Greater China has led the global recovery to date, and Marriott expects to soon celebrate its 400th hotel in Greater China.
Marriott International opened 75 Properties in the Asia Pacific region last year, representing more than one opening per week across the region.
Almost 27,000 rooms were added to the region’s development pipeline in 2020 alone, in addition to the signing of Marriott’s largest branded residences project with close to 4,200 units.
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 2021. With this hotel opening, Shanghai has the distinction of reaching this important milestone for the company in Asia Pacific.
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.
Marriott International continues to strengthen its luxury portfolio in mainland China with expected openings in 2021 that include 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 Asia Pacific country to house all of Marriott International’s luxury hallmarks.
Marriott International saw strong leisure bookings in China with over 25 percent increased in the third quarter.
Beyond Greater China, Marriott International continues to strengthen its footprint, with several expected brand debuts across the Asia Pacific region in 2021.
W Hotels is expected to debut with the opening of W Osaka in Japan, The Luxury Collection is also slated to debut in Australia with the opening of The Tasman in Hobart, and Ritz-Carlton brand is expected to celebrate its debut in the Maldives.
Further expansion includes the opening of JW Marriott Jeju in Jeju Island, South Korea, and Westin in Goa, India.
The company plans to open six additional Fairfield by Marriott hotels in Japan. Japan expects to have more than 30 Fairfield by Marriott hotels by the end of 2023.
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 the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands in early 2021.
"We have full gratitude to our owners and franchisees for their belief in the resiliency of travel and the strength of Marriott’s portfolio of brands,' said Paul Foskey, Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.
Craig S. Smith, Group President commented further that "Our nimble and forward-thinking approach will continue to lead us through the recovery."