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RIU Hotels Expands in Africa with New Properties in Senegal


The RIU Hotels & Resorts chain has purchased of a 25-hectare site in the Pointe Sarène area on Senegal’s west coast for the development of new hotels.

The planned investment amounts to 150 million euros, which includes the purchase of the site and the development of the future hotels in the destination.

RIU’s project in Senegal will consist of two phases: in the first, a hotel in the Classic range will open, with around 500 rooms; and in the second, the chain aims to build a hotel in the Riu Palace range, with capacity for around 800 guests.

With this, the RIU will strengthen its commitment to the continent of Africa, where it already owns six hotels (five in Cape Verde and one in Tanzania) and runs a further five hotels in Morocco.

The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation.

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