In April 2014, Marriott acquired the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group based in South Africa. The Protea portfolio consists of 9,612 rooms in seven African countries including South Africa. Marriott manages, franchises and leases hotels across the Protea Hotels brand, comprising a full and diverse range of outstanding hotels and resorts; the award-winning lifestyle boutique Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!; and the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels collection.
Protea Hotels is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and boasts the highest hospitality brand awareness in the Continent with nearly 100 hotels across 7 countries including South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda. Protea Hotels has the largest strategic footprint throughout the Continent and is highly committed to delivering every guest with a personalized service experience. Protea Hotels presents a full and diverse range of outstanding hotels, each is uniquely designed with its own personality, providing guests an opportunity to get a taste of the local flavor in a truly authentic way. Competing in the moderate and upper moderate tier categories, Protea Hotels is ideal for both business and leisure travelers by offering properties in major and secondary business centers and leisure destinations. Protea Hotels offers updated facilities, a unique service culture and consistent amenities such as full service restaurants, meeting spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi access and well-appointed rooms to ensure a comfortable, relaxed and successful stay.
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