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Monday, February 24, 2020

AccorHotels expanding with Zambia Tourism

Economy AccorHotels expanding with Zambia Tourism

Zambia’ s tourism industry has continued to attract worldwide brand hotels as French well-known Accor Hotels expresses interest in getting their brand into the country.

AccorHotels Senior Vice President and Head of Development for Africa and the Indian Ocean Mr. Philippe Baretaud paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s Ambassador to France Ambassador Humphrey Chibanda on Friday.

In the coming month AccorHotels will be undertaking a special visit to Zambia to meet with government officials and other strategic partners to forge the way forward.

Some of the investment projects of interest include the Hostels Board lodges and development of a five and three star hotels at Mulungushi International Conference Center.

AccorHotels Senior Vice Chief executive and Head of Development for Africa and the Indian Ocean Philippe Baretaud with Zambia’ s Ambassador to France Humphrey Chibanda in Paris on Friday.
AccorHotels Senior Vice Chief executive and Head of Development for Africa and the Indian Ocean Philippe Baretaud with Zambia’ s Ambassador to France Humphrey Chibanda in Paris on Friday.

In their bilateral meeting with the Zambian envoy, Mr. Baretaud said Zambia has come up as one of the strategic destination to expand the AccorHotels brand.

He said the decision by management to consider Zambia has been based on the fact that Zambia is one of the most politically stable country in Africa with positive economic prospects that the country continues to show.

He said Zambia has been on the company’s strategic expansion watch list for a while now and the time has come to bring the AccorHotels brand into the country for mutual benefit.

Mr. Baretaud said since setting up base in South Africa in 2016 the company has adopted a deliberate strategic plan to spread the Accor branded hotels across Africa and Zambia is one of the countries on top of the list.

In response, Ambassador Chibanda thanked Mr. Baretaud for taking the time to come and meet with him.

He said this indeed shows the commitment and passion the company has to bring the AccorHotels brand to Zambia.

Ambassador Chibanda briefed Mr. Baretaud that the government has adopted and started implementing policies aimed at diversifying the Zambian economy which for a long time has relied on mining.

He highlighted that government is now looking at other economic sectors such as Agriculture tourism and manufacturing.

The Ambassador said the decision by Accor Hotels to come to Zambia would not have come at a better time than now when the country has prioritized the tourism sector and looking at ensuring that the industry remains competitive.

He said one way of making the tourism industry competitive is by attracting internationally recognized brands such as Accor Hotels.

AccorHotels, formerly known as Accor S.A., is a French multinational hotel group, part of the CAC 40 index, operating in 95 countries around the globe.

Headquartered in Paris, France, the group owns, operates and franchises 4,100 hotels spanning in all continents of the world representing several brands, from budget and economy lodgings to five-star hotels.

The group started its operations in 1967, when the first Novotel hotel was opened in Lille Lesquin with some of its hotel brands such as Hotel F1, Ibis, Mercure, Novotel, Adagio, Mei Jue, Pullman, MGallery, Swissôtel, Sofitel.

In Africa, the group operates 111 hotels making up 19,675 rooms in 21 countries.

The group has more than 240,000 employees in Accor Hotels’ brand worldwide.

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  1. Good news indeed but, l would suggest that this new investment should NOT concentrate on congested lusaka town but rather, on the outskirts of the capital like; the mikango, kafue, Chongwe, chisamba areas etc. That way, they may plan better especially with drainage systems.

  2. What investment when they will.come to your country and racially abuse you while pf government sides with them due to corruption. Investment will never make sense when you have a failed government like pf which cannot guarantee the protection of worker’s rights.

  3. Why do we also have to report thst we are one of the most politically countries in africa. Its overkill just say they want to invest if figures add up

  4. Sorry meant politically stable, if you keep stating that we are politically stable all the time pipo will ask why does that hve to be brought up. They will check independently and make up their own minds.

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