Marriott's Courtyard Hotel in Shanghai's Downtown Xujiahui Business District Prepares for World Expo 2010 Offering Exciting New Incentives and Promotions

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China's tourism industry remains aggressive, especially in the areas of meetings and events, and Marriott's hotels in Shanghai's Downtown area stand poised to deliver. A prime example of the upswing in tourism is the World Expo 2010, which begins just a year from now in Shanghai. Expected to have the highest attendance in terms of visitors, the city is preparing to welcome approximately 70 million visitors. Marriott International expects to have 14 hotels operating in the city by that time, with 10 currently open. All properties will be a part of the official hotel group for the major event.

Courtyard Shanghai Downtown

China's tourism industry remains aggressive, especially in the areas of meetings and events, and Marriott's hotels in Shanghai's Downtown area stand poised to deliver. A prime example of the upswing in tourism is the World Expo 2010, which begins just a year from now in Shanghai. Expected to have the highest attendance in terms of visitors, the city is preparing to welcome approximately 70 million visitors. Marriott International expects to have 14 hotels operating in the city by that time, with 10 currently open. All properties will be a part of the official hotel group for the major event.

"This expo will help to establish Shanghai's status as a major economic and cultural center," said Dominic Sherry, regional vice president of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific. "We have expanded our Shanghai portfolio greatly in the past few years and are ready to serve groups coming in for pre and post Expo activity."

In addition to the Courtyard downtown Shanghai hotel in Xujiahui, Marriott properties in neighboring cities such as Hangzhou, Ningbo and Suzhou will also be running promotions for visitors who wish to take advantage of side trips while in Shanghai.

In focusing on meetings and events, Marriott International this month is launching a "Meetings in China" initiative with a new website at MarriottMeetings.com.cn, which will target the specific needs of this segment. The site will feature all Marriott properties throughout the country and provide event stories, incentive ideas, maps, destination information, and much more. User friendly and easy to navigate, the site's landing page will lead directly to the RFP page for group inquiries.

"Our global sales offices and marketing team are working closely with the local government and businesses to align our customer partnerships," said Mr. Sherry. "Most incoming traffic for Marriott hotels in China is mainly domestic guests, followed by USA, Japan and Germany."

The Courtyard Hotel in the Xujiahui Business District, Shanghai, offers over 8,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as business friendly hotel rooms with wired and wireless high speed internet, spacious work desks, and much more. To learn more about the Courtyard downtown hotel in Shanghai, visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/shasx-courtyard-shanghai-xujiahui/

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com.

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