BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International Inc. has opened its 7,000th property — The St. Regis Hong Kong.
“It’s thrilling to open our 7,000th property, an incredible milestone for a company that began as a nine-stool root-beer stand in 1927 and didn’t even open its first hotel until decades later,” says Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International. “I can’t think of a more fitting property to hold the honor than The St. Regis Hong Kong, which underscores the benefits of our merger with Starwood, the importance of luxury and the tremendous opportunity in Asia.”
The 27-storey hotel represents the company’s global expansion plans in the Asia Pacific as it continues to increase the number of legacy Starwood-branded hotels with brands such as St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W.
“Our newest luxury hotel — The St. Regis Hong Kong — is a testament to our well-defined global growth strategy,” says Tony Capuano, Marriott’s EVP and global Chief Development Officer. “By leveraging our industry-leading luxury brands, including those we gained from the Starwood merger, our robust relationships with multi-unit owners and our expertise in identifying strategic opportunities in global gateway markets such as Hong Kong, we are well positioned to expand our global footprint by 25 per cent in the next three years.”
The milestone opening follows Marriott’s announcement in March that it expects to add more than 1,700 additional hotels by the end of 2021, including about 320 hotels in Asia Pacific.
“As our footprint grows more global, workers in our hotels — from bartenders to housekeepers — will have ever-growing choices and opportunities as they grow their careers with Marriott International and its franchisees,” says Dr. David Rodriguez, Chief Global Human Resources Officer at Marriott International. “For over 90 years, we have focused on building a company that puts its people first and this value remains at the forefront as our global growth continues.”