Kempinski Continuing Expansion in Africa
Thursday September 26th, 2013 - 10:49AM PG
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NAIROBI, KENYA— After opening two new properties in Kenya this year, Kempinski Hotels plans to further expand its portfolio of luxury hotels in Africa, with five more hotels slated within the next year.
Upcoming openings in 2014 include the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana, and the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski in Cairo, Egypt, as well as a newly signed 450-key hotel in the future capital of Equatorial Guinea, Oyala. There are additional plans to open hotels in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Speaking at the new Villa Rosa Kempinski here, Kempinski President/CEO Reto Wittwer indicated following the company's success expanding into the Middle East and China over the past 20 years, Kempinski expects its growing portfolio in key destinations across the African continent to become a major source of revenue for the company, as well as provide new sources for talent and talent development across the company.
Kempinski Hotels currently operates 82 hotels in 31 countries and has 37 more hotels under development worldwide.
Tags: Kempinski • Africa • • Hospitality • Construction/Renovation • Openings •
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