Marriott International Expects To Debut More Than 30 Luxury Hotels In 2022
Marriott International, at the ILTM Cannes luxury travel conference in Cannes last week, said it expects to open more than 30 luxury hotels across multiple brands in 2022. Through such hospitality hallmarks as The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W, The Luxury Collection, Edition, J.W. Marriott and Bulgari, Marriott International continues to create distinct brand experiences in the luxury hotel segment.
With a network of more than 460 landmark luxury hotels and resorts in 68 countries and territories, Marriott is poised to expand its luxury footprint with nearly 190 properties in the development pipeline, including the 30 hotels expected to open in 2022 in iconic as well as emerging destinations from Mexico to Portugal and from Australia to South Korea.
"Our guests are seeking deeper, more immersive experiences that allow them to indulge in global exploration while sparking personal regeneration," said Chris Gabaldon, senior vice president-luxury brands for Marriott International.
A global luxury trends study conducted in collaboration with creative agency Team One revealed that today's affluent travelers are shifting from a “box checking” mindset to “'traveling well” mindset, taking a more thoughtful, intentional approach to trip planning.
"As people reexamine and reprioritize what matters to them most, a shift that has accelerated over the past two years, we're seeing a real embracing of deeper travel,” said Gabaldon. “Our guests are focusing more on where they travel and why they make the journey, seeking to foster a more meaningful connection to the destination as well as the people they meet."
With a global footprint, Marriott International is poised to meet this evolving set of aspirations, inviting people to view travel as a canvas for regeneration that leads to lasting positive impact on locals and destinations. "From the world's most desirable destinations to undiscovered gems, we strive to go beyond offering moments of transformation for our guests and hope to create experiences that will inspire a newfound sense of personal wellbeing and joy," said Gabaldon.
With a focus on destination-driven design and unparalleled service, The Ritz-Carlton continues to drive innovation and set the standard for luxury hospitality. In 2021 the brand was introduced in some of the world's most coveted locales, including the Maldives, Turks & Caicos and Mexico City. In 2022, the brand expects to expand in Arizona with The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, The Palmeraie, as well as in New York City with The Ritz-Carlton NoMad, where guest rooms feature sweeping city views. The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne is slated to grow the renowned brand's footprint in Australia. Meanwhile, Ritz-Carlton Reserve anticipates expanding its curated portfolio, debuting its sixth estate in the historic Chinese valley of Jiuzhaigou. In keeping with the brand's forward-looking design aesthetic, The Ritz-Carlton Moscow, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, and The Ritz-Carlton Naples are all expected to celebrate major renovations in the year ahead. In addition, the brand expects to mark the inaugural voyage of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection in May 2022.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in the year ahead expects to introduce its 50th property. In 2021, the brand grew its footprint in the Middle East by introducing two properties each in Cairo and Dubai. In 2022, the brand will continue to expand in the region with the opening of The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl in Qatar. Next year, St. Regis is slated to debut in Chicago, with a Jeanne Gang-designed building that has already become an exquisite new icon in the city’s skyline. The brand also expects to bring open in Belgrade, Serbia. St. Regis continues to grow in leisure destinations, nearly doubling its number of resort properties over the next five years. This year saw the debut of The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, Marriott International's first luxury property on the island. In the year ahead, the brand anticipates marking opening The St. Regis Kanai Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which will feature ocean views from nearly every vantage point. The St. Regis San Francisco also expects to complete a comprehensive renovation, with a sophisticated new look and feel in 2022.
In 2021, W Hotels opened in Nashville, Osaka, Philadelphia, Melbourne, Xiamen, and Rome, where a 162-room hotel comprised of two 19th century palazzos marked the brand's much-anticipated debut in Italy. With nearly 60 hotels around the globe, W is defined by detail-driven design, a buzzing cocktail and dining culture, as well as elevated programming localized by destination. For 2022, the brand is slated to open the Algarve in Portugal, Sydney, Dubai and Toronto.
Edition Hotels brought its personal and intimate hospitality experience to Reykjavik and Dubai in 2021. The brand offers sophisticated design, a curated taste of the destination, and modern service. Edition will further expand in 2022 with the opening of six new properties, including hotels in Madrid, Rome, Doha, Tampa, Riviera Maya in Kanai, and Ginza, the second property in Tokyo. With 14 hotels worldwide, the brand is expected to reach a footprint of 20 properties globally by the end of 2022.
The Luxury Collection:
This growing group of nearly 120 hotels is now in more than 40 countries and territories around the world. In 2021, the brand made its debut in Hungary with the opening of the transformed UNESCO world heritage site Matild Palace in Budapest, expanded its footprint in North America, brought elevated alpine interiors to Vail through The Hythe, and showcased distinct, heritage-inspired design in South Korea with the opening of Josun Palace. The Luxury Collection is slated to debut properties next year in Spain, India, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Tbilisi, Georgia.
Inspired by its legendary namesake, J.W. Marriott celebrated recent openings in Charlotte, Monterrey, Shanghai and Tampa. With more than 100 properties in 35 countries and territories, J.W. Marriott is committed to delivering experiences that encourage guests to foster meaningful connections. In the coming year, J.W. Marriott will open properties in Cairo, Istanbul, Mexico and Jeju Island, South Korea.
With 30 brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company features Marriott Bonvoy, its frequent-stay travel program.