Ethiopia to get first Radisson-branded hotel in 2021

21 Nov 2019 by Jenni Reid
Radisson Addis Ababa

Radisson Hotel Group will open its first own-branded hotel in Ethiopia in mid-2021.

The 125-room Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar will be located by Lake Tana, the country’s biggest lake.

The hotel will target tourists visiting the Amhara region and sights such as Blue Nile Falls, the city of Gondar and the Simien Mountains.

Gondar, Ethiopia

Gondar, Ethiopia (Credit: mtcurado/iStock)

The hotel will also provide MICE facilities, with a 1,140 sqm event space, six meeting rooms and a divisible ballroom.

Rooms will range from Standard to King up to Presidential Suites.

The hotel will have an all-day dining area, an Italian restaurant, three bars (one of which will overlook the lake) and a club in the basement.

Guests will have access to a gym, spa, pool and boat jetty.

Flight connections from the capital Addis Ababa can be made to Bahir Dar Airport.

Blue Nile Falls

Blue Nile Falls (Credit Henk Bogaard/iStock)

It will be Radisson Hotel Group’s fourth Ethiopian property, but its first Radisson-branded one.

The group has almost 100 hotels in operation and under development in Africa.

Last month it opened an extended-stay Radisson Blu in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

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Elie Younes, Radisson’s chief development officer, commented:

“Africa remains the most exciting continent for growth and evolution. According to [the World Travel and Tourism Council], Ethiopia experienced the ‘highest tourism growth in the world’ in recent years, with over 45 per cent increase.

“Such growth justifies more hotel developments in the country and we are pleased to introduce our fourth hotel in the market.”

The hotel will be owned by Tilksew Gedamu Ayele, CEO of Picolo Abay International, who commented:

“We are proud to be partnering with Radisson Hotel Group to open Bahir Dar’s first hotel with a top international brand in the city.

“The hotel will be crafted for relaxation and rest, given its great accessibility and prime location on the shores of Lake Tana.

“Together we are capitalising on the Northern Historic Route of Ethiopia to offer guests a memorable place to sleep and eat good food, along the famous trail which includes the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana Lalibela, the breathtaking Simien Mountains and Aksum.

“We look forward to a long relationship with Radisson Hotel Group and to developing more projects and together to lift up the city of Bahir Dar and the Amhara region.”

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