DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (eTN) – Tanzania’s tourism industry entered yet another test on the first day of August this year after the famous global hotels franchise, the Kempinski hotels, ended its operation of a leading hotel in the country’s capital city of Dar es Salaam and a luxury lodge in Serengeti National Park.
Effective today, August 1, Kempinski hotels management left Tanzania to other parts of the world after ending 5 years of its business operation of the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar es Salaam and the Serengeti Bilila Lodge Kempinski inside Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania,
With the change of management of the two famous tourist facilities in Tanzania, the ASB Tanzania Ltd., the owning company of Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski, has contracted Hyatt International to manage the hotel under the new name of “Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam – The Kilimanjaro.”
During a spot visit at the hotel lobby in Dar es Salaam by an eTN staff writer, the handing over of top Kempinski management to new Hyatt management team was observed, while services remained intact with no changes of junior staff.
No reports were available on the Serengeti Billila Lodge, which has been affected in the same, management change.
ASB Tanzania Ltd., the owning company of Kilimanjaro Hotel, has announced recently to have contracted the American Hotel franchise, Hyatt International to manage its two properties in Tanzania effective August 1 of this year.
Kilimanjaro Hotel is Tanzania’s leading tourist hotel, located in the central business district of Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam. The hotel is Tanzania’s oldest and leading tourist facility, once under the management of the government of Tanzania through the defunct Tanzania Tourist Corporation (TTC).
Popularly known as “Kili” by locals, the hotel was privatized in early 2002 and opened its business on August 15, 2005 after the completion of a three-year rehabilitation of a substantial cost of US$40 million.
Overlooking the Dar es Salaam port, the hotel boasts of 180 rooms and suites, each offering magnificent views over the Indian Ocean, and also features conference, business, and leisure facilities, making the hotel ideal for business travelers and leisure guests alike.
Announcing the intention to end business in Tanzania early last month, Kempinski’s Regional President for the Middle East and Africa, Ulrich Eckhardt, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and thanks to ASB Tanzania for the relationship in these two international luxury hotels through the past five years.
“We wish them success with the two properties for the future. As one era ends, another begins as we have four openings planned for this year in the Middle East and Africa.”