President Paul Kagame has officially unveiled City Blue EPIC Hotel – the only 4-star hotel in Nyagatare district.
All the 300 government officials who have been attending a 4-day National Leadership Retreat in nearby Gatsibo district have boarded buses en-route to this hotel for late lunch and cooling off.
“Rwandans need to know that this facility is as good as any in the world and I encourage everyone to make use of it. I thank all those who played a role in the hotel’s realisation,”Kagame told participants at the hotel.
The hotel is just few kilometers away from the border with Uganda and Akagera National Park.
For decades, Safari enthusiasts had been driving long distance from Kigali to this part of the country but lacked services of such a global standard facility to cool off and spend more cash.
Unveiling this hotel will trigger an influx of tourists, local and international conferences away from Kigali city and cross border exchanges. The hotel boasts of 77 rooms and a luxurious presidential suit.
“The people of this district should come and make use of the recreational facilities of this hotel,” Kagame said.
President Kagame last visited the same hotel in February last year to catch up on construction progress.
The hotel derives its name from the abbreviation EPIC (Eastern Province Investment Corporation).
In 2012, President Kagame visited Nyagatare district and challenged local investors to solve the problem of lack of enough accommodation in this furthest town which is earmarked for a city status.
This prompted local business operators to set up the Eastern Province Investment Corporation and proceeded to construct a multi-million dollar hotel facility of this caliber.
Kagame has lived to his counsel and has indeed opened doors of this hotel to clients.
He says, “This project should serve as a catalyst for similar or different investment projects elsewhere in the country. A hotel that started off as an idea and is today fully operational.”
The president commended the team behind establishment of this hotel; “I thank all those who played a role in the realisation of this hotel. It represents the progress that we want. This hotel will play a big role in the promotion of tourism and the growth of our economy.”
Nyagatare district also hosts other massive projects including; the East African Granite Industries which processes the much sought after granite tiles and employs nearly 300 workers.
The government has chosen six towns across the country to develop them into secondary cities including;Nyagatare, Musanze, Huye, Muhanga, Rubavu and Rusizi.
This master plan aims at redirecting employment to rural areas and avoids growing rural-urban migration.