INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Radisson Hotel Group has added six new hotels to its African portfolio, bringing the total to almost 100 hotels across 32 African markets.
“We believe in the vast potential of Africa,” said Elie Younes, EVP/chief development officer, Radisson Hotel Group. “The addition of the six hotels, following the announcement of Radisson Hotel Saint Denis earlier this year, places us firmly on track to reach more than 150 hotels in operation and under development across the continent within the next five years. The new hotel announcements include our debut in new markets, the introduction of additional brands and the strengthening of our presence in cities we’ve identified for scaled growth. We thank our hotel partners for their invaluable trust in Radisson Hotel Group and its people.”
Ramsay Rankoussi, VP, development, Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group, added, “Our growth has been well balanced between green field projects and strategic takeovers of existing hotels. We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through conversions, especially as liquidity remains a critical challenge. We have revisited our brand architecture to enable us to quickly integrate existing hotels to our network. This strategy will be reinforced as our brands continue to demonstrate a better value proposition to our owners. Following our revised strategy, we believe we are now geared in providing solutions to the investment community for every type of asset, every segment and at every stage—from funding, to construction and repositioning.”
The new hotel deals include the following:
Radisson Collection Hotel Bamako, Mali
Scheduled to open within the next six months following a rebranding, the hotel introduces Radisson Hotel Group’s premium lifestyle brand to Africa as the first Radisson Collection hotel to open on the continent.
The 200-room luxury hotel will offer dining experiences across its five food and beverage outlets, from an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant to a café, a bar and an executive lounge. The hotel will also offer a nearly 13,000-sq.-ft. meeting & events area consisting of a ballroom and seven conference rooms.
With the introduction of Radisson Collection in the city, the existing Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako is expected to commence a full renovation program toward year end.
Radisson Blu Hotel Abuja City Centre, Nigeria
The Radisson Blu Hotel Abuja City Centre, scheduled to open in 2024, is the group’s first hotel in the city, complementing the existing nine hotels in operation and under development in Nigeria.
The 258-room hotel will have five different food and beverage outlets from a specialty restaurant and all-day-dining restaurant to a lobby bar & café, a pool terrace and a business class lounge.
Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo
Scheduled to open before year-end, the hotel will introduce the group’s upscale Radisson brand to Johannesburg. Located on a private estate in Bredell, Kempton Park, the newly built hotel will offer an array of dining options, including four restaurants, three bars, an entertainment deck and an executive lounge.
The hotel’s 289 rooms include 248 that are newly built and 41 that have been converted from an existing hotel. In addition, it has a large MICE facility, which includes a significant conference center with a 1,260-seat auditorium and five conference rooms.
Radisson Hotel Addis Ababa
Radisson Hotel Group’s fifth hotel in Ethiopia, scheduled to open in 2021, has 114 guestrooms. It will have a variety of food and drink outlets, including a traditional Ethiopian specialty restaurant and bar.
Radisson Hotel & Apartments Accra, Ghana
The hotel, scheduled to open in 2023, is a full renovation of an existing 121-room hotel and construction of an additional tower that will offer 54 hotel apartments, creating a mixed-use development.
From an all-day dining restaurant, lobby bar and rooftop restaurant, bar and pool terrace, every culinary preference will be catered for. The versatile meeting and events facilities are made up of 12 different venues. The hotel will also include a gym, spa and swimming pool.
Park Inn by Radisson, Durban Intl. Airport, Dube, South Africa
The new-build hotel introduces the upper-midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand to Durban and joins the company’s current portfolio of 15 hotels (3,007 rooms) in operation and under development in the country.
The 168-room hotel, scheduled to open in 2022, will have a lobby bar, rooftop all-day dining restaurant and rooftop pool terrace with eight different meeting & event venues.