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06/08/2015

New AC Hotel Miami Beach Taps Next Gen Style and Creativity

GroupBrings brand’s modern European design and Spanish heritage to Miami’s Mid-Beach 

Opening event co-hosted by fashion photographer and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Nigel Barker, and United Nude co-founder, Rem D. Koolhaas  

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ocal design influencers and creatives take a first look 
[Photo: Rem D. Koolhaas, Co-Founder and Creative Director, United Nude; Chris Noerskau, Co-Founder, Slow Watches; Robert Finvarb, Owner, AC Hotel Miami Beach; Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International; and Nigel Barker, Photographer, Author, and TV Personality]

United Nude Pop Up Show Miami, Fla., June 8, 2015 – Last night, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) officially opened the AC Hotel Miami Beach, with an evening of art, design and architecture hosted by Nigel Barker, celebrated fashion photographer, New York Times Best-Selling author and TV personality, and Rem D. Koolhaas, co-founder and creative director of the architectural footwear brand United Nude. The opening of AC Hotel Miami Beach furthers the AC brand’s U.S. expansion in the lifestyle space, catering to the creativity and passions of travelers with a millennial mindset. 

Dropbox link to event images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ovmv5ko2n521fdo/AABSCK0xGsdvTV6Q42qgmarba?dl=0

Guests and influencers were immersed in an intimate evening of curated art and design moments, including a moderated panel discussion about travel and style for next gen creatives and entrepreneurs, presented by independent travel and culture publication Boat Magazine.

This discussion marked the official kickoff to AC’s Beautiful Moments initiative, showcasing AC Hotel Miami Beach’s sophisticated spaces as a canvas and forum designed to engage and inspire partnerships and collaborations with entrepreneurial companies and individuals. Influencers in attendance included hosts Nigel Barker and Rem D. Koolhaas; Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Interim Director Leann Standish; artist, photographer and director Andrea Sisson; Slow Watches co-founder Chris Noerskau; and Jane Wooldridge, the business editor/visual arts editor of The Miami Herald Media Company.

“Like AC Hotels, our partners deliver affordable, well-designed products with a European cachet that appeals to our guests,” said Toni Stoeckl, VP of Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International. “Each partner has crafted their own sense of style that reflects our shared audience of global travelers and entrepreneurs with busy lifestyles and an inspired mindset.”

AC Hotel Miami Beach is designed for those creative, well-traveled, entrepreneurial spirits who are constantly on the go and who appreciate the oasis of a well-designed hotel that allows them to welcome moments of tranquility, be present and connect with others. Everything at AC Hotels by Marriott is created with intention. It edits away what is unnecessary in order to provide guests with thoughtfully designed moments of elegance that elevate their stay. The brand’s style features clean, simple and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with a distinctly modern feel. 

"I’m delighted to participate in the opening of the AC Hotel Miami Beach. The brand’s commitment to creating meaningful experiences through every style element resonates with my work as a photographer and author, capturing and reframing significant moments in fashion and design with a fresh lens and perspective,” said Barker.

Koolhaas added, “I was drawn by AC Hotel’s commitment to making discerning architecture and design affordable and accessible for creatives and entrepreneurs around the world. United Nude translates formal principles of architecture into a shoe collection with clean, modern designs and universal appeal. Partnering with a pop-up shop at AC Hotel Miami Beach is a natural fit, and we are thrilled to unveil our collection in Miami for the first time at this flagship hotel.”

Guests were treated to a United Nude and Slow Watches pop-up shop on property, featuring the brands’ new product launches. United Nude showcased its latest architectural styles for summer, including its much-buzzed about designer collaboration pair by internationally renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, which incorporates 3D printing technology in one of a kind high heel footwear. Slow Watches also officially unveiled its Swiss-made product in the U.S.

"Slow Watches are designed with a unique 24-hour dial that displays the entire day at a glance, to allow people to measure and appreciate each moment, instead of focusing on seconds or minutes of time. We are delighted to have debuted our watch collection in the U.S. at the opening of AC Hotel Miami Beach. Our brands are closely aligned with a shared vision of modern, cosmopolitan style, and the opportunity for real inspiration when you slow down, take time to relax and truly seize every moment of the day,” explained Chris Noerskau, the co-founder of Slow Watches.

AC Hotel Miami Beach owner Robert Finvarb, of Robert Finvarb Companies, presented a promised gift of the work of Chuck Ramirez to PAMM Interim Director Leann Standish. As an extension of the property’s contemporary art collection, which is curated by Miami gallerist Dina Mitrani, the work by Ramirez from his Lost and Found series, will be shown in the hotel and later become part of the PAMM collection. Additional pieces from Ramirez’s series, along with other artists’ work including those of Miami-based Michelle Weinberg, are permanently on view in the hotel for guests and patrons to enjoy.

The occasion also marked the debut of the AC Lounge’s signature Beverage and Food program. AC Hotel Miami Beach partnered with local spirits guru Jennifer Massolo, the founder of The Liquid Projects, to design the innovative beverage, food and lifestyle program. Wines from Rioja were poured throughout the evening, in a nod to the brand’s Spanish roots. Guests also enjoyed signature menu items including craft cocktails and the finest local and international spirits, as well as AC’s signature gin and tonic selection. Tapas-style dishes featuring select local ingredients by regional artisans, such as Miami Smokers rounded out the night’s menu.

Designed by Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture, AC Hotel Miami Beach features the brand’s signature open-concept spaces outfitted with modern furnishings and décor, and thoughtfully selected modern artifacts and treasures. The seven-story hotel includes communal spaces that offer state-of-the-art technology and complimentary WIFI for guests and locals to work, connect, explore and socialize.

In the AC Library, hotel guests and locals can enjoy a quiet read. The AC Library features a curated collection of Nigel Barker’s favorite books, including his latest NY Times best selling book, Models Of Influence, available to guests and visitors in a soothing environment.

A destination for hobnobbing, the vibrant rooftop pool with ocean views serves as the focal point of the hotel, inviting guests and locals to unwind and enjoy a cocktail or snack.

The guest roomsare designed to provide an oasis of modern design, with sleek furnishings, open closet system and hardwood floors. 

The AC Kitchen is open daily for breakfast, offering sweet and savory tarts, freshly baked croissants and a selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses. 

On-site parking, a fitness center and 270 sq. ft. of meeting space round out the hotels offerings.

Located at 2912 Collins Avenue, the 150-room hotel was developed in partnership with Miami’s Robert Finvarb Companies. This is the brand’s flagship property in the U.S. and the first in Florida. To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book your inspired experience at AC Hotel Miami Beach, please visit www.ac-hotels.com.

AC Hotels by Marriott 
AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 19 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 select service hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and France, along with Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Kansas City and Chicago in the United States. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American location in Boston this year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

NOTE: The statements about the expected future growth of AC Hotels by Marriott are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, 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.

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05/27/2015

AC Hotel Chicago Downtown Opens Doors to the Public

AC Hotel Chicago DowntownNew Lifestyle Hotel by Marriott International Offers European Style and Inspired Local Inflections to Appeal to Millennial Audience  

Chicago, Ill., May 27, 2015 – The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, will open its doors to guests in the heart of Chicago’s thriving River North neighborhood on May 29. Located on the corner of Rush and Ontario, the AC Hotels by Marriott brand’s first property in Illinois, is part of a new breed of lifestyle hotels targeting millennial and business travelers. Download images.

AC Hotel Chicago Downtown guest room
AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates the beauty of classic modern designs with its European soul and Spanish roots, borne from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, who founded the brand in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well respected hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Spain, Italy and Portugal, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 which later launched AC Hotels by Marriott globally into France, Denmark and the US.

Based on a belief that purposeful design improves lives, AC Hotels by Marriott edits away what is unnecessary, in order to provide guests with thoughtfully designed moments of elegance that elevate their stay and help them focus on what’s important to them. That’s why at AC Hotels by Marriott, guests get only what they need, without paying for what they don’t. The result is elegant yet unpretentious style, innovative beverage & food programming and locally inspired experiences for both guests and locals.

“Chicago is such a vibrant city with an active arts scene and energetic urban culture,” said Toni Stoekl, Vice President Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International. “Located in the heart of the shopping district and within walking distance to the city’s main tourist attractions, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown is situated perfectly for millennial travelers looking to experience everything the city has to offer.”

Owned and managed by Marcus Hotels and Resorts, the new hotel is primed to become a popular destination for millennial and business travelers alike. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Marriott to bring a new lifestyle hotel to Chicago,” said Joe Khairallah, Chief Operating Officer of Marcus Hotels. “At Marcus, we manage a wide variety of properties ranging from city center meeting hotels to upscale resorts. We’re so excited to collaborate with Marriott to bring the AC Hotel to Chicago.”

Beverage and Food Programming
At AC Hotels, premium touches are balanced with comfortable service. A signature element of the hotel includes an innovative beverage and food program within its AC Lounge. A twist on the traditional hotel bar, the experience includes local craft beers, specialty wines on tap, expertly made signature cocktails and a selection of tapas-style small bites.

Located adjacent to the AC Lounge, the AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired Continental breakfast selection of flaky croissants, freshly-sliced artisanal LaQuercia Prosciutto, savory egg tarts, and Nespresso coffee.

Signature Design
With its sleek, minimalist room design, the AC Hotels by Marriott brand is tailored to specifically appeal to millennials and those who want a stylish, but unfussy alternative to the one-size-fits-all hotel. Taking influence from its European roots, the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown uses muted colors and a monochromatic scheme throughout, showcasing a timeless design that is modern and sleek. Guest rooms incorporate warm grays and charcoal tones, with clean lines and hardwood floors; furniture is lifted to create a sense of space, and crisp white linens are used to create a look that’s both refined and elegant.

Designed by the award-winning, international hospitality consultancy headquartered in Chicago, The Gettys Group, AC Hotel Chicago provides an energetic vibe in the hotel while still encouraging exploration of the city beyond the hotel walls. Décor and furnishings are designed to inspire and add a splash of color to the soothing palette of the hotel.

Additional Amenities
The eight story hotel also offers outdoor terraces with views of the city, a fifth floor outdoor patio and indoor pool, along with a state of the art fitness center. The AC Library is a central work area for guests to use and be both connected and inspired. Additional amenities include secure on-site parking, 3,000 square-feet of meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The new lifestyle hotel is AC Hotels by Marriott’s fourth property in North America (second in the Midwest) following the brand’s debut in New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington D.C, and is part of a growing portfolio of over 50 hotels expected to open in the next few years in the U.S. and Latin America

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book your experience at AC Hotel Chicago, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chiac-ac-hotel-chicago-downtown.mi

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in 11 states.  A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations.  The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels.  For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

About AC Hotels by Marriott
AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 19 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 select service hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and France, along with Washington D.C., New Orleans, Kansas City and Chicago in the United States. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Miami Beach and Boston this year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 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.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bulgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. 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 50 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: Marriott International’s growth expectations for AC Hotels by Marriott and its portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands and expected owner and franchisee investments are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions, supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could delay or prevent hotel openings or otherwise cause actual unit growth or owner and franchisee investment to be different than we anticipate.  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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04/23/2015

AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor Opens its Doors to Guests

AC by Marriott National HarborNational Harbor, Md. – April 23, 2015 – AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, the third AC Hotels by Marriott to open in the United States, opened its doors to guests today.

The eight-story AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor features 192 guest rooms and six suites, 3,700-square-feet of meeting space and a fitness center. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi, and signature spaces including AC Kitchen, AC Library and AC Lounge. The hotel is designed to attract millennials who want a sophisticated experience with style, inspired social spaces and technology.

BAR WITH A TWIST 
At AC Hotel, beverages come first.  The AC Lounge features all-knowing bartenders who act as a go-to source for exploring the local area.  Guests can experience classic drinks, like its signature Gintonic, along with small plates at the AC Lounge.  The lounge delivers to its guests’ handcrafted cocktails, wine on tap, and local craft beers in a can.

EUROPEAN-INSPIRED FOOD SCENE 
The food scene found at AC Hotel stems from its Spanish roots, offering tapas in the evening at AC Lounge and a European-inspired breakfast at AC Kitchen.  Guests enjoy freshly baked croissants flown in from France, hand sliced prosciutto from a Berkel artisan slicer, an assortment of cheeses, sweet and savory tarts, and freshly brewed hot and iced coffee.

ART SCENE 
AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor was designed purposefully and has incorporated the linear design of the harbor into its art.  Upon entering the eight-story hotel, guests will find a rope wall inspired by boats docked on the Potomac River, as well as modern nautical accents throughout.  Outside in National Harbor lies a growing public art scene of both international and local artists.  Special highlights include the iconic “The Awakening” statue by J. Steward Johnson, Jr. and “The Beckoning” by Albert Paley.

MILLENNIAL-DRIVEN EXPERIENCE 
Looking to engage the millennial traveler, AC Hotels by Marriott incorporates a design-focus approach.  Guests will find open-concept closets and integrated work desk and luggage benches in all rooms. Complimentary WiFi, ample USB and power ports and smart TVs that can stream on-demand content is a much appreciated, added bonus.

A PART OF THE COMMUNITY 
AC Hotel adds to the roster of new investments in the growing destination of National Harbor. With its opening, it has created nearly 50 new jobs with more than half of the positions filled by associates living in Prince George’s County, Maryland.   Operated under a long-term management agreement by Marriott International, the hotel is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties. 

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book an experience at AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, visit www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

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AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 19 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.  The brand’s first U.S. hotel debuted in New Orleans in November 2014.  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 this year and additional growth in Latin America and Europe.  We expect more than 50 AC hotels to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 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.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVLGARI®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. 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 49 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.

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 3,800 + properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at over 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards’ exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards modern and easy, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It was also named “Best Frequent Stay Bonus Program” by Global Traveler and ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in the JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction 2014 Report. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel, Businessweek, Fortune and Travel + Leisure magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442.

NOTE: The statements about the expected future growth of AC Hotels by Marriott and Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and the amount of anticipated investment by owners and franchisees, are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, 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 annual 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.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,795 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry, the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for nearly 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home.

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03/10/2015

European Design and Style Come to Historic Westport in Kansas City

AC-Hotels-by-Marriott-logoMarriott International and Noble Investment Group
Open New AC Hotel by Marriott

Bethesda, Md., March 10, 2015  – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) and Noble Investment Group debut the first AC Hotels Marriott property in Kansas City’s Westport District.   It is also the second AC Hotels by Marriott branded property to open in the U.S. Located in the heart of Westport, the region’s oldest established community and popular shopping and entertainment destination, the 123-room lifestyle hotel embodies a sleek European look and feel coupled with unique local design elements.

“We are excited to bring our newest lifestyle brand to this dynamic neighborhood of Kansas City,” said Toni Stoeckl, Vice President of Marriott International, Lifestyle Brands. “At AC Hotels by Marriott, we aim to celebrate the beauty of design and craftsmanship, steeped in Spanish roots and with a European soul. AC Kansas City Westport showcases our commitment to creating these meaningful experiences through every element of the hotel.”

AC Hotels by Marriott is a highly acclaimed urban lifestyle hotel brand that currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and the United States. Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, it quickly became one of the most established hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 launching AC Hotels by Marriott. AC Hotels was created for the design conscious traveler with an urban spirit looking for a cosmopolitan hotel experience. The brand boasts a fresh, stylish, urban design while creating a tailor-made guest experience, to make guests feel like they’re a part of their chosen destination. Premium touches balanced with comfortable service, each hotel is accessible to travelers looking to experience their destination in a stylish and easy way.

Guestrooms and suites at AC Hotel Kansas City Westport feature clean and sophisticated design elements, plush seating furnishings and multifunctional workspaces.

The AC Kitchen, open for breakfast daily, serves a fresh European influenced breakfast, and the AC Lounge features signature cocktails, regional beers, draft wines and small plates.

The AC Library, a collaborative space with a communal table, boasts individual reading areas and a carefully curated selection of books, magazines and guides to all that Kansas City has to offer.

High-tech amenities include mobile check-in, "media salons" with Bluetooth technology and USB charging stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Other amenities include 1,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space; a 24-hour, fully equipped business center and fitness center; and complimentary shuttle within a three-mile radius.

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book an experience at AC Kansas City Westport, visit AC Hotel Kansas City Westport or call +1.816.931.0001. 

Noble Investment Group was founded in 1993, and specializes in making value-added, opportunistic investments in the lodging and hospitality real estate sector. Through its private equity real estate funds, Noble has made more than $3 billion of investments throughout the United States in primarily select service and extended stay hotels which are affiliated with premium brands by Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental and Starwood. For additional information, please visit www.nobleinvestment.com.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio of brands. AC Hotels currently offers more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations Washington, D.C. and in the heart of Miami Beach early this year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 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.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. 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. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. 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 49 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 verona.carter@marriott.com or scarlett.ainsworth@nobleinvestment.com 

02/06/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott to Debut in the Capital Region this March

AC Hotel Washington, DCEuropean-influenced lifestyle hotel to open in heart of National Harbor

National Harbor, Md., February 6, 2015 – Renovations are well underway for the debut of Marriott International, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAR) third AC Hotels branded property in the United States. The AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor  brings the European lifestyle brand to the heart of the region’s fastest growing destination and is set to open in March 2015. It will also be the first AC Hotel in the Northeast.

AC Hotel Washington, DC breakfast areaThe 192-room property is designed with millennials in mind who want a sophisticated experience with style, inspired social spaces and technology. Drawing from the runways and fashion houses of Milan, the AC Hotels brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, with a distinctly modern feel.

“AC Hotels brand boasts a modern, European look and feel with Spanish roots that will complement the culturally diverse and international flavor of Washington, D.C.,” said Toni Stoeckl, VP Lifestyle Brands. “We believe in creating meaningful experiences for our quality-driven guests through every element of our hotel and are guided by the philosophy that everything should have a ‘why.’”

AC Hotel Washington, DC barAt AC Hotels, premium touches are balanced with comfortable service. A signature element of the hotel includes its innovative beverage and food program within its AC Lounge. A twist on the traditional hotel bar, the experience will include craft beers, on-tap wines, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of small ‘tapas-style’ plates served by city-savvy bartenders. These beverage experts will connect AC patrons to the pulse of D.C. with their insider tips and recommendations on the local area, acting as both a mixologist and innovative spin on a concierge.

The 8-story hotel will include outdoor terraces with dramatic views of the Potomac River; the AC Kitchen serving a European-influenced daily breakfast including sweet and savory tarts, freshly baked croissants and a selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses; and the AC Library offering a quiet area for guests to use while still being connected. Additional amenities include a fitness center, 3,700-square-feet of meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi.

AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor is one of more than 50 lifestyle hotels expected to open across the U.S. in the next few years. The brand’s first hotel debuted in New Orleans in November 2014. 

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book an experience at AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor, visit www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City’s stylish Westport neighborhood, Washington, D.C. and in the heart of Miami Beach early this year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 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.

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: The statements about the expected future growth of AC Hotels by Marriott and Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and the amount of anticipated investment by owners and franchisees, are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, 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.

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02/05/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott Opens New Hotel in Paris - Conveniently Located in Grounds of Paris-Le Bourget Airport

AC Paris Le BourgetFebruary 5, 2015 - AC Hotels by Marriott welcomed the new AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget to its France portfolio on 2 February 2015. The new hotel follows major global expansion of the brand, aimed at the lifestyle oriented business traveller, with the opening of the first AC by Marriott property in the U.S. - the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon - and recent openings in Istanbul and Valencia.

AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget opened in the grounds of Paris-Le Bourget airport and is particularly convenient for business travellers in need of easy airport access; Charles de Gaulle Airport is just 15 minutes away. The hotel makes an ideal base for those attending conferences and events at the adjacent Le Bourget Exhibition Park or the nearby Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. For leisure travellers, AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget is well-situated for those looking to spend a weekend in Paris.

“Groupe Segur is proud to open the AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget Airport in partnership with Marriott International.  We are confident that this impressive building will contribute to the continued development of Paris and its local districts." commented Ms. Dain, Groupe Ségur, owner and developer of AC Le Bourget.

AC Paris Le Bourget guestroomThe 4-star hotel will comprise of 122 rooms and suites with sleek contemporary design, modern interiors and clean lines. Combining urban style and comfort, the AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget will retain the authentic French charm, timeless European elegance and excellent service synonymous with the AC Hotels brand. All guestrooms will feature premium bedding, fully equipped bathrooms with AC amenities, high-speed internet access, a spacious desk, a refrigerator and air-conditioning, in addition to personalised service to ensure a pleasant and restful stay.

Whether looking for a quick snack or a romantic dinner, L’envol restaurant serves contemporary French food and wine with a mix of casual and formal dining areas, whilst those on-the-go can make use of the Market, open 24 hours a day. Room service is also available from 6.30am to 10pm for those keen to retire to the comfort of their room. Atmosph’air, the hotel’s stylish rooftop bar and terrace, offers sweeping panoramic views from the Bourget Airport runways over the Paris skyline and out towards the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Cœur Cathedral.

For those seeking respite from a long business meeting, a spacious fitness centre is open to guests 24 hours a day, while an indoor pool and steam room is available for use from 7am to 10pm. 

“We are excited to welcome guests to AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget in this multicultural and vibrant city. With its convenient location and extensive facilities, the hotel meets the needs of both business and leisure travellers to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.” said Doris Schaefgen, General Manager of AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget Airport.

AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget joins the AC Paris Porte Maillot, which opened as AC Hotel’s first Parisian property in June 2014. Further AC properties in France include the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan les Pins and AC Hotel Nice. AC Hotels by Marriott participates in the Marriott Rewards members programme, used by over 45 millions members worldwide.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. 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.  Across Marriott’s entire portfolio of brands, the company expects to surpass one million rooms open or in development by the end of 2015.

For further details on AC by Marriott Hotels, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel

About AC Hotels by Marriott
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 within the company’s global portfolio.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging 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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

About Groupe Ségur
This family run business operates in partnership with 40 companies in several business sectors spanning real estate, hospitality and business aviation. Its subsidiary, Jet Services, took control of a number of companies located at airports including Paris-Le Bourget, Lyon-Bron and Toulouse-Blagnac between 2009 and 2011.

Groupe Ségur has other projects in the grounds of Paris-Le Bourget, including a large aircraft hangar and an upscale home terminal.

Connect with Hannah.Cadwallader@marriott.com

01/15/2015

AC Hotels Brings European Style and Inspired Local Experiences to the Heart of Miami Beach with the Anticipated April 2015 Debut of AC Hotel Miami Beach

AC Hotel Miami Beach

MIAMI, January 15, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the expected April 2015 opening of AC Hotel Miami Beach on the 2900 block of Collins Avenue, the area that has been grabbing headlines as the trendiest destination in the city. The property, developed in partnership with Miami’s Robert Finvarb Companies, will be AC Hotels’ first property in South Florida following the lifestyle brand’s debut in New Orleans and its growing portfolio of over 50 hotels expected to open in the next few years.

The 150-room AC Hotel Miami Beach will bring elegant yet unpretentious style, innovative Beverage & Food programming and locally inspired experiences to guests and locals.

“Mid Beach offers the perfect blend of culture, architecture and nightlife that embodies the urban soul of the AC Hotels brand,” said Toni Stoeckl, VP Lifestyle Brands of Marriott International, Inc. “We will create meaningful experiences for guests to connect with this exciting City through distinctive local partnerships with prominent personalities.”

The design-led hotel, inspired by the fashion houses of Milan, blends European style and simple lines to create a comfortable atmosphere for guests. Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture will bring the vision to life, providing an energetic vibe in the hotel while still encouraging exploration of the city beyond four walls. Guests can expect public spaces outfitted with furnishings and décor in a neutral tone color palette featuring warm greys and charcoals with thoughtfully selected modern artifacts and treasures.

Additionally, AC Hotel Miami Beach’s distinctive B&F program will offer an approachable twist on the traditional hotel bar. The AC Lounge (pictured right) experience will be influenced by the idea of “draft and craft” where guests can work during the day and unwind in the evening with craft beers, wines and cocktails complemented with a selection of small ‘tapas-style’ plates inspired by the brand’s Spanish roots. The AC Culturalist will share insider tips and recommendations to help guests “Feel the City” like a local. A destination for hobnobbing, the vibrant rooftop pool scene with ocean views will complete the experience.

Stoeckl added, “Guests can also expect the brand’s signature open-concept areas with plenty of communal spaces with fully enabled technology solutions to work, connect, explore and socialize.”

The seven story-hotel will include the AC Kitchen, inspired by the European home, which will be open daily for breakfast offering sweet and savory tarts, freshly baked croissants and a selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses. The AC Library will provide a quiet area for guests to use while still being connected. Additional amenities include a fitness center and 270 sq. ft. of meeting space. On-site parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool (pictured left) and beach access round out the hotels offerings.

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book your inspired experience at AC Hotel Miami Beach, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City's stylish Westport neighborhood, Washington D.C. 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.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 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.

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: The statements about the expected future growth of AC Hotels by Marriott and Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and the amount of anticipated investment by owners and franchisees, are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, 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.

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Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com

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305-448-1923

01/07/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott Welcomes Its First Danish Hotel - A Magnificent Sky-High Design Feat in Copenhagen

 

AC Bella SkyJanuary 7, 2015 – AC Hotels by Marriott, a lifestyle brand belonging to Marriott International, announced today its debut in Denmark, welcoming the impressive 812-room Bella Sky Hotel to the portfolio as the AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen on December 15, 2014.  The news follows major global expansion of the brand, aimed at the lifestyle oriented business traveller, with the opening of the first AC by Marriott property in the U.S. - the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon - and recent openings in Istanbul and Valencia.

Located just ten minutes by metro from Copenhagen city centre, the AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen impresses with its dramatic modern architecture and interiors; a fusion of sharp angled glass design with modern Scandinavian furnishings and style. This distinctly urban style is synonymous with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand and is aimed at both business and leisure travellers seeking a contemporary urban experience with a strong sense of place.  Original furniture by brands such as Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Moroso, Hay, Erik Jørgensen and GUBI is featured throughout the hotel, alongside modern patterns and textures with a layered colour palette of blues representing the changing colours of the sky throughout the day. 

AC Bella Sky roomSpacious guestrooms, ranging from standard rooms to suites, are flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows offering awe inspiring views of the skyline beyond.   All technology needs are covered with free Wi-Fi provided throughout the hotel, including the guest rooms, and videos on demand can be viewed on large flat screen TVs whilst lounging on sumptuous king size beds or the stylish, modern sofas and chairs. 

For those seeking further relaxation, the impressive aqua spa offers a rejuvenating water-inspired journey from hot and cold pools, rain showers, steam baths and ice fountains followed by heat beds that encourage blood circulation and wellness.  It is the ultimate escape after a long business trip or a day of sightseeing.

A number of dining experiences with unique settings are offered throughout the hotel including the Balcony Restaurant serving Nordic Classics and Grills or for those keen to soak up the panoramic views and awe-inspiring sky line, the Sky Bar serves cocktails and Nordic tapas.   The lobby bar is the perfect place to meet friends, catch up on business or just relax; serving small plates and snacks.  

Meetings and events are expertly catered for throughout the extensive conference area, comprising 48 meeting rooms featuring the latest IT and AV equipment.  The hotel also has direct access to Bella Center, Scandinavia’s largest conference centre, which can accommodate up to 30,000 delegates.  There is a free shuttle service to and from the airport and the hotel also benefits from its own metro stop.

AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen will be operated by BC Hospitality Group under a franchise agreement and will participate in Marriott Rewards, the company’s award-winning frequent traveller programme, offering exclusive membership privileges across 16 brands, 3,800 destinations and 74 countries.  

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. 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.

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

About AC Hotels by Marriott
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 within the company’s global portfolio.

About Marriott International
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: 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  hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com                                                                                                 

 

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
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: 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.

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