The chief executive of Marriott International Hotels and Resorts Arne Sorenson said the company’s planned property in Rwanda should be opened by end of 2014.
Sorenson said this on the panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 22, 2014.
Marriott selected to mark its entry into the Rwandan market by adding hotel facility to the country’s growing hospitality industry to be operated under the company signature brand Marriott Hotels and Resorts.
The hotel 5-Star is due to open its 254 rooms in the capital city Kigali.
In Rwanda, most of the decent hotels—accommodation rates range from $50 to $500 a night.
By adopting Akilah Women Institute Programmes, Marriott will train its stuff in Rwanda to enhance skills.
Rwanda also hosted an estimate of 493,744 visitors in the first semester 2012 corresponding to an increase of 22% compared to 2011 in the same period and recorded a remarkable 16% increase in leisure visitors as well as an 8% increase in business visitors.
A side from the current room capacity the government is encouraging more investment in accommodation facilities, hotels and restaurants in order to match the ever-increasing visitors’ number.
In Kigali, several Global Hotel Chains are expected to open in the next few years, including Protea Hotel Group, Vision Hotel (4-star) with 157 rooms and the Sheraton Hotel.
Currently, Rwanda has 370 registered hotels with a total of 6,700 rooms.