Hilton Worldwide is to build Africa’s first modular hotel in Ghana which the global hospitality company says it plans to complete for full operation in 2018.
The 280 guest-room Hilton Garden Inn, to be situated along the Accra Liberation Road, is being developed under a management agreement with Independence Properties Limited, whose majority shareholder is Trasacco Estates Development Company Limited.
The hotel will feature three restaurants and amenities offered at each Hilton Garden Inn location, including complimentary high speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, 24-hour business and fitness centres, alongside four adjustable meeting rooms and a 450sqm ballroom.
The Hilton Garden Inn project, which marks Hilton Worldwide maiden entry into the Ghanaian hospitality industry, is in line with the company’s commitment to expansion across the continent as it seeks to double its footprint from its existing 39 hotels to more than 80 hotels in the next three to five years.
Announcing these as it marked this year’s African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Kigali, Rwanda, Hilton rolled out more landmark deals which will see the company make more properties and extensions in three African countries.
Other deals will see the creation of Africa’s tallest hotel in Nairobi, while Hilton builds on its industry leading airport hotel legacy with an extension to the recently signed Legend Curio at Lagos Airport. Hilton will manage all three properties as it continues to expand its managed hotel portfolio.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president development, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide said, “Having been present in Africa for more than 50 years we’re proud to have remained at the forefront of pioneering hotel growth on the continent. This year, we’re breaking new ground in the region with the announcement of our first modular build hotel, a fast-paced construction solution that we feel has huge potential in Africa, with quicker returns for investors and a world class hospitality experience for guests.
“We remain hugely committed to Africa across our portfolio of world-class brands, continuing to introduce our hotels to new markets across the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa in the coming years,” he added.
Modular construction is an innovative solution that can be used to drive hotel development, offering numerous benefits including faster development, streamlined design and cost efficiencies.
To be handled by a strategic partnership CIMC, a world leading supplier of high-quality and reliable equipment and services, the process involves assembling portions of the hotel – including guest rooms and hallways – in China, before transporting them to the final site for completion, thereby significantly reducing the time taken for construction.
The model helps ensure consistent quality and accelerates the build schedule on site, a particular benefit for developers and investors in emerging markets.
Ian Morris, Director, Independence Properties and CEO Trasacco Estates Development Company said: “After building a number of three star plus properties in West Africa the option to go modular and improve on room quality, project delivery and minimise construction risk was warmly embraced by our development, design and construction teams and we feel is the future of the industry.”
Paul Blackmore, Managing Director, CIMC MBS, said: “We are very proud of the continued association between Hilton and CIMC, with Hilton Garden Inn being an excellent brand for utilising our modular technology. In Independence Properties we have another great partner focused on a high-quality product. Africa is a key strategic focus for CIMC, where our solutions can minimise risk on site while protecting and improving owner returns.”
Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (formerly, Hilton Worldwide and Hilton Hotels Corporation) is an American multinational hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and resorts. Hilton Worldwide is headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia.