Zimbabwe: Radisson Blu To Open In Harare 2019

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One of world’s largest hospitality groups, Carlson Rezidor will set up its first Radisson Blu Hotel in Zimbabwe. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel companies.

It has an expanding portfolio of 1 400 hotels in operation and under development, a global footprint covering 115 countries and territories. The hotel group boasts of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns and Suites By Carlson.

The hotel group will set up a 245-room hotel in Zimbabwe, which will open in 2019.

“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.

“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,” said Carlson Rezidor executive vice president and chief development officer, Elie Younes in a statement yesterday.

The group, which said it is strengthening its position in Africa and the Harare facility would be called the Radisson Blu Hotel Harare, and will be situated alongside Chapman Golf Club.

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 Rezidor Hotel Group president and chief executive Wolfgang Neumann said, “Africa is Rezidor’s biggest growth market.”

Carlson Rezidor’s total portfolio comprises 69 hotels in 28 countries, with over 15 000 rooms in operation or under development.

Source: Zimbabwe Herald

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