Protea Hotels, a South African property announced plans to expand its portfolio of luxury hotels in Rwanda.
The company will next year open a 25 bedroom hotel in a suburb of Kigali, their first ever in Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills, according Protea Hospitality Group Marketing and Advertising Manager, Nicholas Barenblatt.
“Protea will, after regional giant Serena Hotels and the upcoming Marriott, Vision Hotel, and the Sheraton Hotel, Kempinski Hotels, Park Inn by Radisson
International hotels be among the international hotel group to be presented in Rwanda,” said Barenblatt.
Included in the rooms will be up to 8 two bedroom units with the rest being standard Protea rooms as found across their other hotels.
A restaurant, a gym but no fully fledged Spa and a swimming pool will be on offer for clients, as will two small conference rooms.
The presence of a South African hotel management company will no doubt be hugely beneficial to attract more South African visitors and with South African Airways now operating regular flights between Johannesburg and Kigali, this constellation is bound to be positive for Rwanda.
No rates are available as yet nor has a firm opening date been set by Protea.
The arrival of Protea will add further ‘oomph’ to Rwanda’s marketing efforts as the South African hotel management company will undoubtedly have to hard sell their new property, complementing the efforts of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) generic marketing of the country.
Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB said the increase in tourism revenues and visitor numbers are important in driving economic growth and generating prosperity for all Rwandans,” she said.
“We are working to ensure visitors to Rwanda get value for money and unparalleled tourism experiences.”
“In addition, visitor safety and security in Rwanda’s parks and other tourist destinations continue to be a priority,” Rwigamba added.
She also pointed out that investments in the sector have been boosted by the entry of Park Inn by Radisson and Protea Hotels, who have both signed agreements with developers to run their establishments and are set to be operational by early 2014.
The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) today said Rwanda had collected $142.5 million in tourism revenues and registered 664,729 visitors in the first semester of 2013, an increase of 11% and 14% respectively compared to the same period in 2012.Protea Hotels stretch portfolio expansion to Rwanda,