Radisson Announces New Appointments to Lead its Expansion in Africa

ADDIS ABEBA – Radisson Hotel Group announced on Tuesday new appointments to drive the execution of its renewed expansion ambitions for Africa.

Accordingly, the Group appointed Ramsay Rankoussi as the new head of development for Africa and Daniel Trappler, Senior Director of Development for Sub-Sahara, as the Group continues to increase its presence and renews its commitment to Africa.



Radisson Hotel Group is one of the largest hotel groups in Africa with almost 100 hotels in operation and under development. It has the ambition to grow its presence across the continent to over 150 hotels by 2025.

Based in Dubai, Ramsay Rankoussi has been with the company for more than six years and now leads Radisson Hotel Group’s growth in Africa.

The appointment reinforces the hotel’s confidence that Africa continues to be a region of growth, according to the group’s statement issued on Tuesday.

With the addition of Daniel Trappler as Senior Director the company becomes increasingly relevant to owners, it added.

Radisson Hotel Group said its development and growth strategy in Africa follows a two-fold approach.

The first part concentrates on focus countries while the second centers around creating key hubs.

By creating a mass city-scale development strategy with a focus on key countries and surrounding markets including Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa, the group’s ‘hub approach’ ensures synergy among neighboring countries and creates further value for its hotels, in terms of both development and operations.

“Africa has always been at the forefront of our growth journey and we have recently adopted a new tailored strategy across the continent, reflecting the needs of the market and also underlining our ambitions to accelerate our presence in all key cities,” said Elie Younes, Chief Development Officer for the group, when asked about the new vision.

“I am very pleased with Ramsay’s new role overseeing our development in Africa,” Younes said. “Over the last 6 years, Ramsay has proven to be a key asset to our development team, and with the appointment of Daniel, we become increasingly relevant to our owners and investment partners,” he continued.

“We look forward to developing our presence even further and contributing to the local community through job creation and additional positive knock-on effects of investment,” he added.

The targeted territories where the group is focused on growing its presence in all regions including East Africa with Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

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Featured Image: Radisson Hotel in Addis Ababa

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