18 APRIL 2011

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Article from BTNews 18 APRIL 2011

Freetown (Sierra Leone) hotel to open

Rezidor Group has reopened the popular Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown (Sierra Leone) as a Radisson Blu.

The original Mammy Yoko Hotel was an operating hotel for around 30 years.  Business was interrupted in 1997 as a result of the civil conflict and the building was heavily damaged.  The property is undergoing a complete overhaul and it will re-emerge in late 2011 as the premier hotel for aid agencies, diplomats and business travellers.  Besides 171 rooms, the hotel will offer a restaurant with outdoor terrace, several bars, and meeting rooms.  An outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, duty free shopping and a gym will also be available.

“We are delighted to enter a further country in West Africa – the region is one of our focus markets for future business development, and this hotel perfectly complements other current and upcoming projects in Dakar, Bamako, Lagos, Accra, and Abuja”, said Kurt Ritter, President and CEO of Rezidor.

Sierra Leone continues to emerge from the aftermath of the civil war, democracy has been re-established in the country, and the IMF has completed a poverty reduction and growth facility programme which has improved economic growth and reduced inflation levels. www.rezidor.com

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