Marriott and Protea to invest $200 million in hotel expansion in Africa

International hotel chain Marriott and Protea has announced plans to invest $200 million in hotel expansion in Africa.

The first new hotel under the plan will be opened in Ethiopia next year while others are to be opened in Kigali, Rwanda, Ghana and South Africa in subsequent years.

The coming year is a transformational year for Marriott's partnership with Africa. Today, there are 120 operational hotels in Africa with a total of 5,000 rooms.

It was projected that by 2020, the number of Marriott hotels would increase to 150 in 18 countries.

Marriott expects to create at least 10,000 jobs in the continent with the new hotels that it will set up. African hotel chain Protea was bought out by Marriott last year.