, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Malaysia’s Tune Group is setting up a Sh2.85 billion hotel in Nairobi as it seeks to enter the African market.
The hotel is designed to be space and cost efficient, a model that is replicated from other markets.
Speaking to Capital FM, Business Tune Hotels President Joe Stenson says Kenya represents a great opportunity for investments owing to the emerging middle class and its growing economy.
“The hotel will be opened in June 2016 and will be located in Westlands Nairobi and will have 280 rooms with all the rooms having hypnos beds, en-suite thermostatic power showers and in-room thermostatically controlled comfort cooling,” Stenson said adding that there are double, twin, family as well as accessible rooms all set across 15 floors.
The hotel will also have a “grab and go” coffee shop, a restaurant and a roof top bar with fantastic views across the city.
Stenson said the firm plans to invest in about 10 hotels in the region and has already secured and cleared a site in Dar es Salam with the hotel opening in 2018.
The Tune Hotels Group is a unique, value driven hotel brand that provides accommodation with high quality essentials in key gateway cities globally.
Since the opening of its first hotel in 2007 Tune Hotels has hosted more than seven million guests.
It has hotels in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, India and the UK.
Tune Hotels is part of the Tune Group of companies that includes Tune Air (a substantial shareholder of Air Asia), Tune Money, Tune Protect, Tune Talk, Tune Studios, Tune Labs, the Air Asia BIG Loyalty Program, Caterham Group, Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) and the Epsom College in Malaysia.
The Tune Group of companies was founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.
A number of international hotels targeting the high-end consumer have been jostling for a space in Nairobi due to its regional commercial hub status.
In November last year, Nairobi opened its doors to Radddison Blu which has plans to open two more hotels in Nairobi.
In July Kenya hosted 3,000 investors during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that was preceded over by the United States President Barack Obama.
Nairobi also hosted the 2015 World Trade Organization Conference (WTO) in December that attracted over 7, 000 delegates from all over the world.
The city is also set to host the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in September 2016, bringing together about 5,000 delegates.