In Doha two days ago, HE Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality, and Sébastien Bazin, Chairman/CEO of Accor, signed that the Lusail Tower, above, will hold a 361-room Fairmont and a 132-suite Raffles. Lusail Tower has been designed by Dar Al-Handasah (DAR), led by its founder Kamal Shair: DAR works extensively in Africa, as exemplified by Ibadan’s master plan, and Sheraton Nouakchott, and it is currently working on a 2-MW Solar Photovoltaic Farm in Kazakhstan.
After an 11-year hiatus, Kempinski will be back in Tanzania, where it is now partnering with Helios Lodges Company, part of Sofia- based TTS Group (it owns eight hotels in Bulgaria). Lachezar Todorov, CEO of Helios Lodges Company, is a construction professional. In Tanzania, Helios plans Kempinski Msasa Lodge Lake Manyara, with a total of 22 tents; Serengeti National Park will see a 75-room Kempinski Longosa Lodge Serengeti, and Tarangire National Park, a bird heaven with more than 550 species, will have Kempinski Kitbong Hill Tarangire, also 75 rooms.
Talking of Kempinski, it is time once again to hear that esteemed company’s Asia boss, Michael Henssler: