Marriott Plans for 100 Hotels in India by 2015

Marriott International executives outlined ambitious goals for the Indian market last Thursday at a press conference in Mumbai. If their plans come to fruition, the company will be operating 100 properties across the country, representing seven brands, within the next five years. Currently open in India are hotels in the JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance and Courtyard brands; soon to be represented are Ritz-Carlton, Fairfield by Marriott and Edition. Marriott executives were on hand Friday night to open the company's 12th Marriott property in the country and 500th Marriott overall, the 418-room Marriott Pune Hotel & Convention Centre. The chic property offers 40,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. The hotel's owners plan to add additional, adjoining convention center facilities within five years. The company also officially announced seven properties currently in the development pipeline: the 107-room Courtyard by Marriott Kochi/Cochin International Airport, opening in 2012; the 101-room Courtyard by Marriott Bhopal, debuting next year; the 160-room Courtyard by Marriott Chembur, expected to open in 2013 in North Mumbai; the 150-room Courtyard by Marriott Nashik, also opening in 2013; the 200-room Courtyard by Marriott Hyderabad Hitec, opening in 2013; the 365-room Jaipur Marriott Hotel; and the 150-room Renaissance Raipur Hotel, a lifestyle property set to open in 2013.