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Sheraton Addis, the iconic boutique-like hotel located near the national palace, is going to be renamed Marriott Addis.
According to sources at the hotel, which opened shop twenty years ago, the new brand change is to happen by the end of the year. This is two years after Marriott purchased Starwood Hotels & Resorts, owner of the Sheraton brand at a reported USD 13 billion merging the world’s famous brands under a single portfolio.
Marriott – the world’s largest operator of hotels – has been in an aggressive drive to expand its brand within the African continent aiming to open two hundred hotels, by either acquisition or by construction of new hotels with the aim of offering 37,000 guestrooms by the year 2022.
While the purchase of Starwood took place in 2016, Marriott has had a slew of challenges to flip some of the newly bought brand hotels to that of its famous Marriott brand.
Marriott International announced its transformation plan this summer aiming to refurbish the Sheraton brand after the latter lost some of its luster over the years. “From the moment we closed the Starwood merger in late 2016, the revitalization of Sheraton has been a top priority for our company,” it’s CEO and President Arne Sorenson said. “We knew that the way to restore this incredible brand was to focus and collaborate with our hotel owners”.
Ethiopia needs a policy on sustainable peace, conflict prevention and resolution, the country’s human rights body has said. The Ethiopia Human Rights Commission (EHRC) arrived at the latest position after it conducted a study into internal conflicts in parts of the Horn of Africa country. EHRC’s study was under the topic ‘Conflict and Human Rights in Ethiopia,’ the results were released on Thursday, October 5, the state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting corporate reports. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Beside the Oromia and Somali regions which have been engaged in recent deadly clashes, the study was also carried out in the Gambella and the Southern Nations and Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) regional states. They conceded that efforts by security forces and traditional and religious elders to attain resolution of recent crisis had failed, hence the call for a national policy to that effect. The result was also published with about forty-eight hours to the one-year anniversary of a state of emergency declaration. The government in 2016 imposed the measure to quell spreading anti-government protests in the Amhara and Oromia regions. The EHRC in April 2017 released a report of a probe into the anti-government protests. According to the report, a total of 669 people were killed in