Daily Archives: September 13, 2017

Rezidor Hotel Group: Radisson RED to arrive in Riga, Latvia

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel groups worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, is proud to announce the signing of the first Radisson RED in Riga, Latvia, in collaboration with the Astor Group. The hotel will be located on Elizabates iela, in the heart of the city. The 220 room Radisson RED Riga is expected to open its doors by 2020.

Radisson RED is Carlson Rezidor’s new lifestyle select brand, for the millennial mindset travellers. The brand is inspired by art, fashion and music. Radisson RED boasts a forward-thinking focus on enhancing every aspect of a guest’s visit – including design and detail, personal interaction, individual choice and recognition of the increasingly important role that technology plays in facilitating the best of everyday life.

“Radisson RED will add a new vibe to Riga,” says Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group. “Our lifestyle select brand complements our leading presence in the market and dominant position within the Baltic States. It offers a unique experience to our guests and a compelling value proposition to owners and developers.”

“We are delighted to be bringing Radisson RED to Riga, and to continue our successful relationship with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group,” adds Jizhaku Rubanenko, from Astor Group. “The brand fits well into our own hotel portfolio, and will bring a new, modern and exciting hotel concept to the city of Riga. It has a wonderful central location, close to all the key business and tourist sites – no doubt, it will quickly become a landmark hotel for us and the city.”

Radisson RED Riga will be situated in close proximity to the railway station, and just ten kilometers from the largest international airport in the Baltic States. Within five minutes of walking from the hotel, there is Riga’s historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.


Media Contacts

Elena Zlatoustovskaya, Area Director Communications & PR, Eastern Europe & Russia

Lucie Cardona, Director, Corporate Communications, PR & Reputation Management

About Radisson RED
Radisson RED is a new hotel philosophy where lifestyle is the inspiration. Its design is bold, alive and inspirational. It connects with an ageless mindset and sets expectations of an open, articulate and impeccably delivered lifestyle select experience. RED’s flexible service concept include staff that caters to the DIY attitude of guests, and believe that hotels can enhance their world via art, music and fashion. Radisson RED is open in Minneapolis and Brussels, and plans to grow in urban markets and major cities around the world.

Radisson RED is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. For more information, visit raddisonred.com. Connect with RED on social media:   @RadissonRED on Twitter and Instagramfacebook.com/RadissonRED and snapchat radisson_red.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of 480 hotels with over more than 106,000 rooms in operation or under development in 80+ countries.

Rezidor operates the core brands Radisson Blu® and Park Inn® by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with the Club CarlsonSM loyalty program for frequent hotel guests. In early 2014, and together with Carlson, Rezidor launched the new brands Radisson RED (lifestyle select) and Quorvus Collection (luxury). In 2016, Rezidor acquired 49% of prizeotel. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Program and was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the US think-tank Ethisphere.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden. HNA Tourism Group Co. Ltd., a division of HNA Group Co. Ltd. – a .-a Fortune Global 500 company with operations across aviation, tourism, hospitality, finance and online services among other sectors – became  the majority shareholder in December 2016.

The Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 43,700 people in EMEA, and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information, visit www.rezidor.com

Twitter @carlsonrezidor

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/2364

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/carlsonrezidormoments/


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JOHANNESBURG, The South African Football Association (SAFA) has decided not to contest a decision by world football;’s governing body, FIFA, for Bafana Bafana to replay the 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifier against Senegal, which South Africa had won 2-1.

SAFA President Danny Jordaan said Tuesday that the federation’s position was clear on the issue of match-fixing and manipulation and they could not benefit from such and take the points. He added that it was a moral and ethical issue.

South Africa played the match against Senegal in Polokwane in Limpopo Province in November last year. FIFA later found match referee, Joseph Lamptey of Ghana, guilty of unlawfully manipulating results. Laptey gave a penalty for a non-existent handball against Senegal in that match.

Last week, SAFA said it wanted to challenge the decision by FIFA, which was taken following confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban on match referee Lamptey for match manipulation.

According to the letter from FIFA, the match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.


Eskom postpones power cuts to debt ridden municipalities

Eskom has rescheduled electricity interruptions to three Eastern Cape municipalities following non-payment of their bills.

The power utility had planned the pending interruptions of bulk electricity to the municipalities of Raymond Mhlaba, Walter Sisulu and Inxuba Yethemba for today. However, the interruptions have been rescheduled for Friday.

This is to allow the municipalities additional time to make adequate payment or to table firm debt settlement proposals to Eskom.

Over the last few days, Eskom has been engaging the municipalities and the provincial government regarding the pending interruptions.

We are still hopeful that we will be able to find mutually acceptable solutions before Friday, 15 September. We firmly believe that the interruption of supply to any customer for non-payment is always the option of last resort and we will continue to engage the municipalities over the next two days in an attempt to avert the supply interruptions, said Eskom.

Last month, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen said several municipalities were complying with the arrangements made with Eskom to settle their electricity debt.

The Minister said this when he briefed media after President Jacob Zuma convened a meeting with political office bearers from all three spheres of government � Ministers, Premiers and Mayors � at Tuynhuys in Cape Town.

According to figures provided by the Presidency after the meeting, 58 municipalities owe the power utility R7.5 billion.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Northern Cape hosts Cultural and Heritage Parade to historic sites in Kimberley

Cultural and Heritage Parade to Historic Sites in Kimberley

As part of celebrating Heritage month and the build up towards the Golden Shield Heritage Awards which is held annually to recognize and honour those who have contributed to the preservation, protection and the promotion of South African heritage, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Sol Plaatje Municipality and the National Heritage Council embarked on a cultural parade to historic sites in Kimberley which has a strong heritage significance attached to it. The participants in the cultural parade emanated from a diverse background.

The Cultural and Heritage March reflected on historic sites so that those who formed part of the march can understand where we are today and who we truly are. The march to the various sites reminded us not to lose sight of our heritage and how the different strands of history have influenced us and shaped us to who we are and what it means to be free.

The march started at a very historical site the Old Malay Camp now known as the the Harry Oppenheimer Gardens. The Malay Camp was a cosmopolitan suburb which was subject to forced removals prior to the Group Areas Act.

The gardens were formerly where the (historical) Malay Camp was. The camp housed a diversity of cultures and ethic entities from around the world. These were people who came to Kimberley to claim their stake in the diamond rush.

The Malay Camp extended, then, to include far flung locations like the current Post Office, the Market Square, the William Humphrey Art Gallery, and the now Sol Plaatjie University and what used to be William Pescod Education Institution.

The parade moved past Eureka Street into Lennox Street into De Beers Street, De Beers Street is a reference to the mining giants that monopolized the diamond mines/ industry in Kimberley and later the gold industry in the country. From De Beers street they proceeded towards Phakamile Mabija/Jones Street- Transvaal Road.

Phakamile Mabija Street is divided into two separate Apartheid/Colonial Streets, Transvaal Road � that became the N12 which leads us straight to the old Transvaal Republic. Jones Street named after William Thomas Jones who owned a Pub called the Old Clock in Market Square Street.

Phakamile Mabija Street – was named to honour the struggle stalwart that was thrown to his death from the sixth floor of the Special Branch police station housed in the same Street.

The Statue of Frances Baard

She was born in Beaconsfield in 1909. She joined the ANC in 1948 when Apartheid was legalized. She was part of the drafting of the Freedom Charter in 1955 and was also part of the Women’s March in 1956. She was banished/ jailed and was penniless and jobless. She was Buried a pauper.

Sol Plaatje University , William Pescod.

SPU stands on historic grounds that was part of the Malay Camp which includes the William Pescod building, a former Coloured only Learning Institution.

The parade in itself fostered social cohesion within our diverse Heritage.

The educational march formed part of the build up towards the Golden Shield Heritage Awards (GOSHA) which will be held on the 15 September 2017. The main aim of the awards is to thank the practitioners who contribute to the preservation, protection and promotion of African heritage. The Golden Shield Heritage Awards also seeks to celebrate excellence specifically in the heritage sector. The theme for the GOSHA is therefore Celebrating Cultural & Heritage Champions in the 100 years of Oliver Tambo.

Source: Government of South Africa

Tourism hosts Minister’s Public Lecture and World Tourism Day celebrations in Mpumalanga, 26 to 27 Sept

Ministers Public Lecture and World Tourism Day celebrations to be held in Mpumalanga

The Department of Tourism, in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) and its marketing agency Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) host the Minister’s Public Lecture and the World Tourism Day Celebrations

Drawing inspirations from the 2017 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) World Tourism Day theme Sustainable Tourism � a tool for development, researchers – from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Mpumalanga – will provide insight on how South Africa can utilise responsible tourism practices as a tool to develop a sustainable sector.

It is envisioned that the lecture will give key industry a better understanding of the impact of travel and tourism on society and the environment, and be empowered to employ responsible tourism practices that will encourage radical socio- economic transformation in the sector.

Tourism Stakeholders and the Mpumalanga community will join the world in celebrating World Tourism Day on the 27 September 2017. Festivities will be held under the I Do Tourism Sustainably banner in a bid to encourage domestic travel.

World Tourism Day (WTD) is an annual United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) event that is celebrated on the 27th of September throughout the world.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among communities about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

Source: Government of South Africa