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Dubai's HMH commits to Sudan with two new hotels

Company chief says EWA Port Sudan Hotel & Apartments and EWA Khartoum Hotel & Apartments will open later this year

Dubai's HMH commits to Sudan with two new hotels
Laurent A Voivenel, CEO, Hospitality Management Holdings.

Dubai-based Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) said it plans to open two new hotels in Sudan later this year as part of its Go Africa strategy

Laurent A Voivenel, CEO, HMH, announced the hotel operator's commitment to Sudan at a press conference in Khartoum.

He said: “Sudan is part of our ‘Go Africa’ strategy. With three hotels in operation and two under development we are strongly positioned in Sudan and well-placed to contribute to the growth of the local hospitality and tourism industry.

"We have got a strong portfolio of brands and are in intensive discussions with Sudanese Kuwaiti Hotels Company to consolidate and build on our strategic cooperation."

HMH has deepened its presence in North Sudan since it took over the management of Coral Khartoum Hotel in 2009.

It said that opening this year will be EWA Port Sudan Hotel & Apartments and EWA Khartoum Hotel & Apartments.

Abo Bakr Mohammed Abo Bakr, general manager, Sudanese Kuwaiti Hotels Company, said: “Sudan has tremendous potential to be developed as a tourism destination but there is a lot of catching up to do.

"There are many ancient pyramids all over Sudan, attracting many tourists from the region and abroad. Sadly, much of the country’s natural and architectural treasures have remained hidden from the world's tourism industry

"There is a shortage of hotels, particularly outside the capital Khartoum, with many key tourist attractions completely lacking suitable accommodation. HMH is among the few reputable hospitality groups present in the country and has been playing an instrumental role in the development of the industry."

The government of Sudan has pledged $1 billion a year to boost the country’s tourism industry. Flights to and from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are increasing largely due to the expansion of low-cost carriers in the region.

According to a report issued by Ministry of Tourism and Wild Life 591,350 tourists visited Sudan in 2013 spending $735.5 million.

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