MARRIOTT TEAM EXPECTED IN KIGALI
Information came overnight from Kigali that a team of senior Marriott executives is due to arrive in Rwanda, where they will visit the ongoing building site of the proposed new Kigali Marriott Hotel. While in country they are also expected to hold discussions with government officials and make various courtesy calls on Kigali city officials and government leaders.
The Kigali Marriott Hotel is the first the group will manage in Eastern and Central Africa and maybe a harbinger of things to come, if conventional wisdom stands that global hotel groups, once entering a new market, will always seek a further expansion into that region.
The hotel’s construction is according to a regular source in Kigali advancing well and the hotel is due to ‘soft open’ in the later part of next year, adding much needed top quality facilities to the hospitality scene in Rwanda. The ownership of the hotel is said to comprise of a mainly Chinese business and financial consortium who underwrote the project jointly with local Rwandese partners.
Rwanda has been promoting its capital city as an emerging MICE destination and has embarked in recent years on a deliberate course to provide additional facilities to hold major continental and international meetings in the city, while in a parallel move also expanding capacity on the safari circuit to have corresponding numbers of beds available when the big MICE business starts to come in earnest to the land of a thousand hills.