Why Marriott International Is Investing In Africa

A room in Protea Hotel Ikeja

Marriot's big start in Africa came this last April with the acquisition Protea, a hotel chain in Africa that would make Marriott the largest hotelier in Africa with the added 117 properties in seven African countries.

Since then, Marriott has set its sights on Africa higher with plans for an additional development of 40 properties, totaling properties in 17 African nations, by 2020. Most recently the company said that it would have 9 of those hotels, around 1,300 rooms, completed in 2015.

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