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Canopy by Hilton: World’s tallest hybrid timber tower Hotel soon to pierce Zanzibar skyline

Global leader in integrated hotel management and operations solutions, Valor Hospitality, is expanding to East Africa with the signings of two new developments, including the first Canopy by Hilton, in Zanzibar.

The Burj tower is soon going to mushroom in Fumba Town, along the West Coastline of Zanzibar.

The tourist property, Canopy by Hilton Zanzibar, features 28-storey, 162 guest-rooms Canopy by Hilton Zanzibar.

With construction commencing at the end of 2024 the property will embrace a new method of building.

It is going to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower at 95 meters high and its remarkable architecture is set to become a global landmark for innovation and sustainability.

The hotel also forms part of Fumba’s master Smart City plan which includes the development of a multitude of branded residences, offices, retail, and restaurants and to date, it has attracted 200 companies, built 600 plus residential units, created 500 permanent jobs, and secured USD 85 million in investments.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a visionary project with developer CPS Africa, bringing the Canopy by Hilton brand to life in Zanzibar.

With construction due to start at the end of 2024, we cannot wait to combine our hotel culture and commercial expertise with the local hospitality, rich heritage, and natural charm that is present in everyone and everywhere on this beautiful Island,” says Tony Romer-Lee, Managing Partner Africa, Valor Hospitality.

Valor is also investing in the TUI Blue Watamu Hotel in Kenya

Situated in the vibrant coastal town of Watamu, North of Mombasa, the TUI Blue Watamu Hotel development is also scheduled to break ground in September 2024.

It will feature 124 guest rooms, suites and apartments with a wide range of amenities designed to cater to a diverse clientele including a beach club, specialty seafood restaurant, all-day café, cocktail and pool bars, and grill.

In partnership with TUI Blue Valor Hospitality will oversee the development, management and operations of the property.

“Our collaboration with TUI Blue Resorts leverages their strong international market presence as a dynamic, family-driven brand,” comments Michael Pownall Managing Partner Africa, Middle East, Valor Hospitality.

“Not only is the TUI Blue Watamu Hotel situated in an idyllic beach setting, but the area itself is a ‘hot’ destination for Europeans and urban Kenyans wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa.”

“International hotel brand franchises have shown superior results in competitive markets as the top business model in the USA and Europe. This strategy is proving to yield stronger commercial outcomes in Africa, making it a promising investment frontier.”

“The addition of these new properties in East Africa signifies a robust part of our strategic growth plan, reinforcing our commitment to enhancing our global presence,” says Euan McGlashan, co-founder, and Chief Executive of Valor Hospitality.

Situated in the vibrant coastal town of Watamu, North of Mombasa, the TUI Blue Watamu Hotel development is scheduled to break ground in September 2024.

 It will feature 124 guest rooms, suites and apartments with a wide range of amenities designed to cater to a diverse clientele including a beach club, specialty seafood restaurant, all-day café, cocktail and pool bars, and grill. In partnership with TUI Blue Valor Hospitality will oversee the development, management and operations of the property.

“Our collaboration with TUI Blue Resorts leverages their strong international market presence as a dynamic, family-driven brand,” comments Michael Pownall Managing Partner Africa, Middle East, Valor Hospitality.

“Not only is the TUI Blue Watamu Hotel situated in an idyllic beach setting, but the area itself is a ‘hot’ destination for Europeans and urban Kenyans wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa.”

“International hotel brand franchises have shown superior results in competitive markets as the top business model in the USA and Europe. This strategy is proving to yield stronger commercial outcomes in Africa, making it a promising investment frontier.”

Valor Hospitality’s suite of services includes site selection, brand selection, financing solutions, project management, and operations management, providing tailored solutions that maximize returns and facilitate strategic growth.

Their commitment to excellence and sustainability in its operations is evident in its approach to their new projects and ongoing management across Europe, the Americas, Africa, South Africa, and the Middle East. 

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