Marriott is on track to open seven hotels, with a
total room inventory of 1,561 rooms, in India this year.
“Despite the global economic slowdown and
pockets of political unrest, India’s tourism sector continues to
demonstrate encouraging resilience,” said Ed Fuller, president &
managing director of international lodging. “Since our Global
Sales Office opened in India a little more than five years ago,
total room night sales have increased over 500% and all our
existing hotels in the country are performing to expectation. The
country’s rapidly expanding middle class and buying power, growing
industrial infrastructure, rich cultural heritage and natural
attractions are all combining to make India a strong inbound and
outbound tourism market in which we are delighted to be a part.”
Marriott’s new hotels will represent three of
the company’s six international lodging brands, JW, Marriott and
Courtyard by Marriott. The hotels are:
- The 320-room JW Marriott Hotel Bangalore
The 426-room Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon
- 153-room Courtyard by Marriott
- 193-roomCourtyard by Marriott Hyderabad
164-room Courtyard by Marriott Ahmedabad
- 299-room Courtyard
by Marriott Mumbai International Airport
When opened, they will more than double
the Marriott International hotel brands portfolio in India, which
today consists of six operating properties.
In addition to the seven hotels listed above as
opening in 2009, Marriott International will also open properties
in Kolkata New Town, Amritsar, Noida, Chennai and Chandigargh, as
well as additional properties in Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore and
Gurgaon in India now through 2012.
Mr. Fuller said that the hotel openings are
creating a wealth of opportunity for career-minded individuals who
want to enter the hotel industry.
“We anticipate needing
approximately 2,000 individuals across all operational and
marketing disciplines to staff these seven hotels in the coming
months,” he said. “Because we tend to promote from within, these
hotels will offer an unprecedented opportunity especially for
those who are just getting started.”
He noted that approximately 50% of Marriott’s
leadership at the property level began their careers in line level
positions and that Marriott India ranked “5th best company to work
for in India,” in a recent study, up from 11th position in 2007.
“We put a lot of emphasis on training at all
levels of the organization and offer hundreds of training courses
annually for both hourly associates and managers across the globe.
These courses are taught by certified trainers, professional
experts and property-based management,” Mr. Fuller continued.
“Some courses are self-directed and include internet-based
learning. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that all our associates
receive the training necessary in their discipline to help develop
their careers while benefiting our guests.”
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