One day ahead of the brand’s debut opening in North America, Radisson Blu has announced two additions in China and Turkey.
A second Radisson Blu will be built in Tianjin, China, and is set to open in the second half of 2013. The 274-room property, to be named Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Jixian, Tianjin, is being developed by Tianjin Saint Light Real Estate Development Co., Tianjin.
The hotel will be located at the foot of Mount Pan, one of Tianjin’s main tourist attractions. The hotel’s events and meetings facilities and services which include two ballrooms covering an area of 1,400 sq m (15,069 sq ft) and a selection of meeting rooms, will be dedicated to serving the MICE segment from the surrounding regions and the corporate business from the nearby Jixian Economic Development Area.
“Introducing our second Radisson Blu hotel in Tianjin, the largest seaport in China after Shanghai, is a strategic one to reinforce our presence and capture the continued tourism growth,” said Simon Barlow, president of Asia Pacific for Carlson Hotels.
Rezidor Hotel Group, Brussels, announced on Monday that it will convert the 246-room Taksim hotel in Mersin, Turkey, into the Radisson Blu Hotel Mersin. The hotel is prominently located on the top floors of the 52-story Mersin Trade Center, the tallest building in the city and one of the tallest in Turkey.
“Turkey is an important growth market for us – the country has a strong economy and ambitious development plans,” said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.
Rezidor Hotel Group is majority owned by Carlson and operates the Radisson Blu brand in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.