Hospitality Heavyweights Takeover Fleuve Congo Hotel

Pioneers of luxury hospitality bring unparalleled management expertise to Fleuve Congo Hotel under the Blazon Hotels Brand.

Kinshasa, Congo (Kinshasa), August 31, 2019 --( Hospitality trailblazers Smart Hospitality Solutions (SHS) announced the successful management takeover of the Fleuve Congo Hotel by Blazon, formerly known as Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo, as of July 1, 2019. The iconic Kinshasa hotel now carries the Blazon Hotels brand and premium service philosophy.

Led by the management board and founders, Mr. Reto Wittwer, Mr. Ulrich Eckhardt, and Mr. Avsar Koc, SHS announced the signing of its latest management agreement as part of its strategic global expansion plan. Having successfully opened and operated more than 250 hotels across the world with several major hotel brands the trio of recognised leaders of luxury hospitality management return to Kinshasa to bring new life to the 237 room hotel.

Reto Wittwer Founder & Chairman of Smart Hospitality Solutions stated: “Signing the agreement for Fleuve Congo Hotel by Blazon is part of our plan for expanding the Blazon brand in Africa over the next few years. Throughout my career, I have had great success on the continent and remain optimistic about the immense potential for returns from luxury hospitality in Sub-Saharan Africa. By partnering with key players on the continent to secure the best locations for our luxury hotels we will continue to expand into more cities. We are proud to launch the Blazon brand in Kinshasa and leverage our unrivaled experience in order to bring genuine five-star luxury to the city.”

Avsar Koc Chief Operating Officer of Smart Hospitality Solutions added: “By tapping into the natural talent and service culture that already exists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo we are excited to boost the performance of this iconic hotel. Our distinct brand of luxury hospitality and operational know-how makes us a clear leader in all the markets we operate in. We look forward to working with the owner and the hotel team to unveil the true potential of this incredible hotel.”

Fleuve Congo Hotel by Blazon is the leading venue for conferences, exhibitions, and lavish weddings in Africa’s third-largest city. The hotel is ideal for business travellers and groups looking for five-star luxury in close proximity to the country’s principal governing bodies, diplomatic and media organizations, and international corporations located in the Gombe area. The spacious rooms & suites, and extensive landscaped grounds provide a welcome respite from the busy mega-city.

The Blazon Hotels management team arrived in the city in July to personally oversee the handover and provide hands-on expertise to elevate the hotel’s service standards to international 5-star luxury levels. Work is already underway to introduce a new conference and convention centre, upscale bar, as well as a luxury spa and full-service salon.

Named after one of Africa’s largest river, Fleuve Congo Hotel by Blazon is located near its banks in the heart of the embassy district in the Commune of Gombe. The tallest building in the Gombe area, the hotel’s twenty two floors offer elevated views over the Congo River and the capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo which sits across the river.

About Fleuve Congo Hotel by Blazon:

Fleuve Congo Hotel by Blazon features 237 spacious and contemporary rooms - including 42 suites, three specialty restaurants, and four bars. Five meeting and events spaces include an auditorium with seating for 250 attendees. Leisure facilities include two floodlit outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and billiard and snooker rooms.

Named after one of Africa’s largest river, the hotel is located near its banks in the heart of the embassy district in the Commune of Gombe. With a full range of leisure facilities available at the hotel and Kinshasa’s 18 hole golf course a mere five minutes away, Fleuve Congo Hotel by Blazon is ideal for business travellers and Kinshasa residents looking for a place to relax and enjoy the luxury of a five-star hotel.

About Blazon Hotels:

The upscale luxury brand offers a fully customizable experience that creates flexible services around the clock for affluent travelers. At the core of Blazon is an offering to enrich the customer’s experience with an operating philosophy centralized around the expertise and personal attention of the quintessential hotel concierge. Blazon delivers expertise in skills that serve the guests by providing a tailor-made menu of services and choices whenever and wherever demanded.

About Smart Hospitality Solutions:

Smart Hospitality Solutions FZ LLC (SHS) is a specialist in hotel and resort management company poised to be an industry innovator and game-changer in hospitality management. The founders of SHS are industry veterans with 100 years of combined experience and have successfully opened and operated over 200 hotels across the world with internationally recognized brands. The SHS portfolio encompasses three distinct brands: Blazon, Contempera, and a wellness brand Softouch Hotels.
Smart Hospitality Solutions / Blazon Hotels
Theresa Torres