Marriott to create 10,000 jobs in Africa by 2020

Hotel group looking to build on recent Protea acquisition

Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorenson
Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorenson

Marriott International is looking to create 10,000 more jobs in Africa by 2020, having already bolstered its footprint on the continent with the recent acquisition of Protea Hotel Group.

The company’s president and CEO Arne Sorenson will today share his plans at the US-Africa Business Forum tomorrow, which will be attended by U.S. President Barack Obama, 200 corporate CEOs from the U.S. and Africa and over 45 African heads of state.

He will explain how Marriott’s base of 14 hotels and 10,000 employees was lifted earlier this year with the Protea deal, which added 116 managed and franchised hotels and 15,000 employees.

In addition to this, it plans to add nearly 40 additional hotels with more than 6,000 rooms, adding more than 10,000 employees across 13 African countries, including Egypt, Algeria and Morocco.

“It’s a great time to do business in Africa and Marriott is at the table helping to lead the discussion on trade and investment across the continent,” said Sorenson ahead of the event.

“African leaders are looking at ways to spur economic growth by lowering barriers, such as onerous visa regimes. Travel is trade and the more Africa embraces Smart Travel policies that encourage the free flow of people, the quicker growth will come.”

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