NEW DELHI: From one to 150 in 25 years: That’s the story of one of many quickest rising resort chains in India. Marriott Worldwide, the world’s largest resort chain, has opened its a hundred and fiftieth property in India — at Katra, Mata Vaishno Devi, — because it celebrates 25 years of presence within the nation. The American hospitality large has one other 83 accommodations within the pipeline that can open over the following 3-4 years, taking its room depend from present 28,000 rooms throughout 17 manufacturers in 40 plus cities to over 40,000 rooms.
“The perfect coincidence is that our first resort was the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa in 1999, which was a resort. And our a hundred and fiftieth additionally occurs to be Marriott Katra Resort and Spa, 25 years later. Now we have signed 31 properties within the final 14-15 months. Presently, as we converse, we now have 83 accommodations with about 12,300 rooms within the pipeline. Virtually 77% of the accommodations signed in 2023 have been within the premium and luxurious manufacturers. We’ve seen an equal demand for each premium and luxurious accommodations,” Ranju Alex, Marriott Worldwide (south Asia) space VP, advised TOI.
Like the general trade, the hospitality main is seeing an upsurge in income in India due to the large journey rebound right here submit Covid. Whereas income per out there room in 2023 was about 30% greater than the earlier yr, to date in 2024 the rise over 2023 has been over 12%. “2023 was breakout yr for us in India. Marriott India portfolio crossed the toppling of a billion greenback final yr. This yr we’re $1.3-1.5 billion.”
What are the traits Marriott is seeing in India? “One clear pattern is non secular tourism. Now we have accommodations in Amritsar, Mahabalipuram and Katra. We’ve we have signed a resort in Ayodhya. Then we’re signing lots of accommodations within the Tier II, III and even IV cities. This reveals the expansion of India as an financial system and the way five-star accommodations at the moment are required throughout all cities. This yr we can be opening 13 accommodations in India,” she stated.
Final yr the group’s prime management was within the nation and had known as on PM Modi. “We had given a dedication to the Prime Minister that we’d have 250 accommodations open by 2025. Blissful to report that we’re properly inside our vary to attain the goal,” she stated.
The group employs over 30,000 folks in India and this quantity will hold growing as extra accommodations open. “We’re a really people-centric firm that gives profession progress due to our sizeable presence right here. Twenty-five years again this (hospitality) was not a most popular trade for folks to return in. However now we see a paradigm shift.”
Concerning the a hundred and fiftieth Marriott in India, at Katra, Alex stated: “As we rejoice the milestone opening of our 150th Lodge in India, we acknowledge not simply our distinguished presence within the nation, but in addition the distinctive and enriching experiences our accommodations present via their distinctive structure and design, world-class meals and beverage choices and curated facilities that present distinctive, one-of-a-kind stays. We proceed to trust within the resilience of our manufacturers and our groups, and stay steadfast in our dedication to advancing our progress via a powerful pipeline of accommodations”.



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