Ritz-Carlton to open first hotel in Tunisia
Tunis, September 11, 2012
Luxury hospitality group Ritz-Carlton has announced plans to launch its first hotel in Tunisia, the 129-suites resort Ritz-Carlton Tunis, Carthage, in late 2014.
The hotel, which is ideally situated on the Mediterranean Sea, is owned by Companie Tunisienne de Development Touristique (CTDT), a subsidiary of the Driss-Jenayah Group and a pioneer group in hospitality.
Located in Carthage-Sidi Bou Said, a suburb of Tunisia’s capital city Tunis, the resort offers an exclusive beachfront setting adjacent to the Presidential Palace and step away from Carthage’s ancient ruins.
Tunis has a rich history evident in its many historical sites including the medina, a Unesco World Heritage Site, comprising ancient Islamic architecture including over 700 monuments.
With interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the hotel will offer seven food and beverage outlets, an expansive ballroom and destination spa.
“We are honored to have been selected by CTDT to manage this incredible property,” remarked Herve Humler, the president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
“We believe this stunning destination with its rich history and diverse culture will offer our discerning guests a unique and exciting new location to explore when it opens late 2014,” he noted.
CTDT chief executive officer Omar Jenayah said, “We are delighted to partner with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in its first endeavour into Tunisia. The long and storied legacy of The Ritz-Carlton is well-suited to Tunisia’s own historical heritage.”
Humler said the group continued to explore other opportunities and destinations in the Middle East and Africa. "With the right hotels in the right locations, I believe expansion in this region is an essential part of our future strategy," he stated.
CTDT is a pioneer group in hospitality, financial services and healthcare, and also has several investments in manufacturing, airlines, agriculture and food processing. The group owns a portfolio of hotels with more than 6,000 rooms.-TradeArabia News Service