In 2019, Rwanda earned over US$ 500 million from tourism and provided job opportunities to approximately 164,000.
In a bid to promote tourism sector, the country has expended substantial resources for development of infrastructures facilitating tourists to enjoy memorable experiences during their stay in Rwanda.
Such infrastructures include luxurious state-of-the art hotels to promote the country’s flagship programme known Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) to market the country as conferences’ hub.
The programme is set to get boost with Four Points by Sheraton, a new hotel brand entering Rwanda’s market.
Being under final phases of construction, the four-star facility is located in Nyarugenge district, Kigali City nearby Kigali Serena and Marriott hotels.
The hotel expected to have been completed within 30 days, is the first of its kind run by Four Points by Sheraton hotel brand in Rwanda. The hotel has 154 rooms of different categories including a Presidential Suite.
Four Points by Sheraton is a multinational hotel brand operated by Marriott International that targets business travelers and small conventions. As of June 30, 2020, Marriott operated 291 properties in 45 countries worldwide under the Four Points by Sheraton brand, with 53,054 rooms.
The new facility to be launched in Kigali will be an addition to its presence in East Africa with footprints in Tanzania and Kenya.
The company was founded in 1995 operated by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.
It was later in 1998 acquired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc and underwent a rebrand in 2000.
In 2016, Marriott International acquires Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. bringing Four Points by Sheraton to existing 32 operated brands.
Four Points by Sheraton in Kigali will be a four-star hotel with 154 rooms.
The basement of the 10-floor building has storeroom, staff training room and will also accommodate a restaurant, bar and kitchens.
Among others, the hotel will feature displays of traditional decorations and has four elevators, two being for clients, one for staff and another one to lift foods and other items.
The first floor has three rooms dedicated for meetings and can be converged to host 60 people.
The second floor has six rooms for meetings. The hotel also has a pool with a segment for elders and children respectively.
Next to the pool, is a gym with glass walls. The hotel also has eight cold rooms for meat, vegetables and other fresh fruits.
Four Points by Sheraton will have own bakery and dedicated space for meat processing.
Four Points by Sheraton in Rwanda was built by Canon Construction Ltd, led by Jack Arslanian.
According to the contractor, most of materials were sourced in Rwanda while the rest were imported at completion phase.
Jack Arslanian has told IGIHE that the hotel was built in compliance with international standards.
“The hotel’s brand is very much concerned about meeting standards and draws attention to all details to ensure clients are satisfied with delivered services,” he said.
The hotel has 20 ordinary rooms, some of which have own kitchens and one Presidential Suite as well.
During the remaining 30 days, developers are making final touches and putting everything right to ensure air conditioners, electricity and water supply systems among others are properly installed.
The contractor, Jack Arslanian has also took part in the construction of other hotels in Rwanda including Bisate Lodge in Northern Province, Ubumwe Grande Hotel, Marriott Hotel and renovation of One & Only Nyungwe House.