MEXICO CITY, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of a visit to Mexico,Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International, Inc., today, announced the signing of four hotels in the country. Following an aggressive expansion strategy in one of the region's key markets, Marriott expects to add the new properties to its existing portfolio of 70 hotels. The company operates more than 200 hotels in the Caribbean and Latin American region, spanning 20 brands in 33 countries and territories.
"We are very excited to continue growing our reach in Latin America with brands as diverse as Renaissance, AC Hotels by Marriott, Westin and Aloft," said Sorenson. "These new projects are driven by a solid increase in the demand for business and leisure travel to this dynamic part of the world. They also reaffirm our commitment to delivering high-quality hotel development projects and maintaining investor confidence in our innovative brands." DEMAND INCREASES FOR FULL-SERVICE BRANDS Marriott is meeting the growing demand in the full-service segment in Mexico with the signing of The Westin Puebla. Owned by IDEURBAN and managed by Marriott, the hotel is set to open in the second half of 2018 and will bring the Westin brand's innovative wellness initiatives to one of the oldest cities in the region. The property will join Westin's portfolio of hotels throughout the country, including in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun. Two additional Westin hotels are under construction in Cozumel and Monterrey, expected to open in 2017 and 2018, respectively.