Rwanda experiences a tremendous growth in International hotel chain, following the introduction of Swiss International Hotels in the local market.
On Tuesday, Villa Portofino Hotel that is located in Nyarutama, was overtaken by the International hotel group.
The takeover will result to a total change of the hotel including the rebranding of the hotel which will also involve a three month training of the employees and also changing of the hotel name to Swiss International Villa Portofino Kigali. Other than that there will also be an upgrade in terms of facilities to the hotel that holds a bed capacity of 51 rooms.
Swiss International Hotels operates more than 30 hotels across Europe, China, Middle East and Africa.
Rwanda has been the third home for this Swiss international hotel; others include Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Henri Kennedie, the chair and chief executive of Swiss International Hotels explained that Rwanda’s rapid economic growth and its goals on becoming a centre of international conferences has prompted their move to invest in Rwanda.
“A solid hotel sector with quality brands is necessary for the growth to continue for the coming decennia. When we were introduced to the opportunity to commence operating the Villa Portofino, as the Swiss International Villa Portofino, we did not have to think too long,” Kennedie said.
Rwanda’s hospitality sector has been a experiencing a impressive rate of growth. The Swiss International Hotel has joined the long list of international hotels that operate in the country.
The international brands already operating hotels in the country include Kempinski Hotels which took over the management Hotel des Mille Collines, Golden Tulip Hotels a French outlet that is operating the Nyamata-based La Palisse and Serena Group of Hotels, Marriot Hotels, Radisson Blu, Zinc among others.