Hilton and Marriott Plan Africa Expansion

By Paul Riegler on 1 October 2018
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DSC_0762At the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi, Kenya, both Hilton and Marriott International announced plans to significantly increase their presence on the African continent.

Africa presents hotel chains with tremendous opportunities for growth.

“The continent is still under capacity as far as branded hotel supply is concerned,” said Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott’s managing director for the EMEA region.

Hilton said it expects to open eight hotels across Africa this year, including the Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, which is part of its Curio Collection.  It currently operates 41 hotels there and plans to double its footprint in the next five years, with entries into Kampala, Ghana, Malawi, and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).

Marriott said it will add properties in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, and South Africa, and added that it plans to enter the Mozambique market. The hotelier will add over 200 hotels and 38,000 rooms by 2023.

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