Marriott’s representatives scheduled to come to Addis next week
By Hayal Alemayehu
Sunshine Construction Plc has received a 4000sq.m. plot it requested a year ago from the Addis Ababa City Administration for a Marriott hotel project.
The company has almost finalized the construction work of what is projected to become a five-star executive apartment hotel project, Marriot Executive Apartment, built around Estifanos Church off Meskel Square.
The company has been negotiating with the management of Marriott to secure a franchise agreement for the hotel apartment it constructed. However, it was required to build a purpose built hotel with more than 250 rooms if it were to clinch the franchise agreement.
This forced the construction company to construct additional rooms which will help it to fulfill the basic requirement in order to secure the agreement.
The franchise agreement will involve the management of what will become the first Marriott apartment and courtyard hotels in Ethiopia to be built and owned by Sunshine Construction Plc.
If all goes according to plan, Marriot International will manage the five-star executive apartment hotel and the four-star hotel resort, Courtyard Marriot, to be built on the 4000sq.m. plot.
“In order to manage a hotel under its brand, Marriott requires that the hotel should, at least, have 250 rooms,” Samuel Tafesse, managing director of the company told The Reporter. “It is mandatory that we launch the construction of the courtyard hotel. The hotel apartment has 110 rooms while the courtyard will have 160.
“We had earlier on signed an initial agreement with Marriott and the construction of what will become the first Marriott Executive Hotel Apartment will be in accordance with the agreement,” Samuel said.
The final agreement between the two parties is expected to take place this year.
According to Samuel, the overall interior design of the executive hotel apartment was undertaken by Marriott International, for which Sunshine paid USD 50,000.
Sunshine Construction PIC will invest over 250 million birr in the Marriot Executive Apartment when the project is completed while the investment layout for the Courtyard Marriott is projected to hit 200 million birr.
Representatives of Marriott International are scheduled to come to Addis Ababa next week to diseases the franchise agreement with Sunshine Construction PIC, according to Samuel.
Marriott International is a leading lodging company, according to information posted at its website. Its heritage can be traced to a root beer stand opened in Washington, D.C., in 1927 by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott. Today, Marriott International has more than 3,200 lodging properties located in the United States and 66 other countries and territories.
Source : Ethiopian reporter