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Corporate Care at Hotel Asante Posted March 16, 2015

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Business travelers to South Sudan will be completely satisfied by the service provided by Hotel Asante. We can go beyond the standard guest house or hotel to provide our business clients with additional benefits. We will facilitate your business visit to South Sudan through the following ways:

Transportation

We provide quality transportation in Juba, South Sudan. Your business trip to South Sudan will definitely involve you attending various business meetings with clients and government officials, and we can offer air-conditioned transport for this purpose. Hotel Asante is a hotel in Juba close to the airport, so you can relax shortly after arriving without having a long and arduous journey to your accommodation. We also provide complimentary transport to and from the airport for our corporate guests on request. These features have brought many corporate clients and government delegates to our rooms as guests.

Communication

At Hotel Asante, we understand that communication is important for anyone who is on business travelling to Juba, South Sudan. We accordingly provide 24/7 high speed wireless internet access, along with IDD call facilities to our guests. We can also handle any written or telephone correspondence for you during your stay at Hotel Asante. Our business clients will also be able to use our photocopying, scanning, binding, laminating and faxing services for their documents at our front desk.

Co-ordination and event organizing

If you are in need of any type of support services and are unsure where to obtain them, you can rely on us to solve your problem. We will be able to find the right service providers for you that are reliable and cost-effective. Our facilities also allow us to handle corporate events of any scale, from small boardroom meetings to larger company gatherings. We will arrange the appropriate space and set up the necessary equipment for you to conduct your event.

Safety Measures

Some investors are reluctant to do business in Juba, South Sudan over concerns of security issues. Bearing this in mind, we seek to allay your fears by guaranteeing the highest standard of security among hotels in South Sudan. Hotel Asante has received approval from the United Nations Security and Safety standards due to the precautionary measures we have taken, such as armed security and shatterproof glass. While the risk of threat in Hotel Asante is very low, we take additional measures to ensure that you can conduct your business in complete confidence while in Juba, South Sudan.

These are not the only features we provide; we also have a pool, sauna and gym for business travellers to relax and unwind after a stressful day. Our in-house restaurant will also provide refreshing and delicious meals to satisfy your cravings. Choose Hotel Asante for your business trip to South Sudan, and you will not be disappointed!

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As the youngest country in the world today, South Sudan is still in the process of developing parts of its service infrastructure. You might be hesitant in planning a trip to South Sudan as some of the processes you will need to go through are not made very clear. However, South Sudan has a lot to offer visitors, including several business opportunities and the chance to see this hopeful young nation emerging from a troubled past. With this in mind, here are some useful tips to help you prepare for a trip to Juba, South Sudan.

  1. Obtain your visa officially – South Sudan’s visa policies have been constantly fluctuating since the nation’s independence in July 2011. The country officially allows visa-on-arrival facilities for nationals of five African countries, while several other foreign visitors have reportedly been able to procure a visa after landing at the airport. However, this is unreliable, as it may require bribing officials and could lead to complications. You are strongly recommended to follow the official procedures and sort out visa requirements well before making the flight to South Sudan, especially if you’re visiting South Sudan for business purposes.
  2. Try to get your money changed before arrival – The official currency in South Sudan is the South Sudanese Pound (SSP). Money can be changed at banks, hotels and even some restaurants. There are also black market dealers who can provide a more favorable rate of exchange, and while this appears lucrative, this is illegal and has caused issues for some travelers. To be secure, get your currency exchanged before arriving, so that you can pay for any facilities you may need to use in the local currency. If you need to exchange money in South Sudan, use the services of a bank or an official exchange bureau, which are common in Juba.
  3. Do not expect too much from your accommodation – The hospitality industry in South Sudan is developing slowly, but the main focus is on other key industries to support the country’s development. This means that facilities that are considered standard in other countries may be luxury facilities in South Sudan. There are hotels that provide a quality service on par with international standards, but you must be prepared to pay a premium rate for such accommodation. If you don’t plan on spending too much on your stay in South Sudan, be ready to adjust to the budget accommodations, as you may not have facilities like internet access, or air conditioning.
  4. Travel smart, travel safe – Traveling to South Sudan is considerably less risky than it was two years ago, but you can never be too safe. Try to limit much of your travel to the daytime and do not travel the streets alone at night, especially in unfamiliar areas. This information may sound obvious, but some backpackers and travelers may want to get a closer look at the local culture. If you happen to be one of these curious types, try to travel around with a local resident so that conversing with locals will be easier and you will be aware of which areas to avoid. When traveling out of the city, remember that land mines still pose a risk, so make sure you stick to main roads and frequently accessed routes.
  5. Photography is a tricky area – This is a very sensitive subject in South Sudan, and you are required to obtain a South Sudan Photo Permit from the Ministry of Interior if you wish to take photographs without legal problems. Even with this permit, you are not guaranteed to be off the hook, as people have been arrested for using cameras in certain areas. If you must take photos, make sure you avoid government buildings and personnel and infrastructure such as power plants and bridges. You should also always ask permission before taking a picture of someone else, so try not to capture random photos in public places.
  6. Stock up on your medication – If you have any existing health conditions, remember to stock up on sufficient amounts of your medication, as the medical facilities in South Sudan are somewhat lacking. Remember to place these into clearly marked containers and carry any required prescriptions with you so that this will not cause you any delay at the airport. Protecting yourself from mosquitoes is important, as Malaria is a common issue in the country. For this you will need clothing that covers your body, such as long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants, and plenty of mosquito repellant.

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As South Sudan is ripe with opportunities for investment, Juba frequently receives visitors from all over the world looking to do business in the country. That’s all well and good, but what about the visitors who want to enjoy the beautiful country at their own leisure? Here are some of the things any traveler would have to do on a trip to South Sudan.

  1. Take a Boda Boda ride – Some countries have taxis, others have rickshaws, and in South Sudan there are Boda Bodas. Boda bodas are small motorcycle taxis that are common in East Africa. It is quite a unique experience to be taxied about on a bike, especially in the setting of Juba, which will make you feel like you’re in a scene from a movie. The boda bodas in Juba are also considered to be a lot less risky than other African countries. This is partly because there is less traffic on the streets of Juba, so the ride is somewhat relaxed.
  2. Visit the Mausoleum of Dr. John Garang Mabior – This is where the remains of Dr. John Garang Mabior have been laid to rest, a national hero who played a key role in South Sudan’s independence. If you are interested in any extent into the birth of this young nation, you should visit this landmark. The mausoleum is fittingly located on the Avenue of Nations, where the city of Juba celebrated the festival for its independence in 2011. There is also a large statue of the late Dr. Garang on the Avenue, in homage to this important leader.
  3. Shop in the Konyo Konyo market – This is one cultural attraction that you should not miss. You will find a sheer horde of stalls selling numerous items including shoes, clothes, food items, cosmetics, sculptures, auto parts, electronics and more. Whether you’re a self-professed backpacker or not, you will be able to find some unique souvenirs after some browsing through Konyo Konyo market.
  4. Take a walk by the River Nile – This majestic river has been the source of life for the East African region since ancient times. Walking by the river in the evening can be a surreal experience, with the small fishing boats and ferries basked in the golden glow. Just make sure you’re wearing proper clothing to avoid getting bitten by the mosquitoes!
  5. Try the local cuisine – All visitors will have to try the local food at least once. The cuisine will be somewhat familiar to Asian visitors, as they use flatbread and curries often. Fortunately, South Sudanese cuisine is not as spice-infused, so you don’t need to worry if you can’t handle spicy food. The Konyo Konyo market is a great place to sample some of the local specialties. However, you cannot expect too much in terms of cleanliness standards, as it is an open market.

Bear in mind that there are plenty of other interesting things you may come across during your time in Juba, South Sudan. It is a beautiful place, bursting with culture, and will create a memorable experience for all who visit.

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South Sudanese cuisine is generally simple and shows a lot of influence from Europe, Asia and its neighbors in the region. Flatbread known as ‘Kisra’ is the staple food of the country, and is usually eaten with grilled or stewed meat, like chicken or beef. Peanuts are used heavily in the local cuisine as a sauce or thickener, and this gives South Sudanese food a distinct flavor. While these dishes are delicious in their own right, visitors to South Sudan are sure to have cravings for their own respective cuisines. Especially in Juba, which has become host to several foreign diplomats and investors, there is a need for international restaurants in South Sudan. Fortunately, there are establishments in Juba that can provide visitors with a familiar taste of the food from back home.

Cuisines from various other parts of the African continent can be sampled in South Sudan, as it is a landlocked country. Ethiopian, Kenyan and Eritrean restaurants are the most prevalent, as there are many immigrants from these countries residing in Juba. Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine is also to be found in Juba; the ‘Shawarma’s and ‘Kebab’s are known to be truly scrumptious.

Indian food is very common in South Sudan, as it is similar to the local style of cooking. Rice and curry is served in all manner of establishments, from roadside shops to high-end restaurants, and the taste varies accordingly. Other common Indian food staples can also be found, such as ‘Roti’ and ‘Dosai’. Asian cuisines, like Chinese and Thai, are also popular in Juba, with many restaurants offering fried rice, noodles and other similar dishes.

Travelers hungering for Western cuisine and fast food in South Sudan will be relieved to know that cheeseburgers and submarines are sold commonly in Juba. Although the standard of quality varies from place to place, one does not have to travel far to sink your teeth into a juicy burger and some French fries. Hamburger purists may be disappointed that there are no Golden Arches to be found in South Sudan, but the food available can satisfy regular fast food fanatics.

Pastas and pizzas are also offered at Italian restaurants. Once again there are no major franchises operating in the country, but this is likely to be far from a visitor’s mind when digging into a cheesy pizza or enjoying some spaghetti. Italian cuisine is found a bit less frequently in South Sudan as many of the ingredients have to be imported, but the restaurants that do offer Italian food are of high quality.

Hotel Asante’s Aroma Restaurant is specialized at catering to a variety of tastes, including Indian, Chinese and Western cuisine. This fast-food centre provides a unique service with dishes prepared by internationally trained chefs. Visit Aroma Restaurant and give your senses a treat!