– The international hotel brand announced its signing of eight new properties in the country
– To be developed and opened with the next five years
At a meet and greet session organized for stakeholders in the hospitality industry organized by Marriott International, the global hotel brand announced new additions to its properties in Nigeria. It was revealed that the hotel brand has signed eight new properties in the country.
At the event which took place at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, Vladnir Dabbah, Vice President, Global Sales (Middle East and Africa) explained further that the new hotels will completed and opened within the next five years.
Dabbah said while the company was always on the look-out for opportunities to expand within Africa, Nigeria is a strategic market for growth. He said “We are working with our owners in order to develop additional hotels. We have signed 8 deals that will open over the next 5 years and we are continuously looking out for additional opportunities to grow. Nigeria is probably one of our most strategic markets for growth within the Middle East and Africa.”
Discussing their operations, the VP also said “We have global relationships TMCs and we work with TMCs like America Express, BCD and others on a global level and in the local market, we localise that relationship with the same terms and conditions, with the same agreements that we have in place but the local connectivity is incredibly important.”
He further explained that Marriott International is always interested in developing talents within the localities where to ensure efficient functioning. Speaking on this, Vladmir Dabbah said:
“Our goals are based on how we can add hotels within a certain country, bring them up to the level of talent within that country so that they can be efficient and effective within the hotels. It’s about how you can develop the talents within Nigeria so that the people working in the Nigerian hotel industry are Nigerians. Whether it is junior level or senior levels, we want to see our general managers from Nigeria for example.”