Marriott International and Thai real estate company TCC Land Asset World confirmed their common goal of covering Thailand with Marriott Properties. The US Chain is one of the largest in the world present with 19 brands and over 4,3000 hotels in 85 countries and territories around the world. An agreement between the US hotel giant and TCC Hotels Group was signed back to 2013.
“Now is the time to see the concrete steps of this agreement and we are delighted to announce that the first two resorts of our portfolio of seven hotels with Marriott are ready for opening. And we feel thrilled as Mariott is one of the most recognised brands around the world”, declared Wallapa Traisorat, Deputy CEO of TCC Land Asset World.
The first hotel to be open tomorrow is Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa offering a capacity of 322 rooms. The resort will blend a contemporary Thai style with a European colonial design, which reflects the character of Hua Hin seaside town, mostly developed hundred years ago. Three restaurants, a bakery shop and a pool bar will offer countless dining experiences. A spa and meeting facilities are also available. “The property is family oriented but will also be ideal for business travellers thanks to our meeting offer”, added Mrs. Traisorat.
The Hua Hin property will be followed by the opening of the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa along Nai Yang Beach, one of the newly emerging resort areas on Thailand’s most coveted holiday destinations. The hotel is due to open in April offering a capacity of 197 rooms. Here too, the Phuket property will have a contemporary twist with beautiful views on the Andaman sea. Four restaurants and bars will cater for guests while function rooms will be able also to accommodate wedding ceremonies and business meeting.
By the end of the year, Marriott new flagship property in Bangkok will open to the public. Bangkok Marriott Queen’s Park Sukhumvit will have 1,388 rooms, one of the largest properties in Thailand. ‘We feel absolutely confident over Thailand tourism outlook. There is not only a huge demand from holiday makers but we believe that MICE activities will become a critical element of tourism growth in the Kingdom”, added Wallapa Traisorat.
“Experts estimate that middle class in India and China grows on average by 20 million per year. And as we have already 19 properties in China, the Marriott brand is well known and will be able to capitalize on its recognition among Chinese coming to Thailand”, added Karl Hudson, Marriott International Area Vice President for Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Japan.
TCC Land Asset World unveiled the future expansion of Marriott in Thailand. “We are looking at a resort property in Pattaya while in Bangkok we will develop Marriott properties along Bangkok Riverfront on the Chao Praya, along Surawong Road in Silom district while a Ritz Carlton will also be built next to the River, in the vicinity of the future Siam Icon shopping mall.
For Marriott, the agreement with TCC Land will help the US giant to almost double its portfolio in Thailand. “We foresee 30 properties with 6,500 rooms by 2018, compared today to 16 hotels and resorts with 3,500 rooms. We strongly believe in Thailand’s tourism appeal”, told Karl Hudson.