It is a pleasure to report that in the last few weeks our presence in Latin America has grown and that now we have 15 new hotels located in the major cities of Colombia, as well as four in Chile and one in Quito, Ecuador.
The acquisition of the Hoteles Royal chain, which had 20 hotels in these three countries, at the beginning of the year has enabled us to merge its brand with ours and to begin operating the Royal hotels under our NH Hotels and NH Collection brands. With this development, we operate 57 establishments and more than 10,000 rooms in Latin America.
The NH seal is present in all of them: unbeatable service, excellent locations, high standards of service and comfort, an ongoing commitment to innovation and the latest technologies for business and leisure, a full-service option for the meetings and events sector, and top-notch gastronomic proposal combining the avant-garde and local tradition led by internationally renowned chefs.
The launch of this new concept took place in NH Collection Royal Teleport (Bogotá) and was led by Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of the Republic of Colombia, Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Cecilia Álvarez-Correa, Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Rafael Roldán, President of FECECA (Federation of Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce in America) and Federico J. González Tejera, CEO of the NH Hotel Group.
Also present were important representatives from Colombia, the business world, and national and international tourism.
Well-known 2 Michelin Star Chef Paco Roncero, currently executive chef and director of the restaurant La Terraza del Casino which is managed by our Group, was in charge of design and serve the gastronomic offer of the event, sharing his passion for cooking and creating an enjoyable experience for the guests.
Colombia is, in the words of our CEO, an ‘increasingly attractive’ destination. For this reason, NH Hotel Group desires to “continue growing in this country, taking an active role in the development of its society and using our knowledge and experience to boost the development and evolution of its tourism”.
In fact, Colombia already has more NH hotels than any other country in America and is the fifth country in the world with more NH hotels. We have a total of 15 hotels there located in Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla and Cartagena. Eight of these belong to our upper upscale brand, NH Collection and the other seven are part of NH Hotels, with a total of 1,700 rooms.
Along with Colombia, we have also arrived in Chile and Ecuador. In Chile, we have opened four hotels in Santiago, Antofagasta, Iquique and Concón, while in Ecuador we have an NH Collection in the city of Quito.
We are growing in Latin America with you. We hope you will visit us at any of our new locations in Colombia, Chile, and Ecuador so we may offer you an extraordinary and memorable experience.