Marriott's Protea deal now complete

Arthur Gillis (left) former CEO of the Protea Hospitality Group, becomes non-executive chair, Africa Development for Marriott International. He is here with Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International Middle East & Afri
Arthur Gillis (left) former CEO of the Protea Hospitality Group, becomes non-executive chair, Africa Development for Marriott International. He is here with Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International Middle East & Afri
Dubai - Marriott International became the largest hotel company in Africa according to published information, and nearly doubled its presence in its Middle East and Africa region to more than 160 hotels and 23 000 rooms as it completed its acquisition of the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group.

Marriott now operates or franchises more than 4 000 hotels in 79 countries.

At the same time, Marriott said that its pipeline of new hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including Protea’s pipeline, is now more than 65 hotels and 14 300 rooms, including more than 20 hotels and 3 000 rooms in sub-Saharan Africa.

Marriott’s new Protea portfolio consists of 10 148 rooms in seven African countries, including South Africa.

Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, said, this is the culmination of months of highly productive collaboration between Protea and Marriott International teams.

"With the addition of Protea’s regional knowledge, expertise and infrastructure, we are incredibly well-positioned to continue growing in one of the fastest expanding economic markets in the world,” he said.

According to the World Bank, sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a more than 5% pace through 2015.

Marriott expects that the Protea portfolio will be available for booking on Marriott.com or via Marriott International’s Global Reservations Centers toward the end of May.

The hotels will join the Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program at a later point, to be announced.

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