Marriott Hotels to Open First Hotel in Bolivia
Monday December 16th, 2013 - 10:17AM BP
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SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA—Marriott International’s flagship brand, Marriott Hotels, announced plans to open a 174-room Marriott Hotel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 2016, making it the first hotel in Bolivia for the company.
The hotel will be developed by Empresa Hotelera Icon S.A. and operated by Marriott International. “We are very excited about our new partnership with Marriott and the opportunity to establish the Marriott Hotels brand’s footprint in Bolivia. With the success of the brand across Latin America and around the world, we are confident that this hotel will be highly successful and play a large role in the continued emergence of Bolivia,” stated Carlos Saavedra, president of the board of Empresa Hotelera Icon S.A.
Situated in the Equipetrol neighborhood, the Marriott Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hotel will be surrounded by a high concentration of office buildings with multi-national tenants in the city as well as a close proximity to a new shopping center currently under construction.
Craig S. Smith, president of the Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International, said in a statement, "With this project, not only are we bringing more hotel rooms to the Bolivian market, but doing so in a vibrant city like Santa Cruz de la Sierra which is experiencing a large growth in business and leisure tourism."
In addition to 174 guestrooms and suites, the hotel will feature a three-meal-a-day restaurant and a lobby bar. The hotel will also include meeting space and recreational facilities, including a swimming pool and fitness center. Other amenities will include a club lounge, business center, gift shop and parking garage.
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