Marriott has opened its 800th property in Asia
Pacific, the JW Marriott Nara in Japan.
The hotel, the first offering from the JW Marriott
brand in the country, is situated on the edge of a 1,300-year old
garden set on former royal palace grounds. Kansai International
Airport (KIX) is just under 45 miles away, whilst Osaka
International Airport Itami (ITM) is just 28 miles from the hotel.
The JW Marriott Nara features 158 guest rooms,
including 16 Suites, a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool,
spa, Executive Lounge, ballroom and four meeting rooms in addition
to the ample space in the connecting convention center, the
largest in Nara.
F&B options at the property include the
multi-concept food theatre-'Silk Road Dining', specialty Japanese
restaurant 'Azekura' and the lounge bar 'Flying Stag'.
"We remain confident in the resilience of travel,
our owners and franchisees, guests and associates as well as the
future prospects of lodging in Asia Pacific, our second largest
market," said Craig S. Smith, Group President, Asia Pacific for
Marriott International. "We are encouraged by recent trends,
especially in China, where demand has been driven primarily by
domestic tourism, and we will continue to focus on strengthening
our footprint in this important, growing market."
Marriott International in Asia Pacific has, on
average, added close to 80 hotels per year in the last three
years, with its pipeline growing by nearly 10 percent annually
over the same time period. In the first half of 2020 alone, the
company recorded 73 new signings, including 43 in the Greater
In the last three years, Marriott International in
Asia Pacific saw a 20 percent increase in the number of conversion
hotels added to the portfolio on an annual basis. Conversions
allow owners and franchisees to plug into the Marriott system at a
quicker pace compared to opening a new-build hotel. This year, the
company signed Singapore's first two Autograph Collection hotels, both
are scheduled to open in 2021.
Marriott International recently debuted the AC
Hotels by Marriott brand in Asia Pacific with three AC by Marriott
hotels in Malaysia earlier this year and the
AC Hotels Tokyo Ginza earlier this month. Additionally, expected to
open by the end of this year, the EDITION Toranomon in Tokyo is
slated to be the brand's debut in the country.
The company is also expected to open the Moxy Shanghai Xujiahui