Chinese firm enters East African market with the launch of new 5-Star hotel in Dar-es-salaam

TANZANIA – CRJE limited, a Chinese building & civil contractor, has opened a state-of-the-art Johari Rotana Hotel to cement its presence in Africa’s fast-growing hospitality sector.

Hu Bo, Chairman of (East Africa) Limited, said; “We are proud to support the government’s efforts to enhance the hospitality infrastructure and promote the country’s famous tourist attractions, as well as its commercial capital Dar es Salaam.” 

“Johari Rotana is the ninth international-standard 5-star hotel we have built in Tanzania. With our rich experience in the hotel construction business and the ever-changing local market, we understand the needs of travellers; the magnificent Johari Rotana will surely satisfy these needs,” Bo added. 

He said the project has been realised in partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment wing of the World Bank and Rotana, which manages the property, reports IPPMedia.

Commenting on the soft opening, Guy Hutchinson who is acting CEO of Rotana said as part of the company’s long-term strategy, Africa remained a key focus market. 

“With the opening of the Johari Rotana, the company has reached a significant milestone in our journey. Setting new standards in architecture, design, technology, offerings, and service excellence, Johari Rotana, our first property in East Africa, heralds a new hospitality experience in the region,” Hutchison said.

Offering diverse dining experiences, Johari Rotana features four stylish dining venues, including the lobby lounge Kibo, an all-day dining restaurant Zafarani, an upscale Chinese restaurant Noble House and the informal Hamilton’s Gastropub. 

The new hotel also boasts the largest meeting and conference facility in Tanzania, a 900sqm ballroom with a 6.5-meter ceiling height that can also be divided into three smaller venues.

“We are confident that our spacious rooms and suites, wide selection of food and beverage venues, advanced meeting and conference facilities – including Tanzania’s largest ballroom – and unsurpassed wellness and recreation facilities will appeal to our guests and provide a competitive advantage in the market,” Hutchison added.

The property also features six additional meeting rooms with captivating views of the waterfront a dedicated business centre, Class-A offices, and an indoor parking facility, making it an ideal choice for both business and leisure guests.

The new five-star property marks the company’s entrance to the East African market.

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