Marriot International expands SA operations

2015-09-30 08:19
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Cape Town - Marriott International has some exciting plans for two Joburg properties. 

Africa’s largest hotel operator announced an agreement to develop the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch, in partnership with The Amdec Group. 

Expected to open by February 2018, the 150-room Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and 200-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch will be located in the trendy Melrose Arch precinct.

The two properties will be the first Marriott-branded properties under development in South Africa.  

“Africa is important to Marriott International’s growth strategy because of its rapid economic growth, growing middle class and youth population, as well as the expansion of international flights onto the continent,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa for Marriott International. 

Marriott became the largest hotel operator in Africa following its acquisition of South Africa’s leading hotels group, Protea Hotels, in 2014.

Over the next five years, the company expects the Marriott International brands, including the Protea brand, will expand from 10 African countries to 18, involving the development of an additional 38 properties across 7 brands. 

James Wilson, CEO of The Amdec Group, owners of the iconic Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct said, "At Melrose Arch our focus is very much on creating an unforgettable experience with a vibrant atmosphere in a secure environment where people can work, shop, relax and stay. T

"The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch provide contemporary and innovative hospitality that adds to current offering.”