Protea goes live on Marriott.com

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Marriott International has announced that Protea’s portfolio of hotels is now available for booking on www.marriott.com, as well as through Marriott Global Reservations Offices.

Marriott recently completed the approximately $200 million acquisition of Protea Hotels and its sub-brands, African Pride Hotels and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!  (see story here). This announcement marks the latest phase in the integration of Protea Hotels within the Marriott International portfolio of brands.

Prior to the acquisition, Marriott International was already operating 10 hotels across the African continent, but Protea adds a further 116 properties, bringing the total Middle East and African presence to 162 properties in 18 countries. Marriott International’s move into Africa is set against a backdrop of burgeoning economic growth throughout the continent, with the World Bank expecting in excess of 5% growth in sub-Saharan Africa through 2015.