DAKAR, SENEGAL—Hyatt Hotels Corporation has entered into a management agreement with Lacoste & Cie S.A. to build a new Hyatt hotel, expected to open in 2016, in Senegal’s capital city.
Hyatt Dakar will become the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Senegal, joining the previously announced Park Hyatt Marrakech and Hyatt Place Taghazout in Morocco, as well as Park Hyatt Zanzibar and Hyatt Regency Arusha in Tanzania.
“We are delighted to work with Lacoste & Cie S.A. on Hyatt Dakar, our first hotel in Senegal. The company has a depth of expertise that matches Hyatt’s ambition to provide an exemplary guest experience,” stated Peter Norman, SVP, real estate and development, for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Norman added, “Africa’s hotel market remains underdeveloped, despite a growing middle class and increased inward investment in recent years which has pushed up demand for hotels. This creates significant opportunities for us and has increased Hyatt’s development focus on the continent. We believe that the Hyatt brand and the hotel’s excellent location in Dakar—one of West Africa’s major business hubs—will have strong appeal to business and leisure travelers visiting the region.”
Hyatt Dakar will offer 140 guestrooms, and will feature two restaurants, a guest lounge and bar, as well as meeting space and a spa. The hotel will be located in the city’s business district, within walking distance of major international organizations in the city, such as UNICEF and UNESCO.