Zaria Nigeria Marriott Hotel
Marriott International has announced three new contracts that underscore the company's growth in Morocco and Ghana, while also marking its debut in Liberia. The company also announced signed agreements to open its first facility in Cape Verde and to further expand its presence in Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Marriott International, one of the world's largest hotel and restaurant companies, has stepped up its engagement in Africa by announcing the opening of a new hotel in Zimbabwe, which is expected to include 40 hotels with 8,000 rooms across the continent by the end of 2023. In addition, the companies today announced the three contract signatures, underscoring the fact that the hotel industry in Africa, particularly in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, continues to have significant growth opportunities.
Marriott has signed an agreement to build a new hotel in Zimbabwe, due to open in 2022, as part of the company's expansion into Africa. The hotel, which is due to open in 2012, will have a total of 8,000 rooms, 1,500 of which will be in the first phase. The 12-storey hotel is due to open in 2023 and will have a separate living, working and sleeping area with a fully functional kitchen.
The company also expects to expand its presence in Kenya and is expected to open W Hotels Africa with the opening of W Tangier in Morocco in 2023. Other planned new openings include a new hotel in Ghana, the first of its kind in the country's history, and two more in Tanzania. Marriott International currently operates hotels in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but plans to expand its development plans to Benin and Ivory Coast.
The country is also in the process of officially commissioning the construction of the first Marriott hotel in Africa and the second hotel in the world. The hotel will be located on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and will be part of Marriott's expansion into Africa's second largest economy.
The company expects to make its Cape Verde debut later this year as part of its expansion into Africa's second-largest economy. It will be located on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and will also have a bridge that will give guests access to the country's most popular tourist attractions, such as the African National Museum and the African National Park.
Currently, nine Marriott International brands are based in the country, and the company currently expects to introduce six new brands in North Africa, including the St. Regis Marrakech Resort, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Residence Hotel. The resort, which is due to open in 2024, is owned by Assoufid Properties Development SA and is being developed in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism and the local government of Marrakech, Morocco. The St. Regis Marrakeh Resort will be part of the Assouid Golf Resort and will feature a hotel, golf course, wellness centre, fitness centre, restaurant and retail space. It is scheduled to be launched as a "Marriott Residences" in the first quarter of 2017 and will have a total of 10,000 square meters of hotel space available for guests.
The company expects to open St. Regis Marrakeh Resort, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Residence Hotel in the first quarter of 2017, which includes a hotel, golf course, fitness center, restaurant and retail space, as well as a restaurant.
Residence Inn by Marriott Victoria Island is designed for longer stays, which can accommodate 130 spacious rooms for more than one day. Four Points Sheraton Monrovia is a franchise owned by Sea Suites Hotel, LLC and is the first of its kind in the country and managed by Aleph Hospitality. The hotel, owned by Z PLC, will offer stylishly furnished rooms with two-bedroom suites, private balconies, work areas, fitness center, restaurant and retail space. The hotel, like all franchise properties, is managed by the hotel's parent company, Marriott International Limited, Inc.
Marriott International is on track to expand its presence in Africa to 200 hotels by the end of 2023, and in West Africa, the company expects to increase its current presence by 75 percent. Marriott International's current Africa portfolio includes more than 1,000 hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and territories. The franchisor's brands serve a wide range of customers and include long-term stays, short-term stays and business and business hotels.
Marriott's expected growth through 2023 is driven by its premium and select service brands led by Marriott Hotels, which are expected to open more than 1,000 hotels and resorts in Africa. Marriott continues to see growth opportunities in its luxury brands and expects to double its luxury portfolio in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa by the end of the decade.
By 2019, the company plans to open more than 1,000 hotels and resorts in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. The new Zaria Nigeria Marriott Hotel and Residence Inn will reflect Marriott's commitment to providing the independent traveler of today with brands and what matters most to them, and will offer the highest - end-to-end, best - in-class amenities and service.