Marriott Opens New Development Office in Brazil

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 13 May 2010

Marriott has opened a new development office in Sao Paulo, Brazil as part of an overall global restructuring of the company to focus on growth in emerging markets with a local focus.

Guilherme Cesari has been named vice president of development for Brazil, reporting to Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer for Marriott in the Caribbean & Latin America region. Most recently, Mr. Cesari served as partner at HVS; the worlds largest consulting firm specializing in hotel investments, based in their Sao Paulo office.

We are thrilled by the opportunity to truly embed ourselves into the local Brazilian market and capitalize on future hotel development and branding opportunities, said Tony Capuano, executive vice president of global development for Marriott International. By opening this new office, we now have the ability to better engage and understand the local dynamics of this exciting market.

In his new role, Mr. Cesari will be responsible for the overall hotel development in Brazil.

 Marriott International currently offers four hotels in the country, spanning four lodging brands including the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro, the Sao Paulo Airport Marriott, the Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel, and the Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo.

 In addition to its hotel portfolio, Marriott International recently partnered the state of Amazonas in Brazil, helping to protect 1.4 million acres (589,000 hecatres) of endangered rainforest in the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve. The project will support the employment, education and healthcare for the approximately 2,500 people who live there. Marriott has committed $2 million to this rainforest fund.

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