Tune Hotels Group plans to invest about US$25 million for its new hotel in Kenya, said Group CEO Mark Lankester.

"This is a new market for us in Africa and the details of this new venture will be announce in the next two weeks," he told the media after the launch of Tune Hotel by Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Datuk Mahdzir Khalid at KLIA2 here today.

He said for the local market, the budget hotels operator also planned to open a few more hotels in Malacca, Kedah, Cyberjaya and Langkawi by the end of this year.

"The 400-room Tune Hotel KLIA2, which opened for business on May 9, has recorded about 90-95% occupancy rate currently and this is very encouraging for us," he added.

The newly-opened Tune Hotel klia2 has received double recognition for its green technology and energy-efficient features.

The hotel has been awarded a provisional Gold Rating by Green Building Index Accreditation Panel and subsequently submitted as the first demonstration project under the Building Sector Energy Efficiency Project (BSSEP).

The BSSEP is a national project implemented by the Malaysian Public Works Department in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and co-funded by the Global Environment Facility.

Its goal is to achieve a reduction in the annual growth rate of emissions from building in Malaysia by promoting energy conversing design of new buildings.