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New look hotel boosts job creation

Written by Louise van Niekerk
The Golden Gate Hotel in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in Qwaqwa has been upgraded to attract more tourists. The hotel will play a vital role in providing jobs and creating wealth for the area, said Environmental and Water Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa at the launch on 5 June.

The breathtaking landscape of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park with its scenic mountains and majestic sandstone cliffs is a prime tourist attraction. The hotel, which was initially built in 1971, boasts revamped restaurants, 54 luxury rooms and conference facilities with a seating capacity of 300. 

With its new look and upgraded facilities, it will attract more tourists to the area, which in turn will create more jobs and generate wealth. It will also help to develop hospitality-related skills.

Wildlife

The area boasts a variety of attractions for nature lovers. It is home to 10 antelope species, more than 50 grass species and about 140 bird species. A special hide enables bird lovers to observe the park’s vultures up close. The park derives its name from the rays of the setting sun on the striking west-facing sandstone cliffs, which turns them into a glowing gold colour.

World Environment Day

The opening of the hotel coincided with World Environmental Day on 5 June. Minister Molewa used the opportunity to encourage the public to work hand in hand with government in taking care of the environment.