Rwanda signs second Hotel deal with Protea Hotels

8Rotea Hotels, the largest and leading luxury brand in Africa has signed a second project in Rwanda during the Africa Hotel Investment Forum that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 29th September to 1st October 2014.

The 76 keys resort hotel is under construction in Rusizi District, located in the Western Province of  Rwanda and will be completed in 2016. The hotel will be called Protea Kivu Marina Resort Hotel and it will feature various amenities and services.

The US$22 million investment project is an excellent Private Public Partnership model as the 7 districts that make up the Western Province as well as the Catholic Diocese of Rusizi are shareholders in the project. The project is a land mark development for Kivu Belt Tourism Sub Master Plan.

The Head of Tourism and Conservation Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, who is attending the investment forum said that; ‘The Kivu Belt is one of our priority areas for tourism development and diversification of our offering. Therefore, we welcome partnerships such as this one with Protea as it will benefit Rwandans directly as well as contribute to Rwanda’s competitiveness especially in the Tourism sector.’

Protea Hotels Group is now part of Marriott Hotels International, one of the leading hotels in the world that is also developing a 5 star Hotel in Kigali. Other major international brands that have joined Rwanda’s Tourism sector include; Radisson Blu, Radisson by Park Inn, Kempinski, Sheraton and Golden Tulip.

Protea Hotels is the largest and leading hotel group in Africa with the most extensive footprint; more than 116 hotels throughout South Africa and six other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. The company was founded in 1984 and has grown its portfolio and brands since. The group comprises of two brands, namely the mid-up market Protea Hotels (including the lifestyle brand Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!) brand and the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels, Lodges and Country Houses brand.

Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 4 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013.