Rezidor, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has officially announced plans for its newest addition on the continent, the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands.
The announcement comes barely two weeks after also announcing the pipeline project for another Rezidor property for Benin Republic, which follows the actual opening of two of the hospitality chain’s establishments in Victoria Island and Apapa areas of Lagos, last year.
With the decision to establish a West Africa hub in Nigeria, Rezidor Group has partnered with Anchorage for the Victoria Island-based Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel as well as another for Apapa, thus increasing the room volume of the fast expanding business travel destination of Lagos, along with other international chains springing up in the city.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest country by population has almost 7,000 rooms under contract, up 2,000 on last year’s figure. New openings recently have included Radisson Blu, Four Points by Sheraton, Ibis and Legacy in Lagos, and many groups have hotels under construction there, including Accor, Hilton, IHG and Protea, the last named increasing their presence in the country from 10 hotels to 16 hotels in the next three years.
The Cape Town mid-market property featuring 122 keys is scheduled to open in Q1 2014. It is Rezidor’s second Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Cape Town; the group also has two Radisson Blu hotels in Cape Town (one in operation, one under development).
“South Africa is an important cluster for our young and dynamic Park Inn by Radisson brand, and we are delighted to further strengthen our presence in the key market Cape Town”, said Mr. Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. The project will also confirm Rezidor as the largest international hotel operator in South Africa with 10 hotels and more than 1,800 rooms open or under development.
The new built Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands will be the first internationally branded hotel in Claremont / Newlands, a key upmarket business and residential node, in the affluent Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
Besides 122 comfortable guest rooms it will comprise a club lounge, a business lounge, the RBG Restaurant & Bar, a breakfast restaurant, a kiosk and help desk, a gym, multipurpose meeting and function facilities, an outdoor terrace with sculpture garden and an outdoor swimming pool.
The hotel will be close to several legendary sport stadiums and institutions, such as the Newlands Cricket Ground, Newlands Rugby Stadium, South African Rugby Head Quarters and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Africa’s leading sports medicine, rehabilitation and high performance centre. The prestigious University of Cape Town which is the highest ranked university in Africa is only a short distance away, as are many office parks and company’s headquarters.
This development is a joint venture between Meridian Property Holdings, a Cape Town based developer, Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA), and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). DEAFSA represents some 800 000 hearing disabled members countrywide, and views the development as a key broad-based empowerment initiative in terms of income generating, skills transfer and employment opportunities for its members.
Park Inn by Radisson is a fresh and energetic mid market hotel brand that has been created for fast and flexible growth. “The energy, excitement and colour of Park Inn by Radisson continue to build momentum” commented Andrew McLachlan, Rezidor’s Vice President Business Development for Africa & Indian Ocean Islands. “Park Inn by Radisson hotels are highly efficient, fresh and innovative hotels that are global in outlook and local in operation; and we are committed to ambitious growth of this brand in South Africa”.
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, born in early 2012, is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 80 countries, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Missoni and Park Plaza®).
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, United States, and Brussels, Belgium.