Real Estate and Hospitality Giant, Mariott International Expands Footprint in South Africa with Launch of New Protea Hotel

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Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International, a leading US-based hospitality giant, has announced the opening of Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park.

Located in the rapidly transforming suburb of Arcadia in Pretoria, the hotel is nestled within Loftus Park, a comprehensive mixed-use corporate, retail and lifestyle precinct in Pretoria, fast emerging as a bustling business and leisure destination.

Marriott International is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories.

“Protea Hotels by Marriott is a leading hotel brand in South Africa and enjoys unprecedented regional brand equity,” said Volker Heiden, Vice President Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Loftus Park is co-owned by Bluecor, a South Africa based Real Estate Development Company and longstanding partner of Marriott International, together with Redefine Properties and Abland.

“I am confident that this, together with the hotel’s strategic location and the global distribution of Marriott International will help position Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park as a preferred choice for business and leisure travelers to Pretoria,” Heiden added.

Situated adjacent to Loftus Versfeld Stadium, the leading site for rugby and soccer, the hotel is expected to attract interest and gain visibility amongst the sporting circles.

While its proximity to the Union Building and Pretoria’s many embassies, the numerous Ministerial headquarters in the area, as well the neighboring school and university will drive further business into the Hotel.

“The inclusion of the hotel on the Pretoria skyline will no doubt be a welcome addition to what the city has on offer,” the hotelier said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to have a new hotel in Loftus Park,” said Etienne Potgieter, General Manager Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park.

“The unique location of the hotel and its proximity to the Stadium is an exciting new opportunity for us that we believe, will help us tap into the fast growing sports tourism segment. We hope to be able to create special experiences that will enable us to welcome our loyal Marriott International guests as well as attract new ones,” Potgieter concluded.

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