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All clear for Cape Sierra Hotel redevelopment

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Nassit and Cape Sierra Hotel Company (the Project Company set up by IDEA UK) have completed the final arrangements that will permit the redevelopment and operation of Cape Sierra Hotel subsequent to a procurement process for which the International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank acted as lead transaction adviser to Nassit.

The newly constructed Cape Sierra Hotel will be an International 5-star hotel with state-of-the art conference facilities, themed restaurants, swimming pool, tennis court and a fitness centre and will cost over $40m to develop. The project will also include a programme of refurbishing the existing chalets. The new hotel is scheduled to open in the 2nd half of 2013 and will be managed by an internationally renowned brand operator. A separate press release will be made jointly with the hotel operator in the coming weeks.

Funding for the new hotel has been secured by IDEA UK, the promoters of  the Cape Sierra Hotel project, through the African Import and Export Bank  (Afreximbank) and FBN Bank (UK) utilising Afreximbank.s Construction and Tourism (CONTOUR) facility.

Lagan Construction, a U.K. based international construction company has  been appointed as the main building contractor. A team of internationally  recognised architects and engineers have already produced the concept  design for the new hotel. All of these companies will be working with a number of local design and construction companies to deliver the project.

Hon. Victoria Saidu-Kamara, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs said  “the commencement of the reconstruction of Cape Sierra Hotel and the  involvement of major international banks is yet another sign of the  increasing confidence of investors and the international community in the  future of our nation. The arrival of an international five-star hotel will be a  key enhancement to the portfolio of hotels in the country and a catalyst for the growth and development of Sierra Leone’s tourism industry.”

The Director General of NASSIT, Mr Sam Bangura Jr. said, “Sierra Leone has the potential to become a very attractive destination for tourists and business travellers alike. The redevelopment of such an iconic hotel as Cape Sierra Hotel to an international Five Star standard will ensure good returns for the fund and increase government revenue. It will also bring in additional foreign exchange for the country and create employment opportunities. We look forward to a long, cordial and mutually beneficial partnership with Cape Sierra Hotel Company to realize the full potential of this development.”

Wilben Short, Managing Director of Cape Sierra Hotel Company Ltd. said, “We wish to thank His Excellency the President for his support for the project. We also thank the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Minister of Finance, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and their ministry officials and all our friends and supporters who have worked together to get to this stage. We are extremely proud that the project is led by Sierra Leoneans and we look forward to working together with Nassit, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the local community and other key stakeholders in the coming months to deliver a truly outstanding hotel.”

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2 Comments on "All clear for Cape Sierra Hotel redevelopment"

  1. Leon Louw on Wed, 6th Jul 2011 5:26 am 

    Hi I am a journalist for various magazines focussing on infrastructure development across Africa. I am visiting Sierra Leone in August. Can you tell me if there are any building, energy, railroad and road infrastructure taking place. I am also interested in covering the Cape Sierra hotel project. Who are the contacts. The other area I am interested in is water, sewage and Effluent. Is there any water infrastrucutre development taking place?

  2. John Awoonor-Gordon on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 11:03 am 

    There is quite and extensive road building and upgrading project going on presently in the capital Freetown. That project includes rain-water drainage as part of it. The is also some amount of railroad and industry-related building construction being undertaken as well. Plans to boost the capacity of the energy sector have jsut been announced by the government which may include the construction of a new or the enhancement of the existing electricity generating dam. There are of course lots of plans which will require the necessary foreign and direct investment
    which is being actively sought by current government policy.




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