Sheraton Hotel is set to start its operations in Rwanda, after a deal for its official establishment has been signed between Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Century Park and Hotel Residences Ltd.
In a statement, Michael Wale, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts for Europe, Africa and Middle East said that with signing of entry into the Rwanda market, Starwood is on track to increase its African portfolio by over 30% with more than 15 new hotels to open over the next five years.
“We look forward to partnering with Century Park and Hotel Residences on this milestone entry into Rwanda as we continue to expand our presence in Africa,” he said.
He added that: “Our innovative approach to managing lifestyle brands continues to set us apart from the competition and, with the signing of this agreement, we are proud to debut Starwood and the Sheraton brand in Rwanda’s economic, cultural, and transport hub.”
Scheduled to open in 2018, Sheraton Kigali will mark the entry of Starwood into Rwanda and will be the company’s 50th hotel in Africa.
After signing the deal, Billy Cheung Yiu Tung, Chairman of Century Park Hotel & Residences Ltd. said the agreement was reached after observing Rwanda’s impressive milestones in improving the hospitality sector.
“The hospitality sector is one of the main industries driving infrastructure development in Rwanda and is also a key foreign exchange earner for the country. We seek to tap into Rwanda’s rapidly growing real estate and hospitality markets, which growth has been spurred on by a rising demand for hotel accommodation resulting mainly from a conducive business environment.With this objective in mind, we are delighted to secure a strategic partnership with Starwood Hotel & Resorts to operate our first hospitality project in Kigali,” he said.
Situated in Gasabo district, the 136-room hotel will feature signature Sheraton experiences, including the state-of-the-art equipment like the Sheraton Club Lounge and rooms and many others.
Once complete, guests will also be able to enjoy relaxing treatments at the Sheraton Shine Spa, inclusive of an outdoor swimming pool, as well as easy access to adjoining retail shops.
Sheraton Kigali will also include 62 serviced apartments available to guests for extended stays in the capital, as well as an all-day dining venue, a specialty restaurant and a lobby lounge. With 900 square meters of meeting space and a business center, the hotel will be the new gathering place in Kigali for international business travellers and their local counterparts when it opens.
Starwood in Africa
Bart Carnahan, Starwood’s senior vice President in charge of acquisition and Development for Europe, Africa & Middle East stated that: “Starwood has a long history of being first movers in Africa and around the world, and our entry into Rwanda speaks to Sheraton’s strong, global brand recognition and Starwood’s reputation as a leading hotel operator. Our development strategy is focused on working with the right partners on the right deals in the right locations and this new hotel will strengthen our growing portfolio of properties on the continent.”
Currently, Starwood operates 37 hotels in 15 African countries, representing more than 10,000 rooms in Algeria, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda. By 2015, Starwood plans to have nearly 50 hotels in Africa with new hotels opening in Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Senegal and Mauritius.