Marriott set to open 40 luxury hotels in 2018

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The Barcelona EDITION will be one of seven openings for the brand in 2018. Bethesda-based Marriott International is setting its sites on luxury hotels and will open 40 locations in new year. (Courtesy Marriott International)

WASHINGTON — Bethesda-based Marriott International Inc. has well-heeled travelers on its mind for next year’s hotel development plans

Marriott reports that it will open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018, catering to what it calls a new affluent traveler.

Marriott also said it will expand its luxury footprint further with 200 hotels in the development pipeline, including 25 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba and the Philippines.

Marriott’s luxury brands include The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, EDITION and JW Marriott.

“We see luxury as a launchpad for self-actualization, with bucket lists evolving from where you want to go to who you can be,” said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer.

“With data showing a global shift in perception around luxury, we are uniquely positioned to provide personalized and truly differentiated experiences that resonate with this net-generation jet-setter.”

Marriott completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. in September 2016, bringing its total hotel properties to more than 5,700 worldwide.

By Jeff Clabaugh | @wtopclabaugh Courtesy WTOP

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