Marriot International to build three hotels in Cape Town

Global hotel giant Marriot International said on Thursday that it would build three new hotels in Cape Town.

“These will be three new hotels in the city: one under the company’s signature brand‚ Marriott Hotels‚ which will be the first Marriott Hotel in Cape Town; the second under the upscale extended stay brand‚ Residence Inn by Marriott‚ the first for South Africa; and the third the upper-moderate tier lifestyle brand‚ AC Hotels by Marriott‚ which is the first hotel under this brand for the Middle East & Africa region‚” the company said in a statement.

These three planned developments will add over 500 rooms to Cape Town’s hotel accommodation offering.

 Bringing 189 additional rooms to Cape Town‚ the AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront will be located at The Yacht Club in the Roggebaai precinct at the gateway to Cape Town’s waterfront.

Harbour Arch (the current Culemborg node) will be the site of the 200-room Cape Town Marriott Hotel Foreshore and the 150-room Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Town Foreshore.

The announcement was an extension of Marriott’s existing partnership with the Amdec Group‚ initiated in 2015 with the announcement of the development of the first two Marriott branded hotels in South Africa‚ the company said.

These two properties‚ situated in the popular upmarket Melrose Arch Precinct in Johannesburg‚ are scheduled to open in 2018‚ and are the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and the Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch.

Amdec’s total investment in these Cape Town and Johannesburg developments amounts to over R3-billion between the two cities which expect to benefit from positive economic spinoffs and job creation.

“Africa is particularly important to Marriott International’s expansion strategy because of the continent’s rapid economic growth‚ expanding middle class and youth population‚ as well as the increase of international flights into the continent. With over 850-million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone‚ there are enormous opportunities‚” said Arne Sorenson‚ chief executive of Marriott International.

His counterpart at Amdec Group‚ James Wilson‚ said: “We are proud to develop world-class properties in both Cape Town and in Johannesburg. Melrose Arch in Johannesburg is well established as a magnificent multi-faceted New Urban quarter focused on creating an unforgettable experience with a vibrant atmosphere in a secure environment where people can work‚ shop‚ relax and stay.”

Once the hotels are completed‚ over 700 new hospitality jobs will be created — 470 in the three new Cape Town hotels and 320 in Johannesburg. – TMG Digital

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