Soo Kim, The Daily Telegraph, August 19, 2013
The JW Marriott hotel in Tripoli, Libya, which was forced to close due to political unrest in the country, will re-open its doors next year.
The 370-room hotel, which was shut just a few weeks after uprisings hampered its opening in early 2011, is expected to re-open following extensive repair work, the Libyan newspaper The Tripoli Post reports.
The 34-floor five-star hotel, owned by the Libyan government and the South Korean firm Daewoo Engineering and Construction, is 30 minutes from Tripoli International Airport on Al Teejani Street in the city’s central business district.
The luxury chain also plans to open hotels in Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda next year, with 45 new properties scheduled for the Middle East and Africa by 2018.
Last May, British Airways (BA) resumed flight services from Heathrow to Tripoli despite continued Foreign Office advice against non-essential travel to the country. BA previously suspended its services to the Libyan capital in February 2011 following the outbreak of civil war.
"The return of British Airways' services between Heathrow and Tripoli follows a thorough security review in conjunction with the UK Government and the Libyan authorities," a BA spokesman said at the time.
Libya's capital and largest city is known for its atmospheric medina and the Red Castle Museum, which contains artefacts from 5,000 years of Libyan history. The JW Marriott hotel is close to the city’s main attractions, including Ottoman classical statues and fountains as well as souks and museums.
Several operators, including Exodus, Abercrombie and Kent and Responsible Travel, have previously offered trips to Libya, usually including a sightseeing tour of Tripoli and a visit to the ancient Roman ruins of Leptis Magna.
For more information on travel advice to Libya, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice .