Kigali Marriott boosts African expansion plan with two awards at WTA

Rex Nijhof, General Manager of Kigali Marriott Hotel (C), with Graham Cooke, President and Founder of the World Travel Awards (L).

Barely one year after opening its doors, Kigali Marriott Hotel has already been recognised at the World Travel Awards, the travel industry’s leading awards programme.

During the World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony 2017 held in Kigali early October, Kigali Marriott was named Rwanda's leading business hotel and Rwanda's leading city hotel – which is a testimony to the hotel’s success in bringing out the Marriott Hotel brand’s values which target business and sophisticated travellers.

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Kigali Marriott was named Rwanda's leading business hotel and Rwanda's leading city hotel.

The awards also come as a boost for the company’s ventures in Africa, as Kigali Marriott was only Marriott’s first hotel in sub-Saharan Africa, and it has an ambitious expansion plan on the continent.

Indeed, during the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, which followed the WTA Gala, Marriott International announced further expansion in Africa with seven new hotel signings. The company is targeting over 200 hotels with 37,000 rooms open or in the pipeline by 2022, equating to around $8.5 billion of capital investment by its real estate partners and reinforcing its continued commitment to expansion in Africa and solidifying its leadership on the continent.

The investment is expected to generate substantial economic activity and around 50,000 direct and indirect jobs once the hotels open.

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Iriba Terrace at Kigali Marriott.

“Africa today makes a very compelling story. We are seeing unprecedented traction for our brands, driving our momentum of growth,” said Alex Kyriakidis, the President and Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at Marriott International.

“We have always believed in the potential of Africa and the opportunities the continent has to offer. With economic growth, a rising middle class and rapid urbanization, the demand for travel and high quality lodging is growing, providing us with a significant opportunity to enhance our footprint and play our part in supporting many emerging markets across the continent,” he added.

Today, Marriott International has a strong footprint across Africa operating 140 hotels with close to 24,000 rooms across 12 brands.

 

Read this article and more in issue n° 79 of Hope Magazine.

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 31st October 2017

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