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Travel Trade MENA speaks to Tim Cordon, senior vice president, Middle East & North Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, about the group’s regional growth and development plans.

Radisson Hotel Group has announced its entry into Madagascar with the opening of three hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel, Antananarivo Waterfront, Radisson Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront and Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Center.

Radisson Hotel Group announced exciting new hotel openings and new property signings, as the group is ready for the rebound of holiday and business travel. With over 90 percent of the group’s hotels across EMEA open again, Radisson Hotel Group is pleased to welcome its business and leisure guests with flexibility and safety top of mind.

Despite the challenges, due to the current circumstances, Radisson Hotel Group has started moving towards normality with a host of expansion and opening announcements over the past months.

 From the first Radisson RED in the region to making history with the appointment of the world’s first female Saudi General Manager in the hospitality industry, Radisson Hotel Group looks back on a year of mixed emotions and many great achievements.

 Looking back at 2020, Radisson Hotel Group has announced more than 40 new hotel signings across EMEA, five of which comprising 1,500 keys fall within the Middle East region. With that in mind, Radisson Hotel Group is confident that travel will continue to rebound, and more capital will be invested in the industry from both the private and public sectors.

 While customer preferences, financial markets, and real estate dynamics may evolve, the group continues to put their owners and guests at the heart of its initiatives. While many hotel groups have put their development plans on hold, Radisson Hotel Group and its shareholders have remained committed towards their ambitions. The group remains focused on its  mission to be recognised as one of the top three hotel brands in the world and the brand of choice for owners, guests, and talent. The recently announced signings re-affirm the group’s commitment to its owners, employees, guests, and partners and further strengthens its global scale of over 1,100 hotels in operation and another 300 in the pipeline.

Radisson Hotel Group announced the launch of a new brand, Radisson Individuals. Radisson Individuals is a conversion brand that offers independent hotels and local, regional chains the opportunity to be part of the global Radisson Hotel Group platform, benefit from the group’s international awareness and experience, with the freedom to maintain their own uniqueness and identity.

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Radisson Resort Dubai Palm Jumeirah, its first beach resort in Dubai and third Radisson hotel in the emirate, bringing its UAE portfolio to 23 hotels in operation and under development.

Radisson Hotel Group announced the appointment of Aldert van Zyl as general manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Apartments, Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of 11 new hotels in Africa within the first nine months of thisyear, accelerating its expansion across the continent.

Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce the promotion of Katharina van Beugen-Mayr to Regional public relations and communications manager Middle East.

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of six new hotels in Egypt as part of a portfolio deal across a number of its brands.