Marriott signs on 22 new hotel agreements in South Asia during the pandemic

Marriott International has not been twiddling its thumbs as the pandemic has been ongoing. With their market leadership in South Asia, especially in India, where over 135 Marriott hotels and resorts already operate, the hospitality major has been working hard to sign up new properties which should be opening up in the coming times. Marriott International has signed 22 new hotel agreements in South Asia – comprising India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal – in the past 18 months, expecting to add more than 2,700 rooms to its portfolio. Here is an update on all the new Marriott properties coming up.


Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa, India

Marriott International’s new hotels coming up in India

More than a third of the newly signed projects in South Asia in the last 18 months include hotels and resorts in the luxury tier, comprised of brands such as JW Marriott and W Hotels. Here are some of the up and coming hotels and resorts, including the luxury and premium hotels of the brand:

  • W Hotels is expected to make it to Jaipur with W Jaipur in 2024
  • JW Marriott is expecting to open many new properties around India in the coming years:
    • Marriott Ranthambore Resort & Spa, located at one of India’s most prominent wildlife sanctuaries, The Ranthambore National Park
    • JW Marriott Chennai ECR Resort & Spa on India’s southern coastline
    • JW Marriott Agra Resort & Spa in the land of the Taj
    • JW Marriott Goa will also come up in Goa
    • JW Marriott Shimla Resort & Spa in Shimla
  • Temple Town Katra will see a new hotel in Katra Marriott Resort & Spa.

There will be a lot of select-service hotels which will also drive growth for Marriott in India:

  • Moxy Hotels will debut in India with Moxy Mumbai Andheri West coming up in 2023.
  • Courtyard by Marriott expects to add five new properties to an existing operating portfolio of 20 hotels in South Asia. Four of these properties are expected to open in the next five years and will be located in leading tier-two markets within India
    • Courtyard by Marriott Gorakhpur
    • Courtyard by Marriott Tiruchirappalli
    • Courtyard by Marriott Goa Arpora
    • Courtyard by Marriott Ranchi.
  • Fairfield also expects to add two new properties in Jaipur.

Marriott’s up and coming in South Asia

There are tonnes of other hotels in the pipeline. Here are some of the ones to look forward to:

  • Full-Service Hotels, including luxury and premium brands
    • JW Marriott Hotel Bhutan, Thimphu is expected to mark the debut of the JW Marriott brand in Bhutan, with an anticipated opening in 2025.
    • JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Embhoodhoo Finolhu  – South Male Atoll featuring 80 pool villas is expected to open in 2025. The signing follows the newly opened The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, strengthening Marriott‘s footprint on the destination.
    •  Le Meridien Kathmandu will debut the Le Meridien brand in Nepal.
    • Bhaluka Marriott Hotel will mark the entry of the Marriott Hotels brand in Bangladesh in 2024.
  • Select Services Hotels: Comprised of brands such as Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft Hotels and Moxy Hotels, Marriott‘s select brands also continue to resonate in South Asia representing more than 40 per cent of the 22 newly signed hotel projects:
    • Moxy Kathmandu will open up in 2025
    • The Courtyard by Marriott Colombo will mark the debut of the Courtyard in Sri Lanka, slated to open in 2022

“In a highly unpredictable year, these signings are a testament to Marriott International’s resilience and agility in driving strong growth within a hospitality landscape that continues to evolve,” commented Rajeev Menon – President Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International. “It is a sign of confidence from our owners and franchisees who have been an integral part of our growth journey. We are grateful for their continued support and trust in the power of our brands as we continue to welcome back travellers.”

“These signings reinforce our commitment to South Asia as a high potential region where we continue to grow and engage with an expanding customer base by introducing more of Marriott‘s brands and unique experiences in exciting destinations,” emphasized Kiran Andicot – Regional Vice President Development, South Asia, Marriott International.”We look forward to the opening of these new hotels in the future and to exploring future development opportunities throughout the region.”


Marriott International seems to be all set to continue to defend its leadership in the hospitality segment in India and South Asia, with many new hotels and resorts coming up over the next five years with their flags. This looks to be an exciting time for people who work in hospitality due to the new job opportunities it creates, and also for Marriott patrons in South Asia.

What do you make of the new plans of Marriott to open new hotels and resorts in India/South Asia?

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    • @Kapil, this is about new hotels that have been signed during the past 18 months. CY Mahabaleshwar would have been signed pre-pandemic, and perhaps opening now.

  1. Ajay it seems Marriott is opening or has presence in all the hot spots in Rajasthan except Udaipur. Seems they are missing out on Lake City charm and international and national footfalls.

  2. Good to see Marriott getting more resorts in India that are not concentrated in Rajasthan and around urban centres. Currently, they aren’t many Marriott resorts in India that can be used in the peak summer months

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