Marriott International continues to expand its footprint with the commencement of construction on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Centre (the “Gaylord Pacific”) in Southern California. 

To celebrate the groundbreaking, a ceremony was held on the 500-plus acre Chula Vista Bayfront, the site of the highly anticipated 1.8 million-square-foot Gaylord Pacific. The event was attended by Gaylord Pacific’s developers, RIDA Development Corporation and Ares Management, finance partners, officials from the City of Chula Vista, Port of San Diego, and the State of California, Marriott executives, group customers, and other project supporters.

“We are thrilled to announce the growth of the Gaylord Hotels brand with the addition of the Gaylord Pacific Resort & Convention Center,” said Anthony Capuano, CEO of Marriott International. “Adding a West Coast group destination of this scale and quality to Marriott’s portfolio will provide our customers the exceptional meetings and events service and design that the Gaylord Hotels brand is known for in a highly desired, premier Southern California location.”

Marriott International will oversee the Gaylord Pacific under a long-term management agreement. Meanwhile, Russ Mitchell will serve as the Director of Sales and Marketing, leading a team with the target of pre-booking more than 1.5 million room nights before its official launch in the summer of 2025.

The resort and convention centre is slated to comprise 1,600 hotel rooms, including 89 spacious suites with 12 Presidential suites, and will act as a vital component of the Chula Vista Bayfront. Situated in Chula Vista, close to San Diego, the resort will boast 360-degree unobstructed views across the bay and onto the Pacific Ocean, with San Diego Bay to the west and Chula Vista Marina to the south.

Gaylord Pacific is expected to feature nine signature dining options with over 418,746 square feet of indoor and outdoor convention centre space, including a flexible 143,553-square-feet carpeted exhibit hall, up to 62 technologically advanced breakout and conference rooms, five outdoor event lawns and terraces. Plans for the hotel include a spacious, glass lobby atrium looking out to the San Diego Bay along with nine restaurants and bars, a full-service Relâche signature spa and salon, and an avant-garde fitness centre. The resort is also slated to include a premium outdoor waterpark complex with water slides, a wave pool, adult and kid’s pools, a lazy river, ample pool seating, and cabanas. 

“The closing of the Gaylord construction loan and the commencement of construction will bring over 10,000 construction jobs and over 4,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs to the state of California,” said Ira Mitzner, CEO of RIDA Development Corp. “This $1.275 billion project represents the finest of public-private partnership and will create a strong and unique economic engine for the City of Chula Vista, Port of San Diego, and the State of California for many decades to come.”



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