It is all about South Africa for The Rezidor Hotel Group this week: Following yesterday's announcement of a new Park Inn hotel for Cape Town, Rezidor today announces the upper upscale Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park: The new built property featuring 120 rooms is scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q2 2013.
“This hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel within Kruger, and will clearly strengthen the Radisson Blu brand in South Africa”, said Rezidor's President & CEO Kurt Ritter on the occasion of the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) in Johannesburg. “At the same time, it adds a new segment to our successful Radisson Blu portfolio: We manage city- and business hotels, airport properties, beach- and ski resorts, and are delighted to now announce our very first safari resort”, adds Ritter.
The Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park will be located within the southern border of the Kruger National Park – along the famous Crocodile River 10 kilometres from the Malelane Gate. Besides 104 rooms and 16 suites with private terraces, the resort will offer an all day dining restaurant, a typical “Boma” (an outdoor dining and entertainment area), a cigar bar and a pool bar and terrace. For guests combining business and leisure, the Radisson Blu will have 5 conference rooms – leisure facilities will include 2 swimming pools, a spa- and wellness centre on 350 square meters, a gym, game viewing Crocodile River decks, a kids club and an environmental awareness centre.
“In line with Rezidor's group wide Responsible Business Programme, the ecological footprint of the hotel will be much smaller than that of the older, existing camps within Kruger”, highlights Andrew McLachlan, Rezidor's Vice President Business Development for Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. “This unique product will be positioned between the luxury, exclusive private game lodges and the SANPark accommodation which is available today in or bordering the Kruger”, McLachlan added. “We will offer a contemporary safari experience to families with children, tour groups, meetings, incentives & conferences groups and individual international and domestic holidaymaker.”
Guests of the Radisson Blu Kruger Park Safari Resort will also be able to enjoy game viewing: Safaris will depart daily from the hotel to the main game viewing areas of the park. Kruger National Park is one of the 19 South African National Parks. It covers an area of almost 20,000 square kilometres and includes three different eco-zones (savannah, thornveld and woodland). It has more than 1,900 species of plants and 147 animal species – among them all the Big Five game animals: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
For further information please contact:
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Christiane Reiter, Director Corporate Communication
Tel. 32 2 702 9331, Christiane.Reiter@Rezidor.com
Renu Snehi, Director Corporate Communication
Tel. 32 2 702 9241, Renu.Snehi@Rezidor.com
About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with more than 86,300 rooms in over 60 countries.
Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.
In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson Companies is the main shareholder.
The Corporate Office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.
For more information on Rezidor, visit www.rezidor.com