Marriott plans more Residence Inn hotels in GCC
Marriott International has unveiled plans to expand its mid-tiered brand, Residence Inn, in the GCC region, Gulf News has reported. Residence Inn, which has one property in Bahrain, expects to have two more properties in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia this year, which are expected to open in September and November respectively, according to Diane R Mayer, the brand’s vice-president and global brand manager. Another property in Saudi Arabia is set to open in 2018. Residence Inn could also enter the Dubai market, according to Mayer. Marriott plans to have 10,000 rooms in the emirate by 2020 compared with the current 2,700 rooms.