Marriott unveils African expansion plans


Marriott International has announced a host of new signings at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.

The new signings will consolidate Marriott’s presence in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa and mark the company’s entry into Mozambique.

Amongst the new conversion deals, Marriott has signed the Marriott Marrakech Hotel in Morocco.

With over 360 rooms, the hotel is slated to be rebranded in 2020.

Marriott’s select-service brands include Four Points by Sheraton, Protea Hotels by Marriott and AC Hotels by Marriott, and the group has signed two new hotels under the Protea brand.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport is planned to be a 200-room hotel strategically located in the airport residential area of Accra, offering a restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, small conference and meeting facilities, an air crew lounge, a gym and a roof-top pool bar and lounge with uninterrupted views of the city.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Nairobi will be located approximately five kilometres from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Mombasa Road.
Expected to open in 2021, the 250-room hotel will include a restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre, a pool and 600 square metres of meeting space.

Earlier this year, Marriott signed Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park, South Africa, which is slated to open later this year.

The company also signed Four Points by Sheraton Nampula, Mozambique, which will be its first hotel in the country.

The hotel, expected to open in 2023, is part of a mixed-use development comprised of a shopping centre, apartments, residential homes, a hospital, offices and the hotel.

The 185-room property includes 100 hotel rooms and 85 extended stay units, food and beverage facilities, conferencing facilities, a fitness centre and a pool.

Later this year, Marriott International will debut the AC by Marriott brand in Africa with the opening of the 188-room AC by Marriott Cape Town, Waterfront.

The company has also signed its second AC by Marriott hotel in Africa, AC by Marriott Umhlanga Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban.

The 205-room hotel will be a part of a mixed-use development comprised of offices and high-end residential apartments, and boasts dramatic views of the Indian Ocean.

Slated to open in 2023, the hotel is within easy access of major highways and in close proximity to King Shaka International Airport.