Marriott International expects to open 100 properties in the Asia-Pacific region this year. In 2020, the company opened its 800th hotel in the area, with 75 properties added to its portfolio during the year. Craig Smith, group president, international, said he is proud of the way Marriott has continued to grow and adapt to the challenges arising from the pandemic. Greater China has led the global recovery to date, and the company expects to soon open its 400th hotel in Greater China and its 50th hotel in Shanghai with the opening of JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian in the spring. In an announcement, Marriott cited a joint report by Bain & Co. and Alibaba’s Tmall Luxury unit, saying mainland China is on track to becoming the world’s largest personal luxury market by 2025, even seeing year-over-year domestic growth in 2020 despite the pandemic. To leverage this trend, Marriott continues to strengthen its luxury portfolio with expected openings in 2021 such as W Changsha, W Xiamen, St. Regis Qingdao and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Jiuzhaigou. With the anticipated opening of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, China will be the first country in Asia-Pacific to offer all of Marriott’s luxury brands.

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