BON Hotels extends its footprint into Ethiopia

BON Hotel Addis Ababa

BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added yet another property to its ever-growing stable.

BON Hotel Addis Ababa in Ethiopia is under construction and will open its doors to the public in the first quarter of 2017. Located just 10 minutes from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and the city center, BON Hotel Addis Ababa will be a compelling option for the corporate, leisure and conference traveler.

This is the first, truly boutique hotel development in Addis Ababa, differentiated by its cutting-edge room design and upmarket, urban feel. The hotel is in the first phase of development, with further expansion opportunities already in the pipeline with the developer. Bon Hotel Addis Ababa will boast 48 spacious, funky rooms with innovative spaces, facilities, and meeting rooms. The hotel will offer contemporary, all-day dining prepared by an international kitchen brigade.

“We have witnessed enormous growth in the leisure market [in East Africa], which makes our move into East Africa all the more appealing,” said Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels. He said that it makes strategic sense to expand the group’s footprint to East Africa due to a number of factors. The Ethiopian Government has identified the hospitality sector as a key driver of the economy. The government has close ties with its national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, which serves 92 international destinations and 53 African destinations with over 200 flights per day. Additionally, Addis Ababa is home to a world-class convention center.

YES! Hospitality East Africa, which oversees operations for BON Hotels in East Africa, has been a key driver of the project. YES! Hospitality will oversee all East African acquisitions for BON Hotels and facilitate upgrades, refurbishments, operations, procurement and technical requirements for each property, with BON Hotels overseeing sales and marketing.

“YES! Hospitality [has] a very experienced team who are well respected in the industry with several awards under their belt – they are best positioned to bring the BON brand to market and, along with the developers, who are forward-thinking and passionate, we can think of no one better to entrust our brand to,” added Stehlik. “With domestic travel in Ethiopia expected to increase by 6.2% by 2024, BON Hotel Addis Ababa will certainly contribute to this growth, and assist in providing employment for a tourism sector which already accounts for over one million direct jobs.”

BON Hotels, with five properties in Nigeria and a further nine under negotiation, together with others in Uganda, is one of the fastest-growing hotel groups in Africa and looks forward to continued growth in East Africa and throughout the continent.