Marriott to open almost 100 Asia Pacific hotels this year
Marriott's ambitious plans herald a broader return of international travel.
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Marriott International is turbocharging its presence across Asia Pacific, with almost 100 new hotels expected to open throughout 2022. It’s a great development for members of Marriott Bonvoy, adding many more opportunities for earning and spending points.
In fact, as these hotels join the chain’s existing portfolio, Marriott is poised to open its 1,000th Asia Pacific property before the year’s end.
We have worked closely with our owners throughout the last two years to navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic, adapt quickly, and grow. Last year in Asia Pacific, we signed two new development deals a week on average, with deals signed in 13 different markets across the region. This year, we expect to continue to drive demand and growth.– Craig S. Smith, Group President (International) at Marriott International, 9 February 2022
Here are just some of the highlights coming in 2022.
Australia gets new W Hotel and AC Hotel by Marriott
The much-anticipated W Sydney hotel will open its doors by late 2022. While its debut may be two years behind schedule, the luxury lifestyle hotel will plant its flag at Darling Harbour likely in November.
With 593 rooms, the property draws on key elements seen at the chain’s existing W Melbourne and W Brisbane locations. Central to this is the Wet Deck concept, bringing hospitality to the poolside. But there’s a separate bar open to visitors, too.
Down in Victoria, the AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank is another on the opening calendar for this year, expected in March.
At 200 rooms, the property gets its name from Antonio Catalan: founder of the AC Hotels brand in 1988. Guests can look forward to an infinity pool spanning the width of the building. There’ll also be an AC Lounge, serving as a co-working space during the day and a hospitality venue at night.
Greater China shines with Ritz-Carlton Reserve, JW Marriott and W Hotels
Hotels across Greater China account for more than half of Marriott’s Asia Pacific luxury openings this year.
Among them, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the picturesque Zhangzha Town of China’s Sichuan region. There’s also JW Marriott Hotel Changsha on the agenda for April – another signature property participating in Marriott Bonvoy. For something funkier, look to the Moxy Suzhou and Moxy Xi’an Downtown. Or indeed, the W Macau – Studio City.
Of course, many Australian travellers will wait until China’s mandatory quarantine requirements are eased before venturing to the cities above. The same can be said of Macau’s current hotel quarantine program.
Other hotels coming soon may instead prove more accessible. These include Japan’s Westin Yokohama and a sea of Fairfield by Marriott hotels across Nara, Hokkaido and Hyogo.
Another highlight is sure to be Vietnam’s Westin Resort & Spa Cam Ranh. Plus South Korea’s JW Marriott Jeju Resort and Spa, opening in May.
Frequently asked questions
You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers!
Which hotel brands are under the Marriott umbrella?
Marriott International doesn’t just mean ‘Marriott’ anymore. It now covers everything from long-stay residences through to high-end luxury. This blanket of brands follows a series of expansions and industry mergers attached to Marriott Bonvoy.
Here are the many brands at which you can earn and spend points via Marriott Bonvoy:
- Luxury: headlined by The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, JW Marriott and St. Regis. Of course, this includes The Luxury Collection and Edition as well.
- Premium: Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Vacation Club. There’s also Delta Hotels, Autograph Collection Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels and Gaylord Hotels.
- Select: Courtyard, Four Points, Fairfield by Marriott and Aloft. Moxy, Springhill Suites, Protea Hotels and AC Hotels also sit under the same umbrella.
- Longer-stay: Residence Inn, Towneplace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments and Element.
How many Marriott hotels are there in Asia?
By the end of 2022, Marriott International will count over 1,000 hotels across the Asia Pacific region.
Within APAC, Greater China accounts for more than half of the chain’s luxury openings this year.
Marriott is forging ahead with a suite of hotel openings for 2022. Its ambitious plans across multiple countries suggest a strong belief that travel restrictions will continue easing as the year progresses.
With Australia’s national, state and territory governments also similarly bringing borders down, international travel for 2022 sure is looking bright.
All images courtesy Marriott International.
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