Marriott International opened six hotels in Asia this month from its Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott brands. The company's growth of The Ritz-Carlton brand continues apace with openings in Chengdu, Tianjin and Bangalore this month, while its JW Marriott brand opens hotels in Hanoi, Bangalore and Delhi.
With 186 hotels in its signed pipeline, more than 135 of which it expects to open in the next three years, Marriott expects to more than double in size in Asia through 2016, reaching at total of 330 hotels with more than 96,000 rooms across 16 countries. During this time the company expects to open on average one hotel in the continent every eight days.
Marriott already operates a portfolio of brands in Asia, including Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, Marriott Hotels, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments. The company expects to open 50 hotels under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand alone in the region during the next few years.
Marriott is also adding to its brand portfolio in Asia, with the introduction of Fairfield by Marriott into India, and the expected arrival of Edition into Bangkok in 2016. Fairfield is a new brand launch for the company, with 12 hotels signed for India, and additional properties under construction in Indonesia and Nepal.
China remains the company’s biggest market in the region with 64 open hotels and signed contracts for an additional 89 hotels, which will take it to more than 150 hotels in the country in the next three years or so. As a result, it expects to grow its distribution from 16 cities in 12 provinces, municipalities and special administrative regions, to more than 50 cities in 26 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions by 2016.