Marriott gears up for rising Chinese traveler numbers in Asia Pacific

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, Weligama, Sri Lanka (Marriott has added several locations in China, South East Asia, Japan, Korea, Fiji and Sri Lanka to its portfolio. )

Marriott International is on track to open 16 new resorts across seven brands in 10 Asia-Pacific countries and territories this year. These new properties will benefit from growing demand from outbound Chinese travelers, now the world’s top source of outbound travelers. 

China National Tourism Administration has estimated that China’s travelers will take 700 million trips over the next five years. Earlier this year, Marriott launched a joint venture with Alibaba to help capture this growth.

Here are the new hotels the company is opening across the region:


The company opened several properties in China this year, including The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou, the brand’s first golf resort in China, and the Shanhaitian Resort Sanya, Autograph Collection, the brand’s first property in China. The Element Chongli, which brings its eco-conscious concept and extended-stay brand to the mountainous Taiwoo Ski Resort of Zhangjiakou, also opened this year and will co-host the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, the Westin brand opened its first hot spring resort in Taiwan with The Westin Yilan Resort.

South East Asia

New South East Asian hotels include The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, an oceanfront resort on the Andaman Sea in Malaysia. The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, designed by Bill Bensley, opened earlier this year in Southern Vietnam. The beachfront Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui opened in Thailand. Meanwhile, the Renaissance Bali Ulutwatu Resort & Spa in Indonesia is scheduled to open in November. 

The Westin Yilan Resort is the brand's first hot spring resort in Taiwan. 

Japan and Korea

This year, Marriott has expanded its presence in Japan with the openings of five Marriott resorts. The Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka opened in the lake area at the base of Mount Fuji while the the Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel near Osaka opened near the beaches and mountain trails in Western Japan. Near Kyoto, Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel opened in Japan’s largest lake and natural ‘onsen’ hot springs district while Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji opened on the Pacific coastline in the hills of the Izu Peninsula. 

Later this year, the Jeju Shinhwa World Marriott Resort & Spa is scheduled to open and mark the brand’s first property in South Korea. On Jeju island, the new Marriott will be part of the mixed-use resort Jeju Shinhwa World, which will have a casino, amusement park and other leisure and entertainment facilities.

Fiji and Sri Lanka

Marriott International opened two properties in Fiji and Sri Lanka in 2017. The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay marked the brand’s debut in Fiji. The resort has the first overwater ‘bure’ bungalows on Fiji mainland in a manmade lagoon. Another new resort, the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, marked Marriott International’s entry into Sri Lanka. The beachfront resort is near famous attractions, such as the Galle Fort and blue whale watching hubs.

Marriott currently has 130 upper-upscale and luxury resorts in the Asia Pacific region in countries including China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.