Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with ASB Holdings Limited, for two Hyatt-branded hotels in Tanzania – Park Hyatt Zanzibar and Hyatt Regency Arusha.
The hotels will join the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, already open in Tanzania, East Africa.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar will offer 72 luxurious guestrooms, and will be located on an UNESCO heritage site in the historic part of the city known as Stone Town.
The hotel will have unrestricted and direct access to the beachfront for leisure travelers looking to enjoy Africa’s coastline.
Initial construction began on the site earlier this year and the hotel is expected to be completed in time for Tanzania’s Zanzibar Revolution Day in January 2014.
Expected to open in 2016, Hyatt Regency Arusha will be a 144-room hotel occupying a 29 acre-site in central Arusha, a city in northern Tanzania and home to the headquarters of the East African Community.
Located in the heart of Arusha, the hotel will be in close proximity to some of Africa’s most famous natural landscapes and national parks, including Tarangire National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, making it an ideal choice for both leisure and business visitors to the region.
“We are thrilled to work with ASB Holding Limited to expand Hyatt’s presence in Tanzania, one of the premier tourism destinations in Africa.
“We are confident that the company’s experience of developing world-class hotels will help us drive preference for the Hyatt brand in Tanzania,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, real estate and development, for Hyatt, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
“Tanzania has seen strong growth in the number of business and leisure tourists – the number of international visitors grew by almost a quarter to surpass one million in 2012, driving demand for hotels in the country.
“By building a presence throughout Tanzania, a key gateway city and one of the country’s most beautiful areas,
Hyatt is able to offer more choices to guests as they travel within the region.”