Kolwezi Congo Wyndham Hotel
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a Master's Developing Agreement (MDA) with Aleph Hospitality to develop up to 10 franchise hotels with a total area of 10,000 square metres in Kolo, the capital of Kivus, and Kinshasa, a city on the outskirts of Kampala in eastern Congo, in the Kolwezi region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Aleoph Hospitalities will operate the new buildings and has signed a franchise agreement with global hotelier Marriott International.
The hotel is IHG's second hotel in Africa after Best Western Westlands, which is scheduled to open in Nairobi in the fourth quarter of 2019 and is under construction. Accor already operates two hotels in Kolo, the first in Kolwezi and the second in Kampala. The Radisson Hotel Group also plans to open two more hotels by the end of the year, with the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel Casablanca in November marking the group's first move into the city.
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More than 3,942 keys are being sent to the region from across the country, including the capital Kinshasa, Kigali, Goma, Bangui, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisangani and Kivu. It is strategically located in the heart of one of the most important economic and political hubs in the world. The capital Kinhasa is home to more than 1.5 million people and Africa's second largest economy after Rwanda.
Perhaps the most significant part of the deal is the way IHG, the world's largest hotel chain with more than 1,000 hotels, is being rolled out in one of Africa's largest countries. Indeed, the Democratic Republic of Congo ranks second in the region, behind Kenya, with a population of more than 1.5 million. The MDA will expand its presence in Kinshasa, Kigali, Goma, Bangui, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisangani and Kivu, as well as in other parts of Africa and the Caribbean.
Kolwezi is a major mining centre for copper and cobalt and is home to the second largest copper mine in the world in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also has some of Africa's largest gold and silver mines, as well as copper, nickel and platinum mines.
The trio of hotels are expected to quickly establish themselves as one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. The main thoroughfare of the city is close enough to talk to friends and family, as well as to go shopping, eating and shopping.
The triple Novotel builds on the success of the group in Africa, where it recently signed an agreement to build a new hotel in the capital Kinshasa with a total of 1,000 rooms. Accor currently operates a total of 25,826 rooms and has 13,642 more keys with 61 properties signed or under development. Africa's portfolio, which aims to reach 130 hotels with 23,500 rooms by 2022.