The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the bigger hospitality companies in Europe and MENA markets, continues to grow stronger roots in the emerging markets.
According to its recently reported second quarter results, the Rezidor Hotel Group opened five hotels (1,300 rooms) and signed 10 more hotels (2,300 rooms), outpacing its previous year's quarterly results. Overall, the company has now opened nine new hotels for the first six months of the year, accounting for 2,300 rooms and added 16 others or 3,700 rooms.
The new second quarter openings include two stunning flagship resorts in Corsica and Gran Canaria, further strengthening the group's resort portfolio which now features almost 50 properties and 13,000 rooms across Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
''I am also pleased to announce the signing of two new-build hotels in East London with a total of 380 rooms,'' says Puneet Chhatwal, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group. ''London is a strategically important, mega-market for Rezidor. We aim to further grow in-depth of this market through our mid-market hotel brand, Park Inn by Radisson. Rezidor aims to have more than 10 Park Inn hotels in the Greater London area in the next three to four years.''
The group's prime growth focus, however, remains on the emerging markets.
"We want to go deeper in the fast developing business hubs of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and South Africa,'' explains Chhatwal. ''Hotels in these markets will, most likely, be new built - so we will see less conversions going forward. However, there is a huge potential of taking over partially unfinished hotel projects in mature markets: this year alone, we signed Park Inn by Radisson Odintsovo in Moscow, a Radisson Blu Hotel in Kyiv Podil and a Park Inn in Glasgow City Centre, which are all scheduled to open within this year, signaling the big potential take-over of available hybrids of conversions and new constructions."
Second quarter saw the opening of the following hotels, all under management and franchise contracts, the 5th consecutive quarter without any leased hotel opening which lays the foundation of profitable growth:
Following were Rezidor's newly opened hotels in the second quarter: 185-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Uppsala, Sweden; 171-room Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk, Ukraine; 189-room Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria, Spain; 170-room Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Ajaccio Bay, Corsica, France and the 583-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, Qatar.
Rezidor hosts one of the strongest pipelines in the industry in the upscale and mid-market segments. Currently it features 22,000 rooms all with managed or franchised contracts. According to the company they are all due to open within the next three to four years.
''Despite the economic turbulence in the Eurozone, Rezidor is confidently progressing towards achieving its 2012 target of signings and new hotel openings,'' Chhatwal says.
By the end of June 2012, Rezidor operated 332 hotels and 72,900 rooms in 54 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group's portfolio features an additional 100 hotels and 22,000 rooms in the pipeline, including the following soon-to-be opened properties: Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka in Zambia; Park Inn by Radisson Lille in France; Park Inn by Radisson Budapest in Hungary and Radisson Blu Congress and Resort Hotel, Sochi in Russia.