Swiss International Hotels and Resorts, a leading hospitality chain with operations in various parts of the world, is seeking investment opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa with the planned opening of a facility in the Mount Kenya region.
This comes just as the Swiss International Resort Mount Kenya, a hospitality complex currently under development at the borders of Kenya’s Nyeri and Laikipia Counties, has been singled out as a pipeline hospitality investment project to watch at the 5th Annual Hotelier Summit.
The aim of the Summit is to provide major buyers and sellers of the hospitality industry with a platform to discuss projects that will help grow the sector.
Based on the International Resort’s development plan and sustainability strategies, the organisers of the 5th Hotelier Summit picked the developers’ of the golf resort near Kenya’s Nanyuki Town as this year’s winner of the prestigious Hospitality “Honorarium” Grand 2018 award.
It has since emerged that the facility’s strategies are aligned to the Big 4 National Tourism Blueprint 2030, which is the transformational framework for the Kenyan tourism sector. The strategy, which was recently developed by Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, seeks to develop new innovative approaches in the management of the tourism sector in the country, while outlining the tools and guidelines to achieve this.
Speaking when he received the award, Swiss International Resort Mount Kenya’s Developer, Mr. Ronald Ndegwa said the firm’s strategies are undergoing further fine tuning to ensure alignments with the Big 4 National Tourism Blueprint 2030, which highlights the role of private sector-led investments in the sector.
He said the award will serve to inspire the project team. He confirmed that the golf resort development plans are proceeding on schedule.
The ongoing $70 million (Ksh7 billion) development project at the foot of Mount Kenya is the single largest private investment initiative in the Mount Kenya Tourism belt and is scheduled to open its doors next year.
“At Swiss International Resort Mount Kenya, we are aligning our operating strategies to the 10-point product strategy principles outlined in the Big 4 National Tourism Blueprint 2030,” Ndegwa said.
“The Sub-Saharan region has a lot of untapped hospitality potential complemented by its exquisite nature and wildlife, with the meetings, conferences and events opportunities and the Pan-African population’s growing appreciation of the hospitality service industry. With all what we do today, we are only just scratching the surface,” he added.
The focus of the 5th Annual Summit is to provide major hospitality industry developers and suppliers a platform to present and discuss their relevant hospitality projects with the aim to elevate the hospitality industry in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Swiss International as a chain values the development opportunities in the Sub- Saharan region. Alongside Swiss International Resort Mount Kenya, the company has become one of the hospitality leaders in this region with its 4 hotels in operations and 15 hotel projects under development in Sub-Sahara,” Swiss International Hotels & Resorts’ President and CEO, Mr. Henri Kennedie said.