Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group organized a press luncheon in Istanbul last week with the participation of Yigit Sezgin, Global Director of Sales & Marketing at the Rezidor Hotel Group. Sezgin who informed hotel developments in the region and Turkey.
Mr. Sezgin said last week that as the number of hotels in Istanbul rises, room prices decrease in the city which also affected price strategy and competition in the industry. “Despite all those we continue to invest in Istanbul and Turkey. We have increased our room capacity in Istanbul to 7000 in 2015 and we will add another 4000 rooms in 2016” said Mr. Sezgin.
Sezgin said, “We manage 11 hotels in Turkey. We are the hotel brand which has the most hotels in upper upscale hotel category and we continue to grow here”. Today, the hotel group has 7 hotels in Istanbul, 1 in Ankara, 1 in Izmir, 1 in Mersin, and 1 in Kayseri – a total of 11 operating hotels in Turkey with over 1200 employees and more than 2500 rooms.
Sezgin said that by 2017, the group plans to have 20 hotels and 3787 rooms in the country.
Sezgin announced the opening of the Radisson Blu Ottomare Hotel located in Ataköy, Istanbul in mid December 2015. Conveniently located in the Atakoy neighborhood's Zeytinburnu district, the hotel sits midway between Ataturk International Airport and Istanbul Old City. Guests will enjoy the utmost in comfort and privacy at the Radisson Blu that features 133 guest rooms, including 21 spacious suites.
Another announcement was the The Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Residence Istanbul Odayeri which is curently under construction. The hotel will be in the European outskirts of Istanbul, 5km away from the city’s third airport which is planned to be one of the largest airports worldwide (a first phase with 90 million passengers will be finalised in October 2017).