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Dubai's Aleph inks deal to run Marriott hotel in Kenya

Aleph Hospitality signs franchise agreement with Marriott International for a new Protea Hotels by Marriott hotel in Kisumu

Dubai's Aleph inks deal to run Marriott hotel in Kenya
Protea Hotel by Marriott Kisumu is due to open in January 2022.

Dubai-based independent hotel management company Aleph Hospitality has signed a franchise agreement with Marriott International for a new Protea Hotels by Marriott hotel in Kisumu, Kenya.

On behalf of the hotel owner, Bluewater Hotels, Aleph Hospitality will operate the new-build property under the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand, a statement said.

Bani Haddad, founder and managing director of Aleph Hospitality, said: “We are thrilled to work with Marriott International to bring the first internationally branded hotel to Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city.

“As Aleph Hospitality continues to expand across Africa and the Middle East, we are delighted to once again collaborate with Marriott International, following the signing of Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia earlier this year.”

Located in Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake, the new hotel will feature 125 rooms, three food and beverage outlets, a rooftop infinity pool, gym, spa and more than 500 sq m of meeting space.

“We look forward to working with Aleph Hospitality and Bluewater Hotels to make our debut in Kisumu with the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand,” said Yasin Munshi, director of lodging development, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kisumu is due to open in January 2022. The hotel marks Aleph Hospitality’s continued expansion in Kenya, following the signing of Best Western Plus Westlands, set to open in Nairobi in Q4, and two further properties, one in Mombasa and one in Nairobi, which are both under construction.

Aleph Hospitality said it has earmarked a pipeline of 35 hotels in the Middle East and Africa by 2025.

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