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Marriott confirms hotel expansion in Scotland
Marriott International has confirmed it is opening seven hotels in Scotland which will expand its room count by almost 75%.
A number of the new facilities have been previously announced, including a Courtyard at Heriot Watt University. Another is under construction at Glasgow airport.
Its most recent opening was the Courtyard in Baxter’s Place, Edinburgh in partnership with Chris Stewart Group.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met senior executives from the company while in New York as the hotel company confirmed its plans for Scotland over the next four years.
The highest profile hotel opening will be W Edinburgh, and the First Minister toured Starlab, Marriott’s design & innovation studio, which combines teams from digital, luxury, marketing, and design to cross-collaborate and ‘test’ new technologies, such as keyless room entry, of which W Hotels was a pioneer.
She was also briefed on plans to more than triple the Moxy Hotels portfolio in Scotland, going from one to four in the next two years.
Speaking ahead of the visit, the First Minister said: “Despite the uncertainty brought about by Brexit, Scotland’s economy and tourism sectors remain strong and I am delighted that big businesses like Marriott International are choosing to show their confidence by investing here.
“Scotland’s performance in hotel markets is exceptionally strong with latest figures showing that we are outperforming 11 of the main 12 European hotel markets, including Paris, Madrid and Berlin – only London was higher.”
Kevin Montano, a vice president for Marriott International said: “With seven hotels across five Marriott brands (W Hotels, Moxy, Aloft, Courtyard and Residence Inn) scheduled to open within the next four years, we remain optimistic for the future growth of our company and hospitality overall in Scotland.”
Scotland’s tourism industry is thriving – figures from January 2017 found there were plans to open 38 hotels in Scotland adding 4,660 bedrooms.
An additional 448 bedrooms are due to be added from nine hotel extension projects, with a total increase of 5,108 new bedrooms between 2017 and 2019. In 2015, Scotland’s returns to investment for leased hotels outperformed 11 of the main 12 European hotel markets, including Paris, Madrid and Berlin – only London was higher.