Le Meridien Continues Global Expansion with 11 New Hotels to Open in 2014
Friday March 7th, 2014 - 10:43AM BP
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NEW YORK—Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts recently revealed an unprecedented year of growth with 11 new hotels expected to open within the next 12 months.
With these new openings, Le Méridien is on track to more than triple its portfolio in the Americas since the French-born brand was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 2005. In 2014, Le Méridien is slated to open hotels in both established and emerging destinations around the world from Chicago to Dhaka, Tampa to Bangkok and New Orleans to Thimphu.
“Last year, we signed more new Le Méridien hotels and resorts than any year since we added Le Méridien to Starwood’s portfolio of world-class brands,” stated Simon Turner, president of Global Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “The pace of both conversion and adaptive reuse projects has been the key driver of the brand’s growth, accounting for nearly all the openings this year in North America, and approximately half of those opening in other global markets.”
Over the past eight years, Le Méridien has undergone a full transformation, including a comprehensive portfolio review as well as a re-development of its brand strategy, marketing approach and service training. Last year, Le Méridien also saw more new deal signings of any year since 2005.
Le Méridien will open 11 new hotels in the next 12 months, including:
Le Méridien Tampa—May 2014—Recognized in the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Méridien Tampa. Located in the city’s arts and entertainment district, Le Méridien Tampa will feature 130 guestrooms and suites.
Le Méridien Dhaka (Bangladesh)—July 2014—Adjacent to the stock exchange, Le Méridien Dhaka is located between the central business district and Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC). Each of the 304 guestrooms and suites is furnished in a palette of warm tones.
Le Méridien Chicago—July 2014—Directly adjacent to Oakbrook Center shopping destination, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center is set to undergo a $20-million transformation prior to its 2014 debut. The hotel will feature 172 guestrooms and suites, fitness center, ninth floor bar, restaurant and meeting spaces, and a rooftop terrace.
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When you hear all the lodging industry projections for the months and years to come, much of the robust growth is forecast to be the result of the expected influx of travelers from China. In what could only be seen as good news for the industry, that expectation moved a little closer to reality when President Obama signed a visa waiver extension for Chinese travelers earlier this month.