Radisson rounds up magnificent seven signings in Africa

Pictured: rendering of Radisson Collection Resort, Marsa Alam Port Phoenice.
Radisson Hotel Group is continuing its ambitious growth in Africa with the signing of seven new hotels, adding over 1,400 rooms to its African portfolio.

The new hotels expand the group’s brands, spanning from upscale to premium luxury lifestyle with a new market entry in Gambia and the introduction of new brands in key markets with the first Radisson Collection in Nigeria and Egypt, the first Radisson Red hotel in Nigeria, and the introduction of the Radisson brand in Kenya.

Egyptian first

One of the upcoming additions is Radisson Collection Resort, Marsa Alam Port Phoenice. Scheduled to open in early 2025, the resort introduces the group’s premium lifestyle brand, Radisson Collection to Egypt.

The hotel will be situated in Port Phoenice on the Red Sea, a waterfront premier integrated resort community. The newly built resort will comprise 294 rooms, including 20 suites, all curated with a mix of Mediterranean and Italian architecture. The resort will offer a lobby lounge, one all-day dining restaurant, one high-end specialty restaurant, as well as a beach restaurant, and a beach bar with sea views. Also onsite will be a fitness centre, diving centre, a theatre, kids club, several pools, and direct access to the beach.

Nigerian triple

Three new Radisson group hotels will be heading to Nigeria, and two of those will be in capital city Abuja. Radisson Collection Hotel & Conference Center, Abuja will be Abuja’s first luxury hotel and will expand the group’s portfolio in Nigeria further as the country’s third Radisson Collection hotel and the premium lifestyle brand’s debut in the city. The newbuild, 249-room hotel will have an expansive range of rooms, from standard rooms and apartments to lofts and presidential suites. Spanning across almost 3,000 sq m, the meeting spaces will consist of a divisible conference hall, five meeting rooms, a board room, as well as a pre-function area.

The second new Nigerian signing is Radisson Blu Hotel Abuja CBD, which is the first Radisson Blu hotel in Nigeria’s capital, the group’s 10th hotel and third Radisson Blu in Nigeria. The 104-room hotel, scheduled to open early 2025, will be in Abuja’s Central Business District (CBD), 45 minutes from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The hotel will have a piano bar and an all-day dining restaurant along with fitness and wellness facilities and 245 sq m of meetings and events spaces.

Lagos turns Red

Expanding the group’s presence in Nigeria further as its 11th hotel in the country and seventh hotel in operation and under development in Lagos, is the debut of the upscale Radisson Red brand in Nigeria Radisson Red Lagos VI as the third recent signing in the west African nation.

The newbuild, 62 room hotel is scheduled to open at the end of 2025 and will introduce the country to the brand and its food and beverage concepts with its lobby bar, all day dining restaurant, rooftop bar and terrace.

Additional facilities will include a gym and pool along with 249 sq m of flexible meetings and events spaces, consisting of a conference room, a board room and two meeting rooms. The hotel will be located just over 30 minutes’ drive from Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport, in Victoria Island, the main business and financial centre and one of the most sought-after residential areas in Lagos.

Gambian debut

The new-build, 462 room Radisson Blu Beach Resort & Spa, Banjul, currently under construction, marks the group’s debut in Gambia as the first internationally branded hotel in the country. Scheduled to open early 2025, the resort will be located in the Bijilo region in Banjul, the country’s capital city, and occupy a prime location spanning over 17 hectares with direct access to the ocean.

The resort will offer large, contemporary rooms, presidential apartments, and royal villas as well as five food and beverage outlets, including a cocktail bar, an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, poolside restaurant and beach bar. Other hotel facilities will include a fitness and wellness centre.

The 3,025 sq m meetings and events space with beach access will consist of a conference hall, 12 meeting rooms, conference room, board rooms, reception, pre-function area and a banquet showroom.

Radisson’s Kenya entrance

The group’s fourth hotel in Kenya and first Radisson property in the country, is the new build, 200 room Radisson Hotel Nairobi Airport, scheduled to open mid-2027.

With proximity to JK International Airport, the property should be easily accessible to tourists as well as business travellers. The hotel will have a lobby bar and an all-day dining restaurant as well as facilities including a gym, spa, pool, retail unit and a crew lounge. The meetings and events area will consist of a conference room, two meeting rooms, a boardroom and a business centre.

Algerian double

Marking the group’s second hotel in Algeria, complementing Radisson Hotel, La Baie d’Alger, currently under construction, and bolstering the limited internationally branded hotel supply in Algiers, is the country’s second Radisson hotel, Radisson Hotel Algiers El Mouradia, scheduled to open mid-2026.

Located in the sought after El Mouradia district, known as the home of the Algerian presidency, several ministries and embassies, the 148-room hotel is also close to the city centre and Port of Algiers, standing as the main port of Algeria and 15 km west from Algiers International Airport.

With an array of food and beverage outlets, the hotel will include an all-day dining as well as a signature restaurant, a juice bar and sky bar, all with terraces, a coffee bar and coworking space. Further enhancing this concept is the meetings and events space which will consist of a ballroom, a conference room and four to five meeting rooms as well as leisure facilities, consisting of a swimming pool, retail area, spa, hair salon, and fitness gym.

Maintaining momentum

Elie Younes, executive vice president and global chief development officer at Radisson Hotel Group commented: “Thanks to the relevance of our brands and trust of our owners, we have been able to maintain our growth momentum across Africa, bringing our tally of new signings for 2023 so far to seven hotels and over 1,400 rooms.

“With the continent remaining a focus market for us, we are committed to further contributing to the African hospitality industry, providing more possibilities to our guests and employment opportunities to the local communities.’’

On track for targets

Ramsay Rankoussi, vice president, development, Africa and Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group added: “An even better indication of our growth is the materialisation of our pipeline into openings, where we have led consistently the biggest market share for the last 36 months, translating to a commendable 15% growth on our African portfolio, year-on-year, placing us well on track to reach our objective of 150 hotels within the next five years from 100 hotels today.

“Our rate of materialisation and openings is a testament not only to the quality of our pipeline but also reflects our conversion strategy in repositioning existing hotels under one of our brands. We are also proud to further entrench our stance as the operator with the most extensive presence in Africa with once again a new market entry as the only hotel operator.”