Main Photo: The new London Resort – imagined
Date: August 2019
Location: Swanscombe, Kent, UK
Name: The Radisson Blu – opening 2024
No. of Keys: 430
Seller: The site straddles the border of the Dartford and Gravesham boroughs and both authorities have pledged their support. In July 2014 the first community consultation was held with a short series of exhibitions in the area around the peninsula.
Buyer: Radisson Hotel Group has confirmed plans to open a 430-bedroom Radisson Blu hotel at the London Resort, a 535-acre resort set to open in Kent in 2024.
Created in partnership with American film studio Paramount Picture Corporation it will be one of the biggest themed entertainment resorts in Europe and will include a theme park, water park, cinema, theatre, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets.
Radisson Hotel Group will become a stakeholder in the project as well as opening the upscale branded property, which will feature a bar and restaurant, meeting and event spaces and leisure facilities, including a spa and swimming pool.
Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We are delighted to be part of such an iconic and unique project that is breaking new ground and bringing together an exciting mix of global brands. We strive to create memorable experiences for our guests, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
PY Gerbeau, chief executive of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), said: “Radisson Hotel Group’s commitment to the resort represents a significant milestone and is testimony to the absolute conviction the team has to deliver this project.”
In the UK, Radisson Hotel Group operates 26 hotels under the Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson RED and Park Inn by Radisson brands. Radisson’s partner Edwardian Hotels London operates 12 hotels, and partner PPHE Hotel Group operates 11 hotels.
THPT Comment: P-Y (Pierre-Yves) is the man that was behind the ill-fated Dome that opened in London in early 2,000 (now the O2 music venue), having honed his skills for large venues at Disneyland Paris.
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