Pullman, a high-end international brand of the AccorHotels Group, has announced the opening of the Pullman Lubumbashi Grand Karavia, its second hotel in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which brings the number of hotels in its portfolio on the continent to a total of seven. After the openings of the Pullman Kinshasa Grand Hotel and its first hotel in Cameroon, the Pullman Douala Rabingha, the opening of the Pullman Lubumbashi illustrates the willingness of the brand to become a major player in the luxury hospitality market in Africa.
The Lubumbashi Grand Karavia Hotel moves to the Pullman brand Opened in 1974, the Grand Karavia is an institution in the hotel landscape in Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the country. Since 2010, the establishment is the property of the Luxembourg-based holding company “African Equities” controlled by Mr. Philippe de Moerloose. After extensive renovations in 2010, this 5-star hotel is ready to change brand and become the Pullman Lubumbashi Grand Karavia. A jewel in the heart of Katanga. A unique luxury hotel in the province of Katanga, the Pullman Lubumbashi Grand Karavia is situated in an idyllic setting, nestled in a lush area on the south bank of Lake Kipopo, close to the international airport 4 km from the city centre, close to the Lubumbashi Golf Club. The hotel offers 197 rooms, including 13 suites, 1 restaurant, 2 bars, 2 meeting rooms, 1 swimming pool and 1 sports centre. The Pullman Lubumbashi Grand Karavia caters for “nomadic travellers” mixing business with pleasure, who appreciate the best business facilities, a contemporary and functional design or even well-balanced meals. Pullman continues with its development in Africa. With more than a hundred hotels to its credit, Pullman is now present in 28 countries, among the most exciting destinations in the world. In Africa, the brand is already present in the following countries: – Cameroon, with the Pullman Douala Rabingha (Douala), – Ivory Coast, with the Pullman Abidjan (Abidjan), – Morocco, with the Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf & Spa (El Jadida) and the Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa (Marrakech), – the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Pullman Kinshasa Grand Hotel (Kinshasa), – Senegal with the Pullman Dakar Teranga (Dakar). Major renovation works have started at the Pullman Dakar and will be undertaken in 2016 at Douala and Abidjan. Antoine Guego, General Director of AccorHotels African and Indian Ocean, explains: “Having taken over this seventh hotel under the Pullman brand in Africa, we are demonstrating that we wish to accelerate the development of this fantastic brand. ” Philippe de Moerloose, African Equities Director, is delighted: “Our Group is pleased to entrust the management of this fantastic hotel to AccorHotels who will ensure that the clients will benefit from their international reputation and the quality of services offered.” Pullman, luxury hotels where performance and pleasure are intertwined with the Pullman Hotels & Resorts style, an international high-end AccorHotels brand, is the perfect balance for a new generation of sophisticated and hyper-connected travellers. Merging performance and pleasure, efficiency and well- being, business and relaxation; Pullman encaptivates the new travel professionals, “the nomadic travellers”. They appreciate the best business and fitness facilities, a contemporary and functional design or even well-balanced meals. Pullman is present in 28 countries with more than 125 hotels & resorts in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.