi applauded the drive Government has taken in boosting the tourism industry.


He said the tourism sector is of the avenues that bring Forex in the country and it needs to be harnessed.


Usi said the gains made in this industry need to be consolidated saying: “There should be deliberate policies to boost the sector in the light of COVID-19 pandemic that has affected hospitality sector worldwide.”


The first Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel in the country was opened on December 8, 2011.

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