Hilton Worldwide has recently declared that it is set to increase its presence in Africa after signing a management agreement with Cape Sierra Hotel Company to develop the first Hilton Hotels and Resorts property in Sierra Leone.
The new property, Hilton Freetown Cape Sierra, will be located in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital and the economic and financial heartland of the country.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior vice president, development, Hilton Worldwide – Europe and Africa, said: “Hilton Worldwide has enjoyed a presence in Africa for more than 50 years and our commitment to the continent remains as solid as ever. We have opened five hotels in Africa already this year and we are confident Hilton Freetown Cape Sierra will prove to be an important addition to our growing portfolio.”
The hotel, which is due to open in 2014, will have 200 rooms with modern facilities, including 60 executive standard rooms and 20 suites and feature a business center, health club, outdoor pool and five restaurants and bars.
Global head, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Dave Horton added: “For generations Hilton has led the way into emerging markets. Our brand enjoys a pioneering reputation for successfully establishing hotels in new and diverse markets. Today’s signing is a true reflection of this spirit and we look forward to bringing our first-class facilities and service to Sierra Leone.”
The managing director, Cape Sierra Hotel Company, Keith Aki-Sawyerr, in his reaction said there is a requirement for more top quality hotels to meet the needs of the growing numbers of overseas visitors as commercial interests in the country grow.
“Hilton Hotels and Resorts is the ideal partner to provide the standards and strong brand needed to ensure we develop the leading hotel in the city,” he added.
Hilton Worldwide currently has 34 hotels across the continent of Africa with another eight in the development pipeline. So far this year, Hilton Worldwide has opened eight hotels and signed 14 management agreements across the Middle East and Africa. This is the second signing the company has made in Africa this month, following shortly after Hilton D’Njamena, Chad.