(hospitalitybusinessnews.com) Rezidor, one of the most dynamic hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Addis Ababa. The upper upscale property featuring 165 keys is scheduled to welcome the first guests in 2017. It is the second Radisson Blu hotel in Addis Ababa – further strengthening the group’s presence in Ethiopia and in Africa as a whole: Rezidor has the largest pipeline of hotels and rooms under development of any international hotel operator on the continent (source: W Hospitality 2015).
“We are delighted to grow into depth in Addis Ababa and Ethiopia and further contribute to its community. The city and country offer considerable business potential – IMF ranks Ethiopia among the five fastest growing economies in the world”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. “We thank our partners for their trust in us. This project is in line with our long-term strategy to establish Radisson Blu as the premier upper upscale brand in Africa with a strong network across selected economic hubs and capital cities across the continent”, added Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Rezidor.
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is already under construction. It is located on Bole Road, one of the city’s busiest axes, and at 2km from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The international airport is 3km away – it serves as base for Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa’s most successful carriers. The property is also the closest hotel to the Millennium Convention Center which is Addis Ababa’s largest conference venue. Many Embassies and EU delegation offices are also nearby.
Besides 165 stylish and sophisticated rooms with Radisson Blu signature services such as free high speed internet access, the property will offer an all-day-dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, a bar, a lobby café and a business class lounge. Business travellers will also benefit from almost 1,000sqm of meetings & events space. A gym and spa will complement the offer.