The Radisson Hotel Group announced its first resort and its third hotel in Zambia. Due to open by 2022, this new property places the Radisson Group on track to fulfil its goal of reaching 150 hotels worldwide.
Nestled on the banks of one of Africa’s longest rivers, the Zambezi, in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 5km south of the historic city of Livingstone, just 4km northwest of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. And with Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport located just 15 minutes away, Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya, Livingstone, Zambia is convenience amplified.
Within walking distance of the destination, visitors can take a safari at Safari Par Excellence, which offers unforgettable on and off the river activities, such as Victoria Falls bridge activities, canoeing, rafting, and game drives, to helicopter rides, river cruises, and elephant experiences.
The hotel will be designed and operated with the utmost consideration for the natural surroundings and intends to obtain the EDGE green building certification and sign the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge, becoming a model for the Radisson Hotel Group’s Responsible Business program.
The new hotel is currently under construction, and the design fully integrates local materials and focuses on employing and upskilling artisans. It consists of a contemporary main hotel consisting of 174 rooms, and 26 luxury villas.
The all-day dining restaurant and coffee bar offers guests the opportunity to delight in their favourite cuisine. A boma and firepit provide guests with a comfortable setting to bask in the African evening air. During their stay, guests are also welcome to take advantage of the hotel’s expansive swimming pools, relax at the spa, or keep fit in the fitness centre. Perfect for all occasions, the hotel’s conference and meeting facilities will include a ballroom of over 500 square metres, boardrooms as well as meeting rooms, perfect for leisure and business.
Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President Development, Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group, said
“We have been present in Zambia for many years and have long recognized the potential of the country. It was essential for us to complement our presence in Zambia with a resort offering in one of Africa’s most visited leisure tourism destinations – the Victoria Falls. This marks our third hotel in the country, complementing our existing portfolio of one hotel in operation, Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka, and the under-development Park Inn by Radisson Lusaka, Longacres, due to open early next year. Through this unique resort, we look forward to demonstrating our strong Responsible Business heritage and sustainable programmes and initiatives which will further promote the destination and ensure the preservation of this unique reserve and location. We are truly proud to have partnered with NAPSA for the launch of the Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya, Livingstone as we further seek to reinforce our collaboration in promoting tourism across Zambia.”
Mr Yollard Kachinda, Director General of NAPSA, the owning company said:
“It is an honour to be partnering with Radisson Hotel Group, a company that believes in thriving, sustainable, and responsible business that supports people, communities and the planet with various procedures and programs to build better futures. We are proud to be associated with the creation of several jobs, both directly and indirectly. It is also satisfying to note that most of the materials are locally sourced, such as steel coming from Kafue Steel, timber coming from Zambezi Sawmills and other materials such as quarry and stones also being sourced within the community. We are looking forward to introducing this unique resort to the market and are confident that the various sustainable elements of the hotel will uplift the community and enhance the overall experience of this beautiful destination and its economy.”
Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya will be implementing Radisson Hotel Group brand standards, including the Radisson Hotel Group Safety Protocol related to safety and security, in preparation for the resort’s opening. Most importantly, health and safety remain the highest priorities for Radisson Hotel Group.