Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to open 11 hotels within a year in established and emerging destinations around the world.
“Last year, we signed more new Le Méridien hotels and resorts than any year since we added Le Méridien to Starwood’s portfolio of world-class brands,” said Simon Turner, president, Global Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “We are proud to announce another equally strong year of growth momentum for Le Méridien, fueled by tremendous owner and developer interest around the world. The pace of both conversion and adaptive re-use projects has been the key driver of the brand’s growth, accounting for nearly all the openings this year in North America and approximately half of those opening in other global markets.”
During the past eight years Le Méridien has undergone a full transformation, including a comprehensive portfolio review as well as a re-development of its brand strategy, marketing approach and service training. All new hotels will feature the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place.
The hotels are set to open in Florida (May); Bangladesh (July); Chicago (July); Bangkok, Thailand (August); North Carolina (August); Gujarat, India (September); Mahabaleshwar, India (October); Indiana (November); Louisiana (Winter); Thimphu, Bhutan (January 2015); and Qingdao, China (January 2015).