JOHANNESBURG — Marriott International, Inc. plans to build three new properties, representing three different brands, to Cape Town, South Africa, in partnership with the Amdec Group, it was announced Oct. 6.
Marriott plans to bring the following brands: Marriott Hotels, which will be the first Marriott Hotel in Cape Town; the upscale extended-stay brand, Residence Inn by Marriott, the first for South Africa; and the upper-moderate tier lifestyle brand, AC Hotels by Marriott, which is the first hotel under this brand for the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region.
These three planned developments will add over 500 rooms to Cape Town’s hotel offering. Offering 189 rooms, the AC Hotel Cape Town waterfront will be located at The Yacht Club in the Roggebaai precinct at the gateway to the city’s waterfront. Harbour Arch (the current Culemborg node) will be the site of the 200-room Cape Town Marriott Hotel Foreshore and the 150-room Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Town Foreshore.
This announcement is an extension of Marriott’s partnership with the Amdec Group, initiated in 2015 with the announcement of the development of the first two Marriott branded hotels in South Africa. These two properties, the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and the Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch, situated in the upmarket Melrose Arch Precinct, in Johannesburg, are scheduled to open in 2018.
The new developments bolster Marriott International’s growth strategy across the MEA region.
“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,” said Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer, Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International’s growth plans call for the company to expand, by 2025, its presence in Africa to 27 countries, with over 200 hotels and around 37,000 rooms.
The Amdec Group is a privately-owned property development and investment company. Its portfolio includes the Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct, the Evergreen Lifestyles brand, including its six retirement villages and XtraSpace self-storage facilities.