Marriott International has added six new
properties to its Middle East / Africa pipeline of 37 hotels. The
six, which takes the total to 43, represent three of Marriott’s
lodging brands serving the luxury, upper-moderately priced and
extended-stay travel segments.
The six hotels are:
- 335-room Courtyard by Marriott Cairo Mirage City. The hotel is
owned by Golf Hotels Corporation and is expected to open in 2012
as the first upper-moderately priced Courtyard by Marriott
property in Egypt.
- 495-room The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. Owned by
The Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this
luxury hotel is scheduled to open in 2011 as the first
Ritz-Carlton hotel in Saudi Arabia.
- 78-unit Residence Inn by
Marriott Juffair in suburban Manama, Bahrain. Owned by
International Trading and Investment Co., W.L.L., the property
opens later this year as the first Residence Inn for extended-stay
travelers in the Middle East.
- 120-room The Ritz-Carlton Rabat
Hotel. Owned by Sienna Investment Group, this luxury hotel is
expected to open in 2013.
- 247-room Courtyard by Marriott
Algiers. Owned by Trust Real Estate SPA, this
upper-moderately-priced property is scheduled to open in 2014 and
will be the first Courtyard property in Algeria.
Residence Inn by Marriott Algiers. Owned by Trust Real Estate SPA,
this property is expected to open in 2014 as the third Residence
Inn in the region.
economic and political uncertainties in the Middle East and the
northern tier of Africa, our development opportunities in the
region remain strong,” said Ed Fuller, president & managing
director for international lodging. “These new hotels are expected
to open over the next five years and will be perfectly positioned
to help accommodate the nearly 90 million travelers that the World
Travel & Tourism Council estimates will visit the region annually
by 2016. Today, the Middle East welcomes approximately 68 million
visitors each year.”
Mr. Fuller also said that Marriott is exploring
expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and expects to
announce projects later this year in countries like South Africa,
Mauritius, Tanzania, Angola, Nigeria and Benin.
When all 43 hotels now under development or construction
open by 2016, Marriott International will offer consumers 74
hotels and resorts and more than 17,600 rooms across seven lodging
brands in the Middle East & Africa.
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