Marriott International is leading this year’s table for the most planned new hotel rooms under construction within the African hospitality market, at least according to a hotel pipeline survey conducted by the W Hospitality Group.
This survey, which is considered by many within the industry to be among the most influential conducted annually, is likely to be one of the key discussions among hoteliers looking to expand their footprints in Africa. It’s also likely to be a major talking point at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, which the Kenyan government has announced somewhat recently will be returning to Nairobi, with a targeted date of October of this year.
Marriott International’s Pipeline in Africa
According to the report, Marriott International currently has a development pipeline in Africa that totals as many as 93 new hotels, which once they are completed will give the company as many as 17,708 new rooms in Africa. Almost half of those rooms, it is worth pointing out, are part of projects that are as of now already under construction.
Just behind Marriott in terms of volume in its project pipeline is Hilton. That chain comes in at second with 6,352 rooms under construction, and at third place on the list is Radisson Hotel Group with 4,840 rooms currently being built for the African market. The next most rooms belong to fourth place AccorHotels. It’s worth noting that AccorHotel’s deals in Africa are also fairly new, largely signed in 2016 and 2017. This explains why roughly 31 percent of the rooms in AccorHotel’s own project pipeline are under construction.
Growth in Africa Overall
Another likely topic of interest for those who operate in Africa’s hospitality spaces is that the continent is showing much tourism growth overall. The overall pipeline for hotel chains in Africa looks quite healthy for the future.
Perhaps most notably, Mangalis, a new hotel brand that first launched in 2011, has already managed to build itself out a significant pipeline, with 1,746 rooms in 14 hotels. This serves to grow the existing portfolio of 425 rooms in three hotels by more than four times that volume. Currently, five of the 14 hotels in the pipeline are under construction.
But there is a word of caution from W Hospitality Group managing director, : “Of the total 76,322 rooms in the African pipeline, almost 34,000 rooms are said by the chains to have scheduled openings this year and in 2019.
More information on hotel projects in Africa can be found in the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database. TOPHOTELPROJECTS is the specialized service provider of cutting-edge information of the hospitality industry.