Hyatt Hotels extends footprint in Africa

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts expects to double the number of its hotels in Africa, with six properties due to open by 2020.

The expansion will see Hyatt enter four new countries: Algeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Senegal.

“The development opportunities for Hyatt in Africa are significant, and we see enormous potential in the region. This expansion reinforces our commitment to developing our pipeline in Africa,” says Peter Penev, vice president acquisitions and development for Hyatt.

“With the introduction of a Pan-African, visa-free passport next year alongside the continued improvement in the connectivity and growth of the region’s airlines, we expect tourist and business travel will only continue to increase.

“We look forward to working with our local developers and partners to further deliver on our ambitious plan to help grow the hotel industry in East Africa.”

The group will open a Hyatt Regency at Algiers Airport next year, together with the Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa and Hyatt Centric Dakar, with the Hyatt Regency Douala, in Cameroon, also in the pipeline.

It will additionally add hotels in Marrakech – a Park Hyatt – and the Hyatt Regency Arusha in Tanzania, each becoming the third Hyatt-branded hotel in the respective countries.