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Rezidor started the year with a positive RevPAR development: The group's Like-
for-Like RevPAR increased by 9.8% in January and 8.1% in February. "The key
driver for the lift in RevPAR was an increase in demand in most our markets
across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The volume driven improvement came
from various commercial initiatives, and led to a further gain of market share",
commented Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor at the group's Annual
Business Conference 2013 in Riga, Latvija. "The economic climate is still
fragile and uncertain. The underlining trend has continued into March, but the
will be negatively impacted by the timing of Easter. We will continue to
carefully monitor the development during the remainder of the year. Our initial
results reflect the effective execution of our turnaround programme Route
2015", continued Neumann.
In his key note speech to the 500 conference delegates - General Managers and
Corporate/Area Management Teams - Neumann outlined his strategic focus where
talent development and guest delight are the core drivers in pursuit of long
term sustainable profits. He further underlined Rezidor's commitment to
profitable asset-light growth with a focus on Emerging Markets. All of the
group's five signings (1,037 rooms) in January, February and March to date were
located in Russia/CIS and Africa, Rezidor's core markets for future business
development. The most recent key signing was the Radisson Blu Sheremetyevo
Airport Hotel, Moscow (379 rooms, opening in Q2 2014). In early February Rezidor
also opened an Emerging Market flagship property: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo
in Mozambique featuring 154 guest rooms.
Route 2015 is Rezidor's guiding light in pursuit of the group's strategy. The
comprehensive turnaround programme was launched in December 2011 with the aim to
increase the EBITDA margin by 6 to 8 percent by the year 2015. The programme
puts a strong focus on Revenue Generation including: global synergies and
activities with Rezidor's strategic partner Carlson, cost-saving initiatives,
accelerated Asset Management and further growth of the fee-based hotel portfolio
especially in Emerging Markets.
Prior to the Annual Business Conference Rezidor's Leadership Team demonstrated
the group's strong commitment to social responsibility: The 22 executives team -
supported by the conference sponsor LG - dedicated an afternoon to support a
local orphanage in Riga by painting a subsection of a children's home.
During the ongoing conference Rezidor will also celebrate the farewell of Kurt
Ritter, the group's former President & CEO. Swiss-born hotelier Ritter has lead
Rezidor from 1989 to the end of 2012 and was most probably the longest serving
Chief Executive Officer of the hospitality industry. Under his management
Rezidor grew from a small Scandinavian company to a global player, and became a
member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. "Kurt is a legendary leader who has
built Rezidor from scratch and has given us our unique culture and image. We
will build on his legacy and develop it further on our journey towards improved
sustainable profitability", said Wolfgang M. Neumann.
For further information, please contact
Christiane Reiter, Senior Director Corporate Communication,
Renu Snehi, Senior Director Corporate Communication, Renu.Snehi@Rezidor.com
About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the
world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a
portfolio of more than 430 hotels in operation and under development with
95,000 rooms in 70 countries.
Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe,
Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for
frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic
Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor operates and develops the lifestyle brand
Hotel Missoni, and following a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Regent Hotels &
Resorts in September 2012, Rezidor also develops and operates new Regent hotels
In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. 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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