Marriott International is expecting a new “renaissance of travel”, saying that despite the challenges of the pandemic, pent-up demand and development continue at pace, leading to many causes for optimism for the sector.
Despite the pandemic, in 2020, Marriott signed 13,500 new rooms and opened 15 hotels, including Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa in Abu Dhabi and had added Domes Zeen Chania in Crete to its Luxury Collection portfolio.
“It’s absolutely clear we are entering a new renaissance of travel and we’re really excited about the future,” said Satya Anand, president EMEA, Marriott International. “Despite the challenges over the past 12 months, we have continued to focus on growth.”
The group has also already opened 20 hotels worldwide this year, including St. Regis Cairo, with many still to come including The Westin London City, the first for the brand in the UK, on the Thames and opposite Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and the Tate Modern.
Along with 222 rooms this summer, the hotel will have a strong wellbeing focus relevant for post-Covid travel, such as a running concierge, sizeable Heavenly Spa, Heavenly Beds in all rooms and revival of the Heavenly Bath experience.
In the EMEA region alone, other upcoming openings this year include Matild Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel Budapest; W Rome; W Algarve; Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah Dubai; St. Regis Dubai, The Palm; Ritz-Carlton Amman; and Hotel Riomar, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in Santa Eulalia in Ibiza, where W Ibiza also opened last year.