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Snowlanta, No Match for Marriott Culture

AltantaPresident and CEO Arne Sorenson has a new hero this week. On his LinkedIn blog, he tells the story of a Fairfield Inn & Suites clerk's heroics to help guests in need.  Check out the blog and join the conversation.

Marriott Sells Interests in Renaissance Barcelona Hotel for €78 Million

Renaissance Barcelona HotelMarriott Sells Interests in Renaissance Barcelona Hotel for Retains Long-term Management Agreement

January 30, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced that it has sold its leasehold interests in the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel to an affiliate of the Qatar Armed Forces Investment Portfolio (QAFIP) for approximately €78 million including €45 million ($62 million) cash and the assumption of €33 million ($45 million) of related obligations.  The hotel will continue to be operated by Marriott under a long-term management contract.

“Through the sale of the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel we are delighted to welcome a new partner and owner to our Marriott portfolio,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director for Marriott International in Europe.  “Barcelona is a key gateway city and one of the world’s most popular destinations, and with such a strong and respected owner we are confident about the future of this wonderful hotel and our relationship with QAFIP.” 

Opened in April 2012 following a major renovation, the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel is located in Barcelona’s vibrant Eixample District and close to some of the city’s most extraordinary cultural attractions including two of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces: La Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera.  Within walking distance of Paseo de Gracia, the city's world-renowned avenue filled with impressive architecture and exceptional shopping, the stylish hotel offers exceptional service and contemporary design.

Commenting on the transaction, General Brigadier Dr. Eng. Thani Al Kuwari, Assistant for the Financial Affairs to the Minister of State of Defense and Director of Qatar Armed Forces Investment Portfolio, added: “We are very excited to add the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel to our portfolio and look forward to a long and successful partnership with Marriott International.”

Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio designed to help guests Live Life to Discover.  Its signature concierge service, R Navigator, and RLife LIVE entertainment programme showcasing emerging talent in music, art and culinary, help guests explore local discoveries and transform their travel experience.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 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, and for the latest company news, visit

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From Special Super Bowl XLVIII Bus Tour to Tailgates with NFL Legends, Courtyard Brings "Greatness on the Road™”

EEA_4097_resizedCourtyard culminates football season with series of unique Super Bowl Week experiences

Bethesda, Md. - January 29, 2014 -  Courtyard by Marriott, the Official Hotel of the National Football League (NFL) brings its third partnership season to a new high in New York City, hosting a series of fan and guest events throughout the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.

AGO_1235_resizeThrough its “Greatness on the Road” campaign, 12 select Courtyard hotels in the New York and New Jersey area will be fully Super Bowl branded and feature commemorative Super Bowl key cards, welcome amenities and Super Bowl pocket guides for all guests to enjoy. Courtyard has also wrapped a fleet of New York City tour buses with Super Bowl graphics equipped with Courtyard ambassadors to get visitors excited and energized throughout the week. Yesterday, Courtyard surprised a bus full of football enthusiasts with an unforgettable treat – Jerome “The Bus” Bettis driver and Rich Eisen tour guide.

BusTrue to its commitment of enhancing guest and fan experience through its alignment with the NFL, Courtyard activities this weekend include:

  • Courtyard and the NFL will announce the season winner of the “Greatness on the Road” program live at the third annual NFL Honors -- a star-studded football and entertainment event saluting the best players, performances and plays from the 2013 season. The two-hour prime time awards special from Radio City Music Hall in New York will air nationally on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. (ET) on FOX. “Greatness on the Road” is a weekly season-long program that honors one NFL road warrior and one Courtyard guest that embodies exceptionally great road performances.
  • Courtyard will award a grant to the final winner of its season-long “Inspire Greatness” campaign with USA Football. Port Reading (N.J.) Saints president Joe Beahm will receive a $1,000 equipment grant for his local USA Football chapter, to be used toward new helmets, shoulder pads, and equipment to improve player safety. Courtyard acknowledges the hard work of coaches, referees and volunteers who inspire greatness in youth and have been honoring nationwide entrants at its tailgates throughout the season.
  • Social media fans can win one of 48 $100 Courtyard gift cards in an online photo contest. To enter, users must post a photo demonstrating their excitement for the Super Bowl. To be eligible to win, photos posted to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter must include  #CYSB48 and mention the Courtyard handle @Courtyard on Facebook and @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram.
  • The new Courtyard Herald Square hotel will house the NFL’s “Super Bowl Boulevard Virtual Theater” at 34th street, an eight-minute immersive 3D film with stunning visuals and a powerful soundtrack displayed on the façade of Macy’s Herald Square. The Courtyard Herald Square will be the best vantage point in New York City to watch the experiential show that will play every 30 minutes from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. for the duration of “Super Bowl Boulevard.”
  • Courtyard will continue to host its “Greatness on the Road” tailgates for its Super Bowl guests. NFL anchor Rich Eisen will host the VIP invite-only events, which will feature chats with some of the NFL’s top talent. Guests checking into Courtyard’s Central Park and Herald Square locations can ask the front desk for more details.

“Super Bowl XLVIII in New York City offers the biggest stage imaginable to treat Courtyard’s guests to our ‘Greatness on the Road’ program,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president of Modern Essentials and Extended Stay brands at Marriott International. “From the look of our hotels, to the on-property experience, Courtyard’s official NFL partnership allows us to offer an unmatched Super Bowl experience for our guests staying in our 12 area hotels.”  

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 950 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard 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 or reservations, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit, become a fan at or follow Courtyard at

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Extends the Succeed Through Service Youth Engagement Toolkit on an Open Source Basis

Suceed through service Recipient of Most Robust and Comprehensive National Youth Mentoring Program” Award

Chevy Chase, Md. – January 30, 2014 - Engage. Inspire. Contribute. When it comes to laying a foundation for success for at-risk youth, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Succeed Through Service program is an award-winning blueprint that is elevating the potential for young people across the United States and around the world.

Suceed through service logoSuceed through service 1Through Succeed Through Service, Ritz-Carlton employees mentor students in low income communities to follow their passions, imagine futures not previously envisioned, understand the value of giving back to their community, and learn valuable life skills that will help them forge a path of success. Developed in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, The Ritz-Carlton formulated a core curriculum which leveraged the company’s embedded focus on training excellence and created Succeed Through Service which, since launching in 2009, has benefitted over 15,000 students. To expand the program’s reach and impact, The      Ritz-Carlton is making the curriculum available to the private sector, non-profits and educators on an open source, non-proprietary basis.    

“We thank you so much because you’re not only investing in kids, you are investing in the future of our country and the other countries where you are located,” said General Colin L. Powell, founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance.

On January 30th, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognized The Ritz-Carlton for outstanding contributions to advancing quality mentoring opportunities for the nation’s youth through the Succeed Through Service program.  Honored during an awards ceremony at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit for the “Most Robust and Comprehensive National Youth Mentoring Program,” The Ritz-Carlton was also recognized for participation in the Corporate Mentoring Challenge.  First Lady, Michelle Obama, launched the Corporate Mentoring Challenge at the 2011 National Mentoring Summit to urge the private sector to create or expand a mentoring initiative and engage their employees to “build a culture where no child ever feels like they’re on their own.”

"We are committed to enhancing the lives, well-being and career prospects for young people in communities in which we operate hotels, and our Succeed Through Service program provides a platform for us to deliver on that promise,” said Hervé Humler, president and chief operations officer.  “It is our hope that by sharing the Succeed Through Service toolkit on an open source basis, others will be inspired to help young students flourish, complete their education and have a successful and productive life.”

The Succeed Through Service Open Source Toolkit is a practical resource to establishing a comprehensive youth engagement program. It provides a roadmap on how to successfully partner with a school; engage and prepare employee trainers and mentors; set the stage and inspire the students; implement the curriculum and evaluate its impact. The curriculum includes modules on the value of social skills (eye-contact, a great smile and a firm handshake); healthy eating habits and how to safely handle food; group presentation skills; and the importance of teamwork and collaboration. The Toolkit also provides lesson plans and supporting PowerPoint presentations enabling volunteers to easily deliver the content in an informed, compelling manner, leveraging their own skills and competencies.

For more information on Succeed Through Service, please contact Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints ( or to download the Toolkit visit Succeed Through Service Open Source

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 85 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 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

About Community Footprints
With a commitment to “Expand Global Citizenship,” The Ritz-Carlton social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, is embedded into the company’s service values, long range plan and business operations. This commitment is focused on child well-being, environmental responsibility and hunger and poverty relief. For more information visit, or follow The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints on Twitter:

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Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Offer Hot Deal to Counter Cold Temperatures

Hammock pictureGuests Receive 30 Percent Off Leisure Rates With Goodbye Winter, Hello Savings Event.

January 29, 2014 – Travelers seeking warm weather relief can say goodbye to low temperatures and hello to 30 percent off leisure rates during the Goodbye Winter, Hello Savings Event at Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts ( – a collection of 11 top luxury resorts located throughout 10 destinations in the tropics.

Beginning February 1, visitors can save 30 perfect off leisure rates for travel April 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014, with a minimum two-night stay required. Guests can soak up the sun on pristine beaches, enjoy treatments at award-winning spas, wine and dine at an array of notable restaurants and participate in cultural excursions within the destination.

To take advantage of this special offer, reservations must be made by February 28, 2014 and the promotional code ‘5CL’ must be used.* Participating hotel properties include: 

  • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  • CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
  • CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
  • Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  • Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
  • Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  • Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
  • Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
  • San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts please visit or

*The Goodbye Winter, Hello Savings Event is valid for reservations booked between February 1 – 28, 2014, for stays from April 1, 2014 – July 31, 2014 at participating Marriott® Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts. Must quote promotional code 5CL to receive the promotional rate. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Available at participating locations only. Some hotels may not be available at the rates shown. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, sale promotion, or prior purchase/reservation. Void where prohibited.

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts:
Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts represents the region’s most luxurious resort properties, each complete with chic accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities and stunning oceanfront locations. The Collection’s 11 resorts situated throughout 10 destinations in the Caribbean & Latin America share elevated standards of service, style and reputation that are further magnified by participation in the portfolio. Formed in 1997, the Collection brings a refined level of awareness to this exclusive Collection of full-service properties. For more information please visit

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 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, and for the latest company news, visit

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M&C: Meetings and Conventions Named 26 Marriott Convention & Resort Network Properties as 2013 Gold Key Award Winners

NY-Marriott-MarquisMore Than Double The Awards of its Competitors.  

Bethesda, Md., January 27, 2014 – Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network (CRN) – an integrated network of over 60 JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Marriott and Gaylord Hotels that provides the ultimate meeting experience for meeting planners – is pleased to announce that 26 of its Network hotels and resorts have received Gold Key Awards by M&C: Meetings and Conventions magazine. For over 30 years, this award has been given to properties for their overall excellence in serving meetings and events.

JW-Marriott-San-Antonio-Hill-Country-Grand-Oaks“Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network is dedicated to providing outstanding meeting experiences for groups, and we are thrilled that 26 of our Network hotels and resorts have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to delivering first-class service for planners,” said Dave Nostrand, Vice President, Sales, The Americas. “This year, we are extremely proud to announce that CRN received twice as many Gold Key Awards than our competitors, which is a great accomplishment within the meetings industry.”

All the winners were nominated and selected by the readers of M&C: Meeting and Conventions, who based their votes on the overall professionalism and quality of the property. Meeting planners selected their winning properties based on strict industry criteria including: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms; quality of guest services; food and beverage service; technical equipment and more. A total of 147 domestic and 15 international hotels and resorts were honored, and the winning hotels and resorts were also featured in the November 2013 issue of M&C: Meetings and Conventions’ in a special Gold Awards section.  

The list of the 26 Convention & Resort Network’s M&C: Meetings and Conventions Gold Key Award recipients include:

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 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, and for the latest company news, visit

M&C: Meetings and Conventions ( is a division of NORTHSTAR Travel Media LLC, publishers of worldwide directories, periodicals, electronic products, and destination information services for the travel, meetings and hospitality industry.

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Marriott Job Seekers Apply on the Go

Mobile ApplyMarriott International is industry’s first to offer mobile apply for jobs site. 

Bethesda, Md., January 27, 2014 – Beginning today, job seekers interested in joining Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) can search and apply for new career opportunities on their mobile devices. Marriott is the first and only hospitality company to roll out this convenience as more professionals, especially millennials, are relying on their mobile devices to connect with potential employers.

Mobile Apply InfographicMobile web usage is accelerating globally. In 2013, there were almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people in the world. Of the world’s 6 billion mobile phones, over 75 percent are located in the developing world where mobile phones are more affordable than computers.

“We recognize that the job hunt is changing rapidly,” said David Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “Today, 70 percent of job seekers are using their mobile device to research their next career move. We believe that investing in new mobile technology is critical to attracting talent, especially millennials and those in emerging markets who depend on their mobile devices more than any other generation before them. With more than 3900 properties worldwide and continued, aggressive growth, we need to reach job seekers just as much as they need to reach us.”

Marriott now joins the ranks of only six other Fortune 500 companies that have a perfect “Corporate Mobile Readiness” score, according to iMomentous. To date, only 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer candidates the opportunity to apply for jobs on mobile devices. 

“In many emerging markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, people solely rely on their mobile device to complete day-to-day transactions,” added Rodriguez. India is an example of a mobile-only country where 59 percent of mobile web users never or rarely use desktop web. “As more users forgo computers for mobile-only web experiences, and with Marriott’s global presence spanning more than 70 countries, it is imperative that we have the technology in place to meet fundamental needs – like finding a job.”

Available on all smartphones, tablets, and feature phones, candidates can visit or to search and apply for jobs. They have the choice to type in their information or import it directly from their LinkedIn profile. Currently, mobile apply is available in six languages including English, Spanish, French, Simplified Chinese, German, and Portuguese with additional languages launching in March.

With a corporate heritage of over 87 years, Marriott International has a culture of putting people first and providing opportunities for advancement and career growth for its 325,000 associates at managed and franchised hotels worldwide. The company has been named an “All Star” by FORTUNE magazine, having been on its “Best Places to Work” list every year since it was created in 1998. For a full list of the company’s awards, visit

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 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, and for the latest company news, visit

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Marriott Begins 2014 with Industry’s Fastest-Growing New-Construction Pipeline

The-London-EDITIONAdded More Than One Hotel Per Day to Development Pipeline in 2013

January 27, 2014 -- At the America’s Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced that it had the fastest-growing new-construction pipeline in the industry, worldwide, in 2013, based on information published by Smith Travel Research.  In addition, Marriott reported that it signed more than one hotel project per day in 2013, totaling a record 387 hotels and 67,000 rooms.  The company opened nearly 26,000 new rooms in 2013 and, given its strong pipeline, expects new hotel openings to accelerate in 2014 and 2015.

In 2013, Marriott increased its total development pipeline by over 30 percent.  At year-end 2013, Marriott had more than 195,000 rooms under development across five continents, compared to 176,000 rooms at the end of the third quarter and 143,000 rooms just a year ago.  At year-end 2013, the company’s global pipeline included 72,000 hotel rooms under construction, 83,000 rooms signed but not yet under construction, 11,000 rooms awaiting conversion to one of Marriott’s brands, and 29,000 rooms for projects that have been approved for development but not yet signed. 

Fueling this success is Marriott’s extensive lineup of 18 brands, the broadest in the lodging industry, including its luxury and lifestyle portfolio, which accounts for nearly 25 percent of the company’s overall pipeline. 

“Our luxury and lifestyle portfolio of 438 hotels across nine brands* is robust,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International.  “The Ritz-Carlton is recognized as one of the world’s most iconic luxury brands and is expanding outside the U.S.  At the same time, we are rapidly growing new brands such as EDITION, Moxy Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Autograph Collection, all brand innovations that position us well with customers looking for a different type of experience.”

EDITION, an exciting full-service, luxury/ lifestyle brand conceived in collaboration with legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, continues to receive rave reviews following the opening of The London EDITION in 2013.  EDITION is gaining ground, with 10 hotels open or in the signed pipeline, including The Miami Beach EDITION, scheduled to open later this year.  Future hotels are planned for Abu Dhabi (2015), Gurgaon, India (2015), Manhattan Madison Avenue/NYC (2015), Sanya, China (2015), Bangkok (2016) and West Hollywood (2017), as well as the just announced Times Square EDITION in New York (2017).

Moxy Hotels is on track to open its first hotel in Milan, Italy, in August, and additional properties are expected to open in six other European markets in 2015.  Combining contemporary design and approachable service at an affordable price, Moxy is projected to reach 150 hotels in the next 10 years.

The fastest hotel brand launch in the industry, the Autograph Collection has added nearly 60 hotels since its 2010 introduction at ALIS.   A unique business venture, the Autograph Collection harnesses the power of Marriott’s global sales, marketing and revenue engines for independent hotel owners.  

“Marriott’s determined focus on powerful brands and global growth has delivered unparalleled results,” said Tony Capuano, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Marriott International.  “In 2013, we completed the largest number of new hotel deals in our company’s history, a pace of more than one new hotel project every day, benefitting from our partners’ improved access to capital, rising consumer demand in major markets, the impact of the growing middle classes in Asia and Africa, and greater international travel than ever before.”

In Africa, Marriott expects to complete the acquisition of the Protea Hospitality Holdings’ brands and its management business in April 2014.  With Protea, Marriott will nearly double its distribution in the Middle East and Africa to 23,000 rooms and become the largest hotelier on the African continent. 

In its Asia Pacific region, Marriott expects to open a hotel every week across 10 different brands, doubling in size, reaching 330 hotels with more than 96,000 rooms across 16 countries by 2016.   In 2013, Marriott signed agreements to add 78 new hotels and more than 22,000 rooms in the Asia Pacific region, an industry-leading pace.

In the United States, Marriott ended 2013 with more than 22,000 hotel rooms under construction, representing the largest hotel construction pipeline in the industry, according to data from Smith Travel Research.  In fact, Marriott operates or franchises one of every five new hotel rooms that opened in the U.S. in 2013.  Driving these results is Marriott’s broad brand lineup, including the company’s newest brand in the U.S., AC by Marriott.  Inspired by the fashion houses of Milan and already successful in Europe, AC by Marriott will open its first hotel in the U.S. this year, with 16 other projects under contract (totaling 3,215 rooms) around the globe.

“Staying focused on our strategy of global growth and brand differentiation has paid off for Marriott and its owners and franchisees,” said Sorenson.  “We look forward to opening even more hotels in 2014 and beyond, introducing Marriott and its brands to new guests and welcoming loyal customers to new and exciting locations across the globe.”

*Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio of nine brands and 438 hotels includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (84), Bulgari Hotels (3), EDITION (2), JW Marriott Hotels (63), Autograph Collection (56), Renaissance (153), Moxy Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott (75), and with the planned acquisition of Protea, Fire & Ice Hotels (2).

NOTE: This press release contains “forward looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements about the number, locations and opening dates for new hotels, the completion date for the Protea Hotel Group, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations are not historical facts.  We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; the receipt of governmental and other consents for the Protea Hotel Group acquisition, and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories at year end 2013,  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, and for the latest company news, visit

CONTACT:  Stephanie Hampton,, 301-380-1217 



Marriott Opens First Hotel in Sochi, Russia

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana HotelLuxurious ski and spa hotel ready to welcome Sochi visitors.

Sochi, Russia - January 23, 2014 - Marriott International has opened a luxurious ski and spa hotel under its signature brand, Marriott Hotels, at the heart of the new Gorky Gorod ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana.  The five-star Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel is ideally positioned at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains within walking distance of world-class ski slopes.  The hotel is operated by an affiliate of U.S.-based Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Just half an hour from Sochi Airport by express train, Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana is situated next to a new, state-of-the-art convention centre.  Offering breath-taking views of snow-capped peaks, the hotel is minutes from the ultramodern Gorky Gorod ski resort and its wide variety of pistes ranging from 960 to 2300 metres altitude.  

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel 2“We are very proud to open the first Marriott hotel in Sochi and be part of the development of the region, which will continue in 2014 and beyond,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director of Marriott International in Europe. 

Markus Schmidt, Area General Manager of Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Krasnaya Polyana, added:  “This hotel will offer an extraordinary experience to all guests due to its location and the sheer number and quality of services and facilities it offers.  The experience of Interstate Hotels & Resorts and its highly skilled associates combined with the unique local culture will ensure that our guests will enjoy their time with us.”

Spread over seven floors, the hotel’s 428 rooms and suites are inspired by natural materials and come complete with complimentary internet and plasma TV with satellite reception.  The River Café, the hotel’s centrepiece restaurant, serves international cuisine with European, American, Russian and Asian influences.  Italian pastas, risottos and pizzas and an extensive wine list can be enjoyed at The L'Olivio restaurant.  Guests can also dine or sit with a glass of wine on the restaurant terraces, which provide outstanding views of the mountains.  

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel guest roomOne of the largest in the region, the luxurious SOUL spa is spread across 2,000square metres and houses nine treatment rooms, including private spa suites. Guests can personalise their treatment by choosing between the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.  The impressive range of services extends from traditional massages and treatments to a unique Snow Shower, where guests can enjoy hydro massage, aromatherapy, Turkish bath and Finnish sauna.  

Private landscaped grounds face the mountains and boast an extensive complex of indoor and outdoor pools.  The hotel is an excellent choice for family holidays thanks to its kids club, children's menus, special swimming and play zones, and entertainment complexes for younger guests.  The nearby Gorky Gorod entertainment centre features a water park complete with natural sandy beach, a cinema, a bowling alley, restaurants and cafes, and shops and boutiques.

Rates at Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana start from 6,000 rubles (£108) a night.

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travellers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. 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

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The CEO's Advice: Make the Meeting Count


Want to know the secret to winning over the boss? Marriott president and CEO Arne Sorenson spells it out on his LinkedIn blog.  Read more and join the conversation.