The Kenyan economy has seen a flood of international brands set up shop in recent times. March 24th 2016 saw Marriott International and AVIC International sign a partnership agreement which will see Marriott operate a 365-room, 5 star J.W Marriott luxury hotel for AVIC in their Africa headquarters and office complex, in Westlands Nairobi .
AVIC is a China state-owned company with 60 global offices .The company has been in Kenya for the 20 years, engaging in four areas; aviation (built the new JKIA airport terminal, and supplied Y12 aircraft), education (equipment and training for NYS projects), real estate (in which they hope to create 15,000 jobs), and CSR (sponsoring Kenyans to get educated in China).
The development marks a major milestone as it is the first J.W Marriott in East Africa and with plans to expand in 5 more countries by 2020 including Rwanda and Zambia. Construction of the AVIC complex, started in August 2015. It will have 6 towers, with the tallest being 42 storeys. Building works are ongoing, next to the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel that has established itself over the last two years and who challenged the construction of the AVIC complex.
Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero, who was hailed as a supporter of the project, said that the $400 million AVIC complex with JW Marriott hotel represents 6% of Nairobi’s annual new building space and 8% of the annual build cost. He also said that with 5,000 hotel beds, the city is strained when hosting large summits like the upcoming UNCTAD and TICAD 6, which will both be in Nairobi later in 2016.