Fred Maina ceo Icon Hotel Group. Oversaw the transformation of Mount Meru hotel, from privatization in 2004 through a major upgrading programme and commissioning in 2010. It remains one of the most sought after hotels in Arusha-Tanzania.
The Palace Hotel Arusha, is yet another upper upscale property where Fred Maina was in charge of preopening services through to commissioning and management 2010-2013. The hotels location in central Arusha has made it a very popular choice for corporate conferencing in Arusha.
In 2016, Icon hotels group entered into an MOU with NSSF Tanzania for preopening services, envisaged to culminate into a lease agreement upon completion of the hotel tower.
Icon Hotel Group took over the management of Best Western Hotel in June, 2017 known at that time as Best Western – de Island Hotel. At this point the hotel was declaring loss on a YoY basis.. Upon take-over, the hotel was rebranded and renamed the BWC Hotel by ICON. The endorsement by ICON, jumpstarted a transformational and unprecedented turnaround of the hotel into a flourishing hospitality outfit. This was achieved through the implementation of IRRI tools (Icon Rapid Results Initiative), a novel business recovery model which instituted the implementation of hotel wide operational restructuring across the key operational verticals. Today the BWC hotel by ICON is the go-to hotel of choice for business or leisure, a preferred choice among hotels in Victoria Island which maximises on its prime location as a strategically positioned property just across the Eko Atlantic City. Buoyed by the success of the recovery and business revival initiative, Icon is set to replicate this model to other non performing properties in its portfolio.
This newly opened hotel is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Owerri City in Imo state- Nigeria, It promises to deliver ‘refreshingly unique’ services the likes of which have not been experienced in this part of the continent before. With its well-appointed mix of accommodation ranging from A presidential Villa that is a study in opulence over the top living, A vice-presidential Villa, and an assortment of all ensuite Studio rooms and bungalows, Icon Hotel Group has once again raised the hospitality bar in Nigeria. Icon is currently operationalising the hotel in readiness for projected sustained growth. With Icons unique approach to service delivery that is always aligned to the market needs, we are bullish about the success of this jewel of Owerri in coming months and years.