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August 7, 2014

Kempinski Hotels Expands into Africa

By Chris Boyle

By Cicek Erel

Congo_RoomFollowing the signing of an eleven-year management contract in January, Kempinski began managing Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo, Kinshasa on August 1.

Located in Africa’s third largest city, Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo prides itself on its close proximity to the continent’s largest river. The 22-floor property is situated in the heart of the embassy district in the Commune of Gombe, offering impressive views over the Congo River and the capital cities of Kinshasa and neighboring Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, which sit on opposite sides of the river.

Originally designed to accommodate offices, the property was refurbished into a luxury hotel in 2012. The tallest building in the district, Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo now boasts 237 contemporary rooms, including 42 suites. The hotel also features three specialty restaurants, four bars, and five meeting and event spaces–including an auditorium with seating for 250 attendees. Additional leisure facilities at Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo include two outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and billiard and snooker rooms. With new management in place, a full-service spa is also being designed for the property.

Congo_Auditorium“I chose to invest in Kinshasa because of the growth and economic potential I see in the country. I chose Kempinski Hotels to manage my hotel because of their reputation as leaders in the luxury hospitality sector. I expect Kempinski to put its management knowledge to work so that I can get a good return on my investment and to ensure that Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo is the top hotel in the DRC and known for its impeccable service,” said Mao Huai Cong, owner of Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo.

As Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels currently holds a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels in 31 countries and has 40 hotels under development across the globe. Following Kempinski’s successful expansion into the Middle East and China over last two decades, Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo is the company’s latest effort to explore new opportunities in the African continent.

“Signing the agreement for Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo was part of our plan for expansion in Africa over the next few years. By partnering with key players on the continent to secure the best locations for our luxury properties we will continue to be the pioneer of luxury hospitality in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our distinct brand of European luxury and operational know-how makes us a leader in all the markets we operate in, and we expect that our new property here in Kinshasa will be no different,” said Reto Wittwer, president and CEO of Kempinski Hotels.

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