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Marriott International, Inc. Joins the Africa Travel Association

New ATA Corporate Member Marriott Continues Expansion into in Africa

New York, NY  The Africa Travel Association, the world’s leading travel industry trade association promoting tourism to Africa, announced today that Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) has joined the thirty-seven year old global organization as a corporate member.

With sub-Saharan Africa continuing to weather the global economic downturn and the continent being home to more than a handful of the fastest growing economies in the world, Marriot International is continuing to invest in Africa. Currently, the company has plans for a new hotel in Rwanda, two new hotels in Ethiopia and one in Ghana. Both Ethiopia and Ghana are long-time ATA member countries.

“Marriott International’s expansion to the African continent represents Africa’s strong investment opportunities” said Edward Bergman, ATA Executive Director. “By building hotels on the continent, Marriott International is positioned to help grow and strengthen Africa’s tourism industry by bringing new revenue into the market. This revenue comes from increasing tourism arrivals and receipts, building new infrastructure, starting new services and creating new jobs and career opportunities.”

Likewise, Marriott International are pleased to join the Africa Travel Association. President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Alex Kyriakidis said “ATA are long established champions of tourism throughout the African continent. As we expand into the region, we build new friendships through new partners who share the same vision as we do. Africa Travel Association are passionate about the role tourism plays in growing Africa’s economies and we are delighted to become a member of the Association.”

Marriott International is focusing its growth on Ethiopia, Benin, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda, with a number of new properties scheduled to open over the next five years.

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