Radisson Blu hotel construction begins

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One of the world’s largest hospitality groups, Carlson Rezidor in partnership with local hospitality firm, Streamwalk, has started construction of a Radisson Blu Hotel along Samora Machel Avenue in Harare.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel companies. It has an expanding portfolio of 1,400 hotels in operation and under development and a global footprint covering 115 countries and territories.

The hotel group boasts of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns and Suites by Carlson.

“Work has started in earnest after regulatory approvals were secured. Clearing of the ground has since been completed and if you pass through, you will notice that what used to be East 24 is a completely different place now.

“Drawings of the hotel were done in Portugal and the construction work has started with Motor Engil (the contractors) already on site. Streamwalk has since presented its plan to the Harare City Council,” said a well-placed source to the project.

The Business Times is also informed that the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) is readying a financial package running into millions for the construction of the hotel where the institution is expected to acquire a stake in the hospitality facility.

CBZ Holdings, through its wholly owned asset management subsidiary Datvest, is also said to be interested in the deal.

Efforts to get a comment for the project’s local partner, Farai Jere were fruitless

The hotel spearheaded by local company, Streamwalk will feature 245 rooms and will be situated alongside the Chapman Golf Club. The Radisson Blu Hotel Harare is scheduled to open in 2019.

Carlson Rezidor‘s total portfolio comprises 69 hotels in 28 countries, with over 15,000 rooms in operation or under development.

Radisson Blu leads the way with more hotel rooms under development than any of the other with 85 plus hotel brands active in Africa today. The group’s ambition is to be the leading player in the travel and tourism sector across the continent.