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Marriott Expanding Services, Opening Hotels

DENVER, COLO. — Marriott International continues to expand its offerings to business travel professionals on a number of fronts.

“Marriott International is in the midst of one of its most exciting periods ever for business travel professionals,” said Brian King, the company’s global officer, brand management and global sales, in a speech at the Global Business Travel Association’s annual convention in Denver, Colo., on July 17.

Marriott International — including Marriott Hotels — offers guests high-tech check-in/check-out option across 4,200 hotels globally. Marriott Hotels also now provides guests with the ability to log onto their Netflix accounts or start a new account on in-room TV screens in more than 300 hotels globally.

The company’s website connects meeting planners with more than 750 of its hotels, providing images, tips, quizzes and trend-related articles.

In August, Marriott will unveil a hotel designed to test new ideas and technology. Among the concepts to be tested: An interactive pre-function space that resembles a high-end residential kitchen and a boardroom with natural light and touchscreen monitors.

This year also marks an active period for meeting space expansion, with several projects underway worldwide. Construction has begun on the 2-million-square-foot Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colo. Once completed in late 2018, Gaylord Rockies will be the largest combined hotel and convention centre in Colorado. At the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center near Washington D.C., construction began on a freestanding, 23,000-square-foot ballroom overlooking the Potomac River, set to open in July 2017. At the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, near Dallas, work began on a $120 million expansion that will add 86,000 square feet of meeting space, including a new ballroom in 2019

Additionally, Marriott plans to open more than 100 luxury and lifestyle hotels in the next 12 months, with the Ritz-Carlton brand arriving in new locations such as Langkawi, Malaysia. In the next year, customers will also see the global expansion of AC by Marriott in countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Germany; the arrival of three new JW Marriott locations in China; and new locations for the Moxy brand across Europe.