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New Protea Hotel by Marriott to launch in Kenya by 2022 [Infographic]

by | Sep 27, 2019 | Projects

(From L) Bani Haddad, Managing Director of Aleph Hospitality and Yasin Munshi, Director of Lodging Development.

Aleph Hospitality continues to strengthen its relationship with Marriott International, following the signing of Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia in Liberia earlier this year.

The hotel management company Aleph Hospitality has signed a new franchise agreement with Marriott International for a new Protea Hotels by Marriott hotel in Kisumu, Kenya.

This move will continue to strengthen Aleph’s relationship with Marriott. On behalf of the hotel owner, Bluewater Hotels, Aleph Hospitality will soon operate the new-build property under the Protea Hotels by Marriott branding.

Bani Haddad, Founder and Managing Director of Aleph Hospitality, said in a statement, “We are thrilled to work with Marriott International to bring the first internationally branded hotel to Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city.”

“As Aleph Hospitality continues to expand across Africa and the Middle East, we are delighted to once again collaborate with Marriott International, following the signing of Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia earlier this year,” Mr Haddad added.

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Stunning views and fine amenities

The new hotel is expected to open for guests in January 2022. When it does, its location will make it ideal for domestic leisure, corporate and MICE business, since it’s only 9 kilometres from Kisumu International Airport and directly adjacent to the Kisumu Yacht Club and Kisumu Impala Sanctuary.

The 125-room hotel will be in Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake. Incredible lake views, as well as three food and beverage outlets, a rooftop infinity pool, a gym, and a spa complete its amenities.

In addition, it is expected to become a major MICE destination in the region thanks to its 500 square meters of meeting space.

Edward Guda, Managing Director, Bluewater Hotels, said, “Our new hotel marks a first for Kisumu’s burgeoning hospitality industry, thanks to the agreement with Marriott International secured by our management partner, Aleph Hospitality.”

“As the hotel owner, we benefit from the reputation and distribution of a major global brand, coupled with the regional knowledge and expertise of Aleph Hospitality, known for its world-class approach to independent hotel management,” Mr Guda elaborated.

Aleph Hospitality’s rising star

This hotel also marks just the latest sign of Aleph Hospitality’s continued expansion in Kenya, following the signing of Best Western Plus Westlands, set to open in Nairobi in Q4, 2019 and two further properties, one in Mombasa and one in Nairobi, which are both under construction.

Protea Hotels by Marriott is a leading hospitality brand in Africa and one of the most widely recognised across the continent.

With properties in primary and secondary business centres and desirable leisure destinations, the brand remains a popular choice for travellers into Africa.

Aleph Hospitality, which has earmarked a pipeline of 35 hotels in the Middle East and Africa by 2025, manages hotels directly for owners, either on a franchise basis for branded properties or as a white label operator for independently branded hotels.

“We look forward to working with Aleph Hospitality and Bluewater Hotels to make our debut in Kisumu with the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand,” said Yasin Munshi, Director of Lodging Development, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International.

“This signing further strengthens our portfolio in Kenya, which remains a key growth market in our overall development strategy for Africa.”

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Marriott International, Inc. is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 131 countries and territories.


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