Radisson Blu is planning to open its first residence in Nairobi as early as next year

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  • Radisson Blu plans to open the Radisson Blu Hotel and Apartments in the second quarter of 2019.
  • The Radisson Blu Hotel and Apartments be the third property under the hospitality group in Nairobi, and the second under the Radisson Blu brand name.

Radisson Blu plans to open the Radisson Blu Hotel and Apartments in the second quarter of 2019. The property will be located in Nairobi’s Arboretum neighbourhood.

“It is a segment which we think has growth. We see lots of opportunity in East Africa with Nairobi and Addis Ababa. Both cities can have at least five hotels from our brands,” said Vice President, Business Development, Africa and the Indian Ocean, Andrew McLachlan.

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Apartments be the third property under the hospitality group in Nairobi, and the second under the Radisson Blu brand name.

The development comes at a time when the hospitality sector is on an upward trend as a result of increased demand for hotel services from both leisure and business travellers.

According to Mr McLachlan the group is also exploring business opportunities beyond Nairobi, with Mombasa being a focus point.

“There is opportunity along the Coast. Mombasa from a regional and domestic meetings and conferencing product. Conversion of an existing property through renovation and rebranding would be an alternative,” he said.

Apart from that, the company has also been busy and is planning to break ground in Kampala next year and open a hotel already under construction in Juba.

It is also planning to open the three new brands in Kenya, namely Red Radisson, Radisson and Radisson Collection.

“We have five brands to develop in Kenya. The city has capacity to have a Red Radisson. Nairobi is a natural space for the contemporary lifestyle brand,” Said Mr McLachlan.

According to Knight Frank 2018 hotels report, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Seychelles are cited as the hotel development hotspots in eastern Africa, accounting for 27 per cent of the pipeline projects on the continent.

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