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Kagame Launches Second One & Only Hotel Worth $65m

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President Paul Kagame launched the second One & Only property in Rwanda, Gorilla’s Nest, alongside First Lady Jeannette Kagame and Chair of Kerzner International, H.E Mohammed Al Shaibani and the board.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, President Kagame said Rwanda has always been open to partner with investors to drive the country’s agenda to develop high-end tourism products that add value to the country and the economy.

The Head of State thanked Mohammed Al Shaibani, the CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai and Chairman of Kerzner International, the owners of One & Only luxury hotel chain, for choosing to invest in Rwanda, urging them to feel at home.

“We have here, One & Only property, in the one and only Rwanda. Thank you, we appreciate what you have invested in and with us. We have an obligation to make sure that we both benefit from this kind of investment,” President Kagame said.

“The specifics of what this contributes to our economy and things that matter to our people and having like-minds have converged on always aiming high and creating high-end products,” he added.

One & Only Gorilla Nest is the hotel chain’s addition to Nyungwe Forest Lodge, which has been in Rwanda for nearly four years.

The facility sits on 35 hectares surrounded by over 36,000 plant species and a golf course. Its construction took more than two years.

The hotel employs 120 people, 100 of them are Rwandans.

Rwanda’s tourism has seen significant growth, according to officials from Rwanda Development Board, attracting at least 110,000 tourists every year.

This hotel is expected to boost the number of high-end tourists in Rwanda.

For starters, spending a night at this hotel situated in the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park, one needs to carry between $3,600 to $10,500 in their pocket to enjoy its exclusive services and the breath-taking, long eucalyptus trees which surround the facility, among other things.