Marriott International has opened the doors of its first Marriott Hotel in Rwanda, bringing the signature brand’s welcoming service and world-class amenities to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in its nearly 90-year history. “Rwanda is going through an economic transformation and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Marriott International president Arne Sorenson.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts is adding another hotel to its East African portfolio. The newest addition is BW Premier Collection - The Alba, located in Nairobi, Kenya. Centrally located, with easy access to businesses, offices, banks, shopping and tourist attractions, it is the ideal place to stay in Nairobi for either business or pleasure.
Hilton Worldwide has marked this year’s African Hotel Investment Forum with the announcement of new properties and extensions in three African countries. It continues the company’s commitment to expansion across the continent as it seeks to double its footprint from its existing 39 hotels to more than 80 hotels in the next three to five years.
African hospitality company BON Hotels has added another property to its growing portfolio. BON Hotel Addis Ababa, situated in Ethiopia, is under construction and will open its doors to the public in the first quarter of 2017. Located just ten minutes from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and the city centre, BON Hotel Addis Ababa will be an exciting option for the corporate, leisure and conference traveller.
Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, situated next to Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park, is on track to open for guests in June 2017. Comprising just six forest villas, Bisate Lodge will offer a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and a holistic exploration of this beautiful region.
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts will open Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay on September 1st, the first Banyan Tree property on the Mediterranean coast, and the first all-pool villa resort in Morocco. Located on the northeast coast of Morocco in Tamouda Bay, the resort is a 20 minute drive from the charming city of Tetouan, and international visitors can arrive via Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier.
Club Med has announced its second resort in Senegal, which will be open to public from 2017. With 358 rooms and suites totalling 860 beds, the new four star development will sit on the stunning stretch of coast in Western Africa known as the Petite Côte, staying true to Club Med’s positioning as a family-orientated, all-inclusive premium holiday provider. It will sit as a four star resort within the Club Med Trident rating, with integrated five star luxury space for holidaymakers looking for added luxury.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with the Swaziland Public Service Pensions Fund to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mbabane, Swaziland. The new build 130 guest room hotel will be located in the centre of Mbabane, the administrative capital and largest city in Swaziland. Located on Mhlambanyatsi Road, the main arterial route serving the city centre, the hotel will be situated in the CBD and ideally positioned for local and international travellers.
Minor Hotel Group has announced a partnership with Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company to develop two new Anantara resorts in North Africa, to open in 2017. Anantara Tozeur Resort is a new luxury escape being developed by Qatari Diar in the south-west of Tunisia, in the city of Tozeur.
Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management agreement for the first upscale Wyndham Hotels & Resorts property in Africa, the Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort & Spa, close to the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. The 290-room resort, complete with an 18-hole golf course, conference centre and spa, is expected to open in 2017, becoming the second Wyndham Hotel Group brand to launch in the country following the signing earlier this year of the first Ramada hotel in Nairobi.