What will happen to gov travel if parliament moves out of CT?
22 Apr 2018 - by Zia Taylor
In his 2016 State of the Nation Address, then president Jacob Zuma declared that the cost of maintaining two capitals was exorbitant, and that the possibility of moving Parliament to Pretoria had to be considered. The debate has resurfaced this year, and in a formal bid has been issued to discuss the feasibility of such a project. Capetonians, however, are concerned about how much commerce will suffer if they no longer house the legislature.
There are a number of hotels strategically located within the immediate vicinity of Parliament, including Mandela Rhodes Place. Hotel gm, Terence Duckitt, says: “Government and corporate stays comprise 45 percent of our guests. Losing that market would be a hugely damaging.” He notes that some of its government guests have come for over 200 stays.
Zukiso Makalima, regional sales manager of aha Hotels and Lodges says that while the impact might not be felt as badly at their aha Harbour Bridge hotel as they are possibly just out of the range, that those closer would certainly feel the pinch. “Consistently, government business sits at the top of the statistics for most hotels as a top producer. You only have to look at the impact of the government officials’ accommodation, meals, drinks and not discounting the possible extension into the weekend before going home.”
These are not the only businesses affected, he says. “You also have to look at the impact on transfer companies that may have been involved in transporting government officials from the airport to the hotel to Parliament and back. Also think of the restaurants that will feel the impact of decreased traffic at night for dinner meetings and at times during lunch hours.”
Parliament also brings conferences to the surrounds, and the impact on the hotels hosting those would also be significant.