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Radisson Hotel Group debuts in South Sudan with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba

24 May 2022

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Radisson Hotel Group debuts in South Sudan with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba

Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce its arrival in South Sudan with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba, the country’s first internationally branded 5-star hotel.  Located in Juba, the fast-growing capital and largest city of South Sudan on the White Nile River, Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba is a 10 minute drive from Juba International Airport, in the heart of the city’s business center.  Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba offers 154 bright and contemporary rooms and suites with views of either the pool, the city, or the famed White Nile River. The rooms are designed for maximum comfort, security, and relaxation. The hotel offers several amenities, including a modern gym, a spacious outdoor pool, and a wellness center which includes a refreshing spa with a sauna, jacuzzi, steam bath, and male and female salons. Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East & Africa at Radisson Hotel Group, says: “We are delighted to strengthen our presence in Central Africa by opening the doors to our first hotel in South Sudan and the country’s first five-star internationally branded hotel. With the highest level of security measures in place for a comforting stay, its modern finishes and both business and leisure facilities, coupled with our renowned Radisson Hotels Yes I Can! service and hospitality, we are confident the hotel will be a great addition to help promote the country’s hospitality offering.” Featuring a wide array of flavors and cuisines, the hotel’s six bars and restaurants offer a variety of delectable dishes in stylish and welcoming venues. The Larder offers an extensive menu of international cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients. Guests are invited to sit back and enjoy the latest sporting events at The Sports Bar or head to the Pool & Grill for a refreshing drink along the poolside. The Sky Lounge on the 13th floor offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of Juba, making it the ideal venue to end the day and watch the sunset. Guests can also enjoy a wide selection of light snacks, pastries, and a selection of coffees and teas in the comfortable Lobby Lounge.  George Balassis, General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba, says: “In true Radisson style, my passionate team and I look forward to welcoming and making every moment matter for our guests and the community of Juba in hotel where safety & security are a top priority. With our abundance of inviting facilities, restaurants and bars, we are certain that our hotel will become their home away from home and the venue of choice for events and special occasions of all kinds.” For guests planning to host a meeting or event, the hotel has the largest meeting facilities available in the city, offering three stylishly designed boardrooms, three meeting spaces as well as an expansive ballroom which can accommodate up to 500 guests.   With the health and safety of guests and team members as its top priority, Radisson Blu Hotel, Juba is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program. The in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out. 

First Radisson Collection hotel on the Adriatic coast opens in Pula, Croatia

23 May 2022

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First Radisson Collection hotel on the Adriatic coast opens in Pula, Croatia

Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce the debut of its luxury lifestyle Radisson Collection brand in Croatia, with the opening of Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel. This follows an extensive £30 million repositioning of the legendary Hotel Brioni, one of Croatia’s best-known hotels, by Radisson Hotel Group’s partner PPHE Hotel Group and its Croatian subsidiary Arena Hospitality Group. Pula is home to Istria’s main international airport and serves many holidaymakers each year as the starting point for their travels.  It is a popular leisure destination steeped in Roman history, and provides easy access to the most historic sites, pristine nature and an outstanding coastline. The hotel occupies a dramatic cliff-side location on the Adriatic, overlooking the Brijuni islands, which were the inspiration for the hotel’s name. It offers 227 rooms, infinity swimming pools, multiple restaurants and bars and sumptuous health and wellness facilities.  Originally built in the 1970s, the hotel was one of the most prominent tourist meccas in former Yugoslavia. In its heydays, with direct flights from the United States to Pula in the 70s, it was often a getaway for many celebrities, including artists, film stars and politicians. The 14 islets of Brijuni are the epitome of tranquility and exclusivity.   The interiors, designed by Studio 92 have the “wow” factor and will take your breath away.  Throughout, the hotel features art by renowned Croatian artists, connecting the heritage of this iconic hotel with the modernity of today, and taking in the striking colors of the surrounding area.  The interior design is enriched with Mediterranean materials and colors with Italian and Croatian stone including Botticino Classico, Grigio Amani, Kirmenjak and Kanfanar. Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel features several restaurants and bars. With the freshness of ingredients at the heart of local Mediterranean cuisine, and paying significant attention to quality and provenance, all ingredients are sourced locally from trusted producers and artisans selected by our talented team of chefs.  Restaurant Brioni Forum serves international specialties with an emphasis on local recipes, always insisting on fresh, local produce, such as truffles which are an integral part of the food history of Croatia’s most famous gastronomic region. Meanwhile, the beach restaurant Brioni Lungo Mare offers a choice of Mediterranean meat and seafood specialties for a lighter meal. Guests can also enjoy Restaurant Sofia, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. "The opening of Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel is a tremendous achievement for us, as we introduce our luxury lifestyle brand to this culturally rich city and region, the first on the Adriatic coast and our first in partnership with PPHE Hotel Group. Radisson Collection properties embrace and represent the local culture and design wherever they are located, and this is true here at Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel. Guests will be able to discover Croatian art, dine in one of the many restaurants and take in all that the Istrian Peninsula has to offer." says Elie Younes, Global Chief Development Officer of Radisson Hotel Group. Reli Slonim, President of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Arena Hospitality Group, adds: ''We are excited to have our Grand Hotel Brioni Pula join the Radisson Collection brand, which represents Radisson Hotel Group’s finest hotels around the world. Our two-year repositioning programme of Grand Hotel Brioni Pula has been completed and has resulted in a true luxury experience in one of Istria’s most spectacular locations. This premium redevelopment paves the way for our other two premium hotel openings planned for Croatia in Zagreb (2022) and Pula (2023).” The Wellness Centre, Gemma di Brioni, is the crowning glory of the hotel. It extends over two floors, with an indoor pool and whirlpool, three saunas and six treatment rooms.  In addition to a 25 meter-long indoor pool, there is a 60 meter-long outdoor infinity pool with spectacular views of the ocean. In the fitness area and gym, guests can enjoy the availability of top-of-the-range Technogym equipment. Digital technologies are an integral part of the hotel experience and guests are encouraged to use their mobile devices to access all of the hotel's extensive services.  These include opening guest rooms using a mobile digital key, the control of air-conditioning and lights via a smartphone, and the in-room TV.  Even before stepping inside the hotel, guests can check-in online and head straight to their room.   With the health and safety of guests and team members as its top priority, Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program. The in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out. The Safety Protocol is an integral part of Radisson Hotel Group’s Safety and Security program ensuring we always care for our guests and team members.  Book now at http://s.radisson.com/GrandHotelBrioni  

Radisson Hotel Group and PPHE Hotel Group announce strategic partnership to develop a portfolio of premium lifestyle art’otels and collaborate on growth opportunities for Radisson Hotel Group brands, including the signing of the first Radisson Collection hotel on the Adriatic coast

18 May 2022

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Radisson Hotel Group and PPHE Hotel Group announce strategic partnership to develop a portfolio of premium lifestyle art’otels and collaborate on growth opportunities for Radisson Hotel Group brands, including the signing of the first Radisson Collection hotel on the Adriatic coast

Radisson Hotel Group (“RHG’’), one of the largest hotel groups in the world, and PPHE Hotel Group (“PPHE”), the London listed international hospitality real estate and management company and master franchisee of RHG’s Park Plaza brand in EMEA, are pleased to announce that they have extended their longstanding strategic partnership. Through the partnership, they will jointly develop a global portfolio of premium lifestyle art’otels in key gateway cities and capitalize on growth opportunities presented by PPHE’s current and future property portfolio. For the past two decades, PPHE has held the exclusive master franchise rights for Radisson Hotel Group’s upper upscale Park Plaza brand in EMEA. Given the successes achieved together, the companies have now entered into an agreement to introduce the premium brand as an upper upscale lifestyle opportunity to its owners and guests and develop art’otels in key gateway cities and with select owners across the globe. art’otel is a growing collection of upper upscale lifestyle properties, with art’otel Amsterdam the brand’s current flagship. Several iconic art’otels are scheduled to open in coming years, most notably art’otel London Battersea Power Station in 2022 and the £300m art’otel London Hoxton in 2024. Additional openings are planned for Zagreb, Pula and Rome in 2022 and 2023. Each art’otel is inspired by a signature artist, forming a cultural, gastronomic, and social hub in the most creative areas of the most interesting cities. These are filled with warm, welcoming, helpful team members and discerning, cosmopolitan guests, buzzing with life all year round, in buildings as striking and individual as the stunning art they host. In addition to growing the art’otel portfolio, the companies have entered into a strategic development agreement for PPHE to further grow RHG’s portfolio of brands across Europe with foreseeable opportunities identified in Croatia and Central and Eastern Europe.  The first hotel to be confirmed under this extended partnership is the Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, A Radisson Collection Hotel. The hotel formally opens this week for the summer season, following a £30 million repositioning program of the legendary Hotel Brioni, one of Croatia’s best-known hotels.“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with PPHE and further support the growth and evolution of art’otel internationally. Art blends culture with lifestyle and this bold brand will provide unique opportunities to our guests and owners in this growing upper upscale segment. We are equally excited to grow the Radisson Hotel Group brands across Europe with our trusted partner with the launch of the first Radisson Collection in Croatia of the renowned Hotel Brioni.”, says Federico J. González, CEO of Radisson Hotel Group.“Today marks the next chapter in the success of our company with our lifestyle art’otel brand complementing Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio of brands and joint growth ambitions. We envision growing art’otel in key gateway cities and also growing our hospitality real estate portfolio by leveraging Radisson Hotel Group’s family of brands.”, says Boris Ivesha, President & CEO of PPHE Hotel Group.