Westin Hotels and Resorts, one of the prominent hotel chains in the world, is negotiating to manage the new African Union Grand Hotel which is owned by MIDROC Ethiopia.The hotel is now under construction in the premises of the African Union (AU) headquarters. It is expected to cost 1.2 billion birr and to be operational by 2013.
Westin Hotels and Resorts brand, the largest upscale hotels and resorts brand, is part of Starwood’s Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. It was bought by Starwood in 1994. Especially in the last decade, Westin has focused on expanding globally and since 2005 its number of hotels has grown from 120 locations in 24 countries to over 160 locations in 37 countries by 2011.
The hotel is mainly intended to accommodate high government officials who come to the capital city for meeting as well as various other reasons.
African Union Grand Hotel will have 31 ministerial suites, 27 presidential suites, distinctly decorated and equipped with unparallel comfort and luxury. It will also have 8 medium size meeting rooms, a large conference room with a 3,500 seating capacity and another one with a capacity of 2,200 seating for banquets.Source: Capitalethiopa