Radisson Blu, a subsidiary of Rezidor Hotel Group, is getting ready to open its door to the hospitality market in Ethiopia. It will become the third international hospitality chain to open this year.
The nine storey global brand hotel is almost ready to jump into the booming hotel business in Addis Ababa; the diplomatic hub of the continent and centre for the Africa Union and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Following Hilton and Sheraton Addis Radisson Blu will be the third prime business hotel carrying a global brand for the country.
Radisson, five-star hotel, is located at Kazanchis in the heart of the city and close to national palace and ECA. According to Kurt Ritter, CEO and President of Rezidor Hotel Group, who briefed journalist on Wednesday at the new hotel, the opening of the new five-star hotel was delayed by almost a year.
”The delay of imported material was one of the major problems but its acceptable compared with other African countries,” he said.
The new hotel will have 204 bedrooms including 44 business classes, 16 luxury suites rooms including one presidential suite room. According to Guillaume Massiera, general manager of Radisson Blu Hotel of Addis Ababa, the hotel also has many luxury services and nine meeting rooms.
Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts, Park INN by Radisson and Country Inns and Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with 90,000 rooms in over 60 countries. The hotel group has five brands of luxury hotels worldwide.
The manager says they will intoroduce a new cuisine to the city through their unique French restaurant Verres en Vers and the local coffee brand Tomoca. They feel this will make Radisson Blu Addis Ababa stand out from other five star hotels in the country. The new hotel has 250 employees including the executives, while the majority of staff is Ethiopian.
The Redizor Hotel Group, which inagurated its new hotel in Lagos Nigeria three days ago, will have a total of 17 hotels in Africa including upcoming ones in Maputo, Lusaka, Abuja, Nairobi, Sera Leone and Kigali.