Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International's Africa-centric brand, will open a hotel in Accra, giving the brand its second hotel in Ghana and its first in the capital city.
Owned by Baobab Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of the Yamusah Group, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Accra Kokota Airport will be 1.5 kilometers from the international airport, and close to diplomatic, government and commercial offices.
“Continuing economic growth in Africa is driving greater investment in the continent and Ghana is proving to be particularly attractive as an investment destination,” said Volker Heiden, VP, Protea Hotels by Marriott, Middle East and Africa.
When it opens next year, the hotel will be a 17-story, 200-room property with a restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, small conference and meeting facilities, an air-crew lounge, a gym and a roof-top pool bar and lounge.
Last month, Marriott said strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities is driving growth momentum for the company in Africa. “Marriott International’s acquisition of Protea Hotels, followed by the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has given an impetus to our organic growth on the continent," said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa at Marriott International. “African economies have sustained unprecedented rates of growth, which have mainly been driven by a strong domestic demand, improved macroeconomic management and increased political stability. The continent is still under-capacity as far as branded hotel supply is concerned, presenting us with a fantastic opportunity to grow our brands and enhance our footprint.”