Hotel industry giant, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group added another iconic Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia in the city of Bishoftu. The new property will be open to the public on 2020. The group is operating a Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa, since 2011 and is planning to roll out another Blu within next 18 months.

“Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies with a population of more than 100 million people. We are further cementing our position as one of the leading hotel groups in Africa and look forward to continuing our expansion on the continent, and delighted to add our third Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia,” said Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Bishoftu located 35km southeast of the country’s capital city, Addis Ababa, is a popular MICE and leisure destination. The hotel will be located on Lake Babogaya, which forms part of the region’s renowned five crater lakes.

“Radisson Blu Hotel, Bishoftu is a great addition to our Ethiopian portfolio as we expand outside of the capital city. Once open, the hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel with the largest meeting and events centre in Ethiopia, outside of Addis Ababa,” added McLachlan.

“I believe and share the aspiration of the regional government of Oromia and other stakeholders that the hotel will contribute into making Bishoftu a tourist destination city,” commented Sami Getachew, General Manager of Adulita Conference and Spa Resort Hotel PLC, the owners of the property.”

The hotel will feature 152 rooms, a restaurant and a terrace, a speciality restaurant and a pool bar on the terrace, offering picturesque lake views.