KIGALI - Marriott Hotels, one of the renowned hotel chains in the world has announced its entry into the Rwandan market, adding yet another 5-Star hotel facility to the country’s growing hospitality industry.
The US-based hotel chain, announced a partnership it entered with the Government of Rwanda and New Century Development Limited - currently constructing the hotel at the former Jali Club - to manage the over US$60m facility set to open in two years time.
According to Clare Akamanzi, the COO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the entry of Marriott is another sign of confidence that investors have in Rwanda.
“Marriot is one of the oldest hotel chains in the World which manages over 2,000 hotels worldwide, it is very strong. For it to come to Rwanda is a vote of confidence,” Akamanzi told The New Times.
“Marriott is a success story of service quality and choosing Rwanda among other East African countries tells a lot about Rwanda as a choice of destination for investors.”
According to a statement issued by Marriot Hotels, the group was compelled to enter Rwanda because the country is well on its way to becoming a service, transportation and logistics hub for the Central African region.
“Rwanda in recent years has successfully established itself as an international conference destination and its tea, coffee, fruit and flowers have become highly-regarded exports. Its wealth of wildlife, flora and fauna and especially its gorilla population are giving rise to its eco-tourism industry.” a statement from the group reads.
“Kigali is easily reached through Brussels and Nairobi with connections from the US and major European cities is considered excellent,”
The Kigali Marriot will boast of facilities for dining and entertainment, an open lobby lounge “to encourage guests to linger throughout the day to relax, hold impromptu meetings with colleagues or to socialize with friends. Its casual all-day restaurant will be complemented by a specialty restaurant and pool grill”.
Recreational amenities will be cantered around a health and leisure club, an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor whirlpool. A 24-hour business centre, room service, in-room mini-bar and a gift shop are among other amenities lined up.