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Wyndham Hotel Group opens first hotel in Eastern Africa

Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam to be operated under management contract, complementing franchised portfolio

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 16:30 Hrs  [IST]
By HBI Staff | Mumbai

Wyndham Hotel Group recently announced the opening of the Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The hotel complements the Group’s existing portfolio of franchised properties in Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria and Tunisia. Ramada Resort Dar es Salam, marks the company’s expansion into Eastern Africa while also becoming the first property to be operated by Wyndham’s management division, in the continent.

 “The opening of Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam is of significant strategic importance for us,” commented Dan Ruff, Wyndham Hotel Group’s President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean. “Given the increasing demand for quality, internationally-branded accommodation in Eastern Africa, as well as our commitment to getting closer to our guests and our customers through the expansion of our managed property division, it is a key milestone in our regional growth,” he said.  

Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam offers 139 rooms and suites including 117 superior rooms with a choice of ocean or garden views, 21 executive suites, and one presidential suite. The hotel offers extensive leisure facilities and direct access to Jangwani Beach. Those looking to host a conference or event have the choice of seven meeting rooms, catering for up to 375 guests and five food and beverage outlets serving a range of African and international cuisines. Guests staying at Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam who are members of Wyndham Rewards, Ramada’s free-to-join guest loyalty programme, can earn valuable points during their stay.  

 Murtaza Fazal, owner of the Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam, commented, "I am delighted to have signed a long-term management agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company. I am also proud to be the first investor in Eastern Africa to introduce the well-known Ramada brand to the market. I feel sure that our new resort property on the beautiful Jangwani Beach will quickly become a popular destination for local and international tourists and business visitors alike. I am also especially gratified to be a pioneer in the introduction of many 'green' energy-saving hotel features that will help protect the environment, and will hopefully set a precedent for other African hotel owners to follow," Fazal added. 

Throughout the construction of the hotel, significant emphasis has been placed on sustainability. Key initiatives include treating and reusing 100 per cent of all waste water, solar-powered water heating, innovative LED lighting systems and beach protection measures to prevent erosion of the hotel’s private beach. In addition, the hotel plans to produce compost from food waste, which will be used to grow vegetables for the hotel’s restaurants in a roof top vegetable garden.

 
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