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Hilton Garden Inn Expands in Early 2018 with Four New International Properties

Hilton Garden Inn is continuing its expansion into strategic African destinations through its foray into Kenya and other key emerging markets in the Middle East and Latin America. These openings will build on the brand’s 2017 momentum in which one-third of new openings were in international destinations. This included key markets such as Kuala Lumpur, […]


Marriott Signs Deal to Manage First Ever Golf Resort in South Africa

Last month, Marriott Golf, the global golf division of Marriott International, Inc., announced it had signed a deal to manage yet another golf resort property. The Arabella Golf Club is the latest addition to Marriott’s golf resort portfolio. It is Marriott’s first-ever managed golf resort property in South Africa. The move, affirms Marriott’s long-term commitment […]


Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is now Radisson Hotel Group

Effective March 5th, 2018, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has officially re-launched as Radisson Hotel Group.  The announcement was made at the 2018 International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), in Berlin.  The group’s new identity will leverage the existing partnership between Radisson Hospitality (formerly Carlson Hotels, Inc.) and Rezidor Hotel Group AB.   The latter company owns the […]


New Luxury Hotel opens in Abuja

Abuja will see the official opening of a new luxury 59-room hotel in early March.  The Envoy Hotel is located on Diplomatic Drive, Abuja, in proximity to many embassies and diplomatic missions, including the US Embassy.  It will be operated by Mantis, a South African-based hotel group with 95 properties in several locations on all […]


Le Meridien quietly exited Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort last year

Yet another international hotel brand has been deflagged from a hotel property in Nigeria.  This makes the third that we have reported on, this year.  The first two being the Renaissance Ikeja and the InterContinental Lagos.  This is also the second Marriott brand to be deflagged (Marriott completed its acquisition of Starwood, who owned the […]


Carlson Rezidor’s Africa expansion continues, increases presence in Senegal with a second hotel

Carlson Rezidor continues to expand its presence in Africa, particularly into sub-Saharan Africa.  The Brussels-based hotel group opened its second hotel in Dakar in December 2017.  The 152-room Radisson Hotel Dakar Diamniadio opened in a developing new area, within 15 miles (24 km and 30 minutes drive time) to Dakar’s newly-opened Blaise Diagne International Airport.  […]


InterContinental is the second international hotel brand to pull out of Nigeria, this year

Last week, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), operators of the InterContinental Hotels brand, announced its intention to exit its only hotel operation in Nigeria, after a fall-out with the property’s receivership manager. The 358-room InterContinental Hotel Lagos opened in 2013, after a long development period that saw long periods of inactivity.  The hotel is owned by […]


Carlson Rezidor in The Heart of the City, Abuja

In October 2017, Carlson Rezidor announced the signing of a deal to manage a 218-room luxury hotel to be located within a mixed-use real estate development in Abuja, known as “The Heart of the City”.  The development is to be located within Abuja’s Central Business District, and will comprise various other components including a hospital, […]


Carlson Rezidor to add two more branded hotels in Ethiopia

Carlson Rezidor currently operate a 212-room Radisson Blu hotel in the Addis Ababa city center, near the United Nations Compound, and within six kilometres from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.  The Brussels-based hotel group signed two new hotels in Ethiopia – a 152-room Radisson Blu and a 160-room Park Inn by Radisson Blu – […]


Renaissance Hotel Ikeja rebranded to Radisson Blu

The 155-room Renaissance Hotel Ikeja, which opened in October 2016, has now been rebranded to Radisson Blu as of January 1st, 2018.  The hotel was Marriott’s first push of its Renaissance brand into the sub-Saharan African market, and Avalon Intercontinental’s third internationally-branded hotel in Nigeria. Avalon Intercontinental, who own the property, also own the Protea […]


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