KIGALI, RWANDA — Marriott International continues its expansion across the African continent with news of signings in Cape Town, Nairobi, Cairo and Mauritius, it was announced earlier this month.
“We officially opened the Kigali Marriott Hotel (on Oct. 4), under the patronage of His Excellency, The Honourable Prime Minister Murekezi, and we announce six new deals across Africa, which when open, are expected to bring our total African property and room count to 205 and 37,000, respectively,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
These new signings comprise over 1,100 rooms, and include AC by Marriott’s brand entry into Africa. The Cape Town deals are in partnership with the Amdec Group, Marriott’s partner and owners of the new Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Melrose Arch, in Johannesburg, announced last year and currently under development. The AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront will be located at the gateway to Cape Town’s waterfront, while Harbour Arch will be the site of the 200-room Cape Town Marriott Hotel Foreshore and the 150-room Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Town Foreshore.
In addition, the Sheraton brand will open on the island of Mauritius, with Sheraton Mauritius St. Felix Resort and The Residences at Sheraton Mauritius St. Felix Resort. The resort will be a part of a mixed-use development with a boutique retail mall and branded residences. Scheduled to open in early 2020, the resort will feature 152 guestrooms and suites and 37 apartments and villas.
The first Element Hotels property signed in Egypt will be the largest Element Hotel in the Middle East and Africa. Situated in Cairo’s upscale Heliopolis district and scheduled to open in 2019, Element Cairo, part of the new ecofriendly development, The Gate Project, will feature 344 rooms.
Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi, Hurlingham, is the brand’s second hotel in the city, located in the upmarket suburb close to the city centre. The 96-room hotel, a conversion from an existing hotel, will be operated under a franchise arrangement, and is expected to open in 2017.