14 November 2018

RIU Hotels opens its fifth hotel in Cape Verde

The TUI Group is expanding its portfolio of own hotel brands with a 5-star hotel in the promising trend destination

The TUI Group hotel brand RIU has just opened the Riu Palace Boavista, which is its fifth hotel in Cape Verde and its third on the island of Boa Vista. The five-star hotel is located by Praia das Dunas and it offers the exclusive all-inclusive 24-hour service of RIU. The hotel, which has 505 rooms, thereof more than 100 swim-up rooms, opens ten years after the launch of Riu Karamboa, the chain’s first hotel on the island.

RIU arrived in Cape Verde in 2005, when the current Riu Palace Cabo Verde opened on Sal island and just one year later, today’s Riu Funana opened its doors. TUI Group and RIU saw the enormous potential of the destination, due to its long beaches and the happiness and mindset of the local people. RIU’s great commitment to the destination has resulted in a total of five hotels, which together have 3,480 rooms and 2,500 directly-employed members of staff.

“In Cape Verde we faced all kinds of logistical and infrastructure challenges there, which we tackled using our accumulated experience and Cape Verde’s own determination to develop its tourist industry“, said Luis Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels. “We have also been inspired by all of our employees there. We can now say that we have an excellent professional team. The new hotel will be managed by local staff who have grown professionally in our Sal and Boa Vista hotels, and who are now at the stage where they can open and manage the various departments of this category of hotel. When we built the first hotel in 2005, no one expected the destination to have this level of success. This renews our desire to carry on committing to Boa Vista and Cape Verde.”

TUI is also represented on the Cape Verde with its adults-only hotel brand TUI SENSIMAR. In the coming year, a new ROBINSON club in Sal will be expand the portfolio.