The 371-room JW Marriott Hotel Chennai will be operational by 2009. The JW Marriott Chennai, which will be located on Santhome Road in the developing commercial area to the southeast of Chennai's central business district.
Chennai formerly known as Madras, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is India's fourth largest metro. It is located on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal. With an estimated population of 7.06 million (2007), the 368-year-old city is the 34th largest in the world.
Chennai is the third largest commercial and industrial centre in India, and is known for its culturual heritage and temple architecture. It is also a hub for south Indian classical music and dance performances. Chennai is considered the automobile capital of India, with a major percentage of the automobile industry having a base here and a major portion of the nation's vehicles being produced here. This has led to Chennai being referred to as the Detroit of South Asia. It has also become a major centre for outsourced jobs from the West. The 12-kilometre long Marina Beach along the Bay of Bengal forms the city's east coast. The city is known for its sport venues and hosts an ATP tennis event called the Chennai Open.
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Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 2,800 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers and golf courses. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and had approximately 143,000 employees at 2005 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune magazine. The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star partner. In fiscal year 2005, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $11.6 billion.