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04/09/2014

Marriott International Expands its Courtyard Footprint In Eastern China with the Opening of Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang

Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang

Hangzhou, China, April 6, 2014 – Marriott International continues dynamic growth in China with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang. Located in Hangzhou Qianjiang CBD area within walking distance to Qian Tang River, the 364-room hotel is the exciting new addition to the Courtyard brand in Asia – making it the 11th Courtyard hotel in China.

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“Marriott International’s portfolio in China continues to expand and we’re thrilled to open our second Courtyard branded hotel in the heart of Hangzhou. The upper moderate Courtyard by Marriott brand is known for offering business and leisure guests a refreshing stay with friendly service and attention to detail.” said Henry Lee, chief operations officer of Greater China for Marriott International. “I would like to express our gratitude to our owning partner Zhejiang Xinya Construction Investment Development Co., Ltd. for its trust and enormous support of Marriott International and Courtyard by Marriott brand.”

“Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and a key national tourism city. It is renowned as Paradise on Earth,Tea Capital, Town of Fish and Rice”. Said James Lu, hotel general manager. “The new Courtyard offers the right product design, amenities and services based on what guests value most, will meet with domestic and international guests needs”.

The rooms are thoughtfully designed, featuring a functional work area and high-speed internet access, helping guests stay both connected and comfortable. The Vice Presidential Suite on the 26th floor exudes elegance with a stylish living area and master bedroom.

The hotel’s spacious lobby is designed to welcome guests and to get out of their rooms for work, relaxation and socializing whether travelling alone or with colleagues. With an open and refreshing business environment, the lobby combines innovative technology and contemporary design, featuring a casual seating zone with several electrical outlets and Wi-Fi access. Understanding our guests’ needs, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout all public areas of the hotel.

Hangzhou café, located on the 2nd floor, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, offering a combination of Western dishes as well as Chinese favorites. With contemporary design and décor, all day dining Hangzhou Café has open and spacious seating, ideal for business or casual gatherings. The hotel’s signature Laurel Chinese Restaurants features sumptuous Cantonese and Taizhou cuisine, offering the freshest ingredients and seasonable select dishes and seafood.

Accommodating up to 370 people, the 394sqm pillar-less ballroom is fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and wireless internet, making it the ideal venue for business meetings, weddings and special events.  Courtyard’s professional event planners meticulously arrange every detail to ensure a flawless and successful event.  Other hotel facilities include the open-space Lobby Lounge, Executive Lounge, Business Centre, Gym and SPA.

Whether travelling for business or leisure, Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang offers guests a multitude of choices that allow them flexibility to make the most of their stay. The hotel is the 67th Marriott International property to open in China, and the latest addition to the Courtyard portfolio of more than 950 hotels in 38 countries and territories.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang directly at (86) 571 8837 8888, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.cyqianjiang.com

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company newsvisit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contact:
Raymond Li
Director of Marketing
Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang
(86) 571 8837 8888
Raymond. li@courtyard.com 

04/03/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station Opens in Prime Location

Courtyard Tokyo Exterior RenderingThe new 150-room hotel enables fast easy access to all points in the capital and beyond. Virtual room keys, flexible public spaces, and women-only guest rooms offer the style, substance, technology, and quiet energy today’s travellers need to thrive on the road.

Tokoyo, Japan, April 3, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. today announces the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station. Located in the Kyobashi commercial district, the 150-room hotel is just four minutes on foot from the bullet-train-serviced Yaesu side of Tokyo Station. It occupies the first four floors of the newly built Kyobashi Trust Tower, a 21-storey building conveniently situated on the Chuo-dori thoroughfare between Ginza and Nihonbashi, both renowned for their flagship boutiques and centuries-old shops. The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is one minute from the front door.

Commenting on the occasion, Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director for Asia Pacific, said: “we are delighted to be opening, in this prime location, the second Courtyard branded hotel in Japan. Uniting innovative technology with contemporary design and comfort, it is a showcase example of Marriott International’s vision for smart business travel. That model comes to life in destinations around the world thanks to the expertise, knowledge and skills of local partners who share our values. In Mori Trust we have found an excellent partner and we look forward to a long association with them to ensure the ongoing success of this exciting hotel.”

Miwako Date, president of Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts Co., Ltd., said: “following on the December 2013 opening of Tokyo Marriott Hotel in Shinagawa, the close alliance of Marriott and Mori Trust has now produced this cutting-edge business hotel. Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station provides domestic and international visitors alike an ideal location, the highest standards of safety, intuitive room designs and of course attentive service that leaves guests feeling refreshed and knowing that they have experienced something special.”

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station Lavarock Dining & BarFor business travellers who seek a distinctive experience, Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station offers four thoughtfully designed room types ranging in size from 16 to 33 square metres, inviting public spaces in which to unwind and a mix of services that help guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Self-service kiosks expedite check-in and check-out, and for the first time ever in Japan, keyless entry allows guests to use their smartphone to access their room. Women-only rooms provide enhanced privacy and amenities for female guests, while 24-hour gym access and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the premises enable all guests to make the most of their time in this dynamic capital, whether working or relaxing.

Guests and locals can take full advantage of the mild spring weather at GG Co., a first-floor café and bakery with terrace seating. The adjacent Lavarock restaurant, named for its lava-rock grill, serves contemporary bistro fare and grilled specialties from breakfast through bar time and offers semi-private seating. For registered guests, a library bar on the fourth floor provides casual space for impromptu meetings, while private gatherings and conferences of up to 130 people may be accommodated in four separate and fully equipped meeting venues on site.

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station is the 15th Marriott International property to open in Japan, and the latest addition to the Courtyard portfolio of more than 950 hotels in 38 countries and territories. With its proximity to Tokyo Station, the largest train terminal in the country, the hotel is expressly poised to meet a growing demand for quality hospitality experiences in the capital. In 2013, Japan welcomed its ten-millionth international visitor since launching the Visit Japan campaign ten years earlier, and UNESCO both inscribed Mount Fuji onto its World Heritage list and recognised Japanese cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. In December of this year, the recently refurbished Tokyo Station will mark its centennial anniversary; many commemorative events are planned. Moreover, with the 2020 Summer Olympics now set for Tokyo, a steady increase in the number of inbound travellers is expected.

Marking the hotel’s grand opening, the “My New Stay” plan valid now through July 2, 2014 offers a one-night stay for two for ¥26,500. This includes a welcome drink, buffet-style breakfast and a commemorative gift. The rate is inclusive of service charges and applicable taxes, with the exception of a per-person, per-night municipal accommodation tax of ¥200.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 950 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Marriott Courtyard at Tokyo Station directly at +81 3-3516-9600, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyard.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/ courtyardhotels.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 79 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, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with Jane.cai@marriott.com

03/31/2014

Renaissance Hotels Adds Newest Gem in Southwest China

Renaissance Chengdu R Lounge348-room Renaissance Chengdu Hotel Invites Guests to Discover Sichuan’s Capital City.

Chengdu, China – Renaissance Hotels, a hotel brand recognized for encouraging guests and travelers to Live Life to DiscoverSM, proudly announces the opening of the 348-room Renaissance Chengdu Hotel in Southwest China. The opening represents the debut of Renaissance Hotel in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province known as the “Storehouse of Heaven” due to its abundance of natural, economic and cultural resources. The hotel is operated under a management agreement with Sichuan Master Investment Group.

The hotel is located nearby to the city’s main commercial, entertainment and shopping areas, and north of the Tianfu Interchange Bridge, providing quick and easy access to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

“Marriott International’s portfolio in China continues to expand and we’re thrilled to open our first Renaissance Hotel to open in the heart of Chengdu. Renaissance Hotels is known for embracing the spirit of each destination, making it a perfect fit for travelers visiting this exciting city,” said Henry Lee, chief operations officer of greater China for Marriott International. “I would like to express our gratitude to our owning partner Sichuan Master Investment Group for its trust and enormous support of Marriott International and Renaissance Hotels.”

“Chengdu is a major economic hub in southwest China renowned for its rich cultural heritage. The experiences offered here in the city match perfectly with Renaissance Hotels’ motto of ‘Live Life to Discover,’ created to inspire guests during every stay,” added Erica Loh, general manager of the hotel.

Renaissance Hotel Chengdu Deluxe King RoomFeaturing an artistic and contemporary interior with touches of whimsy in warm and vibrant colors, the hotel offers 348 bright and spacious high-ceiling rooms that feature panoramic city views, including 29 suites and two luxurious Presidential and Chief Executive Officer suites. The hotel features seven club floors which offer an exclusive array of amenities via the 29th floor club lounge including a daily buffet breakfast with live cooking stations, afternoon high tea and specialty cocktails in the evening. Club members may also enjoy luxury business services including complimentary use of executive meeting space.

Renaissance Chengdu Hotel offers guests with a variety of opportunities for culinary discovery including BLD Café which features buffet and a la carte culinary delights; upscale Chinese restaurant, Wan Li, featuring a menu of authentic Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine. The R Bar is the centerpiece of the lobby where guests may enjoy an energizing cup of coffee, Chinese afternoon tea, fine wines or a specialty “R” cocktail in the evenings.

The hotel will proudly offer 24-hour Renaissance Hotels Navigator service. Navigator is Renaissance Hotel’s lifestyle hospitality concierge service which comes to life through Ambassadors on property specially trained to bring the local destination to life in a meaningful way for hotel guests.

Renaissance Chengdu Hotel features 1,322 square meters of meeting space across nine rooms, including a grand ballroom with a nearly seven meter ceiling. The meeting space offers a range of space configuration, making the hotel a perfect fit for all kinds of gatherings, conferences and special events. All meeting rooms are equipped with the very latest in state-of-the-art audio visual technologies.  A host of other amenities can be found at the hotel including a full service business center, a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool.

Nearing 170 hotels in 40 countries by the end of 2014, Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within the Luxury/Lifestyle division of Marriott International’s global portfolio of 18 brands. Renaissance Hotels, with its proud motto of “Live Life to Discover,” offers today’s lifestyle business traveler a unique guest experience woven through design, service and unique programming inspired by each destination’s locale.

For more information or reservations, call Renaissance Chengdu Hotel directly at
(86 28) 8887 8888, visit www.renaissancechengdu.com or email rhi.ctubr.fbm@renaissancehotels.com; weibo: http://weibo.com/regalmasterhotelcd/home?topnav=1&wvr=5&from=company
WeChat: Renaissance_Chengdu

ABOUT RENAISSANCE HOTELS
Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to DiscoverSM  at more than 155 hotels in 35 countries around the world.  Set to open at least one hotel per month this year, the brand will near 170 hotels in 40 countries by the end of 2014.  Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination.  At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities.  Signature RLife LIVE entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, RLife LIVE networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions.   At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working; you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com.

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com

03/07/2014

Marriott International Opens First Marriott Hotel in Osaka

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel Located on the Top Floors of Japan’s Brand New Tallest Building, the “Abeno Harukas”

 TOKYO, March 7, 2014—Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, and Miyako Hotels & Resorts announces the highly anticipated opening of the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, the first property for the brand in Osaka and the fourth in Japan.

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel front deskMarriott Hotels has partnered with Miyako Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of the Kintetsu Corporation, to create the new co-branded hotel in Kintetsu’s “Abeno Harukas”, a brand new 300-meter ultra-high rise complex with 60 stories above ground and five stories underground, making it the tallest building in Japan.

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel guest roomAll 360 guest rooms and the hotel’s signature ZK restaurant are located on the top floors of the building, boasting breathtaking views of Osaka from every angle and positioning the hotel as the new landmark of this dynamic city.

With a prime location in front of Osaka Abenobashi Station, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel offers the most direct service to Kansai International Airport, in just 30 minutes, as well as providing convenient access to all other points in Osaka, the Kansai region and beyond.

Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director for Asia Pacific, commented: “Marriott International’s model for growth around the world is to work with local partners who have the right local expertise, knowledge and skills, and who share our own values and culture. In Miyako Hotels & Resorts we have found an excellent partner to work with here in Japan and we are excited to open the first Marriott Hotels property in this very important city.”

Masahiko Torii, general manager of the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel explained, “Marriott Hotels and Japan’s Miyako Hotels & Resorts are delighted to have joined together to proudly offer the highest standards of global hospitality, but with a Japanese touch, in Osaka.  Our new hotel is ready to welcome guests from Japan and all over the world, and we anticipate the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel will become the most prominent new landmark and symbol of Osaka.

Offering spectacular views of the city, the hotel’s 360 spacious rooms (each an average of 38 sq meters) are located on the 38th to 55th floors, and include six suites and 33 premium rooms. The executive floor rooms are served by a dedicated executive lounge, the largest of its kind in Japan, with a 10 meter high ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. It provides an open, airy and relaxing space to unwind and enjoy the view while enjoying light refreshments and snacks.

The hotel’s meeting room facilities are high tech and Wi-Fi enabled throughout, ideal for handling all kinds of meetings. There is one larger meeting room (230 sq. meters) and six small meeting rooms (32 sq. meters), which are perfect for intimate parties and family events.

The Greatroom lobby, lobby lounge and bar are located on the 19th floor.  In addition, the bright open kitchen buffet restaurant, Cooka, offers a wide variety of Japanese and international dishes for all tastes in a casual dining environment. Taking over the entire 57th floor is ZK, a modern, sophisticated restaurant with floor to ceiling windows, serving both authentic Japanese and Western cuisine.  All dishes are made from carefully selected and freshly prepared ingredients, and guests at the counter seats can watch their meals made right in front of them.  There is also a teppanyaki grill table with two additional counters.

As a part of Marriott Hotel’s transformation, the iconic brand has been innovating throughout its hotels globally. Re-designed lobbies and public spaces known as Greatrooms are being rapidly deployed for the next generation of travellers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology.

With the opening of Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, Marriott International is poised to meet the growing demand for quality hospitality experiences in Japan ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics - as well as UNESCO’s announcement in December 2013 recognizing Japanese cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage asset.

Osaka is the gateway and largest city in the Kansai region, serving as a hub for business and leisure travel, and a key component of any itinerary to Japan given its proximity to Nagoya, Kobe and Kyoto. 

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel delivers a full range of guest services appealing to both leisure and business travelers, and its location gives both first-time and repeat visitors to Osaka a wide range of options, from historical sites and museums to shopping and unique dining experiences. 

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $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, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.


Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com

02/24/2014

Marriott International Expands its Iconic Marriott Hotels Brand in China With the Opening of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview

Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview LobbyShanghai, February 24, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) continues its rapid expansion in China with the opening today of the 317-room Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview, bringing the total number of  properties in China under the flagship  Marriott Hotels brand to 15.  Marriott International manages the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview under a long-term agreement with the owner, Shanghai Bao Hua Group.

The hotel is situated next to the Multimedia Valley in Zhabei District and offers unparalleled meetings and events facilities and is the only hotel in Shanghai’s city center with two full-sized pillar-less ballrooms, as well as a wide selection of large conference spaces.

Neighboring the Daning Lingshi Park, the largest green space in the downtown area, the hotel provides a tranquil environment surrounded by nature trails, offering the guests the ability to seamlessly switch between work and leisure.

“We are delighted to open this inspiring hotel in Shanghai which adds to our extensive portfolio in China,” said Mr. Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “The Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview marks Marriott International’s first partnership with Shanghai Bao Hua Group with whom we share a common vision and drive to make this a truly stunning new hotel for this very important city. With the addition of our 15th Marriott branded hotel in China, our total portfolio grows to 66 hotels in the country and our 21st in Shanghai, where we are the largest operator of full-service hotels in the city.”

“Marriott Hotels is the original and iconic brand within the Marriott International portfolio of hotel brands and we are currently on a journey to transform this brand and reassert its position as a pioneer in innovation. Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview will become a standard bearer for the newly revitalized Marriott Hotels brand, and is a great example of how we want the brand to be seen in the future,” said Mr. Cooper.

The Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview offers 317 rooms and suites that feature scenic views of the park, all with a modern and fresh design by internationally renowned interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates. The hotel also provides brand new room amenities by Thann, the natural Thai skincare line, for an enhanced beauty and body care experience.

The hotel is also the perfect choice for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibition). The impressive 2,800 square-meters of meeting space is conveniently located on one floor.

The larger of the hotel’s two pillarless ballrooms measures 1,400 square-meters and features two state-of-the-art 65sqm LED screens, while the other measures 1,000 square-meters and also provides one LED screen. Five flexible function rooms are perfect for small to medium sized sophisticated corporate events. The hotel’s dedicated wedding planning services coupled with its panoramic views across what is Shanghai’s biggest downtown parkland makes it the ideal location for a city wedding.

“Shanghai is one of the most important cities for meetings and events in the region, and the magnificent new Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview underlines Marriott’s commitment to lead the future of meetings in Asia,” said Ricky Lam, General Manager of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview. “This hotel offers the very latest in technology, facilities and creative event spaces and is really a great example of the next generation of Marriott Hotels in Asia, which perfectly embodies the brand’s philosophy of allowing guests to “travel brilliantly”.

The hotel is home to four signature food and beverage outlets that are set to redefine the dining landscape in the immediate area for local residents and travelers alike. These include Shanghai City Bistro, an all-day dining restaurant featuring live action cooking stations showcasing traditional favorites and cuisines from around the world. The prestigious Man Ho Chinese Restaurant specializes in authentic Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine. Eight private dining rooms provide an exclusive and comfortable backdrop for a more intimate gathering of friends and family or for entertaining large or small groups; Tatsumi is a stylishly-designed contemporary Japanese & Korean dining experience hidden away on the hotel’s second floor offering a tasteful blend of north Asian delicacies.

Guests can also relax in The Lounge which serves a selection of soft drinks and signature afternoon tea sets in The Lobby, an engaging setting where business and leisure intersect.

The hotel’s premium amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and indoor swimming pool, as well as access to a golf practice green and a tennis court.

High up on the 23rd floor alongside the executive rooms and suites, the Executive Lounge offers business services as well as complimentary food and drinks for Executive Floor guests.

Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview’s location means it is easily accessible not only to the business districts of Shanghai but also to a number of Shanghai’s most famous attractions. It is a five-minute walk to Metro Line 1, while only 15 minutes by car to the likes of People’s Square and the Bund. It is also 25 minutes to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and 45 minutes to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

For more information or reservations, please call Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview at 8621. 3669 8888 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/shamp-shanghai-marriott-hotel-parkview/

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $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, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com

 

02/07/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Pays Homage to Japan's Cultural Heart with the Opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton KyotoJapan’s First Urban Resort Officially Opens. 

Kyoto – February 7, 2014:  Heralded as one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2014 in one of the world’s most culturally-rich cities, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Sekisui House, Ltd., one of Japan's leading property developers, officially opened The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto today; the city’s first truly international luxury hotel and Japan’s first urban resort.

Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens, the riverside resort brings the unsurpassed elegance and renowned service of The Ritz-Carlton to Kyoto, while honoring the cultural heritage of the city through design.

“We are honoured to open our fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan, in the beautiful city of Kyoto. Our customers are always looking to explore evocative, new and inspiring destinations and have long expressed a desire for us to offer in this incredible location” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “I believe this hotel offers a timeless window to Japan and complements perfectly 85 other Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a peaceful sanctuary. It sits on the gentle banks of the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto’s popular downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city’s retail and entertainment districts.

The hotel’s luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains. The architects and designers have retained the character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building. The interiors created by Peter Remedios and Spin Studios pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the incorporation of Zen rock gardens (karesansui) and water features, including a four-storey waterfall are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.

The Kamogawa Suite and its sister suites with their moon deck gardens (tsukimidai) and floor to ceiling windows offer luxurious accommodations with enviable panoramic views of the river and mountains, forming an unrivalled sanctuary of luxury refinement and service.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nestled at the foot of the waterfall, features seven intimate and inviting treatment rooms and offers signature services inspired by the rich culture of Japan and ESPA. These include a traditional Acupressure Massage using the dry Shiatsu techniques as well as the Ryokucha Serenity Ritual based on green tea leaves, Gyokuro, dried from the Sun for 20 days in Uji, southern Kyoto and famed for their restorative properties.

In a city famed for its culinary offerings, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto adds new and distinctive fine-dining experiences against an elegant backdrop.

The Japanese restaurant, Mizuki, modeled around a dynamic landscape composed of stone garden, water fall and historical features, serves modern Japanese cuisine including a famed Kaiseki options alongside sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. The restaurant includes an outdoor terrace complete with fire pits for gourmet diners to enjoy the dynamic scenery during Sakura and Autumn seasons.

La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, pays homage to the hotel site’s history. Its private room, called Ebisugawatei, is a preserved historically-listed building while the restaurant also features its own walk-in charcuterie and l’affineur cheese cellar. The unrivalled wine list offers 250 varieties from Super Tuscans to Italian regional classics.

Meanwhile, Pierre Hermé Paris, creator of Haute Pâtisserie, will bring his popular creations and introduce an exclusive range of signature desserts to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The unique collaboration will showcase his work throughout the property including restaurants, meetings, weddings and banquets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto also introduces extraordinary meetings, luxury weddings and special events spaces with four rooms, each named after a cherry blossom species – Takane Ballroom, Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan meeting rooms. The property will also feature a wedding showroom consulting for couples on their big day, showcasing the detailed finery and services that will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Exceptionally rich in beauty, history, spirituality and culture, Kyoto draws 50 million visitors annually to experience the former capital of Japan and its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city and its environs is also home to almost a quarter of Japan’s national treasures. While many of these visitors are Japanese, there is real growth in the numbers of international visitors coming to the city, and Kyoto is now very much must-see destination for sophisticated global travelers who are attracted to the city for its quintessential Japanese experience.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with Ainslie.Cheung@ritzcarlton.com

02/06/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Opens First LEED Gold Certified Hotel in Seoul

The LoungeLuxury Hospitality Brand Debuts Stunning JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

Seoul, South Korea – 4 February 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has expanded its luxury portfolio in South Korea with the unveiling of the new 170-room JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul today. The new hotel is the second JW Marriott to open in Seoul and the first hotel in the city to receive LEED Gold certification. Marriott International manages the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul under a long-term agreement with the owner, Dong Sung Co., Ltd.

“South Korea is a one of Asia’s fastest growing global economies anda strategically important North Asian travel hub,” said Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul will further strengthen our luxury brand portfolio in this very important market and it will complement our existing JW Marriott Seoul which continues to be a great standard bearer for the brand.”

Featuring a stylish urban facade and interior that exude elegance, warm luxury and minimalist sophistication, the property is the first international luxury business hotel in Dongdaemun. Ideally located in the heart of Seoul’s fashion district and adjacent to the subway station and key tourist attractions, the new JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul boasts unobstructed views of Korea’s number one national treasure – the historical Dongdaemun or “East Gate.”

“With every new JW Marriott property, we challenge ourselves to go above and beyond, and opening the first LEED Gold certified hotel in Seoul is a major accomplishment for the brand,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Not only is respecting and preserving the environment important to us, it is important to our guests, and we’re excited to bring that to life in Seoul.”

The new hotel has 170 guestrooms, including 19 Executive Sky View Rooms and 15 Suites. A dedicated Executive Lounge with an open balcony serves the Executive Floor rooms. Among the hotel’s extensive health and fitness facilities are an indoor 25-meter lap pool, the exclusive Club 501 Fitness Centre and the indulgent The JW Spa.

The hotel’s innovative food and beverage program is curated by a stellar team of award-winning professionals from France, Germany, the US and Korea. Among the highlights is BLT Steak, of the internationally renowned New York steakhouse; Tavolo 24, a casual all-day dining restaurant featuring live cooking stations; The Lounge which specializes in artisan chocolates, martinis and afternoon tea and Seoul Baking Company, which servesfresh cakes and pastries from its open kitchen. For visitors and locals alike, the roof-top Griffin Bar overlooking the East Gate, is set to become one of the most sought after social scenes in the city where guests can sit outside and enjoy stunning views.

With a total of 10,570 square feet of meeting space and a Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 750 guests, the hotel is the perfect choice for the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market. Among its state-of-the-art meetings facilities is Seoul’s first LFD (Large Format Display) 98-screen media wall.

“Reflecting the JW Marriott brand values of timeless elegance and approachable luxury, the new JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul will deliver a truly authentic travel experience, that will impress even the most seasoned and discerning business and leisure traveler,” said  Nicholas Tse, General Manager of JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 64 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

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12/16/2013

Tokyo Marriott Hotel Opens

Tokyo Marriott ribbon cuttingHilltop Location in Shinagawa is the Latest in Growing Global Portfolio of Marriott Hotels in Asia and around the world.

TOKYO, December 16, 2013—Marriott International announces the opening of the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on a hilltop address known locally as Gotenyama.

This represents the global hospitality company’s 12th hotel in Japan, and the third under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand, which comprises 500 properties in nearly 60 countries.  Just minutes from the capital’s bullet-train serviced Shinagawa Station, the 249-room hotel enables direct easy access to the Tokaido bullet train as well as Haneda Airport and the Yamanote Line circling central Tokyo.

[Photo caption: Left to right: Mr. Toshio Hara, Director and President, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art; Mr. Takeshi Hamano, Chief of Shinagawa Ward; Ms. Miwako Date, President, Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts; Mr. Simon Cooper, president and managing director Marriott International Asia and Mr. Kenji Fukunaga, General Manager, Tokyo Marriott Hotel.]

Tokyo Marriott guestroomWith the opening of Tokyo Marriott Hotel, Marriott International is poised to meet the growing demand for quality hospitality experiences in the country ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics - as well as UNESCO’s imminent announcement, expected early this month, recognising Japanese cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Tokyo Marriott Hotel offers superb access to the two main zones where the majority of the Olympic competition venues will be located, and two of its three restaurants specialise in traditional Japanese cuisine. A rebranding of the former Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo, the extensively refurbished and renovated property is operated by Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts, which entered into a management agreement with Marriott International in February of this year.

Commenting at the opening ceremony, Miwako Date, president of Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts, said: “Tokyo Marriott Hotel is the fourth internationally branded hotel our group has launched in the past eight years. It is our pleasure to be partnering with Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International. We are especially pleased that our alliance has enabled us to maintain our program of special club privileges for our established corporate customers.

“Both former and new guests alike will find much to discover about Gotenyama, which has a long and illustrious past as a center of tea culture and other aesthetic pursuits. We look forward to blending the unique traditional elements of this setting with the many exciting innovations Marriott is bringing to the guest experience. There is no doubt in my mind that Tokyo Marriott Hotel will be a destination loved by domestic and international guests alike.”

Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director Asia, commented: “I am delighted to be here today at the official opening of this magnificent hotel. Marriott International’s business model for growth around the world is to work with local partners and real estate developers who have the local expertise, knowledge and skills, and who know their markets inside out.

“We also look for people who share our own values and culture, and in Mori Trust we have found an excellent partner to work with here in Tokyo. We are delighted to be working with Mori Trust and to have the Marriott Hotels brand associated with this stunning hotel.”

Tokyo Marriott Hotel shares its hilltop location with Gotenyama Garden, a 6,800-square-meter oasis of green and the former site of the residential villa of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604–1651). Steeped in history, and yet less than 20 minutes from the luxury shops of Ginza and the nightlife of Roppongi, its location offers both first-time and repeat visitors plenty to explore.

Marriott Hotels has been ‘re-imagining’ the guest experience, transforming lobbies and public spaces by designing them for a new generation of business travellers who blend work and play, demand style and substance and desire high-tech and high-touch. Marriott is introducing new concepts designed for the way younger travellers work today. 

Those traveling for business or leisure or both will find fluid, tech-enabled meeting spaces, intuitively designed guest rooms, dynamic dining and drinking venues, and the polished service for which Marriott is known throughout the world. With a garden tea house designed by architect Arata Isozaki and two chapels (one slated for completion in February 2014) on site, this urban oasis also offers attractive celebratory opportunities for prospective brides and grooms.

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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Contact:
Sachiko Higuchi,
Marketing Manager
Tokyo Marriott Hotel
sachiko.higuchi@tokyo-marriott.com
Phone +81 (0) 3-5488-3913

11/26/2013

Mobile Check-In Goes Global at Marriott Hotels

Iphone5-7[15]Now available in 19 countries worldwide with more to follow.

The faster, easier and more convenient mobile check-in from Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International is now available at 20 additional Marriott hotels* in 19 countries including United Kingdom, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and India.  First launched at 329 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, the mobile check-in feature on the Marriott Mobile App has expanded internationally, representing the broadest mobile offering of its kind in the lodging industry.

http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-check-in-marriott-hotels-and-resorts.mi

According to research by GroupM Next*, 57 percent of business travellers aged 21-39 use their smartphone to book a hotel.  These younger travellers are also more likely to use mobile devices to enhance their travel experiences.  Marriott Hotels expects to complete the full global roll out of mobile check-in at all 500 hotels, as well as offer check-out functionality, in the first half of 2014.  

With the Marriott Mobile App, check-in is simple.  Marriott Rewards members, who have downloaded the app, can check-in through a smartphone as early as 4 pm the day before arrival, receiving an automatic notification when the room is ready. On arrival, Marriott Rewards guests simply go to the expedited mobile check-in desk where a key card will be ready and waiting. 

“As Marriott developed the app and tested mobile check-in, we engaged customers, asking for their feedback to perfect the experience and learn what mattered most to them,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Mobile check-in is just the start.  Our guests are more mobile and global than ever before and technology is increasingly important to them, which is why we will add check-out next year.  We will continue to solicit feedback from our guests as we enhance the travel experience with Marriott.”

The brand’s mobile innovation will continue as Marriott Hotels has launched 12 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. to test future mobile enhancements. Guests at those hotels can make service requests using their smartphones. The most popular guest requests so far include additional towels, wake-up calls and housekeeping.

Further innovations from Marriott Hotels

  • Future of Meetings – Marriott Hotels is introducing a number of initiatives to refresh meetings.  New meeting spaces with stylish design, natural light, flexible seating and wireless or web enabled technology enable planners and attendees to focus on the meeting objectives.  Marriott properties in Munich and Amsterdam feature the new design with the London Kensington Marriott and Paris Marriott Rive Gauche following early next year.  The Red Coat Direct app enables meeting organisers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.  Currently available in 35 Marriott hotels in Europe, Red Coat Direct will roll-out globally in early 2014.   
  • Greatroom lobby concept - An open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves.  They will be stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming with all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from Wi-Fi to power points.  The brand expects to introduce the concept at every Marriott Hotel by the end of 2015
  • Guest room - In The Underground – the company’s subterranean innovation lab – Marriott Hotels is working on the next generation guest room.  The lab offers rapid prototyping with frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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About Marriott.com & Mobile
Mobile check-in is part of the free Marriott mobile app available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.  Learn more about mobile check-in at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/our-innovations/check-in-app

The Marriott Mobile App has been downloaded over 2.5 million times, and Marriott.com receives over 4.5 million visitors a month from smartphones. 

*The 20 international hotels offering mobile check-in are:

Europe
• Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
• Brussels Marriott Hotel
• London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
• Prague Marriott Hotel
• Zurich Marriott Hotel

Asia Pacific
• Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
• Bangalore Marriott Hotel Whitefield
• Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
• Manila Marriott Hotel
• Singapore Marriott Hotel
• Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Caribbean & Latin America
• Bogota Marriott Hotel
• CasaMagna® Marriott Cancun Resort
• Panama Marriott Hotel
• Santiago Marriott Hotel
• San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Middle East & Africa
• Amman Marriott Hotel
• Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
• Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites

Hawaii
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

*Source: GroupM Next, September 2013; GBTA, August 2013; blog.librarypd.com, July 2013

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10/18/2013

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, Officially Opens in Historical Heart of the City

Ritz-Carlton Tianjing - Exterior at NightInvites Guests to Enjoy Art Deco Destination Experience in North East China

TIANJIN, CHINA – After much anticipation, The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, the newest luxury hotel in North East China opened its doors officially today to bring unparalleled luxury service and accommodation to Tianjin - ‘The Port of the Emperor’. The art deco style property is a landmark 10th property in China for the luxury hotel operator.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin sits at the historical heart of the former British concession and modern downtown business district by the Haihe River. The property takes its architectural inspiration from the neo-classical style of the early 20th century with stately hotel rooms arranged around an expansive courtyard in the European tradition.

Featuring 277 luxurious art deco guestrooms and 53 suites created by luxury hospitality designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon, leisure and business travelers alike will enjoy the refined elegance of the comfortable chandeliered rooms, many complete with buttressed stone outdoor balconies and charming views of downtown Tianjin.

The stunning interiors with high ceilings and expanses of marble mirror many of the palaces of Europe. The walls feature hand painted murals of traditional European scenes and Chinese imperial paintings with elegant soft furnishings that create a sense of history and place.

The city center property also introduces a new Ritz-Carlton Club designed as a residential concept which features an open kitchen serving five food and beverage offerings throughout the day, including a traditional English Afternoon Tea, a private dining room, a lounge boasting intimate spaces and a dedicated bar.  The Ritz-Carlton Club Level service includes a dedicated concierge and private check-ins.

“The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin in one of China’s most strategically important cities reflects our desire to meet the growing Chinese appetite for international luxury hospitality experiences,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin represents a major new destination opportunity that will accelerate the recognition by the luxury Chinese guests of our service commitment to create memorable experiences that stay with guests for life.”

Four indulgent restaurants have been designed to create destination experiences in their own right. In addition to classically-styled Lobby Lounge serving cocktails and a traditional Afternoon Tea, Zest all day dining celebrates world cuisine with its lively open kitchens while Tian Tai Xuan, serves authentic, contemporary Cantonese creations. Meanwhile, the stylish Flair lifestyle bar and lounge with live DJs features private wine and cigar rooms, serving fine wines, cocktails, sushi and South Asian-inspired snacks.

Tianjin’s newest luxury sanctuary, The Ritz-Carlton Spa pampers with a collection of therapeutic treatments including specially-created signatures based around Tianjin’s famous China rose.

With a 1,050 square meter versatile Grand Ballroom and a unique courtyard in the tradition of Europe’s palaces, corporate meetings, events and weddings can be crafted into unique experiences that guests will benchmark with.

The landmark Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is  30 minutes from Tianjin Binhai International Airport and just 30 minutes from China’s capital, Beijing, by high speed train.

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/tianjin

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 81 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR).

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