7 new Marriot hotels for Scotland

Hotel group Marriott International plans to open seven new hotels in Scotland in the next four years.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the plans and will meet senior staff from the group on her visit to New York.

The new hotels, which include the W Edinburgh at the St James scheme and three Moxy hotels, will boost the group's room rate in Scotland by 75%.

Speaking ahead of the visit, the First Minister said: "Despite the uncertainty brought about by Brexit, Scotland's economy and tourism sectors remain strong and I am delighted that big businesses like Marriott International are choosing to show their confidence by investing here.

"Scotland's performance in hotel markets is exceptionally strong, with latest figures showing that we are outperforming 11 of the main 12 European hotel markets, including Paris, Madrid and Berlin - only London was higher.''

Kevin Montano, senior vice-president and global development officer for Marriott International, said: "With seven hotels across five Marriott brands (W Hotels, Moxy, Aloft, Courtyard and Residence Inn) scheduled to open within the next four years, we remain optimistic for the future growth of our company and hospitality overall in Scotland.''

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