Last Year Marriott acquired Protea Hotels, the largest hotel company in Africa. As a result of said acquisition, earlier this year 26 Protea properties began participating in the Marriott Rewards program. Beginning today all 100+ Protea properties will participate in the Marriott Rewards program, which means you can earn and redeem Marriott Rewards points at all Protea properties, as well as enjoy all elite benefits.
This is a significant development considering that the number of properties in which you can earn and redeem points from one of the major hotel companies in Africa is extremely limited, at least when compared to most other regions. Protea has properties in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi. Marriott is now without question the major hotel player in Africa.
All Protea properties are considered Category 4 or under, which means most should provide great redemption opportunities of not only Marriott Rewards points but of promotional night certificates, such as the ones awarded to Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card account holders.
Here is the relevant portion of the corresponding press release:
Cape Town, South Africa, 25th November 2015: Marriott Rewards, the award winning global hotel loyalty program, is being expanded to all Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels across Sub-Saharan Africa, giving its 53 million members 100 more hotels where they can earn and redeem points. Today’s expansion follows an initial rollout of Marriott Rewards to 26 properties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and expands the program to Protea and African Pride hotels in Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi.
“Marriott Rewards members–our most loyal guests–are seeking travel experiences that empower them to pursue their passions. Marriott Rewards’ expansion to include all Protea Hotels allows members to enjoy the benefits of loyalty when traveling to Africa, whether for business or leisure,” explains Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer for Marriott International, Middle East & Africa and Marriott International’s Business Leader for Protea Hotels.
For individuals who travel around Africa, this is the first time an African hotel brand has offered loyalty points for domestic stays that can be redeemed for travel internationally. Protea Hotels is positioned in the moderate and upper moderate tier categories, with properties situated in key business centers and sought-after leisure destinations. Protea Hotels offers accommodation ideal for both business and leisure travelers, with modern design and a unique blend of local style and personal service.