15 APRIL 2019

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Article from BTNews 15 APRIL 2019

One hotelier. 7,000 properties

The 27-storey luxury St Regis Hong Kong hotel has opened to more than the usual fanfare thanks to its status as Marriott International’s 7,000th property. Features include butler service, and multiple restaurants.

Marriott president and CEO Arne Sorenson said it was “emblematic of Marriott’s global expansion strategy which focuses on the highest lodging tiers as well as fast-growing international markets such as Hong Kong”.

He added: “It’s thrilling to open our 7,000th property, an incredible milestone for a company that began as a nine-stool root-beer stand in 1927 and didn’t even open its first hotel until decades later.

“I can’t think of a more fitting property to hold the honour than the St Regis Hong Kong, which underscores the benefits of our merger with Starwood, the importance of luxury and the tremendous opportunity in Asia.”

Marriott International’s first accommodation venture was the Twin Bridges Marriott, a four-storey motel in Virginia in the US.

Executive vice-president and global chief development officer Tony Capuano said: “With industry-leading luxury brands, good relationships with unit owners and expertise in identifying opportunities, we are positioned to expand our footprint by 25% by 2022.”

www.marriott.com

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