Boom for Bloemfontein hospitality industry

2012-12-15 22:46

Bloemfontein - Guest house and B&B owners in Bloemfontein have experienced a boost in business this year.

A day before the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung got underway, almost every street pole on Nelson Mandela Drive was plastered with an advertisement of a "home away from home".

Outside the Central University of Technology, where thousands of delegates received their accreditation, a man stood with big posters calling on those who were in need of a place to stay.

“I’m not even sure if I’ll get paid,” he said to a SAPA reporter. A significant portion of the over 6 000 people who had arrived at the Free State University would be based outside the campus. Guest houses and B&B's were enjoying a great piece of the business pie as major hotels were booked to the brim.

However, things did not start with the African National Congress conference.

The hospitality industry in the province came to the party when Bloemfontein was announced as one of the host cities for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

“A lot of people renovated their homes and turned them into guest houses. At that time I was worried that we would not compete. But things went well,” said Nadine Reynolds, owner of Aloe Ridge B&B in Mangaung. Also, earlier this year, the African National Congress brought smiles to the province's tourism sector with the party's centenary celebrations. Reynolds' establishment is based in the suburb of Dan Pienaar, a 10-minute drive from the university and two kilometres from the Bloemfontein Stadium where the ANC centenary celebrations were held.

“It’s a boom or bust here in Mangaung. It’s either we are all booked or we are all not booked,” she said. In the meantime, Reynolds, a retired teacher, said she was grateful for the latest events to come to the city. “The conference has given us a boom ahead of Christmas here as most tourists go to coastal cities in the festive season”.

  • mawandemhlwempu - 2012-12-15 23:16

    That's good 4 business

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-16 03:35

      Well yeah provided they get paid

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-16 07:55

      You Will find he chairs in the pool. Smaller stuff will be in the suitcases...

      gvangreunen - 2012-12-16 08:04

      good for business??? only a fool would rent to these parasites without 100% payment up front!

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-15 23:49

    ANC credit cards will bounce. Because the people demand

  • marc.vaneldonk - 2012-12-16 01:19

    I don't want to call any names, but a lot of hotels, boutiques and b&b's were promised, they would get a load of customers during the world championship soccer. Nothing happened, and nobody came. I am not mentioning what group invested their last bit of money, but I think we can all make a good guess.

  • mark.croxford.3 - 2012-12-16 01:40

    Did I not read recently that these guest houses etc were still trying to get their payments from the anc (no capital letters for my total lack of respect for these sponges) from some time back ?

      marc.vaneldonk - 2012-12-16 01:48

      I can only say are right.

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-12-16 05:51

    put cash + deposit down first, then you may stay! B+B people, use your brains!

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-16 07:34

    Ha,ha! Most will never see the money! Big boom without the bang!

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-16 07:48

    Take care!!! The ANC do not pay their bills!!!!!!

  • paul.vanvuuren.927 - 2012-12-16 08:02

    Hope you were paid in advance....

  • mordikaai.speak - 2012-12-16 08:32

    Will the hospitality industrydet the profits or will the repair men end up making the profits well at least someone will get something out of this

  • andy.allen.1610 - 2012-12-16 08:46

    Anyone know who is doing catering at the conference

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-16 09:39

    A joke

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-12-16 09:53

    Funny that once you read all the comments , they all say the same , these leaders have no shame so why do the people allow them to carry the responsibilty of the country in their shoulders. Think before you vote use your brain not your hart!!!!!!!!!!!

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2012-12-16 10:42

    so glad you refer to that place as Bloemfontein, and not Mangat

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-16 11:02

      Pretoria jhb durban warmbad witbank f+k

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-16 12:23

    So don't come and complain to us after the circus have left town that you haven't been paid.

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