Radisson roundup: New Park Inn design to expansion plans in Africa [Construction Report]

by | May 8, 2019 | Chains

Radisson Hotel Group CEO Federico J. González

Check out the all-new look and feel of Park Inn by Radisson; and read group CEO Federico J. González’s thoughts on growth in the promising African market

Park Inn by Radisson gets a new look and feel

Park Inn prototype design for the guest room

Radisson recently unveiled its new look for Park Inn with the announcement and presentation of some fresh prototypes for the brand.

The announcement was made at the group’s Americas Business Conference in Miami at the beginning of April.

This conference showcased updated designs for the guest rooms, which revolve around the key concepts of “Connected, Positive and Contemporary”.

Following on from these key ideas, the new rooms aim to tighten up the floor area while making the most of the compact space to maximise a property’s efficiency while still maintaining a stellar service offering.

The conference was also the scene of another announcement by Radisson about their updated room type for their Radisson RED brand in the Americas.

Geared primarily towards hotels in urban destinations, the refresh is edgier than that of the Park Inn, which has a more upscale feel.

John M. Kidd, chief executive officer and chief operating officer, Radisson Hospitality, Inc., said, “We are thrilled to unveil the latest room design prototype here in Miami to our owners and franchisees. Over the past few years, we have had strong traction with the brand in Latin America and Europe.”

“Backed by our new design prototype and strong development momentum, we hope to leverage this success and bring renewed energy and growth for Park Inn by Radisson throughout the Americas,” Kidd goes on to explain.

CEO Federico J. González on Radisson’s Rwanda experience

Radisson Hotel Group CEO Federico J. González recently visited Rwanda where Radisson operates two properties.

Having been a presence in the country for three years now, it was a good time to assess how things have gone so far, and how they are shaping up for the future.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre Kigali, Rwanda.

Park Inn by Radisson, Kigali, Rwanda.

Radisson Hotel Group CEO Federico J. González

González was positive about the progress Radisson has made in Rwanda. According to him, one of the most satisfying results was that, across the two hotels, almost every member of the 400-strong staff is local and although most had never worked in hospitality before, everyone was ready and willing to learn.

Another positive was the position of Rwanda as one of the top conference locations in Africa, something which is a huge plus for Radisson.

Currently, Radisson has 96 hotels in its African pipeline, with plans to increase this number to between 150 and 200.

East Africa will be a region of particular interest for the group as they plan to more than double their current count of five hotels to eleven in the coming years.

 

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway by Radisson:

 

Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk

 

Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp Berchem 

 

Radisson Hotel Vilnus 

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