Marriott International has announced a US $100 million investment for upgrades and refurbishments to their hotels in Barbados.
This announcement was made by Alex Fiz, Marriott's area vice-president for the Caribbean and managing director of the all-inclusive sector for the Caribbean and Latin America. At a cocktail reception hosted by the House in Payne's Bay, Fiz welcomed travel representatives from around the world, in Barbados this week for the 2023 Caribbean Travel Marketplace, and briefed them on what they can expect from Marriott in the coming years.
Marriott International now owns six hotels in Barbados, after acquiring the Elegant Hotels Group in 2019. This was part of a global pivot as the brand moves further into the All-Inclusive space. Their expanding portfolio in Barbados now includes Colony Club, Tamarind, The House, Crystal Cove, Turtle Beach, Waves Hotel and Spa, Daphne's Restaurant, which has been renamed Positano, and Courtyard by Marriott.
Rennovations began shortly after the acquisition, but were interrupted by Covid-19. Rennovations are now back on track with Colony Club due for a total transformation.
Fiz thanked travel representatives for attending, and said it was "fantastic to see the Group's hotels full again and customers travelling to the Caribbean".
The Marriott brand includes nearly 500 luxury hotels and resorts in 69 countries and territories, and the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portfolio includes 33 properties in the Caribbean and Latin America, located across Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada and Brazil.