BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International has announced plans to double its growth in Latin America and the Caribbean by adding 70 new hotels and 14,000 jobs to the region by 2017.

“This is an exciting time for hotel development in Latin America; the growing regional demand and broadening market, combined with the lack of consistent domestic hotel product and service, represents a large opportunity to develop upscale branded hotels as well as multi-unit moderate-tier development platforms with local partners in the region,” said Laurent De Kousemaeker, chief development officer, Caribbean and Latin American Region, for Marriott International.

At this point, Marriott has 35 hotels signed and under development in the Caribbean and Latin America, including The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba; The Ritz-Carlton, Panama City (Panama); JW Marriott Cusco (Peru); Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel (Haiti); and the Renaissance Santiago (Chile).

The international hotel chain is represented with 69 hotels in 25 countries in the Caribbean or Latin America.


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