According to the Chief Operating Officer, Middle East & Africa, of Marriott International, Mark Satterfield, “Centurion continues to develop as a significant business and government hub in South Africa, and we have experienced an increase in demand for conference and meeting facilities from the corporate, group and conference markets. This trend is reinforced by the popularity of our nearby Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! in Menlyn, which opened last year and already has seen strong performance across these key segments.”
With its 180 rooms of various sizes and types, including semi self-catering rooms geared for longer-stay travellers working on long-term projects or relocating, the hotel also offers significant conference and event facilities. All the meeting and conference rooms are designed for flexible use and can be split into smaller venues. Other facilities include a business centre and restaurant, fitness centre and outdoor pool. The new 4-star hotel, set to open in early 2018, will also cater to the sporting community with its close proximity to the international cricket grounds at Supersport Park. Being close to the N1 highway, the hotel is within easy reach of OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria city centre, and with the Gautrain Station and Centurion Mall Shopping Centre nearby, it’s well located from both an accessibility and shopping perspective.
Satterfield highlights the strength of the Protea Hotels brand both within South Africa and in the wider sub-Saharan region, commenting that, “Protea Hotels enjoys a strong reputation as a leader in the hotel industry, and we are thus confident that this new development in Centurion will be welcomed and will be an attractive addition to the venues available in the area for accommodation and business purposes.”
And, with Protea Hotels forming part of Marriott International, a leading global hotel group, the benefits of the international affiliation will no doubt similarly carry through to the new property. “Guests at the hotel will be able to enjoy the benefits of the leading international hotel loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, which certainly adds to the appeal,” Satterfield concludes.