Radisson Blu, the global hotel brand owned by the Carlson Rezidor Group, has announced the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Center in Kigali, Rwanda. The new hotel will comprise the five-star Radisson Blu hotel with 292 rooms and conference facilities that can host more than 5,000 people through a 2,900 man auditorium and 18 other meeting rooms.
The project is owned by UCL, a joint venture co-owned by the Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) and Prime Holdings Ltd as well as private investors, including Crystal Ventures Ltd and Rwanda Investment Group (RIG). In recent years, Rwanda has made significant economic and infrastructural strides and has been commended by multiple international investors. In 2009, The World Bank ‘Doing Business survey’ ranked Rwanda as the “Top Reformer” globally.
The delivery of this hotel is timely as there is a limited supply of international hotel brands present in Rwanda. According to their website, rooms at the new hotel are available from $296.00 per night and this rate appears to be competitive relative to the quality of other hotels in the city.
“We are delighted to open this landmark hotel and convention center under the Radisson Blu brand. This new opening in Rwanda further strengthens our position in the East African Economic Community and on the African continent. Africa is our biggest growth market where, on average, we have signed a new hotel every 37 days and opened a new hotel every 60 days”, added Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President Business Development of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
“Radisson Blu is Europe‘s largest upper upscale brand and Africa’s fastest growing brand with the largest pipeline of hotel rooms under development on the continent. The opening in Kigali solidifies the brand’s pole position and supports our long-term growth strategy in Africa.“
The Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Center, Kigali also features two on-site restaurants, six food and beverage outlets, 650 parking bays for guests, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, boutique retail shops, and a spa by Amani. The hotel is located between the city center and Kigali International Airport, close to key government offices, corporate and diplomatic missions, and mixed use shopping malls.