Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 9/30/2015 07:24:00 AM
Sunshine Business Plc., sister company of Sunshine Investment Group, and Hilton Worldwide today signed a management agreement for the upscale Hilton Hawassa Resort & Spa, which is expected to begin welcoming guests in 2020.
“With a strong legacy of hospitality in Ethiopia, Hilton Hawassa Resort & Spa will join Hilton Addis Abeba in offering world-renowned service, in this rapidly evolving part of the country,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa for Hilton Worldwide. “With a further 55 million dollars government funding committed to delivering an airport fro Hawassa by 2018, the future is bright for travellers to southern Ethiopia. We are delighted to be making this announcement here where we are also celebrating the milestone of 20,000 Hilton rooms open or under development across Africa,” he added.
Samuel Tafese, President of Sunshine Investment Group on the occasion expressed his delight to have finalized the agreement with Hilton Worldwide. He added Sunshine Business would exert efforts to make the lakeside town of Hawassa a major tourist destination.
42 million dollars will be spent on the Hilton Hawassa Resort & Spa, which rests on 30,000 sqm, with construction expected to begin later this year. Located on the banks of Lake Hawassa, the property will feature 169 guest rooms and villas, with an outdoor swimming pool and spa complex acting as its centerpiece.
In addition to four dining options, including a special restaurant and pool bar & grill; the property will feature extensive meetings and events space, with more than 1000 sqm of ballroom and pre-function area, as well as a further six meeting rooms.
Hilton Hawassa Resort & Spa will join a portfolio of more than 70 Hilton Worldwide properties either trading or under development in Africa.