Cape Town - Protea Hotels announced the signing of agreements for the development of its first hotel in Botswana.
It will be the ninth country in Africa in which the brand will have a presence. First established in South Africa, Protea Hotels has expanded over recent years into Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana.
“This latest development reflects our ongoing commitment to doing business in Africa, and to providing the sort of quality accommodation and facilities that the market in Africa is calling for,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa for Marriott International.
Marriott International, the parent company of Protea Hotels, plans to open over 93 hotels – equating to 19 000 additional rooms - in the Middle East and Africa region between now and 2025. This year alone, 17 new hotels will be opened in the region, adding close to 3 000 new rooms.
As regards Africa more specifically, 10 new hotels are scheduled to open during 2016, bringing an additional 1 623 rooms to the market.