Big Plans in Asia Pacific for Marriott

Marriott International used ILTM Asia as the perfect platform at which to discuss its plans to double its luxury presence in Asia Pacific by adding more than 100 luxury hotels to its current footprint of 113 luxury properties.


With the introduction of 11 new hotels to its luxury portfolio in Asia Pacific, 2017 is already on track to be a breakthrough year for Marriott. 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, building its network of eight luxury brands, which includes The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott, Edition, and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, from 365 landmark properties to over 500 luxury hotels.


Each brand represents distinctive values, heritage, and personality, as well as the opportunity for guests to access iconic hotspots and undiscovered gems while having endless personalized experiences to choose from. These range from cherry blossoms at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto; to perusing the world-class galleries at Art Basel while staying at W Hong Kong; to savouring a memorable dinner prepared by a celebrity chef at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach.


Next year will mark Ritz-Carlton's first resort on Koh Samui (the brand also has a Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Krabi) 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, continues to reinterpret the legacy of the original St. Regis hotel in New York for today's luxury traveller. The brand 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 (pictured), which is in the heart of the city's cultural and luxury commercial district and which hosted ILTM Asia’s gala party this year; 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.


With an ensemble of 102 hotels in 35 countries, The Luxury Collection continues to expand its footprint; in Singapore, 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 when it opens later in the year.

JW Marriott, the brand inspired by its legendary namesake, includes 82 hotels and resorts across 27 countries. In Asia Pacific, the brand debuted its first resort in Vietnam earlier this year with JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, a hidden island paradise designed by Bill Bensley, located off the southern coast, and will make exciting premieres in the Maldives and Jaipur, India by 2018.

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