Marriott plans to open just under 20 hotels in the Middle East and Africa region in 2019, across brands including St Regis, W Hotels, JW Marriott and The Autograph Collection.
The properties will add over 3,000 rooms to the group’s portfolio, and are part of plans to open 100 hotels and around 26,000 rooms across the region by 2023.
In the luxury market Marriott has recently opened W Dubai – The Palm, and will follow this with the addition of W Muscat, W Yas island, St Regis Amman, St Regis Cairo and JW Marriott Muscat Convention Centre. The North Island hotel in the Seychelles is also set to join the group’s Luxury Collection.
Meanwhile in the premium segment a Marriott Executive Apartments property has recently opened in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh, with a second property set to open under the brand in Madinah. Marriott will also add Sankara Nairobi (pictured above) to its Autograph Collection, as well as a Marriott Hotels and Resorts property in Algiers.
Finally in the select-service sector the group is set to add seven properties this year, with two recent Four Points by Sheraton openings in Sharjah and Setif (Algeria), and forthcoming additions in Dar es Salaam and Lahore. Marriott will also add a Residence Inn property in Algiers, a Protea hotel in Kampala, and the first Element Hotels property in the region in Dar es Salaam.
Commenting on the news Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, said:
“Our growth across the Middle East and Africa is fuelled by a strong demand for our diverse range of well-established brands, each offering different attributes that cater to this region’s ever changing and evolving marketplace.
“This region continues to present us with opportunities to further grow and enhance our portfolio across new and established markets.
“While the majority of our growth will be through new-builds, we are seeing an increasing number of conversion opportunities, especially in the luxury space.”