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New goals for Marriott in Africa

The group plans to reach over 150 hotels across 16 African countries, resulting in more than 25,000 jobs, between 2014-2020.

After the acquisition of South Africa's Protea Hotel Group in April (read our article), Marriott International announced new ambitions in Africa. The group plans to reach over 150 hotels across 16 African countries, resulting in more than 25,000 jobs, between 2014-2020.

In addition to its recent Protea acquisition, Marriott International has plans to open nearly 40 additional hotels with more than 6,000 rooms, adding more than 10,000 employees, at both its managed and franchised hotels in the following 13 African countries by 2020: Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zambia.

This growth comes on a base of 14 hotels and 10,000 employees prior to the company's acquisition of South Africa's Protea Hotel Group in April. The Protea investment lifted Marriott into position as the largest hotel company in Africa, with the addition of 116 managed and franchised hotels, approximately 10,000 rooms and 15,000 employees across seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
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