Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that nine additional Hyatt-branded hotels are expected to open in Africa by the end of 2020. The announcement focuses on the first dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels on the continent, the return of the Hyatt brand to Cairo, new Park Hyatt and Hyatt Regency hotels in Morocco, and Hyatt hotels in three new countries: Algeria, Ethiopia, and Senegal.
Africa, and particularly East Africa, remains a focus for Hyatt with an increasingly favorable business climate and heightened tourism spend, encouraged by relaxed visa rules, travel incentives, and a growing middle class.
“At last year’s Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), Hyatt set a goal to bring Hyatt-branded hotels to Kenya and we are delighted to announce plans to deliver on that just twelve months later with additional executed hotel developments across the continent,” said Tejas Shah, Hyatt’s regional vice president of development for Africa. “There is huge potential for further growth in America, and our approach is to grow thoughtfully in markets where our guests are traveling.”
Of Hyatt’s expected nine new hotels, five are market entries, including 326-room Hyatt Regency Algiers Airport in Algeria, expected to open in Q1 2019. In Africa’s established markets, Hyatt is expanding its brand footprint in Cairo with 230-room Hyatt Regency Cairo West, expected to open in 2020, which will mark the second Hyatt-branded hotel in Egypt and return of the Hyatt flag to Egypt’s capital. The chain is also opening 181-room Park Hyatt Marrakech in 2020 and 205-room Hyatt Regency Taghazout, expected open in Q3 2019, which will represent the third and fourth Hyatt-branded hotels in Morocco
“The number of Hyatt executed franchise and management agreements in the region is a reflection of our flexibility with working with regional developers on projects ranging from new builds to adaptive reuse or even conversions of operating hotels,” said Shah. “As part of Hyatt’s long-term plan to expand in sub-Saharan Africa, we will continue to look for further opportunities across countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Namibia, Cameroon, Madagascar, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire.”Add to Favorites