HONG KONG, 20 January 2021: Marriott International plans to open 100 properties in the Asia Pacific in 2021 bringing more brands to the region.
In 2020, the company marked its 800th hotel opening in the
region with 75 properties added to its portfolio during the year. Nearly 27,000
rooms were added to the development pipeline in 2020 alone, in addition to the
signing of Marriott’s largest branded residences project with close to 4,200
Greater China has led the global recovery to date, and the
company expects to soon celebrate its 400th hotel in Greater China and its 50th
hotel in Shanghai with the opening of JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian in spring
According to a joint report by consultancy Bain & Co.
and Alibaba’s Tmall Luxury unit, Mainland China is on track to become the
world’s largest personal luxury market by 2025 even seeing year-over-year
domestic growth in 2020 despite the pandemic.
To leverage this trend, Marriott International continues to
strengthen its luxury portfolio with expected openings in 2021 such as W
Changsha, W Xiamen, St. Regis Qingdao and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Jiuzhaigou.
With the anticipated opening of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, China will be the
first country in the Asia Pacific to house all of Marriott International’s
Marriott’s leisure bookings in China have been particularly
strong, up over 25% year over year in the third quarter in Mainland China,
demonstrating the resiliency of demand once consumers are comfortable that the
virus is under control and restrictions can safely be lifted. The company is
introducing more travel experiences across its brand portfolio, including at
popular leisure destinations such as Mianyang in the Sichuan province with the
expected opening of Sheraton Mianyang, as well in the culturally-rich
destination of Nanjing with the anticipated opening of The Westin Nanjing
Resort & Spa.
Beyond Greater China, Marriott International continues to
strengthen its footprint, with several expected brand debuts across the Asia Pacific
in 2021. In Japan, W Hotels is expected to debut with the opening of W Osaka,
while The Luxury Collection is also slated to debut in Australia with the
opening of The Tasman in Hobart. The iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is expected to
celebrate its debut in the leading resort destination of Maldives in early
summer, bringing legendary service to the picture-perfect archipelago.
Further expanding Marriott’s presence in breathtaking resort
destinations, the JW Marriott brand is slated to bring its warm luxury
experience to Jeju Island in South Korea with the planned opening of JW
Marriott Jeju in late 2021. The company’s signature wellness brand, Westin, is
also highly anticipated to debut in one of India’s top beach destinations, Goa,
To support domestic travel in Japan, the company plans to
open six additional Fairfield by Marriott hotels throughout 2021 along
‘Michi-no-Eki’ roadside stations aimed at revitalizing the country’s local
sightseeing spots. Japan expects to have more than 30 Fairfield by Marriott
hotels by the end of 2023. Touted as one of the best cities in the world for
art, culture, music and food, Australia’s Melbourne is expected to see the
opening of the country’s second W Hotel with W Melbourne in spring and the
opening of Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands in early 2021.