US president Barack Obama stayed at African Sun’s Holiday Inn Accra Airport (HIAA) during his visit to Ghana last week.
Bruce Potter, Holiday Inn Accra General Manager, said they were excited to host one of the most powerful and influential people in the world. Â
“Our staff was thrilled to have the Obamas staying with us and to have the opportunity to serve such a venerable head of state,” he said.
Shingi Munyeza, African Sun group chief executive said: “Barack Obama chose to stay at the Holiday Inn Accra Airport because of its position, great facilities and world-class service.Â We are honoured that from 10 July to 11 July, he and his family were shown the true ‘African Sun’ experience and we look forward to welcoming them to any of our other properties whether they be in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana or South
African Sun has evolved into Africa’s fastest growing hospitality group after taking the move to invest outside the Zimbabwean market in 2004. Â
The group’s investment in West Africa is arguably the largest Foreign Direct Investment by a Zimbabwean company into the region. Â
The group’s ability to grow into a world class player in the hospitality industry is not only testament to the service delivery excellence which the group prides itself on, but also a showcase of what Zimbabwean business can achieve internationally.Â Â
The group boasts several other high-profile properties in its portfolio which have hosted various head of states such as the Grace in Rosebank hotel in Johannesburg, the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe and Obudu Mountain Resort in Nigeria.
The group’s interests cover all sectors of the hospitality industry from luxury resorts, to urban boutique hotels, city hotels and lodges. Â
As well as having its own brands, namely Mulberry, Platinum Amber, Adrenal-Inn, My Place and The Kingdom resort brandÂ African Sun also manages and operates Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) affiliated brands such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express to gain a foothold in new markets where these brands are familiar.
African Sun’s developments both in Zimbabwe and the region are underpinned by a strong training arm, Hospitality Training Academy, commonly known as HTA. – Staff Writer