Hilton To Open First International Hotel In Mekelle
Upscale 200 guest room property, the fifth in Hilton’s pipeline in Ethiopia
MEKELLE, Ethiopia and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (HLT:NYSE) signed a management agreement with Green Coffee Agro Industry PLC to become the first international hotel operator to welcome travllers to the city of Mekelle.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton said: "We’re approaching our 50th anniversary of operating in Ethiopia and in recent years we’ve put significant focus on building our presence here. With the addition of Hilton Mekelle we now have five hotels in development across the country. This growth comes as a result of relationships we are building with strong local partners and we’re proud to be working alongside Mr. Tadele Abraha, who is one of Ethiopia’s leading exporters, in developing this hotel.”
Construction is already underway of a 15 storey tower building in the new downtown Mekelle on Hawelti Road within walking distance of the Martyrs’ Monument. The location allows ease of access to important local landmarks such as the Mekelle Stadium and lies within a ten-minute drive of Alula Aba Nega Airport. The property will consist of 200 guest rooms, including 19 suites, along with an array of food and beverage outlets including a rooftop restaurant offering enviable views of the city.
Mr. Tadele Abraha, owner of Green Coffee Agro Industry PLC said: “It is very exciting for us to be diversifying our business interests into the hotel sector and when making the choice to do so, we wanted to ensure we partnered with a world-class international operator with experience in the Ethiopian market. We are proud to be bringing the first internationally branded hotel to Mekelle under Hilton’s flagship, Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand.”
Hilton has a longstanding presence in Ethiopia, having opened Hilton Addis Ababa as one of its first hotels on the African continent back in 1969. In previous years it has announced deals to open properties in Hawassa and Bahir Dar as well as add new hotels under different Hilton brands in Addis Ababa.
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