Marriott and YTL Hotels plan for Asia

Marriott International and YTL Hotels have announced agreements for new hotels across Asia. During an official ceremony at YTL’s The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, the two companies agreed to develop two properties in Malaysia under the JW Marriott and Edition brands, and signed Memorandums of Understanding for two further hotels in Japan, an Edition and a W Hotel.

“We’re delighted to expand our hospitality footprint in Asia through Marriott International,” comments Tan Sri Dato’ Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies. “Our 20-year relationship has been pivotal to the growth of YTL Hotels in Malaysia, Asia and in the UK. We currently have 11 Marriott International hotels in our portfolio of 32 hospitality assets, making us one of Marriott’s largest owning companies with one of the longest relationships in Asia. Through illustrious Marriott International brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Autograph Collection, we seek to offer our guests experiences that will make memories for a lifetime.”

In Malaysia, YTL Hotels’ second JW Marriott hotel will be located near Kuala Lumpur Sentral, an urban centre built around the country’s largest transit hub, offering connectivity to business and leisure destinations. Their second development, Malaysia’s first Edition hotel, will feature 350 guestrooms and neighbour Kuala Lumpur City Centre, home to the Petronas Towers.

Looking further afield to Japan, the Edition and W hotels will add to the development of ski resort Niseko Village. YTL Hotels is also developing the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Hokkaido region, which features two existing hotels and a collection of bespoke townhouses.

Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director for Marriott International Asia Pacific, adds: “We are pleased with today’s announcement, which advances our goal of doubling our luxury presence in Asia Pacific. With the addition of these hotels to our system, our guests will have even more luxurious opportunities to explore Malaysia and Japan, two exciting and diverse travel destinations.”

Separately, YTL Hotels has relaunched the 578-key JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur following a complete refurbishment. Located in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle, the hotel has been renovated to combine contemporary elegance with the convenience of a central location.