Radisson Hotel Group announces a record year in Africa with 13 signings

AFRICA – Radisson Hotel Group, one of the world’s leading hotel groups, has announced a hotel expansion record in Africa with 13 signings to date, translating to a new hotel signed every 20 days. The Group’s expansion drive, adding 2,500 rooms to its African portfolio, includes the announcement of nine hotels in Morocco, the Group’s debut in Djibouti and the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in Africa.  Adding to this expansion milestone, the Group has also opened five hotels to date in 2021, including Africa’s second Radisson RED in South Africa and four Radisson Blu resort…

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Accor expands luxury footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa with Fairmont in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – Accor, a world augmented hospitality group with over 400 hotels across India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, is adding a new flagship property to its portfolio in Africa with Fairmont Djibouti. Set to open in 2024, the hotel will feature 155 rooms and 10 serviced apartments, with five food and beverage outlets combined with 1,398 sqm of Meetings & Events facilities. Located in Djibouti City, the capital of Djibouti and one of the country’s most affluent areas, the property will be strategically located by the beach in Plateau…

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Sheraton Hotels unveils new vision at Sheraton Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has unveiled newly transformed spaces at Sheraton Djibouti. The 185-room hotel is the first Sheraton in Africa to bring to life the brand’s new vision of its guest experience and showcases signature elements from the new concept following a multi-million-dollar investment by Constellation Hospitality Group.  The reimagined spaces aim to create an environment where guests can feel comfortable and at ease, whether working, meeting, or relaxing. Drawing on its roots as a community hub for locals and guests at flagship…

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Kempinski Hotels appoints three Area General Managers for MEA region

AFRICA – After restructuring its Middle East & Africa region, Kempinski Hotels has appointed three seasoned hoteliers as Area General Managers to oversee a number of the group‘s luxurious hotels at the same time as keeping the responsibility for their own hotels as general managers. Sébastien Mariette, the new Area General Manager Levant started his journey with Kempinski in 2007 and occupied several leadership roles within various parts of the world including Cluster General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and Kempinski Hotel Aqaba in Jordan, Managing Director at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore as…

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Accor welcomes Safari Hotels & Conference Centre in Windhoek to its portfolio

NAMIBIA – Safari Hotels & Conference Centre, a prominent two-hotel complex in Windhoek, has become the first property in Namibia to join Accor’s portfolio. The iconic city resort, conveniently located next to Eros Airport and just 10 minutes from the city centre, features the 215-key Safari Court Hotel, the 199-key Safari Hotel, and the country’s most prominent conference centre, with 16 venues including a 1,600-square-metre ballroom catering to 2,400 delegates. This expansive hotel complex considered the capital’s premier leisure and business destination, also offers swimming pools amid landscaped gardens, a…

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Kerten Hospitality appoints Wafik Youssef as Chief Operating Officer

AFRICA – Kerten Hospitality has appointed  Wafik Youssef, whose last role was as a vice president of operations for Kempinski Hotels in the Middle East and Africa region, its Chief Operating Officer. In this key role, Wafik Youssef will oversee the rollout of new hotel openings and grow the hospitality group’s footprint. Youssef’s career spans two decades and three continents and the new COO will now contribute to the company’s expansion, with openings planned for 2021 onwards. Marloes Knippenberg, CEO of Kerten Hospitality, said: “Wafik brings a breadth of knowledge from global…

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Radisson Hotel Group unveils its 16th hotel in South Africa with the signing of Radisson Hotel Middelburg

SOUTH AFRICA – Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of Radisson Hotel Middelburg as part of the Group’s ambitious expansion plan in South Africa. Set to open at the end of 2023, the hotel boosts the Group’s South African portfolio to 16 hotels in operation and under development and also places the Group firmly on track to reach its ambition of 150 hotels in operation and under development across Africa within the next five years. Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President, Development, Africa and Turkey of Radisson Hotel Group said: “South Africa…

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City Lodge Group sells hotels in Kenya and Tanzania for US$9.6m

TANZANIA –  South Africa’s City Lodge Hotel Group is selling its stakes in three hotels in Kenya, as well as its City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, to subsidiaries of the UK-based investment firm Actis. The Kenyan hotels, 127-room Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, the 171-room City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers in Runda also in Nairobi and the 84-room Town Lodge Upper Hill in Nairobi, will be sold for almost R141 million (US$9.5 million) while the Tanzanian hotel will fetch R1 million (US$67,366).  The 148-room City Lodge Hotel…

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Hospitality group Sun International appoints Sam Sithole as chairperson

SOUTH AFRICA – Hospitality and gaming group Sun International has announced the appointment of Sam Sithole as its new chairperson as it navigates the turbulent Covid-19 environment. Sithole replaces Jabu Mabuza, who recently died from Covid–19. Sun International chief executive Anthony Leeming said that Sithole brought a wealth of experience to the group with a proven track record at the company. “Sam Sithole’s history with the company has given him valuable knowledge and insight, and his more than 20 years of experience in finance and investment will serve us well. The…

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TPS Eastern Africa to offer 200 million new ordinary shares in Rights Issue

KENYA – TPS Eastern Africa, the owner of Serena Hotels plans to issue 200 million new ordinary shares through a rights issue after its shareholders passed a special resolution during the company’s Annual General Meeting on 28th June 2021. According to the minutes of the company’s 49th AGM, investors passed the resolution to increase the authorized share capital from the current US$1.85 million to US$3.7 million through the creation of an additional 200 million ordinary shares with a per value of US$0.009 each. The new ordinary shares will “rank pari passu (equal…

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