Marriott International has signed management agreements for seven additional hotels in China and says it aims to double its presence in the country in about five years, because China is its largest market outside North America.
The company expects to have 60 hotels open in China across six brands by year-end 2010, including eight flying the company’s Ritz-Carlton flag. Among properties opening this year in China are Ritz-Carlton hotels in Hong Kong and Shanghai Pudong.
Marriott’s seven newly signed (and yet-to-be-completed) Chinese hotels are:
● The 320-room luxury JW Marriott Hotel Dalian, owned by Liaoning Baocheng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.. The hotel is opening in 2013 and will be Marriott’s first property in Dalian and ninth JW Marriott-branded hotel in China;
● The upscale 507-room Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa, owned by Ranya Zhonggang Fishery Co., Ltd. and due to open in 2011. It will be Marriott’s third property in the greater Sanya area;
● The deluxe 269-room Renaissance Zhuhai Hotel owned by Guangyi Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. and opening in 2013. It will open as Marriott’s first hotel in the city;
● The moderate-priced 260-room Courtyard by Marriott Fuzhou Hotel owned by Fuzhou Zhengfeng Real Estate. When it opens in 2013, the hotel will be Marriott’s first property in Fuzhou;
● The moderate-priced 265-room Courtyard by Marriott Kunshan, owned by Kunchan Dongzhixin Real Estate Co., Ltd. and opening in 2011. It will be Marriott’s first hotel in Kunshan;
● The upscale 350-room Hangzhou Marriott Hotel, owned by affiliates of Hualian Holding, a subsidiary of China Union Development Group. This hotel is due to open in 2014 and will be the fourth Marriott International-flagged hotel in the city; and
● The upscale 330-room Shanghai Marriott Hotel Minhang, owned by an affiliate of Shanghai Minghjie Real Estate & Development Co., Ltd. This hotel is expected to open in 2015.
“China is arguably the world’s most compelling tourism market today. Its buoyant tourism industry will host 2.1 billion domestic and international tourists this year, an increase of 12 percent over 2009. Within the next 10 years, China is expected to be the world’s single largest source of international tourism and its number-one travel destination,” says J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International.