Aman Resorts (Indonesia) eyes Rwandan Market
Ivan R. Mugisha
A top Indonesian hotelier is exploring prospects of expanding his empire of luxurious hotels to Rwanda, a move that will boost the country’s already booming hospitality industry.
Adrian Zecha is the co-founder of two multimillion international hotel chains–Aman Resorts and Regent International Hotels.
Zecha yesterday met with President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro in Kigali where the two held private discussions concerning the former’s intent to invest in the country.
“We haven’t done anything in sub-Saharan Africa yet, so I think it is about time we invested, and the one place we think is conducive is Rwanda,” Zecha told journalists after meeting the President.
“I am delighted to be here because I will be able to see for myself the potential Rwanda has. The next step which is important, is to find the right spot for construction of the hotel.”
Zecha did not reveal the detail of his planned investment but assured that once he finds the right area for his business, it will take between 18 and 24 months to complete the construction of an Aman Resort in Rwanda.
“I don’t know when we will start, but I want to come and I will definitely come,” Zacha said.
“We don’t build big hotels with many rooms, but rather offer beautifully designed rooms with quality services that will be in high demand by high-end consumers. I hope to come back in January or February to see more places.”
Zecha founded Regent International Hotels in 1972, establishing 12 hotels across Asia in 14 years.
His Aman Resorts chain counts more than 26 hotels spanning Asia, Europe, US and Morocco.
In addition to his position at Aman Resorts, Zecha is also chairman and director of General Hotel Management Ltd, a developer and manager of luxury hotels and resorts.
The 80-year-old business mogul was in 2005 awarded the Innovation Award at the 16th annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific.
Rwanda’s growing hospitality industry has attracted several global hotel chains in recent past, including Carlson Rezidor, Marriott and Sheraton.
SOURCE : THE NEW TIMES : HERE
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