Updated: Nov 30, 2019
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH YOMA LAND TO BRING THE WELLNESS-CENTRIC WESTIN BRAND TO MYANMAR IN 2021
Leading hospitality brand with six pillars of well-being expected to debut in Myanmar’s capital with the 281-room Westin Yangon
Yangon, Myanmar – October 24, 2019 – Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced the signing of a landmark agreement with Myanmar’s leading property developer, Yoma Land, to bring the Westin brand to Myanmar in late 2021. Under the agreement, the new-build Westin Yangon will feature 281 rooms and suites alongside 90 premium serviced apartments with spectacular views overlooking downtown Yangon and the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda.
The 26-story hotel is being planned as a part of the Yoma Central integrated real estate development which has been designed by acclaimed architect Cecil Balmond OBE. Upon completion in 2021, Yoma Central expects to be anchored by the restored former headquarters of the Burma Railway Company, one of Yangon’s oldest and most cherished colonial-era buildings. Yoma Central plans to also feature two Grade A office towers and a collection of luxury private homes, all of which will be connected seamlessly by a retail podium.
“Given its local expertise and strategic vision for development in Myanmar, Yoma Land is an ideal partner for debuting the Westin brand in this market,” said Paul Foskey, Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “The signing of The Westin Yangon marks a significant milestone in Marriott International’s continued growth in Southeast Asia and we look forward to partnering with Yoma Land in building on this momentum.”
Currently, Westin has more than 220 hotels in nearly 40 countries and territories. Westin Hotels & Resorts is widely renowned as hospitality’s global leader in wellness for more than a decade. The brand empowers guests to transcend the rigors of travel while on the road through hotel offerings and programming that bring to life the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well.
“It’s an honor to work with Marriott International to introduce its Westin Hotels and Resorts brand to Myanmar. The Westin Yangon will be a great place for leisure and business travelers alike who will be able to enjoy the hotel’s world-class services and facilities. This is a significant moment in the Yoma Land strategy of seeking out the very best of international partners to reinforce our position as a leading developer in Myanmar,” said Stephen Purvis, Head of Yoma Land.
Bringing the iconic Westin brand and its unique wellness philosophy to Myanmar, the hotel will feature signature Westin services and amenities that empower guests to recharge and enhance their well-being while travelling. From the fully equipped WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, the RunWESTIN™ program, to pampering themselves at The Heavenly Spa By Westin™, the Westin Yangon is set to be a leader in wellness in the city. Guests can also pack light and stay fit while traveling with the Westin Gear Lending program, featuring New Balance® clothing and shoes delivered straight to their rooms.
The hotel is expected to offer a thoughtfully curated array of dining experiences at Seasonal Taste, the all-day dining outlet, two specialty restaurants, as well as the lobby lounge, pool bar and rooftop bar. These outlets help travelers maintain healthy eating habits by encompassing Westin’s delicious and nutritious Eat Well menu and Crafted at Westin artisanal cocktail that are infused with local natural ingredients and fresh local flavours. The business community can expect to enjoy four ultra-modern meeting rooms, a board room and 2,470 square meters of conference and event space.
The Westin Yangon is strategically located close to the city’s attractions, including Sule Pagoda, Chinatown, Merchant Street and historical central business district. The area is located approximately 18 kilometers from Yangon International Airport.
To learn more about the Westin Yangon, please visit: www.Westin.com
Left to right:
Mr. Stephen Purvis, Head of Yoma Land
Mr. Hideoshi Mano, Chief Representative for Myanmar, Mitsubishi Corporation
Mr. Melvyn Pun, CEO, Yoma Strategic Holdings
Mr. Rajeev Menon, President Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International
Mr. Andree Susilo Director, Hotel Development Asia-Pacific Marriott International
About Yoma Central
Yoma Central is an integrated real estate development with a total gross floor area of approximately 2.44 million square feet. Designed by prominent architect, Cecil Balmond OBE, it will feature luxury residences, two Grade A office towers, a business hotel, and serviced apartments, all of which are connected seamlessly by a retail podium. The project comes under Meeyahta Development Limited, a joint-venture between Yoma Strategic (48%), First Myanmar Investment Public Company Limited (12%) (“FMI”), the Mitsubishi Companies (30%), the International Finance Corporation (5%) (“IFC”) and the Asian Development Bank (5%) (“ADB”).
About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, hospitality’s global leader in wellness for more than a decade, empowers guests to transcend the rigors of travel while on the road through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well. At 225 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience wellness offerings, including the brand’s iconic and award-winning Heavenly Bed; game-changing gear lending program, TRX fitness equipment in signature WestinWORKOUT™ Fitness Studios; delicious and nutritious menu offerings, and more. Stay connected to Westin: @westin on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Westin. Westin is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.
About Yoma Land
With a mission "to Build Better Communities for the Future of Myanmar", Yoma Land is a leading property developer and landlord in Myanmar. Acting as the umbrella brand for the Real Estate businesses of Singapore Securities Exchange Trading Limited listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. and Yangon Stock Exchange listed First Myanmar Investment Public Company Limited, Yoma Land focuses on township projects and aims to build communities that are attractive, safe and vibrant. Yoma Land currently has three large-scale property developments comprising two residential projects – StarCity, and Pun Hlaing Estate – and a mixed-used development – Yoma Central and The Peninsula Yangon. These three key projects aim to transform and shape Yangon’s city landscape through an emphasis on innovative designs, building standards and product range.
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