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Carlson Rezidor Group accelerates Africa growth

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The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has accelerated its growth in Africa with six hotel openings and the addition of three hotels to its portfolio this year.

The new 530 rooms bring the group’s African portfolio to a tally of 80 hotels and over 17,200 rooms in operation and under development. With an accelerated growth strategy to deliver on its significant development pipeline, within the next five years, the African Portfolio will feature 125 hotels by establishing critical mass in key countries.

In 2017, Carlson Rezidor opened six hotels across the continent including Polokwane, Nairobi and Kigali’s first Park Inn by Radisson; Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence in Cape Town; its first entry into Chad with Radisson Blu Hotel N’Djamena and Africa’s first Radisson RED in Cape Town.

“Carlson Rezidor has recognized the evolution of the modern travellers needs and wants and has therefore created a bespoke brand which caters to them,” said Mark Willis, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Senior Area Vice President for Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “These guests are not defined by a certain age – they are united by an appreciation for savvy design, energetic social spaces, technology that makes their lives easier, customizable and unique experiences that connect them to their location.”

Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Africa and the Indian Ocean for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group further added: “The three new hotel signings in Africa include two in Ethiopia, a Radisson Blu in Bishoftu and the first Park Inn by Radisson in Addis Ababa and a luxury hotel in Abuja. We are growing in Africa with our two core brands, and expanding our luxury presence through bespoke opportunities, fundamental to our accelerated growth strategy to deliver on our pipeline.”