Officials of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa on Friday unveiled details of a $250 million expansion to add nearly 100 guest rooms, double its meeting and event space to attract more conferences and exhibits, and pave the way for its conversion to an upscale JW Marriott-branded resort.

When construction is complete in 2017, the hotel will become the only oceanfront JW Marriott in the continental U.S., resort general manager Rick Medwedeff said, and enable the Marco facility to attract larger meetings and compete with other conference venues.

"The objective of the conversion to a JW is to further enhance Marco Island's position as a premiere resort destination that will provide numerous benefits to travelers and an economic impact to the local community for years to come," said Medwedeff. "We are confident guests will be highly impressed with the world-class additions and luxurious offerings of a JW resort in paradise."

The property will close to guests from May 4-July 31. On Aug. 1, the resort will re-open with redesigned dining rooms, larger pool decks and reconfigured guest rooms and bathrooms.

Meanwhile, expansion work will continue on a 94-room adults-only tower, infinity-edge rooftop pool, fitness center and 12,000-foot indoor entertainment center.

The expansion project will double the Marriott's meeting and event space to a total of 100,000 square feet and provide 810 guestrooms and suites. The current property has 726 guestrooms.

During the closure, employees will be temporarily relocated to nearby Marriott properties. Marriott officials estimate that the resort will bring in 85 new jobs.

The Marco Marriott property, now in its 44th year of operation, has been owned by MassMutual, an insurance company, since 1971. It is said to be a favorite resort of the Washington, D.C.-based Marriott family.

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