Zambia to get new Protea hotel by 2021

Pictured: The Protea Hotel Lusaka Safari Lodge. The Protea Hotel by Marriott Bonanza Estate, Lusaka, will begin development early 2019. Photo credit: Marriott International

Protea Hotels by Marriott has signed a new property in Zambia. The Protea Hotel by Marriott Bonanza Estate, Lusaka, is being developed through a partnership with Zambian company Union Gold Zambia, the ninth hotel developed through the partnership.

The 241-room hotel will be the largest property under the Protea brand in Zambia. It will be located within Bonanza Estate, a residence that includes an 18-hole golf course designed by Peter Matkovich. The hotel will consist of multiple food & beverage outlets, conference facilities, a spa and other recreational facilities. The hotel will also have a 2,000-seat amphitheater for hosting large events.

“Protea Hotel by Marriott Bonanza Estate, Lusaka will be a significant addition to our fast-growing portfolio,” Volker Heiden, VP, Protea Hotels by Marriott, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement. “The signing of the hotel further strengthens our longstanding partnership with Union Gold Zambia.”

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“We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Protea Hotels for the past 17 years, and look forward to the expansion of our association through the development of this new property,” Mark O’Donnell, chairman of Union Gold Zambia, said in a statement. “Zambia is a country with huge potential for both business and leisure tourism, yet it has for many years been under-serviced in the rollout of tourist infrastructure. Our new venture will meet the rising demand for quality lodging in the country.”

Bonanza Estates is located near an international airport and the Multi-Facility Economic Zone, a joint initiative between the Zambian and Japanese governments to create a business center in the region. Construction on the Protea Hotel by Marriott Bonanza Estate is expected to begin early 2019, with a projected opening in 2021.