East Africa attracts international hotels

In Kenya, one of India’s leading hospitality chains opened a new hotel in Nairobi in spite of terror threats. Chairman and director of Royal Orchids hotels Chander Baljee told CNBC Africa that although terror attacks pose temporary setbacks to any economy, they should not halt development, and that the high demand for accommodation and lack of options makes Nairobi an ideal place to launch into the hospitality industry. Furthermore, he said,  East Africa is a good place for international hotel investment. 

“One of the biggest advantages you have in Kenya is the English-speaking people," he told the site. "I have not found an easier place to set up a hotel than this place because people are service orientated and they understand the same language so half the battle is won.”

International hoteliers seem to be taking note: Rotana—a hotel management company in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe—announced its debut project in the commercial capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam. The 254-room property will include 191 rooms and suites and 63 serviced apartments across 24 floors.

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The new Rotana property will be part of the MNF Square in Dar es Salaam – a 65,000-square-meter mixed-use project that includes the five-star hotel, offices, retail and parking facilities. The project is expected to meet green building standards.

Omer Kaddouri, President & CEO, Rotana, told Hospitality Biz India that Tanzania has "tremendous potential," and that the company was aiming to operate 100 hotels by 2020. Rotana's active development portfolio in the African continent currently includes several projects distributed between Mauritania, Tripoli, Morocco and Algeria. The company also expressed interest in expanding in Sub Saharan Africa.