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Marriott International is expanding in China with its luxury JW Marriott and mid-market Courtyard by Marriott brands. The company is also to bring its first Courtyard property to Hong Kong later this year, located on the harbour front in the Sai Ying Pan district.
The Courtyard brand was introduced 20 years ago, with a concept based on what business travellers indicated was most important to them. It now operates some 700 properties worldwide and is extending into new markets such as the Middle East, Asia and Europe, with minor brand moderations to suit each local market.
Marriott will add its third Courtyard hotel to the greater Shanghai region next year, with the Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou City Centre, which will be joined by a JW Marriott in 2009. Both 330-room hotels will be situated in Hangzhou”s central business district as part of an 80,000sq m (262,667sq ft) complex.
”We are excited by these two hotels and the vigorous pace of our growth in China,” said president and managing director international lodging, Ed Fuller.
”Together, these two hotels will be the first internationally managed properties in the Wulin district and will offer travellers the flexibility of choosing accommodation options at different price points in the same complex.”
The 245-room Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong property will be the first international mid-priced hotel on the island and the company”s fifth hotel in the city. Rooms will offer a number of amenities usually found in five-star hotels, such as marble bathrooms, two telephone lines and high-speed internet access.
”Visitors to Hong Kong will now have an exceptional lodging choice in the mid-tier category and we are confident that business and leisure travellers coming to this vibrant city will appreciate this new Courtyard,” said Fuller. ”There is no doubt that this hotel will be an instant success.”