by Meetings & Conventions Asia | April 09, 2019
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai Pudong
Last week at the 15th Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia, Marriott International announced its continued expansion plans in Asia Pacific with its 20/20 vision: a target to have 1,000 hotels open by 2020, as well as creating up to 50,000 more job opportunities for the region. 

This goal is well within reach for Marriott International. In 2019 alone, the company expects to add close to 100 new hotels or close to 20,000 rooms in the region, with debuts in Australia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Nepal and India. Marriott International's portfolio in Asia Pacific currently encompasses over 710 properties in 23 countries and territories, operating under 23 of the company's 30 global brands.

"The breadth and depth of Marriott International's footprint means that we are able to offer travellers opportunities to experience more destinations, brands and experiences, especially through Marriott Bonvoy, our industry-leading travel programme," said Craig S. Smith, president and managing director, Marriott International Asia Pacific. "As important as our size is our commitment to deliver seamless and quality experiences for our guests at on-brand properties. Today's traveller demands authentic, personalised and transformative experiences, whether for work or for pleasure, as a way of broadening their individual horizons and achieving a deeper understanding of the world. As the world's leading hospitality company, it is in our DNA to strive to be part of our guests' favourite moments and memories. We are dedicated to Marriott International remaining Asia Pacific's favourite travel company."

In 2019, properties that are due to open in Asia Pacific for Marriott International include the 515-room JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai Pudong, the Renaissance Xiamen Resort & Spa, St Regis Hong Kong, as well as the Port Muziris Kochi, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.