Marriott International and YTL Hotels today announced agreements for new hotels across Asia, strengthening both companies’ presence in the world’s fastest growing region. During an official ceremony held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, the two companies agreed to develop two new luxury hotels in Malaysia under the JW Marriott and EDITION brands and signed Memorandums of Understanding for two hotels in Japan, an EDITION and a W Hotel in Niseko Village, Hokkaido.
Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies said: “We’re delighted to expand our hospitality footprint in Asia through Marriott International. 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.”
Left to right: Arne Sorenson - President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Dato’ Mark Yeoh - Executive Director of YTL Hotels; Craig Smith - President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Marriott International; Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh - Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies, celebrate the multi- property signings.
Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director for Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “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.”
In Malaysia, YTL Hotels’ second JW Marriott hotel will be strategically located near KL Sentral, an exclusive urban centre in the country’s largest transit hub, offering guests seamless connectivity and easy access to the city’s premier business and leisure destinations. The EDITION in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s first, will boast a prestigious address neighbouring the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), home to the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers. The 350-key property will deliver distinctive rooms that ensure the finest contemporary luxury experience.
In Japan, the EDITION and W hotels will further complement the luxury hotel experience in the fully integrated Niseko Village. YTL Hotels’ prominent presence in the powder mecca of Japan – Niseko Village in Hokkaido – is growing with the upcoming development of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The highly lauded ski resort currently features two existing hotels with ski-in ski-out accommodation and a collection of bespoke townhouses. It is world-renowned for its dry champagne powder snow in the winter and in the summer, guests are awed by the breathtaking wildlife, fresh harvest and a wide array of outdoor recreation including golf, trekking and horse riding.
Separately, YTL Hotels celebrated the relaunch of the 578-room JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur on 5 December after having undergone a complete refurbishment. The hotel combines contemporary elegance with the convenience of being located right in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle. The hotel is now open to guests, offering luxurious rooms and facilities.
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About YTL Hotels
YTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-wining resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages with a hospitality footprint across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, including Pangkor Island Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Condé Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels, was named the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Awards World’s Top 100. The portfolio also encompasses the ownership management of a number of Marriott properties in Australia and Kuala Lumpur as well as properties under the brand’s prestigious Autograph Collection banner. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is the latest addition to this partnership. Future plans include the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan which is set to complement YTL Hotels’ master plan for Niseko Village.
With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad. Visit www.ytlhotels.com for more information and follow us on our social media platforms for #TreasuredPlaces #TreasuredMoments