[photopress:hotels_marriott_loong_bar.jpg,full,alignright]J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO, Marriott International, has officially designated the 23-story, 588-room JW Marriott Hotel Beijing as the company’s ‘3,000th’ property.
Marriott’s global growth is unprecedented in its 80-year history, adding more than 100 hotels through the first half of 2007. Over half of the company’s full-service hotel development pipeline is outside North America.
By the opening of the 2008 Olympics, Marriott expects to operate 11 hotels in Beijing to help accommodate the two million visitors expected to visit the city. Another 20 Marriott International-branded hotels are scheduled to open in China through the year 2010.
At the moment it futures plans are to to reach a total of nearly 600,000 rooms, including 120,000 outside the U.S.
The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing is owned by Hua Mao Surapan Hotel Development Company and has opened along with the 305-room The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing. Both hotels are in China Central Place. The illustration is of the Loong Bar in the Marriott. The name brings to mind the famous Long Bar in Shanghai. No connection between the two.