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Its Spring and Botswana Resorts Beckon!

Botswanas tourism capital is a world wonder to thousands of travelers from across the mother continent and the rest of the world. However, the true source of its charm and allure is still a matter of debate amongst Holiday-makers.

What is the true mystery behind its attraction? How can travelers explain the calming effect on their senses as they come face to face with nature? For some it is the well-manicured gardens and the lustre of green which seem to stretch far beyond the horizon. For others it is the diverse species of the wild that provide the true African Safari. Yet no one can ignore the mighty Chobe river and hundreds of species within it. Natures beasts roar and thrive in their domain and mankind has a front row seat for it all.

From Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, Crestas flagship product, the world has new dimensions. A four-star treatment from this well-appointed property in the wild is the definition of true adventure. The golden standard of indulgence in the bush, provides a contradiction which adds to the ambience and experience.

Over the years it has become a global metropolitan and a rainbow of cultures as guests enjoy sundowners of Botswanas sunsets. Stories shared have often been anything from the meaning of the hotels name and its significance, to the activities of the day and the thrill of seeing game at close range.

This can be revisited this spring with the coming September holidays. Family, friends and colleagues can regroup and explore the adventure in the brave new world. Cresta Hotels has put together affordable packages matched with strict adherence to health provisions and protection of guests and staff in the new reality.

Right across our 11 properties in country, guests will enjoy affordable packages to explore and unwind this holiday. Our Gaborone properties; Cresta Lodge and Cresta President packages include boat cruises with bed and breakfast for two at highly competitive rates. Whilst Cresta Mahalapye, Bosele, Marang, Botsalo and Thapama, provide trips to tourist attractions within the area such as Goo Moremi, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Letsibogo Dam and Tantebane Game Ranch respectively. Cresta Rileys and Cresta Maun also have boat cruises, and various activities within the package, says Malebogo Sesinyi, Cresta Marakanelo Limited Group Marketing Manager.

Travel enthusiasts are urged to explore the amazing Kalahari Transfrontier Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and reconnect with Mother Nature and explore new networks and adventures. When last did you hit a road trip just to explore and re-educate yourself about our home and its secrets hidden in plain site? When last did you watch the sunset as you re-strategised your life journey and pondered on your purpose and calling? As the holidays approach what better way to uplift the human spirit than the face of beauty presented from the touch of nature herself.

This holiday we bring a bouquet of packages to reward the market with a reset, given our current circumstances. Our mental health and vigor is crucial in this time, and there is no better gift than the packages we present for holiday makers at home. Through this experience we hope to cultivate and reinvigorate the nations interest for domestic travel, says Sesinyi.

We continue to engage with deep cleaning and fumigation exercises at all of our properties throughout the Country. We take the health and safety of our guests very seriously. That is why at the beginning of the pandemic, when there was little knowledge of this pandemic, we had applied chemistry experts who led and guided the exercise where using strict WHO and MoHW guidelines, and exacting standards of safety, quality management for market-readiness.

One first-time domestic tourist had praises for the packages and the beauty of travel.

We used the July holiday period to distress from this whole COVID- 19 pandemic disaster by spending most of our afternoons cruising in the Chobe river and game driving in the park. I had a good time despite the ongoing global pandemic. I was never a big fan for domestic traveling, but I just gave it a try after spending the long period on lockdown and took a long drive to Kasane.

I found myself at Cresta Mowana Resort and Spa. I can safely say I am now a fan of domestic tourism due to the experience I had, the fear of contracting the virus during the vacation became less because I noticed how safe the environment was.

Travelers have been advised to take COVID- 19 precautions during the ongoing global pandemic. Some of the precautions recommended are performing hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub.

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China’s GDP expands 3% in 2022 despite various pressures

2nd February 2023
China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 3% year-on-year to 121.02 trillion yuan ($17.93 trillion) in 2022 despite being mired in various growth pressures, according to data from the National Bureau Statistics.

The annual growth rate beat a median economist forecast of 2.8% as polled by Reuters. The country’s fourth-quarter GDP growth of 2.9% also surpassed expectations for a 1.8% increase.

In 2022, the Chinese economy encountered more difficulties and challenges than was expected amid a complex domestic and international situation. However, NBS said economic growth stabilized after various measures were taken to shore up growth.

Industrial output rose 3.6% in 2022 over the previous year, while retail sales slightly shrank by 0.2% data show that fixed-asset investment increased 5.1% over 2021, with a 9.1% hike in manufacturing investment but a 10% fall in property investment.

China created 12.06 million new jobs in urban regions throughout the year, surpassing its annual target of 11 million, and officials have stressed the importance of continuing an employment-first policy in 2023.

Meanwhile, China tourism market is a step closer to robust recovery. Tourism operators are in high spirits because the market saw a good chance of a robust recovery during the Spring Festival holiday amid relaxed COVID-19 travel policies.

On January 27, the last day of the seven-day break, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism published an encouraging performance report of the tourism market. It said that domestic destinations and attractions received 308 million visits, up 23.1% year-on-year. The number is roughly 88.6% of that in 2019, they year before the pandemic hit.

According to the report, tourism-related revenue generated during the seven-day period was about 375.8 billion yuan ($55.41 billion), a year-on-year rise of 30%. The revenue was about 73% of that in 2019, the Ministry said.

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Jewellery manufacturing plant to create over 100 jobs

30th January 2023

The state of the art jewellery manufacturing plant that has been set up by international diamond and cutting company, KGK Diamonds Botswana will create over 100 jobs, of which 89 percent will be localized.

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Investors inject capital into Tsodilo Resources Company

25th January 2023

Local diamond and metal exploration company Tsodilo Resources Limited has negotiated a non-brokered private placement of 2,200, 914 units of the company at a price per unit of 0.20 US Dollars, which will provide gross proceeds to the company in the amount of C$440, 188. 20.

According to a statement from the group, proceeds from the private placement will be used for the betterment of the Xaudum iron formation project in Botswana and general corporate purposes.

The statement says every unit of the company will consist of a common share in the capital of the company and one Common Share purchase warrant of the company.

Each warrant will enable a holder to make a single purchase for the period of 24 months at an amount of $0.20. As per regularity requirements, the group indicates that the common shares and warrants will be subject to a four month plus a day hold period from date of closure.

Tsodilo is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements. This is for the reason that the fair market value of the private placement, insofar as it involves the director, is not more than 25% of the company’s market capitalization.

Tsodilo Resources Limited is an international diamond and metals exploration company engaged in the search for economic diamond and metal deposits at its Bosoto Limited and Gcwihaba Resources projects in Botswana.  The company has a 100% stake in Bosoto which holds the BK16 kimberlite project in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF) in Botswana.

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