ADDIS ABEBA – Radisson Hotel Group has announced on Monday the signing of the Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar, located in the North East of Addis Ababa.
It will be the first Radisson branded hotel and the Group’s fourth hotel in the country. This achievement brings Radisson Hotel Group’s African portfolio to almost 100 hotels in operation and under development.
The Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar will be located on the shores of Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake which has been nominated an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, just 8km from the International Airport.
The city is home to some of the world’s oldest monasteries and churches, and the hotel will sit just 25km from Tis Abbai Falls, one of Ethiopia’s best-known tourist attractions.
Bahir Dar serves as the capital of the Amhara region in Ethiopia.
Tourists are drawn to Bahir Dar from around the world, not only due to the serene Lake Tana, but also due to the city’s key location to rest and relax overnight, as travelers make their way to other popular destinations such as Gondar, Simien Mountains and Lalibela.
Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said Africa remains “the most exciting continent for growth and evolution”.
According to WTTC, Ethiopia experienced the ‘highest tourism growth in the world’ in recent years, with over 45% increase.
“Such growth justifies more hotel developments in the country and we are pleased to introduce our fourth hotel in the market,” Elie said.
Owner of the hotel, Tilksew Gedamu Ayele, CEO of Picolo Abay International Business Plc, proud to be partnering with Radisson Hotel Group to open Bahir Dar’s first hotel with a top international brand in the city.
“The hotel will be crafted for relaxation and rest, given its great accessibility and prime location on the shores of Lake Tana,” he said.
“We look forward to a long relationship with Radisson Hotel Group and to developing more projects and together to lift up the city of Bahir Dar and the Amhara region,” Tilksew added.
The fully renovated, converted 125-room hotel will comprise of a variety of room types, from Standard to King rooms and Presidential Suites.