By Dipo Olowookere
The expansion drive of a leading hospitality company, Radisson Hotel Group, is on course as the firm is planning to establish its 10th branch in Nigeria.
A statement issued last week disclosed that the new hotel is to be situated in Abuja and will be the third in the nation’s capital. The new facility, to be known as Radisson Hotel Abuja Gudu, is currently under construction and due to open within the next 18 months.
It was stated that the 100-room hotel will comprise various standard room types and suites, furnished with contemporary layered styling and a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic.
This design will flow through the hotels four restaurants and bars too, from the lobby bar and café and all-day-dining restaurant to the restaurant and pool terraces and Business Class Lounge.
The hotel will also feature a fully equipped gym and an outdoor swimming pool, providing guests with a harmonious business and leisure experience, the statement stated.
It was added that the meetings and events space of 242 sqm will be made up of three meeting rooms, a boardroom and a pre-assembly area.
Radisson Hotel Group has not hidden its desire to strengthen its presence in one of its key African markets and reach a 50 per cent portfolio increase by 2025.
“We are delighted to introduce the fast-growing, upscale, Radisson brand to Abuja with what is set to be a landmark hotel and key contributor to the countries positive travel and tourism industry.
“It will perfectly complement our two hotels currently under development in the city, Radisson Collection Abuja ASO Tower, scheduled to open in 2022 and Radisson Blu Abuja City Centre, on track to open its doors in 2024.
“Beyond Abuja, our expansion strategy in Nigeria focuses on Lagos and Port Harcourt as well as the countries six main state capital cities,” the Senior Director, Development, Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, Erwan Garnier, stated.
Commenting on the group’s development plans in Nigeria, the Vice President, Development, Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group, Ramsay Rankoussi, noted that, “In line with our strategic review across the continent and further supporting our ambitions across Africa to reach over 150 hotels within the next five years, Nigeria represents one of our core focus growth markets.
“I take this opportunity to thank our partner for this new addition and we certainly look forward to further reinforcing our presence across the country in the coming years.
“We aim to accelerate our presence across Nigeria, predominantly through conversions and new build hotels but also with a diversified offering from business hotels to serviced apartments and mixed-use developments.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Radisson Hotel Group in introducing the Radisson brand to Abuja, the countries powerhouse city.
“With a combination of endless aesthetic beauty and world-class hospitality, together, I believe we will create the city’s must-visit hotel,” Prince Ify Godfrey Ejim, the Chief Operating Officer, 1st Impression Investment Company Limited, the hotel’s owning company, said.
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