Radisson Blue Hotels has made public an intention to construct two new hotel branches in Accra and another in Kampala. This announcement was made by the company at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum at October 1.
The second hotel will be constructed at Ghana’s Radisson Blu Accra Airport by Carlson Rezidor, and will be called Radisson Blu Accra Airport hotel. The planned hotel will sit on a 75,000sqm of land and will entail a mixed-use development. These include office, commercial and retail units.
The developers will hope to complete the first construction phase of Ghana’s Radisson Blu Accra Airport in 2016. The developers are Actis and Laurus Development Partners, which is his portfolio company. They will also develop the property in partnership with Mabani Holdings.
Among facilities set for construction for the Radisson Blu Accra Airport hotel to be opened in 2017 include 207 keys, rooftop swimming pool and fitness center. It will also have a banqueting and meeting facilities and eating areas.
Carlson Rezidor will, through this new mixed-use development, advance its portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa. It will be a “world-class infrastructure” developed in partnership between Actis and Carlson Rezidor, according to Philip Salem – the Director of Mabani Holdings. Carlson Rezidor has 51 hotels in Africa and it’s regional activities are managed through an office located in Cape Town.
Actis is managing funds close to US$6 billion all invested in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The company is also constructing/developing One Airport Square, Accra and Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja-Nigeria.
The Radisson Blu Kampala Hotel will sit at the CBD. Among facilities set for construction include 195 keys, food and beverage outlets, company’s signature facilities, gym, and swimming pool. The deal to construct the hotel is entered with Park Hospitality. There are also plans for the latter to explore opportunities to advance the brand in East Africa. This hotel is expected to open in 2016.
Other investors planning to set up new hotels or branches in various regions in Africa include THP – which is planning eight hotels in Nigeria and Radisson, Tribe, Ole Sereni and Dusit, who are planning a total of five hotels in Kenya.