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12/08/2014

AC by Marriott Imports European Sophistication to North America

AC Hotel New Orleans BourbonBoutique hotel brand celebrates U.S. debut in historic Cotton Exchange building in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana - December 8, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the opening of the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon, celebrating the official entrée of AC Hotels by Marriott into North America.  Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels is one of the most well-known hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 establishing AC Hotels by Marriott as a lifestyle brand within the company’s global portfolio.

Speaking at an event in New Orleans today, Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc. commented, “With the continued rise of the millennial traveler we saw an opportunity to import this highly successful European brand from overseas with the hope of introducing a more experiential and design led, upper moderate tier lifestyle brand to the U.S. “We are proud to partner with NewcrestImage as we debut the first AC Hotel by Marriott here in vibrant city of New Orleans.”

Opened in November, the new AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon rests on Carondelet Street on the cusp of the French Quarter in the city’s historic cotton exchange building. The iconic building is a National Historic Landmark which first opened in 1871 as a centralized forum for the trade of cotton. Gracious and chic, many of the 220 hotel rooms offer stunning views of the city.  The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with NewcrestImage, a Texas-based hotel development, construction and management company.

A celebration taking place this evening at the hotel will feature music and entertainment by New Orleans own Jon Batiste, Rebirth Brass Band - part of the city’s vibrant musical culture since 1983 and Myles Hendrik, one of the most sought after DJ’s in the country. Dinner Lab, a membership based social dining experiment uniting undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners looking for something different from the conventional restaurant experience, and celebrated New Orleans Chef, Octavio Ycaza, will curate the menu. 

“We’re honored to add an exciting new chapter to the proud history of this building as it becomes the country’s first AC Hotels by Marriott location,” said Mehul Patel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewcrestImage.  “Our company, in partnership with Marriott International, is all about making a difference for our guests and for the communities where we do business.”

AC Hotels by Marriott is the antidote to this modern age of multi-tasking and overstimulation with its purposeful European design, which edits away the superfluous in order to create moments of pause for travelers.

AC Hotel Bourbon loungeEach new AC Hotels location will feature signature amenities and culinary elements including the AC Lounge experience, the AC Library and the AC Kitchen. 

The AC Lounge experience is inspired by the idea of “draft and craft,” a place within the hotel where guests can work during the day and relax after hours with a perfectly made cocktail and thoughtfully curated menu of small bites ordered right from the bartender. The AC Lounge will also offer wines on tap and craft beers unique to the area.  The AC Library provides a quiet space to linger and be inspired.

Open uniquely for breakfast, the AC Kitchen is grounded in the idea of a European home, welcoming guests with buttery croissants and breakfast delights including an artisan slicer allows for guests to experience a taste of Europe each morning with Iberico inspired artisanal Prosciutto Americain. The kitchen will also feature AC Hotels by Marriott signature Iced Coffee.

Along with New Orleans, AC Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City’s stylish Westport neighborhood and in the heart of Miami Beach early next year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 brands. The company’s current luxury and lifestyle portfolio totals more than 450 hotels across seven brands, each offering its own unique personality and distinctive guest experience.  Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

To find out more about AC Hotels by Marriott, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Approximately 330,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  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: The numbers of AC Hotels by Marriott and luxury and lifestyle portfolio hotels that Marriott International, Inc. expects will open in future years and the anticipated owner and franchisee investment in those hotels are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, competitive conditions in the lodging industry, relationships with hotel owners and franchisees, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International, Inc. discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could cause actual openings or investment spending to differ materially from that expressed in or implied by our statements. 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. 

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11/17/2014

AC Hotels by Marriott Opens in Spain and Turkey, Under Construction in Israel

London, UK – November 17, 2014 – Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand its AC Hotels by Marriott brand, with three new properties in Valencia, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Tel Aviv, Israel, bringing the total to 80 opened or signed hotels in Europe.  The new additions exemplify the brand’s urban aesthetic with modern interiors and clean, crisp lines.

AC HOTEL COLON VALENCIA  BARAC Hotel Colón Valencia, Spain
The 91-room AC Hotel Colón Valencia, Spain, has opened as the brand’s second property in the city and sixtieth in Spain.  Run under a management contract with AC Hotel La Carolina SL, the hotel is located in the commercial and financial district, surrounded by bars and restaurants, and a short distance from the bullring, medieval centre and the Carmen quarter, a lively tourist area.

The hotel boasts an AC Lounge & Bistro restaurant, three meeting rooms, Fitness Centre, business centre and a terrace.  There are excellent public transport links to the airport, industrial suburbs and port, and the hotel is within walking distance of North Valencia rail station and just ten minutes by car from the Palacio de Congressos and fifteen minutes from the beach.

AC Istanbul Macka guestroomAC Hotel Istanbul Maçka, Turkey
AC Hotels by Marriott made its debut in Turkey with the opening of the 98-room AC Hotel Istanbul Maçka, operated under a franchise agreement with Tans Turizm ve Otelcilik A.S.  In the upmarket Akaretler residential neighbourhood, one kilometre from Taksim Square, the property is located on the European side of the city, close to Maçka Park and the Istanbul Congress Centre, making it well placed for both leisure and corporate guests.

Facilities include an AC Lounge & Bistro restaurant, three meeting rooms, Fitness Centre, sauna and two treatment rooms; and The Market, which is open 24/7 and sells drinks, snacks and sundries such as toothpaste.

A AC Herzliya exteriorC Hotel Herzliya, Israel
Still under construction and projected to open in January 2016, the AC Hotel Herzliya is in the central business district of Herzliya, a short drive from Tel Aviv, and adjacent to the Herzliya Business Park, which is home to multinational organisations such as Siemens and Microsoft. The property is also just metres away from Herzliya Marina and the beach.

Facilities include an AC Lounge with a sea view, Bistro restaurant, separate bar, lobby with library wall and 23m ceilings, outdoor pool and pool bar overlooking the beach, plus two meeting rooms (largest room, 250 people cabaret style).

The unique design concept created by Dana Oberson architects draws inspiration from the hotel’s location in Herzliya – a city that combines an urban business centre with marina and beach life. A combination of beige and blue, terrazzo and concrete flooring, iron, brass and wood elements create an urban marina atmosphere in the public spaces that continues through to the guest rooms.  Interesting, hand-picked ornaments and furniture enrich the design and create a warm and eclectic feel throughout the hotel. 

AC Hotels by Marriott participates in Marriott Rewards, an award-winning guest loyalty programme with more than 45 million members.

For more information on AC Hotels by Marriott, visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL
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06/26/2014

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central Arrives in the Chinese Capital

Hotel Exterior 酒店外观JW Marriott Reinforces Asian Growth with 22nd Hotel Opening  

Beijing, China – June 26, 2014 – Beijing will welcome its second JW Marriott hotel in Xicheng District with the unveiling of JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central overlooking the historical capital city. The new flagship hotel, which is scheduled to open on 26 June 2014, enjoys a prime location in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, within walking distance of the capital’s most iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Xidan Commercial Centre, plus several metro lines.

“We are delighted to introduce the seventh JW Marriot hotel in China, and are grateful for the wonderful cooperation of our owning company, Yuecai Holdings (Beijing) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Guangdong Finance Investment (Holding) Co. Ltd. The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central is the second JW Marriott property in Beijing, and represents a further evolution of the rich service philosophy and extensive facilities that our premium JW Marriott brand is renowned for globally.” said Simon Cooper, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International.

The new JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central offers 412 guestrooms starting at a spacious 46 sqm with a sleek contemporary design and high-tech facilities. Sixty suites include 18 Residence Suites equipped with kitchens and 12 Sky Garden Suites with an open-air balcony and magnificent city views. Every guest enjoys around-the-clock ‘At Your Service’ care, providing the highest levels of personalized service for an extraordinary stay.

Three restaurants and one lounge serve up a variety of local and international gourmet experiences. Featuring modern minimalist decor with touches of rustic dark wood and traditional Chinese elements, Man Ho takes an innovative approach to traditional Cantonese cuisine using seasonal organic ingredients. Casual Italian restaurant Casalingo serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a bright Mediterranean-style ambience with an atmospheric wine bar.

All-day dining venue JW Kitchen features open kitchens cooking up global cuisines from breakfast to dinner. The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to meet with friends or colleagues and enjoy the selection of fine refreshments.

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central is an ideal venue to impress, with nearly 2,500 sqm of state-of-the-art banquet and conference venues. The entire fifth level is a dedicated events floor with abundant natural light and city views. The 800 sqm pillar-free Grand Ballroom features 6.7-metre-high ceilings, a 30 sqm HD LED screen and projector, and is divisible into three sections. It also has an impressive entrance foyer covering 604 sqm.

The 300 sqm Living Room is a residential-style venue comprising multifunctional meeting rooms, dining areas and an open kitchen, enabling groups to seamlessly accommodate work and play. There are also nine classic function rooms. All areas are equipped with high-speed Internet access and latest audio-visual technology. Most rooms also have large windows with city views.

A luxurious health club on the top floor features a 24-hour high-tech gym, whirlpool, steam and sauna, plus a spectacular glass-roof swimming pool at the very top of the hotel.

“We are very excited to open the second JW Marriott hotel in Beijing. With our superb location and contemporary facilities, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central really is the ultimate destination for both executive retreats and leisure travelers to ‘Live Like A Local’ in the Chinese capital,” says Mr. GP Yeow, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central.

During the opening period from 26 June to 31 August 2014, guests can book the Opening Package priced at RMB950 + 15% service charge per room per night, with the option of paying just RMB1 for one person and RMB135 for the second guest to enjoy their stay with breakfast included.

About JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central enjoys a prime location in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, within walking distance of the capital’s most iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Xidan Commercial Centre, plus several metro lines. The hotel offers 412 spacious guestrooms and suites, including 18 Residence Suites equipped with kitchens, and 12 Sky Garden Suites with balconies. Three restaurants and one lounge serve up a variety of local and international gourmet experiences in spectacular settings. A dedicated events floor covers nearly 2,500 sqm of state-of-the-art venues, including an 800 sqm Grand Ballroom with a 30 sqm HD LED screen, 300 sqm residential-style Living Room and nine function rooms. Health and wellness facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, indoor rooftop swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

 

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
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 64 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

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06/02/2014

Marriott International Accelerates Growth in Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels With Plans to Add 200 Hotels Over the Next Three Years

JW-Marriott-VeniceRapid Global Expansion Strategy Leads the Industry.

New York, New York - June 2, 2014 – Marriott International, (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced plans to significantly grow its global portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands.  Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

 “The luxury and lifestyle category is stronger than ever and we see demand continuing to rise worldwide,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO.  “Next generation travelers are poised to comprise more than 60 percent of our business over the next four years, and already represent a broad spectrum of diverse cultures and lifestyles that view travel as an important way to enrich their lives.  Our approach to the luxury and lifestyle segment embraces this trend and is shaping our development strategy.”

“The company’s current luxury and lifestyle portfolio totals 449 hotels across eight brands, each offering its own unique personality and distinctive guest experience.   We have put the power of Marriott behind the growth of iconic brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, as well as newer brands including EDITION, Autograph Collection and AC Hotels by Marriott. At the same time, the company continues to introduce new brands such as Moxy Hotels, and continues to evolve its Renaissance Hotels brand globally. We are delighted with the success of these tremendous brands, part of our aggressive strategy to lead in the luxury and lifestyle category.”

Also today as part of this segment-wide strategy, Marriott International officially launched its new campaign, #LoveTravels, a multicultural campaign that conveys the company’s commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel. The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Renaissance Hotels are all participating in the ground breaking campaign which features visually powerful images shot by acclaimed photographer Braden Summers that will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S.

The breadth of the company’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio is largely represented by the following brands globally:

The Ritz-Carlton opened six properties in 2013, including hotels in Chengdu and Tianjin in China; Aruba; Herzliya, Israel; Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bangalore, India. Most recently, The Ritz-Carlton opened its first hotel in the U.S. since 2010 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California.  Growth plans call for 15 additional hotels between now and by year-end 2016 including in Nanjing, China; Rabat, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Los Cabos, Mexico; Tunis, Tunisia; Haikou, China; Panama City, Panama; Bali, Indonesia and Macao.

Through an acclaimed partnership with legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, EDITION hotels are stunning microcosms of the world’s top cities. EDITION combines the best in service, food, beverage and entertainment which Ian Schrager is known for with the global reach and operational expertise of Marriott International. Following the highly successful debut of The London EDITION last September, the brand is on target to open in Miami Beach this fall and will debut in New York City’s landmark Clock Tower building in the spring of 2015. Future hotels are also planned for Abu Dhabi (2015), Gurgaon, India (2015), Sanya, China (2015), Bangkok (2016) and West Hollywood (2017), as well as the recently announced Times Square EDITION in New York City (2017).

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will debut in Italy in early 2015 on the private island of Sacca Sessola, a short boat ride from the stunning city of Venice. In addition, the brand is on schedule to open 23 new hotels in the next two years, growing from 64 to 87 hotels in 29 countries by the end of 2016. Centered in the idea of well-being, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts offers a collection of partnerships with leading luxury brands in nutrition, culinary, art, culture, and wellness as part of the brand’s commitment to delivering a deeper and more meaningful luxury guest experience at each of its hotels worldwide.

Autograph Collection continues to grow rapidly having reached its 60th hotel milestone in less than three years. Exactly like nothing else and the fastest brand launch in the history of the industry, the unique collection allows independent hotels the opportunity to tap into Marriott International’s powerful sales and marketing platforms including Marriott.com and the award winning Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program. With twenty hotels expected to join this year, the portfolio is an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from iconic properties such as The Algonquin Hotel in New York City to the luxurious 15 room Kessler Canyon hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City CenterMaking its debut in world class destinations including Santiago, Chile and the south of France, Renaissance Hotels is on track to open nine hotels in 2014. With five hotels launched thus far and four additional locations on schedule to open, the portfolio plans to celebrate more than 160 hotels in 37 countries by year-end.  Renaissance Hotels is designed around making business travel fun again and helping its guests to discover unexpected surprises with every stay, whether it’s listening to live music in the lobbies, taking in a pop-up art exhibit or simply enjoying handcrafted cocktails and locally inspired foods.  It is a sophisticated hotel brand whose mission is to encourage today’s modern business traveler to Live Life to DiscoverSM and make every business trip an opportunity to experience a new story that can be shared.

AC Hotels by Marriott, a brand concept launched in Europe in 2011 as a joint venture with Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, plans to open its first hotel in the U.S. this fall at the Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans, quickly followed by locations in Kansas City and Miami in early 2015. AC Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. Inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, the brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinctly urban feel. A sleek and modern approach to design combined with unique elements which embody the character of each destination; growth plans for the brand include more than 30 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Developed following extensive research and created with the next generation traveler in mind, Moxy Hotels expects to debut in Europe this September at Milan’s Malpensa Airport in Italy. A fresh and innovative lifestyle hotel brand combining stylish design and approachable service at a reasonable price, Moxy Hotels is one of the newest and most exciting brands within the category. The brand is set to open additional locations in key cities throughout Europe by the end of 2016 including Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt in Germany; Oslo, Norway; London, United Kingdom and Aberdeen, Scotland. Early growth estimates predict the brand could reach 150 hotels within the next ten years.   

*Marriott International’s total luxury and lifestyle portfolio currently includes 449 hotels representing The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (89), Bulgari Hotels (3), EDITION (2), JW Marriott Hotels (64), Autograph Collection (60), Renaissance (157), AC Hotels by Marriott (72), and Protea Fire & Ice Hotels (2). The category will officially expand to nine brands following the debut of Moxy Hotels in Milan this fall.

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, 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 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 global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 77 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  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 catherine.leitner@marriott.com.

06/03/2013

Marriott International Imports its European AC Hotels by Marriott Brand into the Americas

AC Hotel Recoletos (Madrid)Design-focused AC Hotels by Marriott Brings a Distinctly Urban Esthetic to Travel Consumers.

Bethesda, Md., – June 3, 2013 – Today at the NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference in New York, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is announcing it will import its popular design-focused AC Hotels by Marriott brand into the US and the rest of the Americas. The brand inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinctly urban feel. Each hotel reflects the uniqueness and character of its location.   

AC Hotel Nice (France)AC Hotels by Marriott was launched in 2011 as a joint venture between Marriott International and Spanish group AC Hotels, which was founded in 1998 by Antonio Catalán. Today, AC Hotels by Marriott has a portfolio of 79 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, encompassing nearly 9,000 rooms.

AC Lounge at AC Hotel Nice (France)“By importing AC Hotels by Marriott into the US, we believe we can increase Marriott’s overall market share among younger business travelers who make three or more business trips a year, representing a total market size of $31 - $35 billion,” said Brian King, global brand officer, Marriott Endorsed Brands. “We have identified an industry void among consumers who are connected, communal and curious with an urban spirit and desire a design-focused hotel brand that is widely distributed.”
 
AC Hotels by Marriott has extremely high brand recognition in Spain and is among the 50 best valued brands within that market. There are currently five AC Hotels by Marriott in the company’s global development pipeline, and there is strong interest among owners in developing the brand in the North and South America.

AC - Biblioteca La Finca Alta“Marriott has a strong track record for developing and growing brands,” said Tony Capuano, executive vice president and chief development officer, Marriott Global Development. “Our experienced owners and franchisees are highly enthusiastic about the growth potential of this unique, design-focused brand for new construction, conversions and adaptive re-use opportunities.”

AC Hotels by Marriott, which will sit in the upper moderate lodging tier, will add to the company’s emerging supply of lifestyle brands that includes the recently announced moderately priced MOXY HOTELS in Europe.  AC Hotels by Marriott feature lobbies containing a curated collection of inviting furnishings, modern patterns and textures that feel museum-like with a layered tone-on-tone color palette of warm greys and soft charcoal accents that carries through to the guest rooms. Within the lobby, guests can enjoy the AC Lounge, serving small plates, cocktails, and a wide selection of wines and craft beers. Guests can retreat to work or relax in the library with its wide tables that serves as the business center as well. The library also offers locally relevant reading and artifacts. WiFi throughout every AC Hotels by Marriott property will be free. Guests and non-guests will be able to book spaces to work in the lobbies using Marriott’s Workspace on Demand powered by Liquidspace. AC Hotels by Marriott will offer guests a full breakfast buffet.

For more information on AC Hotels by Marriott, visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

About Marriott International
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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04/08/2013

AC Hotels by Marriott Continues European Expansion with New Hotels in Nice & Barcelona

AC Hotel - NiceLondon - Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) has continued the expansion of its joint venture with AC Hotels with the opening of two new properties – the AC Hotel Nice on the French Riviera and the AC Hotel Sant Cugat in Catalonia, Barcelona.  The two new hotels will be welcome additions to the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, which launched in 2011 and now offers over 80 hotels across Europe.

After an extensive renovation, the AC Hotel Nice opened on 1 April 2013. The 143-room downtown hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea just steps from Promenade des Anglais.  Standout hotel features include a panoramic terrace with heated swimming pool and a relaxing hotel Zen garden.

In addition to 22 suites, the hotel has three conference and banqueting rooms, accommodating up to 100 guests.  The Acropolis Congress Centre is only a short distance away making it ideally appointed accommodation for business as well as leisure travellers.

The AC Hotel Nice is the second AC Hotel by Marriott hotel to open in France joining the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins, which opened last summer.  Another French property, AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot, was announced in September 2012 and is set to open in early 2014.

AC Hotel Sant CugatThe newly opened AC Hotel Sant Cugat is conveniently located in the business area of Sant Joan. The hotel has 152-rooms and several function rooms for meetings and events.  The hotel’s AC Lounge is an attractive, multi-purpose space open 24 hours where guests can relax with free wi-fi.

The affluent suburb of Sant Cugat del Valles is abundant with beauty and heritage and has convenient connections to central Barcelona.  Local attractions include the Benedictine monastery of Sant Cugat and the medieval castle Castell de Canals.

“We are delighted to be developing the presence of AC Hotels by Marriott in France and across Europe with these two exciting new openings in such current locations,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.  “Nice and Sant Cugat del Valles are popular destinations for both business and leisure travellers and fit perfectly with the brand’s associated modern comfort and urban style.”

The new hotels join over 80 existing AC Hotels by Marriott throughout France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.  AC Hotels by Marriott is part of Marriott Rewards, one of the world’s largest hospitality loyalty programmes with over 37 million members.

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 helen.taylor@marriott.com

09/14/2012

Marriott International to Open 14th Hotel in Paris with Signing of AC Hotel by Marriott

AC Hotel LogoAC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot Opens in 2014.
 
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced the signing of its first AC Hotel by Marriott in Paris, the 166-room AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot.  The hotel will be operated under a franchise agreement with SHEPI SNC. The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will represent Marriott International’s 14th hotel in the capital city and its third AC Hotel by Marriott in France.

The joint venture and co-brand, AC Hotels by Marriott, was launched last year, adding over 80 existing AC Hotels throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal to the Marriott global portfolio.  In line with ambitious growth plans for the brand, AC Hotels by Marriott opened their first hotel in France earlier this year, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes Juan Les Pins and recently announced the signing of the AC Hotel Nice, due to open in early 2013.

“We are thrilled with the AC Hotels by Marriott development momentum in France and the signing of this fantastic new hotel in Paris,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.  “The AC Hotels by Marriott brand already has a strong holding in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and we have been actively seeking opportunities to expand into France where we see the brand’s urban lifestyle feel fitting perfectly.  Ever popular with both business and leisure travellers, and one of the most visited capitals in the world, Paris is a robust market where we see continued development opportunity for this exciting brand.”

The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will be ideally located to the west of central Paris in the well-known district of Porte Maillot, overlooking the Boulevard Périphérique, with excellent transport links to the city’s centre and world-class tourist attractions, including the Champs Elysées just a few metro stops away.  Considered the gateway to the major business district of La Défense, Porte Maillot is home to the Palais des Congrès, one of the city’s largest and best-equipped congress venues.

The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will exude the modern comfort and urban style associated with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand.  Blending quality, comfort, design and technology, the hotel will boast a fitness centre, stylish guestrooms and signature AC Lounge and Bar offering complimentary Wi-Fi and zones to relax, work or unwind.  The hotel’s prime location, just in front of the Palais des Congrès, delivers a host of restaurants and bars to be enjoyed just a short stroll away.

AC Hotels by Marriott is part of Marriott Rewards, one of the world’s largest hospitality loyalty programmes with 37 million members.

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09/05/2012

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa Joins Autograph Collection Denver Landmark is 35th Hotel to Join Marriott International’s Growing Portfolio of Independent Hotels

Brown Palace ExteriorAutograph Collection announced today that Denver’s most iconic luxury hotel, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, has joined its exclusive portfolio of independently owned and operated properties. In conjunction with its 120th anniversary this month, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is the 35th property to be added to Autograph Collection’s growing roster of hotels. Open for business every day since its inception in 1892, The Brown Palace joins the company of some of the world’s most exceptional properties including Turnberry Isle Miami in Miami, Florida, The Algonquin Hotel in New York, New York, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The hotel will continue to be operated by Quorum Hotels & Resorts, which has been involved with The Brown Palace since 1987.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the distinguished Autograph Collection,” said Marcel Pitton, Managing Director of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. “By tapping into the powerful distribution channels of Marriott International, while allowing The Brown Palace to continue to trade upon its iconic name and history, we believe that the Autograph Collection affiliation positions the Brown Palace perfectly for future success.”

Autograph Collection, an exclusive collection of upper upscale and luxury hotels within Marriott International’s global portfolio, is comprised of independent hotels with distinct personalities in major cities and desired destinations worldwide. A natural fit for the iconic Brown Palace, Autograph Collection celebrates innovative hotels that offer the variety of one-of-a-kind, authentic experiences that many guests are seeking when they travel.

Brown Palace Entrance“We are delighted to celebrate The Brown Palace joining Autograph Collection as the Collection’s 35th hotel,” said Noah Silverman, Chief Development Officer, North America Full Service Hotels for Marriott International.  “This iconic landmark is a tremendous addition for Autograph Collection and is perfectly aligned with our expansion strategy to enlist unique properties across the globe to our rapidly growing portfolio.”

Each Autograph Collection hotel possesses its own distinct identity and appeals to discerning travelers who are looking for a creative experience that only an independent hotel can deliver. Joining Autograph Collection allows The Brown Palace to further showcase its renowned legacy and extraordinary personality. Through the partnership, the hotel will gain access to Marriott International’s global sales and marketing channels, including the award winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program.

Managed by Quorum Hotels and Resorts, The Brown Palace has received numerous honors and accolades over the years, including being named a Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond property. Together, the Quorum leadership and Autograph Collection affiliation will highlight The Brown Palace’s individuality while offering guests the benefits and scale of the Marriott International system and revenue platforms.

“Being a part of Autograph Collection provides a great opportunity for The Brown Palace to maintain our unique identity and share our history with an expanded network of dedicated travelers looking for extraordinary experiences,” said Tony Farris, Chairman/CEO and Principal of Quorum Hotels and Resorts.

To celebrate The Brown Palace joining Autograph Collection, the hotel is awarding 1,000 Marriott Rewards Bonus Points for guests booking reservations between September 12th and December 5th 2012. Visit http://www.brownpalace.com/Specials-Packages/ for more details. Certain restrictions apply.

About The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is a Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond luxury landmark located in the heart of downtown Denver. It is a charter member of National Trust Historic Hotels of America and is managed by Quorum Hotels and Resorts, a full service management company headquartered in Dallas. For more information visit www.brownpalace.com.
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About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com

About Marriott International
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About Quorum Hotels and Resorts
Quorum Hotels & Resorts is a leading independent provider of customized hospitality management solutions. Founded in 1987, the company has demonstrated its expertise and superior customer service focus in hotel management to more than 165 full service hotels (including 44 that were REO), representing in excess of 52,000 rooms. These core areas of expertise – including hotel management, asset management, advisory services, and hotelrecovery services – have enabled the company to become industry knowledge leaders, particularlywithin the realm of hotel workouts. For more details or to speak with one of our experienced team members about any of our value added services, call (972) 458-7265 or visit www.quorumhotels.com.

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08/14/2012

Marriott International Opens First AC Hotel by Marriott in France

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les PinsAC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins Adds to Marriott’s Expanding Presence on France’s Famed Cote d’Azur.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) celebrates continued growth in the south of France with the opening of its first AC Hotel by Marriott in the country, the first new AC Hotel by Marriott to open since the launch of the joint venture and co-brand last year.  The former Hotel Ambassadeur, located in the heart of Juan-les-Pins, has been re-branded an AC Hotel by Marriott hotel, following ambitious growth plans for the brand announced last year. 

As Marriott continues to grow its presence on France’s glamourous Cote d’ Azur, the 221-room AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins joins the JW Marriott Hotel Cannes, which re-opened following a stunning renovation earlier this year, the Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco, and the AC Hotel Nice, which will open in early 2013.

“We are thrilled to affirm our growing presence in this stunning region of France,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.   “The AC Hotels by Marriott brand already has a strong holding in Spain, Italy and Portugal, but we have been actively seeking opportunities to expand into France where we see the brand’s urban lifestyle feel fitting perfectly. We could not be more excited about the opening of this first AC Hotel by Marriott in France as we continue to expand the brand across Europe.”

Following renovation, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins exudes the modern comfort and urban style associated with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand.  Blending quality, comfort, design and technology, the hotel features fresh new designs to its reception and lobby, including a signature AC Lounge with zones to relax, work or unwind.  The hotel’s 221 guestrooms and suites boast smart, contemporary furnishings, natural driftwood floors and a warm and sophisticated color palette.

In addition to its twenty flexible meeting rooms that can accommodate up to two hundred people, the hotel is a stone’s throw from a new convention centre opening in 2013 offering a host of facilities including exhibition and lecture space for 500 delegates.

Located in a lush and tranquil setting, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins offers both indoor and outdoor pools, a pool-side grill and is located a short 200 meter walk from the hotel’s idyllic private sandy beach.  Provençal cuisine with a unique twist can be sampled at the AC Ambassadeur Restaurant where fresh, natural ingredients are transformed into memorable culinary experiences.

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins ExteriorJuan Les Pins, a small seaside resort nestled on the Mediterranean Sea between Nice and Cannes, is a popular holiday destination with the international jet-set, boasting incredible beaches, boating and nightlife. The “pins” refer to the umbrella pine trees known for widely inhabiting the destination.  Near to the hotel is the famous La Pinede Gould, world renowned for hosting the annual “Jazz A Juan” International Jazz Festival held every July.

The AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes -Juan Les Pins joins over 80 existing AC Hotels by Marriott throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal. 

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08/07/2012

What’s Your Travel Type?

Marriott Rewards Facebook PageMarriott Rewards Facebook Game “What’s Your Travel Type?" Offers Chance to Win a Tailored Dream Vacation.

Are you an Urban Explorer, Luxury Lover, or a Weekend Wanderer?  Discover your unique travel type with Marriott Rewards by playing the “What’s Your Travel Type? game.” The game will run from now through August 31, 2012. Gain a fun insight into your travel personality along with a chance to enter and win one of six dream vacations designed specifically for the type of trip you love.

To play the game, visit Facebook.com/MarriottRewards and “Like” the page.  Then choose your favorite option from pairs of activities to discover your travel personality and easily share it with friends.  Each travel personality has a Marriott brand that embodies your travel type and you can enter to win that dream vacation. You can play the game once a day, every day for the month, and you can also vary your answers to enter the drawings for multiple travel types.

“What’s Your Travel Type?” is part of a new Marriott Rewards campaign that showcases the vast breadth of brands in which Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points at over 3,600 locations worldwide.  

Prizes include:
Family Traveler – A family reunion, complete with ten rooms for 4-days/3-nights at a Residence Inn by Marriott® located in the U.S.; a $300 gift card to purchase food; $3,000 in spending money; 10 Snapfish® photo books and a $500 gas card.

Weekend Wanderer – Multiple weekend getaways, with five 3-day/2-night weekend stays at any Courtyard by Marriott® located in the U.S. or Canada; breakfast for two at The Bistro; $2,500 in spending money; a $500 gas card

The Luxury Lover -  The ultimate pampering escape, with a 6-day/5-night stay at any JW Marriott® worldwide for the winner and a guest, 500,000 Marriott Rewards points to convert to airline miles; $2,500 in spending money; daily spa treatments; private consultation with a nutrition and fitness expert.

The Individualist from Autograph Collection® Hotels – A one-of-a-kind experience, featuring a 6-day/5-night stay at the El Monte Sagrado, Taos, New Mexico for the winner and a guest;  500,000 Marriott Rewards points to convert to airline miles; $2,500 spending money; customized food, spa and art experience.

The Discoverer – A chance to embrace local living in one of the world’s great cities, with a combined  8-day/7-night stay at two Renaissance® Hotels in one of the following locations:  Europe (Barcelona & Paris), Caribbean (Puerto Rico & Miami) or U.S. (New Orleans & Chicago) for the winner and guest; 500,000 Marriott Rewards points to be converted to airline miles; $3,000 spending money; personalized Discovery Experience curated by local Renaissance Navigators.

The Urban Explorer from AC Hotels by Marriott – The opportunity to bounce between exciting international destinations, with a 5-day/4-night stay in Madrid for the winner and guest; 3-days/2-nights in Toledo, Spain for the winner and guest; two round-trip train passes from Madrid to Toledo; 500,000 Marriott Rewards points to convert to airline miles; two tickets to the Thyssen Museum; dinner for two at Madrid’s historic Santo Mauro Hotel; $2,500 in spending money.

Facebook users do not have to be members of Marriott Rewards to play.  For the sweepstakes terms & conditions, go to http://www.facebook.com/marriottrewards.

Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,600 Marriott International hotels around the world.  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.  Members can earn and redeem points at exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton.  Points can also be redeemed for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals and more. 

Marriott Rewards won the Freddie Award for Best Hotel Loyalty Program in the Americas five years running and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award.  It 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.

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