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Carlson Rezidor to Debut in Iraq

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is to make its foray into Iraq with Radisson Blu Hotel, Erbil due to open in 2017.

Located in the western suburbs of Erbil, three kilometres from the international airport, the upscale property will feature 260 rooms, two restaurants, a lobby bar, ballroom, meeting rooms, gym and a spa.

As Wolfgang Neumann, president, The Rezidor Hotel Group, noted, the move comes in line with the company’s
long-term strategy that targets asset-light and sustainable growth with a specific focus on emerging markets.

According to Elie Younes, chief development officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group, Erbil remains an attractive hub for international companies and it shows a higher GDP growth than other parts of the country.