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04/30/2013

Marriott Golf Academy℠ Debuts at Marriott Vacation Club Resorts in Orlando, Fla., and Palm Desert Calif.

Marriott Golf AcademyORLANDO, Fla. – Marriott Vacation Club today introduced the new Marriott Golf Academy℠, with locations at Marriott’s Grande Vista resort in Orlando, Fla., and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort in Palm Desert, Calif. Formerly the Faldo Golf Institute, the new Marriott Golf Academy℠ debuts on May 1st, with special introductory pricing and packages for 2- and 3-day golf schools and 3-hour sessions through September 30, 2013.

Marriott Golf Academy℠ offers a wide range of expert instructional programming for golfers of all skills levels, from low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage to newcomers seeking an introductory golf experience that is matched to their needs. Among the Academy’s premier golf school programs are 2- and 3-day golf schools, 3-hour full swing & short game sessions, private lessons, on-course instruction, corporate programs, junior programs and a selection of programs and services from the ClubFitter’s Workshop™, an important complement to any golf instructional experience.

Located in highly desirable golf destinations, Marriott Golf Academy℠ is based at two acclaimed Marriott Vacation Club resorts, offering spacious and luxurious one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, fully equipped with all the comforts of home and complemented by an assortment of on-site amenities and activities for golf groups, couples or the entire family.

The Orlando based location, adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Vista resort, boasts a 35-acre instructional facility offering full swing and short game areas, a 9-hole golf course, Swing Analysis Studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop™, and is adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club, which provides the perfect 18-hole championship golf experience for students. The Marriott Golf Academy℠, located just minutes away from the family attractions exclusive to Orlando, serves as the ultimate family vacation destination.

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort is located in the scenic Coachella Valley, a popular international destination for golf aficionados set against the beautiful backdrop of the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert, Calif.  The golf resort, which boasts acclaimed luxury villa accommodations and unmatched amenities for the whole family, is complemented by a world-class practice facility, a state-of-the-art swing studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop™ and an 18-hole championship golf course.  This beautiful and peaceful valley is often referred to as the “golf capital of the world” because of its ideal playing conditions and abundance of courses. 

“The new Marriott Golf Academy offers a memorable golf instructional experience at two of the finest resort destinations in the world,” said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf. “The certified golf instructors are truly experts at tailoring a program to ensure students are learning at a pace suitable to their game.”

The Clubfitter’s Workshop™ at each location is equipped with Trackman® -- the most advanced launch monitor, swing analysis technology and software program in the industry. Recognized among America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, the renowned Clubfitter’s Workshop™ offers golfers a dynamic club fitting experience to ensure students are properly fit with equipment that will help optimize their performance.

The Alumni Clubhouse™, a popular web-based resource center, is available for all golf school attendees. The Alumni Clubhouse™ enables golfers to communicate with their school instructors, review lessons, view video-swing analysis and study archives of their game-improvement history. Moreover, golf school attendees can access a complete library of video drills designed to support each student’s game improvement plan, at their desired pace. 

For information on Marriott Golf Academy℠ and the introductory packages and pricing, please visit http://www.marriottgolfacademy.com/introductory-pricing.html or call 855-MGACDMY(642-2369).

About Marriott Golf Academy℠
With locations in Orlando, Fla., and Palm Desert, Calif., Marriott Golf Academy combines the world-class service and hospitality of Marriott with expert instructional programming. From low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage, to newcomers to the game seeking an introductory program that is matched to their needs, Marriott Golf Academy℠ offers program for the entire family, at two desirable Marriott Vacation Club destinations. For more information on all programs and packages offered by Marriott Golf Academy℠, golfers should call 855-642-2369, or visit www.marriottgolfacademy.com.

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Move Over Mother’s Day…Residence Inn Celebrates Moms the Entire Month of May

Residence Inn - Moms' MonthFamily-friendly brand thanks moms with 30 days of giveaways and more.

With 365 days in a year, why do moms only get one official day of recognition? As a brand that celebrates moms for all that they do, Residence Inn by Marriott declares May as a month-long celebration, thanking moms for the evening homework help, rides to practice, family dinners and daily hugs.

“As an all-suite brand, Residence Inn is well-suited to help families as they travel,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “We recognize and admire moms for all that they do year-round, and are proud to honor them by giving back in a small way this month.”

Launching May 1, Moms’ Month will include:
• Launch of Residence Inn’s new Family Travel Talk forum
As its online community continues to grow, Residence Inn recognizes the need for a centralized forum for families to talk about travel and share their experiences. With a team of 10 family travel experts leading the conversation, parents can log on to ask questions, discuss family travel and weigh in on topics, such as finding balance and staying healthy on the go.

• 30 days of giveaways on Residence Inn’s Facebook page. Prizes include:
o Residence Inn gift cards, so moms can treat themselves to a getaway (with the brood or not!)
o Paul Mitchell® gift baskets, overflowing with styling favorites and full-size versions of the products found at every Residence Inn, leading to much-deserved “me time” pampering
o Amazon Kindle Fires, so moms can have the perfect travel accessory
o Waffle makers, giving moms the chance to recreate Residence Inn’s signature hot breakfast option at home

• Paul Mitchell® salon experiences through Residence Inn’s Facebook page.
Residence Inn will be giving away complimentary wash house experiences and blow-outs at Paul Mitchell® The School locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C. area, and Paul Mitchell Focus Salon Raika Studio in New York City, to five lucky winners in each city.
 
• Announcement of the 2013 celebrity Resident Mom of the Year.
For the third year in a row, Residence Inn will be presenting the Resident Mom of the Year award to a standout mom for all she does. Stay tuned later this week.

With more than 600 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax.

Residence Inn participates in the company’s 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 or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit www.residenceinn.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. 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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The Streak Continues…

Marriott RewardsMarriott Rewards Wins the Freddie’s Hotel Program of the Year – Americas for the 6th Year in a Row.

Marriott Rewards, which is longest running hotel guest loyalty program and the all-time leader of Freddie Awards with 128 over the award’s 25-year history, continued its winning ways capturing  more awards than any other hotel program in last night’s ceremony.  This included the Program of the Year, which Marriott Rewards has won for six years in a row.

Marriott Rewards also won:
Best Promotion – Americas for MegaBonus
Best Redemption Ability – Americas
Best Customer Service - Americas

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of Marriott Rewards and over the past three decades we have been committed to creating long-term relationships with our members,” said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards.  “Our members have responded by awarding us with more Freddie Awards than any other travel loyalty program.”

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, The Freddie Awards recognizes excellence in frequent traveler programs globally.  This year almost three million travelers from 195 countries and territories voted online to determine the winners.

Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates*. Members can earn and redeem points at 14 distinct hotel brands with more than 3,600 locations in 70 countries and territories, including Marriott Rewards luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. 

In addition to the Freddie Awards, Marriott Rewards has also been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.  Marriott Rewards won the 2013 Golden Horse Award for the “Most Popular Membership Program in China” from Hotel Magazine.

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

*Hotels may limit the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days.  All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.

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Sign of the Times: JW Marriott Essex House Celebrates Opening with Night of Iconic Luxury

JW Essex HouseJW Marriott Adds Historic Manhattan Hotel to Brand Collection with Unforgettable Evening.

New York – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts officially celebrates its newly acquired landmark luxury hotel today in Manhattan – the JW Marriott Essex House New York. The evening will bring together an array of Marriott VIPs, including Marriott International’s President & CEO Arne Sorenson, and showcase a variety of activations from brand partners including Christie’s, Jane Packer, and Aromatherapy Associates.

With 60 properties in 24 countries and an additional 20 expected to open by 2015, the JW Marriott luxury brand is growing rapidly, bringing a fresh perspective to the luxury travel industry worldwide.  The grand opening of the JW Marriott Essex House comes on the heels of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which debuted in February 2013 as the world’s tallest hotel.  The exceptional hotel is the brand’s first Marquis property outside of North America.

With a coveted address on Central Park South and an inimitable Art Deco sign atop the 40-story hotel, the 509-room JW Marriott Essex House first opened in 1931 and has hosted a wide range of dignitaries and celebrities alike over the years. Today, the hotel features world-class amenities including a full-service spa and fitness center, a fine-dining restaurant and well-appointed meeting and event spaces. The 509 guestrooms offer stylish furnishings that celebrate the property’s rich history while offering guests all the comforts of a high-end hotel.

“The Essex House is JW Marriott’s first location in New York, an important destination in the hospitality and travel industry and an ideal fit for the brand’s portfolio of luxury properties,” said Arne Sorenson. “Our newly-established presence in New York is a testament to our ever-expanding collection of world-class hotels and resorts and speaks to the continued success that lies ahead for the JW Marriott brand.”

In partnership with Christie's, JW Marriott will debut an exhibition inspired by the unmistakable Essex House sign illuminating the New York City skyline since the 1930's. Four original works by emerging artists including Mat Larkin, Julian Wellisz, Jack Shannon and Lindsay Keys, will be featured at the JW Marriott Essex House at part of the grand opening celebration and will be on display in the lobby through October. 

The installation will be the first in a series of art exhibitions at JW Marriott Essex House celebrating the work of emerging artists.  As part of its global partnership with Christie's, JW Marriott properties worldwide host public exhibitions and previews of major Christie’s auctions, featuring original, rare, archived or indigenous art.

“We are thrilled to open the JW Marriott Essex House with an unforgettable celebration that speaks to our continued focus on enriching the guest experience through our brand partners,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “As our domestic and international presence grows, JW Marriott brings an undeniably authentic travel experience to travelers worldwide through the brand’s distinctive style of approachable luxury.”

Guests can truly experience a night of luxury at the JW Marriott Essex House with additional partnership activations, including a soaring flower arrangement depicting the iconic Essex House sign as imagined by Jane Packer, one of the world’s foremost artistic floral company’s with outposts in New York, London and Tokyo, along with the availability of Aromatherapy Associates products, whose expertly crafted and customized bathroom amenities harness the power of nature through essential oils.

Offering commanding views of Central Park, the Essex House recently underwent a comprehensive $90 million renovation in 2007 and is among the most luxurious and recognized hotels in Manhattan.

“New York is the center of the hospitality industry and a continuously growing market influencing leisure, business and group travel,” said General Manager, Steve Batta.  “With such an ideal location overlooking Central Park, we are excited to offer guests a one-of-a-kind experience that embodies the distinctive sense of place and genuine flavor that is Manhattan.”

For more information about the JW Marriott Essex House or to make a reservation, visit www.jwmarriott.com, or contact the hotel directly on (212) 247-0300 or online at www.essexhouse.com

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 60 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott.

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Marriott Hotels Expands Global Portfolio with Flagship Brand’s First Property in Novosibirsk, Russia

Marriott Novosibirsk175-Room Marriott Novosibirsk Hotel to Open in 2014.

London – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) has signed a management agreement with CJSC Globus to open its first property in Novosibirsk, Russia, the 175-room Marriott Novosibirsk Hotel.  The Marriott Novosibirsk will be a new addition to the Marriott Hotels & Resorts flagship brand and is expected to open in 2014.  Joining Marriott executives and VIPs for the official signing ceremony was the Mayor of Novosibirsk, Mr. Vladimir Gorodetsky.

The announcement follows the recent signing of the Courtyard by Marriott Ulyanovsk and grows the current pipeline in Russia to nine new properties over the next 3 years.  Other upcoming openings include the 234-room Moscow Marriott Novy Arbat in 2014, and the Courtyard by Marriott Sochi Plaza Hotel and Krasnaya Polyana Marriott Hotel in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

“Last October we announced plans to grow our portfolio in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States by more than 50 percent by 2015 and signing the Marriott Novosibirsk Hotel is another important step in reaching that goal,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe.  “We are excited about the growth in travel throughout the region and the expanding demand for our hotels and brands.”

Novosibirsk is the capital of the Siberian Federal District and Russia’s third largest city after Moscow and St Petersburg.  A vibrant hub of commerce and culture, the city is an important centre for governmental affairs and industry but also boasts an extraordinary host of cultural institutions.  Known as the cultural capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk’s State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall and M.I. Glinka State Conservatory are internationally acclaimed.  Visitors to the city can also explore its many cultural heritage sites and architectural and historical monuments as well as museums and theatres.

The Marriott Novosibirsk will be positioned in a prime location on Lenin Square opposite the city’s iconic Opera House.  Featuring sophisticated guestrooms, a leisure club, indoor pool and 454 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is expected to be popular with both business and leisure travellers.  Additional hotel facilities include a casual dining restaurant, a Lobby Lounge & Bar, and business centre.

About Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to inspire and provide a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. All 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, visit www.MarriottHotels.com
 
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04/29/2013

Marriott International to Webcast its Annual Meeting on May 10, 2013

MILogoHorizBlackBethesda, Md., April 29, 2013 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) will provide a live audio webcast of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on May 10.  To access the webcast on May 10, or as a recording through the end of the year, go to http://www.marriott.com/investor and click on the "Annual Meeting" page on the left hand navigation bar.  

To view an interactive version of Marriott’s 2012 Annual Report, including a video message from the company’s president and CEO and short videos featuring the company’s four regional presidents, visit www.Marriott.com/investor and click “Annual Report.”

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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04/26/2013

Marriott is ‘Sweet 16’ as Ranked by DiversityInc

2013 DiversityInc Top 50Company Ranked Highest Among Other Hotel Companies

DiversityInc announced Marriott International’s rise to #16 during the 2013 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity event making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked #2 for its supplier diversity efforts and included on two other specialty lists – Top 10 Companies for Latinos and Top 10 Companies for Recruitment and Retention.

Marriott was recognized for demonstrating strength in four areas – CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications and supplier diversity, as well as  commitment to its LGBT stakeholders and cross-cultural engagement.

“We’re very proud to continue to be recognized for our commitment to inclusion and to putting people first ,” said David Rodriguez, chief global human resources officer and chief diversity executive.  It’s the very essence of our company culture and the driving force behind our success.  We know that when we leverage diversity and inclusion in every area of our company, it drives innovation and financial success, and creates opportunity for everyone.”

For more information about Marriott’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit www.marriott.com/diversity.

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Inspiring Change with Succeed Through Service

Ritz-Carlton - Global Youth Service DayEngaging students around the world in Global Youth Service Day on April 26-28, 2013

Engage. Inspire. Contribute. These are the guiding principles behind Succeed Through Service, the global youth engagement program started by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as part of its Community Footprints social responsibility commitment.

All 82 hotels, as well as The Ritz-Carlton residences and destination clubs, are engaged in Succeed Through Service and partnering with local schools and youth organizations, many of which work closely with children facing economic, social or personal challenges. Over the past four years The Ritz-Carlton has supported over 12,000 young students around the world. 

Many of the children who participate in Succeed Through Service don’t have access to positive role models and don’t feel connected to their communities. "We are committed to enhancing the lives, well-being and career prospects for young people in communities in which we operate and Succeed Through Service enables us to deliver on that promise.” says Hervé Humler, president and chief operations officer. “As the name suggests, Succeed Through Service is all about helping young people thrive and inspiring them to do their best.”

“Succeed Through Service focuses on giving young people a bright future through life-skills training, career exploration, and community and service-learning projects,” says Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints. “Global Youth Service Day in April of each year, provides an outstanding platform to mobilize our students worldwide to help address issues in their own community.”

Established in 1988 by YSA (Youth Service America), Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. It is celebrated in over 100 countries, with young people working together to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities. In the lead up to Global Youth Service Day, students in The Ritz-Carlton Succeed Through Service program have been learning about the importance of contributing to their community and collaborating on team projects that impact such issues as child literacy, environmental conservation and hunger and homelessness. As the world celebrates Global Youth Service Day this week, the students’ Succeed Through Service projects will represent a global showcase of youthful achievement.

“For 25 years, Global Youth Service Day has shone a bright light on the unique perspective, compassion and creativity that young people bring to solving real problems in their communities.” says Steven Culbertson, President and CEO, YSA. “The magic about The Ritz-Carlton Succeed Through Service program is that it recognizes the remarkable power of children and youth to change the world. We are thrilled that Succeed Through Service is strongly linked to our Global Youth Service Day framework. YSA takes its hat off to The Ritz Carlton for inspiring young students to do their best!"

Click here to see a video about Succeed Through Service.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 82 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).

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04/25/2013

Vacationers Trade Sun and Surf for Art and Culture

SpringHill Suites LogoSpringHill Suites Annual Survey predicts U.S. 2013 leisure travel trends.

BETHESDA, Md.—April 25, 2013—The 2013 SpringHill Suites Annual Travel Survey reveals that most Americans today are ready to go off the beaten path and explore unexpected destinations. According to the recent survey conducted by Kelton, vacation is no longer just about getting away. It’s about discovering the country from a local, cultural and artistic perspective. Ninety-four percent of Americans would like to experience local art and culture while on vacation and look to local galleries, museums and theaters to provide a rich vacation experience.

“This is our fourth time we have conducted this survey, and this year we really dove into where, why and how people will travel,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. “Trends are really changing, perhaps due to social media sharing or simply because people want more out of their limited time off.”

Revealing that 23 percent of working Americans do not receive any type of paid vacation leave in their current positions, the survey demonstrates that Americans are stressed and tired and crave more down time. Vacationers aren’t taking as much time off as they feel they need—the average American takes vacation about once every 12 months and feels they need one about every six months.

When Americans finally get that coveted time away this year, many realize they don’t have to travel to big cities and tourist towns to experience art and culture—over half of travelers agree they are likely to visit a destination in the next five years that may be thought of as off the beaten path such as Little Rock, Arkansas or Boise, Idaho.
 
“Americans are simply ready to get out there and explore something new,” said Nielsen. “SpringHill Suites has always been a key supporter of local art and artists. It is refreshing to see that Americans too are making the effort to appreciate the diverse art and culture in their own backyard.”

Give Me a Break: Travelers quickly grow tired of their daily routine and feel like they need a vacation more frequently.

• Busy daily routines quickly wear Americans down and leave them yearning for vacation time. One in five (20 percent) say they can’t even go one month of their daily routine before feeling like they need a vacation.

• Women take vacations more frequently than men, with men taking a longer period of time between vacations than women (52 weeks vs. 43 weeks).

• Travelers without kids vacation less often than those with kids. On average, travelers without children go just over one year between vacations, and those with children vacation about every eight months.

• In comparison to many other places in the world, Americans are severely lacking in allotted annual vacation time, and they are feeling it. Ninety percent of working Americans say they want or feel they need more allotted vacation days on top of the days already provided by their employer and, on average, would like an additional 17 paid vacation days. 

Onward, Explorers: Americans will be exploring more on vacation than in years past.

• Vacation is about creating tangible teaching experiences for parents and children, and sometimes that means veering off the main highway. Travelers with children are more likely to visit unique destinations in the next five years, compared to those without children (63 percent vs. 48 percent)

• Americans are ready to get out of town and explore. With the economy improving, 57 percent of Americans agree that “staycations” are a thing of the past, and nearly half also agree that a vacation isn’t a vacation unless you pack up and leave town.

• It is easier than ever to learn about new vacation destinations. Thirty-five percent of Americans on social media say they’ve learned about new vacation spots from seeing posts from their friends.
Home Sweet Hotel: Amenities and perks are hard to leave behind at checkout. • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even on vacation. Thirty-two percent of Americans are most likely to miss the convenient, ready-to-go breakfast in the lobby.

• Who doesn’t love those great travel size toiletry items in hotel rooms? Close to two in five (39 percent) Americans have liked products they used while staying in a hotel so much, they purchased the same item and brand to use at home. Toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap top the list of items purchased post-hotel stay.

• One of the greatest perks about a hotel stay is the built-in housekeeping, but one in four travelers (26 percent) say that they don’t think housekeeping staffs should be tipped.

Count Your Pennies: Travelers watch their wallets but look for splurges on vacation
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• Although the economy is improving, budgeting is still very important for Americans. Four in five (81 percent) vacationers set a budget. More than one-third (36 percent) of these folks spend more than they plan for, 55 percent stick to their budget, and 9 percent come in under budget.

• More women than men (86 percent vs. 76 percent) set vacation budgets.

• Budgeting on the road is more important than budgeting at home. Over three in four (77 percent) of those who don’t consider themselves to be budget-conscious in their everyday lives set a vacation budget.

• There is no better time to splurge than on vacation. Ninety-three percent of Americans are likely to splurge on vacation, and 71 percent of them agree that if they splurge it will be on a meal.

• While sticking to a budget is important, there are some things travelers just wouldn’t give up to save some cash. Eighty-five percent of Americans would be willing to give up something for 25 percent off their hotel stay. Of those, only 26 percent would be willing to give up their mobile device and in comparison, 54 percent of those 21 and over would forgo alcoholic beverages, 43 percent of social media users would give up logging on to these sites, and 40 percent would go without housekeeping for the same discount.

About the Survey

The online survey was conducted between March 12 and March 19, 2013, by Kelton, an independent research company, and commissioned by SpringHill Suites by Marriott, an all-suites brand. The online survey polled 1,048 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, with a 95 percent level of confidence and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.

About Kelton
Kelton is a leading global insights firm serving as a partner to more than 100 of the Fortune 500 and thousands of smaller companies and organizations. Utilizing a wide range of customized, innovative research techniques and staff expertise in marketing, branding, PR, media, and business strategy, Kelton helps drive our clients’ businesses forward.

For more information about Kelton, please call 1.888.8.KELTON or visit www.keltonglobal.com.

About SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites is ideal for business and leisure travelers who look for style and inspiration in their stay. Featuring suites larger than traditional hotel rooms, SpringHill Suites makes it easy for guests to spread out and fully enjoy their space. Launched in November 1998, the brand currently has more than 295 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during their stay at over 3,600 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide. For more information, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

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04/24/2013

Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education Makes Debut in China

Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education CeremonyHefei, China – Marriott International today launched the ‘Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education’ in co-operation with Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology. This is the latest college partnership model Marriott International has embarked upon in China to develop the future generation of the hospitality workforce to support its growth in the country. [Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief HRO of Marriott International Asia Pacific (center left) and Wang Yuan Hao, President of Anhui Zhongao Institute of Technology (the third from the right) along with other Marriott and Anhui government executives at launch event.]

Once established, the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education will become an integral part of the Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology and will enroll students from the annual China national examination for a three-year diploma programme. The expected number of 2013 intakes will be 300 students.

Initially, the curriculum focus will be on Hotel Management, but plans are in place to expand the course to include Tourism Management as well as Culinary and Nutrition. In the final year of study, students will have work placements at Marriott’s hotels in China to gain experience in a real-life hotel environment.

Marriott International will offer a full array of support to ensure that this joint programme is a great success from the very start, including lectures from the company’s senior executives to the students. Other support includes student field study and internship opportunities at Marriott International’s hotels, faculty internship and curriculum development. Michael Malik, Market Vice President – Eastern China of Marriott International will serve as the deputy dean of the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education. He will provide counsel and oversee the education direction of the Institute.   

In the inauguration ceremony of the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education, Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer of Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “Marriott International is proud of the fact that it is consistently recognised as a top employer in China and around the world. We have been providing career development opportunities to ambitious talents worldwide for more than eight decades. The launch of the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education not only upholds our core values, but also serves as a timely move to fuel our tremendous portfolio growth in China. 

“Marriott International currently cooperates with a number of colleges throughout China to help foster the next generation of hotel executives. Nevertheless, in terms of the breadth and depth of such kinds of exercises, this co-operation with Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology is unprecedented,” said Taikitsadaporn.  

Marriott International has launched co-operation programmes with 15 colleges in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guiyang and in other locations. In addition, Marriott has relations with 112 colleges across China and recruited more than 2,500 interns in 2012 in the country.

Wang Yuan Hao, Dean of Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education, said: “The hospitality industry of China has been growing rapidly and this trend is expected to continue in coming years. Therefore it is essential that our education will keep pace with and meet the human resources demand of the industry. We are delighted to have the support of Marriott International to this programme as the company brings a wealth of experience and heritage in developing hospitality talent around the world.”

With 137 open and signed hotels in China, Marriott International expects to open on average one hotel per month in the country for the five years. The company intends to add some 40,000 associates in China by 2016.

Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology
Established in 1998, the Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology is a government funded college that is affiliated with the Science and Technology Department of Anhui Province. Currently it has 3,000 students and offers three faculties with some 25 disciplines of studies. For more information, please visit its website: www.acac.cn     

Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. 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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