Marriott to launch new Winnipeg airport hotel

Hotel News - 17/09/2012

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Marriott International has announced plans to build a new Courtyard by Marriott property at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport campus.

The effort is being led by two Toronto-based development firms and the forthcoming property will reportedly feature 120 guest rooms in the area just east of the airport. Officials said the project will cost some CAD $ 20 million (£12.6 million).

A report by the Winnipeg Free Press said that the move will boost the total number of rooms at the airport campus to more than 400. Marriott will go toe-to-toe with rival Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which operates the FourPoints by Sheraton Hotel in the lot adjacent to where the Courtyard by Marriott Winnipeg Airport is to be built.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts executive Manlio Marescotti said to reporters that the Courtyard brand was the “creator” of the upper moderate tier of hotels and that it continues to see impressive growth. He said that the brand is the 11th largest worldwide on a “stand-alone basis”.

Meanwhile, analysts say that although the Winnipeg airport market is approaching saturation that the new Courtyard is likely to enjoy success. Jim Baker from the Manitoba Hotel Association noted many travellers take brand loyalty very seriously, particularly when traveling on business.

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