Marriott International, has announced plans to significantly grow its global portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.
No-one wants to waste time checking-in after a long journey. With the new Marriott app for smartphone, guests can check-in from wherever they are in the world and have their key card waiting for them when they arrive at the London Marriott County Hall. No more hanging around at the front desk!
Marriott International has become the largest hotel company in Africa according to published information, and nearly doubled its presence in its Middle East and Africa region to more than 160 hotels and 23,000 rooms as it completed its acquisition of the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group, based in South Africa. Marriott now operates or franchises more than 4,000 hotels in 79 countries.
Marriott International’s respected Courtyard by Marriott brand is opening its second new-look hotel in Cologne, Germany, on 31 March 2014, taking the brand to 45 hotels throughout Europe. Delivering a whole new hotel experience for business travellers,
Mark Satterfield, the chief operating officer of Marriott International’s Middle East & Africa organisation, will be relocating to the Protea Hospitality Group’s head office in Cape Town, South Africa. Here he will act as business leader overseeing the integration of the two companies once the anticipated sale of the Protea Hotel Group is concluded.
Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, and Miyako Hotels & Resorts have announced the highly anticipated opening of the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, the first property for the brand in Osaka and the fourth in Japan. Marriott Hotels has partnered with Miyako Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of the Kintetsu Corporation, to create the new co-branded hotel in Kintetsu’s “Abeno Harukas”, a brand new 300-meter ultra-high rise complex with 60 stories above ground and five stories underground, making it the tallest building in Japan.
After celebrating unprecedented occupancy rates for Tower 1 during its inaugural year, the second tower of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has officially opened offering an additional 294 luxurious rooms, bringing the total room count to 1,098. Once fully operational by the end of 2014 Tower 2 will comprise of 804 suites and rooms, bringing the total available suites and rooms to 1,608.
The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is proud to announce Kellie Newman as its new general manager. Newman brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is currently the general manager of the Denver Marriott West.
Marriott Hotels has revealed the addition of mobile checkout to its industry leading Marriott Mobile app for smartphones. Mobile checkout is the latest innovation from Marriott Hotels in a string of new services designed for today’s connected travellers.
At the America’s Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles, Marriott International announced that it had the fastest-growing new-construction pipeline in the industry, worldwide, in 2013, based on information published by Smith Travel Research.
Marriott International and South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings have announced that they have signed definitive agreements for the purchase by Marriott of Protea’s three brands and management company. Under terms of the agreements Marriott will pay approximately US$186 million subject to normal closing adjustments.
Marriott International has opened a luxurious ski and spa hotel under its signature brand, Marriott Hotels, at the heart of the new Gorky Gorod ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana. The region will host the Winter Olympics next month.