10/09/2018 – BETHESDA, Md.

Marriott International Propels Its Independent Hotel Portfolio Forward With New Media Campaign

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) today debuted a bold new media campaign showcasing the power of its independent hotel platform across the company’s three collection brands: The Luxury Collection, Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. Rolling out globally through the end of the year, the creative campaign reinforces the growing demand among today’s consumers for the unique travel experiences found at Marriott International’s global portfolio of 300 independent properties.

“Travel has become an important conduit for the way people experience the world; and with the depth and diversity of Marriott International’s independent hotel portfolio, we have the unique opportunity to create one-of-a-kind, memorable moments for travelers,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader, Marriott International.  “While our three collection brands stand strongly on their own, this multi-faceted campaign illustrates the alluring power of these 300 stunning, independent properties together.”

New Marriott International Campaign Showcases the Power of its Independent Hotel Portfolio, including the iconic Gritti Palace, part of The Luxury Collection brand.

From the Gritti Palace on Grand Canal in Venice to El Mangroove on Verdant Coast of Costa Rica, Every One Has a Story

Conceived, developed and produced by creative agency MATTE Projects collaboratively with the brands’ marketing team, the campaign was inspired by the idea that everyone has a story – referring to the hotels themselves and guests who leave with a lasting impression. Each of the three executions visually counts down the captivating experiences and cherished memories that global travelers collect when staying at the company’s independent hotels around the world.

The collection category campaign was shot on 5 continents and features such diverse urban and resort destinations as: Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in the sprawling desert outside of Dubai; The Vagabond Club in Singapore’s energetic Arts & Heritage District;  Noelle illuminating Nashville’s vibrant downtown and Palacio de Santa Paula in the historic heart of Granada.

Led with a :60 hero film, shorter executions will roll out across a variety of platforms ranging from in-flight entertainment and cinema theatres, to digital and social media – first in North America followed by Europe and Latin America through the end of 2018. Each creative execution will lead back to a thoughtfully-designed micro-site that tells the story of Marriott International’s three collection brands: https://collections.marriott.com/.

El Mangroove, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, in Costa Rica is featured in the new campaign celebrating Marriott Internationals 300 Independent Hotels Globally

Independence Reigns: Marriott International’s Trio of Collection Brands Primed for Global Growth

Marriott International is focused on differentiating its collection brands by giving each brand a distinct personality and curating the hotels within each portfolio to speak to a specific customer expectation. The Luxury Collection, part of the company’s extraordinary portfolio of luxury brands, represents hotels that define the destination and provide a true luxury experience; while Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio are part of its Premium Distinctive group of upper upscale, full-service lifestyle hotels. Autograph Collection Hotels are hand-selected for their rich design and immersive stories; while Tribute Portfolio brings together characterful hotels with vibrant social scenes that create a sense of belonging for guests and locals.

“Independent hotels are an invaluable part of our portfolio with a long runway for growth,” continued Edmundson. “With more than 50 independent hotels expected to join our three collections through the end of 2019 alone, we have a tremendous opportunity with guests and locals as well as owners and developers around the world.”

Hotel Vagabond, part of the Tribute Portfolio brand, in Singapore is highlighted in the new campaign - inspired by the idea that every one has a story - referring to the hotels themselves and guests who leave with a lasting impression.

The Luxury Collection brand is slated to debut at least 8 remarkable hotels and resorts by the end of next year in coveted destinations, such as Tasmania, Budapest and Okinawa.  Autograph Collection Hotels is scheduled to add nearly 30 hotels by the end of next year in locales from Mykonos, Greece to Seville, Spain; and Tribute Portfolio is expected to add more than 10 new hotels to its portfolio in cities like Rotterdam, Helsinki and Cartagena.

Through Marriott International’s collection brands, global travelers have access to outstanding luxury and upper-upscale hotels while benefitting from the company’s award-winning loyalty programs; and independent hoteliers can leverage the company’s powerful distribution, sales and loyalty platforms while maintaining their independent spirit. Today, Marriott International’s combined loyalty platform, which includes Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, leads the industry with over 110 million members.

To see Marriott International’s collection category campaign and learn more about the company’s independent hotels, please visit: https://collections.marriott.com/.

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Note on Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including the number of lodging properties the company may add in this and future years and similar statements concerning possible future events or expectations that 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 changes in market conditions; changes in global and regional economies; 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 and refurbishment; and other risk factors that the company identifies in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply here.  We make these statements as of the date of this press release, and we assume 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 based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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Elizabeth Bishop
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