Msafiri Limited and IHG Team Up for Hospitality Excellence in Africa

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IHG EXPANDS PRESENCE IN AFRICA, PARTNERS WITH MSAFIRI LIMITED FOR REBRANDING OF THREE PROPERTIES IN TANZANIA AND KENYA. IHG’S FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS IN AFRICA ACCELERATE GROWTH, BRINGING RENOWNED HOSPITALITY BRANDS TO NAIROBI AND DAR ES SALAAM.

InterContinental Hotels and Resorts (IHG) has signed franchise agreements to rebrand three properties in Tanzania and Kenya, rapidly expanding its presence across Africa. The continent’s profile continues to grow, and IHG aims to capitalize on this trend. The properties, namely Holiday Inn Nairobi Two Rivers Mall and The Fairview Nairobi in Kenya, and Crowne Plaza Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, are now open to guests. IHG Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with the new owners, Msafiri Limited, will enhance the guest experience by renovating and upgrading the properties, incorporating IHG’s renowned brand standards.

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IHG Commitment to Africa Hospitality and Tourism Industry

Haitham Mattar, IHG’s Managing Director for India, Middle East, and Africa, stated that the hospitality and tourism industry in Africa has demonstrated its vast potential by overcoming the obstacles of the past two years and experiencing a surge in inbound travelers. He further emphasized IHG’s dedication to encouraging this potential and swiftly meeting the returning demand. IHG is thrilled to welcome these properties into its family, offering guests the exceptional hospitality that the brand is known for. The partnership with Actis and Westmont Hospitality is crucial for IHG’s growth in the region, allowing the company to provide outstanding properties and hospitality to guests visiting these important gateway cities.

Holiday Inn Nairobi Two Rivers Mall

Situated in the vibrant Gigiri/Runda district of northern Nairobi, the Holiday Inn Nairobi Two Rivers Mall is an ideal destination. Located within the 100-acre Two Rivers Mall and Entertainment complex, guests have unrivaled access to over 200 shops, the city’s theme park, and various family activities like go-karting and the skate park. The hotel, with 171 rooms, caters to families, groups, and visitors to the United Nations, NGOs, embassies, and the growing number of companies in this part of the city. Modern facilities, meeting rooms, a gym, a swimming pool, and an all-day dining terrace complement the excellent rooms.

The Fairview, Nairobi, Kenya

The Fairview Hotel, an iconic address in Upper Hill Nairobi, has a rich history. Originally a 1920s manor house, it was converted into a hotel in 1932 and has been a preferred choice among discerning domestic and international travelers for decades. Under IHG’s ownership, the Fairview will undergo a sensitive refurbishment and operate under one of IHG’s boutique brands. Apart from providing upscale hospitality, the hotel’s renowned restaurant and bars will be further enhanced. The new ownership’s investment aims to have a positive impact socially, environmentally, and economically. The Fairview team has already begun engaging in new skills training and incorporating greater social awareness into their operations. Following the refurbishment, the hotel also plans to achieve a substantial reduction in energy consumption.

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Crowne Plaza, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Located in the central business district of Dar es Salaam, Crowne Plaza Dar es Salaam is poised to attract high demand from business travelers and leisure guests. Business travelers visiting Tanzania’s commercial center will find the hotel convenient, while leisure guests can explore Dar es Salaam and enjoy Taarab music before embarking on their journey to Tanzania’s renowned destinations like the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro. The hotel offers 148 bedrooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a bar, meeting rooms, a modern gym, and a swimming pool.

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IHG’s Strong Presence in Africa

IHG currently operates 28 hotels across five brands in Africa, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and voco. Additionally, the company has 22 hotels in the development pipeline, scheduled to open within the next three to five years. With its continued expansion, IHG remains committed to providing exceptional hospitality experiences to guests throughout Africa.

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