Marriott to open two hotels in Erbil, Iraq

Marriott International has announced the opening of two hotels in Erbil, Northern Iraq in 2014. The two hotels, a 200-room, upscale Marriott Hotels & Resorts-branded hotel and a 75-unit deluxe Marriott Executive Apartments property are developed by local company Empire and will be be part of a large mixed-use project called "Empire World," now under construction that includes residential towers, private villas, office towers and retail and leisure space.

CPP has been covering Erbil, Northern Iraq since 2010 and has run extensive research into the potential of the local luxury market, the wealthiest and most stable region of Iraq. In March 2011, CPP released the first luxury market report on Iraq, with a focus on Northern Iraq and its capital city of Erbil.