Sunday 18 April 2021
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Good Days Ahead For Tanzania’s Tourism Industry As Marriott Buys The Oldest Hotel In Arusha

Good Days Ahead For Tanzania’s Tourism Industry As Marriott Buys The Oldest Hotel In Arusha


One wise man once told me that to be a gentleman (or gentlewoman for ladies), one has to appreciate his (or her) past; a deep understanding of the forces that shape one as a person and the forces that shape the world one lives in. It is with this in mind that today; I seek to hear from you what the year 1894 had in store.

From afar, I hear interesting answers. Well today, I am going to share with you three developments that took place in 1894 that changed the world. TV as we know it today started in 1894 when Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope (moving pictures) showed on April 14. Dr. Roux of Paris announced the vaccine of Diphtheria. Finally yet importantly, in Arusha, Tanzania, the first hotel in East Africa was officially opened.

Arusha Hotel or more commonly known as the Four Points by Sheraton Arusha is a flagship hotel of Tanzania. Located in the safari capital of Tanzania, Arusha, Arusha Hotel tells the Tanzanian story since the earliest times to date. Arusha Hotel’s interior is surrounded by the history of a bygone era, framed photos detailing the hotel’s history hang along the lobby, deck, pergola and the balcony; the traditional ambiance effortlessly combines with cues of the modern architecture.

Helping Arusha Hotel to announce itself to modern holidaymakers is Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company. Marriott International acquired Arusha Hotel as part of its vision to own 200 hotels by 2020.

The acquisition of Arusha Hotel by Marriott International was aided by Marriott’s earlier acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide owned the larger chunk of Arusha Hotel, making Marriott International the default owner of the hotel after its acquisition of Starwood but it recently struck an agreement with the government of Tanzania concerning full ownership. The details, however, remain unclear, as both parties (Marriott International and the Tanzanian Government) have not issued statements as to the exact specifics of the deal.

While announcing the news, the President of Marriott International, Alex Kryiakidis, said the rising demand for high-quality lodging as induced by the increase in tourism flows in East Africa made the decision to acquire Arusha Hotel straightforward for his group.

Reports state that Tanzania receives on average 1.2 million tourists each year most of whom end up in the Northern Circuit (Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, and the Ngoro Ngoro Crater).

With the acquisition of Arusha Hotel, Marriott International is looking at upscaling the hotel’s facilities and amenities, which in comparison to other venues in the region is not far off.

Arusha Hotel features 106 rooms. These rooms are evenly spread offering three levels of accommodation i.e. superior rooms, executive deluxe rooms and suites. All three come with the following air conditioning units, electronic safe, iPod docks, two telephones with direct international dialling, and flat television screens with a selection of satellite TV channels, energy-saving electronic card door locks and electricity points, each room has three square pin plugs and an adaptor, and mosquito nets.

In addition, superior rooms have double and twin rooms that allow interconnecting, ideal for families. Executive deluxe rooms also have double and twin rooms but they have larger beds than superior rooms. Suites offer an extra office/seating area and bathroom facility.

Other facilities and amenities inside the hotel include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour gym, and four authentic bars and restaurants.

Outside, the hotel is surrounded by lush and extensive tropical gardens giving the hotel a calm and relaxing feel. There is an outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants that allow great viewing of the surrounding environment. The Parachichi restaurant and the Freshly Ground Coffee Lounge are on the first terrace overlooking the tropical garden.

A stone throws away from the hotel is the Arusha National Park. The park is a unique slice of wilderness consisting of marshes, grasslands, and montane forest. Wildlife here includes the black and white colobus monkeys, dik-dik, giraffe, warthog, buffalo and over 400 different bird species.

The beauty of Arusha Hotel is that it allows you to bypass traditional agents by designing your own trip thus saving you valuable money and time.