Marriott International plans to expand its
presence in Barbados, Curacao, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, said Ed
Fuller, president and managing director of international lodging.
company has 15 properties in nine destinations: JW Marriott in the
luxury tier, Marriott and Renaissance in the upscale tier and
Courtyard by Marriott Hotels in the midprice tier.
" The 120-room Courtyard by Marriott
Bridgetown in Barbados, the first Courtyard brand on the island and
the sixth in the Caribbean, is scheduled to open in 2007 in
Hastings, two miles south of Bridgetown's center.
Courtyards are under construction in the region: a 128-room hotel
in Santiago, Dominican Republic (opening this fall); a 150-room
hotel in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (2007); and a 135-room hotel in San
Salvador, El Salvador (2007).
" The 240-room Renaissance Resort Curacao
will open in 2008 in Willemstad as a component of a retail and
entertainment complex at Riffort Village, at the entrance to St.
Anna Bay and the cruise port.
" In San Juan, the Renaissance La Concha
Hotel will open in early 2007 on the site of the former La Concha
Hotel on Condado Beach. The hotel has undergone a complete
architectural and structural renovation.
" The 310-room JW Marriott Guanacaste
Resort & Spa in Costa Rica will open in late 2008.
Cancun properties reopened earlier this summer following
"eight-plus months" of reconstruction after Hurricane Wilma hit
Both the 450-room
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and the 450-room CasaMagna
Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa have been outfitted with
hurricane-proof glass in addition to spa facilities and in-room
amenities and furnishings, Fuller said.
launched its Caribbean Travel Interruption Promise policy, which
assists guests at 16 Caribbean and Mexico Marriott properties if
vacations are disrupted by a hurricane.
issue of all-inclusive resorts, Fuller said that Marriott has no
all-inclusive hotels but does offer all-inclusive packages at some
of its properties.
that up to 7% of our transient guests overall buy these packages
where they are offered," Fuller said.
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