(Xinhua) -- A new luxury hotel in
Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago whose development
began this year will create 55,000 jobs for Tanzanians, complete
with a tourism village and world-class gold course, it was revealed
The 330 million-U.S. dollar Zanzibar Amber
Resort will be one of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to
Alex Kyriakidis, President for Marriot Middle East & Africa, the
parent company of Ritz-Carlton, said in a statement that Marriott
International Inc. was in final talks with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd
for the Ritz Carlton Zanzibar Hotel which will be developed as the
Zanzibar Amber Resort mixed lifestyle community.
The hotel will occupy the prime Indian Ocean coastline in the
northeast of Zanzibar, he said, adding that the hotel design will
combine modern architecture and a touch of Zanzibar style to bring
together the unique feeling of Tanzanian hospitality.
Kyriakidis is visiting the isle to familiarize himself with the
project and meet with some of the prominent stakeholders in the
tourism industry and government of Zanzibar.
"This development will be a catalyst for boosting premium tourism
to the island of Zanzibar and Tanzania in general," he said.
According to Kyriakidis, Zanzibar Amber Resort, a mixed-use
project will offer a retail souk, a tropical aqua park, a marina, an
equestrian centre and international polo club, along with further
The expansive facility will also feature East Africa’s first
signature golf course, he added.
Developers say they were working in close collaboration with
local stakeholders, including the government and the Ministry of
Environment, to master plan a self-sufficient and sustainably
designed community with energy plants, agriculture, aquaculture and
potentially an airfield in the later stages of the project.
"Currently, the luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton has only one
hotel in Africa located in Cairo-Egypt, and Zanzibar Amber Resort is
proud to have the luxury brand in its portfolio," Kyriakidis told
Saleh Said, the director of Pennyroyal said:
"Having Ritz Carlton on board the Amber portfolio will place
Zanzibar on the prime tourist charts, which is part of our focus, to
change the perception of Zanzibar from a backpacking tourist
destination to high-end tropical paradise."