At present, Radisson Hotel Group has 96 hotels and 18,500+ rooms in operation and under development across 31 countries in Africa, and is firmly on track to reach 130 hotels and 23,000+ rooms by 2022.

The Group currently has 28 hotels in operation and under development in Francophone Africa across 13 countries. This includes six hotel deals signed during 2018 in markets such as Morocco, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Niger and Republic of Guinea.

To support and drive the rapid growth of its African portfolio, Radisson Hotel Group has reinforced its development team with the introduction of senior development professional Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President, Development, Middle East, Turkey & French Speaking Africa.

Ramsay has been with Radisson Hotel Group for over 5 years, initially overseeing the growth of the company in the Middle East & Turkey and now leading the development activities across French Speaking Africa.

He is supported by Erwan Garnier, Director, Development French & Portuguese Speaking Africa. Together, they seek to accelerate the introduction of all Radisson brands in the region with a focus on key capital and economic cities.

The new organisational structure follows the recent appointment of Frederic Feijs who leads operations as Regional Director Africa - French Speaking Countries for Radisson Hotel Group, and who will play a significant role in strengthening the group’s network in the region and increasing operational synergies, for the greater benefit of owners.

“I am thrilled to be expanding my geographical focus, to include French-speaking Africa," comments Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President, Development, Middle East, Turkey & French Speaking Africa. "We have ambitious plans for this important market and it is imperative that we have the right resources in place to support our growth.

"This means communicating effectively with owners and investors, as well as providing first class levels of expertise as we establish long-term relationships with our business partners in this market. We are proud that each of our development team members fits this criterion for success.”

“We are rapidly growing our Francophone Africa portfolio with hotel deals strategically aligned to deliver our five-year development plan across the continent, the introduction of new brands and a scaled growth in Africa’s key destinations.

"We plan to continue this accelerated growth through further expansion in our focus markets across this flourishing continent. With our new brand architecture, countries like Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Mauritius have the potential for a critical mass strategy across all our brands to be implemented with.