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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Four Seasons increases properties in Africa


With only six properties at present in Africa, including a 77 room and suite safari lodge in the central part of the renown Serengeti, it comes as little surprise that Four Seasons seems keen to expand their presence on the continent.
The group presently operates properties in Africa in Marrakech / Morocco, Alexandria and Cairo / Egypt and on the Seychelles’ main island of Mahe.
News were broken on Monday that the global luxury hotel and resort group intends to build a 50 million US Dollar resort complex on the island of Zanzibar (Unguja), which would add another resort location to the growing portfolio of Four Seasons.
East Africa has of late become a focal point for global hotel giants, many of which attended the African Hotel Investment Forum last year at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi and found new confidence to invest following significant discoveries of oil, gas and other minerals in the wider region.
Marriot will be opening a hotel in Kigali, Hyatt now manages a hotel in Dar es Salaam, Best Western only recently opened their first property in Kenya where Kempinski is also due to open its doors in Nairobi in May. Others like Radisson too have new hotels in the pipeline and the already on site giants like InterContinental and Hilton are expanding across Africa too.
Welcome news for sure for East Africa’s tourism industry which can count on the added property related marketing of our destination while the business community will have wider choices and arguably better services still as a result of relentless competitive pressures. Welcome to Four Seasons – East Africa needs your presence.