Plans for the Tanzania tourism sector to welcome two new world class hotels to locations in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar became official yesterday following the signing of two franchise license agreements the Hilton Hotels Corporation franchise Doubletree and the owners of the Opulent Hotel Group.
The two hotels that will be opened are the Doubletree by Hilton Dar es Salaam, located in Masaki, and the Doubletree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar, located in Nungwi.
According to a statement that was released by Doubletree and reported by the Citizen, both of these hotels are expected to be opened by October, at which time the total number of Tanzania’s hotel accommodation capacity will witness an increase of 259 international quality rooms.
“Doubletree offers a wide variety of distinctively designed upscale hotels and resorts in some of the most sought after business and leisure destinations around the world,” said the global head of the Doubletree Brand, Rob Palleschi, in the recent statement, “There are numerous opportunities to build the Doubletree by Hilton brand further in Africa and it is exciting to begin this journey by introducing such outstanding locations like Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar later this year.”
Today, Hilton Hotels Corporation is one of the leading global hospitality companies, currently boasting more than 3,300 different hotels along with 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members across the globe.
Along with the Hilton name, the Hilton Hotels Corporations is also responsible for the managing or franchising of some of the most well-known and highly regarded hotel brands in the world including Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, and Homewood Suites.
The recently released statement has also indicated that as a result of the increase in international tourist arrivals to Tanzania in combination with an increase in the overall domestic and intra-regional travel, the country is currently experiencing a high demand for quality hotel accommodation.
With this in mind, the Hilton Hotels Corporation has responded by saying that it expects for its entry into the local hospitality industry to help address the country’s growing need for world class accommodation.
In addition, the Citizen also reported Alkarim Nathoo of the Opulent Hotel Group as having said that this latest development in the country’s tourism sector provides a good compliment to the continuous goal of strengthening Tanzania’s overall position as an attractive international tourist destination.