Accor, followed by Marriott lead hotel industry expansion in Africa

Accor’s portfolio covered 24,512 rooms as of 31 July 2019

Protea Hotels by Marriott is the continent’s second-largest brand with 8,374 rooms. Image: Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach/Marriott
Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach/Marriott.com
Protea Hotels by Marriott is the continent’s second-largest brand with 8,374 rooms. Image: Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach/Marriott

Hospitality groups Accor and Marriott International account for the largest hotel supply and pipeline counts in Africa, according to data from STR.

Accor’s portfolio covered 24,512 rooms as of 31 July 2019, while Marriott accounted for 24,508 rooms. The groups also lead the development pipeline with 19,745 and 15,219 rooms under contract (in construction, final planning and planning phases of the pipeline) respectively.

“Over recent years, there has been increased investment interest across Africa with international groups leading the expansion,” said Thomas Emanuel, a director for STR.

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“There are now just seven countries in Africa with no internationally branded properties present, compared to 18 just six years ago. Accor and Marriott continue to lead the way in Africa, not just in terms of supply, but also pipeline. We look forward to seeing the continued development of the hotel industry across the continent as more supply goes into rapidly developing destinations,” he added.

Protea Hotels by Marriott is the continent’s second-largest brand with 8,374 rooms, just behind Hilton that has 8,617 rooms.

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