Radisson Blu announces further African expansion

14 Aug 2009 by BusinessTraveller

Rezidor Hotel Group has opened a new Radisson Blu hotel in the capital of Senegal, with three new properties in Nigeria set to follow by 2012. The 180-room Radisson Blu hotel, Dakar is 15km from Léopold Sédar Senghor International airport and 6km from the city centre.

Located on the waterfront in the heart of Fann Corniche, where a number of international embassies are based, the Dakar hotel is set within a complex of designer shops, apartments and a 1,500 sqm spa and wellness facility.

The hotel features the Filini restaurant, serving Italian cuisine, L’Avenue, serving  gourmet cuisine, and the Onyx lounge bar. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with poolside bar.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar also has extensive meeting and event space, including flexible meeting rooms and a 300sqm ballroom. As with all Radisson Blu hotels, free high speed internet access is available throughout the hotel.

In 2012, Nigeria is set to gain two new Radisson Blu properties – the 250-room Radisson Blu hotel Victoria Island Lagos, and the 200-room Radisson Blu hotel Abuja.

The Radisson Blu hotel in Victoria Island will be located on the Atlantic Ocean in one of the the most commercial areas of Lagos. All the rooms will offer sea views and the property will have two restaurants, a spa and swimming pool as well as meeting facilities. It will be the second Radisson hotel in Nigeria’s largest city, after the Radisson Blu hotel, Lagos opens in 2010.

The Radisson Blu hotel in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, will offer a restaurant and several bars (including a cigar bar), a ballroom and a spa. It will be located in the Maitama district, which is home to a number of embassies and international companies.

Nigeria’s capital city will also host its first Park Inn-branded hotel in 2012, with the opening of the 125-room Park Inn Abuja. Rezidor recently announced extensive expansion plans for the brand, which include other destinations in Africa, as well as Europe and the Middle East (see online news August 3)

Kurt Ritter, president and chief executive of Rezidor, commented that Africa is one of the main business development areas of the future. He said: “The region has a considerable, untapped economic potential and is lacking internationally branded hotels in many capital cities."

“These additions bring our portfolio in the emerging African market to a solid business featuring more than 30 hotels with 7,500 rooms either in operation or under development,” he added.

Other Radisson Blu hotels in the pipeline include the Radisson Blu hotel Sandton (see online news June 11), as well as properties in Libya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya and Angola.


Report by Sara Turner

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