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December 5, 2016
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Roundup: Marriott’s Post-Merger Luxury Plans, Hilton Marco Island to Debut Renovation in January




The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

From Marriott’s big luxury roadmap to a major 2017 renovation, here are the headlines to watch today in the meetings and events industry. 

What’s Next for Marriott’s Luxury Brands Post-Starwood Merger

In a major hotel update, at this year’s International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Cannes, Marriott International laid out a roadmap regarding what’s next for the company’s luxury brands following its merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. 

The Marriott International Luxury Brands group now includes the St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels brands, as well as The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, EDITION and JW Marriott. Looking ahead, Marriott International is scheduled to open nearly 30 luxury hotels in 2017 and has a total of 180 luxury hotels in its development pipeline, representing 20 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba, the company said at this year’s event. 

“With luxury travel up nearly 50 percent over the past five years, we see a long runway for growth at the high-end,” said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer, Marriott International, in a written statement. 

For 2017, The Ritz-Carlton will have four scheduled debuts, including The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi and The Ritz-Carlton, Astana. St. Regis opened the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in early November and is slated to make debuts in five destinations in 2017, including Shanghai, Changsha and Cairo.

W Hotels recently opened the W Punta de Mita and W Las Vegas, while the W Goa is set to make its debut on December 12. All told, the brand has 33 hotels in the pipeline, with six anticipated openings in 2017, ranging from Tel Aviv and Panama City to Shanghai.

EDITION most recently premiered The Sanya EDITION on Hainan Island in Southern China, the brand's first hotel in Asia, and will debut additional properties in Bangkok and Barcelona by the end of 2017.

For The Luxury Collection, 2017 will see the opening of Hotel Inglaterra in Havana, Cuba, which will join the brand after a complete renovation. The Luxury Collection is set to debut in nine destinations next year, including California's Napa Valley, Singapore and Panama City.  

Finally, JW Marriott recently opened the JW Marriott Venice and JW Marriott Los Cabos, while 2017 will see the brand debut in Vietnam with the opening of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa. Additionally, JW Marriott will open JW Marriott parq Vancouver by the end of next year.

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa to Debut $40 Million Renovation in January

Speaking of upcoming openings, January will see the debut of a $40 million renovation project at the 310-room Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa in South Florida.

The update added a new food and beverage space, the indoor/outdoor The Deck at 560 Bar & Restaurant, as well as the new 560 Market grab-and-go outlet. The Deck will offer 174 indoor dining seats and 102 outdoor seats, as well as a menu focused on local, sustainable seafood and produce, with rotating seasonal ingredients. 

Also introduced are new oversized family suites with connecting too options on the rooftop level, poolside suites with verandas and a newly designed outdoor pool with hand-crafted tiling imported from Italy

Debuting in fall 2017 will be a new beachfront event lawn, offering unobstructed views of the beach waves and a good fit for weddings and receptions, as well as group events or meeting breakout sessions. The property will also unveil a redecorated 5,200 square foot Grand Ballroom, as well as updates to the rest of its event space, which totals over 15,000 square feet. 

Bonaire to Get First U.S. Branded Hotel

In the Caribbean, Travel Agent’s Senior Editor Joe Pike reports that Bonaire is about it get its first-ever U.S. branded hotel in the form of the Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire, a 140-room property that will be located less than a quarter mile from the island’s airport and five minutes from Downtown Kralendijk

The property, which is scheduled to open in early 2017, will have three meeting spaces totaling more than 2,700 square feet. 

Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne

Switzerland's Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne Now Accepting Bookings for Events Starting September 2017

Finally, in Europe, Switzerland's Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne has announced it will be open for bookings starting in September 2017. 

The property will include four hotels, an Alpine spa and a medical center in a setting above the shores of Lake Lucerne. Guests will arrive by private boat transfer across the lake, where they will be greeted by a private railway line to take them to the doorstep of The Palace Hotel. Built in 1904 and today blending historic features with new detailing, the hotel has been re-created in a boutique style, with marble pillars, hardwood parquet flooring and hand-blown glass chandlers in a lobby that opens onto an outdoor terrace overlooking the lake. Each of its 108 rooms and suites is designed to offer a contemporary twist on the Alpine setting, with natural stone, wood and leather. All MICE guests have access to the full resort facilities, including the Alpine Spa.

The conference and banqueting areas at Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne will be the largest in central Switzerland. A 2,200 square meter conference center is equipped with the latest technology, and 30 flexible meeting rooms can accommodate up to 900 delegates, with a 500 square meter Lake-view Ballroom for larger events.

The resort is 20 minutes from Lucerne and an hour from Zurich Airport, with direct flights from several UK airports. Private speedboat transfers and an onsite helipad are also available.

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