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Rezidor Signs Five New Hotels, Opens Five Others in First Quarter
Rezidor’s operating portfolio comprised 338 hotels with over 74,000 rooms in 56 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa by end of the first quarter of 2013. Rezidor, a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, signed five new hotels with more than 1,000 rooms and opened five properties with 940 rooms in the first quarter of 2013. At the end of the first quarter, Rezidor’s operating portfolio featured 338 hotels with more than 74,000 rooms in 56 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“The signing of new projects in Nigeria, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia underlines our commitment to strategic, asset-light and profitable growth in the Emerging Markets of Russia and Africa,” said Wolfgang Neumann, president and CEO at Rezidor.
The key signing was the Radisson Blu Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, Moscow, which will be the only hotel with a direct walkway link to the terminals. Sheremetyevo International Airport has the largest capacity of any airport in Russia and serves over 22 million passengers annually. “With this agreement Rezidor continues to fortify its position as the leading international hotel operator in Russia/CIS and as one of Europe’s most important airport hotel operators,” said Elie Younes, senior vice president and head of group development at Rezidor. In Russia/CIS, Rezidor’s portfolio comprises 32 hotels with 8,700 rooms in operation and 28 hotels with 6,700 rooms under development.
Rezidor’s recent openings, including the flagship Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique, also strengthen the group’s l position in emerging markets: Across all of Africa, Rezidor is operating and developing 49 hotels with almost 10,000 rooms, and has the largest pipeline of hotels under development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rezidor’s openings in the first quarter include the 265-room Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, Gothenburg, Sweden; the 154pproom Radisson Blue Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique; the 181 room Radisson Hotel, Rosa Khutor, Russia; the 150-room Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands; and the 1990-room Radisson Blue Hotel, Dortmund, Germany.
Asset and contract management continues to be another strategic priority for Rezidor. In line with its asset-light strategy, two leased hotels in Sweden have been converted to franchises: the Park Inn by Radisson Malmö and Park Inn by Radisson Hammarby Sjöstad. The company also announced the renegotiation and extension of two leases in Western Europe: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Wiesbaden.
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