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12/21/2011

Marriott Takes Top Prizes in Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards

Travel WeeklyNamed Best Sales & Service and Best US Hotel Chain.

Readers of Travel Weekly magazine have honored Marriott International for the eighth year in a row in two categories, Best Domestic Chains and Best Sales & Service at the 2011 Readers Choice Awards. 

The magazine asked readers to write in the names of the companies they thought best exemplified a particular category. Finalists were identified and readers voted on the finalists this past fall. 

“Being named the best in these two categories by those who live and breathe travel every day, is one of the greatest honors we can receive,” said David Townshend, senior vice president, Marriott Global Sales. 

These were among 59 categories, which also included car rental, tour operators, rail, airlines, cruises, theme parks and destinations. For a full list visit www.travelweekly.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.

Connect with laurie.goldstein@marriott.com

12/20/2011

TownePlace Suites Spreads Warmth and Cheer with Annual Handmade Blanket Donation

TPS real giving Marriott HQ eventTownePlace Suites® by Marriott is giving the gift of warmth to children who need a little extra comfort. Continuing the success of its real giving program, the TownePlace Suites brand donated more than 2,000 fleece blankets to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; providing a sense of security, love, and comfort to young patients this holiday season. 

   

In line with the TownePlace Suites brand connection with the local community, the real giving program is designed to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the United States and Canada. Through volunteer service and donation opportunities, the national “real giving” program engages TownePlace Suites service team members, owners, franchisees and customers to work together with local businesses and volunteers, establish partnerships with local hospitals, and benefit people in their local communities.

“Our team members are the reason for the success of the real giving program.” said Loren Nalewanski, Vice President, Brand Management, TownePlace Suites and Marriott Executive Apartments. “This program builds positive relationships with Children's Hospitals nearest our hotels...and it's a great way for our brand to give back to the community. The spirit of giving is part of who we are at TownePlace Suites and we understand the importance of comfort when you’re away from home.”

TPS Seattle NorthDuring the program’s inaugural year, the TownePlace Suites brand donated more than 1,000 blankets to children in hospitals across the country. This year, the brand is celebrating its continued commitment to the real giving program by setting a goal of more than 2,000 blankets. In Bethesda, Maryland, the brand invited associates at Marriott International Headquarters to help make 300 blankets to donate to Children’s National Medical Center. Around the country, hotels raised money to pay for blanket materials. They organized blanket-making events, and delivered the blankets to children in local hospitals.

Examples include:

  • Dallas DeSoto made over 500 blankets - The entire Dallas/DeSoto community came together to help make blankets this year. What a great program to pull locals, guests and service team members together.
  • Las Vegas Henderson made 342 blankets. It was thru the efforts of the Campbell Lodging team, family and friends at TPS and our sister property SHS, that we were able to make this initiative so successful.
  • Albuquerque made 191 blankets (check out their facebook page!)
  • TPS-Sage Hospitality - DenverSage Hospitality and Denver hotels made 151 blankets. On December 9th, over twenty volunteers from the TownePlace Suites portfolio, Residence Inn Denver City Center, Holiday Inn Stapleton, the JW Marriott, the Global Office and the Oxford Hotel joined forces to make 151 no-sew fleece blankets in support of the real giving national campaign of TownePlace Suites.

The real giving program aligns with Marriott International’s focus on vitality of children as part of its five signature issues represented by the letters in “SERVE” – Shelter and Food, Environment, Readiness for Hotel Careers, Vitality of Children, and Embracing Global Diversity and Inclusion.  The program also supports Marriott’s 29-year relationship with Children’s Miracle Network.  Over that time, Marriott has raised more than $66 million to help children needing hospitalization in our local communities. For more information on Marriott’s commitment, visit www.marriott.com/corporateinfo/social-responsibility/default.mi.

About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children’s National press room, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About TownePlace Suites
TownePlace Suites is an all-suite hotel brand designed for long-stays with moderately priced rooms.  Launched in 1997, the brand currently has more than 200 locations in the United States.  TownePlace Suites participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® program, which enables members to earn their choice of points toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage in their preferred airline program for dollars spent at more than 3,100 Marriott hotels around the world. For more information or reservations, call the TownePlace Suites toll-free number at 800-257-3000 or visit the Web site at www.towneplacesuites.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.

Connect with sara.steffenauer@marriott.com

Marriott International Continues Growth in Peru with Courtyard by Marriott Lima San Isidro

Courtyard by Marriott Lima San IsidroFirst Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Peru to open in 2013.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) announced today it would develop a 150-room Courtyard by Marriott Lima, under a management agreement with Inversiones La Rioja, S.A., owners of the JW Marriott Lima in the nearby Miraflores district, and the new JW Marriott Cusco, set to open in 2013.  The Courtyard by Marriott Lima, the brand’s first in Peru,  will be ideally located in the San Isidro district, one of the most important municipalities in Lima, near to offices, restaurants and retail and adjacent to Parque Murillo and an upscale shopping mall currently under construction.

“We have 18 Courtyards operating and 11 in the pipeline in the region, and the brand has done particularly well in Mexico and Central America,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer for Marriott International in the Caribbean and Latin America.   “We are happy to see interest for this upper moderate hotel brand in South America, where we consider strong growth demand in this segment.”

“We are very pleased with our relationship with Marriott International and their performance at the JW in Lima. We are excited about our hotel’s opening next year in Cusco and felt Lima needed a quality midmarket product,” said Alfonso Brazzini, president of Inversiones La Rioja, S.A.  “Courtyard by Marriott seems like a perfect combination.”

The high-rise urban Courtyard Lima will offer the brand’s signature “refreshing business” lobby, featuring bright contemporary design, innovative technology and flexible space.  A casual restaurant will be open for breakfast, with a limited menu for lunch and dinner as well as catering for small meetings.
 
The redefined lobby area allows guests more control and choice over their stay, with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology, a 55-inch LCD interactive touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. 

Ideal for leisure and business guests, each room will be equipped with flat-panel television, complimentary Wi-Fi access and feature a functional work area with a multi-level desk that gives guests the space to spread out and work however they choose.  The centerpiece of the living area is a stylish and modern loveseat sofa that also doubles as a pullout bed.

The five-star, 300-room JW Marriott Lima towers about grand, oceanside cliffs and is the most cosmopolitan and contemporary of Lima’s hot five-star hotels. The boutique-style 160-room JW Marriott Cusco, will be located in the heart of Cusco’s historical district, gateway to the mountain sanctuary Machu Picchu, will open in 2012 with a highly customized design built around Inca remains found on the site.

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.

Connect with paula.butler@marriott.com or nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces First Hotel in Austria

Ritz Carlton LogoCHEVY CHASE, Md.- December 20, 2011 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., a leader in luxury hospitality, has announced plans to continue its global expansion with the brand’s first hotel in the capital city of Vienna. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is owned by an investor represented by Verny Capital. Earlier this year, they also completed the acquisition of The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow.

The 202-room hotel is located on Schubertring, the historic and famous site of numerous monumental buildings built during 1860 to 1890. Home of the Vienna State Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts, Vienna is well known for its essential role as a leading European Classical Music Centre.

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is located in two 19th century palaces which are listed as culturally protected properties in Austria. The location is among the most desirable locations in the city for a luxury hotel.

“We are honored to have been selected by Verny Capital to assume management of this incredible hotel,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.  “We have viewed many sites in Vienna over the years and believe this location will offer our sophisticated travelers an exciting new place to explore and enjoy. The Ringstrasse, as it is known, encircles the old city of Vienna. Constructed in the late 19th century this prime location, combined with the exemplary service for which The Ritz-Carlton is known, will produce memorable stays for all our guests when it opens in the second quarter of 2012.”
 
“We are delighted that The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will be entering the Austrian market in association with us” said Timur Issatayev of Verny Capital. “Our selection of The Ritz-Carlton is based on a very strict assessment of the company’s renowned stature in the hospitality industry and our existing relationship with them.”

Asked about additional growth in the region for Ritz-Carlton, Humler added, “We continue to explore other opportunities and destinations in Europe. With the region’s strong travel and tourism industry, we see expansion in Europe, with the right hotels in the right locations, to be an essential part of our future strategy.”

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 77 luxury hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR).

Connect with allison.sitch@riztcarlton.com

 

 

12/19/2011

Courtyard by Marriott Announces Its Second Hotel in Algeria

Courtyard by Marriott Setif Algeria rendering198-room hotel expected to open in 2014 in prosperous city of Setif.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) announced today the development of the 198-room Courtyard by Marriott Setif, Algeria, under management agreement with ownership group Prom-Bati SPA (president is Mr. Rachid Khenfri). The hotel will be part of the Park Mall mixed use development, located in the heart of Setif, a prosperous and diverse city in central Algeria, about 100 kms/62 miles from the Mediterranean coast and 482 kms/300 miles southeast of the capital Algiers.  The Courtyard by Marriott Setif and the Courtyard by Marriott Algiers, announced previously, will both open in 2014.

“We chose Marriott International for its expertise as an operator of hotels around the world and for the strength of its brands,” said Rachid Khenfri, president of Prom-Bati SPA.  “We liked the Courtyard brand in particular for this location because of its modern look and feel, its understanding of the business traveler, and its comfortable and efficient accommodations.”

“We are thrilled by the continued expansion in Algeria and are excited that when this hotel opens in Setif, we will be represented in the country with six hotels and five brands,” said Ed Fuller, president & managing director of International Lodging for Marriott International.  Marriott International’s first hotel in Algeria, the Renaissance Tlemcen, opened in 2011, and in 2014 the company will open four others in one complex – the Algiers Marriott, Algiers Marriott Executive Apartments, Courtyard by Marriott Algiers and Residence Inn by Marriott Algiers – followed by the Courtyard by Marriott Setif.

The 198-room Courtyard by Marriott will offer the brand’s signature “refreshing business” lobby, featuring bright contemporary design, innovative technology and flexible space.  The redefined area allows guests more control and choice over their stay, with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing.   The hotel will also have a casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a lobby lounge.  On the third floor will be 6,896 square feet of flexible meeting space.  Other guest amenities will include a prayer room, fitness center and pool, business center, room service and gift shop.

Each guest room, including 109 standard rooms, 37 larger rooms and 52 suites and junior suites, will be equipped with flat-panel televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a functional work area with a multi-level desk that gives guests the space to spread out and work however they choose.  The centerpiece of the living area is a stylish and modern loveseat sofa that also doubles as a pullout bed.

Algeria is the largest country on the Mediterranean Sea and the 11th largest country in the world in terms of land area, with a population of approximately 34.9 million.

Setif is an agricultural as well as an industrial center and is also home to the fifth largest University of Setif, with 56,000 students.  In addition to the Courtyard hotel, the Park Mall complex will include a shopping mall, an office tower, residential apartments and underground parking facilities. 

Although 80 percent of visitors to Setif are business travelers, the city has some important cultural attractions, such as the archeological museum and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila.  Located 50 km/31 miles from Setif, it is considered one of the world’s most beautiful Roman ruins and the site of the ancient Roman colony founded during the reign of Nerva (96 – 98 A.D.)

Marriott is represented in the Middle East and Africa with 37 hotels in 11 countries, including eight operating in Northern Africa -- in Algeria and Egypt.  Anther 11 hotels are under construction in Northern Africa – in Algeria, Egypt and Morocco.

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 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.

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements concerning the number of lodging properties we expect to add in the future, the locations of those properties, the year in which particular properties will open, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those we identify below and other risk factors that we identify in Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. These risks include changes in market conditions; the continuation and pace of the economic recovery; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; and the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Connect with paula.butler@marriott.com or nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

You Could Be A Marriott Scholar

2012 Application Season Opens; Up to $500,000 Awarded Annually to Support Diverse Students Pursuing Hospitality Careers.

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation announced the opening of the application season for the 2012 – 2013 Marriott Scholars Program today through March 1, 2012.  The Marriott Foundation will award grants of up to $500,000 annually to the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in support of scholarships for students pursuing degrees within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary and food and beverage fields. Scholarship recipients are selected by HCF and UNCF. The scholarships are renewable in amounts up to $9,000 annually in tuition support for up to four years.

As a part of the program, Marriott International managers and executives from the hotels and corporate offices will provide career guidance, mentoring, development and internship opportunities to scholarship recipients.  “I am so proud of each of the Marriott Scholars,” said J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. “They study and work hard.  And, I am honored that we are able to help these future hospitality leaders support their dreams.”

As of May 2011, six students have completed the Marriott Scholars program graduating with degrees in hospitality or hotel management and culinary arts.  Dozens of Marriott Scholars are actively pursuing their dreams of a college degree at 29 different schools across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Applicants interested in applying for the 2012-13 Marriott Scholars program must apply through the HCF Web site or the UNCF Web site and meet the following eligibility requirements. Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2012.  Candidates must be:

• a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States;
• enrolled or enrolling full-time in an accredited four-year college or university with a hospitality management or culinary program as an upcoming college freshman or  sophomore or community college transfer for the 2012-2012 school year;
• pursuing or planning to pursue an undergraduate degree within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary or food and beverage field; and
• possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Congratulations to the newest Marriott Scholars selected in 2011:
• Khashilah Butler, University of Central Florida
• Maria Coffaro, Oklahoma State University
• Aubrei Nicole Estrada, California Polytechnic, Pomona
• Eugenia Gonzalez, University of Houston
• Stephon Jones, University of Memphis
• Danielle Likibi, University of South Carolina
• Jumoke Owens, Jr., University of Wisconsin, Stout
• Jacob Ortiz, University of Houston
• John Paine, Art Institute of San Antonio
• Edgadiel Ramos-Santiago, Universidad del Este
• Tyrus Stokes-Ballard, Pennsylvania State University
• Dominique Tolbert, New York University

Founded in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to develop the next generation of Hispanic professionals. For 18 years, the Hispanic College Fund has provided educational, scholarship, and mentoring programs to students throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, establishing a career pipeline of talented and career-driven Hispanics. The Hispanic College Fund annually awards millions of dollars, impacting thousands of students through high school to college to career. HCF has been recognized by USA Today as one of the nation’s top 25 charities and has twice received Charity Navigator’s top four-star rating for fiscal responsibility. In 2010, the College Board recognized HCF for program innovation. www.hispanicfund.org

About the UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at www.UNCF.org.
About The Marriott Foundation

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established in 1965 with the purpose of giving back to the community. Under the current direction of J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Richard E. Marriott, The Marriott Foundation is dedicated to helping youth secure a promising future, especially through education on the secondary and higher education levels, mentoring and youth leadership programs.  Equally important are organizations that help provide relief from hunger and disasters; support people with disabilities; and create gainful employment opportunities for vulnerable youth and adults. 

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

12/16/2011

Make a Resolution to Get Away

Save 20 Percent on Marriott's European Winter Weekend Breaks

Breadsall Priory, a Marriott Hotel & Country ClubAs the New Year approaches, Marriott International is celebrating by offering great seasonal deals for stays at a wide range of its European hotels between January and April, with its great value winter sale. Guests can save 20 percent off weekend breaks throughout the winter period, making early 2012 the perfect time to get away.

Participating brands include JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, AC Hotels by Marriott and Residence Inn.

To take advantage of this great offer, for stays at participating hotels between 6 January and 15 April 2012, rooms must be booked between 1 January 2012 and 6 February 2012. With more than 260 hotels across Europe to choose from, what better reason for a great winter weekend away? Sample rates include:

UK - The Peak District, from £112/€134 for a bed & breakfast overnight stay
A stately residence dating back to the 13th century with beamed farmhouse style rooms, Breadsall Priory, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club is only a 35 minute drive from Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. Set within 300 acres of idyllic landscape, guests can enjoy the award-winning Priory Restaurant with an ancient wine cellar, tee-off at one of its two golf courses, take a dip in its indoor heated swimming pool and rejuvenate at the newly refurbished spa.

Germany – Berlin, from £117/€139 for a bed & breakfast overnight stay
Berlin Marriott Hotel Catwalk BarIdeally located within the city centre on the Potsdamer Platz, the newly refurbished Berlin Marriott Hotel is in close proximity to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the Berlin Wall Museum – making it the ideal base to explore the city. Cocktail lovers will also delight at its Catwalk Bar – Germany’s first fashion bar. Designed by renowned German fashion designer, Michael Michalsky, the Catwalk Bar has fast become one of the hottest new hangouts for the city’s fashionistas.

Spain – Toledo, from £74/€88 for a bed & breakfast overnight stay
AC Hotel Ciudad de ToledoSituated in a UNESCO world heritage 80 kilometres south of Madrid and with panoramic views of the city, the AC Hotel Ciudad de Toledo is the perfect setting for a traditional Spanish retreat. Designed in keeping with the architectural style of the historic Valle de Toledo, the hotel is a five-minute walk from the historical city centre. Its El Balcón de Toledo restaurant serves a mouth-watering range of dishes from La Manchega region.

For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.marriott.co.uk.

Terms & Conditions

  • All rates are subject to VAT applicable in their market, please check individual hotels for more information 
  • Offer valid for Stay for Breakfast room rate and tax only
  • Limited number of rooms may be available at time of booking and offer is subject to availability 
  • Stay and breakfast is included for children under 12 years, stay is included for children aged between 12 and 16  years, applicable when sharing with adults subject to suitable rooms 
  • Day of week and length of stay availability may vary based on location.  
  • Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or voucher.

The 20% discount applies to Stay for Breakfast room rate. Must quote promotional code C9E to receive the promotional rate. Promotional rates are valid for weekend stays, Thursday through Sunday for reservations booked between January 1, 2012 and February 12, 2012, for stays from January 6, 2012 to April 15, 2012 at participating JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, Residence Inn in Europe. 

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.  
 
Connect with elizabeth.caminiti@marriott.com

12/15/2011

Boarding Now: Virgin America Joins With Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards LogoMembers Can Earn Elevate Points at 3,500 Marriott International Hotels.

Marriott Rewards and Virgin America are joining together to offer Rewards members a new earning option.  Marriott Rewards members who choose Virgin America’s Elevate program as their earning choice can earn Elevate points on stays at any of Marriott Rewards more than 3,500 participating hotels throughout the world. 

Effective immediately, Marriott Rewards members who designate Elevate as their earning preference will receive:

One (1) Elevate point per USD$1 spent at:

• Marriott Hotels & Resorts
• JW Marriott
• Renaissance Hotels & Resorts
• Marriott Vacation Club• Autograph Collection
• EDITION (room rate only)
• The Ritz-Carlton (room rate only)

Or one (1) Elevate point per USD$2 spent (room rate only) at:

• Courtyard by Marriott
• Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 
• SpringHill Suites
•  Residence Inn by Marriott
• TownePlace Suites by Marriott
• Marriott Executive Apartments

In addition, Marriott Rewards members can convert their Marriott Rewards points into Elevate points at the following exchange rates:

Marriott Rewards points/Elevate points
10,000    =   1,000
20,000    =   2,500
30,000    =   5,000
70,000    =   12,500
125,000   =   25,000

“As a still young and growing airline, we’re pleased to expand our loyalty program and partner with another distinctive travel brand,” said Brett Billick Director of CRM at Virgin America.  “This partnership will allow more of our frequent flyers to earn real rewards – even more quickly.”

Virgin America’s unique brand of low-fares and upscale service has swept the major travel awards since the airline’s 2007 launch, including “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.  The growing carrier’s new aircraft offer a host of innovative amenities, including custom-designed seating, mood-lit cabins, power outlets, fleetwide WiFi and the Red™ platform – the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the skies.  

Meeting planners can earn one (1) Elevate point per $2 US spent on meeting related expenses as part of Marriott Rewards Rewarding Events program.  Qualified events have at least 10 room nights on a single night or are catered-only events. 

About Virgin America
Headquartered in California, Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel.  In just four years flying, Virgin America was named “Best Domestic Airline” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2008, 2009 and 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 World’s Best Awards. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  In April 2011, the airline became an anchor tenant at SFO’s new sleek and sustainable Terminal 2.   In addition to a Main Cabin that offers each guest a personal TV, power outlets and a leather seat with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, the airline’s First Class offers plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The carrier’s Main Cabin Select option offers 38-inches of pitch, free food and cocktails, an all-access pass to media content, dedicated overhead bins and priority check-in/boarding.  Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas–Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun,  Chicago, Puerto Vallarta (as of Dec. 2, 2011) and Palm Springs (as of Dec. 15, 2011).  For more, visit: www.virginamerica.com  For photos/video of the airline’s new aircraft and high–tech interiors, visit:http://www.virginamerica.com/about/airline–photos/virgin–america–pictures.html

About Elevate
Elevate is Virgin America’s first–of–its–kind loyalty program, which offers guests the ability to redeem points for any unsold seat – on any Virgin America flight, at any time. Elevate offers one of the industry’s most generous and easy–to–redeem flight reward programs, as few as four roundtrips or 2,500 points can earn members a reward flight. Elevate members are able to retain their points indefinitely, as long as they either earn or redeem points at least once every 18 months. Elevate members receive exclusive offers that only the world–class Virgin brand could provide, such as tickets to star-studded Hollywood premieres and the chance to compete to earn a seat on a Virgin Galactic sub–orbital space flight.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,500 Marriott International hotels around the world.  In addition to hotels and frequent flyer miles, members can also redeem points for merchandise, cruises, car rentals and more. 

Marriott Rewards points can be earned and redeemed at 13 distinctive brands, including 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®.  Members can also earn and redeem points at Marriott Rewards’ exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®.

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 visit MarriottRewards.com.

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“Like” Marriott International on Facebook for a Chance to Win One Million Marriott Rewards’ Points

Facebook Simply go to www.facebook.com/marriott, click the “like” button and enter the sweepstakes to win one million Marriott Rewards’ points. That’s enough points to vacation free at any one of the more than 3,500 hotels and resorts participating in Marriott Rewards program around the world.  It’s the opportunity to pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment, hit the links for a round of golf with your pals, dig your toes into powdery sand as you sip a delectable island cocktail or do nearly whatever strikes your fancy, and it’s all on Marriott.

In addition to the sweepstakes grand prize of one million points, there are also five first prizes of 100,000 points and 50 second prizes of 10,000 points. The sweepstakes runs through December 31, 2011 with the winners selected in January 2012.

Not content with only offering the sweepstakes, Marriott International’s Facebook fan page is also giving away 1,000 Marriott Rewards points instantly everyday to five winners. If you don’t win one day, you can come back and try again the next day. Just like the sweepstakes, the daily instant giveaways run through December 31, 2011. For more information on how to enter the sweepstakes and the daily instant giveaways, please go to www.facebook.com/marriott.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void in Quebec , outside the fifty (50) United States , the District of Columbia , and Canada , and where prohibited by law. Subject to all federal, state, local, provincial, territorial and municipal laws, regulations, and ordinances. Promotion begins on December 1, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on December 31, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Promotion Period"). See Marriott International® Sweepstakes Official Rules for full details. (http://scg-marriott-sweepstakes-app.heroku.com/intl_rules)

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto http://www.marriott.com/rewards/rewards-program.mi

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Start 2012 Off With a Free Night from Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards Logo Marriott Rewards members who make two paid stays* between February 1 and April 30, 2012 will earn a free night to use for a future stay at thousands of category 1-4 hotels around the world.  Members who make four paid stays during the earning period will receive two free nights.  Free night awards can be used until September 30, 2012. 

Members must register by March 31, 2012. All stays made after February 1 will count retroactively toward the promotion.  For more information and to register, visit MarriottRewards.com/Megabonus or call 1-888-MARRIOTT (1-888-627-7468). 

Free nights can be earned at more 3,500 hotels worldwide at participating Marriott Rewards brands, including: 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 also count toward achievement. 

Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,500 Marriott International hotels around the world.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, 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 1-800-450-4442 or log onto MarriottRewards.com.

* A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
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Terms and Conditions:
Registration is required. Marriott Rewards members who register for this promotion by March 31, 2012 will earn one (1) free night award at a category 1-4 hotel after each second paid stay made between February 1, 2012 and April 30, 2012, at a participating Marriott property. Maximum two (2) free night awards earned with this promotion per member. An earned free night award can be redeemed for a future stay at participating Marriott Rewards category 1-4 properties for one (1) free night between February 1, 2012, and September 30, 2012. An earned free night award is good for one (1) single or double occupancy standard room only and includes the cost of the hotel room and applicable room taxes only. An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the second qualifying stay. Awards are not transferable and may not be given as a gift. This offer is not transferable. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay. Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion. Participating brands include 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 our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement. All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply. Visit MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus, call 888-MARRIOTT (888-627-7468), or call your local Marriott Rewards Customer Support office for complete details. © 2011 Marriott International, Inc.

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