Three new deals in Africa for Marriott International

The new hotels signed in Africa will mark Marriott International's debut in Liberia and strengthen the operator's existing presence in Morocco and Ghana

A rendering of The St. Regis Marrakech
A rendering of The St. Regis Marrakech

Marriott International revealed three new deal signings across North and West Africa while at the Forum de l'Investissement Hôtelier Africain (FIHA) in Marrakech.

These include: The St. Regis Marrakech Resort; Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport; and, Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia. These also mark the company’s growth in Morocco and Ghana, while marking its debut in Liberia [click through to page 2 to read more about these properties].

The newly appointed chief development officer MEA at Marriott International, Jerome Briet, said in a statement: "New and established markets across North and West Africa continue to present us with immense opportunities to further enhance and diversify our portfolio in the continent."

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The operator is on track to expand its footprint in Africa to 200 hotels by the end of 2023.

In North Africa, Marriott International currently has 30 hotels and over 10,000 rooms in its portfolio and it expects to grow its hotel portfolio by 60% by the end of 2023. Presently home to nine Marriott International brands, the company expects to introduce six new brands in North Africa – including St. Regis, W Hotels, Autograph Collection, Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments. The company anticipates the opening of four new properties across North Africa in 2019, including the debut of The Ritz-Carlton Rabat which will mark the company’s first luxury property in Morocco. Other planned openings include the launch of the St. Regis brand in Egypt with The St. Regis Cairo, the Four Points by Sheraton Setif in Algeria and the Marrakech Marriott Hotel in Morocco.

In West Africa, the company expects to grow its current footprint by 75% with the addition of nine new hotels and more than 1,800 rooms by the end of 2023. Currently operating 12 properties across Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Guinea, Marriott International plans to enter Benin and Ivory Coast as a part of its development pipeline. In 2019, the company is on-track to open the Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene, its ninth property in Nigeria, and the Protea Hotel by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport in Ghana.

Read more about the three new hotels signed at FIHA by clicking through...

The St. Regis Marrakech Resort

The St. Regis Marrakech Resort will be a part of the Assoufid Golf Resort and will include 80 guestrooms and villas, all with views of the Atlas Mountains. With leisure facilities such as a spa, pool, and a fitness centre, The St. Regis Marrakech Resort will also feature six culinary experiences, including two speciality restaurants and the St. Regis Bar inspired by the King Cole Bar at the brand’s flagship in New York. The resort will also be in close proximity to the 18-hole Assoufid Golf Club. Anticipated to open in 2024, the resort is owned by Assoufid Properties Development SA and developed by United Real Estate Company (URC), part of the Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO) group of companies.

Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport

The Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport will mark the debut of the extended-stay brand in the country. Projected to open in 2023, the 12-story hotel will consist of 160 suites with separate living, working and sleeping zones, all equipped with fully functional kitchens. Other facilities in the hotel will include three food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar, a health and leisure club and a boardroom. The hotel will be located in the airport residential area of Accra and less than 1.5 kilometres from the Kotoka International Airport. A franchised property, the hotel will be managed by Yamusah Hotels Management Company Limited, the owner and developer of the property.

Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia

The company expects to make its debut in Liberia with the Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia. Anticipated to open in 2020, the hotel will consist of 111 guestrooms and four food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar and lounge and speciality restaurant. The hotel will be in the Monrovia’s central business district and near key governmental and ministerial buildings, diplomatic facilities and the University of Liberia. The Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia is a franchised property owned by Sea Suites Hotel LLC and will be managed by Aleph Hospitality.

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