Marriotts Asian expansion

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Marriott International plans to more than double the size of its portfolio within the Asia-Pacific region, with an additional 123 properties in Asia by 2016.Adding an extra 80,000 rooms in up to 16 countries, new properties include a Bulgari hotel in Shanghai, a Marriott resort in Dali, a Marriott in Hengyang and a Renaissance hotel in Xuzhou.The hotel group also expects to operate in an additional 13 provinces within China by 2016 including; Hunan, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Anhui and Macau. Marriott Asia managing director Simon Cooper said the group intends to “grow dynamically” within the region through “a strategically targeted brand portfolio” and products that resonate with the public.“While China and India are the driving forces for our business in Asia, we are also seeing growth with new signings and openings in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and elsewhere in the region,” he said. The additional properties will open an extra 36,000 new jobs within Asia including 40,000 in China alone.  Marriott International currently operates eight brands in Asia Pacific including; Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments and the recently launched Autograph Collection.last_img read more

5 Maastricht Netherlands from £30 Cheapest retur

first_img5. Maastricht, Netherlands from £30Cheapest return flights in: NovemberOk, so there’s not a great deal of glamour about Maastricht. It may not impress your colleagues as much as saying you’re off to the Maldives, but you can get return flights for £30, so it’s got that going for it. Time your visit for the Wednesday morning market in Markt Square, or for fish fans, Fridays at Boschstraat Market is the plaice to be (sorry!). 4. Turin, Italy from £48Cheapest return flights in: NovemberNext to Neapolitan pizza, Turin’s Fiat 500 has got to be one of Italy’s most famous exports. Four-wheeled icons are not all that Italy’s fourth largest city specialises in. Visitors flock to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist to gaze upon the Turin Shroud, believed to bear the imprint of Christ’s face on his way to the cross. Take a break from all that racing around with a gelato from Pepino, the first parlour to put ice cream on a stick and dip it in chocolate. 3. Riga, Latvia from £37Cheapest return flights in: FebruaryNow that the stag do boom has waned, the more civilised attractions of Latvia’s capital are coming to the fore. Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its world-class collection of Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture. Take a trip to the top of St Peter’s Church for an incredible 360 view of this Baltic beauty. It’s also got a more modern side, seen here with this view on the River Daugava. 2. Lisbon, Portugal from £43Cheapest return flights in JanuarySurrounded by sheer hillsides, Lisbon is a colourful city with heavenly pastries to tempt those with a sweet tooth; beautiful Gothic cathedrals, ancient monasteries and museums brimming with artefacts. Whether you take the cobbled streets on foot or hop on a canary yellow tram, the scenery is gorgeous and you’re never far from fresh bread served in local fadistas. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 6. Malaga, Spain from £30Cheapest return flights in: NovemberAs anyone who’s visited will tell you, the quickest way to the coast of the Costa Del Sol is to head straight from Malaga airport down the N340. But while the Malaga car rental desks are the first port of call for those desperate to reach the beach, out-of-season visitors to southern Spain should stop right there to explore Malaga itself. Check out our local’s guide for some great tips on what to do and where to eat.More: 10 best things to do in Malaga: a local’s guideOur Malaga local shows us around and shares her inside tips for the capital of the Costa del Sol. The clocks have changed, but cheer yourself up by planning a cheap break this autumn or winter. First step: book your flight. Here are six flights, all under £60 return, to take you on a dream getaway. Or at least a cheap getaway.1. Marrakech, Morocco from £44Cheapest return flights in: DecemberHow ridiculously cheap is this? That’s a deal and a half to take you to the full-on craziness of Marrakech. While some may be overawed by sights such as Djemaa el-Fna, you can at least take a break from the constant hustle, bustle (and heat for much of the year) by staying in a secluded riad – ‘a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard’. Many riad owners will pick up from the airport, to ease you into your visit before you hit up the souks and snake charmers. Related6 amazing value surprisingly cheap flights to exciting destinationsSix amazingly good value flights to exciting, relatively faraway places – all (but one) under £65 return this autumn.6 flights for £60: great getaways to beat the back-to-work bluesFrom Malaga to Marrakech, Skyscanner brings you six flights for under £60.Where to go on holiday in OctoberHalloween is around the corner, the last leaves are tenaciously clinging to the branches and the coffee shops are whipping out the pumpkin spice syrup. Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean the holidays need to be. Check out the Skyscanner guide to the best cities, beaches, and events…last_img read more