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Marriott says to open 11 hotels in MidEast, Africa by end-2016

Hotel giant says it has completed 14 new property signings in region so far this year as expansion continues

Marriott says to open 11 hotels in MidEast, Africa by end-2016
Alex Kyriakidis, the president of Marriott International’s Middle East and Africa. (ITP Images)

Hotel giant Marriott International has announced plans to open 11 properties in the Middle East and Africa by the end of 2016 as it continues its expansion plan in the region.

They will include Al Forsan Marriott Hotel in Abu Dhabi, La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk, Dubai, Lapita Hotel Dubai, and Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Olaya in Saudi Arabia, the company said in a statement.

It added that it has completed 14 new property signings so far this year, adding to its current operating portfolio of 147 hotels in 20 countries in MEA.

The latest collection of signings will see Marriott International expand its Middle East footprint by eight properties across the UAE, Egypt, Qatar and Kuwait, encompassing the Marriott Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments, Residence Inn by Marriott and Protea Hotels by Marriott brands.

The company has also announced further growth to its African pipeline with the signing of six new properties under the JW Marriott Hotels, Autograph Collection and Protea Hotels by Marriott brands.

"Our 2016 property signings further illustrate the scale of our ambition to expand as a leading travel company within the Middle East and Africa as well as internationally," said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa of Marriott International.

"This is driven by a clear objective to increase representation in all major gateway cities, commercial centres and established resort destinations while catering to a wide variety of market segments.

"Each of Marriott International's brands, including those hotels in our pipeline, target a specific segment and support the increased inflow of travelers into the hotel's location.

Within the Middle East, Marriott International currently operates a total of 40 properties spanning eight brands, with plans to add a further five properties to in the UAE as well as one property each in Egypt, Qatar and Kuwait.

By 2020, Marriott International said it plans to add a further 74 properties and approximately 16,169 rooms within the Middle East and Africa region bolstering its total regional footprint to 221 properties and 40,816 rooms.

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