The Rezidor Hotel Group has announced that it will be opening its first hotel in Rwanda, the 292-room The Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, in 2012.
“This signing symbolises the new optimism investors have in Rwanda, and further underlines our strong commitment to Africa - this emerging and promising continent is one of our key areas for future business development,” said Andrew McLachaln, Rezidor's vice-president business development, Africa & Indian Ocean Islands.
Rezidor has numerous hotels under development in African capital and major cities. In 2010 alone, the group plans the openings of Radisson Blu hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Lagos (Nigeria), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Maputo (Mozambique) and Lusaka (Zambia).
Massive, mixed-use development
The new Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda is a future landmark and part of a massive, mixed-use development in the Rwandan capital. Rezidor will manage the hotel and convention centre. Besides 292 guest rooms, services will comprise six food-and-beverage outlets, a spa and fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, and boutique retail shops. The convention centre will have a nett floor area of 32 000 square metres, which includes a multi-purpose arena with a capacity of up to 2600 delegates, seven sub-divisible conference rooms and 10 smaller meeting rooms.
The Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre is part of a major urban redevelopment Public Private Partnership project that is being developed as one of the most attractive facilities in the region. It offers premium conditions for regional, national and international events, like conventions, exhibitions, festivals and cultural events. The Convention Centre is strategically located, adjacent to the most important traffic junction in the city where the roads leading to the airport, to government offices and to parliament all meet. Future plans are to develop a 24-hour shopping and entertainment centre in the city's CBD and surrounding tourist hubs. “The significant design of the Convention Centre with its dome and spiral motifs dates back to the roots of the old African culture,” said Leopold Mukama, MD of Ultimate Concepts, owner of Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre.
Rwanda has made considerable strides since the 1994 genocide, and per capita income has nearly tripled since the early 1990s. The combination of a political commitment to free market economics, an ambitious privatisation programme, and good governance, has attracted international investment in the country. The 2010 World Bank Doing Business survey ranked Rwanda as the “Top Reformer” in the world in 2009. In the long term, Rwanda also offers tourism opportunities. “The Land of a Thousand Hills” and “Land of the Eternal Spring” boasts incredible biodiversity, wildlife, and natural beauty. It is one of the few places in the world where tourists can track the famous mountain gorillas.
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