The Swiss International Sagana Resort and Conference Centre will create 150 job opportunities to Kenyans by the end of this year when the hotel opens.
The 150 job opportunities will be offered directly, which in turn will benefit over 1000 households.
The Foundation Enterprise Program (FEP) Holding has partnered with Swiss International to construct a four Star resort along Nairobi – Nyeri Highway, approximately 100 kilometres from Nairobi that is expected to boost leisure and conference tourism within Mount Kenya.
Speaking on Friday during the signing of a management contract with Swiss International, (FEP) Chairman, James Kaguchia said that they are working together to ensure everything is in place before the end of the year when they will be receiving their first visitors.
“We are excited to partner with Swiss International, which has a rich experience in the hospitality sector. We assure you that the transformation journey for our company is still in the process,” Kaguchia said.
The Swiss International CEO and President, Henry Kennedie said that Kenya is one of the markets they have had their eyes on, and thanked their partners FEP for trusting in them.
He added that in 2016 Swiss also signed a development management agreement with Mlima Holiday Homes for 180 rooms and suites Swiss International Golf, Spa and Conference Resort also located in the Mount Kenya region.
“We are looking to open other properties in the country and have several in the pipeline. We believe in this market and have a vision to become one of the top five hospitality and leisure groups in Africa,” Kennedie added.
The hotel will contain 146 rooms with modern conferencing facility. It will have capacity of 800 people. It is also expected to have two board rooms and two meeting rooms with a combined capacity of 80 people.
The FEP Holdings started construction of the property in 2014 and put out an international tender in December 2018 to get the right partner to run the four star resort.
The FEP Holding limited has over 75000 shareholders in 44 counties around Kenya and 33 others in the diaspora. The company has investment interests in Hotels, Insurance, Financial Services, Real Estate, Schools, Technology and Security Services.
Established in Switzerland, Swiss International was founded in 1980 and is currently associated with Hotels in Africa.
By Dourice Abuto /Pauline Okeng’a/ Wangari Ndirangu