Marriott International has signed six hotel deals in Africa, the first signings for the company since its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts closed. Three of the properties will be developed with the Amdec Group in Cape Town: the AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, Cape Town Marriott Hotel Foreshore and Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Town Foreshore. The Sheraton flag will premiere on Mauritius in a mixed-use development with the Sheraton Mauritius St Felix Resort and The Residences at Sheraton Mauritius St Felix Resort. The Element brand will enter Egypt with Element Cairo. Finally, a second Four Points by Sheraton will open in Nairobi, with Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi, Hurlingham. The deals comprise more than 1,100 rooms and will bring Marriott's portfolio in Africa to 205 hotels and 37,000 rooms.
Marriott has continued to expand its portfolio of midscale hotels in China, with the opening of a new Courtyard hotel in Zhejiang province.
The 201-room Courtyard by Marriott Xinchang becomes the brand’s 16th property in the country, and the first internationally-branded hotel in Xinchang, which is located 3.5 hours’ drive from Shanghai.
It forms part of the Heyue Plaza, new complex consisting of offices, a shopping arcade, banks and entertainment facilities.
All guests at the new hotel will be offered complimentary WiFi, while facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, executive lounge, restaurant, and 1,000m² of meeting space including a 650m² ballroom.