International hotel group, Carlson Rezidor, has just announced the signing of the first Radisson Blu Residence in Nairobi.
Attending the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Addis Ababa, the company leadership highlighted the fact that Africa is its most significant growth market. Carlson Rezidor’s portfolio features 65 hotels across 27 countries in Africa. The year 2015 has also been something of a milestone for the company with the opening of eight hotels in Africa. There are five further openings scheduled before the end of this year in Radisson Blu flagships in Maputo (Mozambique), Lomé (Togo), and Nairobi (Kenya), as well as the first Park Inn by Radisson in Nigeria.
The Radisson Blu Residence in Nairobi (the group’s third project in the Kenyan capital) will be positioned adjacent to the State House and will consist of 123 units with the opening planned for the end of 2016.
Carlson Rezidor opened its first African hotel in 2000 – the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel in Cape Town. The Radisson Blu Residence in Nairobi will be the fifth residence under the Radisson Blu umbrella. According to Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of the Rezidor group, the company is aiming to be the leading player in the travel and tourism sector across the African continent, with a focus on adding value for owners, employees and guests.
He says: “Africa is a powerhouse and we’re committed to unlocking the continent’s potential. Driven by economic growth, rapid urbanisation and favourable demographics – and facing an undersupply of quality hotel rooms – Africa offers huge opportunities for growth. It plays a key role in our long-term strategy targeting asset-light and sustainable growth in EMEA and particularly in emerging markets.”
Carlson Rezidor is also making its presence felt in the Indian Ocean islands with the launch of two hotels in Mauritius, namely the Radisson Blu Azuri Resort and Spa, and the Radisson Blu Lafayette Resort and Spa in Riviere Du Rempart.