Kempinski expands in Africa with four new hotels

Djibouti Palace Kempinski

Kempinski, the luxury hotel chain, will open properties in three African countries this year and is looking at projects in five more, the company’s president told Bloomberg. The hotelier, based in Geneva, is adding locations in Ghana, Angola and Kenya as it seeks to expand across the continent.

“Our focus is in Nairobi as the gateway to the sub-Saharan region as we seek to unlock opportunities,” he said. “We are looking at opportunities in Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa,Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Africa attracted 50 million tourists last year and that number is expected to grow as much as 6 percent in 2012, the World Tourism Organization said in January.

Kempinski already owns or operates hotels in Djibouti, Egypt, Namibia, Chad and Seychelles. Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana’s capital, is scheduled to open by the end of the year