marriott.gifThe US hotel chain Marriott is entering the Balkan market with its first, 180-room, hotel in the Macedonian capital Skopje to open doors in 2013.

Marriott has been eyeing the Bulgarian market as well. Last year a company representative visited Bulgaria and looked at several facilities in downtown Sofia and near the airport, but there are no contracts on the table yet.

"This is such an exciting project for us and we are thrilled to announce Marriott's entrance in to The Balkans," said Amy McPherson, Marriott's President & Managing Director for Europe. "We recently announced our growth goal of doubling our portfolio in Europe and by entering new markets like Macedonia we are able to reach new customers and meet a real need in the market. We are confident the Skopje Marriott Hotel will be a success from day one."

Macedonia, with a population of just over two million people, is located in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe and is bordered by Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Albania.  Skopje, Macedonia's capital city, has a population of approximately 500,000 people and is the hub of business and government activity including boasting a new United States embassy opened in 2009.

A charming city with a fascinating history, Skopje is located in the northern part of Macedonia with the beautiful Vardar River flowing through the city. The Skopje Marriott Hotel will be located in the city square, the hub of business and social activity, near the Stone Bridge which represents the connection between Skopje’s past and present. The Skopje Marriott will feature stylish guestrooms with plush bed and bath linens, flat screen televisions, and high-speed internet access. 

marriott-skopje-signing.jpgAt the time, the Marriott management said they are interested in Bulgaria, but cannot reveal details about the negotiations over confidential information, adding they might enter the local market with 3 of their brands - Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels and Courtyard.

According to the Bulgarian "Dnevnik," citing own sources, the first two brands will open hotels in Sofia while Courtyard, which has lower prices, is planned for the cities of Plovdiv and Varna.

In the last years, Marriott, together with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, owner of Sheraton, Luxury Collection, and Westin, are the leaders of achieved revenues in the hotel business. Both have announced plans for large-scale expansion in Europe.