Hôtel des Mille Collines
The Hôtel des Mille Collines is a large hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. It became famous after 1,268 people took refuge inside the building during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The story of the hotel and its manager at that time, Paul Rusesabagina, was used as the basis of the film Hotel Rwanda.
The Belgian airline Sabena owned the hotel during the genocide. Rusesabagina bribed the Hutu Interahamwe militia with money and alcohol to keep them from killing the refugees in the hotel. He also managed to provide the refugees with food and water.
On September 15, 2005, the Hôtel des Mille Collines was handed over from Sabena Hotels Belgium to Mikcor Hotels Rwanda.
The French 'des Mille Collines' ('of a thousand hills') is another name for Rwanda. The real hotel does not actually appear in the film Hotel Rwanda, which was largely shot in South Africa. The hotel does however appear as itself in the 2005 HBO film Sometimes in April and the 2007 Canadian film Shake Hands with the Devil which were shot on location in Rwanda.
Miko Rwayitare, the Managing Director of the MIKCOR group, said during the handover held at the hotel on Thursday 16, that the group now owns 89% of the Hotel with 8.5% and 2.5% owned by Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) and the government of Rwanda, respectively. Rwayitare is also the Executive Chairman of Telecel International, a communications company.