2013-04-16 09:02:56 -
Rezidor, one of the most dynamic hotel companies worldwide and a member of the
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, signed five new hotels with over 1,000 rooms and
opened five properties with 940 rooms in the first quarter of 2013. At the end
of Q1 2013, Rezidor's operating portfolio comprises 338 hotels with over 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", commented Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & 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 & 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 leading 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-
Rezidor's openings in Q1 2013 - all under management and franchise contracts -
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, Gothenburg, Sweden 265 rooms
Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique 154 rooms
Radisson Hotel, Rosa Khutor, Russia 181 rooms
Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, 150 rooms
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dortmund, Germany 190 rooms
Total 940 rooms
Asset & Contract Management continues to be another strategic priority for
Rezidor. In line with Rezidor's 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. As part of the group's turnaround
programme Route 2015, Rezidor also announced the renegotiation and extension of
two important leases in Western Europe: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam and
the Radisson Blu Hotel, Wiesbaden. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam is one the
most prominent properties in the company's portfolio, benefitting from a prime
location in one of the best performing hotel markets in Europe. The hotel is
undergoing a large-scale renovation, partly funded by the owner. Meanwhile the
Radisson Blu Wiesbaden - Germany's oldest luxury hotel - will undergo a major
joint renovation to give new life and grandeur to this historic landmark. "I am
very happy with these extensions. They will be margin enhancing and thereby
supportive of our Route 2015 turnaround plan", ended Neumann.
For further information, contact:
Christiane Reiter, Senior Director Corporate Communication,
Renu Snehi, Senior Director Corporate Communication,
About the Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide
and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's ten largest
hotel groups. Rezidor features an operating portfolio of more than 335 hotels in
operation with over 74,000 rooms in 56 countries across Europe, the Middle East
and Africa. Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in
Europe, the Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson(SM) loyalty
programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with
the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the
luxury lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni. In September 2012, Rezidor signed a
strategic alliance agreement with Regent Hotels & Resorts to develop and operate
new Regent properties in Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
Since November 2006, Rezidor is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (REZT).
Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in
Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.
The Corporate office of The Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.
For more information, visit www.rezidor.com.
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