“The tourism industry is one of Tanzania’s fastest growing sectors with incoming tourism increasing 12% annually in the last few years.” So it should come as no surprise that Kempinski has selected Tanzania as the location for its first two hotel ventures in East Africa.
The luxurious 180-room Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski Dar es Salaam, located on the waterfront, is playing a major role in the revitalization of the port of Dar es Salaam. Kempinski’s magnificent renovation of the ‘Kili,’ has restored the legendary hotel’s lost glory since August 2005.
Zamani Zanzibar, Kempinski’s exclusive resort on the ‘Spice Island’, which opened in January 2006, continues to enjoy popularity with high-end clientele. Aside from 110 terraced rooms and suites, the resort features seven luxurious private beachside villas, each with infinity edge pools and unspoiled views of the Indian Ocean coastline.
Kempinski just announced major plans at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) to continue its sweep across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), revealing details of more than eleven new uniquely positioned and distinctive luxury properties planned for the region and touching on negotiations for at least eight others. Namibia and Tanzania will be the focus of Kempinski’s foray into high-end luxury lodges signifying its diversification into the boutique accommodation sector, which has until now, remained uncharted territory for the group. In Tanzania, two luxury lodges owned by a private investor and managed by Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, will be developed within the famous Serengeti National Park as well as the Ngorongoro Crater. The group is also holding discussions for a tented camp along the Mara River on the Kenyan side of Masai Mara.
The latest plans include the opening of a Kempinski in Arusha. The historical Hotel 77 (Saba Saba) in Arusha has been sold to Kempinski Hotels. Kempinski would upgrade the hotel to a five-star status and will have over 300 rooms. The village-style hotel was built specifically for the Group of Seventy Seven Nations meeting held in Arusha in 1979, which – at its peak in late 1970s and early 1980s – was one of the most popular hotels in Tanzania.
Onsea House in Arusha aims to be a very complementary property to the current and future Kempinski portfolio in Tanzania, designed for guests who prefer to stay in small and intimate accommodation in Arusha, while still appreciating luxury, comfort and excellent food.