Date: March 2018
Location: Thailand, Tunisia, Nairobi, Maldives, Basra – Iraq, Malaysia, Bangladesh, UAE.
Currently operating 83 hotels in Africa, Asia, Europe & the Middle East, Mövenpick will expand into five new countries – Bangladesh, Iraq, Kenya, Malaysia and Maldives – while strengthening its hotel network in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Tunisia and Thailand.
“In 2018, our global expansion is accelerating, with 11 new openings planned, which puts us on track to reach our target of 125 properties by 2020 and introduce the Mövenpick brand at some of the most sought-after locations,” confirms Olivier Chavy, President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
Three of the next Mövenpick addresses will open in the coming months:
Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin, Thailand (96 rooms)
Mövenpick Hotel du Lac Tunis, Tunisia (189 rooms)
Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, Kenya (276 rooms)
The remaining eight properties will allow Mövenpick to enter four additional new markets with:
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru, Maldives (105 rooms)
Mövenpick Hotel Basra, Iraq (152 rooms)
Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA, Malaysia (333 rooms)
Mövenpick Hotel Sylhet, Bangladesh (210 rooms)
In the Middle East, Mövenpick will open two hotels in the United Arab Emirates:
Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubaï (246 rooms)
Mövenpick Hotel, Dubai Media City (251 rooms)
The hotel group will also strengthen its presence in Egypt with the opening of the Mövenpick Resort El Ein Bay (214 rooms) and in Asia with the opening of the Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai (114 rooms).
With more than 40 locations planned, Mövenpick will expand into several new markets in the coming years, including Muscat (Oman) and Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates) in the Middle East and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Abuja (Nigeria) in Africa, while consolidating its presence in countries with high growth potential.
THPT Comment: A global firm with Swiss roots, that dates back to the 1940s, when Ueli Prager, son of a Swiss hotelier, opened his first Movenpick restaurant in Claridenhof, Zurich and now 33.3% owned by Kingdom Holdings (Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, part owner of Four Seasons, The Savoy, Paris’ George V and a bunch of other classic hotels). Established as Moevenpick in 1973 with just two hotels, they now manage 20,000-plus rooms in more than 83 hotels, with a plan to get to 125 hotels by 2020
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