Radisson announces its fourth hotel in Ethiopia [Construction Report]

by | 12 Dec 2019 | Portfolio

Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar is in a region set to become a key MICE destination. (Picture: Radisson)

Radisson Hotel Group announces the signing of the Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar, located in the North East of Addis Ababa.

The Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar, located in the North East of Addis Ababa, will be the first Radisson branded hotel and the Group’s fourth hotel in the country. This achievement brings Radisson Hotel Group’s African portfolio to almost 100 hotels in operation and under development.

The Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar will be located on the shores of Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake which has been nominated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, just 8km from the International Airport. The city is home to some of the world’s oldest monasteries and churches, and the hotel will sit just 25km from Tis Abbai Falls, one of Ethiopia’s best-known tourist attractions.

Tourist hotspot

Bahir Dar serves as the capital of the Amhara region in Ethiopia and is a well-known, memorable city to the north of the country. Tourists are drawn to Bahir Dar from around the world, not only due to the serene Lake Tana but also due to the city’s great location to rest and relax overnight, as travellers make their way to other popular destinations such as Gondar, Simien Mountains and Lalibela.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Africa remains the most exciting continent for growth and evolution. According to WTTC, Ethiopia experienced the ‘highest tourism growth in the world’ in recent years, with over 45% increase. Such growth justifies more hotel developments in the country and we are pleased to introduce our fourth hotel in the market.”

Owner of the hotel, Tilksew Gedamu Ayele, CEO of Picolo Abay International Business Plc, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Radisson Hotel Group to open Bahir Dar’s first hotel with a top international brand in the city. The hotel will be crafted for relaxation and rest, given its great accessibility and prime location on the shores of Lake Tana. Together we are capitalizing on the Northern Historic Route of Ethiopia to offer guests a memorable place to sleep and eat good food, along the famous trail which includes the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana Lalibela, the breathtaking Simien Mountains and Aksum. We look forward to a long relationship with Radisson Hotel Group and to developing more projects and together to lift up the city of Bahir Dar and the Amhara region.”

Key MICE destination

The fully renovated, converted 125-room hotel will comprise of a variety of room types, from Standard to King rooms and Presidential Suites. Guests will be spoilt for choice with delicious food, which will include a bespoke concept restaurant, all-day dining as well as an Italian restaurant. For signature cocktails and drinks, the hotel’s three bars will provide delicious temptations for a treat or two, with a bar overlooking the glistening lake and another within a trendy club located on the basement level of the hotel. Guests can also keep their fitness routine on track in the fully-equipped gym, kick-back and let the excitement of the day melt away while being pampered in the spa, take a dip in the pool or sit back at the boat jetty, getting back to nature and basking in the panoramic lake views.

Bahir Dar is set to become a key MICE destination and the Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar will be crafted to become the ideal choice for international travellers and locals looking for event spaces. The expansive 1140sqm meeting and events area will set the hotel apart from the rest. It will host six meeting rooms and a sub-divisible ballroom; the ideal space to host any business and leisure function.

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