Marriott International, Inc announced the signing of a long-term agreement with Family United General to manage the Residence Inn by Marriott Kuwait City, a 143-unit quality tier property scheduled to open in 2015.
Representing the company’s third Residence Inn by Marriott for extended stay travelers in the GCC and its aggressive growth plans for the region, the new hotel will bring the total number of announced properties joining Marriott International’s Middle East and Africa portfolio by 2017 to 43 – 21 of which will be in the GCC.
“We are thrilled by robust expansion of our regional hotel portfolio,” said Alex Kyriakides, president and managing director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa. “The region remains a key market for tourism development because of its oil wealth, high disposable income, demographic growth and proven resilience to crisis. In fact, at the end of last year, UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai said that number of visitors is expected to rise from over 70 million last year to 195 million by 2030.”
The Residence Inn by Marriott Kuwait City will offer 143 studios, one, and two- bedroom suites. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite will include all facilities. A special feature will be the Residence Inn lobby that will offer a communal environment and include a self-service lounge, casual restaurant and a meeting room. A ‘grab and go’ kiosk/market too for travellers on the go.
“This indicates further growth potential for the hotel industry, and with this new hotel signing and more to come in 2012, Marriott International will be perfectly placed to accommodate the increasing number of visitors to the region with our network of seven diverse lodging brands.”