Breaking 'ground' on first Hilton Hotel in Cape Verde

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An artist impression of Hilton Praia being presented by the Resort Group at a ceremony held recently in Cape Verde’s capital, Praia. An artist impression of Hilton Praia being presented by the Resort Group at a ceremony held recently in Cape Verde’s capital, Praia.

Luxurious beach front hotels developer, the Resort Group is developing first Hilton Hotel in Cape Verde’s capital and largest city, Praia.

The celebration follows the signing of a multimillion-pound agreement between The Resort Group and Hilton Worldwide announced earlier this year.

The property developer’s CEO Rob Jarrett joined Cape Verdean Prime Minister, Jose Maria Neves, and President of Praia City Hall, Ulisses Correia e Silva, to mark the beginning of construction of Hilton Praia on Santiago Island, which is expected to open in 2018.

The hotel will offer 201 guestrooms and suites across 15 floors along with meeting and event facilities. It will be built near the city’s diplomatic quarters, governmental institutions, commercial, finance and residential areas.

Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI) and the Port of Praia, one of the principle ports of Cape Verde, will be located just six kilometres from Hilton Praia. 

The project fills a strong demand for a business hotel in the capital city of Cape Verde, a country which is recognised as an important trading location for Africa, Europe and the Americas, and has developed a credible track record of political stability.

In fact, according to the World Trade Organisation, long-term growth of real GDP has averaged 7.7% per year (1990-2013) and, in 2014, economic growth reached 2.7%. Services currently contribute about 60% to GDP, with maritime and air transport earmarked as priority sectors for development. 

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr Jarrett commented: “Cape Verde is a recognised as a touristic hotspot, and our hotel resorts on Sal have hosted over a million holidaymakers since May 2011 – but it’s also developing its international business partnerships and for that, its capital Praia, requires a high quality hotel for business travellers and dignitaries.

Hilton Worldwide currently has 37 hotels operating across Africa, with a further 26 hotels under development, including a 268 guestroom Hilton resort property in Santa Maria on Sal Island, Cabo Verde.

The company recently announced the signing of agreements to open two Hilton Garden Inns in Nigeria and the company's most recent opening was DoubleTree by Hilton Zanzibar Stone Town, Tanzania.

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