The hotel sector in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to see increased levels of hotel investment in the coming years, as investors are starting to place themselves strategically across the continent.
Danny Bryer, director of sales, marketing and revenue for the Protea Hospitality Group, says Africa’s economies have generally survived the global recession better than most other regions in the world, with the average sub-Saharan gross domestic product growth prediction for 2014 more than 5%. He says: “Economic growth is predicated upon developing economic activity, and business needs hotels.” The Protea Hospitality Group recently brought the exclusive Mbweni Ruins Hotel in Zanzibar into the Protea Hotels portfolio.
International hospitality giant Hilton Worldwide expressed its confidence in the continent, as it announced its plans to build a $145 million Hilton hotel and office complex in Harare in Zimbabwe. The scheduled construction of the five-star Hilton Hotel is expected to start in early April.
Kempinski also has quite a few hotel openings in Africa in the pipeline for 2014. The 237-room Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa opened on March 1. The hotel features three restaurants and three bars, five fully equipped function rooms, a 300-seat auditorium, two floodlit outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and billiard and snooker rooms.
The 112-room Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali in Rwanda is expected to open in the second quarter of 2014. Located at the heart of Kivuyo’s business district and a 20-minute drive from Kigali Airport, Hotel des Mille Collines, managed by Kempinski, is close to the Kigali Convention Centre, Inema Art Centre and Kigali Memorial Centre.
Kempinski will also be opening its first hotel in Ghana in the third quarter of this year. The 269-room Hotel Gold Coast City Accra is located in the heart of the city and according to Kempinski will boast the largest rooms in Accra in addition to two restaurants, a lobby lounge with outside seating, a cocktail bar, a pool lounge, meetings and banquet facilities and retail space.
In the fourth quarter, Kempinski will open the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo in Egypt.