Marriott International has announced that they will be building three new hotels in Cape Town - so what's the plan?
"These will be three new hotels in the city: one under the company's signature brand, Marriott Hotels, which will be the first Marriott Hotel in Cape Town; the second under the upscale extended stay brand, Residence Inn by Marriott, the first for South Africa; and the third the upper-moderate tier lifestyle brand, AC Hotels by Marriott, which is the first hotel under this brand for the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region," the hotel group said in a statement.
Altogether, these hotels will add up to 500 rooms - with the biggest being the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Foreshore with 200 rooms.
The hotels will be built in partnership with the Amdec Group - which is also working with Marriott to build two new hotel properties in Johannesburg as well.
These new properties are part of Marriott's expansion plans for Africa, with the continent being considered a prime investment opportunity.
South Africa in particular is of interest to the company.
"The developments in both Cape Town and Johannesburg confirm the country's importance to the international travel market - for both the business and leisure traveller," Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott's MD for the MEA region, said.
Meanwhile Amdec CEO James Wilson expects the hotels to become landmarks.
"Marriott's new hotels will become landmarks in South Africa and appeal to travellers from all over the country, the continent and the world," he said.