Europe’s oldest hotels chain takes over Rwanda’s Milles Collines

Europe’s oldest hotels chain takes over Rwanda’s Milles Collines

Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group has taken over the management of Rwanda’s oldest hotel- Hotel des Milles Collines.

Located in Kigali, Hotel des Milles Collines is Rwanda’s oldest hotel which derives its name from breath-taking landscape of a thousand hills that surround the terrain across Rwanda.

Prior to the 2005 transfer of the ownership to Mikcor Hotels Rwanda, Hotel des Milles Collines was owned by Belgian airline Sabena.

The four star hotel continues to operate. It has 112 rooms, a bar/café, three conference rooms, a restaurant, and a swimming pool.

Kempinski entry into Rwanda is part of its Africa expansion plans that include other twelve hotels in nine countries in this year 2014. With two new properties opened in Kenya in 2013, Kempinski looks to add five more hotels to its African portfolio in 2014.

In Rwanda, Kempinski Hotels will be just one of an ever increasing list of global brands that are lining up for facilities in Rwanda. Kempinski will join Protea (largest hotel chain in Africa), Radisson, Hilton and Sheraton that will also open hotels in Rwanda, by end of 2015.

Rwanda’s Tourism Sector has been one of the best performing sectors in the country’s economy and recorded a dramatic growth since the beginning of 2013, with investments making a steady progress amounting to USD456millions and tourism attracting over 714.000 foreign visitors with USD217.7millions as income in nine months.

President and CEO of Kempinski Hotels, Reto Wittwer says that Kigali is one of the places on the Hotel Groups radar. The group was “moving forward” to open a high end hotel in Rwanda by the end of 2014.

“African hospitality traditions lay a great foundation for our global expansion here in Africa, and around the globe,” Wittwer said earlier.

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. Also targeted is DR Congo, where the chain hopes to have plans complete by end of the year.

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”.

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