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Marriott expands plans to operate more Dubai hotels

  • 24-Sep-09 13:03
  • Dubai
  • Holiday Industry

Marriott is adding more hotels and properties in Dubai despite the effects the recession has had on the city. Hotel Group Marriott International has already taken over the management of Dubai Marina's harbour Hotel and Residence and have plans for more

Marriott expands plans to operate more Dubai hotels

Hotel group Marriott International are planning to increase the number of Dubai hotels and properties in the region despite the effects the recession has had on the city. Marriott recently took over the management of Dubai Marina’s harbour Hotel and Residence from owners, Emirates Airlines, and the international hotel group are keen to expand their list and take on the operation of a further nine Dubai hotels.

Dubai was one of the worst Middle East cities hit by the economic global crisis with fewer visitors taking holidays in Dubai over the last 12 months. Jeff Strachan, Area Director of Sale and Marketing for Marriott Middle East and Africa, said:

“Although Dubai has come down a huge amount from where it was in 2008, in terms of occupancy and RevPAR (revenue per available room), Dubai has still performed extremely well as a benchmark against other major cities.

“The market has now readjusted itself and is going to be extremely competitive for everybody moving forward, forever. We’re back to a normal market, so it’s just like operating hotels in any normal city in the world.”

The recent takeover is the first in line for future planned Marriott hotels in Dubai and will be called Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites and will be part of the Marriott Rewards loyalty programme.

With fewer visitors from the United Kingdom staying at Dubai hotels, Marriott dropped their room rates, like many other hotels in the region, to encourage a wider spectrum of travellers to take Dubai holidays. Marriott currently operates six hotels in the Emirates and is optimistic about the future of Dubai hotels.

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