Rezidor cements title “largest pipeline of hotels in sub-Saharan Africa”
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Rezidor cements title “largest pipeline of hotels in sub-Saharan Africa”

Carlson Rezidor has announced the opening of its very first hotel in the Ivory Coast: The Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport, featuring 252 rooms, is scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q3, 2014. The foundation stone ceremony for the first-class property was celebrated in Abidjan in presence of Cesse Kome of Ste Koira Investment, the Ivorian owner of the property, and Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Carlson Rezidor.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson and Hotel Missoni. This dynamic and fast-growing company is a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the 10th largest hotel group worldwide. According to a recent study published by Lagos-based W Hospitality Group, including projects completed and under development, Carlson Rezidor has the largest pipeline of hotels in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are delighted to extend our portfolio to the Ivory Coast and to further strengthen our good and personal relationship with Cesse Kome who also owns the Radisson Blu Hotel Bamako in Mali. The African continent is one of our key focus areas for future business development, and we are proud to have the largest pipeline of hotel rooms under development in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Ritter.

The new Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport will be located at Abidjan-Port Bouet (Route de l’Aéroport d’Abidjan). In addition to 252 modern guest rooms, the building will offer a business class lounge, an air crew lounge, retail stores, a bar, an all day dining restaurant, a private dining area, an outdoor terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, a business centre, 7 conference and meeting rooms, and a ballroom.

“We’re very excited to be closing the first half of the year with the addition of our first Ivory Coast property to our list of quality hotels in sub-Saharan Africa, in which we’ve been identified as the leading hotel group,” says Andrew McLachlan, Carlson Rezidor’s Vice President Business Development: Africa & Indian Ocean Islands. “We have equipped and geared ourselves to be the first mover in new markets and fast mover in existing markets. Even though these markets are challenging they provide good returns to all stakeholders due to the supply and demand imbalance.”

Rezidor arrived in Africa in 1999 with the opening of the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town. Today, the group has a presence in 20 countries across the African continent – with 46 hotels and more than 11,000 rooms in operation and under development.

This year has already seen new additions to Carlson Rezidor’s expanding African portfolio. New additions include the brand-new Radisson Blu Hotel Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and the Radisson Blu Conakry in Guinea. A new Hotel Missoni resort deal for Mauritius has also been signed, making this island nation the 81st country where Carlson Rezidor has a presence.

Recent additional business expansion in Africa has also seen Carlson Rezidor and Wali Hotels & Resorts announcing their close co-operation in the Gabonese hotel market. Carlson Rezidor took over the management of the Okoume Palace Hotel in Libreville in March of this year and is currently operating  as an unbranded property while it undergoes an extensive, US $50-million renovation. In September 2013, the hotel will open as a dual branded property featuring a 330 room Radisson Blu and a 140 room Park Inn by Radisson.

McLachlan says, “We aspire to be the number one hospitality company in Africa to work for and invest in”

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