Brussels - July 2, 2015
Carlson Rezidor, one of the largest and most dynamic hotel companies worldwide, further strengthens its portfolio in Africa by announcing the Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel in Brazzaville, capital city of the Republic of Congo. The upper upscale property with 178 rooms will be the first internationally branded hotel in Brazzaville and open in September 2015.
“We are delighted to arrive in the Republic of Congo – the 26th African country we are present in. Africa is our most important growth market, and we want to further expand our network together with existing and new partners”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. Carlson Rezidor’s total portfolio in Africa now features 64 hotels with over 14,000 rooms in operation or under development, and the group has the largest pipeline on the entire continent.
The Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel, Brazzaville is located less than 6km from the Maya Maya International airport. The property is situated on the banks of the Congo River and close to many local and regional banks as well as governmental institutions. Besides 178 guest rooms with Radisson Blu signature services such as free high-speed internet access, the hotel will offer an all-day dining restaurant, a main terrace and bar, a terrace pool bar, meeting & event space of 2,650m2, an outdoor swimming pool, a business class lounge, a gym & spa and a nightclub.
The Republic of Congo is located in central Africa and borders Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has an estimated population of 4.4 million and is the 5th richest oil and gas producing country in Africa. Congo’s economy is a combination of an industrial sector relying mainly on petroleum and an oil sector representing around 65% of GDP, 85% of government revenue, and over 90% of exports. Timber, services and agriculture constitute the remaining main sectors, whilst the country also has large base metal, gold, iron and phosphate deposits. Brazzaville is a key port on the Congo River, and hosts as the country’s capital city many companies, government organizations and NGOs. Also the World Health Organization’s regional office for Africa is located in town.
“We are committed to the emerging market of Africa, and see further potential for our core brand Radisson Blu in capital cities and financial hubs across the continent. Our aim is to be a premier operator in Africa and a responsible partner: by giving jobs to local talent and interacting with the communities we are active in, we can make a huge difference”, commented Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Rezidor.
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Brazzaville will be operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group.
For further media information please contact:
Christiane Reiter, Senior Director Corporate Communication, Christiane.Reiter@carlsonrezidor.com
Renu Snehi, Senior Director PR, Brand & Marketing Communication, Renu.Snehi@carlsonrezidor.com
About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups and includes more than 1,370 hotels in operation and under development with180,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 110 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 85,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.carlsonrezidor.com.