Cape Town – South Africa is getting its first Marriott-branded properties next year.

Marriott International has signed two new properties in South Africa in partnership with property developers the Amdec Group.

The 150-room Johannesburg Marriott Hotel, Melrose Arch and the 200-unit Marriott Executive Apartments, Johannesburg Melrose Arch, will be located in the Melrose Arch precinct.  It is expected to open by February 2018.

Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Marriott International in the Middle East and Africa, told Fin24 on Tuesday: “We are excited to announce the first Marriott-branded hotels in SA. It is very important for a company like Marriott International to have our core brand in core markets like SA.”

“SA and, actually, the whole sub-Saharan Africa, is very important to us, because of its huge potential. Sub-Saharan Africa has a rapidly-growing middle class, with greater disposable income.

As the members of this class begin to travel, we would like them to experience and understand what Marriott is all about and we hope they will use our services when they travel all around the world.”