Marriott International, Inc. has signed a management agreement with CJSC Globus to open its first property in Novosibirsk, Russia, the 175-room Marriott Novosibirsk Hotel. The Marriott Novosibirsk will be a new addition to the Marriott Hotels & Resorts flagship brand and is expected to open in 2014. Joining Marriott executives and VIPs for the official signing ceremony was the Mayor of Novosibirsk, Mr. Vladimir Gorodetsky. The announcement follows the recent signing of the Courtyard by Marriott Ulyanovsk and grows the current pipeline in Russia to nine new properties over the next 3 years. Other upcoming openings include the 234-room Moscow Marriott Novy Arbat in 2014, and the Courtyard by Marriott Sochi Plaza Hotel and Krasnaya Polyana Marriott Hotel in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
“Last October we announced plans to grow our portfolio in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States by more than 50 percent by 2015 and signing the Marriott Novosibirsk Hotel is another important step in reaching that goal,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe. “We are excited about the growth in travel throughout the region and the expanding demand for our hotels and brands.”
Novosibirsk is the capital of the Siberian Federal District and Russia’s third largest city after Moscow and St Petersburg. A vibrant hub of commerce and culture, the city is an important centre for governmental affairs and industry but also boasts an extraordinary host of cultural institutions. Known as the cultural capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk’s State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall and M.I. Glinka State Conservatory are internationally acclaimed. Visitors to the city can also explore its many cultural heritage sites and architectural and historical monuments as well as museums and theatres.
The Marriott Novosibirsk will be positioned in a prime location on Lenin Square opposite the city’s iconic Opera House. Featuring sophisticated guestrooms, a leisure club, indoor pool and 454 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is expected to be popular with both business and leisure travellers. Additional hotel facilities include a casual dining restaurant, a Lobby Lounge & Bar, and business centre.