PRESS RELEASE: Marriott International continues extensive expansion in Africa: Targets over 200 hotels with more than 37,000 rooms by 2022 expecting to generate $8.5 billion of capital investment and 50,000 direct and indirect jobs

Today Announces Seven New Hotels, Marking a Debut in Ivory Coast and Strengthening Presence in Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria

KIGALI, Rwanda, October 10, 2017/ — From the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) (www.Africa-Conference.com) in Kigali, Rwanda, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) today announced further expansion plans in Africa with seven new hotel signings. Marriott International was the first global chain to make a significant investment in Africa with the acquisition of Protea Hotels for $210 million in 2014. The company is targeting over 200 hotels with 37,000 rooms open or in the pipeline by 2022, equating to around $8.5 billion of capital investment by its real estate partners, reinforcing its continued commitment to expansion in Africa and solidifying its leadership on the continent. The investment is expected to generate substantial economic activity and around 50,000 direct and indirect jobs once the hotels open.

“Africa today makes a very compelling story. We are seeing unprecedented traction for our compelling brands, driving our momentum of growth,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “We have always believed in the potential of Africa and the opportunities the continent has to offer. With economic growth, a rising middle class and rapid urbanization, the demand for travel and high quality lodging is growing, providing us with a significant opportunity to enhance our footprint and play our part in supporting many emerging markets across the continent,” he added.

Today Marriott International hotels are present in 20 African countries: Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia. The company is expected to foray into new markets including Benin, Botswana, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal and has signed 1300 new rooms marking the debut of Marriott International into Ivory Coast while strengthening its presence in existing markets including Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria.

Abidjan Marriott Hotel, Ivory Coast

Within walking distance from the Presidential Palace, the 200 room Abidjan Marriott Hotel is strategically located in the heart of Plateau, the central business district and the commercial, financial and administrative center of Abidjan. Owned by Ivory Coast Investissement, the hotel is slated to open in 2021 and will be part of a mixed-use development that will include a conference center, offices, retail and a national library.

Sheraton Abidjan and Four Points by Sheraton Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Slated to open in 2022, both Sheraton Abidjan and Four Points by Sheraton Abidjan will also be part of a mixed-use development which will include a convention center, a marina, a shopping center and an office building. The 259 room Four Points by Sheraton Abidjan will be a conversion of an existing hotel, which will be rebranded following extensive refurbishment, while the 300 room Sheraton Abidjan will be a new build property. Owned by the Societe Des Lagunes, the hotels will be set on the waterfront in the affluent neighborhood of Cocody, an upmarket residential commune that also houses the embassy district.

With Ivory Coast being celebrated as one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, and re-emerging as the gateway to Francophone Africa, the new hotels in the capital city of Abidjan are ideally placed for a long and thriving future.

Renaissance Landmark Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Owned and developed by Landmark Africa Group, Marriott International will manage the 216 room Renaissance Landmark Lagos Hotel, as well as a 44-room Marriott Executive Apartments. Slated to open in 2020, the hotels will be located within the Landmark Village precinct, a premier mixed-use, business, leisure and lifestyle development along the Atlantic Ocean waterfront in Victoria Island, the central business district of Lagos. The 25-floor hotel will offer a wide range of amenities, including local and international restaurants, spa facilities, a fitness center, and an infinity pool with access to a 100-meter-long boardwalk overlooking a vibrant beach club offering exciting watersports.

Speaking on the increased interest in mixed-use development projects, Kyriakidis said, “As cities evolve and grow into flourishing urban centers, we will continue to see a lot of activity in this space. An international hotel brand can bring cachet to a project that positions it significantly above its peers and differentiates it from its competitors. Our compelling brands spanning every segment from Luxury to Premium to Select to Extended Stay, lend themselves to grow in all markets, city and resort as well as standalone and mixed-use formats, providing developers the flexibility and choice to identify the right brand for the right location.”

Le Meridien Accra, Ghana

 

The 160 room Le Meridien Accra, owned by 4-Mac Limited is strategically located close to the international airport, within the prestigious Airport Residential Area of Accra. It will provide easy access to key commercial, diplomatic and government nodes as well as to major city attractions. Scheduled to open in 2021, the hotel marks the debut of Le Meridien brand into Ghana.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Projected to open in 2021, the 165 room Protea Hotel by Marriott Addis Ababa, located on Churchill Avenue will mark the debut of the brand into Ethiopia. The hotel will offer a specialty restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge and meeting facilities as well as a fitness center and spa.

Earlier this year, Marriott International had announced the debut of The Ritz-Carlton brand in the exotic Zanzibar Archipelago with the signing of The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar, the 90 room all suite and villa luxury resort as well as the debut of Aloft into Mauritius with the signing of Aloft Port Louis, the brand’s first adaptive reuse project in Africa.

Commenting on the extraordinary pace of hotel signings and openings this year, Kyriakidis said, “Signings and openings form the cornerstone of our aggressive growth strategy. Our history and legacy on the continent and the strong foundations we have built over the years serve as a springboard for our future growth. Our brands are resonating with the aspirational and fast growing middle class in the region. Our strengthened footprint and increased distribution is driving market share and building loyalty which makes us more attractive to investors than ever before.”

The company debuted the Four Points brand in Tanzania last week with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel and is now gearing up to open the Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salam, New Africa Hotel. Earlier this year the brand debuted in Kenya with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham and is now expected to open its second hotel in Kenya, Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport in the next couple of weeks.

In Egypt, the company recently reopened Sheraton Cairo, a city icon for over four decades, after extensive renovation. It is now looking to debut its renowned luxury brand St. Regis, with the opening of the spectacular St. Regis Cairo, a highly anticipated addition to the company’s luxury portfolio in the country.

Marriott also recently opened Protea by Marriott Owerri Select in Nigeria. Other forthcoming openings over the next couple of months include Sheraton Bamako which marks the debut of Marriott International in Mali, Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine, the brand’s debut in Algeria and the Accra Marriott Hotel, the debut of the flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Ghana.

Today, Marriott International has a strong footprint across the continent operating 140 hotels with close to 24,000 rooms across 12 brands.

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Bill: Public Hearings Day 2

The following summary is provided with the compliments of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group.

Summary:

Municipalities and organisations with an interest in the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Bill (SPLUMB) put forward a wide range of concerns during public hearings on the provisions of the Bill.

The City of Johannesburg stated that there were many universal concerns which had been raised, mainly by the metropolitan municipalities. These related to levels of planning; the compilation of tribunals; reasonable time frames for decisions; the definition of national and provincial interest, monitoring, assistance and support; internal appeal authority; and delegations and transitional arrangements.

The City of Tshwane’s main issues were centred on the consultation process leading up to the Bill; transitional arrangements; and schedule one of the Bill. Several matters included the Bill were covered by other legislation. Concern was expressed in respect of section 26(4) of the Bill, which provided that regardless of any provisions in any other law, the Bill could be used to deal with planning applications. It was argued that the Supreme Court had established that two parallel processes could not exist, and it would therefore be advisable to provide that where provincial legislation was not in place, the Bill could then be used.

The Ethekwini Municipality raised issues in respect of the capacitating process. It was acknowledged that while section 9 and section 10 of the Bill provided for national and provincial support, the necessary support and capacity should be put in place prior to implementation of the Bill. Another major issue raised was in respect of the alignment of authorisations. It was stated that on a general level, there was a need for close alignment between chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act, which dealt with dealing with Integrated Development Plans, Service Delivery Frameworks (SDFs) and the Bill. Ideally, all such requirements should reside in one place.

The South African Local Government Association was of the view that despite the judgment of the Constitutional Court, the Bill still purported to give provinces powers which were supposed to be municipal powers. SALGA was also of the view that the current description of what should be in an SDF was too prescriptive. Further issues were raised in respect of land use schemes and existing property rights. Another basis for concern in the Bill was the provision that when the planning tribunal took a decision on a development application, the derogation of property might not be taken as a consideration. A contentious issue was the issue of appeal tribunals. In respect of the municipal planning tribunal, the Bill made provision for the exclusion of councillors from the decision-making process, but in respect of the appeal tribuna,l the Bill allowed politicians to form part of the composition of the tribunal.

Members asked questions and sought clarity in relation to the amount of time that would be deemed as feasible for the review of the land use scheme; the issue of appeals; interference by the provinces with the day-to-day operations of municipalities; and why the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) had not considered the issues of mutual consent raised by the municipalities.

The Griqua Royal House complained about the situation in the past, whereby the indigenous people had never been called upon to make their submissions about laws which affected their lands, and reference was made to the injustices suffered during the apartheid regime. Parliament was urged to enforce the implementation of a number of laws, which included the Constitution; the Manila Declaration of 1989; the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainability in 2002; the United Nations Agenda 21(1992); the Earth Charter Initiative; the United Nations Millennium Goals (2000); and the New Biodiversity Act.

The Chamber of Mines stressed the importance of the mining industry for the South African economy and the special attributes of minerals and mining. It was argued that under the Bill there was a two-fold encroachment on mining. The first encroachment was that the mineral rights holder needed to procure zoning of land for mining uses, and previously municipal jurisdiction had been limited to urban and peri-urban areas. However, under the Bill, mineral jurisdiction included even rural areas, where most mining occurred. The second encroachment was that land developments by others for non-mining uses prevented mining uses, and previously the mineral right holder’s consent was required, which would protect existing, known future and even unknown future mining operations. Under the Bil, however,l there was no provision for the consent of existing mineral rights holders. The Chamber offered solutions to these perceived encroachment by the Bill.

The Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Province of Free State said that since 1894, Cogta Free State had had central land use considerations approval. The townships board had been established in 1894 and work was still been done by the board in considering all land use applications. Cogta Free State was still using the old legislation, such as the Ordinance of 1969 and the Removal of Restrictions Act of 1967 and there was therefore a need to maintain these pieces of legislation and not repeal them, otherwise Cogta Free State would not be able to do anything until there was a new legislation. The fact was stressed that in the Free State there were no town planning schemes. Free State had also never had proper planning legislation and this was why the Bill was a welcome development.

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (WCDEADP) was concerned about intergovernmental consultation around the National Spatial Development Framework and wanted a more explicit role for provincial and local government, which would involve more transparency in consultation. Further issues were raised in respect of the overlapping regulations that could cause confusion in respect of land use schemes. Appeals to tribunals were also dealt with. The WCDEADP suggested that the Bill should provide a framework for a national-provincial interface and principles for provincial and municipal planning. Details should left to provincial legislation and by-laws. The Bill should provide detailed rules to fill gaps in regulations for provincial and municipal planning.

The Community Law Centre/Urban LandMark (ULM) stated that the ULM had worked closely with the Presidency on supporting earlier drafts of the Bill, especially since the 2008 hearings. A round table talk was being organised to get a group of people who had been working through these issues to discuss openly and informally on how to go about resolving the difficult legal questions. These questions concerned how the law could secure national and provincial interests while simultaneously respecting local government’s role, as confirmed in the City of Joburg DFA judgment; what remedies were available to a party which was dissatisfied with a municipality’s decision; what would the impact of new legislation be on professional and administrative capacity, as local governments assumed greater responsibilities; and how the law could ensure that development management was harmonised across sectors and spheres, especially in the light of the Maccsands and Swartland decisions.