Serena forays into Rwanda

August 13, 2008
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, NAIROBI, August 13 – Another Kenyan company has announced plans to boost its business presence in Rwanda, increasing Kenya’s economic footprint in the East African Community.

Serena Hotels said Wednesday that it would refurbish and extend the Kigali Serena Hotel at a cost of $15 million (Sh1 billion).

“The 12-month renovation project, which has been precipitated by the growing demand for Serena Hotel’s services, is set to commence on  September 1, 2008,” said Mahmud Jan Mohamed, the chain’s Managing Director.

It is expected to increase the hotel’s guest capacity and offer a wider variety of services to both the local and international guests.
 
Among the key additions will be an ultra-modern new wing comprising a total of 44 guest rooms and a two storey Spa facility with a contemporary swimming pool.

Currently, Kigali Serena has 104 air conditioned rooms that range from luxury suites to deluxe rooms and the number is set to increase to 148 after the refurbishment is complete.

 “The continued investment of Serena Hotels mirrors the success story of Rwanda- a story of development and opportunity in Africa. We aim to be one of the catalysts to Rwanda’s tourism industry in line with the government’s vision,” said Mohamed.

He said the hotel would remain open during the renovation period and measures would be put in place to ensure minimal interruptions to guests.
 
Serena Hotels took over the Kigali Serena in February 2007.

The Group has additionally purchased 27.6 hectares of land in the Kinigi area, and their architects are currently finalising designs for a boutique lodge.

The construction of the facility is expected to commence early 2009

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