Carlson Rezidor, one of the world’s largest and dynamic hotel groups worldwide with over 1,400 hotels in 115 countries with an accelerated African growth is proud to announce its partnership with HVS and their inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Africa, scheduled for 6th and 7th September 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town.
HVS THINC Africa will bring together key decision makers from across hotel development and investment markets, to explore the tremendous opportunities that Southern Africa presents and deliberate on how to mitigate the potential risks of hotel development in this region. Southern Africa is rapidly gaining significance in the global tourism industry, establishing itself as a must-see destination as well as a valuable investment playground and the two-day event will provide opportunities to network with peers and business contacts, allowing delegates to discover new and exciting opportunities in this fast expanding market.
“We are delighted to host the first ever HVS THINC in Africa at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Cape Town which is a very special hotel as this is where it all began for Carlson Rezidor in Africa when opened this hotel as a Radisson Blu back in the year 2000” said Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President, Business Development for Africa & Indian Ocean. “Today we have 69 hotels open and under development in 28 countries in Africa and over 15,000 rooms and Southern Africa is a very important region within the continent for our group and portfolio of brands. Southern Africa has the largest concentration of our portfolio in Africa and we have based our Africa Area Support Office in Cape Town”.
Speaking at the opening of the HVS THINC Africa, Elie Younes, Carlson Rezidor’s Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer for EMEA said, “Africa is Carlson Rezidor’s biggest growth market. Radisson Blu leads the way with more hotel rooms under development than any of the other 85+ hotel brands active in Africa today. Our ambition is to be the leading player in the travel and tourism sector across the continent”.
In 2016, Carlson Rezidor has opened six upper upscale Radisson Blu properties in Africa. Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill in Kenya (271 rooms); Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carré Eden in Morocco (198 rooms); Radisson Blu Residence with 187 luxury hotel apartments in Maputo, Mozambique (group’s first residence concept in Africa); Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport, Ivory Coast (261 rooms), West Africa’s tallest hotel at 106 metres height the Radisson Blu Hotel 2 Février in Lomé (320 rooms) and the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda (292 rooms and East Africa’s largest convention center with a net floor area of 53,000m2.
Andrew McLachlan added: “In the last 24 months, we have signed a new hotel deal in Africa every 37 days. And it’s not just about signing hotels; we are delivering our pipeline. We have opened a hotel in Africa every 60 days. In Southern Africa alone, we now have 18 hotels. Over the next twelve months we aim to maintain this great momentum by opening three more hotels in South Africa alone including our very first 252 room Radisson Red in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, a 338 room Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town and our 4th Park Inn by Radisson in Polokwane which will offer 160 rooms”.
THINC Africa will create an exceptional forum for knowledge sharing, collaboration and business generation, in a stimulating environment. Expertly tailored by HVS, and benefiting from their expertise in hosting some of the most premier hotel investment conferences globally.