Marriott International has signed three new deals across North and West Africa, bringing the tally of properties on the continent to 200 by the end of 2023.
The new deals include the group's first property in Liberia as well as new hotels in Ghana and Morocco. The hotels are the St Regis Marrakech Resort in Morocco, the Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport in Ghana and the Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia in Liberia.
According to the 11th annual African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline survey by W Hospitality Group, Marriott has opened almost 100 hotels on the continent in 2017-18, with a total of 16,000 rooms. The company will open 19 hotels across the Middle East and Africa region in 2019 alone, adding over 3,000 rooms to the group's portfolio. Other hotels include two recent Four Points by Sheraton openings in Sharjah and Setif (Algeria), a Residence Inn property in Algiers, a Protea Hotel in Kampala (Uganda) and the first Elements Hotel property in Dar es Salaam.
"This region continues to present us with opportunities to further grow and enhance our portfolio across new and established markets," said Jerome Briet, chief development officer, Middle East and Africa at Marriott International. "While the majority of our growth will be through newbuilds, we are seeing an increasing number of conversion opportunities, especially in the luxury space."