Kigali City is set to have a new world class five-star hotel in a record time of 28 months as construction works have kicked off with the Minister of Economic Planning and Finance, James Musoni gracing the ground-breaking ceremony on Monday at the former Jali Club.
Billy Cheung, the New Century Development Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said at the ceremony that, “We are very grateful for having taken this remarkable step of construction that will avail a truly 5-star hotel standard on the Rwandan market. We are very optimistic that everything will go successfully as laid out in the plan.”
Cheung said that the preliminary decision was based on their unanimous intuition that Rwanda is committed to creating one of the world’s best destinations for investment and businesses.
“The subsequent feasibility study proved us right and we are indeed proud to be part of the country’s developmental agenda pegged on rebuilding a country that was left in tatters as a result of the 1994 genocide,” says the CEO.
“We are aware of this country’s reputation of sticking to project’s timelines and quality. We have, as such, put in place a strategy that will successfully guide us to achieving the set target. We pledged not to cause a reputation loss” he further said.
The hotel, expected to cost $60 million in terms of investment, will have 242 rooms ranging from deluxe rooms to Presidential Suites.
Marriott Hotels International Ltd Group, an internationally acclaimed operator, has already been engaged on the exercise of hotel management to ensure a successfully market entry of the hotel.
“We intend to build the Hotel and arrange for its management as we go long. We embarked on the process to engage an International hotel Operator, and here we are to proudly present to you the Marriott Hotels International Ltd Group,” Cheung said.
“We have spent considerable professional time and other resources working with the Marriott group on the design of the hotel and management aspects of our long-term engagement with them,” he added.