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Grand Skylight Hotel Management (GSHM), a hospitality company based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China, is to manage an Ethiopian Airlines 4 star hotel that is currently under construction.

The statement was made to Xinhua on Monday by Wang Wenhui, Vice General Manager of GSHM at the sidelines of China (Shenzhen) Trade and Investment Promotion Meeting and Shenzhen Products show, June 19-20 being hosted in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Focused on mid to high end hotel sector, GSHM specializes in 4 star and 5 star hotels management, but also gives services on hotel development, construction and pre-opening.

Ethiopia’s flagship carrier Ethiopian Airlines plans to inaugurate it’s four star hotel to coincide with the 30th African Union summit which will be held in January 2018.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says the 373 room hotel plans in particular to attract some of the 120 million Chinese tourists that travel across the world.

The 4 star hotel project is being built by Chinese firm Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) at a cost of 65 million U.S. dollars.

The hotel will also have what the Ethiopian Airlines calls Africa’s largest Chinese Restaurant to cater for the thousands of Chinese living in Ethiopia and Chinese travelers who are transiting through Ethiopia.

“GSHM as a famous brand will send our team consisting of about 50 people to manage the hotel to our standards for the hotel owner Ethiopian Airlines,” says Wang.

GSHM won the management contract after beating other international brands like the French multinational group Accor hotels and the UK-based multinationals hotel company Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG).

According to Gebremariam, when the 4 star hotel lying on 40,000 square meters of land is completed it will be one more addition to Ethiopia’s ambition be a global tourist destination.

Expecting large scale tourist inflows, Ethiopia’s immigration authorities and Ethiopian Airlines have launched an e-visa service for international visitors from 39 countries including China. The service will only be available for those wanting tourist visas.

Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to five cities in China, flying 35 times a week. The destinations are China’s capital Beijing, China’s commercial hub Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu and Guangzhou.

Ethiopian Airlines is embarking on an ambitious expansion drive in its catering facility, cargo facility, airplane fleet increment and expansion of international flight destinations currently at over 95. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh