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AC Hotels by Marriott opens first hotel in Middle East and Africa in South Africa’s Mother City

By on Dec 5, 2018

188 room AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront celebrates the brand’s European soul and Spanish roots with classic modern design

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, December 5, 2018/ — AC Hotels by Marriott (ACHotels.Marriott.com), Marriott International’s (www.Marriott.com) European-inspired lifestyle brand, today announced the opening of AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront marking the debut of the brand in Middle East and Africa. Owned and developed by the Amdec Group, the hotel demonstrates the sophisticated and timeless European design that is true to the AC Hotel brand, interpreted for its Cape Town location. Conveniently located just minutes away from the buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the hotel is just a 25-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport within the city’s thriving central business district.

“We are delighted to open our very first AC Hotel by Marriott in Middle East and Africa in Cape Town, further strengthening our long-standing partnership with the Amdec Group” said Alex Kyriakidis President and Managing Director Middle East and Africa Marriott International. “The opening of this hotel reinforces our commitment to driving growth for our lifestyle brands in South Africa in response to a continued demand from discerning travelers seeking hotels with style and functional design, while also providing unique and authentic experiences.”

Commenting on the announcement, James Wilson, Amdec Group CEO says: “We are proud to pave the way for Marriott International’s growth plans in South Africa and help to open up new markets for the world’s leading hotel company and its many loyal guests from around the globe. The Yacht Club mixed use development, where the AC Hotels by Marriott is situated, is the second property in our portfolio of iconic precincts to welcome Marriott, with Melrose Arch in Johannesburg being the first, and Harbour Arch in Cape Town, to follow.  We are thrilled with the opening of AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront and believe it will provide another great place for international tourists to stay when visiting the city. It is exciting to be part of creating new dimensions for hospitality and tourism in the country and, by doing so, provide more opportunities for visitors and locals alike.”

With 188 spacious and stylish yet efficiently designed rooms that boast unparalleled views of the imposing Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront introduces a “new way to hotel” to the dynamic city of Cape Town. The hotel houses the signature AC Lounge, a creative hotspot by day and social hub by night that serves local craft and as well as expertly made signature beverages. Guests can savor the brand’s Spanish roots with delectable tapas from fresh and locally sourced ingredients at the AC Kitchen or have a quick bite at the AC Market, offering convenient grab and go.

Other features include the AC Library, a quiet space lined with interesting and ever-evolving reading material tucked away from the buzz as well as a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Located within walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre, it also features four flexible meeting rooms and a boardroom with a total of 250 sqm of event space, boasting natural light and stunning Harbour views.

“With the Spanish heritage of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, our design-driven hotel brings new inspiration to the city,” said Michael Liffmann, General Manager of AC Hotels Cape Town Waterfront. “We provide everything essential you need – and nothing you don’t – creating a seamless, tranquil and frictionless experience for our guests, whether they’re traveling for business or leisure.”

The hotel’s green status also sets it apart from other establishments in the Mother City. Some of its green initiatives include: a desalination plant; population sensor lighting to save power; heat pumps to supply hot water, eliminating the use of heat elements, as well as biodegradable straws and packaging. “In the age in which we live, we simply cannot ignore that our precious natural resources are being depleted faster and faster, before we’re even able to identify replacements or alternative methods. At AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, we are committed to introducing green initiatives to help save our planet and conserve it for future generations,” added Liffmann.

AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront is a significant addition to Marriott International’s fast-growing portfolio in South Africa. Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Autograph Collection, Westin and Sheraton are some of the other brands that are currently present in the country today.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Marriott International, Inc.

 

HVS Cape Town: Hotel assets attract investor interest

By on Jul 20, 2016

The hospitality sector is poised for significant growth because of strong interest in local hotel assets, says global hospitality consulting and services group HVS.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in SA was R113.4bn in 2014 (3% of GDP). The contribution is expected to grow 4.6% per annum to R184.7bn (3.4% of GDP) by 2025, reflecting the economic activity generated by industries such as hotels and airlines.

HVS managing partner in Cape Town Tim Smith said on Friday, 15 July, that there was a real demand from prospective hotel investors for local assets. There was also optimism that the industry on the continent would grow, he said.

It was this potential that had led to the decision by HVS to set up shop in Cape Town as a springboard into the rest of Africa, Smith said. HVS undertakes valuations for new ventures and handles feasibility studies.

Smith said that following the post-World Cup slowdown, more companies and individuals had overcome doubts about risk and were prepared to invest in hotels. Occupancies reached a low of 53% in 2011, compared with 72% in 2007 before the global downturn.

“After the 2010 World Cup, there were too many hotel rooms and it took four years for the oversupply to be absorbed “¦ in the past two years, trading has been positive,” Smith said.

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Marc Descrozaille announced in June that two new hotels would open in Cape Town in the next 10 months and another in Polokwane, highlighting the multibillion-rand investment the group is making in SA. Descrozaille said the company hoped to build 20 hotels in Africa by 2020.

The Hospitality Outlook: 2014-18 report by PwC says that although SA’s economy is facing headwinds, the hospitality sector is poised for growth in the next five years, in the wake of a number of inbound travellers into the continent.

Source: Business Day

Carlson Rezidor continues to lead Africa’s hotel pipeline

By on Jun 24, 2016

Carlson Rezidor, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups worldwide with over 1,400 hotels in 115 countries, is accelerating its growth strategy in Africa. The group has opened five Radisson Blu hotels in the first six months of 2016 and signed four new hotels including the first Quorvus Collection in Africa. The group is also entering its 28th country in Africa and taking the Park Inn by Radisson brand to the Indian Ocean islands.

In 2016, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group opened five Radisson Blu properties serving the upper-upscale segment: Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill in Kenya (271 rooms); Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carré Eden in Morocco (198 rooms); Radisson Blu Residence with 187 luxury hotel apartments in Maputo, Mozambique (the group’s first residence concept in Africa); Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport, Ivory Coast (261 rooms) and Radisson Blu Hotel 2 Février in Lomé (320 rooms), host of the first Africa Hotel Investment Forum in West Africa in Togo.

Speaking at the opening of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, Wolfgang M. Neumann, President and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group said, “Africa is Rezidor’s biggest growth market. Our group’s total portfolio comprises 69 hotels in 28 countries, with over 15,000 rooms in operation or under development. Radisson Blu leads the way with more hotel rooms under development than any of the other 85+ hotel brands active in Africa today. Our ambition is to be the leading player in the travel and tourism sector across the continent.”

Carlson Rezidor also announces the signing of its first Quorvus Collection in Africa: the 5-star, 244-room luxury Emerald Grand Hotel & Spa in Lagos, Nigeria. The group also signed a new Radisson Blu Hotel Harare in Zimbabwe (245 rooms), a Radisson Blu Hotel in Durban Umhlanga (207 rooms) and a Park Inn by Radisson in Quatre Bornes, the new commercial hub of Mauritius.

Rezidor’s Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Elie Younes added: “In the last 24 months, we have signed a new hotel deal in Africa every 37 days. And it’s not just about signing hotels; we are delivering our pipeline. We have opened a hotel in Africa every 60 days. In South Africa alone, we now have 14 hotels. In 2016 and beyond, we aim to maintain this great momentum by opening four more hotels in the second half of 2016.”

Hosted by the Government of Togo, Africa Hotel Investment Forum will focus on hotel development and finance in Africa. How to drive tourism and attract more than just the business traveler. The event connects hotel developers, hotel owners, hotel groups, banks, equity funds, property funds, hotel consultants, advisors and hotel professionals from the international and local markets, driving investment into hotel projects across Africa.

“The African continent is a powerhouse of exponential growth of the hotel industry”, said Elie Younes. “Rapid urbanization and economic growth, combined with favorable demographics, has resulted in a shortage of quality internationally branded hotels. This means there are huge opportunities for sustainable and quality growth for world-class international hotel operators like Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.”

23 JUNE 2016