Marriot International has been expanding its footprints, particularly in Africa, and Ghana will be the latest region to have one of the largest hotel brands in the world. This signifies some success made from the government’s efforts to reform its hospitality sector and attract large hotel chains; and a major plus to the nascent tourism industry of the West African country.
Marriott Hotels, part of Marriott International, has announced its debut in West Africa, with the highly anticipated opening of Accra Marriott Hotel. Owned by African Hospitality Limited, the hotel is strategically located opposite the Kotoka International Airport. Set in the heart of Airport City, a burgeoning urban development, the Accra Marriott Hotel is just a few kilometres outside of the central business district providing easy access to major corporate businesses, government entities and well-known city landmarks.
“We are thrilled to open the Accra Marriott Hotel, a highly anticipated addition to our Africa portfolio and a significant milestone in our journey,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
“Accra is the heartbeat of Ghana, a dynamic city bustling with energy. A commercial, manufacturing, and communications centre with great shopping and excellent nightlife, it makes an interesting travel destination both for business and for leisure. The Accra Marriott Hotel will add to the city’s maturing hospitality scene, inspiring guests with more forward-thinking experiences and aesthetically inspiring spaces that speak to their inventive nature.”
With 208 well-appointed rooms, 3 enticing dining venues, 800 square meters of meeting space, a pool and a fully equipped fitness centre, Accra Marriott Hotel offers state-of-the-art business facilities. Contemporary design and local touches blend to create a distinct and vibrant aesthetic. Amenity-filled guest rooms, progressive dining, cutting-edge technology, flexible and exemplary meeting facilities and a brand new social event experience make every guest stay special, while innovative spaces, such as The Greatroom, allow guests to seamlessly blend work and play. Modern and sophisticated in its approach, providing experiences that keep the mind balanced, sharp and inspired, the hotel is the ideal starting point for travellers to do their business or discover the bustling city of Accra.
Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travellers, Marriott Hotels inspires brilliance leading the industry with innovations. At Marriott Accra Hotel, guests can experience the ease of mobile check-in and enjoy an elevated guest experience through Mobile Guest Services, seamlessly delivered with the globally renowned Marriott Hotels service.
The hotel sector in Ghana has remained resilient despite recent global economic challenges. Following the collapse in the oil price and that of other commodities, President Nana Akufo Addo’s government had taken steps to diversify the economy, including promoting the hospitality and tourism sector.
Ghana’s hospitality industry grew 1.2 percent from 2015 to 2016. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) expects Ghana’s tourism industry to maintain an annual growth rate of 5.1 percent per annum from 2017 through to 2027.