Protea Hotels Dives into the Zanzibar Market

January 2014: The Protea Hospitality Group has entered the beautiful tropical spice island paradise of Zanzibar, bringing the exclusive Mbweni Ruins Hotel into the Protea Hotels portfolio.

Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins is situated on the breathtaking tropical coastline of Zanzibar, only 7km from Stone Town and 5km from the airport, which makes it an easily accessible destination.

Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis says Zanzibar is one of Africa’s most popular leisure travel destinations visited by approximately 170 000 foreign tourists in 2012, which makes it a very attractive proposition from a hospitality point of view.

“…Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins is the perfect property with which to enter this amazing and historic travel market. It is a beautiful and exclusive hotel with just 13 gorgeous suites furnished island style with elegant canopied beds and carved timber furniture.

“The beachside location is perfect for quiet relaxation, but it is close enough to the historic Stone Town to be extremely convenient so it’s ideally located for our purposes.

“As Protea Hotels has said time and time again, Africa is the future of hospitality and there is room for companies with trusted, recognised brands to expand rapidly.”

The Spa at Mbweni is in two beautiful rooms in the old ruins.

Gillis says Protea Hotels will be entering two new markets, Ghana and Rwanda, in 2014, but the company is also currently exploring opportunities in several other African states.