Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad, set to open in 2023, will strengthen hospitality firm’s Pakistan presence to four properties country wide while Mövenpick Hotel Maputo will open in 2021 marking the firm’s debut into Southeastern Africa
Singapore, 5 November, 2018 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is set to open new hotels in Pakistan and Mozambique – Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad in Pakistan in 2023 and Mövenpick Hotel Maputo in Mozambique in 2021.
The upcoming hotel in Pakistan will grow the hospitality firm’s portfolio in the country to four properties strong whereas Hotel Maputo will mark its entry into Southeastern Africa.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts signed an agreement with Smart Properties, an affiliate of one of Pakistan’s leading real estate developers, Future Development Holdings (FDH), to operate Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad.
Islamabad Capital Smart City is a mixed-used mega development featuring residential, retail, commercial, entertainment and hospitality components that’s just five minutes by car from Islamabad’s new international airport and located on the main road connecting Pakistan’s capital with its second most populous city, Lahore, home to almost 12 million people.
“With this new dynamic development set to become the hub for modern commercial activities and major local and international organisations, our newly-signed upscale property will be well positioned to cater to their needs, from short- to long-term accommodation options, complemented by attractive business and leisure facilities,” explained Andrew Langdon, Global Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
“Signing this management agreement is a strategic move that strengthens our cluster development strategy in Pakistan, a country where we have one property in operation and now three more hotels pipelined as we look to leverage the strong growth potential of this relatively untapped market. It also sets Mövenpick on track to become the largest international hotel operator in Pakistan.”
Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad, the hotel group’s second property planned for the city, will feature 250 hotel rooms and 150 serviced apartments, four dining venues, meeting facilities, a fitness centre and two swimming pools.
“A landmark development such as Islamabad Capital Smart City, which will become a new economic powerhouse for Pakistan, calls for high-quality accommodation and hospitality offerings, which is why we have partnered with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts – a hotel group with strong market knowledge and a proven track record operating upscale properties across the region,” said Luis Fernandez-Reyes, Chief Development Officer, Smart Properties.
Mövenpick currently operates Mövenpick Hotel Karachi and has two more hotels in active development in Pakistan – Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad, set to open in 2019, and Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore, mooted for completion in 2021.
In Mozambique, Mövenpick Hotel Maputo will capitalise on the country’s ongoing growth and development, with projects under way that could see the country emerge as one of the world’s top natural gas exporters in the near future.
“The time is right to cement our presence in southeastern Africa, a strategically-important market where Mövenpick has identified opportunities to meet demand for upscale accommodation and hospitality services, including high-quality dining experiences,” said Langdon.
“With its strong ties to the region’s economic powerhouse, South Africa, its growing importance as a regional commercial centre , plus its future tourism potential given its rich culture and unspoiled Indian Ocean coastline, Mozambique is a major development hotspot and we will most certainly keep an eye on future expansion opportunities.”
Mövenpick Hotel Maputo will cater to the growing number of corporate and government-related travellers visiting the Mozambique capital to conduct business, as well as local companies looking to stage meetings and events.
Key features of the new contemporary 150-room property will include attractive dining options plus meeting and conference facilities.
“Maputo is a business hub in its own right, and as the city grows, attracting more companies and visitors, it requires world-class accommodation, business and dining facilities that meet their needs and expectations,” said Mr. Thomas Matlala, Director at Matreal Property Services.
“We are confident Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts can deliver these standards, putting our new property – and Maputo – on the map in this dynamic region of Africa.”
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts currently operates 25 properties across Africa, with five more in active development.
About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts makes moments by doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Providing an upscale, relaxed and uncomplicated guest experience, Mövenpick recognises that small gestures make a big difference. Whether it is chocolate hour every afternoon, customised sleep technology to ensure a restful night or specially created fun and healthy kids’ menus, Mövenpick creates a human and warm environment for guests, business partners and employees. Committed to sustainable practices and caring for its local communities, Mövenpick is the most Green Globe certified hotel brand in the world. Founded in Switzerland in 1973, but with a heritage of food and beverage excellence stretching back to the 1940s, Mövenpick holds a growing portfolio of more than 80 hotels in 24 countries. Mövenpick is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travellers to feel welcome at more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.
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