MARRIOTT KIGALI INSIDE A YEARS COUNTDOWN NOW
As recently reported here, the first batch of 14 trainees from Rwanda has already gone to Dubai for induction at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel & Suites there, before being deployed into various properties along the Gulf states of Kuwait, Doha and Muscat. They will in nine months time return to Kigali as part of the start up team together with dozens of others who will join them from later this year onwards, when they too will receive their inhouse training by experienced Marriott staff.
The Kigali Marriott will be the global groups first venture in Eastern Africa but the group is said to be keenly eyeing other East African capitals now that rival Hyatt has joined the throng in Dar es Salaam with Starwoods Sheraton, InterContinental and Hilton already established in Nairobi and Kampala and Kempinski and Radisson soon opening up hotels too in the Kenyan capital.
The Kigali Marriot will cost an estimated 65 million US Dollars and will comprise at least 250 suites and rooms plus a fully fledged convention centre, which should help Rwanda to advance their MICE marketing initiatives, under which they seek to attract a great deal more convention and conference business in coming years beyond the present level of leisure and business travel.
The new hotel is located just a stone throw away from the Kigali Serena Hotel and is owned by locally incorporated New Century Development, which is owned by local Rwandan and Chinese investors.
A total of about 500 staff will be working at the new hotel, with the majority coming out of an intense selection process for young Rwandans with staff from the wider region and from Marriotts international operations joining them on opening to provide the level of service Marriott clients are accustomed to. Watch this space for regular updates on this and other Rwandan hospitality developments.