Marriott International is on track to open 16 new resorts in Asia Pacific across seven brands in 10 countries and territories this year, giving travelers more choices when booking holidays, business events or special occasions. Marriott currently has 130 upper-upscale and luxury resorts in the Asia Pacific region in countries including China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.
The new hotels range from tranquil resorts such as the beachfront Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, which is the company’s first hotel in Sri Lanka, to The Ritz-Carlton Haikou, which presents travelers with a new experience as Ritz-Carlton’s first golf resort in China.
These new properties will benefit from growing demand from Chinese travelers, who today are the world’s No. 1 source of outbound travelers. China National Tourism Administration estimates China’s travelers will take 700 million trips over the next five years. As incomes rise, China’s middle class is looking for higher quality products and travel experiences – such as stays at Marriott’s newest resorts. Earlier this year, Marriott launched a joint venture with Alibaba to help capture this growth by redefining their travel experience.
The company marked several milestone openings in China this year including The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou, the brand’s first golf resort in China; the Shanhaitian Resort Sanya, Autograph Collection, the brand’s first property in China; the Element Chongli, which brings its eco-conscious concept and extended-stay brand to the mountainous Taiwoo Ski Resort of Zhangjiakou, co-host of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics; and the Westin brand’s first hot spring resort in Taiwan, The Westin Yilan Resort set amidst stunning coastline scenery.
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