marriott: Signed 22 new hotel pacts in South Asia, including India, during pandemic – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Marriott International has signed 22 new hotel agreements in South Asia – comprising India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal – in the past 18 months, expecting to add more than 2,700 rooms to its portfolio.
Marriott currently is the hotel chain with the largest number of rooms in South Asia.
Marriott International president Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) Rajeev Menon said: “In a highly unpredictable year, these signings are a testament to Marriott International’s resilience and agility in driving strong growth within a hospitality landscape that continues to evolve,” commented.
“It is a sign of confidence from our owners and franchisees who have been an integral part of our growth journey. We are grateful for their continued support and trust in the power of our brands as we continue to welcome back travellers.”
More than a third of the newly signed projects in South Asia in the last 18 months include hotels and resorts in the luxury-tier, comprised of brands such as JW Marriott and W Hotels.
“Travellers can anticipate the debut of the W Hotels brand in Jaipur with W Jaipur in 2024… Expecting to debut across several distinctive locations within South Asia over the next five years, travelers can look forward to JW Marriott Ranthambore Resort & Spa; JW Marriott Chennai ECR Resort & Spa; JW Marriott Agra Resort & Spa; and the debut of the JW Marriott brand in Goa and Shimla with JW Marriott Goa and JW Marriott Shimla Resort & Spa,” Marriott said in a statement. The Moxy brand is expected to debut in India with Moxy Mumbai Andheri West in 2023.
“Secondary and tertiary markets remain a focus for Marriott International in India… Courtyard by Marriott expects to add five new properties to an existing operating portfolio of 20 hotels across South Asia. Four of these properties are expected to open in the next five years and will be located in leading tier-two markets within India: Courtyard by Marriott Gorakhpur; Courtyard by Marriott Tiruchirappalli; Courtyard by Marriott Goa Arpora; and Courtyard by Marriott Ranchi. Fairfield expects to add two new properties in Jaipur,” Marriott said in a statement. The recent signings include the Katra Marriott Resort & Spa.
“These signings reinforce our commitment to South Asia as a high potential region where we continue to grow and engage with an expanding customer base by introducing more of Marriott’s brands and unique experiences in exciting destinations. We look forward to the opening of these new hotels in the future and to exploring future development opportunities throughout the region,” said Kiran Andicot, Marriott’s regional VP development (South Asia).
Marriott International currently has 135 operating hotels across 16 brands in five countries in South Asia. The brands in South Asia include: JW Marriott, St Regis, The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, and The Luxury Collection in the luxury segment; Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Tribute Portfolio, Le Meridien, Renaissance and the Marriott Executive Apartments in the premium segment; Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield by Marriott and Aloft Hotels, in the select service segment.


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