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Marriott Hotels and Resorts to open 50 sites with emphasis on emerging loca...

Posted on Wednesday 08 June 2011 in India

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Jaipur, India, is one of the emerging locales being targeted - India Travel News

The flagship brand of Marriott International, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, recently unveiled plans to introduce 50 new properties to its array of hotels and resorts over the next four years. Currently, the hotelier's main brand's operations include 500 hotels and 180,000 rooms across 54 countries and three continents.

The additions will be focused in regions emerging as business and leisure hotspots: Australia and the Pacific will be home to 24 new hotels; the Middle East and Africa, where there will be nine new properties; Europe, with four new resorts; and the Americas, with 12 new openings. The plethora of new Marriott locations will provide Australian vacationers with numerous options when traveling.

Paul Cahill, senior vice president for brand management for the line of hotels and resorts, spoke about the dual objectives Marriott has for its new roster of properties.

"We are thrilled to announce this major growth trajectory of new hotels, each with its own unique design and sense of place but the same high standard of service and amenities that Marriott Hotels & Resorts provides to discerning and high-achieving business, meeting and leisure travelers worldwide,” he said.

He went on to highlight some of the new destinations where the resorts will be located, including Jaipur, India; Cartagena, Colombia; Marrakech, Morocco; Accra, Ghana; Kigali, Rwanda; and Vietnam. Other updates to the brand included its re-imagined lobby space in addition to new designs for restaurants and fitness and guest rooms.

In India, the Jaipur Marriott Hotel opens its doors in June 2011, making it the first Marriott International hotel in the Rajasthani capital. The facility will have the largest room holdings in the Pink City, with 364 rooms, seven restaurants, a nightclub, an upscale spa and the city's most spacious ballroom.

Opening in China this summer is the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, a five-star, 720-room accommodation that features major meeting and convention facilities in the heart of the city.

As for South America, hotels are under construction in Cartagena, on Colombia's Caribbean coast, and in nearby Georgetown, Guyana's capital.

Also in the works are resorts in Europe, such as in Espoo, Finland, which is experiencing growth at one of the most rapid rates in the Eurozone.

Accra will be the site of Marriott International's first resort in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa, while Rwanda's capital, Kigali, will see a new hotel amid its increasingly knowledge-based employment sector and its rich eco-tourism offerings. 

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