Marriott International has announced that it will continue to expand its portfolio in Asia-Pacific this year, with nearly 100 properties to open in the region in 2021.
In 2020, the company celebrated its 800th milestone hotel opening in the region with 75 properties added to its portfolio during the year, representing more than one opening per week across the region. Nearly 27,000 rooms were added to the region’s development pipeline in 2020 alone, in addition to the signing of Marriott’s largest branded residences project in Vietnam with close to 4,200 units.
The company stated that Greater China “led the global recovery to date” and that it expects to soon celebrate its 400th hotel opening in Greater China and its 50th hotel in Shanghai in spring 2021 with the launch of JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian.
The group revealed that leisure bookings in Mainland China have been up over 25 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, and plans to open further properties in the country this year including W Changsha, W Xiamen, St Regis Qingdao and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Jiuzhaigou. Once the latter is open, China will be the first country in Asia Pacific to house all of Marriott’s luxury brands.
In Japan, W Hotels is expected to debut with the opening of W Osaka, and to support domestic travel in Japan, the company plans to open six additional Fairfield by Marriott hotels throughout 2021 along ‘Michi-no-Eki’ roadside stations aimed at revitalizing the country’s local sightseeing spots. Japan expects to have more than 30 Fairfield by Marriott hotels by the end of 2023.
Australia will see the debut of The Luxury Collection with the opening of The Tasman in Hobart, in addition to the country’s second W Hotel in Melbourne in the spring and the opening of Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands in early 2021.
Further expanding the brand’s presence in resort destinations, the JW Marriott brand is slated to bring its warm luxury experience to Jeju Island in South Korea with the planned opening of JW Marriott Jeju in late 2021. The company’s signature wellness brand, Westin, is also highly anticipated to debut in one of India’s top beach destinations, Goa, this summer along with Ritz Carlton in the Maldives in early summer.
“I am proud of the way we have continued to grow and have moved quickly to adapt to the challenges that arose from the pandemic. With the launch of new global industry hygiene standards in April 2020, innovative offerings such as work anywhere packages and hyper-localised marketing and sales strategies, our nimble and forward-thinking approach will continue to lead us through the recovery. We are grateful for the continued resilience and positivity demonstrated by our associates and for the confidence our guests, owners and franchisees continue to have in us. We remain well-positioned to meet the travel demands of our guests across Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.”said Craig S. Smith, Group President, International, Marriott International.
“The strength of our pipeline is testament to the long-term growth prospects in Asia Pacific. Despite a challenging environment in 2020, we are pleased with the signings we have achieved across the region during the year. We have full gratitude to our owners and franchisees for their belief in the resiliency of travel and the strength of Marriott’s portfolio of brands.”said Paul Foskey, Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.
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