Marriott Boss commends Rwanda hospitality program

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Marriott Boss commends Rwanda hospitality program

As Marriott International continues to fuel its hotels expansion programmes throughout Africa, Rwanda has become a keen role model for training local staff for the hotels.

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa, says that the company plans to extend the training model currently being utilised by the Akilah Women’s Institute in Rwanda, dedicated to up-skilling and hiring locals to run its properties, in which recruits are trained and immersed in the company’s culture overseas in Arabian Gulf hotels for 12 months prior to the opening of the hotels.

Kyriakidis says that creating ongoing opportunities and investing in the development of local people in the countries in which we operate is a priority for us.

“Though initiatives such as the Akilah programme, we hope to give people on ground the platform to learn transferable skills that they can then pass on to others, which in turn will strengthen the middle class in this region” he said.

He added: “The Akilah initiative has been a huge success, both for Marriot International and the locals who are receiving this life-changing training and opportunity. We are keen to emulate that success throughout the continent. These aren’t just jobs we are creating but real career opportunities with real potential for growth.”

Marriott International has a strong pipeline of upcoming properties in Africa, and is preparing to open three new hotels in 2014, namely; the 104-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, 209-room Accra Marriott Hotel in Ghana and the 254-room Kigali Marriott Hotel in Rwanda.

The company will also need to recruit more than 5,500 staff over the next four years in order to meet the needs of its growing portfolio of hotels in Africa, in tangible terms; these planned hotels will create sustainable local jobs with real career opportunities and real potential for growth.

Currently, Marriot International is constructing a 254-room Kigali Marriott Hotel in Rwanda which is in the heart of Kigali city and just a 20-minute drive from Kigali’s international airport. Its comfortably appointed, spacious guest rooms will feature the latest technology while providing a welcomed comfortable respite after a full-day of work or touring.



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