Danish Group Quorvus Takes up Aya Hotel
By Prisca Wanyenya
Quorvus Collection, a subsidiary of The Rezidor Hotel Group, has taken over management of Aya Hilton Hotel.
The Hotel five star hotel has been renamed Pearl of Africa Hotel, the group has announced.
“The Rezidor Hotel Group, one the fastest growing hotel companies in the world and a member of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, is very pleased to announce the addition of a new member to its luxury Quorvus Collection: The Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala, Uganda.
The 296-room property will welcome its first guests in Q2 2017.”
“We are delighted to add our second Quorvus Collection hotel in Africa and thankful to our partners AYA Investment Group for bringing the Pearl of Africa to life with Rezidor,” said Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group on Friday.
“Uganda is an important hub in Eastern Africa. Its central location in the region, rich natural resources and improved infrastructure will create further economic opportunities. We look forward to a successful journey with our partners and to make our social contributions by creating local employment opportunities and establishing our hotel as the social anchor of Kampala,” ended Younes.
The Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala is ideally located in the city center, on top of Nakasero Hill and will offer guests great visibility and views from surrounding areas.
The property will feature a spacious 740m2 ballroom, nine meeting rooms, two boardrooms and a business center.
The extensive conference and meeting facilities reflect the hotel’s strong focus on the business travel market and event tourism.
Guests will have a large choice of food and drink options, including an all-day dining restaurant, a sports bar and a pool bar.
Other attractions will include a private membership gym; a wellness spa; two outdoor swimming pools; one indoor swimming pool; a children’s club; several retail shops; tennis, squash and volleyball courts; and a grill steak house.
Upon signing the deal, Mohammed M. Hamid, Chairman of the AYA Investment Group, commented, “We are extremely pleased to partner with The Rezidor Hotel Group and add this pearl to Uganda’s hospitality scene. Rezidor has already proven their capacity to successfully operate international hotel brands across Africa and has a very good understanding of the continent’s opportunities and challenges in the travel and tourism industry. We are keen on benefitting from Rezidor’s knowledge and showcasing an outstanding luxury hotel experience in Kampala.”
Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa as a result of Winston Churchill’s reference to the East African country in his 1908 book “My African Journey.” Churchill’s use of the descriptive metaphor was inspired by his impression of the country as an example of magnificence in its “variety of form and color” and its “profusion of brilliant life.” This was the inspiration behind the Pearl of Africa hotel that will reflect the local culture to its guests and the magnificence of the country – a true Quorvus Collection hotel.
Speaking about the new addition, Rob Kucera – General Manager of the Pearl of Africa Hotel – Quorvus Collection by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said “This is a new generation of expertly curated luxury hotels inspired by the lifestyle and sensibilities of the contemporary global traveler.”
About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
The group features a portfolio of approximately 475 hotels in operation or under development with 104,000 rooms in more than 80 countries.
Rezidor operates the core brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with the Club Carlson loyalty program for frequent hotel guests.
In early 2014, and together with Carlson, Rezidor launched the Radisson RED (lifestyle select) and Quorvus Collection (luxury) brands.
Since 2016, Rezidor has owned 49% of prizeotel. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Program and was awarded one the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the US think-tank Ethisphere.
In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden. HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd.—a division of HNA Group Co., Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 company with operations across aviation, tourism, hospitality, finance, and online services among other sectors—became the majority shareholder in December 2016. The corporate office of The Rezidor Hotel Group is a Danish company based in Brussels, Belgium.
About Quorvus Collection
Quorvus Collection is a new generation of expertly curated luxury hotels inspired by the lifestyle and sensibilities of the contemporary global traveler.
Individual and inspiring, each property within the collection offers a distinguished guest experience and an invitation to immerse oneself in the best a location can offer.
The collection currently includes G & V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh, Hormuz Grand Hotel,
Muscat and Symphony Style Hotel Kuwait.
Each hotel is unique and has different architecture, ambiance and design. Quorvus Collection plans to grow to include an array of historic landmark properties, contemporary residences, classic boutiques and urban retreats. Quorvus Collection is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.