Marriott will officially celebrate its 20th
anniversary in Asia on February 27 with plans to expand its existing
portfolio of 109 hotels by a further 57 properties offering 15,510 rooms
over the next 48 months. This significant growth is also expected to
create more than 15,000 new jobs in the hospitality sector across Asia.
All of the new hotels, most of which have been previously announced,
will be operated under long-term management contracts and will span the
company’s luxury JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, upscale Marriott and
Renaissance, and upper moderately priced Courtyard brands and its
Marriott Executive Apartments brand for extended stay travelers.
“In just two decades, we have achieved substantial growth in Asia
and generated tremendous awareness, customer preference and owner
acceptance for our hotel brands throughout the region,” said Ed Fuller,
Marriott’s president & managing director for international lodging.
“While we’ve experienced our most robust growth in China, India and
Thailand have demonstrated significant strength in recent years. Just
last week in Shanghai, we marked the opening of our
800th Courtyard by
Marriott hotel worldwide; and last month, we announced the opening of
six hotels this year in India which will double our presence in that
Among Marriott International
branded properties opening in Asia over the next 48 months are 21 hotels
in China, 24 in India and eight in Thailand. Additionally, Marriott will
open its first property in the Maldives and its first Courtyard-branded
hotel in South Korea in 2010 and will introduce its JW Marriott brand in
Vietnam in 2013.
Today, Marriott International’s Asian portfolio
consists of 109 hotels and resorts and 39,313 rooms, in 13 Asian
countries and territories and Australia.
The company’s first hotel in
the region was the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong which officially
opened on February 27, 1989. Marriott International’s worldwide pipeline of
hotels today totals over 130,000 rooms.
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