VENTURES AFRICA- Leading international hotel group, Rezidor a Member of the Carlson Rezidor hotel Group, has announced its plan to open its second Park Inn in South Africa by Radisson Cape Town Newlands in the first quarter of 2014.
The newly 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.
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 new hotel will also feature 122 guest rooms, 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 including an outdoor terrace with sculpture garden and an outdoor swimming pool.
Rezidor already own two Radisson Blu hotels in the city, one in operation and 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 Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.
The project confirms Rezidor as the largest international hotel operator in South Africa with 10 hotels and more than 1,800 rooms open or under development.
This development is a joint venture between Meridian Property Holdings, a Cape Town based developer, the 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 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,” commented Andrew McLachlan, Rezidor’s Vice President Business Development for Africa & Indian Ocean Islands.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, USA, and Brussels, Belgium, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has over 1,300 hotels in operation and under development with more than 60,000 rooms in 50 countries.
Carlson Rezidor recently opened its first hotel in Zambia. The 142-room Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia makes it the group’s 22nd hotel in operation in Africa; and brings Carlson Rezidor’s total African portfolio of properties in operation and under development to 48 hotels with 10,889 rooms.
The group plans to open more Radisson Blu hotels in Maputo,Mozambique; Kenya,Nairobi; Luanda,Angola; and Kigali,Rwanda.