Despite the current pandemic, the Radisson Hotel Group is forging ahead with its five-year development plan to strengthen its presence across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Most recently, this saw the group signing 15 new hotels in this territory in Q2 2020 – including six hotels in Africa, bringing the group’s African portfolio to 100 hotels.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges we face, we continue to work closely with our stakeholders to support the business. We consequently expanded our footprint in Italy, France, Austria, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, the UAE and across Africa. This is thanks to the relevance of our brands and the dedication of our team.”

Of these, two hotels are in South Africa:

The Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo is set to open this year, boasting 289 rooms, four restaurants, three bars, an entertainment deck and an executive lounge. The conference centre has a 1 260-seater auditorium and five conference rooms. Other facilities include a gym, spa & wellness center and three outdoor swimming pools.

The conference centre has a 1 260-seater auditorium and five conference rooms.

Park Inn by Radisson Durban International Airport DUBE introduces the upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand to Durban, giving it a presence in all three of South Africa’s major cities. The hotel will open in 2022, and feature 168 rooms, a lobby bar, a rooftop restaurant and pool terrace, and eight meeting and event venues.

The other African developments will be in Bamako, Mali; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Accra, Ghana; and Abuja City Centre, Nigeria.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Radisson Hotel Group, says, “Our business is based on long term relationships built on trust and responsibility. Despite the unprecedented challenges we face, we continue to work closely with our stakeholders to support the business. We consequently expanded our footprint in Italy, France, Austria, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, the UAE and across Africa. This is thanks to the relevance of our brands and the dedication of our team. We are grateful to our hotel owners for trusting our brands and people.”