Marriott Kigali in Hotel officially opens; as Rezidor plans Radisson Blu Beach Resort Cape Verde 2019

Posted: November 18, 2016 in general

SavedPicture-201610514212.pngMarriott International has now officially opened its first Marriott Hotel in Rwanda.

The 254-room facility in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, which opened for business in October is set to create approximately 500 jobs.

“Rwanda is going through an economic transformation and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson, who attended the Kigali Marriott’s opening ceremony with political dignitaries and executives including Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott’s President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa region. “Coupled with that transformation is a mutual promise for opportunity — both for Marriott as a hospitality company and for the associates and partners who will help us succeed in this market.”

Marriott has been working with community-based organizations to help staff the hotel and supply it with locally produced goods. It has partnered with the Akilah Institute for Women to recruit and train Rwandan women for supervisory positions at its Kigali location. Marriott International has invited nearly 40 Akilah graduates to work and train in Marriott hotels in Africa and the Middle East. After receiving on-the-job skills and leadership training, the first wave of graduates have returned to Rwanda to join the management team at the Kigali Marriott where they will help welcome guests from the around the world.

Marriott International has also been working with Women for Women International and the Relationship Coffee Institute, both of which are supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, one of the largest investors in the region. The local Women for Women Opportunity Center is equipping Rwandan women with the skills needed to apply for entry-level hotel positions or to supply the hotel with goods such as baskets, cheese and honey. The hotel has hired more than 25 women from the training centre.

The Relationship Coffee Institute provides women with a new marketplace for locally sourced premium coffee, including the hotel. The Kigali Marriott’s Question Café serves the locally sourced coffee, grown by local smallholder farmers and served by graduates of this economic development training program.

The Kigali Marriott is weaving in an array of local goods throughout the property, including in the retail store and on menus. The hotel sources locally grown products such as beef, poultry and produce, and incorporates more sustainable materials to ultimately help reduce the hotel’s overall footprint.

Meanwhile, Rezidor Hotel Group has formally announced its first resort on the Cape Verde island of Sal.

The 240-room Radisson Blu Beach Resort, Sal will open in Q3 2019 and will be designed by DSA Architects.

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