According to eTurboNews, Protea Hotels East Africa Managing Director Stuart Cook has put pen to paper on a partnership agreement and hotel development deal with the Diocese of Rusizi and the seven districts which make up the Western Province of Rwanda. They will be joint shareholders in a new resort on the shores of Lake Kivu, which will be known as the Protea Kivu Marina Resort.
The $22+ million project is expected to be completed in 2016 and will then offer 76 suites and rooms and a range of leisure facilities to attract more international guests to this scenic part of Rwanda.
Protea Hotels is now part of Marriott Hotels International, a group which is in the final stages of opening its Marriott Kigali Hotel in the heart of the Rwandan capital, and the new resort will give the group a wider presence, as one Protea Hotel is already under development in Kigali.
Rusizi is connected with the capital Kigali by air with daily flights by RwandAir to Kamembe, an airport which will from November onwards see the runway extended to cater for larger aircraft.