As part of a 20-year partnership, Marriott International and YTL Hotels have agreed to expand their relationship together across Asia, strengthening both companies’ presence in the region. The companies are teaming to develop two new hotels in Malaysia under the JW Marriott and Edition brands and to manage two hotels in Japan—an Edition and a W Hotel in Niseko Village, Hokkaido.
In Malaysia, YTL Hotels’ second JW Marriott hotel will be near KL Sentral and the city's business and leisure destinations. As Malaysia's first Edition, the 350-room Kuala Lumpur property will be near Kuala Lumpur City Centre and the Petronas Towers.
Marriott will bring its upcoming Edition and W hotels to the Niseko Village ski resort. YTL Hotels’ presence in the Hokkaido village is also set to expand even further with the development of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve next to two existing hotels and a set of townhouses.
“We’re delighted to expand our hospitality footprint in Asia through Marriott International. Our 20-year relationship has been pivotal to the growth of YTL Hotels in Malaysia, Asia and in the UK. We currently have 11 Marriott International hotels in our portfolio of 32 hospitality assets, making us one of Marriott’s largest owning companies with one of the longest relationships in Asia. Through illustrious Marriott International brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Autograph Collection, we seek to offer our guests experiences that will make memories for a lifetime," said Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies.
These follow YTL Hotels' relaunch of the 578-guestroom JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 5 after an extensive renovation. Thanks to the groups' partnership, YTL's presence has expanded across Malaysia, Asia and in the UK, adding 11 Marriott International-branded hotels. These include properties operating under The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Autograph Collection brands, like The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, within its portfolio of 32 hospitality assets. YTL, which is an arm of YTL Corportation Berhad, has resorts, hotels and spa villages within Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, France and the UK, including Pangkor Island Resort. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express trains and the Gainsborough Bath Spa.
Now, the two groups will work toward meeting Marriott’s goal to double its luxury hotel presence in Asia-Pacific. The additions will grow the hotel group's stock of more than 6,400 properties in 30 hotel brands spanning 126 countries and territories.