Radisson Hotel Group Expands in Africa with Seven New Hotels

Radisson Hotel Group Expands in Africa with Seven New Hotels

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

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Radisson Hotel Group proudly announces the addition of seven new hotels, contributing over 1,200 hotel rooms to its African portfolio and marking its debut in Tanzania in the first half of 2024. This expansion boosts the Group’s presence in Africa to nearly 100 hotels in operation and development, aligning with its goal to reach 150 hotels within the next five years.

Tanzania is now a key market in the Group’s strategic expansion, with two new hotel signings. This move strengthens Radisson’s diverse African portfolio, which spans 30 countries, solidifying its status as the hotel company with the largest market presence in Africa.

In Nigeria, Radisson holds a dominant position with 13 hotels currently in operation and development, including five newly signed in 2023. The recent signing of the Radisson RED Hotel Abuja enhances the Group’s presence in the city, totaling four hotels under development in Abuja.

In Morocco, Radisson has transformed its presence from one hotel in 2020 to over nine hotels in operation and four in development. Casablanca, a strategic hub, now hosts the Radisson Blu Hotel & Apartments Casablanca Finance City and Radisson RED Hotel Casablanca Finance City, supporting the Group’s ambition to reach over 25 hotels in Morocco by 2030.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Development Officer at Radisson Hotel Group, said, “The seven new hotels align with our expansion strategy, demonstrating significant growth in key African markets such as Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and Ethiopia as well as our highly anticipated debut in Tanzania. These hotels also highlight our conversion strategy and our commitment to diversifying our portfolio by introducing new brands and cementing our presence in these important markets.” 

Radisson Blu Hotel & Apartments, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Radisson Hotel Group marks its debut in Tanzania with the Radisson Blu Hotel & Apartments in Dar es Salaam. This 138-room hotel, featuring 94 guestrooms and 44 three-bedroom apartments, will open in 2025 as part of a mixed-use development in the CBD. The hotel will occupy the top 14 floors of a 33-floor tower, one of the tallest in the area, within walking distance of the Zanzibar ferry terminal.

Amenities will include a lobby café, business class lounge, all-day dining restaurant, specialty restaurant, outdoor pool, and pool restaurant. Guests will also enjoy retail stores, a ladies’ salon, indoor parking, a gym, steam room and sauna, kids’ playroom, and eight meeting rooms.

Radisson Hotel Mwanza (Tanzania)

Radisson Hotel Group strengthens its market entry with the 196-room Radisson Hotel Mwanza, opening in 2025. Mwanza, Tanzania’s second-largest city, is renowned for its corporate meetings and events and serves as a gateway to the Serengeti National Park. The hotel, the only branded one in Mwanza, will offer a lobby café and bar, all-day dining restaurant, sports bar, outdoor pool bar, executive lounge, and two specialty restaurants, Balaustine and Filini.

The hotel will feature a triple-height ballroom, business center, boardrooms, conference room, gym, spa, outdoor pool, and kids’ playground.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Apartments, Casablanca Finance City and Radisson RED Casablanca Finance City (Morocco)

Expanding in Morocco, Radisson adds two dual-branded hotels and serviced apartments in Casablanca Finance City. Opening in late 2027, these hotels will offer a total of 381 rooms and will be located in Casa Anfa, a leading financial hub in Africa. Radisson Blu will feature an all-day dining restaurant, rooftop specialty restaurant, and bar, while Radisson RED will have a restaurant and pool bar.

The Radisson Blu will offer a spa, fitness center, and outdoor rooftop pool, while Radisson RED will have a fitness center and outdoor rooftop pool. Meeting facilities include a 1,100-square-meter conference center with an auditorium, large ballroom, and three meeting rooms.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Conference Center, Tunis (Tunisia)

Radisson Blu will debut in Tunis with a 305-room hotel, converted from an existing property. Located 10 minutes from the airport, it will feature a lobby bar, shisha bar, all-day dining restaurant, and three specialty restaurants. The convention center will include multiple meeting rooms, boardrooms, a VIP room, executive lounge, business center, and a 1,400 sqm ballroom, making it the largest conference center in the city.

Radisson RED Abuja (Nigeria)

Set to open in 2028, the 105-room Radisson RED Abuja will be Radisson’s 13th property in Nigeria and the second Radisson RED in the country. Located in Wuse, Abuja’s commercial and social district, the hotel will feature a bar and terrace, all-day dining restaurant, pool bar and grill, and 238 square meters of meeting space, featuring three meeting rooms and a pre-function area. A fitness facility will also be available.

Park Inn by Radisson Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Opening in 2025, the 120-room Park Inn by Radisson Addis Ababa will be the Group’s third hotel in Ethiopia. It will offer a breakfast hall, restaurant hall, coffee shop, and four soft drink bars. The meeting and events space will include a large and medium conference room and four meeting rooms. Additional amenities will include two gyms, a spa, business center, sports facilities, kids’ entertainment area, retail space, and co-working space.

Since 2022, Radisson Hotel Group has opened 14 hotels, including the debut of the Radisson brand in Morocco and Tunis with Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle and Radisson Hotel Tunis City Center. This expansion includes the first safari hotel in Africa, Radisson Safari Hotel Hoedspruit, the first resort in Livingstone, Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya, and the debut in Reunion Island with Radisson Hotel Saint Denis. This impressive growth has resulted in a 15 percent annual net operating growth in Radisson’s African portfolio.

“With a strong first half of the year, we plan to continue the momentum in the second half by focusing on expanding our presence in key markets such as Morocco and South Africa, where we’ve recently announced our ambition to reach 25 hotels by 2030, doubling the portfolio in both countries. We thank each of our partners for their valued trust in us and our brands,” concluded Younes.

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