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Protea Hotels appoints new Sales Manager

Protea Hotels has appointed Gareth Venner as Group International Sales Manager, a promotion from his current role at Protea as Regional Sales Manager for Gauteng.

Gareth Venner
Gareth Venner
Armed with a qualification in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Gareth moved to Scotland to do his practical with the Hilton Group there. Following 5 years in the field of hotel operations and a 2-year stint at Tourvest Travel Services, Gareth joined the Protea Hotels Group, quickly moving up the ladder from two roles as a sales executive, to playing an integral role in the opening of the Protea Hotel Durbanville.

He took up his current position in February 2014 – and the success he achieved in the sales field has now been recognised in his latest promotion.

Protea Hotels welcomes Gareth to the new role, and wishes him ongoing success in his career with the Group.

About Protea Hotels: Protea Hotels is Africa’s leading hotel group and has a footprint of more than 109 properties throughout South Africa and six other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Each hotel is uniquely different in character and the collection ranges from urban accommodation to country retreats, all in the 3 and 4-star markets. Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 6 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 19 brands that operate more than 4 200 hotels in 80 countries. Follow us on twitter @ProteaHotels

About Marriott International: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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