Hilton plans new-build hotel in Niger

Niger is getting its first globally branded hotel. This week, Hilton signed a management agreement with Niamey Hotel & Suites Niger for a 142 guestroom property in the country's capital city of Niamey. 

When it opens in 2019, the Hilton Niamey will become the first hotel to open in Niger under an international brand. Last year, Hilton arrived in neighboring Chad with the Hilton N'Djamena.

Construction is already underway at a centrally located site in Niamey on Rue des Oasis. The 142-guestroom property be a new-build, nine-story tower block.

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"2019 will mark our fiftieth year of operating in Sub-Saharan Africa," Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP of development, EMEA Hilton, said in a statement.  "We have long been champions of the continent's potential and we continue to lead the way in developing within new markets as we are doing in Niger.  It will be fitting to welcome our first guests here during what is set to be a landmark year for the company as a whole."

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The hotel is set to open in 2022 via a management agreement with Cornerstone Partners Group.