Protea Hotel Entebbe announces expansion plans

2013-11-28 15:49
Uganda- Demand for quality accommodation will see Uganda’s Protea Hotel Entebbe more than double in size in less than two years after first opening doors.

Construction on the new phase of the 73-room hotel starts in May 2014 and is expected to take approximately a year to complete.100 new rooms will be added to the hotel on Spenar Beach- Lake Victoria.

Head of Protea Hotels in Uganda, Stuart Cook said that the second phase, targeting international corporate business travellers, air crew and the domestic conference market, will offer upmarket, superior class accommodation, graded to comply with both the East African and South African Grading Council standards. He said that building a new wing was a necessity as the hotel had been running at high occupancies since it first opened, rapidly developing as a hub for activities related to UN and regional economic growth.

Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue said that regional economies such as Entrebbe, among other in Africa are expanding off the back of good national growth figures and stable markets, resulting in burgeoning. Bryer predicted that the next five years will see a vast economic expansion in growth for the hospitality industry in Africa, as nearly 120 000 hotel rooms are under construction or in the pipeline for the continent.

Protea Hotels is Africa's largest and leading hotel group with a footprint of more than 125 properties throughout South Africa and eight other African countries on the continent. Each hotel is unique in character, ranging from urban accommodation to country retreats. The hotel group became a wholly owned South African company again in April 2009 after a consortium comprising Protea Hotels management, its BEE shareholders and Investec Private Equity bought back the 74 percent stake the hotel group sold to Australian-based Stella Hospitality Group.

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