Marriott International has unveiled plans to double its luxury presence in Asia Pacific by adding more than 100 luxury hotels to its current footprint of 113 luxury properties. Marriott made the announcement at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) conference in Shanghai, June 5-8, 2017. The Asia-Pacific expansion represents over half of the company’s global growth in this category.
Marriott is adding 11 new hotels to its luxury portfolio in the region this year. China continues to contribute around half of the new hotels in the region with key cities such as Shanghai and Suzhou being flagged for new properties, while emerging luxury destinations such as Tasmania and Sri Lanka are also on the horizon. Globally, Marriott International has a total of 200 luxury hotels in its development pipeline.
“Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market for Marriott International outside of North America, with the luxury segment averaging one new hotel every month this year,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Marriott International, Asia Pacific. “This region continues to see a growing numbers of high net worth individuals, which combined with dynamic economic growth, has created a strong increase in demand for luxury hotel experiences, which Marriott International will continue to meet.”
The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis
The Ritz-Carlton, the legendary hospitality brand with 93 hotels around the world, will expand its Asia Pacific resort portfolio with a debut in Langkawi, Malaysia which pays tribute to its destination with design inspired by a traditional Malaysian kampong village.. In 2018 Koh Samui will mark The Ritz-Carlton’s first resort in Thailand in addition to a debut in Jiuzhaigou, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site in Southwest China, which is situated on the doorsteps of the majestic Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park.
St. Regis, with 42 hotels in 19 countries today, is slated to make debuts in five new destinations in 2017, including two newly-opened hotels in China. This includes The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, which is located in the heart of the city’s cultural and luxury commercial district; and The St. Regis Changsha, which marks the destination’s highest hotel and includes its own helipad, as well as a pool set high above the city.
W Hotels marked the new year with the opening of W Goa in India. The brand will continue to bring its Whatever/Whenever service philosophy, bold design, and playful luxury spirit to two new landmark properties in China this year. W Shanghai opens at the end of June on the historic Bund, where 1920s glamour meets futuristic flash, with views over the Huangpu River. In August, the picturesque historic garden city of Suzhou, with its famous tea houses and canals, inaugurates W at the ultra-modern and dynamic Jinji Lake Circle, which is close to the heart of the city’s hottest clubs, trendy restaurants, and luxurious spas.
The Luxury Collection
With 102 hotels in 35 countries around the world, The Luxury Collection continues to rapidly expand its footprint. In Singapore, the highly-anticipated opening later this year of The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, will showcase the Lion City’s rich history and culture by readapting two pre-war colonial heritage buildings into a sophisticated new hotel.
The JW Marriott brand includes 82 hotels and resorts today across 27 countries. In Asia Pacific, the brand debuted its first resort in Vietnam earlier this year with JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, an island paradise designed by Bill Bensley, located off the southern coast. JW Marriott will also make premieres in the Maldives and Jaipur, India by 2018.
EDITION, which has hotels in London, New York and Miami Beach, premiered The Sanya EDITION on Hainan Island in Southern China at the end of last year, marking the brand’s first hotel in Asia. EDITION will continue to expand its presence globally with openings in Bangkok, Shanghai and Barcelona over the next 12 months.
Note on Forward-Looking Statements: The numbers of new hotels and rooms that Marriott International plans to open in Asia Pacific in 2017 and by 2021, and the number of people that it expects will be employed by its managed and franchised hotels in the region by year end, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in the most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q that Marriott International has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by those statements. Those statement is made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.