Marriott charts APAC growth plans

Marriott International expects to open nearly 100 properties in Asia Pacific this year, with the greater aim of opening its 1,000th property in the region by late 2022.

With leisure demand expected to outpace business travel, Marriott will be strengthening its presence in several leisure destinations such as Jeju with the opening of JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa in May 2022, while W Sydney is expected to open in late 2022.

A rendering of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve that will open in China’s Jiuzhaigou this year

With wellness and well-being another key traveller trend, the company’s wellness brand, Westin Hotels & Resorts, is expected to celebrate two new debuts in Yokohama and Cam Ranh in 2022.

Meanwhile, luxury demand will boom in Greater China, a key market for the company’s growth, accounting for more than half of the company’s luxury openings in Asia-Pacific this year. Ritz-Carlton Reserve will be debuting its first rare estate in Jiuzhaigou valley, while other slated luxury openings include JW Marriott Hotel Changsha and W Macau – Studio City.

Also in Greater China, Four Points by Sheraton expects to continue its growth with five openings this year, while Moxy Hotels anticipates making landfall Suzhou and Xi’an.

Outside of Greater China, the company expects to debut its AC Hotels brand in South Korea with AC Hotel Seoul Gangnam, and in Australia with AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank. In Japan, Fairfield by Marriott has six new properties in locations such as Nara, Hokkaido and Hyogo, in the pieline.

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