Sun Meropa Hotel lights up night sky

POLOKWANE – Blazing fireworks announced the official opening of the Sun Meropa Hotel on Saturday, 29 July as guests to this prestigious event were greeted by a group of African dancers and friendly hotel personnel.

Read more: [WATCH] Meropa turns up the heat at the opening of the Meropa Hotel

Guests included the Chief Executive Officer of the Limpopo Gambling Board, Serobi Maja, members of the Meropa board, members and representatives of the Domba Trust and tourism stakeholders and service providers.

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was the master of ceremonies and explained that in the 15 years of Sun Meropa’s existence, it is the first Sun International hotel in the city.

Sun Meropa General Manager, Peter Guthrie, explained to the guests the new hotel is only the first project in the expansion of Sun Meropa.

“Looking back, it is hard to believe it was less than a year ago that we gathered on this site on the occasion of the sod turning for this hotel. Our construction team and the various departments from within Sun Meropa and Sun International have indeed achieved an incredible feat in delivering this project ahead of schedule.”

He explained that not only does this hotel enhance the experience Sun Meropa is able to offer guests, but they believe it to be a strategic investment which will help to promote and encourage tourism to the city.

The Chief Executive Officer of Sun International, Anthony Leeming, was among the honoured guests at the opening.

“The build-up to this opening has been filled with excitement, most specifically for the team here on the ground at Sun Meropa. Over the nine months they have been witness to the evolution of this exquisite hotel. The opening of this hotel is the fruition of a promise that Sun Meropa has nurtured since the opening of the casino. A promise that has created an all-encompassing world class entertainment and hospitality hub in Polokwane,” he said.

Raleigh Maesela, Chairperson of the Meropa board, said Sun Meropa takes to heart its obligation to contribute to building a sustainable community in Polokwane and surrounding areas. “From the very beginning, Sun Meropa put in place numerous social and environmental responsibility programmes, striving wherever possible to support organisations and initiatives with causes close to its heart, and the heart of the community. In addition to ongoing community building efforts, Sun Meropa strives to contribute tot he economic upliftment of the local community through job creation.”

After the speeches Georgia Hirst and Adrian McLeash from Dreams of Fire, lit Sun Meropa Hotel’s sign while belly dancers added to the entertainment.

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