BETHESDA, MD — Marriott International announced Nov. 2 that it is on track to hit a target of 50 hotels for its Australia, New Zealand and Pacific portfolio by the end of 2020. This announcement follows Marriott’s recently completed acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
With 24 hotels currently operating and a pipeline of signed and approved deals totaling an additional 18 properties, Marriott is on track to grow to 50 hotels over the next four years across the region, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia. The current pipeline properties will add more than 4,500 rooms.
Over the next few years, Marriott International is set to expand rapidly across Australia. The hotel company already has market presence in gateway cities Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, and will be entering emerging primary and secondary destinations, with the signings of Four Points by Sheraton Parramatta, The Westin Resort & Spa Coolum, Aloft Adelaide and Sheraton Adelaide Hotel.
Three additional brands, Aloft, W and The Ritz-Carlton, are expected to be introduced to the region by the end of 2020, with the W Brisbane, and Aloft Perth scheduled to open in 2017, followed by Aloft Melbourne South Yarra and Aloft Adelaide in 2019, and The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne and The Ritz-Carlton, Perth slated for 2020.
“Australia is experiencing strong visitor arrival numbers and there is a significant shortage of hotel rooms in major cities around the country, in particular Sydney and Melbourne,” he said. “Demand for quality accommodations is outstripping supply and despite having over 3,800 additional rooms already signed across Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, there’s still room for more.”
“Our robust pipeline for the region includes the introduction of three hotels from of our top-tier luxury brands signaling a demand for upper upscale services in the market,” he continued. “We will see The Ritz-Carlton reenter Australia with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Perth and The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne, and 2017 will see the reentry of the famed W Hotels brand with the opening of W Brisbane.”