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Marriott to Open 57 Hotels in Asia over Next Four Years

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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 country.”

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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