Marriott triples Indian presence

Marriott International plans to more than triple its hotel portfolio in India to 21 properties by the end of 2010. The new properties will include six brands, ranging from its luxury to upper-moderate categories, and Marriott International will add some 3,324 rooms. Its current Indian portfolio consists of six properties, five brands and 1,534 rooms and it will operate the new properties under long-term management contracts. Among the future luxury tier additions to the portfolio will be three JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties and a Ritz-Carlton hotel. Upscale-deluxe properties will include a Marriott Hotels & Resorts hotel and a Renaissance Hotels & Resorts property. A Marriott Executive Apartments property for extended stay travellers and eight Courtyard by Marriott hotels will also bolster the Marriott portfolio. Marriott International president and managing director of international lodging Ed Fuller said the group’s goal was to appeal to both domestic and overseas travellers. “We are confident that the portfolio that we, along with our local investors and partners, are building will be appreciated for the sophisticated amenities as well as for providing good value – whether at the luxury, upscale, or upper-moderate segments of the travel continuum.” New hotels joining the portfolio include the 371-room JW Marriott Hotel Chennai, 328-room Renaissance Bangalore Hotel, 170-room Courtyard by Marriott Ahmedabad, 299-room Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, and 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Pane City Centre.

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