By Alexander Cornwell, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: Marriott International’s plans to increase the number of hotel rooms in Dubai to 10,000 by 2020 have been underpinned by the UAE’s successful Expo 2020 bid, a senior executive of the hotel group has said.
“The announcement of [Expo] 2020 is fantastic news for both Dubai and the entire continent because it will cement the continued growth for this part of the world,” Neal Jones, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Middle East & Africa, at Marriott International, said on Wednesday at a media briefing in Dubai.
Regionally, Marriott International plans to more than triple its room numbers in the Middle East and Africa from 20,000 to 70,000 over the next seven years with Dubai set to remain a staple in the portfolio.
Dubai already boasts 2,700 Marriott International hotel rooms and by 2020 the country and emirate will account for around 14 per cent of all regional Marriott International hotel rooms, supported by the successful Expo 2020 bid. More info