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01/28/2016

Debut of Marriott International's First Dual Branded Property in India

Bengaluru Deluxe RoomCourtyard by Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott in Outer Ring Road Bengaluru

BENGALURU, INDIA - January 28, 2016 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) expands its brand offering in Bengaluru with the opening of the first dual branded property in the country, the Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott. The property is located in Outer Ring Road, which is renowned as the commercial hub for Bengaluru’s leading IT companies. The Courtyard brand will be introduced in Bengaluru for the first time, offering guests a refreshing ambiance that helps guests stay connected, and productive while traveling. The Fairfield brand is an established leader in the moderate tier segment offering guests a seamless experience with well-designed rooms and great service at an exceptional value.  This will be the second Fairfield by Marriott hotel to open in the city in addition to the Fairfield by Marriott at Rajaji Nagar.

Marriott International offers 19 brands globally with nine in Asia Pacific. The addition of a dual branded property in Bengaluru enhances the company’s ability to meet the increasing demands for business travelers in the region. With 13 hotels across India and additional properties across the Asia-Pacific region, Courtyard by Marriott is a globally acclaimed brand that is especially designed for business and who want each stay to be a unique experience. With two hotels already open in India and additional properties in the pipeline, Fairfield is considered a growth engine for the company’s expansion in Asia.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Mr. Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director of Marriott International, Asia Pacific said, “The business community in South Asia, specifically in India, is growing at an unprecedented rate and this community is looking at lodging options that combines options, comfort and value.  To cater to this demand, Marriott International now offers this new property that delivers two different experiences under one roof. We are committed to providing great value to our customers and the opening of our first dual branded complex in India is one of the important steps towards achieving this goal.”

Commenting on the launch, Gaurav Singh, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott & Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road, said, “Bengaluru exudes a culture that embodies entrepreneurship and by launching a property that includes two of Marriott International’s most renowned hotel brands, Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott, we are catering to the lodging needs of both business and leisure travelers.”

“This property also marks the introduction of one of India’s leading hotel chains, Courtyard by Marriott, in Bengaluru. With this launch, the exceptional hospitality of Courtyard will now be available to the business community of Bengaluru.” Gaurav added.

Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road features 170 rooms that includes 134 deluxe, 24 executive deluxe rooms and 12 suites. The specialty restaurants at Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road are MoMo Café, a chic all-day dining restaurant which is contemporary, warm, vibrant, welcoming and offers a gastronomic à la carte and buffet menu featuring fresh ingredients and international flavors; MoMo 2 Go, which offers ready to eat items, pastries and savories; and the Lobby Bar which provides guests the facility to work during the day and enjoy post-work drinks with friends.

Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road comprises 169 guest rooms including 115 deluxe rooms and 54 deluxe pool view rooms. The specialty restaurants at Fairfield by Marriott are Kava, which is an all-day dining restaurant offering sumptuous Indian and International cuisine with three-meal-a-day facility featuring both buffet and a la carte options;  and Kava The Bar, which is a modern mood bar and lounge that offers freshly brewed coffee in the day and interesting cocktails by evening.

Apart from the individual facilities offered by the two hotels, Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott together bring to guests amenities that include a luxurious Mediterranean restaurant called BG’s which offers a splendid ambience that features an indoor and outdoor setting and a magnificent spread of Mediterranean cuisine prepared by a specialty chef. Guests staying at both hotels also have access to a common the Gymnasium / Fitness Center, meeting rooms and swimming pool.

About Courtyard by Marriott 
Launched in 1983, the Courtyard by Marriott wing has grown into one of Marriott’s largest brands.  These hotels aspire to be the global leader in lodging for travelers thereby giving them an experience that makes their stay comfortable and memorable. Courtyard by Marriott, Bengaluru marks the 13th edition of the brand in India and is thoughtfully designed to assist guests with their requirements, with stimulating environments and an enthusiastic staff to deliver the best hospitality experience ever! For more information, contact the Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road directly at +91-80-7120 3040, visit www.courtyardorr.com or become a fan at https://www.facebook.com/CourtyardbyMarriottBengaluru/

About Fairfield by Marriott 
Fairfield by Marriott is designed for today’s traveler who is looking to be productive on the road, whether for business or leisure. With modern design and amenities, Fairfield by Marriott is known for providing consistent and reliable service at an exceptional value. With more than 700 properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, India Fairfield by Marriott participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, contact the Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road directly at +91-80-7120 3040, visit www.fairfieldorr.com or become a fan at https://www.facebook.com/FairfieldbyMarriott/.

About Marriott International 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 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.  

01/25/2016

Rakuten Travel and Marriott International Partner to Welcome Japanese Travelers to 4,300+ Locations Worldwide


Rakuten Direct Connect AgreementMarriott International and Rakuten Travel Reached Direct Connect Agreement

Tokyo, Japan – 25 January 2016 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and Rakuten Travel (http://travel.rakuten.co.jp/) today announced that they have signed a Direct Connect Agreement that will enable Japanese travelers to check room inventory in real-time and rates in Marriott International’s 4,300+ hotel portfolio, as well as to book hotel rooms online on their smart phones or digital devices. The strategic partnership will commence in the first quarter of 2016. 

“Japan is a very important market for us and we are thrilled to reach such a significant partnership distribution agreement with Rakuten Travel,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Marriott International, Asia Pacific. “Rakuten Travel deeply understands the buying behavior of Japanese travelers, particularly online and that is a big focus for us.  Our desire is to partner with those who are passionate about their consumers and have the same mission that we do to create a seamless global travel experience. With 19 Marriott International brands, including JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Hotels, and over 4,300 hotels available through Rakuten Travel, Japanese travelers will see a major increase in the number of rooms they can book through Rakuten Travel.”

“The agreement exemplifies Marriott International’s continued efforts toward the creation of a holistic and effortless online- and mobile-powered travel experience for our guests. We aim to connect Japanese travelers with our hotels around the world and aspire to be the favorite global brand for Japan’s tens of millions of travelers, who are looking to travel inside and outside of Japan.” Ms. Roe added.

Rakuten Travel is one of Japan’s largest and most successful online travel platforms and is part of the renowned Rakuten Group with more than 100 million members across the nation. More than 1.8 million room nights are booked per month through the Rakuten Travel online portal, reflecting strong demand from Japanese travelers who make their travel arrangements online.

Takanobu Yamamoto,Executive Officer of Rakuten’s Travel Business said, “Marriott International is a strategic fit for our group as the number of Japanese travelers exploring the world continues to grow. We are very excited that our customers will be able to have direct access to the worldwide room inventory of Marriott International, one of the world’s largest lodging companies. We understand what our members are looking for through their consumer behavior and booking preferences, and work to provide the best hotel choices for them. With the strategic partnership with Marriott International, we are able to offer more travel and booking options than ever before to our customers. This will not only boost customer satisfaction and attract more bookings but also ultimately strengthen our travel business as a whole.”

Rakuten Travel with its innovative travel solutions has made travel planning more convenient than ever for Japanese travelers.  Rakuten Travel offers a wide range of hotel options and enables users to book hotels and hostels worldwide.

According to the study conducted by Phocuswright Japan1, the annual sales for online travel booking in the Japanese market in 2013 was JPY 2.9 trillion, which has increased by 23% compared to that in 2011.  The online sales for travel package now account for 33% of total travel sales in Japan. The study indicates that the increasing number of Japanese consumers will go online to make travel bookings, thus online travel booking is likely to uptrend in coming years.

1 Haruo Ushiba et al, Japan Online Travel Market Overview Second Edition (Bookway, 2015)

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 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 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.

About Rakuten Travel
Rakuten Travel is one of Japan’s leading hotel reservation websites. The service offers Japan’s broadest selection of domestic travel accommodation listings at 29,550 (as of May 1, 2015). With offices in 12 countries, Rakuten Travel is rapidly expanding its international operations and is viewable in 9 languages (English, Japanese, French, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Thai and Bahasa Indonesian).

http://global.rakuten.com/corp /

Media Contacts
Peggy Cheng                                                                                      
Public Relations Manager, Asia Pacific
Marriott International  
Email: peggy.cheng@marriott.com 
Tel: (852) 2192 6146         

01/19/2016

Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel Poised to be Crown Jewel of Emperors' City


Renaissance Nanjing Hotel - Guestroom Deluxe KingN
anjing, China, January 19, 2016 - Marriott International today announced the opening of Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel, its first hotel in Nanjing, recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Renaissance Hotels is a highly acclaimed hotel brand appealing to next generation lifestyle business travelers who seek to discover unexpected cultural experiences with every trip. Under a long-term management agreement with Huatai Securities Co., Ltd., the 251-room Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel invites guests to enjoy their trips with inspiring discoveries in Nanjing, dubbed as “the City of Emperors” for being the capital city of several dynasties in ancient China.

Renaissance Nanjing Hotel - exteriorLocated in the Jianye district of Nanjing, Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel is at the heart of the Hexi central business district and adjacent to Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre as well as the Nanjing International Expo Centre. High-end shopping arcades and a variety of intriguing restaurants and bars are in the proximity, inspiring visitors to discover an unusual journey there. The hotel is merely about 12 kilometers from Nanjing South Railway Station, 16 kilometers from Nanjing Railway Station and 40 kilometers from Nanjing Lukou International Airport.

“Nanjing is strategically located in the booming Yangtze delta area and features a burgeoning economy. This juxtaposes with the city’s profound cultural heritage and makes it the perfect location for a Renaissance hotel. Renaissance Hotels is a global lifestyle hospitality brand that inspires its guests to discover unusual local experiences.  Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel is well poised to deliver such brand promises,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer of Marriott International, Greater China.

“As the first Marriott International hotel in Nanjing, we would like to enliven the senses of Renaissance Hotels in this historical city. Through our hotel, guests would be able to find something unconventional to help them discover genuine local experiences in Nanjing.  These may inspire them to think creatively, help them do their jobs better, or give them an anecdote they can take home or to their next meeting,” said Coco Wen, General Manager of Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel.

Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel captures the spirit of Wanderlust, the brand’s new global design philosophy reflecting a contemporary transformation to appeal to the next gen business traveler. The hotel has 251 tastefully appointed guestrooms including 19 suites that offer a full array of luxury facilities and amenities. All rooms are equipped with luxurious bedding, flat screen HD TV with connectivity panel for personal electronic devices, spacious work desk with ergonomic leather chair, high-speed internet access and Wi-Fi, mini-bar, full-size ironing board and iron, hair dryer, in-room safe, separate bath tub and rainforest shower, individual climate control and panel-controlled curtain.

The hotel provides several fascinating dining options that include Wan Li, an upscale Chinese restaurant with 18 private dining rooms, offering authentic Huaiyang cuisine and local gourmet delights at its best; Food Studio, an all-day dining restaurant with three private dining rooms and an outdoor dining area, features a sumptuous international buffet and a first-of-its-kind ice-cream maker imported from Italy with 12 diverse flavors of Movenpick ice-cream to pamper the sweet tooth; R Bar offers a variety of cocktails, local beer, fresh juices, coffee, locally inspired drinks and seasonal alcoholic concoctions; Pixie is the hotel patisserie that specializes in freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, cakes and brewed coffee; Club Lounge provides guests of executive floors with exclusive happy hour services.

The hotel offers over 2,300 square meters of dedicated event space on a single level and eight tech savvy meeting rooms. It also has a dedicated team to provide guests with Renaissance Hotels’ proprietary “R.E.N. Meetings” service. This service aims at advising customers on how to stage meeting the way they have always wished it could be.

For recreational facilities, the hotel has a 24-hour fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool and a spa. It also features Renaissance Hotels exclusive NAVIGATOR concierge program and its recognized entertainment program, known for bringing the very best of music, arts, culinary and more into each of the brand’s 160 hotels around the world.

About Renaissance Hotels 
Renaissance Hotels believes in defying business travel conventions for guests who crave unexpected experiences. Each of the brand’s 160 hotels, located in over 35 countries around the world, is unique and every stay offers unconventional programs that help business travelers discover rich, local experiences. We promise to feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of our guests who see their business trip as an exciting opportunity for new, interesting, and sharable experiences. We understand their desire to make the most out of every moment and we offer signature events in our lobbies, bars and lounges designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, mixology, gastronomy and more. Renaissance Navigators are neighborhood experts who are ready to assist guests in discovering true local flavors and activities. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting, rooted in creative sensory meeting design and custom-curated local Navigator excursions and networking events. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com. For upcoming events visit www.renhotels.com/events.

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About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 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.  

About Huatai Securities Co., Ltd.,
Established in 1991, Huatai Securities Co., Ltd. is a leading integrated securities group in China, with a substantial customer base, a leading e-Platform and a highly collaborative full-service business model. On February 26, 2010, it was listed at Shanghai Stock Exchange with the stock code of 601688. On June 1, 2015, its H Shares have been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited with the stock code of 6886. Huatai Securities is a top performer in the domestic securities industry in terms of both major financial and business parameters. Huatai Securities has the largest securities brokerage business and a leading e-Platform in China. It also has a leading comprehensive investment banking franchise and the top M&A advisory business. Huatai Securities also has one of the largest comprehensive asset management businesses in China’s securities industry with leading product innovation capabilities.

Currently Huatai Securities has controlling interests in 3 subsidiaries including Huatai United Securities Co., Ltd., Huatai Futures Co., Ltd., and Jiangsu Equity Exchange Co., Ltd. It has four wholly owned subsidiaries including Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited, Huatai Zijin Investment Co., Ltd., Huatai Innovation Investment Co., Ltd., and Huatai Securities (Shanghai) Asset Management Co., Ltd. It also has minority interests in China Southern Asset Management Co., Ltd., Huatai-PineBridge Fund Management Co., Ltd., Bank of Jiangsu Co., Ltd., GP Capital Co., Ltd. and E-Capital Transfer Co., Ltd.

Media Contacts:
Peggy Cheng                            
Marriott Asia Pacific Public Relations                                        
+852 2192 6146                                                                                                
peggy.cheng@marriott.com                                                

 

 



12/28/2015

Courtyard by Marriott Debuts in Taiwan

 

Courtyard by Marriott Taipei lobbyTaipei, Taiwan, December 28, 2015 – Courtyard by Marriott today makes its debut into Taiwan with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Taipei in the centre of Nangang District. Owned and operated by the renowned Leofoo Tourism Group, the 465-room hotel is the 36th Courtyard branded hotel in Asia Pacific, and the latest addition to the growing portfolio of over 1,000 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in more than 40 countries worldwide.

The Courtyard by Marriott Taipei boasts a prime location. The hotel itself sits on the 7th to 30th floors above CityLink Shopping Mall, a building which serves as the main Nangang Station for Taipei Metro, Taiwan High Speed Rail, and Taiwan Railway.  For air travelers, Songshan Airport is just 15 minutes away while and Taoyuan Airport a merely 45-minute ride. The hotel is in close proximity to the Nangang Exhibition Center, Nangang Technology Park, Nangang Software Park, Nangang Biotechnology Centre, Neihu Technology Park and the well-known landmark Taipei 101, making it perfect for business and leisure travelers.

“Nangang is the new heart of Taipei city and home to a host of technology companies,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International, Greater China, remarking on the occasion. “We are extremely pleased to work with Leofoo Tourism Group, a prestigious organization with great experience in the travel industry, to open our first Courtyard in this emerging hub in Taiwan.”

“We are delighted to partner with Marriott International” commented Lulu Chuang, Leofoo’s chief operating officer.  “Courtyard by Marriott Taipei is Leofoo’s fifth hotel.  We believe it will create a new atmosphere and expand Leofoo’s network, partnering with Marriott International’s extensive worldwide resources and professional management team.”

Designed in a refreshing and modern style, Courtyard by Marriott Taipei offers scenic views from all sides of the building.  Six room types with size starting from 36 square metres provide good space for work and rest. Guests can also rejuvenate in the state-of-the-art Fitness Center. 

Being the first international hotel brand in Nangang District, the Courtyard by Marriott Taipei is an ideal venue for corporate and social events.  The 500-square-metre ballroom can be divided into eight function space to suit events of various sizes.

Guests are invited to explore three unique food and beverage outlets on property. Sunrise, a chic all day dining restaurant which is contemporary, welcoming and offers a wide range of international delicacies. Moonlight provides authentic Cantonese cuisine at its best while The Lounge serves selection of seasonal tea, spirits, wines and cocktails with delectable finger-foods, giving our patrons and guests, an ideal venue to just sit back and unwind.

For more information, please visit www.courtyardtaipei.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CourtyardByMarriottTaipei

Courtyard by Marriott 
The Courtyard by Marriott brand features hotels with a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced while traveling. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road.  With more than 1,000 locations in more than 40 countries, Courtyard has more locations than any other Marriott International brand.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 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.  

Contact:          
Peggy Cheng
Marriott International, Asia Pacific - Public Relations
+852 2192 6146
peggy.cheng@marriott.com                               

Andrea Huang
Leofoo Courtyard Marketing Manager
0979-286-852
andreas.huang@leofoo.com.tw 

12/07/2015

Marriott Rewards Launches “MAX!” – A Holistic Children’s Program that Truly Elevates the Family Holiday Experience

Max launch in MumbaiMarriott Rewards Launches “MAX!” – A Holistic Children’s Program that

Truly Elevates the Family Holiday Experience

Immersive & Structured Activities to Inspire and Engage Young Guests

Hong Kong, December 7, 2015 – Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program, is launching “MAX!”, a new and exclusive kids program which aims to enrich the travel experiences of children through holistic activities that inspire and nurture.[1] The program will be available to Members staying at participating Marriott International properties throughout the Asia-Pacific region starting from the 21st of this month.

Created for children ages five to 12 years old, MAX! is founded on four activity pillars: Be Active offers action-packed sessions, ranging from pool activities to dance lessons; Stay Curious encourages intellectual curiosity with activities such as cooking and arts-and-crafts; Go Explore will appeal to children’s sense of adventure; while Just Relax offers more tranquil pursuits.

The four pillars are consistent throughout all offering properties; however, the specific activities will be curated by each property, making the experience authentic to the location and culture.

“By introducing MAX!, Marriott Rewards aims to exceed the high expectations parents have when they choose a hotel for their family vacation,” said Anka Twum-Baah, Vice President, Customer Loyalty & Content, Asia Pacific at Marriott International. “Providing children with enriching experiences has a positive effect on their lives. We are launching MAX! with the aim of inspiring children to enjoy a range of memorable experiences that they can share with their family and friends.”

Marriott Rewards created MAX! in response to the changing nature of family travel in Asia for its most loyal guests, including the rise of multigenerational travel and parents’ desires to provide their children with learning experiences even when on vacation. Based on input from its current Members, Marriott Rewards developed this unique program that caters to these evolving demands and offers activities that are both educational and fun, nourishing children’s innate desire to learn and stay active.

“With Marriott Rewards, Members enjoy the benefits of loyalty in ways that are most meaningful to them, in their everyday lives,” Ms. Twum-Baah added, with MAX parents areassured that their children’s sense of curiosity and desire to learn about their surroundings will be encouraged and celebrated.”

The MAX! by Marriott Rewards launch event was held today to offer a preview of the holistic program’s activities. The event was held at the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Juhu in India, a property overlooking the sparkling Arabian Sea, which is a favorite among Bollywood celebrities, business travelers, and vacationing families.  More than 100 kids, whose parents are Marriott Rewards Elite Members, sampled MAX! at this exclusive event and gave it a resounding thumbs up.

In Asia Pacific, the rise of the middle class is changing consumers’ behavior and increasing their desire to travel especially in India, which was chosen for the launch.  The MAX! program roll-out will begin at resorts of all brands and JW Marriott Hotels in Asia Pacific and continue to all other hotels in the Marriott International portfolio with the exception of The Ritz-Carlton and Bvlgari brands.[2]

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and more than 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at over 4,000 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 accessible with a modern, easy approach, 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” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” 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 and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with properties in 85 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 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.

Appendix

Participating hotels that will offer the MAX! by Marriott Rewards program:

AUSTRALIA

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa*

GREATER CHINA

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

JW Marriott Hotel Macau

JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji*

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central

JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing

JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square

JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen

JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao'an

JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou

Jixian Marriott Hotel*

Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa*

Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay*

Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort*

INDIA

JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Juhu

JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar

JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa*

JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

JW Marriott Hotel Pune

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa*

SOUTH KOREA

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

JW Marriott Hotel Seoul

INDONESIA

JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta

JW Marriott Hotel Medan

JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya

The Stones Hotel - Legian Bali, Autograph Collection*

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua*

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak*

MALAYSIA

JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Miri Marriott Resort & Spa*

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa*

THAILAND

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok

Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa*

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa*

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa*

JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Sp

Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa*

VIETNAM

JW Marriott Hotel Han

[1] Please see appendix for the current list of hotels and resorts that offer the MAX! program.

[2] Please see appendix for the current list of hotels and resorts that will offer the MAX! program.

* Resorts hotel/ resort located at resort destination


Contact:
  
Karina Lam   
Marriott Asia Pacific Public Relations
+852 9022 9159 
karina.lam@marriott.com

12/01/2015

Marriott Hotels Reaches New Heights in China

Changzhou Marriott Hotel in ChinaChangzhou Marriott Hotel Welcomes Guests at the Tallest Skyscraper in Changzhou City

Changzhou, December 1, 2015 – Marriott Hotels, the iconic brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today expanded its portfolio in China with the unveiling of the 268-room Changzhou Marriott Hotel in Jiangsu Province. Under a long-term management agreement with its owner Changzhou Radio & Television Real Estate Ltd. Co., Changzhou, Marriott Hotel occupies the top floors of Changzhou Modern Media Center, a landmark as well as the tallest skyscraper in Changzhou.  

The 333-meter Changzhou Modern Media Center is located in Xinbei district, the CBD area of Changzhou. Featuring convenient transportation and accessibility, Changzhou Marriott Hotel is only a ten-minute drive to both Changzhou Railway Station and Changzhou North Railway Station, and merely 30 minutes to Changzhou Ben Niu Airport. It is adjacent to Changzhou International Convention Center, Changzhou Olympic Sports Center and Wanda Shopping Mall. 

“Marriott Hotels is our flagship brand. It is driven by innovation and is committed to enabling our guests to ‘Travel Brilliantly,’ while exploring new destinations. From the booking process to the departure experience, Changzhou Marriott Hotel reflects the excitement and vibrancy that our brand offers travelers. This new hotel is the jewel in the crown of our Marriott Hotels’ portfolio in China and poised to be the pride of the city,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer of Marriott International, Greater China.

“We are honored to introduce this prestigious landmark hotel to Changzhou that artistically blends modern architectural design and hospitality with the city's cultural heritage. Our guests will be able to experience the state-of-the-art service, facilities and amenities as well as appreciating the profound history of Changzhou. The architectural design of the building is inspired by the 1,300 year-old Tianning Pagoda, which is the most famous reclaimed relic in Changzhou. The décor of guestrooms adopts the artistic elements of Jintan paper-cut, a National Intangible Cultural Heritage item from Changzhou. Guests will get a strong sense of place when staying in this magnificent hotel,” said Ivy Shi, General Manager of Changzhou Marriott Hotel.

The Marriott Hotel in Changzhou has 268 elegant and spacious panorama rooms featuring gorgeous views of the city skyline. Each room is equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and amenities ranging from WiFi, luxurious bedding with down comforters and cotton-rich linens to spacious marble bathrooms and 42” flat-panel TV.

Changzhou Marriott Hotel offers a total of 1,900 square meters of meeting space with an 800-sqm grand ballroom, a 280-sqm premier ballroom and 11 meeting rooms that can be scaled for various functions and sizes.

Hotel guests can enjoy a myriad of local and international culinary delights at five food and beverage outlets: City Bistro features sumptuous buffet as well as an a la carte menu; The Hao Chinese restaurant offers authentic Huaiyang, Cantonese and local cuisine in an elegantly-appointed ambience; Tuscany Grill is an Italian grill room offering steaks, pastas, classic Italian desserts and signature Italian wines; The China Baking Company is a contemporary style bakery; The Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy locally inspired cocktails, specialty drinks and signature Chinese teas. 

Changzhou Marriott Hotel features a range of wellness options for travelers including an indoor swimming pool and a 24-hour health center.

Changzhou Marriott Hotel showcases the Marriott Hotels brand innovation by offering sophisticated, modern services and amenities that enable the next generation of travelers to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transformed for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott Hotels leads the industry by continuously introducing spaces that foster creativity including the Greatroom lobby.  Mobile Guest Services and the Mobile request app elevates technology within the guest experience, alerting them to check-in and checkout, as well as an automatic confirmation when their room is ready. The Greatroom lobby concept features an open and flexible lobby space with all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from Wi-Fi to power points for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay.

For more information or reservations, please contact Changzhou Marriott Hotel at (86 519) 6801 8888 or visit www.marriottchangzhou.com. For more information visit Marriott Hotels website.

About Marriott Hotels 
With 500 hotels and resorts in more than 50 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit Marriott Hotels website. To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 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.  

Contacts: 
Peggy Cheng                                                                                     
Marriott Asia Pacifc Public Relations                                                    
+852 2192 6146                                                                                  
peggy.cheng@marriott.com     

Vivian You
Changzhou Marriott Hotel
+86 519 6801 8888
vivian.you@marriott.com

                                                       

11/02/2015

Marriott International Asia Pacific Believes its Women Associates “Shape our Future”

Ms. Peggy Fang Roe with the leaders2nd Annual Women in Leadership conference surpasses all expectations

Hong Kong SAR, China, November 2, 2015 – Marriott International Asia Pacific announces its second Women in Leadership Asia Pacific Conference closes today after a resounding past three days of success. The event took place at Marriott International’s recently-opened The Ritz-Carlton Macau and JW Marriott Macau Hotels, and was hosted by Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Asia Pacific; and Yibing Ms Yibing MaoMao, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Asset Management & Financial Analysis Asia Pacific. The conference convened 73 Marriott women executives from across the Asia-Pacific region to bolster their working knowledge and give them an opportunity to network, share insights, and be inspired by each other.

Mr. Craig S Smith“Women have always played a pivotal role at Marriott. Even in 1927, our co-founder, Alice S. Marriott, was imperative to Marriott’s success. Marriott International Asia Pacific has a high percentage of women in leadership roles, and a third of our senior executives are women. That makes me very proud and I know that the company is better for it,” said Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific.

Mr. Smith continued, “However, we are far from being done. Marriott International is committed to encouraging more women to take on leadership roles and we will support our women associates and help them grow personally and professionally. They are vital to Marriott’s future.”

A series of diverse topics covered over the three days included “The Competitive Advantage of Female Talent,” presented by Mr. Smith; “Pursuing Excellence” by Rajeev Menon, Chief Operations Officer, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China); and “Building Your Innovation Brand,” presented by Jenny Hsieh, Vice President, Insight, Strategy & Innovation.

“The company is determined to think forward on how it can continue to mentor and grow women in leadership roles, and I have seen it firsthand since I started at Marriott International over 10 years ago. It is an honor to co-host this year’s conference, continue Alice’s legacy, and do my part in opening doors of opportunity to the women in the company within this region,” said Ms. Roe.

The annual conference is part of Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, which was founded in 1999 with the aim to increase the presence of women in management or decision-making positions by engaging senior leaders to ensure career development, as well as encouraging current female leaders to drive organizational success. 

Globally, women represent 52% of Marriott International’s staff and nearly 60% of its management roles, with nine women leading divisions worth more than US$100 million annually. Women executives on the rise are offered a wide variety of development programs, including formal mentoring, coaching, leadership training and succession planning.

In Asia Pacific, close to 40% of the company’s managers are women, with a substantial increase in women General Managers over the past few years. 

Marriott International Asia Pacific has leveraged several programs to identify and develop future women leaders, such as Human Capital Planning, GM Elevate and Asia One-Week Leadership Development Program. In addition to these, Marriott International Asia Pacific launched last year a series called “Evenings of Engagement,” which comprises events across the continent providing networking opportunities for women leaders where they can share stories, discuss experiences and issues, form deeper relationships, and inspire future women leaders.

In September 2015, Marriott International was named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women 2015 by Fortune.com and the Great Place to Work® Institute. Companies were selected based on responses from over 135,000 women in the US on issues such as fairness of promotions, access to information and leadership, and support for personal lives as well as for the level of representation of women in leadership positions.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 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. 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.

Courtyard by Marriott Opens at Shin-Osaka Station

Courtyard by Marriott Shin Osaka StationOsaka, Japan, November 2, 2015 – Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station today joins the growing portfolio of over 1,000 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in more than 40 countries worldwide. Located adjacent to the Shin-Osaka Bullet Train Station, the hub of west-Japan for both business and leisure, Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station is the 3rd property for the brand in Japan. The hotel is set to be the preferred getaway destination offering Japanese hospitality with an international flair.

Boasting a prime location, Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka is a one-minute walk from Shin-Osaka Station, offering fast and easy access to the Kansai region’s major attractions including Universal Studios Japan. Popular cities such as Kyoto and Kobe are just a short 30-minute bullet-train ride away. 

For travelers who seek a distinctive experience, Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station offers thoughtfully designed room types ranging in sizes from 30 to 90 square meters, inviting public space to unwind and a mix of services that help guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Guests are invited to explore three unique food and beverage outlets on property. Dining & Bar LAVAROCK, a chic all day dining restaurant which is contemporary, welcoming and offers a wide range of international delicacies. Ikka-Ichiyo, a Japanese Teppanyaki style restaurant that provides guests a luxury selection of beef and seasonal fresh vegetables. Bar 19 serves a selection of spirits, wines and cocktails with delectable finger-foods, giving our patrons and guests, an ideal venue to just sit back and unwind with great night view of Osaka.

The fitness room with state-of-the-art facilities is also available around the clock. Three conference rooms sized between 56 sq. m and 131 sq. m cater to events of various sizes. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel along with the latest mobile check-in enable all guests to make the most of their time in the dynamic city, whether working or relaxing.

Raj Menon, Marriott International’s Chief Operations Officer Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) said: “We are delighted to open in this prime location, the third Courtyard by Marriott branded hotel in Japan. Osaka is such a great tourist and business destination. Our new Courtyard will surely deliver our brand promise, offering guests a great stay and unique services. This hotel exemplifies our vision for the brand Courtyard by Marriott and its standards of excellence.”

Miwako Date, President of Mori Trust Hotels & Resort Co., Ltd., the operating company of the hotel, said, "Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station, together with Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station, which opened in April last year, position the Courtyard brand at the heart of two major metropolitan areas of Japan. This vibrant brand is ideally suited to the new era of tourism and the globalization of Japan.  I wish all visitors, from both home and abroad, the most pleasant of guest experiences."

More than 13 million overseas tourists visited Japan in 2014 and the number of visitors is already well over 14 million for the first three quarters in 2015, putting 2015 on pace to set a new record.  As a central hub for Asian travelers to Japan, Osaka is benefitting from this increase. The Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station provides accommodations that will help meet this demand while at the same time meet the expectations of guests for the best in style and service as an international branded hotel.

Courtyard by Marriott 
The Courtyard by Marriott brand features hotels with a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced while traveling. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road.  With more than 1,000 locations in more than 40 countries, Courtyard has more locations than any other Marriott International brand.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 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. [1] For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.


10/15/2015

Marriott Rewards Members Get Exclusive Access to the NBA Global Games 2015 in Shenzhen and Shanghai

SNBA Chinaelected Marriott Rewards Members Are Invited to Watch the Games and Meet NBA Legends and Players

China, October 14, 2015 – Marriott International has announced that it is bringing its partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to China and is offering exclusive NBA Global Games experiences to Marriott Rewards members in China.  Not only will selected Marriott Rewards Members receive VIP tickets to watch the games between the Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte Hornets, the two teams featured in NBA Global Games China 2015, they will also receive invitations to attend private functions with the teams and NBA Legends visiting China as part of Marriott’s Members Get More program.

Two Meet & Greet sessions, one in Shenzhen and one in Shanghai, will be held exclusively to select Marriott Rewards Members providing them with the opportunity to interact, take photos and get autographs with NBA Players and Legends.  In Shanghai on October 13th, at the Fan Appreciation Day, select Marriott Rewards Members will have the opportunity to watch the Hornets and Clippers conduct practice and participate in on-court games.

To enrich the experience of NBA fans in Shanghai, a special NBA theme menu will be served in The Lounge at the Marriott Shanghai City Centre Hotel on the evening of October 13th.  An NBA photo booth will be set up for guests in The Lounge to take photos and share the fun on social media.

“Our partnership with the NBA is  another  example of how Marriott  Rewards has taken a step forward to reinvent the way we engage global experience seekers, travelers and sports fans who enjoy the excitement of the NBA,” said Anka Twum-Baah, Marriott International’s Asia Pacific Vice President Customer Loyalty and Content.  “We are extremely delighted that the NBA Global Games is coming to China where we have millions of NBA fans and we can create truly one-of-a-kind experiences for our members.”

In August, Marriott International and the NBA launched the partnership, which makes the global lodging company the Official Hotel of several marquee NBA events around the world, including NBA Global Games 2015-16, NBA Africa Game 2015, and NBA Canada Series 2015.  Marriott is the first company to partner with the NBA across international games on five different continents.

NBA Global Games China 2015 will take place on October 11th at the Shenzhen Universiade Centre in Shenzhen and on October 14th at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.  To stay on top of the NBA Global Games China 2015, follow us on Marriott Rewards WeChat account.  The Marriott Rewards program is free to join and points are not required to participate in these special member-only events. 

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and more than 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at over 4,000 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 accessible with a modern, easy approach, 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” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” 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 and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with properties in 80 countries and territories and 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 web site at www.marriott.com.

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Contact:
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Marriott Asia Pacific Public Relations 
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10/12/2015

Marriott International Hosts Spectacular Charity Gala for the Yao Foundation

Marriott International raised more than two million RMB for Yao Foundation in the L'ABSTRACTION charity gala dinner in Shanghai on October 9.Raises More Than Two Million RMB to Support Children’s Education in Rural China

Shanghai, China - 9 October 2015 – An unforgettable evening of live music, daring acrobatic performances by Era and gourmet “East meets West” specialties hosted by Marriott International raised RMB2,120,080 for the Yao Foundation. Marriott International has supported the Yao Foundation since 2013 which was established by former basketball player Yao Ming. The Yao Foundation is dedicated to the development of Chinese youth through education, sports skills, health and self-esteem.

Centered upon the theme of L’ABSTRACTION and staged in the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview, the gala was jointly organized by Marriott hotels in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Ningbo and Changzhou.

fCraig S. Smith, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Asia Pacific (left) and Yao Ming, the founder of Yao Foundation (right) have a ball joggling competition during the gala dinner.Since recognizing Yao Foundation as its key corporate social responsibility (CSR) partner in China in 2013, Marriott International has been supporting numerous Yao Foundation community service programs. The annual black tie gala dinner is the marquee affair and has attracted over 500 corporate guests and individual sponsors.   

During the 2015 gala dinner, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, appeared in a special video to express his gratitude to the guests, Marriott associates and Yao Foundation teams for their support of children’s education. He said: “My sincere thanks to all those who have supported and fostered growth of education in China. I am very proud of the partnership Marriott International has with Yao Foundation. Together we are connecting students in remote areas with technology and resources that can change the world. So let’s continue to equip the next generations for success.”  Video link: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTM1NTUwNzMyMA==.html

Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “It is essential for Marriott International to keep pursuing excellence in business performance, creating opportunity for our associates and supporting the communities where we work and live. This gala night celebrates both our company’s ‘Spirit to Serve’ and our commitment to hospitality.”

Yao Ming said: “Fostering children’s education is a tremendous task and we need more people to pitch in on our works. On behalf of Yao Foundation, I would like to thank Marriott International and all the sponsors of the charity dinner for their kind support to us.”

All proceeds generated from ticket sales and charity auction of the 2015 charity gala night will be donated to Yao Foundation.

For the past three years, Marriott International and Yao Foundation have been working together to organize  fund-raising activities  and has committed to contribute  RMB 13 million to the Yao Foundation over six years to build Hope Schools in southwestern China and support the Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball program. .

Top level sponsors include:
BMW, British Airways, China Calligraphers Association, China Eastern Airline, Danone, Mercedes Benz Arena, Nongfu Spring ,Summergate, United Airlines, Verve and Mengniu Dairy.

Other sponsors:
Cheng Bao Juice, KCC, LG Electronics, FIJI Water, Technogym Asia, Serta International ,Turner International, NBA, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, GSSI Group, Music Styling, Brandaroma , Potterhaus Singapore, SFA ASIA LIMITED, Callaway Golf (Shanghai) Trading Co. Ltd, , Dilmah Tea (MJF Group), Harman, Luzerne, Pernod Ricard China, Siam Feather Products, TWG Tea Company Pte. Ltd, Life Fitness, Ecolab, Sysco Guest Supply

About Marriott International 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 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 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.

About Yao Foundation 
Yao Foundation is a specialized fund established by Yao Ming under the auspices of The China Youth Development Foundation. It aims at promoting the all-around development of Chinese youth by providing them the opportunities to improve their education, sports skills, health and self-esteem. Since Yao Foundation was established, more than 10,000 Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 18 Hope Primary Schools and one special education school it has funded. Besides constructing the school buildings, the Yao Foundation also improves the educational experience of Chinese youth by partnering with leading Chinese and multinational companies to build libraries, computer rooms, kitchens, and sports and exercise areas in local schools. In 2012, the Yao Foundation initiated the “Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season” program. From 2012 to 2015, the program has 322,500 attendances of Chinese youth. Besides teaching basketball skills, it will help them build self-confidence and learn sportsmanship which will be crucial for their development in the future. For more information about Yao Foundation, visit www.yaofoundation.cn. Weibo and Wechat: 姚明爱心基金