9 July 2019

Expansion of the hotel business in Zanzibar

TUI and its long-standing joint venture partner Riu are again investing jointly in Zanzibar and have acquired a second hotel in Tanzania in addition to the Riu Palace Zanzibar. With the acquisition RIU supports TUI Group's growth path along the Indian Ocean. The island in front of the East African coast is in vogue. In addition, the first TUI Blue hotel in Zanzibar will open in summer 2020.

The new Riu hotel with its 149 rooms is located in the Nungwi Beach area, near the Riu Palace Zanzibar in the north of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. The hotel on the white-sandy beach is at a little more than an hour’s drive from the airport and the capital city. A highlight of the resort is a restaurant over the sea, where guests can enjoy local cuisine.

In addition, RIU has also acquired five hectares of land where it plans to build a third hotel on the island. With these new projects, RIU reaffirms its commitment to the African continent as a new tourist destination with which it expands its range of sun and beach hotels. In total, RIU operates in Africa five hotels in Cape Verde and two in Tanzania as well as five in Morocco. In June, Riu has just announced the purchase of a site in Senegal.