BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play. Together with acquisitions in East Africa – in Uganda and Ethiopia - and continued growth prospects throughout the continent to add to their South African and Namibian portfolio, including the doubling in size of the 5-star boutique hotel BON Hotel Abuja to 60 bedrooms, which is about to commence, and the current upgrades and refurbishments under way at their existing hotels, Director of BON Hotels International West Africa (BHIWA) Bernard Cassar says the group remains committed to moving onwards and upwards and continuing its growth trajectory in the region. The two new hotels currently under construction are being built to international standards and specifications with the latest technology and facilities. BON Hotel Lekki, situated on the Lekki Peninsula, Victoria Island, is due to open in June 2018 and will provide a 4-star, international, 45-room hotel catering to the corporate and business market. The second acquisition is BON Hotel Elvis Wuse2, a 4-star, 85-roomed, luxury hotel located in the heart of Abuja, primed for the business traveller, due to open later this year. CEO of BON Hotels Guy Stehlik says that within a short space of time the group has become a number one player in Nigeria, which just reiterates their belief in and commitment to the region. He adds that BON Hotels’ success has been made possible largely by the experienced staff in place and the considerable time and energy the group has engaged in skills development and transformation in Nigeria. “The reality is that we have gone from having no presence in the area to becoming the largest operator, based on hotels, in less than 12 months, which demonstrates our primary strength at identifying and managing hotels under difficult . . .
Is your passport travel-ready? If you’re planning on jetting off into the sunset over the coming school holidays, make sure your passport is in order. That’s the advice of Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist. According to Konrad, many travellers are not aware of passport requirements that could turn a dream overseas holiday into a nightmare. In order to avoid complications at international destinations, refusal of entry into a country or, in some cases, deportation, it is essential that: Passports must be valid for six months after your return date At least four blank pages must be available for passport control and customs Your passport name must correlate with your travel documents – in some cases a married woman’s name change from maiden to married surname can cause complications Passports of minors must be updated and recognizable with a recent photograph Konrad notes that certain countries such as The USA, United Kingdom and The Middle East are more stringent than others and travellers should make certain that all of their travel documents comply. “With many immigration offices on high alert following terror attacks across Europe, better to be safe than sorry,” advises Konrad. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The annual Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament will take place on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 from 12h00 to 16h00 at the Fives Futbol, Century City, Cape Town. Corporates line up for the 4th Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament, hosted by Adverb. It’s time to boot up again for the 4th edition of Adverb’s Mandela Day Have a Ball charity soccer tournament taking place at Fives Futbol, Century City on Mandela Day, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 from 12h00 in support of the children from My Dunoon. Forty children from the project will team up with members of the participating corporate teams in a 5-a-side round-robin soccer tournament. This day of giving will be topped off with a handout of takkies, soccer balls, beanies and bags to each child - purchased with the funds donated by corporate sponsors and suppliers, who are: Adverb, Ankerdata, BON Hotels, Concept Lounge, Diesel Digital, Fives Futbol, Gemini Solutions, Hobbs Sinclair, Innovation Projects, IOL, OneFM, Orlichem, Pyrad International, Sir Juice. Participants and spectators can look forward to a fun day of football, food, refreshments, laughter and happiness, a live broadcast from OneFM, with a few surprises in store including celebrity appearances. All the players will receive a medal and there are great give-aways throughout the day for best save, biggest smile, team spirit, sportsmanship and ball skills. If you are interested in entering a corporate team, please contact Ashleigh@adverb.co.za - or just pop by and cheer from the sidelines. Order of the day is to HAVE A BALL! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Vaal River Meander is celebrating its 14th year and visitors to the area can indulge in SIX weeks of weekend wine tasting! A unique winter experience exclusive to Gautengers and visitors from the surrounds, the event will showcase over 40 wines from some of South Africa’s premier estates. With 17 different venues to choose from, you are guaranteed a different experience at each and every stop, from sipping a beautiful Bordeaux on the river banks or a plummy Pinotage in the pub, to a scintillating Syrah by the fireside. BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal are offering their guests the opportunity to get involved – book between 25 June and 30 July, and enjoy some fabulous special offers: • Stay over for R 850.00 p/room, with a complimentary wine tasting for two, and 50% off breakfast the following morning • Tuck into a platter for two for R120 which includes a variety of flatbreads infused with local herbs and seeds, accompanied by a selection of homemade patés and spreads • Enjoy a 25% discount on Sunday lunch • Warm up with our hotpot meal-of-the-day at R 75.00 p/p There will be a Wine Tasting Fee payable at each venue you visit, with a selection of different wine farms at each stop – • R20 for 8 wines • R30 for 12 wines • R40 for 16 wines So, grab your free Vaal River Meander Wine Route passport which has a map of the route, all the specials available at each venue and the wines that can be tasted, choose your mode of transport – a river cruise, limousine, water taxi, vintage car, motorbike or your own wheels, and begin your magical meander! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist, has recently achieved a Level Two B-BBEE rating after implementing 52.5% black ownership and 31.5% black woman ownership in partnership with NetValue™ Equity Partners, also based in Cape Town. The certification falls under the Qualifying Small Enterprise classification in the Tourism Sector Code, a category which has recently been under the spotlight for its slow pace of transformation. The travel and tourism industry has recently seen the back of two of its biggest South African trade shows - World Travel Market Africa and the stalwart travel exhibition, Tourism Indaba, held in Durban last week. Seemingly, a common topic under the spotlight is the rate of transformation in the South African travel trade. Speaking at the annual Women in Tourism Event at the Indaba, newly elected Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa raised concerns about the slow pace of transformation in the sector. Commenting on their positive achievement, Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, said that as a South African business owner transformation is a priority policy. “Tourism is an integral part of the South African economy and transformation should be at the forefront of the industry. This marks a significant milestone in our transformation drive; we will continue to find ways of enhancing our B-BBE efforts.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Refurbishments underway at BON Hotel Delta and BON Hotel Abuja, Nigeria BON Hotel Delta will be undergoing a complete refurbishment and renovation to upgrade their facilities in line with international standards, along with designing and training staff on an excellent maintenance culture. The first phase is underway with the replacement of flooring, lighting and various areas of the kitchen, along with installing new air conditioners. Next up they will be upgrading the flooring in all of the guest rooms and re-painting the entire hotel. At BON Hotel Abuja the dining area has undergone a make-over with the introduction of new décor and furniture and a new waitrons’ station and the pool deck also has new outdoor furniture. This next phase follows the complete refurbishment of all the rooms and the boardroom last year, and going forward plans are underway to renovate the entire bar and reception area. It is business as usual at both properties with minimum fuss, noise or inconvenience to their guests. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Thursday, 11 May, BON Hotel Midrand will be hosting an Event Showcase - creating beautiful and functional spaces to highlight the ways in which the venues at the hotel can be used. Invited guests and the public can pop by between 11h00 and 14h00 and indulge in the latest culinary eats and be inspired by on-trend, interesting and creative concepts for weddings, events, special occasions, conferences and launches. Celebrity Chef Citrum Khumalo, from Asidle Culinary Kitchen and Chef Lucy at BON Hotel Midrand will be whipping up the latest in culinary eats – from high tea delicacies, healthy and innovative conferencing catering, canape’s and cocktails, as you wander about the hotel, meet our suppliers and experience all the different pockets of creativity and inspiration. When : OPEN DAY, Thursday, 11 May from 11h00 to 14h00 Where : BON Hotel Midrand, 546, 16th road, Constantia Park, Halfway House (minutes from the Gautrain) Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org Meet our suppliers: Adverb, Asidle Culinary Kitchen, Auto Bavaria, Bold Pearl, Connecta-floor, Gauteng Tourism, JC Functions, Lounge Around, Massive Records, Showbiz Productions, The Tablecloth Hiring Company, Ulunga Bar CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
What does Corporate Social Investment mean to you? No longer is CSI seen as a charitable donation, an enhanced corporate image, a tax write-off or a solution for the corporate conscience, but rather as contributing to the real needs of the community in which you operate. More sustainable growth could be delivered if management could see CSI as part of their strategic environment, contributing to real social development and economic progress. A popular approach to CSI is mentoring – affording previously disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of how best to manage their careers, how their actions impact on their success and how to improve on the things they are good at, to grow and to make their mark in the world. Anyone can be a mentor – regardless of current position – as there is always someone who is less experienced or just starting out who is looking for guidance. Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, believes that it is imperative for any business operating in South Africa to be a part of the solution and not the problem in contributing to Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and to look at other ways of giving back, and not necessarily just with the focus of improving your bottom line. Under Laker’s guidance and support, young entrepreneur Tendai Chawasarira, a qualified Barista, was able to open his own coffee shop, Bean@Beuna, in their office block and he is enormously grateful for the opportunity. “I am able improve my skills and work experience, which has ignited my passion for coffee again; the ideas for a bigger menu are flowing, and with our client base growing I am about to hire extra staff.” The potential of uplifting the community has improved, and employee morale is also enhanced with the buy-in and support of everyone in the office and the corporate park. Laker believes CSI is a give-and-take scenario – you give to plough back into the community and take to identify potential contributors for your . . .
Most financially distressed companies have the same things in common: poor working capital controls and the employment of a reactive working capital management strategy rather than a proactive approach. Improving the company’s working capital through a proactive strategy can be a quick way to get your head above water without increasing sales or cutting cost. For companies in financial distress, that kind of improvement can be the first step to turning the company around. For healthy companies, the surplus cash flow can be reinvested in ways to create value for customers, be invested in a brand or expand your services or product range. The process of improving working capital can also highlight improvements in operations such as supply-chain management, human resource management, procurement, sales and non-value-added cost. The first step is to focus on your income and customers and to ask the how, who and when question. You need to understand exactly how your income is generated, who you will collect it from and when you will collect the income. Once you have established the above, you should focus on collecting all income due to you as soon as possible. This can be done by informing debtors of their balance due, following up on debtors to pay their outstanding balances, offering a discount on early settlement of their account or, as a last resort, taking legal action to recover the balance due. The focus should be to reduce your debtors’ collection days to as few as possible, while at the same time retaining the customer relationship. The second step is to focus on your inventory levels. Having a clear understanding of the demand and supply of your product or service is a key factor. You should establish the optimum amount of inventory to sustain your level of demand while maintaining a small buffer for unforeseen circumstances. The third step is to focus on your expenditure and, more importantly, the supply chain relationships that the company . . .
Couples often agonise over choosing the perfect venue for their wedding. The location of the reception has an effect on every element of the big day, from the choice of suppliers to the number of guests who can attend – the pressure is on to choose something to suit everyone. Not only that, but the wedding venue says so much about you as a couple; you’ve got to pick a venue to reflect your styles and personalities. Having said that, your classic wineland or beach wedding, whilst still popular, is fast being replaced with more contemporary, individual and modern takes on this age-old tradition, seeing more and more couples opting for city weddings using innovative spaces, and cool ideas for their new-age ‘I do’s. Lucy Rangasamy, General Manager at BON Hotel Midrand, says their hotel is perfect for a big city wedding - often an issue when it comes to finding space for 300 guests, plus your mother’s friend’s cousin’s son. She adds that the hotel offering for guests extends beyond just bedrooms and amenities, with generous packages offering all sorts of add-ons like ‘the best breakfast in town’, a shuttle service, spa treatments, hair and make-up stylists, and much more. And the photo opportunities are endless - as a start the contrast between the dress and the urban location would be delicate and authentic - imagine a downtown, grungy street, a colourful, graffiti-swamped wall, modern or crumbling architecture, or an old car posed against the sidewalk as the sun sets. Better yet, if it’s bucketing down, bring out the umbrellas and pop on some Wellingtons, and really make a splash. Banqueting Manager at BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central, Dayana Kerber, says that they are getting more and more enquiries for rooftop weddings and events. “We recently hosted a function on the rooftop parking area, which was spectacular – a celebration beneath the stars on a perfect summer’s evening with the sounds of the city vibrating in the background.” From stylish and urbane . . .