HILTON TO COME TO RWANDA’S CAPITAL KIGALI
Information was just received that Hilton Hotels, one of the industry leaders and well known brand name in the hospitality industry world wide, has signed a deal for a 160 room and suites hotel in Kigali’s city centre. Adjoining to the hotel will be serviced apartments for rent, also to be managed by Hilton, while the ‘owners’ will be the Opulent Hotel Group, which is set to invest some 30 million US Dollar in the project.
Expected to open in late 2012 Hilton will join such other newcomers like Marriott, which announced their project already last year and are expected to open their new property in the earlier part of 2012.
Rwanda has been intensely campaigning for new investments in particular in the city hotel sector, to boost room and meeting facilities capacities, much needed to more effectively tap into the MICE market. Last year saw Rwanda record their best tourism sector results ever, with over 200 million US Dollars earned from the industry and 2011 is expected to be even better. The future looks bright for the Rwandan tourism industry, more so now as the international hotel groups like Marriott and Hilton will promote their properties abroad alongside the generic marketing the Rwanda Development Board – Tourism and Conservation engage in across the year.
Watch this space.