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Marriott and GHA announce expansion in Italy

19 Jul 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Marriott has announced the addition of six Boscolo hotels to its Autograph Collection, while Italian group The Lungarno Collection has joined the Global Hotel Alliance.

Launched last year and referred to by Marriott as “a group of exceptional independent luxury hotels, each hand-selected for their originality, character and uncommon details”, the Autograph Collection now had 26 properties worldwide, with four Italian Boscolo hotels set to join the portfolio, as well as two properties in Budapest and Prague.

Two of the Italian properties are located in Rome, with a third in Venice and one in Milan. Among these is the Boscolo Venezia, housed within the Palazzo Rizzo Patarol, formerly home to the French embassy in Venice.

Marriott hopes to expand the Autograph Collection to 40 properties across the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Latin America by the end of the year.

Meanwhile the Global Hotel Alliance - which includes hotel groups such as Kempinski, Leela and Marco Polo - has signed its first Italian member.

The family-owned Lungarno Collection counts “luxury hotels, design hotels, private villas and exclusive Swan Sailing boats” in its portfolio, in locations including Rome, Florence and Tuscany.

Lungarno becomes the 14th member of the Global Hotel Alliance, and CEO Chris Hartley said that the group’s hotels “fit perfectly with GHA’s philosophy of collaboration among independent, regional brands, which have a strong local identity”.

For more information visit marriott.com, gha.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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