Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans to open its first property in Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa.
The company has signed a landmark deal with Queen Amina Garden Ventures Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Shelter Ltd. a prominent Nigerian property development company, to manage the 250-key Mövenpick Hotel and Conference Centre Abuja, marking another milestone in its ambitious African expansion strategy.
Located in the Nigerian capital’s desirable Jabi Lake district, an upmarket residential area undergoing rapid development, Mövenpick Hotel and Conference Centre Abuja will offer guests a peaceful lakeside setting while also offering excellent road links to the nearby international airport and city centre.
The property will be a focal point of The Queen Amina Garden, a stunning contemporary leisure and entertainment destination currently under construction, designed to cater to Nigeria’s growing affluent society and international guests, with key features including a retail promenade and residences.
“Nigeria is Africa’s economic powerhouse with a GDP of $568.5 billion and a population of 177.5 million in 2014, according The World Bank. It is the world’s 20th largest economy, its 8th largest oil exporter and by 2050, will become the third most populated nation after China and India with an estimated 440 million inhabitants,” said Alan O’Dea, Senior Vice President Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
“Opening a property in the thriving modern capital, Abuja, the country’s political hub, home to foreign embassies, global oil exporting companies as well as OPEC’s regional headquarters, is a strategic move that truly capitalises on the city’s strong growth in trade and business.”
Mövenpick Hotel and Conference Centre Abuja will also cater to the capital’s swelling population with some areas of the city witnessing growth of between 20% and 30% annually. One million people live in Abuja, rising to four million if you take into account its suburban areas.
The hotel will comprise 250 rooms and suites; five food and beverage outlets including two specialty restaurants, one all-day-dining restaurant, a poolside bar/eatery and a lobby lounge; an Executive Club Lounge; one large fitness and spa facility for outside members; and a large natural resort setting including several pools, restaurants and tennis courts for hotel guests and where 200 cabanas will be available to rent.
With Abuja’s burgeoning MICE market in mind, an expansive dedicated conference centre will be complemented by a ballroom and three flexible meeting spaces.
“Getting a strong foothold in Sub-Saharan Africa is a key goal for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts,” said O’Dea. “Signing the deal to manage Mövenpick Hotel and Conference Centre Abuja takes us another step closer to establishing a presence in every key market this region encapsulates.”
About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Marrakech (Morocco).
Focusing on expanding within its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.movenpick.com.
Source: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts