Marriott International to build three Cape Town properties
Marriott International reveals impressive plans for the African continent, as the Group aims build three new hotel properties in Cape Town. This announcement is an extension of Marriott’s existing partnership with the Amdec Group, initiated in 2015 with the official reveal of the development of the first two Marriott branded hotels in South Africa.
James Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of the Amdec Group, says: “Marriott’s new hotels will become landmarks in South Africa and appeal to travellers from all over the country, the continent and the world. We are proud to develop world-class properties in both Cape Town and in Johannesburg. Melrose Arch in Johannesburg is well established as a magnificent multi-faceted New Urban quarter focussed on creating an unforgettable experience with a vibrant atmosphere in a secure environment where people can work, shop, relax and stay. Amdec is thrilled to continue our growing partnership with Marriott International in Cape Town where The Yacht Club will offer an exclusive urban experience in an energised precinct on a working harbour superbly connected to all the buzz of city living in a location steeped in history.”
According to Arne Sorenson, chief executive, Marriott International: “Africa is particularly important to Marriott International’s expansion strategy because of the continent’s rapid economic growth, expanding middle class and youth population, as well as the increase of international flights into the continent. “With over 850 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone, there are enormous opportunities.”
Marriott International’s growth plans for the continent are impressive: by 2025 the company aims to expand its current presence in Africa to 27 countries, with over 200 hotels and around 37,000 rooms.