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11/30/2011

The New Marriott Mobile Speaks Your Language – Wildly Popular App for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android™ Devices Now Available in Five Languages

Marriott Mobile Ap ChineseReflecting Marriott International’s (NYSE:MAR) increasing focus on global markets, the company is now offering its successful mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices in Chinese, Spanish, German and French. [See below for slideshow of images.] First introduced in English three months ago, the app has already been downloaded more than 500,000 times. Travelers were so eager for the new Marriott mobile booking app that in less than two days after introduction it became the most downloaded free travel app and the fourth most downloaded free app in the iTunes App Store.  
Don’t have an iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device?  No problem.  The company also announces the launch of its all new “app-like” Marriott mobile website in Chinese, Spanish, German and French, as well as English, that can be accessed from any web-enabled mobile device – the site even has an “app like feel,” from taps to finger-swipes. 

“As the Marriott International portfolio of hotels expands and diversifies worldwide, we are putting a premium on investing in our eCommerce channels, including mobile,“ said Shafiq Khan, senior vice president, eCommerce for Marriott International. “The launch of the app and new mobile website in four additional languages demonstrates Marriott’s commitment to serving our customers by speaking their language while they are on the go.”

The new Marriott Mobile tools enable time-crunched travelers to quickly find nearby hotels, book a room, check their upcoming reservations and get details about their hotel, including photos. With the app and mobile website, travelers can also enroll in Marriott Rewards, check their point balance, and even find out what’s happening in the local area. 

To download the free Marriott app in Chinese go to www.marriott.com.cn/marriott/mobile-apps.mi, in Spanish go to www.espanol.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi, in German go to www.marriott.de/marriott/mobile-apps.mi, and in French go to www.marriott.fr/marriott/mobile-apps.mi. The English version is available at www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi.

As further validation of Marriott International’s long-term mobile strategy, Internet Retailer predicted in September that Marriott Mobile would be the third largest mobile commerce sales platform in the world in 2011, behind only Amazon.com and Apple.  The success of Marriott Mobile builds on the success of Marriott.com. In 2010 based on property-level sales, Marriott.com ranked among the top ten consumer retail websites in the world. 

Marriott’s mobile app for smartphones and its upgraded mobile website were developed by Kony Solutions, which provides unique Write Once, Run Everywhere platform technology utilizing its work with Kony Solutions. The platform leverages a single application definition so applications are designed and developed just once, meaning Marriott will be able to deliver richer content to its guests more quickly. Marriott’s mobile website and apps are hosted and managed by AT&T and include quality control testing to ensure the most positive user experience.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information.  For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
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Take off Faster with the Marriott Rewards® MegaMiles Promotion

Marriott Rewards LogoMarriott Rewards® MegaMiles has soared to new heights, giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 bonus miles with every stay, beginning with the second stay, up to a total of 50,000 bonus miles during the promotion. Members will also earn their usual base miles with every stay. Stay between January 1 and April 30, 2012, at any of over 3,500 participating hotels in 70 countries. 

Participating frequent flier program airlines include: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Alitalia, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL), Jet Airways, JetBlue, Kingfisher Airlines, KLM/Air France, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, TAP, United, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Enrollment in the Marriott Rewards program and registration for the promotion are required.  Members can register for the promotion any time between now and April 30, 2012.  For more information, terms and conditions or to register, visit www.MarriottRewards.com/MegaMiles or call 800-411-0862 in the U.S. and Canada.  See offer Terms & Conditions below.

Choose from 13 distinctive brands:  JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and Marriott Vacation Club®.  Stays at Marriott Rewards’ exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement.

Marriott Rewards won the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award and 2009 Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program” and has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto www.MarriottRewards.com.

* A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent in the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at Marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit marriottnewscenter.com.  

MegaMiles Terms & Conditions
Registration is now through April 30, 2012. Earning period is January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012.Enrollment and registration with Marriott Rewards® is required to be eligible for this promotion.  A 'stay' is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.   Members electing to earn Marriott Rewards points are not eligible for this promotion. This Marriott Rewards promotional offer is limited to specific participating airline partners only and is valid only for qualifying stays you personally make at participating Marriott® brand hotels. Base miles will be earned for each stay, PLUS 2,000 bonus miles every stay, beginning with the second stay, up to 50,000 bonus miles. Marriott Rewards base mileage earned for qualifying charges is calculated based on the airline loyalty program’s “currency” (points or miles). To review base mileage calculations, visit http://www.marriott.com/rewards/earn-points/miles.mi. For participating airline partners whose earning currency is in kilometers, bonus miles earned will be converted into kilometers at a conversion rate of 1.6 prior to posting to member's preferred airline account. Miles earned on all qualifying charges at JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Vacation Club® brands; and on room rate only at Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott® and TownePlace Suites by Marriott® brands. Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement. Miles are earned based on qualifying charges that are charged to the hotel room: Room Rate, meals, beverages, phone calls, movies, purchases at a Marriott-operated Gift Shop. Non-qualifying charges are: taxes, paid outs, gift certificate redemption/gift card purchases, banquet, catering and group charges. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for Elite credit. All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply. To review Marriott Rewards terms and conditions, visit https://www.marriott.com/rewards/terms/default.mi . Allow 4 to 6 weeks after promotion ends for miles to be posted to your airline/miles program account. Your preferred airline/miles program reserves the right to change program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. Your preferred airline/miles program is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies. All program terms and conditions of your preferred airline/miles program apply. If your current air miles program is not listed below, please go to MarriottRewards.com/MyAccount and update your account to one of the airlines participating in the MegaMiles promotion. Participating airlines of the MegaMiles promotion are:  Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Alitalia, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL), Jet Airways, JetBlue, Kingfisher Airlines, KLM/Air France, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, TAP, United, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

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What Do Business Travelers Want Most? -- “I Need My Space”

Residence Inn-Popular MechanicsResidence Inn Survey in Partnership with Popular Mechanics Reveals Guest Room Size Does Matter.

What matters most to business travelers when it comes to increasing their productivity on the road? Free Internet is wonderful, smart workspace design is a must and a free hot breakfast is the icing on top – but the ultimate deal breaker is simply, they need their space!

11/29/2011

Digicel Group, Marriott & President Clinton Join Haiti's Prime Minister to Announce New Hotel in Port-au-Prince

Port-au-PrinceMarriottAnnouncement O'Brien, Clinton, Sorenson, ConillePort-au-Prince – Together in Port-au-Prince late November 28 to announce a new partnership to build and operate the 173-room Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel in the capital city are (from left) Denis O’Brien, chairman of Digicel, the ownership group which will design and build the hotel; President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, instrumental in bringing Digicel and Marriott together; Arne Sorenson, president and COO of Marriott International, which will operate the hotel under the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand; and Haiti's Prime Minister Dr. Garry Conille.  

The hotel will begin construction in 2012, with an expected opening in 2014, bringing 175 permanent jobs to Haiti.  To view the complete press release, go to http://news.marriott.com/2011/11/my-entry.html.

Photo Credit: Jean Jacques Augustin

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11/28/2011

Digicel Group to Build 173-Room Port-au-Prince Hotel to Operate Under Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brand; Will Generate 175 Jobs in Haiti

Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel Clinton Foundation Instrumental in Bringing the Two Companies Together.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – In Haiti, where new economic activity is critical in the midst of the tremendous efforts to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in 2010, Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) announced today it

CSA’s Protect Me Plan Protects You When You Travel

Marriott Rewards LogoUse Marriott Rewards Points to Purchase Travel Insurance.

Now travelers can use Marriott Rewards® points to protect all their travel year-round with such services as 24/7 access to Consult A DoctorTM, no out-of-pocket medical expenses and coverage for emergency medical care anywhere in the world. With CSA's Protect Me Plan, they’ll have protection during travel for such events as travel delays, rental car damage, loss or delay of baggage and personal effects and much more. Whether traveling for business or leisure, staying in a hotel (even those outside of the Marriott® portfolio of brands), or just visiting family and friends, this program covers all travel1 throughout the year. This travel insurance plan from CSA is only available to Marriott Rewards members.

The Protect Me Plan provides peace of mind to travelers and covers a wide variety of travel needs. The policy costs 30,000 Marriott Rewards points or $149 for one year. Plan holders and their travel companions (up to 10 per policy) would be covered for the following:

• Any hotel room, plus other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, if delayed on a trip due to reasons such as canceled or delayed flights, a traffic accident delaying one’s arrival to the airport, or lost or stolen travel documents.*

• Coverage for replacing essentials if baggage is lost for 24 hours or more during a covered trip.*

• Medical or dental coverage for emergencies on a covered trip that standard medical insurance does not cover.*

• Emergency medical transportation if the Plan holder or travel companions need to get home for treatment or to a medical facility. It also covers round-trip airfare for a companion to visit if the Plan holder is traveling alone and is in the hospital for more than 7 days.*

• Coverage for damage to a rental car such as a collision, fire, flood, vandalism, windstorm or hail.*

• Consultation with a doctor for information, advice and treatment, including prescription medication when necessary.**

• Roadside assistance.**

Travel insurance is administered by CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services. 1A covered trip is travel away from Home to a destination (if such travel exceeds 75 miles or greater) and from the destination to Home (if such travel exceeds 75 miles or greater), provided the Covered Trip does not exceed 31 days in length.

*Insurance coverages are underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, an AEGON Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC# 10952.

**Non-insurance services are provided by CSA’s designated service providers. For more information about the policy or how to purchase, visit www.youtravelweprotect.com/rewards. About CSA Travel Protection CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance company, is dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers' valuable investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. Now celebrating its 20-year anniversary, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs.

Through superior customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed. About Marriott Rewards Marriott Rewards is free to join. The program has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,500 Marriott® International hotels around the world. Members may also choose to earn airline miles or redeem points for miles with more than 30 airline mileage programs. In addition to hotels and frequent flyer miles, members can also redeem points for merchandise, cruises, car rentals and more. Marriott Rewards won the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award and 2009 Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program,” and has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 800-450-4442 or visit MarriottRewards.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at Marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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Marriott International Debuts Three New Brands with Launch of City Center Hotels in Doha, Qatar

DohaCityCenterExteriorRenaissance Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott & Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center & Saray Spa Unveiled in Doha.

Marriott International, Inc. celebrated its new multiple-brand Doha City Center complex with an exclusive event featuring an RLife LIVE performance by emerging artist Hamdan al Abri. The celebration welcomed the 257-room Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, 204-room Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center and 123-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center – the first of the three Marriott brands -- to Qatar. (Click here for launch video)

All three properties are located within two 48-storey towers located in West Bay across from Qatar Financial Centre, adjacent to the Doha City Center Mall, featuring more than 340 shops and attractions, and just 15 minutes from Doha International Airport. Each hotel has its own unique look and feel, while sharing many floors within the complex, including three expansive lobbies, nine restaurants and bars, 1200 square meters of meeting space, a world-class Vitality Zone health club and Marriott International’s signature Saray Spa, known for offering traditional Middle Eastern treatments.

“The opening of the three hotels is a major step forward in reinforcing Doha’s futuristic vision and surging tourism potential in Qatar,” said Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer Middle East & Africa.“With the opening of these new hotels, we now have six properties in the country, which is quickly becoming a key business and leisure destination in the Middle East.”

“Not only do we offer close to 600 rooms and three very distinct lodging brand experiences, but our nine distinctive dining options and health and fitness facilities create the wonder of the “West End” and spectacular Doha City Center complex,” said Oliver Kahf, general manager. “This unique lodging, shopping and entertainment complex is quickly becoming a tourism hub in Doha for both our hotel guests and locals.”

Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel
Ren Doho City Center LobbyThe 257-room Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel stands out with its colourful fabrics, bold design and indigenous touch brought to life through artwork from Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani’s collection of cultural and historical art. The Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel is equipped with the finest amenities and innovative technology, boasting 17 meeting rooms across 1,200 square meters (12,917 square feet). Embracing various local elements – from design to cuisine – the hotel provides visitors with a unique environment as well as comforts in forms of luxurious bedding, a Club Lounge, rooftop pool, Business Centre, high-speed internet and exclusive amenities. RLife LIVE, a signature program for Renaissance Hotels which launched in October 2010, is highly regarded as a leading entertainment hospitality program dedicated to providing guests and local patrons with the opportunity to engage with musical talent on-site at various hotels around the world.

Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center
DohaCityCenterCYLobbyThe 204-room Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center combines comfort and functionality.  Guestrooms offer a smart and flexible design that is ideal for both work and relaxation. Elements such as a spacious work desk, high-speed internet, and laptop size safe assures the business traveler optimum efficiency, while flat screen television, deluxe bedding and mini-bar are perfect for unwinding. Throughout the hotel, from the rooms to the public areas, Courtyard delivers on its promise to provide guests a variety of options that they need to achieve greatness on the road. The hotel offers access to all 17 meeting rooms of the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel.

Marriott Executive Apartments, Doha City Center
MEA DohaCityCenterAptLivingRoomThe Marriott Executive Apartments offers the ideal corporate housing solution and the perfect combination of upscale apartment-style living and premier hotel service.  Each of the 123 well-appointed apartments has a panoramic view of the city or the Arabian Gulf. The fully-furnished, one-two-and three bedroom apartments are equipped with spacious gourmet kitchens, executive work areas and state-of-the-art appliances. At the Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center, residents can relax at the residents’ club – towering 44 floors above the city with a lap pool, Jacuzzi, and magnificent views of the city skyline. There is also a fitness and lounge area that can be booked for private events, exclusive to the residents of the apartments.

Saray Spa
DohaCityCenterSaraySpaTreamentThe Saray Spa encompasses the rich customs that stem back to the caravanserai of the Silk Road. Embracing Arabic design elements and offering time-tested remedies, the spa consists of treatments and services that, combined, provide guests with an authentic and holistic experience. Paying homage to the best of Arabic healing rituals, Saray offers a unique variety of services including traditional Hammam bathing rituals, Silk Road massage and Arabic coffee awakener.

All three properties participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award winning guest reward program which allows members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar they spend during their hotel stays.

With the opening of the complex, Marriott International will manage six hotels in Qatar. Additional properties include the 374-room The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, the 362-room Doha Marriott Hotel, and the 174-room Sharq Village & Spa (managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C).

Promotional consideration for the launch celebration was provided by KATARA Cultural Village Foundation, Arabian Adventures, Rock Wallaby Productions, Bahrain Air, Air Arabia and Etihad Airways

RENAISSANCE HOTELS is an upscale brand with more than 150 properties in 34 countries that speaks to passionate travelers in search of authentic local discoveries when traveling for business or leisure. Renaissance Hotels has recently welcomed several new "gems" to its global collection – the historic  5-star St Pancras Renaissance in London, the exotic Renaissance Sanya Resort and Spa in burgeoning China, the urban boutique Renaissance Atlanta Midtown and the sexy Renaissance Sao Paulo. These hotels join a rich portfolio defined by distinctive and well-known icons such as the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort & Spa, and the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel. To make reservations and for more information visit www.renaissancehotels.com. Follow Renaissance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RenaissanceHotels, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RenHotels, and via the RLife blog at www.therenaissancelife.com.   

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 35 countries, Courtyard is Marriott International’s largest brand. For more information For more information go to www.courtyard.com.

Marriott Executive Apartments provides upscale serviced apartment accommodations for guests on extended stays of 30 days or longer outside the United States.  Offering studios to three-bedroom apartments, they combine comfort of residential living and services of a Marriott hotel, all designed to help long-term guests live, connect and explore. Each property is influenced by local design elements and features state-of-the-art facilities and technology. For more information and booking, visit www.marriottexecutiveapartments.com

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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11/22/2011

Join the Road Team – You Could Win a Trip to Every Away Game of Your Favorite NFL Team Next Season, Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard-NFL LogoGuests are the big winners as Courtyard by Marriott – the new official hotel sponsor of the NFL – launches a series of promotions, including Courtyard's Great NFL Road Tour Sweepstakes that could send one lucky fan and a friend on a football-filled, dream journey across the United States. In addition to the sweepstakes being launched today, Courtyard announces the winning burger in its Ultimate Game Day Burger contest on Facebook (www.facebook.com/courtyard) and the introduction of Football Fun at Courtyard hotels.

As a brand that is known for its dedication to market research and customer engagement, Courtyard has identified its customers’ love for professional sports, with professional football being right at the top of the list. The NFL sponsorship and these promotions allow Courtyard to recognize that sports passion, and enhance its guest offerings, thereby further differentiating the brand experience from competitors.

Courtyard’s Great NFL Road Tour Sweepstakes has a grand prize of two game tickets, airfare, hotel accommodations and some spending money to every away game of the winner’s favorite team for the 2012 season.* In addition, Courtyard will also offer 305 Instant Win prizes over the next 81 days, including trips to the upcoming Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and NFL Draft, as well as 47" LG LCD televisions, NFLShop.com gift cards and Courtyard gift cards. To enter for a chance to win, go to www.winwithcourtyard.com.

Meanwhile, the fans’ votes have been counted and there is a winner in the Ultimate Game Day Burger contest. With a devilishly delectable complement of ingredients, including Fritos®, chili, sour cream and cheddar cheese on a burger, the Challenger Chili Burger has been voted the fan favorite, requiring two hands to tackle. The burger will now become an everyday player on the menu at The Bistro – the new food and beverage concept at 400 new and renovated Courtyard hotels – from December 1 through the rest of this NFL season. If you would like to prepare the Challenger Chili Burger while tailgating, you can find the recipe at www.facebook.com/courtyard.

In celebration of Courtyard’s partnership with the NFL, the brand is introducing Football Fun at Courtyard every Monday and/or Thursday night when games are scheduled, and on the weekend during the playoffs. The lobby areas will be transformed into fan zones with many hotel staff dressed in NFL jerseys.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 36 countries, Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay.  For more information, go to www.courtyard.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. For details and official rules, visit www.winwithcourtyard.com.

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11/21/2011

Christie's Announces the Post-War & Contemporary Art Exhibition for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011

Showcase will include Highlights from the February 2012 Auction at Christie's London and an exhibition of 25 Years of the Norton Christmas Project

Takashi Murakami - Christmas ProjectChristie’s, the world’s leading art business, announces an exhibition of Post-War & Contemporary Art to be showcased at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 from November 30th through December 3rd. Works to include Highlights from the February 2012 Auction at Christie’s London and an exhibition of 25 Years of the Norton Christmas Project. Christie’s began a strategic partnership with JW Marriott, Marriott International’s world-class luxury hotel brand, last year during Art Basel Miami with an exhibition of Post-War and Contemporary Highlights from Christie’s February London sale. The two brands then replicated the model with American Paintings in Chicago, archival photographs of The Beatles in London and a cross-departmental tour of Hong Kong property to Shanghai.

25 YEARS OF THE NORTON CHRISTMAS PROJECT - THE EXHIBITION
Kara Walker - Christmas ProjectEach year since 1988, Peter Norton has commissioned an artist to create an edition to celebrate the Holiday Season. These objects are designed to be interactive and playful, inviting the viewer to handle and enjoy them. The projects are readily identifiable and accessible to all, not just to those with sophisticated knowledge of art and design.

On November 30, Christie’s will present an exhibition of 25 Christmas projects from 1988 to 2010, created by Marc Pally, Laurence Weiner, Kara Walker, Jim Hodges, Vic Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Yinka Shonibare, Christian Marclay and more.

PROPERTY FROM THE HUBERTUS WALD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Georg Baselitz  - Wald Collection © Christie’s imagesThe Wald Collection, has been built up over several decades, and can be defined as a highly sophisticated eclectic selection covering the history of art works ranging from antiquity to the classic Post War period en passant par the revolutionary Dada and Surrealist movements. Hubertus Wald, a successful entrepreneur in the film business, is one of the most important patrons of art in Hamburg.  A selection of Post War and Contemporary art from the Wald collection will be sold at auction in London February 14th to benefit the Wald Charitable Foundation, including: Fingermalerei - Birken (Fingerpaintings- Silver Birche), 1972 by Georg Baselitz, and Untitled (Roman Note no. 2) by Cy Twombly and will be on view during Miami Art Basel.

LIVING WITH ART – A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
Philip Guston - Living with art © Christie’s imagesAlso on view in Miami, are two highlights from A Private European Collection to be offered in London next February. Comprising approximately 200 masterpieces from antiquity to contemporary art, and including paintings, sculpture, furniture and works of art, the collection was assembled with a focus on aesthetic quality, independent of origin or age, and offers a fascinating juxtaposition of art through the ages. The collection is expected to realize £25 million to £35 million. Contracorrent by Miquel Barceló is one of the artist’s boat paintings, which along with his bullfight pictures, have proved to be the most desirable to collectors of contemporary art. Executed in 1991, this composition offers great texture and movement, with thick paint and swirling brushstrokes. The second work on display will be Untitled, 1973, by Philip Guston.

Viewing Information:
Wednesday, November 30th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, December 1st from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, December 2nd from 10-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-5 p.m.
Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 5th floor
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, Florida 33131

PRESS CONTACTS:
ABOUT THE SHOW  
Rebecca Janoff / Harrison & Shriftman / 917.351.8685 / [email protected]
Sandra Pinto / Harrison & Shriftman / 305.534.0008 / [email protected]

ABOUT THE AUCTION
Capucine Milliot / Christie’s New York / 347.403.1564 / [email protected]
Cristiano de Lorenzo / Christie's London / +44.7500.815344 / [email protected]

ABOUT CHRISTIE’S:
Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2011 that totaled £2.0 billion/$3.2 billion. In 2010 it achieved global auction and private sales of £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai. *Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

ABOUT JW MARRIOTT:
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 53 JW Marriott hotels in 22 countries; by 2015 the portfolio will encompass 80 properties in 29 countries.

ABOUT JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS MIAMI:
The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Jim McLean Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service Rik Rak Salon & Spa and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.

Marriott International to Manage First Marriott Executive Apartments Hotel in Panama City, Panama

Marriott Executive Apartments Finisterre - Panama joins in early 2012.

MEA Panama MASTER SUITEMarriott International announced today that the Finesterre Suites in Panama City, Panama, will be converted to a Marriott Executive Apartments extended stay hotel in early 2012. The 126-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Finisterre - Panama, will be operated by Marriott under a long term management agreement with the owner, Grupo Hotelero Finisterre S.A. Marriott Executive Apartments was selected by the owner as the preferred brand and operator, after a competitive operator search process carried out by the tourism consultancy, C4T Tourism, Business & Planning.