Malta Mar­riott to open next sum­mer fol­low­ing €25m in­vest­ment

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Le Méri­dien St Ju­lian's Ho­tel & Spa is clos­ing its doors on 1 Oc­to­ber as it em­barks on a €25m in­vest­ment that will see it trans­formed into the first Mar­riott ho­tel on the is­land by sum­mer 2019.

Gen­eral man­ager Alex In­cor­vaja said ev­ery­thing was on track to close the ho­tel at the end of this week to en­able works to start on the to­tal ren­o­va­tion of the ho­tel and re­open as a Mar­riott ho­tel, Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s flag­ship brand within its port­fo­lio.

The ex­ten­sive trans­for­ma­tion will see the ho­tel in­crease its rooms to 327, of­fer­ing guests a wider choice of pre­mium cat­e­gory rooms and ex­ec­u­tive suites. The pro­ject has been en­trusted to ar­chi­tects Bluprint Per­iti and RPW De­sign Ltd, one of the world’s lead­ing hospi­tal­ity in­te­rior de­sign prac­tices.

Although the ho­tel it­self will be closed over the next nine months, The Villa, which op­er­ates Taro at The Villa and Nori at The Villa within the stately Villa Cas­sar Tor­reg­giani, will re­main open.

“This is a very ex­cit­ing pe­riod for the ho­tel. Hav­ing had a great 2018 which fol­lows the pre­vi­ous year’s record re­sults, we are now look­ing ahead to ac­cel­er­at­ing this mo­men­tum once the ho­tel re­opens as the pres­ti­gious Malta Mar­riott Ho­tel & Spa next sum­mer,” he said.

In­cor­vaja said its more than 140 em­ploy­ees will be kept on board and were be­ing re­de­ployed into the pro­ject, with some tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to work and gain ex­pe­ri­ence in other lead­ing Mar­riott ho­tels around the world.

The re­brand­ing fol­lows Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s ac­qui­si­tion of Star­wood Ho­tels & Re­sorts, which owned Le Méri­dien brand. The world-lead­ing travel com­pany has more than 6,700 prop­er­ties op­er­at­ing un­der 30 brands in over 120 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries around the world.

“The Mar­riott chain is one of the strong­est brands world­wide in terms of ho­tel lodg­ings and its ar­rival on the is­land will def­i­nitely be good news for the tourism in­dus­try and pro­vide a great ad­di­tional plat­form for Malta’s pro­mo­tion,” In­cor­vaja said.

Gen­eral Man­ager Alex In­cor­vaja

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