Portuguese hotel group plans to expand to Cabo Verde and Mozambique

29 December 2014

Portuguese hotel group Vila Galé plans to expand to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) on the islands of Boa Vista and Sal said the company’s chief executive Gonçalo Rebelo de Almeida.

Entry into the West African archipelago was previously considered in 2012 but the group eventually put these plans on hold to focus on its hotel in Rio de Janeiro, which opened last week. The new hotel unit has 292 rooms and cost Vila Galé 35 million euros.

“More recently we started looking for plots of land again with the idea of having a tourist resort in Cabo Verde like Marés or Cumbuco, both in Brazil,” the CEO told Portuguese newspaper Sol.

In addition to Cabo Verde, Vila Galé also has plans to invest in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, and Gonçalo Rebelo de Almeida said the group intends to have a city hotel there, which may involve purchasing or leasing a building that has yet to be built.

Vila Galé is one of the leading hotel groups in Portugal and is on the list of 250 largest companies in the hotel industry worldwide.

It is currently responsible for managing 24 hotel units: 18 in Portugal – Algarve, Beja, Oeiras, Cascais, Ericeira, Estoril, Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto and Madeira – and 6 in Brazil – Fortaleza, Caucaia, Salvador, Guarajuba, Pernambuco and Angra dos Reis – a total of 11,964 beds. (macauhub/BR/CV/MZ/PT)