Marriott International has announced rapid expansion plans across Africa.
High demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company, which will include five new hotel signings. The new signings will further consolidate Marriott International’s presence in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa and mark the company’s entry into Mozambique. The signings put Marriott International on track to increase its portfolio by 50 percent with over 200 hotels and 38,000 rooms by 2023.
Marriott International has signed two new hotels under the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand including Protea Hotel by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport in Ghana and Protea Hotel by Marriott Nairobi in Kenya. Earlier this year, Marriott International also signed Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park in 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. That property is expected to open in 2023, while later this year, Marriott International will debut the AC by Marriott brand into Africa with the opening of the 188-room AC by Marriott Cape Town, Waterfront. Set for a 2023 opening, the company has also signed its second AC by Marriott hotel in Africa, AC by Marriott Umhlanga Ridge, Kwazulu Natal, Durban.
With hotels already under development, the company expects to introduce some of its other well-known select-service brands such as Aloft Hotels, Element, Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott. In addition, the company is looking for opportunities to bring Fairfield by Marriott to the continent.