Abu Dhabi-based Rotana Hotels has signed a management agreement with Grandview Hotels and Resorts Ltd. to manage a new property in Lusaka, the capital city of the Republic of Zambia.
When it opens in 2021, the hotel will be the first-ever property operated under the Rotana Hotels and Resorts brand in Zambia, following the company’s three operating properties in the African continent, including Al Salam Rotana, Khartoum, Sudan; Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana, Kinshasa, DR Congo; and Grand Rotana Resort & Spa, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Africa, said Selim El Zyr, vice chairman of Rotana, in a statement, is a priority for the company. “We will continue to seek new opportunities to add our hotels to new destinations, thereby providing value to our partners and guests and strengthening our global footprint even further.”
For his part, Bokani Soko, chairman of Grandview Hotels and Resorts Ltd., Zambia, said that his company's vision is to be one of the leading property development and investment companies in Zambia. “The need for five-star hotels in the Republic of Zambia is evident in the hospitality sector, and therefore, Grandview’s foray into the sector is a natural progression for the Group.”
The property will have 150 rooms and 50 hotel apartments, three signature restaurants, an executive lounge, meeting facilities and indoor and outdoor event space.
When opened, the new hotel will bring Rotana’s total inventory in Africa to 1,060. With the objective of capitalizing on the potential of the burgeoning market for the hospitality sector, Rotana has planned new hotels in Angola, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Tanzania that will be opening by 2022.