Marriott has signed five hotels in the Middle
East & Africa region, including its first properties in Algeria,
Ghana and Morocco.
The hotels are scheduled to open under
long-term management contracts over the next 36 months and
represent the company’s Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott
Executive Apartments brands.
The properties will add 1,126 rooms to Marriott
International’s Middle East & Africa development pipeline of 44
hotels and 10,800 rooms now under construction or in advanced
Simultaneously, Marriott International has
- newly formed Middle East & Africa Region will
be headquartered in Dubai, effective immediately;
Chief Operations Officer for the Region is Mark Satterfield,
currently area vice president for the United Kingdom South &
Ireland, based in London. His appointment is effective 1 December
2009 and he will be based in Dubai.
- Jean-Marc Grosfort
has been named Chief Development Officer for the region.
Mr. Grosfort’s appointment is effective immediately and he will
continue to be headquartered in Paris. Most recently, he was
senior vice president development for France and Africa.
Opening between now and year-end 2015,
these new properties will boost Marriott’s Middle East &
Africa’s regional presence to more than 70 hotels across
six lodging brands totaling nearly 20,000 rooms in 12
countries. The new hotels are:
- Marriott’s first
hotels in Algeria - the 227-room, upscale Algiers Marriott and
the 180-unit Algiers Marriott Executive Apartments. Both are
planned to open in 2012 and are owned by Trust Real Estate SPA.
They will be part of an attractively landscaped, secure mixed-use
development located three kilometers north of the Algiers airport
consisting of a high-end shopping mall, offices and residential
- Marriott’s sixth resort on the Red Sea and
eighth hotel in Egypt - the 294-room Sahl Hasheesh Marriott Beach
Resort. Scheduled to be rebranded in 2011, it is a conversion from
the existing The Old Palace Resort and is owned by Red Sea Hotels
- Marriott’s first hotel in Sub-Saharan Africa
- the 209-room Accra Marriott in Ghana which is scheduled to open
in late 2010. Owned by African Hospitality Ltd., the hotel will be
located within minutes of Kotoka International Airport.
- Marriott’s first hotel in Morocco - the 216-room
Marrakech Marriott Palm Golf Hotel which is expected to open in
2012. The hotel is owned by a JV between J. Partners and Domaine
Palm Marrakech SAS. It will be part of a large master development
community that will also include an 18-hole golf course, a country
club and 250 luxury residences. A key focal point of the
development is its commitment to achieving “Haute Qualite
Environmentale” certification, the equivalent of LEED in Europe.
“The opening of our new regional headquarters in Dubai
recognizes the dynamic nature of tourism in the Middle East and
the emergence of Africa as a viable destination for business and
leisure travel,” said Ed Fuller, president & managing director of
international lodging for Marriott. “The Middle East appears to
have weathered the global economic storm and we’re beginning to
look forward to rising occupancies through the end of this year
into next. With its diverse cultural and historic attractions,
unique geography and the industry’s changing travel patterns, we
expect the Middle East and Africa as a whole to play an
increasingly important role in the future.”
Mark Satterfield named Chief Operations Officer for
Middle East & Africa
Mark Satterfield, chief
operations officer for the region, is responsible for the
successful operations of all Marriott International hotels in the Middle East & Africa.
He joined Marriott International in 1987 in an operations role at
the Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel in the United States. A
year later, he transitioned into the finance discipline as an
assistant controller at the Boston Marriott Copley Place property.
Over the next six years, he held finance positions of increasing
responsibility rising to director of finance at the New York
Marriott Marquis hotel.
In 1998, he was named resident manager of
the New York Marriott East Side hotel and was promoted in 2001 to
general manager of the New World Hotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam, his first international assignment. A year later, he was
named general manager of the JW Marriott Hotel Seoul in South
Jean Marc Grosfort named Chief Development
Officer for Middle East & Africa
chief development officer for the region, is charged with
implementing Marriott’s growth strategy in the region.
Marriott International as vice president-development during the
company’s 1997 acquisition of the Renaissance Hotel Group where he
held a comparable position, based in Frankfurt. He was promoted to
senior vice president in 2007 following a decade-long series of
successful negotiations that resulted in the addition of more than
18 hotels to the Marriott International portfolio and created the
strategy that adapted Marriott’s successful Courtyard brand
concept to the tastes of the European consumer.
He began his
hospitality career in 1970 at the InterContinental in Geneva. Over
the following six years, he held a number of positions in food &
beverage and banqueting with Sheraton and Ramada hotels before
being promoted to general manager of the Ramada Velizy-Villacoublay Hotel in France. Three years later, he was
named Renaissance International’s director of operations for
Europe and, in 1987, was promoted to vice president of operations
for Europe. He was advanced to vice president for development at
Renaissance International in 1995.
Marriott International opened its first hotel in
the Middle East & Africa, the 375-room Riyadh Marriott Hotel in
Saudi Arabia, in 1980.
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