Protea Hotels, a member of Marriott International, recently announced the signing of contracts for the development of two new hotel properties in Uganda. This brings the Protea Hotels presence in the country to four sites, with an existing 70-room Protea Hotel in Kampala and the 73-room Protea Entebbe Resort in Entebbe.
The new additions, Protea Hotel Naguru Skyz and the Protea Hotel Pinnacle are both situated in Kampala’s affluent suburb of Naguru, an area popular for both upmarket residential and commercial property which has become a sought-after location for company headquarters and diplomatic missions in recent years. Work on the Protea Hotel Naguru Skyz is already well under way, and the hotel is scheduled to open in July this year. An early 2018 opening is targeted for the Protea Hotel Pinnacle. With 141 and 105 rooms respectively, the hotels offer a mix of facilities for business and for leisure travellers; with numerous meeting rooms which are geared to cater for the high demand for conference and business meeting facilities in Kampala.
According to Stuart Cook, Managing Director of Protea Hotels Uganda, which will own the hotels, “The two new developments in Kampala are a symbol of our strong commitment to the continued economic development of Uganda. The tourism sector is one of the Government’s key focus areas of growth; the two new hotels will directly create over five hundred new jobs and, with our close links to the Makerere University Business School’s Hospitality Management Program, continue to identify and develop the next generation of industry leaders through our experiential training programmes.”
Marriott International has expressed commitment to Africa as the region for future expansion of the global hospitality sector. The current pipeline includes an additional 91 hotels in the Middle East and Africa region set to open by 2020. This will add more than 18 000 rooms to market, and bring Marriott hotels into eight new countries. In 2016 alone, ten new hotels will open on the African continent, with most placed in Sub-Saharan Africa.
President, Middle East & Africa for Marriott International, Alex Kyriakidis, points out: “Africa is important to Marriott International’s strategy because of its rapid economic growth, growing middle class and youth population, as well as the increase of international flights into the continent.”