Marriott International Plots Asia Pacific Expansion

The hospitality giant is forging ahead with plans to debut new hotels across China, Australia, and beyond.

An artist’s impression of JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian. (Image: Marriott International)

Marriott International expects to open nearly 100 properties in the Asia-Pacific region this year, building on its growth in 2020, when it launched no less than 75 hotels. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the previous year saw nearly 27,000 rooms added to the region’s development pipeline, and Marriott also signed its largest branded residences project with almost 4,200 units.

The group is expanding its luxury portfolio in Mainland China with the milestone opening of the JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian, which will be the hospitality giant’s 400th hotel in Greater China and its 50th in Shanghai when it debuts this spring. Elsewhere in the country, Marriott will soon be launching The St. Regis Qingdao and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Jiuzhaigou — the latter situated inside a UNESCO-protected valley of western Sichuan whose crystal-clear turquoise lakes were the filming location for scenes in the hit movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The opening of Jiuzhaigou’s Ritz-Carlton Reserve will make China the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to have all of Marriott International’s top luxury brands. Other significant debuts in the country include those of W Changsha, W Xiamen, The Westin Nanjing Resort & Spa, and the Sheraton Mianyang in Sichuan.

An artist’s impression of the Living Room Bar at W Osaka. (Image: Marriott International)

Looking beyond Greater China, W Melbourne, Australia’s second W hotel, is poised to welcome its first guests in the next few months, as will the brand-new Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands. The Luxury Collection will also debut its first Australian outpost thanks to the launch of The Tasman in Hobart. Over in Japan, W Osaka will celebrate its grand opening on March 16. Travelers headed to South Asia this summer will get to bed down at the first Maldivian private-island resort by Ritz-Carlton, while Westin is also debuting a property in Goa, one of India’s favorite beach destinations, in the middle of the year. Then in late 2021, the idyllic South Korean island of Jeju will get its own JW Marriott hotel.

Craig S. Smith, Marriott International’s Group President for its international division, said in a statement, “We are grateful for the continued resilience and positivity demonstrated by our associates and for the confidence our guests, owners, and franchisees continue to have in us. We remain well-positioned to meet the travel demands of our guests across Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.”

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