Original Atlantis leads Marriott Autograph growth
New VP in place to drive expansion of independent hotel collection
Marriott International has appointed a new vice president to drive the growth of its Autograph Collection of independent four- and five-star hotels and hinted at the expansion of the brand into the Middle East.
Julius Robinson will drive, define and execute global strategy for the collection, which currently features more than 60 hotels around the world.
The company said that, due to strong interest from the owner/franchisee community, further expansion of the brand is planned for the Middle East/Africa and Central America.
Marriott also announced that it expects to add 11 new hotels to the growing portfolio by the end of the year.
As previously reported, one of them will be Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the forerunner to the property of the same name on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
Other additions to the Autograph Collection will include Triada Palm Springs in California and the Metropolitan at the 9 in Cleveland, both in the US.
It will also welcome four hotels from The Ambassador Collection and four from The Davenport Hotel Collection, again all in the US.
“We are delighted to welcome these extraordinary experiences into our growing portfolio,” said Julius Robinson, vice president of the Autograph Collection.
“Being able to partner with hotels who offer travelers an experience that is firmly grounded in the independent essence of Autograph Collection is important to us as we continue to grow around the world.”