Marriot to open 18 new Chinese hotels

Marriott International is expanding its China portfolio with 18 new hotels planned for completion by 2012.
When all 18 hotels are opened, the Marriott International Chinese portfolio will encompass 59 hotels providing a total 22.489 rooms, spanning six lodging brands - JW Marriott in the luxury tier, Marriott and Renaissance in the upscale segment, Courtyard by Marriott for the upper-moderate segment and Marriott Executive Apartments for upscale extended stay travelers. All properties operate under long-term management contracts.

“We are thrilled by the continued growth of our hotel portfolio in China,” said Ed Fuller, president & managing director of international lodging for Marriott International. “In just 11 short years, we have been able to significantly grow our presence in mainland China in primary urban centers and now we are expanding our reach into secondary markets and territories throughout the country. Thanks to our diverse brands portfolio, we are providing consumers with a wide choice in accommodations in terms of the type of hotel travel experience selected and the price paid.”

The nine properties confirmed Tuesday will open in Nanjing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Huizhou, Suzhou and Beijing. Additional hotels are under construction in the following Chinese cities and territories: Shenzhen, Beijing, Hangzhou, Macao, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.