Rotana to manage a new five-star hotel in the Republic of Zambia

Selim El Zyr, vice chairman at Rotana

Rotana has signed an agreement with Grandview Hotels and Resorts to manage a new five-star hotel in the Republic of Zambia.

To further strengthen its presence in the African market, Rotana, with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has signed a hotel management agreement with Grandview Hotels and Resorts Limited to manage a new five-star hotel that is scheduled to be opened by 2021.

Situated in the south-central African country’s capital city Lusaka, the upcoming hotel will be the first property to be operated under the Rotana Hotels and Resorts brand in Zambia. It will be the addition to the company’s three operating properties in the African continent: including Al Salam Rotana, Khartoum, Sudan; Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana, Kinshasa, DR Congo; and Grand Rotana Resort & Spa, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

“The continent is a key focus market for us”

Commenting on the agreement, Selim El Zyr, vice chairman at Rotana, said: “As reflected in our strong portfolio and our solid development pipeline, the continent is a key focus market for us. We will continue to seek new opportunities to add our hotels to new destinations, thereby providing value to our partners and guests and strengthening our global footprint even further.”

Located in the newly-expanded Central Business District of Lusaka, the five-star hotel featuring 150 rooms and 50 hotel apartments will be a stone’s throw away from major landmarks in the city, including the East Park Mall and several multinational corporate offices, Embassies, and Ministries.

“The need for five-star hotels in the Republic of Zambia is evident”

Bokani Soko, chairman at Grandview Hotels and Resorts Limited, Zambia, said: “The need for five-star hotels in the Republic of Zambia is evident in the hospitality sector, and therefore, Grandview’s foray into the sector is a natural progression for the group.”

The new hotel will feature three signature dining restaurants, executive lounge, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, as well as indoor and outdoor spaces designed for formal and informal gatherings. Other amenities will include pool and terraces, as well as a fully equipped fitness and wellness club.

Furthermore, the hotel will bring Rotana’s total inventory in Africa to 1,060 with the objective of capitalising on the potential of the burgeoning market for the hospitality sector. Rotana has planned new hotels in Angola, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Tanzania that will be opening by 2022.

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