Marriott International introduces upscale brand to Turkey

Marriott International will introduce its upscale Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand in Turkey under a franchise agreement with the Buyukhanli Group. The 238-room hotel will open in 2007 and will be called the Istanbul Marriott Asia. The property will be located in Kozyatagi, an emerging business district on the Asian side of Istanbul near the offices of several multinational companies such as Proctor & Gamble Turkey, Novartis, ABB, Bosch, Honda, Siemens and Unilever. Sabiha Gokcen Airport is about a 15-minute drive south of the hotel. “We are delighted to introduce our Marriott brand in Turkey,” said chief financial officer and president of Continental European Lodging Arne Sorenson. “Istanbul is gaining in prominence as a financial and logistical hub and we are looking forward to the Istanbul Marriott Asia becoming an attractive lodging choice for visitors to the city.” Business services and amenities will include an executive floor and lounge and a business centre. Other amenities will be centred on 24-hour room service, in-room mini-bar, on-site retail outlets, high-speed internet access and wifi. For social events and conferences, the Istanbul Marriott Asia will have 1,240 sq m of space, including a 757sq m ballroom that will be easily divisible into three sections; several meeting rooms in varying configurations and two boardrooms.

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