Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group has announced it will set up a hotel chain in Rwanda – as part of its Africa expansion plans that include several other countries.
Speaking at a press conference at the new Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi, President and CEO of Kempinski Hotels, Reto Wittwer told reporters today September 26 that Kigali is one of the places on the Hotel Groups radar.
Wittwer said the group was “moving forward” to open a high end hotel in Rwanda by the end of next year (2014).
Other upcoming openings in Africa in 2014 include the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana and the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski in Cairo, Egypt set to open early in the year. The other chain is a newly signed 450 key hotel in the future capital of Equatorial Guinea, Oyala.
“African hospitality traditions lay a great foundation for our global expansion here in Africa, and around the globe,” said Wittwer.
“Kempinski places a great emphasis on recruiting and retaining the best talent in the industry and the quality of candidates we are encountering in places like Kenya and Ghana, gives us great confidence that we will be able to deliver the service that we have built our reputation on over the past 116 years that Kempinski has been in operation.”
With two new properties opened in Kenya in 2013, Kempinski looks to add five more hotels to its African portfolio in the next year. Also targeted is DR Congo, where the chain hopes to have plans complete by end of next year.
In Rwanda, Kempinski Hotels will be just one of an ever increasing list of global brands that are lining up to hope facilities in Rwanda. Among them is Marriot which is in the final stages of establishing a top end 250-room hotel.
The Park Inn by Radisson is also already on its way to Kigali, as globa; brands rush here to eat up on the booming tourism industry. Up to 700,000 visitors were recorded last year – which has often left a huge strain on the few top hotels.
Founded 1897 in Geneva, Switzerland, Kempinski as Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, says on its website that it is “committed to providing our guests with memorable journeys inspired by exquisite European flair”.