Marriott International has made a number of senior executive appointments beginning with William J. Shaw (pictured), who is currently president and chief operating officer, becoming vice chairman of the company, an executive position reporting to J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
Marriott International has made three new area sales and marketing appointments in Continental Europe: Theo Ocks for Western Europe, Vicky Varfis for Eastern Europe, and Iris Baugatz for Central Europe.
Marriott has opened a new hotel in Shenzhen, China. The 411- room JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen is the fifth JW Marriott branded hotel in China.
Marriott International has posted a fourth-quarter net loss, as restructuring charges, cutbacks in business travel, and its slowing time-share business take their toll.Marriott reported a net loss of $10 million compared with a year-earlier profit of $176 million. The company also forecast continued weakness in 2009, but said it is close to selling off time-share loans.
Marriot International has opened two new mid-market hotels in Phuket - the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Patong Beach and Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Kamala Beach. The group operates both hotels under a management agreement with Destination Properties Company.
Marriott is on track to open seven hotels, with a total room inventory of 1,561 rooms, in India this year.
Marriott has appointed Ray Bennett as senior vice president, lodging development for select service and extended stay brands, Eastern region, and leader of Marriott’s Diversity Ownership Initiative, a program developed in 2005 to increase the number of minority- and women-owned hotels.
Marriott has opened the tallest Renaissance hotel in the world. Standing 60 stories tall in the Cloud Nine commercial complex, the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel, offers panoramic views of the vibrant and booming city of Shanghai, China.
Maritza Montero, Director of Sales & Marketing, JW Marriott Lima speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2008
Marriott has opened a new Global Reservation Sales & Customer Care centre in Cork, Ireland. The new Cork center will be responsible for handling reservation and customer inquiry calls originating from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.
Marriott International is expanding its China portfolio with 18 new hotels planned for completion by 2012.