SeaSide Hotel and Spa celebrates milestone

Namibian SMEs should take a leaf from the illustrious success story of a coastal establishment.

17 May 2019 | Local News

Dr Wilhemina Shivute; SeaSide Hotel board chairperson; We learned through trials and errors.

Swakopmund - Otis Finck

The renowned coastal establishment SeaSide Hotel and Spa celebrated its 11th anniversary with a glamorous gala dinner recently.

Dr Wilhemina Shivute, chairperson of the SeaSide Hotel and Spa board, gave a brief overview of the facility and explained that it was an investment partnership between the ministry of defence and entrepreneurs William and Thea Bosch.

“SeaSide Hotel and Spa located at Mile 4, Dolphin Drive, Swakopmund, was inaugurated by the then minister of defence retired major general Charles Namoloh on 12 April 2008.”

Shivute said that the founders and board members had no formal experience in the hotel industry and the fact that the establishment was celebrating its 11th year of existence was a worthwhile occasion.

“We learned through trials and errors and remain committed to take the venture forward to greater heights with support of the community and business sector.”

Long services awards were handed over to personnel at the hotel. Annanias Ipinge and Paavo Immanuel received ten years loyal service awards while numerous other employees received five years loyal service awards.

Regional councillor Juuso Kambueshe hailed the establishment and achievement by the SeaSide Hotel and Spa as an admirable feat and said transformation under the Swapo-led government was not always recognised.

“Namibia has a government-led economy and such a situation is not always sustainable. It is a well-known fact that the private sector is regarded as a change agent in all flourishing economies.”

Kambueshe challenged SMEs to step up and take a leadership role in transforming the economy.

“Sea Side Hotel and Spa faced numerous challenges from the tourism industry. Those who were against its establishment were proven wrong and Namibians should learn from the achievement.”

Keynote speaker Sam Shivute added that the SeaSide Hotel and Spa’s success story was an inspirational tale that needs to be told and duplicated by other ministries.

Shivute presented a talk themed Thriving to Greatness. He also highlighted that most businesses either succeed or fail in the first five years and said the fact that the hotel was still standing was a great achievement in itself.

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