With an expected growth rate of 4.3% this year, Sierra Leone’s economy has established its resilience, and the country’s potential as an investment and tourism destination is attracting considerable interest from the around the world.
Three high-profile investment forums in the UK and the Netherlands, an international trade delegation and an economic recovery process, which will deliver a series of development initiatives by June 2017, have all boosted investor confidence. Big business is back. The African cement giant Dangote joins the already established Leocem. Bolloré Africa Logistics has set in motion a $120m project to extend the container terminal at the Freetown Port. The agriculture sector is poised to benefit from a series of reforms, which will attract investment for large-scale agribusiness and associated value chain development.
The country’s idyllic beaches, tropical rainforests, soaring mountains and abundance of rare wildlife are still among the world’s best kept travel secrets. Not for long though. Over the last year, several niche travel specialists have identified Sierra Leone’s unique potential and are offering adventure travel tours that promise to take travelers off the beaten-track.
A hotel for all occasions
As the first choice hotel for international visitors to the country, the five-star Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko has established a reputation for reflecting the pulse of the nation – the hotel’s current flow of business travellers shows how Sierra Leone’s economic engine is revving up. Its doors opened just over a year ago as part of its strategy of growth in sub-Saharan Africa, and its brand promise gives international travellers the combination of comfort and service they need to get the most out of their visits to Sierra Leone.
Named after a 19th century Sierra Leonean queen, the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown is located in the capital of Sierra Leone. Its 171 stylish rooms and suites offer modern amenities like free high-speed wireless internet and satellite TV. Other services include a business centre, five stylish meeting rooms and an event space, which can accommodate up to 260 guests. The hotel takes the business of leisure very seriously too. Fresh seafood is the speciality at its restaurant. Guests can also order delicious snacks, grilled dishes and a variety of cocktails, draft beers and liquors at the Baw Baw bar. Fitness facilities include an outdoor pool, two tennis courts and a fitness centre.
In a recent visit, former UK head of state, Tony Blair told ministers that visitors to the Sierra Leone left with a sense of inspiration. Its economy is recovering and Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko, the country’s first five-star hotel remains an intrinsic part of the growth story.