Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Jeddah is located on King Abdullah Road, Al Naseem District, Jeddah. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Jeddah is located on King Abdullah Road, Al Naseem District, Jeddah.

The Rezidor Hotel Group has delivered another strong quarter of growth with eight new hotel openings and seven new signings – adding 1,500 rooms in operation to its portfolio and another 1,800 in the pipeline.

Radisson Blu was the strongest driver of this growth, with four new hotel openings across EMEA: Radisson Blu Hotel, N'Djamena in Chad, Radisson Blu Resort, Świnoujście in Poland, Radisson Blu Hotel, Buraidah, and Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah Al Salam in Saudi Arabia.

In addition, the group signed four new Radisson Blu hotels in Beirut, Venice, Makkah, and Dubai.

“Our upper-upscale hotel brand, Radisson Blu, continues to grow from strength to strength and attracts great development opportunities around the world,” said Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group.

With the signing of Radisson Blu Hotel Venice San Marco, Rezidor adds a new hotel to its portfolio and continues to be the largest upper upscale brand in Europe.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Venice San Marco is located on the canal and expected to open by the end of 2019.

“This new addition fits perfectly with our new expansion plan that will be launched later this year,’’ added Younes.

Africa & Middle East continue to grow for Rezidor and remains one of the leading hotel companies in the region. The operator added four new hotels in Lebanon, Makkah, Dubai, and Abuja. “Over the last 24 months, we have grown faster organically than any other operator on the African continent,’’ said Younes.

“Africa is a key focus market in our current expansion strategy,” he said. “The latest additions to our African pipeline will take our portfolio to an impressive 80 hotels in operation or under development on the continent. We are very proud of the momentum we currently have in Africa.”

The signing of The Aso Towers Hotel & Residences Abuja in Nigeria shows the wealth of opportunity in the luxury hospitality market in Africa. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia rose to 38 hotels in operation and under development.

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