Peacock Villa Hotel occupancy takes knock over coronavirus suspicion

  • No Coronavirus infected occupants
  • Bookings for Chinese banned

MUTARE – ONE of the leading hotels in Manicaland – Golden Peacock Villa – has dispelled rumours circulating on social media that the hotel might be accommodating guests infected with coronavirus.

Addressing media at the hotel on Tuesday, Golden Peacock Villa Hotel general manager Celia Woo said the hotel was safe

We are here to dispel rumours that the hotel might be affected by the coronavirus,” Woo said.

(Correct) information is the hotel is very safe. We want to assure (our clients) that there is nothing (like coronavirus) here.”

There is no coronavirus,” she reiterated.

“We want people to come and do business as usual,” Woo said.

Hotel marketing manager Mathew Takura said business had gone as a result as of the negative speculation.

“As of now, basically business has gone down as a result of this perception,” Takura said.

As a preventive measure, we have banned all bookings from Chinese nationals and other surrounding nations (as a precaution and in order to) ensure safety,” he added.

Food and beverages manager Willard Madhombiro said food at the Chinese-owned hotel was safe and was locally sourced.

There is widespread speculation that the coronavirus originated from people who mostly feed on animal meat.

We do not order or import food items from China.

All the food that we prepare here is all from Zimbabwe; be it meat or vegetables,” he said.

All our cooks are Zimbabwean, and if one requests Chinese food, we prepare it using ingredients from Zimbabwe.

We are assuring our customers that all our food and beverages are safe and healthy,” Madhombiro explained.

Woo said the hotel had only two Chinese employees who came into the country six months ago.

Meanwhile, despite the current negative perceptions about the coronavirus, the hotel has seen its rooms and conference room capacities increase from 84 to 137 rooms since 2012.


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