20 JUNE 2011

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Article from BTNews 20 JUNE 2011

US international hotel group in major expansion extension

Marriott International’s signature brand, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, has announced a global expansion pipeline of nearly 50 new hotels and resorts to open in the next four years.  Properties under development will be mostly in emerging business and leisure destinations, with 24 hotels in the Asia/Pacific region, nine in the Middle East/Africa, four in Europe and 12 in the Americas.

Initially the maximum effort is concentrated in China with new hotels expected to open this year to include the 295-room Shanghai Marriott Luwan, on the Huangpu River.  Also in Shanghai is the 5-star, 720-room Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre.  It offers more than 2,000sq m (22,000sq ft) of dedicated event space and is within walking distance of Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, People's Square and the Bund.

The 319-room Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe opens this autumn.  The new hotel will have three restaurant outlets, lobby lounge, 1,200sq m (13,000sq ft) of meeting facilities, and a spacious fitness centre.  Also new in the autumn is a 392-room property, part of the Hainan International Conference & Exhibition Centre on Hainan Island.

In the coming months there are also new properties in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan (India) and in Rayong (Thailand). www.marriott.com

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