Carlson Rezidor is accelerating its growth strategy in Africa.
The group has opened five Radisson Blu hotels in first six months of 2016 and signed four new hotels including first Quorvus Collection in Africa. The group is also entering its 28th country in Africa and taking the Park Inn by Radisson brand to the Indian Ocean Islands. The hotel group has over 1,400 hotels in 115 countries.
In 2016, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group opened five Radisson Blu properties – Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill in Kenya (271 rooms), Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carré Eden in Morocco (198 rooms), Radisson Blu Residence with 187 luxury hotel apartments in Maputo, Mozambique (group’s first residence concept in Africa), Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport Ivory Coast (261 rooms) and West Africa’s tallest hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel 2 Février in Lomé (320 rooms).
The Radisson Blu Hotel 2 Février in Lomé is hosting the first Africa Hotel Investment Forum in West Africa in Togo scheduled to be held from 21-22 Jun 2016.
Wolfgang M Neumann, president and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group said: “Africa is Rezidor’s biggest growth market. Our group’s total portfolio comprises 69 hotels in 28 countries, with over 15,000 rooms in operation or under development. Radisson Blu leads the way with more hotel rooms under development than any of the other with 85 plus hotel brands active in Africa today. Our ambition is to be the leading player in the travel and tourism sector across the continent.”
Carlson Rezidor’s has also announced the signing of its first Quorvus Collection in Africa, the five-star 244-room luxury Emerald Grand Hotel & Spa in Lagos. The group also signed a new Radisson Blu Hotel Harare in Zimbabwe with 245 rooms, a Radisson Blu Hotel in Durban Umhlanga with 207 rooms and a Park Inn by Radisson in Quatre Bornes.
Carlson Rezidor’s executive vice president and chief development officer, Elie Younes further added: “In the last 24 months, we have signed a new hotel deal in Africa every 37 days. And it’s not just about signing hotels; we are delivering our pipeline. We have opened a hotel in Africa every 60 days. In South Africa alone, we now have 14 hotels. In 2016 and beyond, we aim to maintain this great momentum by opening four more hotels in the second half of 2016.”