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Marriott International launches fifth hotel in India

KOCHI: Marriott International Inc launched its fifth hotel in India — Kochi Marriott Hotel in Kerala — on Dec 21.

“Kochi Marriott Hotel introduces a stylish, modern hotel experience for guests and has been designed to provide the best in-house service and facilities for business and leisure travellers,” said Kochi Marriott Hotel general manager Vineet Mishra in a statement recently. 

Kochi Marriott Hotel is located 22km from the Cochin International Airport, 9km from the city centre and within walking distance from the Lulu Mall. 

The 21-storey hotel offers 274 rooms, including 25 club suites, one vice-presidential suite and a presidential suite. The hotel has 200 parking bays and eight meeting rooms for functions, which can accommodate up to 600 people per room.

“We believe the city of Kochi has tremendous potential for business and hospitality growth, making it an obvious choice for the Marriott Hotels brand,” said South Asia Marriott International vice-president Rajeev Menon.

He told The Edge Financial Daily that the hotel’s location is an upcoming business hub and commercial area. Currently it’s surrounded by shopping malls and entertainment zones. The Lulu Mall near the hotel has over 150 retail outlets with an average daily footfall of 85,000. 

Marriott International revealed that over 20 hotels will be opened next year within Asia-Pacific, offering more than 6,000 rooms.

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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on January 2, 2015.

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