The Sh5.2 billion ($50 million) plan to open about 100 hotels in Africa over the next five years has brought Hilton to rebrand Nairobi’s Amber Hotel.
Hilton, in a statement yesterday, said that renovations on the Ngong Road hotel is in progress and will be done in time for the opening at the end of the year.
DoubleTree by Hilton will be the name of the new property.
Amber Hotel’s owners will continue to own the facility under a franchising agreement. Amber’s facilities are currently being changed to align them with Hilton’s international standards.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president for development in Africa said, “The model of converting existing hotels into Hilton branded properties has proved highly successful in a variety of markets and we expect to see great potential to convert hotels to Hilton brands through the initiative,”
Hilton Worldwide is also converting the 153-room Ubumwe Grande Hotel in Kigali. It is expected to be completed in 2018. This will be Hilton’s first hotel in Rwanda.
Hilton currently operates 19 hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In Kenya, the company has plans to open a hotel in the Pinnacle Towers which is expected to be Africa’s tallest building on completion.
Hilton Worldwide is also developing a 171-room hotel, dubbed Garden Inn, near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The hotelier will operate the Sh2.3 billion facility under a management contract.
Kenya’s hospitality sector is booming with the country expected to get an additional 4,000 hotel beds in the next five years.
Advisory firm PwC estimates that 13 hotels will set up in Kenya over the next five years.
Kenya has seen multi-billion investments in the hospitality sector in the past five years, with the opening of such properties as Park Inn Radisson and the Lazizi hotel near the JKIA.
Posted on : 12 Oct,2017
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