Protea Hotels Expands into North Africa with Opening in Constantine, Algeria

Capetown, South Africa. February 08, 2018 -  

Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), have announced expansion into North Africa with the opening of Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine, Algeria. Strategically located in close proximity to the airport, the hotel is within walking distance of most major city attractions such as the Cirta Museum, the Ahmed Bey Castle, Le Monument Aux Morts, and the iconic seven bridges, a symbol that defines the uniqueness of the city.

“Protea Hotels by Marriott is a leading hotel brand in Africa with a significant footprint in Sub- Saharan Africa,” said Volker Heiden, Vice President Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa. “The opening of this hotel marks the strategic expansion of the brand into exciting new markets. We are confident that this expansion will provide further impetus and pave the way for the brand's future growth.”

The hotel's 72 guest rooms spread over six floors provide unspoilt views of the scenic city. Additional facilities include two boardrooms and a ballroom. With modern design and amenities, and a unique blend of global standards coupled with warm, personal service for which the brand has come to be known, the hotel provides the ideal stay for business as well as leisure.

Popularly referred to Algeria's “City of Bridges,” Constantine, is perhaps one of those destinations waiting to be discovered by the global traveller.  The city's unique charm lies in the beauty of its natural surroundings, perched above the swirling waters of the Rhumel River, bearing testament to an incredibly rich past reflected in the buildings and ruins that reflect a 2000-year-old history.

According to Heiden, “Africa is a land of opportunity with rapidly growing economies and enriching experiences that lure the international traveller to the continent.  We are thrilled to be able to debut the Protea brand into North Africa with this beautiful destination and offer yet another exciting destination to our loyal members and welcome new ones.”

Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine joins Marriott International's strong portfolio of 7 operating hotels in Algeria including Constantine Marriott Hotel, Renaissance Tlemcen, Sheraton Annaba, Sheraton Club des Pins, Sheraton Oran, Le Meridien Oran and Four Points by Sheraton Oran.

About Protea Hotels by Marriott

Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and it is one of the most widely recognized brands on the continent with over 90 hotels throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is ideal for both business and leisure travellers by offering properties in primary and secondary business centres and desirable leisure destinations.  Each hotel offers modern facilities, proactive and friendly service and consistent amenities such as full service restaurants, meeting spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, and well-appointed rooms, ensuring global standards for a high quality, relaxed and successful stay. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the winner of 8 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys, the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013 and Icon Brand 2015, and the winner of the Hotels category in the Ask Afrika 2015/2016 Youth Brands Survey.  The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott's global brand portfolio made up of 30 leading brands that operate more than 6,000 hotels in 122 countries. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, visit proteahotels.com

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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Bonny Feldman
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