Marriott International is bringing its Tribute Portfolio soft brand to Latin America next month, adding two independent hotels in Argentina to its portfolio. Arelauquen Lodge, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, will be debut in Patagonia, while Auberge du Vin, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, will be located in Argentina’s wine country.
The signing of these properties is a “significant step” in the brand’s expansion, the company said in a statement, as it not only reflects the growing global traveler demand for independent hotels but also serves as a direct response to its loyalty reward members’ demand for more hotel options in both adventure travel and wine country destinations.
“The introduction of Tribute Portfolio in the important and dynamic travel market of Argentina this year is an incredible milestone for the brand,” Tim Sheldon, president of Caribbean and Latin America for Marriott International, said in a statement. “With these signings in the growing tourism regions of Patagonia and Mendoza, Marriott continues to grow aggressively in the Latin America region.”
Auberge du Vin
Situated in the heart of the Uco Valley, where many of Argentina’s local and independent vineyards are located, the 29-guestroom Auberge du Vin, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is located 1,400 meters above sea level. The vineyards surrounding the property yield wines from Malbec to Pinot Noir. The property is part of Tupungato Winelands, a country club development comprised of private residences, private vineyards, a polo field and golf course in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Approximately 50 miles away from the city of Mendoza, the area is served by a regional airport that operates flights providing easy access to and from several cities within Argentina as well as to Santiago, Chile.
Arelauquen Lodge, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is located in Patagonia’s San Carlos de Bariloche, next to Lake Nahuel Huapi and within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. San Carlos de Bariloche is a resort famous for its hiking, trekking and mountaineering facilities, and is the only city with an international airport in the region.
The 28-guestroom Arelauquen Lodge is part of the Arelauquen Golf and Country Club, and sits on a natural reserve.
“We are incredibly thrilled to be a part of Tribute Portfolio and Marriott International,” said Eddie Rubio, CEO of Grupo EMR. “Tribute Portfolio gives us a tremendous platform to share our unique lifestyle properties with Marriott International’s loyalty members, while providing the highest level of customer service and standards Marriott guest have come to expect.”
A First in Latin America
“The independent hotel segment is a growing area of opportunity in Latin America, where there is extraordinary demand for distinct experiences from independent-minded travelers,” Victor Vazquez, VP of Development and Acquisitions for Latin America, Marriott International, said. “We’re confident that the region will be a key driver of the brand’s growth.”
Tribute Portfolio debuted in April 2015 with its first hotel, the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, and has since opened ten additional properties across North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to those hotels announced today, the brand will soon open new hotels in Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Denver; Ft. Lauderdale; Houston; Jalan Besar, Singapore; Nashville; San Diego; Santa Fe; Savannah; Shanghai, China; St. Louis; Tampa; Quebec City, Canada; and Ubud, Bali.