Marriott International have been particularly industrious over the last few months, revealing the details of their most successful year with the opening of thirty five hotels in Europe during 2017.
An achievement compounded by the opening of its hundredth hotel in India this week – the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre – the group is now set to open a further 50 sites across the country, expected to bring Marriott’s Indian inventory up to 30,000 rooms.
Marriott International president and CEO, Arne Sorenson attended the opening of the hotel during a week-long visit to India.
“We see incredible opportunity… particularly in the upper midscale, upscale and luxury segments”
Commenting on extensive rollout, Paul Foskey, chief development officer for Marriott International said: “India is one of Marriott International’s most important markets in Asia, with the second highest- number of hotels and rooms after China.
“Given India’s robust economy and rising middle class, we see incredible opportunity to continue working with owners to open hotels from across Marriott’s extensive array of brands, particularly in the upper midscale, upscale and luxury segments.”
After more than a decade of accelerated growth in India, Marriott currently has more than 20,000 rooms spread over 15 brands and 32 cities, with over 30,000 current employees and another 3,000 expected to join by the end of this year.
The opening of the Sheraton Grand in Bengaluru underscores the company’s commitment to India’s growing market. The 360-room property features 39 suites and the Sheraton brand’s signature amenities and facilities such as the Shine Spa, Sheraton Club Lounge, Sheraton Fitness and Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience.
“Achieving this milestone solidifies our commitment to the region and is a testament to the strength of our brands, our strong team, and the confidence from our owners in delivering world-class hotels and personalized services to our guests. We shall continue to pave the way for aggressive expansion with our strong pipeline of hotels,” said Neeraj Govil, area vice president of South Asia at Marriott International.
“It is an exciting time to be at the forefront of the hotel industry and we have set ambitious goals for the future. Marriott International continues to strive at providing unique experiences, leading in technology innovation as well as ensuring that our loyalty programs continue to provide elevated benefits to our member base.”