The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated Radisson Hotel Group Africa’s hospitality plans, pushing the company to invest billions in building new six new hotels in Africa, including two in South Africa.
The announcement comes at a time when South Africa’s travel and tourism industry faces mass job losses, business closures, and and uncertain future as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Two of the six hotels will be launched in South Africa and located at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and the King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
The other properties to be introduced to Africa include Radisson Collection Hotel Bamako in Mali, Radisson Blu Hotel Abuja City Centre in Nigeria, Radisson Hotel Addis Ababa and Radisson Hotel & Apartments Accra in Ghana.
Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We believe in the vast potential of Africa. The addition of the six hotels, following the announcement of Radisson Hotel Saint Denis earlier this year places us firmly on track to reach over 150 hotels in operation and under development across the continent within the next five years.”
Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo
Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg will open by the end of 2020 and will introduce the group’s upscale Radisson brand to Johannesburg. Located on a private estate in Bredell in Kempton Park, the hotel has easy access to major highways joining Johannesburg and Pretoria and is approximately 10 minutes’ drive away from OR Tambo International Airport.
The hotels 289 rooms comprise of 248 which are newly built and 41 which have been converted from an existing hotel.
In addition, it has a large MICE facility, which includes a conference centre with a 1,260-seater auditorium and five conference rooms. The leisure facilities will include a gym, spa & wellness centre as well as three outdoor pools.
Park Inn by Radisson, Durban Intl. Airport, Dube
Park Inn by Radisson at King Shaka International Airport (Durban) will also complement the national business circuit with a Park Inn by Radisson in each of the three major cities of South Africa.
It will be the first hotel within Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone, which forms the heart of the first purpose-planned aerotropolis in Africa, around King Shaka International Airport. The 168-room hotel, scheduled to open in 2022, will have a lobby bar, rooftop all-day dining restaurant and rooftop pool terrace with eight different meeting & event venues.
“Our growth has been well balanced between green field projects and strategic take-overs of existing hotels. We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through conversions, especially as liquidity remains a critical challenge,” said Ramsay Rankoussi, vice president, development, Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group.