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NAPSA partners Radisson Hotel to open first resort in Zambia

Economy NAPSA partners Radisson Hotel to open first resort in Zambia

Radisson Hotel Group will partner with NAPSA to open its first resort and third hotel in Zambia. Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya, Livingstone, Zambia is set to open in 2022.

The hotel is nestled on the banks of the Zambezi, in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 5km south of Livingstone, just 4km north-west of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and Unesco world heritage site.

Due to open by the end of 2022, this new addition places the Group firmly on track to achieving its objective of reaching 150 hotels in operation and under development in Africa by 2025.

Convenience is amplified with Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport located just 15 minutes away.

The hotel will be constructed and operated with the greatest respect to its close proximity of the natural wonders and aims to obtain the EDGE green building certification as well sign the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge, becoming a best practice in the implementation of Radisson Hotel Group’s leading Responsible Business program.

The construction of the new hotel which is currently underway, and the design fully integrate local materials and focuses on employing and upskilling local craftspeople.

It will consist of a contemporary 174-room main hotel and 26 luxurious villas.

Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President Development, Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group, “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.”

28 COMMENTS

  1. And some tribal clowns from upnd will lie to you that the economy is in a coma and yet it’s only hh himself who is in a coma caused by covid

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  2. Hey NAPSA, how about paying all those retirees their duly owned pensions, rather than throwing money at a very wealthy foreign company!

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  3. Strategic Investments by a Govt Agency is not a good indicator of economic performance. But a development like that in Livingstone despite slow down in tourism activities is good thing. Once it rebounds, the city if ready. Good strategy

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  4. This kind of Innovation is highly desired, unlike Indeni and its sister Tazama who are still waiting for govt to buy crude oil. Congrats NAPSA. Every institution should be innovative.

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    • Only if you can comprehend what is involved,then you can be in a better position to write about companies you ve mentioned with your little knowledge about them.

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    • Only if you can comprehend that which is involved,then you can be in a better position to talk about the said companies you have mentioned.I feel sorry for you with the limited knowledge you have dear.

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  5. TRUELY, INDENI AND TAZAMA CAN HELP GOVT SORT OUT FUEL ISSUES IN ZAMBIA COZ THEY ARE EXPERTS IN THIS AREA . TRANSPORTING FUEL BY ROAD IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS BUT UNSUSTAINABLE ESPECIALLY WITH COVID & POLITICAL INSTABILITY LIKE IN MOZAMBIQUE. JUST MY OPINION.

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  6. Raiding the pension funds in the name of investment. Anyway, it would be nice if these places could be reached by modern railway to allow those who want a quick get away without the hassle of driving.

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  7. 3/4 ers of profits will be externalised , most tour operators are based outside zambia meaning most bookings will be paid for outside zambia……..

    These are things lungu and his minions don’t understand or don’t care about…..they are hopeless

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  8. LIVINGSTONE TOWN MUST HAVE A PROPER FACELIFT. IT LOOKS LIKE CATTLE KRAAL. IT’S HIGH TIME IT WAS MODERNISED IN THE WAY LUSAKA IS BEING MODERNISED. IN ANY CASE, ALL TOURISM TOWNS SUCH AS MPULUNGU/MBALA, SAMFYA, KAWAMBWA, SIOMA, ETC MUST BE MODERNISED. THE PROBLEM IN LUSAKA AND OTHER CITIES NOW IS COMMUTER TRANSPORT. UPDATE ZAMBIA HAS STONE AGE COMMUTER TRANSPORT. WE NEED PROPER BIG AND ROOMY COMMUTER BUSES WITH TWO ENTRANCES- THE ENTRY AND EXIT. IF WE HAD PROPER BUSES, ZAMBIA WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN AFFECTED WITH COVID-19. OR AT LEAST A MUCH LESS NUMBER WOULD HAVE DIED. LUSAKA ROAD PROJECT IS NOW ALMOST FINISHED. WE SHOULD START TO SEE PROPER BUS STOPS AND THE BUSES THAT SHOW ON ADVERT OF DECONGESTION PROJECT.

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  9. Why not utilize an underground car park structure below the building to reduce on the open car park footprint. Keep the natural beauty and avoid littering it with tar and concrete. Don’t be cheap. Think of the environment

  10. Its our hope and prayer that this huge investment by Napsa was well researched and calculations done to recoup the investment as the number of social security beneficiaries is increasing having brought on board the informal sector. From past experience some of the investments done by Napsa are a disaster like the Kalulushi, Northgate, Nyumba Yanga and Levy park are not performing well as expected. There is idle land north of levy park initially were told will be phase II but nothing is happening yet. The projects which Napsa is embarking will at some point in near future will not make Napsa sustain its obligations to pensioners/retirees. There is just to much cash out flows on projects that are not viable. The best govt can do is create a fund which can be accessed by SMEs to boost their…

  11. This is what Zambia needs at this time. This investment will not only boost the economy but also create jobs and business opportunities for local people.

  12. It is the proof that our economy is growing. No one will ever invest where there is no guarantee of returns. Since this company is investing in Zambia, we should be rest assured that the government is doing it right to revive economy.

  13. People in Livingston, get ready for jobs and businesses. This is the opportunity, make most of it. It is completely unheard of such a massive investment anywhere during the pandemic. It is time to stand behind President Lungu.

  14. You seem to be a regular reader of fake news. Why don’t you shift to some genuine newspaper? Reading fake news is injurious to health…. mental health.

  15. Those criticising the government should understand one thing. No amount of false allegation and criticism will deter President Lungu from the path he has taken. He will not rest until Zambia prospers and everyone gets his share.

  16. One more reason for UPND surrogates to cry foul. I am sure they will find out something to criticise in this also. They have come to such a pass that they can’t see anything positive.

  17. I can imagine what narrative UPND surrogates will come up with. But the nation has stopped taking them seriously. No matter how much they crib, the growth and development of the country won’t stop.

  18. Don’t forget this. I will be there to debate with you next year. This is not something announced by UPND. It is the strategic move by President Edgar Lungu.

  19. interesting no one asks where are the guests coming from because for the last 10 year tourism in Livingston has gone down and before covid was around 40% full now this hotel is going to make it even lower. Zim side is light years ahead even their airport has 5 airlines landing , Livingstone has 2.
    tourism will be strong in Vic Falls Zim and Kasane Bots, as for Livingstone i doubt due to too many taxes by Zambian Govt that things will boom on our side until costs are brought down and Livingstone becomes a Tax free zone .

  20. What a lot of people don’t understand is Napsa owns 100% of the resort and Radisson is contracted the manager rights and gets a flat percentage on turnover not profit, so its common to get around 17% of turnover and still lose money for NAPSA that’s how most of these big hotel chains operate.
    no joint venture here or risk for Radisson

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