Marriott International has signed its 100th hotel in China – the 345-room JW Marriott Hotel Shenyang, in the northeastern province of Liaoning. With this signing, the US-based hotel giant, which currently operates 56 hotels in China, now has a pipeline of 44 hotels across the country.
Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s President & Managing Director for Asia Pacific, said; “China is an incredible market and it is a great endorsement of our operations in the country that we have reached the benchmark of 100 hotels open or under development here. While we have been operating in Hong Kong since 1989, we are a relative newcomer to the mainland, having opened our first Marriott-branded hotel in China in 1998. However, during a relatively short history on the mainland, we have seen solid and consistent growth and are already one of the leading lodging groups in the country.
“Marriott International’s brands clearly resonate with our Chinese guests, and we have taken a very strategic approach to the location and branding of our hotels in the county in order to deliver excellence across our portfolio. Being based in Hong Kong and Beijing enables us to communicate face to face with our owners and customers and to be nimble and responsive to their needs. Asia is a key market for us, and China is the driver of Asia: we are totally committed to the country and to our operations here.”
This year Marriott International has so far signed deals for an additional 26 hotels in China, covering its Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott Executive Apartments, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton brands.