Protea Hotels to retrench workers
Protea Hotels, which operates under the United Africa Group, is set to cut its number of employees at its various branches despite a reported growth in the tourism industry. This week, Graham Howard, United Africa Hospitality’s development director, confirmed that some workers will lose their jobs.
In an e-mailed response to the Economist, he said: “We are currently involved in the re-evaluation of our Hospitality Business Model,on completion this may result in certain retrenchments and re-deployments.”
According to recent reports, United Africa Group made an internal announcement stating that employees will be retrenched at its various outlets country-wide in the coming weeks.
The United Africa Group, which first took sole ownership of all the Protea Hotels in April 2008, runs over 10 Protea Hotels in the country, with one outlet in Ethiopia.
The Protea Hotels in Namibia include the African Pride Burning Shore, Protea Hotel Pelican Bay, Protea Hotel Longbeach Lodge, Protea Hotel Indongo Guesthouse, Protea Hotel Sea-view Zum Sperrgebiet, Protea Hotel Fürstenhof, Protea Hotel Thüringer Hof, Zambezi River Lodge, Protea Hotel Walvis Bay and Protea Hotel Ondangwa.
United Africa is also the owner of the newly-opened Hilton in Windhoek.