February 7, 2008
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Africa division and Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East, announce today the launch of a unique partnership between the Swiss-based hotel chain, in their Africa Division, and the global non-profit housing organization; initiating with a pilot project with Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel Dar es Salaam and Habitat for Humanity Tanzania.
This new venture, which unites two global brands, will work together in order to provide affordable, decent housing to families in need. The launch kicked off during a reception on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 2008 at the Mövenpick Royal Palm.
The reception was held at the poolside of the hotel with distinguished guests including the Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester KG GCVO, Patrons of Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, the Board members of both Habitat for Humanity Tanzania and Great Britain and Habitat for Humanity Tanzania Patron Mama Anna Mkapa. Branding and Marketing Communications Director for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Africa, Gehan Moustafa, and General Manager of the Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel Dar es Salaam, Daniel Roche, presented the first partnership cheque to Habitat for Humanity Tanzania’s National Director, Jeremy Cross.
The partnership combines multiple ways of giving to the community, where guests of the Mövenpick in Dar es Salaam will have the opportunity to contribute at check out $1 or more or purchase specially made local products, which will directly impact local families’ living conditions through the Habitat for Humanity program. In addition to financial contributions, the partnership will offer possibilities for hotel guests to volunteer and build houses in a safe environment with families in need. The guests’ stay in Tanzania will be further enriched by working and creating ties of friendship with local communities.
Royal Patron of Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, said “We are delighted to be part of this event. Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is a leader in the hospitality business and Habitat for Humanity is a leader in providing housing solutions; both have joined forces today to support local communities in need. This is an opportunity for visitors not only to have a splendid vacation but also to contribute to the local community’s development in Tanzania.”
As an advocate for community involvement and development, Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel’s General Manager Daniel Roche was moved by the great need for decent housing in Tanzania to pioneer a new level of corporate commitment in the country and said, “We are inviting our guests to be part of this initiative by donating a symbolic amount on checking out of the hotel as a gesture toward those who are less fortunate. There can never be a better feeling, than knowing you made that simple difference to affect one family or more. It makes me proud to be part of realizing dreams.”
Through the generosity of Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel guests, Habitat for Humanity Tanzania will be able to leverage their contributions to improve the lives of hundreds of families with good housing, upgraded water and sanitation and enhanced living conditions, which are the preconditions for improved household health, a safe and secure environment for children, and access to formal financial opportunities.
“Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel is demonstrating great corporate citizenship by helping to build Habitat for Humanity homes and raise awareness about the critical need for affordable, simple, decent housing in Tanzania. Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel and Habitat for Humanity will provide not only shelter, but more importantly hope and a secure future, to some of the most vulnerable citizens, the children, and their families,” said Jeremy Cross, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Tanzania.
Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts made their first contribution to the partnership by presenting a cheque for the first house sponsorship. Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester became the first guests to check-out of the hotel and make their donation to the program.
Habitat for Humanity Tanzania has helped to improve the lives of more than 10,000 people through safe, affordable housing solutions. More than 47,000 families in Africa and the Middle East have benefited from Habitat for Humanity home-building and renovations program.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .
About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, a premium hotel management company with over 12,000 employees, is represented in 26 countries with over 90 hotels existing or under construction and focuses on its core markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The international hotel group with Swiss roots is forging ahead with its expansion and aims to extend its portfolio to include 100 hotels by 2010. Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has an established presence in the 4 and 5-star segment with two types of accommodation: business and conference hotels and holiday resorts. The hotel group is a byword for the uncompromising quality of its products and services and is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7 %) as well as the Kingdom Group (33.3 %).