Leading tourism investment icon in Northern Tanzania passed away
Prominent businessman and tourism industry icon in northern Tanzania, Mr. Faustine Meleo Mrema, has passed way in South Africa while under treatment on Sunday.
Mr. Mrema’s sudden death has sent shocking waves among the tourism fraternity in East Africa at a time when the region is facing a political and economic stalemate in the countdown to the General Election in Kenya and Rwanda and the stumbling tourism in Tanzania.
Founder and owner of the flourishing Impala Hotels Chain, Mr. Mrema stood as a leading local investor and a pioneer in classic hotel and accommodation investments in northern Tanzania, home of leading wildlife parks in East Africa. As a leading local investor in tourism and the hospitality industry in Northern Tanzania, Mr. Mrema had raised the hotel investment portfolio in Arusha from 1988 when he established the Impala Hotel, among the high-class tourist accommodation facilities in Tanzania. The Impala Hotel Limited (IHL) is the leading hotel investment in northern Tanzania, and among the first to be established by local investors. The hotel has a capacity to accommodate up to over 120 guests.
Nestled on the slopes between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge was established 15 years ago by Mr. Mrema. Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge is a high-class tourist accommodation facility ideally set for safari makers and conference delegates, including presidents and top executives attending conferences or visiting northern Tanzania tourist sites. Standing within a lush 140-acre coffee plantation with natural streams flowing through Mount Meru in a pure African village, the hotel blends with the lush vegetation of the surrounding area. It has 139 rooms including 30 chalets with 60 rooms, 72 rooms in the main building, and 7 presidential suites, all with a capacity to accommodate up to 350 guests, with a magnificent view of two highest peaks in Tanzania – Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. From corporate seminars to elaborate functions or wedding celebrations to small meetings, this hotel has a capacity to accommodate up to 600 people in its Victoria conference room, and 400 others in the Maasai Board Room.
Naura Springs Hotel is the latest, and a newcomer accommodation facility to spring up in Arusha city established by the Impala Hotels Chain as a brain-child of Mr. Mrema. The hotel has 120 rooms which include standard rooms, executive rooms, family suites, and 4 presidential suites, all of international class. The hotel is a locally-owned property, targeting tourists en route to the famous Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Oldoinyo Lengai, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Mount Kilimanjaro, and other destinations in northern Tanzania. This facility offers conference services to 600 delegates in its Kilimanjaro Hall, 150 in its Kilimanjaro Mezzanine and 250 in its Ngorongoro Hall.