Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has assumed management of the legendary Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida. The 692-room property will officially be named the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort and joins Marriott’s world-class portfolio of 60 resorts worldwide.
CNL Hotels & Resorts Inc., the second largest hotel real estate investment trust in the USA, acquired the resort from KSL Recreation Corporation in April 2004. CNL plans to invest over $40 million over the next three years in capital improvements and expects to add a number of enhancements, including additional meeting space.
“We‘re thrilled to be managing what is clearly one of the premier golf and spa resorts in the country,” said Don Semmler, senior vice president, southeast region, Marriott International. “Doral has over 40 years of history and many longstanding traditions that we will embrace and enhance with Marriott’s special brand of customer service.”
“We are extremely excited to expand our strong relationship with Marriott International,” said Thomas J. Hutchison III, CEO of CNL Hotels & Resorts. “The marriage of the legendary Doral brand and Marriott’s broad-based management expertise promises to deliver an outstanding business and leisure destination, further enhanced by the global marketing reach to loyal Marriott customers.”
Situated on 650 acres, the Doral Golf Resort & Spa features five championship golf courses, 90,000 square feet of meeting space, five restaurants, the Jim McLean Golf School and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre.
The Blue Monster Course has been rated ‘Best in the World‘ by The Golfer magazine and is among the ‘Top 100 You Can Play‘ according to Golf magazine.
Marriott Golf, the company’s golf management division, will also take over management of the golf operations at Doral. Marriott Golf currently operates 47 golf courses at 37 facilities, offering more than 800 holes of championship golf in the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970.
Doral Golf & Spa Resort www.doralresort.com
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