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09/11/2014

Marriott International Pledges Support for China’s Evolving Knowledge-based Economy

Simon Cooper, President and Managing Director, Marriott International, Asia Pacific facilitates “The Future of Jobs” session at World Economic ForumMarriott joins forces with 100 Chinese colleges to offer over 20,000 hospitality training opportunities in the next four years       

Tianjin, China – September 11, 2014 – Today at the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos Forum in Tianjin, Marriott International, Inc., a world-leading hotel group with over 70 properties in China, announced it has launched a series of educational initiatives to accelerate the country’s progress toward building a knowledge-based economy. 

[Photo: Simon Cooper, President and Managing Director, Marriott International, Asia Pacific facilitates “The Future of Jobs” session at World Economic Forum.]

Marriott International’s educational initiatives in China encompass university, vocational and primary education.

For pure hospitality education, Marriott International is working with some 100 local colleges to offer over 20,000 projected training opportunities in the next four years to students aspiring to a hotel career.

In addition, the Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI), an ambitious hospitality education charitable effort funding by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation with Marriott International as the program’s first industry advisor, is expected to impact up to 20,000 students annually in 50 schools within five years.  

“China has made remarkable economic achievements during the past three decades, but to sustain its position as a major economic powerhouse in the long run, it will need to continue elevating the skill sets of its workforce,” said Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director – Asia Pacific, Marriott International. 

“This is exactly what the 2014 Tianjin World Economic Forum aims to shed light on, and how our pledge of educational support for China comes into play,” said Cooper, who is attending the Forum which has the theme “Creating Value through Innovation” this year.     

“A key feature of the educational support we provide to China is that it is far more than the typical on-the-job, skill set training offered by the hotel industry. In addition to a robust in-house training and development curriculum, Marriott International has been taking a long-term and holistic approach to support education in China.  Our efforts encompass university, vocational education and primary education where Marriott International has been taking an active role in the implementation of various initiatives. We are committed to supporting China’s seamless evolution to a knowledge-based economy and meeting the challenges of the modern era,” said Cooper.

Cooper noted that the hospitality industry is one of the important pillars of a knowledge-based economy.

"As a global leader in the hotel industry, Marriott International is well poised to make an impact to the Adevelopment of hospitality education in China,” said Cooper.

“In light of the rapid expansion of our hotel network in China, we are in a position to offer ample training opportunities to ambitious students throughout the country. I would say that the 20,000 placement projection is probably on the conservative side and could easily be increased to 30,000. Putting this in perspective, Marriott International’s support won’t just be for our own benefit, but also for the long-term development of the industry in China as a whole,” he said.

He listed the latest educational support initiatives of Marriott International in China as follows:

Marriott Apprentice Program (MAP)
Announced a couple weeks ago in Tianjin, “Marriott Apprentice Program” (MAP program) is a collaboration between Marriott International, the prestigious Nankai University and American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute for China. This is a pioneering hospitality education initiative that innovatively integrates a sustained internship with both on campus and online learning.    

Nankai University will enroll students nationwide for the MAP program. It is also responsible for providing the curriculum, classroom instruction and coordinating the program. The enrolled students are expected to undergo a five-year comprehensive hotel education program that consists of 18 months of learning on campus, 38 months of combined online learning and internship at Marriott hotels in two phases, as well as a final evaluation featuring progressive performance appraisal of the internships.

Students who have successfully completed the MAP program will receive graduation certificates from Nankai University, as well as internationally recognized certificates from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.  They will also receive supervisory job offers from Marriott International. For those outstanding graduates of the MAP program, they will seamlessly be connected to the Global Voyage Program, Marriott’s proprietary “future leader incubator” targeting elite university graduates worldwide. 

Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI)
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has committed RMB40.5 million ($6.5 million) over five years to support China’s youth through the Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI). The purpose of this initiative is to enhance the hospitality education of Chinese youth, preparing them for rewarding careers in China’s booming travel and tourism industry. The Marriott CHEI program anticipates impacting up to 20,000 students annually in 50 schools within five years.  Marriott International is privileged to act as CHEI’s initial industry advisor.

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, a private family foundation, has a long history of helping youth secure a promising future. For over two decades, the foundation has been a lead supporter of innovative hospitality programs within colleges and universities across the United States. As the hospitality industry becomes increasingly global, the foundation’s efforts have expanded to parts of the world where they can have the greatest impact. China provides just such an opportunity.

The Marriott Foundation selected San Diego State University (SDSU) to be CHEI’s academic advisor. Home to a world-class hospitality and tourism management school, SDSU has been working for several years with Chinese schools, industry experts and government officials—regionally and nationally—to develop programs that are respected globally and are  uniquely Chinese.

Marriott International, which has a substantial presence in China, has agreed to serve as CHEI’s initial industry advisor. CHEI will benefit from Marriott International’s experience in China, and from the company advising on curriculum relevance, assisting with data to measure program outcomes, hosting faculty internships at partner schools, and providing hotel internships for students.

Marriott Institute and Marriott Class for Hospitality Education
Marriott International has been taking an active role in working with reputable institutes to offer quality vocational training in hospitality.  The company has already established a Designated Marriott Class in over 20 local institutes throughout China. Marriott International provides the students of these classes with a variety of support including guest lectures, career counselling, field study and internship opportunities. In 2014, three additional Designated Marriott Class have been established with East University of Heilongjiang, Shenyang University and Liaoning Vocational and Technical College of Modern Service.

Marriott International also plans to forge comprehensive co-operation with elite vocational training institutes in the form of a Marriott Institute. The first of such partnership is with Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology that co-recruits and trains some 300 students every year exclusively for Marriott hotels in eastern China.  The second Marriott Institute is a collaboration with Shunde Polytechnic which was confirmed in mid-2014. 

Marriott – Yao Foundation Project Hope Primary Schools
Marriott International has been working with the Yao Foundation to support educational programs for children in rural areas of China. The Yao Foundation is a highly regarded charity organization established in 2008 by former professional basketball star Yao Ming under the auspices of The China Youth Development Foundation and aims to promote the all-round development of Chinese youth by providing them the opportunities to improve their education, sports skills, health and self-esteem - www.yaofoundation.cn.

Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Marriott International is donating RMB5 million to the Yao Foundation to establish three Project Hope schools in the Southwestern region of China. The Marriott donation will also be used to support the Yao Foundation Hope Primary School basketball seasons in 2014 and 2015.

The first of these Marriott-Yao Foundation Project Hope Primary Schools, located in Luzhou of Sichuan Province, has already been built and in use.

"China has one of the oldest and most respected education systems in the world. The ultimate goal of our education support initiatives is to help growing numbers of young Chinese climb the career ladders available in the hospitality industry. They in return will become the driving force of the future development of the Chinese economy. This will benefit all the players in this important market including Marriott International,” said Cooper. 

Marriott International is expected to grow its distribution from 16 cities in 13 provinces, municipalities and special administrative regions, to more than 58 cities in 26 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions in China by 2017.  By 2017, Marriott’s total workforce is expected to increase to more than 75,000 associates in the continent – almost doubling its current size in the region– with nearly half of this number in China alone.

Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties and 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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09/02/2014

Landmark Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Brings Cutting Edge Lifestyle to Chinese Capital City

Beijing-Renaissance-Wangfujing-Hotel-(Forbidden-City-view)Renaissance Hotels opens second gem in Beijing with stylish address overlooking Forbidden City on historic Wangfujing Street

Beijing, China, September 1, 2014 Renaissance Hotels (www.renhotels.com), a hotel brand known for inspiring its guests to Live Life to Discover®, proudly debuts its second hotel in Beijing with the introduction of the 329-room Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing. The stylish new hotel overlooks the famed Forbidden City on historic Wangfujing Street. Download images.

Beijing Renaissance Wangfujing Hotel Hutong wideRenaissance Beijing Wangfujing joins the Renaissance Beijing Capital in the capital city and a fast-growing portfolio of 18 hotels in China including six in Shanghai and three in Tianjin, with additional locations in Suzhou, Wuhan, Sanya, Huizhou, Guiyan, Chengdu and Hong Kong. The latest opening brings the total number Marriott International offerings to 72 hotels across six brands.

Wangfujing Street has been a center of activity for thousands of years and the pedestrian pathway remains popular to this day with visitors and locals. As one of China’s longest pedestrian streets as well as a heritage site, it is an iconic symbol of Beijing and a “must-see” attraction when visiting the capital city. The new hotel blends history with ultra-modern design in the hotel’s distinctive two-sided building, with one side facing the Forbidden City and the other side facing Wangfujing Street, paying homage to the ancient and modern themes.

Beijing Renaissance Wangfujing Hotel ballroomThe Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel features the latest innovations in design and décor, technology and culinary. The lobby design reflects the 24/7 work patterns of the modern business traveller, allowing for a smooth transitioning from work to relaxation. Each contemporary designed guestroom and suite offers an expressive style with a soothing colour palette, complemented by an artful blend of luxury amenities including plush bedding, flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless high-speed internet. The hotel’s executive lounge offers sweeping panoramic views of the Forbidden City.

“This is an exciting time for Renaissance Hotels and for our guests who are discovering fabulous new design, local culinary inspiration and discovery around every corner,” said Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International.  “We are thrilled to once again introduce the excitement of Renaissance Hotels to the ancient heart of the capital, embracing the spirit of this fabled destination.”

Destination dining includes Hutong Place, an exclusive venue for private dining and entertainment, with imperial Qing Dynasty Palace cuisine; authentic Cantonese cuisine at residential-style signature Chinese restaurant Wanli; signature cocktails and live music at R Bar; fresh open kitchen fare at all-day restaurant Food Studio. 

Distinctive guest programming include the 24-hour Navigator service – a lifestyle hospitality concierge featuring hotel Ambassadors specially trained to bring the local destination to life for guests, and live entertainment events showcasing emerging music, culinary, art and more.

Renaissance Hotels signature R.E.N Meetings program will be offered, with space including the largest ballroom in the area (10,006 square feet) and five additional meeting rooms – all equipped with the very latest technology. For leisure and relaxation, the hotel features an indoor swimming pool, state-of–the-art fitness centre and tranquil spa.

In celebration of its opening, Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing is offering an introductory special for RMB 980++ a night deluxe accommodation.  Buffet breakfast for just an extra RMB 1 – and half price breakfast for the second guest. The offer is valid through December 31, 2014.

Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing is operating under a management agreement with owners China Jin Mao Investment Group. “I would like to express our gratitude to our owning partner for its enormous support and confidence in Marriott International and Renaissance Hotels,” added Mr Lee.

He Cao, Chairman of China Jin Mao Group said: “This new landmark hotel bridging ancient and modern in the historic heart of Beijing is a perfect fit with the Renaissance philosophy of adventure and discovery.”

Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International’s global portfolio of 18 brands. With its proud motto of “Live Life to Discover,” Renaissance Hotels offers today’s lifestyle business traveler a unique guest experience woven through design, service and unique programming. Check out the full line up of Renaissance Hotels events planned throughout the year at all hotels including local art, culinary, film and more by visiting renhotels.com/events or www.facebook.com/renhotels.

For more information or reservations, call Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel directly at    +86 10 6520 8888, visit www.renaissancebeijingwangfujing.com or email

rhi.bjswf.sales@renaissancehotels.com. The Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel participates in Marriott Rewards, the global rewards program that allows members to earn points or airline miles for every dollar spent during their stay.

Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel’s website: www.renaissancebeijingwangfujing.com

Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel’s official Weibo: http://weibo.com/u/5216700740

About Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
The stylish lifestyle address on historic Wangfujing Street features an artful blend of luxury amenities and distinctive service near Tiananmen Square and Beijing Capital Theater, with views over the fabled Forbidden City from half of its 329 guest rooms and suites.Event facilities and services include the largest ballroom in the area, at 10,006 square feet, and five tech savvy meeting rooms – all equipped with the very latest in state-of-the-art audio visual technologies. Recreational facilities extend from an indoor swimming pool and state-of–the-art fitness centre to a relaxing spa. Destination dining includes TheHutong Place, an opulent and exclusive venue for private dining and entertainment, with Qing Dynasty Palace cuisine; authentic Cantonese cuisine at residential-style signature Chinese restaurant Wanli; cocktails, light fare and live music at R Bar; fresh open kitchen fare at all-day restaurant Food Studio.                                                                                                                                                  

Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to Discover(SM) at 157 hotels in 35 countries around the world. 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. Renaissance 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, 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. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenHotels. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels. Explore with us on www.Instagram.com/RenHotels

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

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08/05/2014

Marriott International Announces the Second Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Opening Right in the Heart of Seminyak

Courtyard-by-Marriott-Bali-Seminyak-poolA step away from Bali’s lively beaches, the brand new 290-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel features an expansive lagoon pool and a whole new concept of dining.

Bali, Indonesia– August 5, 2014 -Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announces the opening of the second Courtyard branded property in the Island of the Gods, Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak. Located in the heart of bustling Seminyak, the 290-room hotel is an exciting addition to the Courtyard brand - making it the 31st Courtyard hotel in Asia.

Remarking on the occasion, Robert Stark, Marriott International’s Market Vice President for Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Australia said, “We are delighted to be opening our second Courtyard branded property in Bali, in one of the most popular areas for business and leisure travelers - Seminyak. Our growth in Indonesia is of great importance to Marriott International, and we look forward to expanding the presence of the Courtyard brand.” 

Located only a stones throw away from famous Seminyak Beach and the Oberoi dining scene, the stylish rooms and suites come complete with their own private balcony or garden terrace, a 42” smart TV, comfortable working desk with chair, iPod dock, and modern amenities. Suites offer extra space with their own living room and dining area, along with the convenience of having connecting doors to another deluxe room, perfect for family holidays.

This urban resort offers a little oasis in the middle of busy Seminyak with facilities including an expansive lagoon pool, Kids Club, a 24-hour fitness centre, Zanti – The Retreat, and state of the art meeting and breakout spaces catering up to 350 people - ideal for business meetings, private functions and intimate weddings. Guests will have privilege to valet service, shuttles to and from the resort to the beach and Oberoi Eat Street and high-speed internet access throughout the hotel.

Executive Chef Billy Costoglou will take guests on a culinary journey with a brand new breakfast experience at Seminyak Kitchen, serving up a diverse all-day breakfast menu to suit all tastes. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of a light bites and cocktail menu at the Pool Bar and Lounge.

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak guest roomCourtyard understands business and leisure travelers, and through continuous research the brand constantly evolves to meet guests’ changing needs to make the most of their time on the road. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the hotel lobby features Courtyard’s signature Go Board complete with information including hotel facilities, flight schedules, nearby attractions, local map, along with current news.  

Brad Edman, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak says: “We are very excited to be opening this fantastic new Courtyard hotel, a lively modern resort right in the heart of Seminyak.

The hotel is the perfect retreat for families and people looking for a fun place to relax and unwind.  The location is just right- surrounded by the endless dining, entertainment, shopping and nightlife that Seminyak has to offer.”

Marking the hotel’s opening, the “You Stay We Pay” offer is valid now through November 2014, with bookings available through Marriott.com. 

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 Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak directly at +62 361 8499 600, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyard.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyardor follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

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 news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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07/30/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Soars to New Heights in China

JW-Marriott-Hotel-ZhengzhouNewly Opened 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou Towers as Tallest Hotel in Central China

Zhengzhou, China – July 30, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts today expanded its luxury portfolio in China with the unveiling of the highly anticipated 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou in Henan Province. Marriott International manages this landmark hotel under a long-term agreement with the owner partners, Greenland Group. [Download images.]

This new hotel is located on the top floors of the Millennium Royal Plaza, which is in the CBD of Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province as well as an important transportation hub in China. The 60-floor Millennium Royal Plaza stands at 280 meters and is the tallest building in Central China. The JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is the first Marriott property in Henan as well as the seventh JW Marriott hotel in the Greater China region.             

“Marriott International has already had several successful hotel projects with our owner partner Greenland in China. The opening of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is another gem in this spectacular collection. We are most pleased to have the opportunity to manage such a magnificent hotel,” said Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Marriott International Asia. “This is a significant property as it is our first hotel in Zhengzhou which is an important transportation, business and convention hub in central China. Also it is another proof of the growing popularity of our JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand in this market. We are on the course of opening new JW Marriott hotels in Macao, Chongqing, Kunming and Shenzhen over the next 12 months.”

Lobby 大堂The design of Millennium Royal Plaza was inspired by the Songyue Pagoda, a renowned cultural relic that was built approximately 1,500 years ago. The aluminum exterior’s sunscreens give the structure its distinctive pagoda-shape. The sunscreens also maximize the amount of daylight entering the building while reducing glare and solar heat gain. The hotel’s interior design reflects the hotel’s location with subtle brown metal celebrating the historic importance of bronze, and pale greens representing high quality jade artifacts that were produced in the region throughout the dynasties.

“We are honored to introduce this prestigious landmark hotel to the city that is impressively connected with Henan in so many ways,” said Frank Sanders, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou. “Our hotel exemplifies the design, service and cultural standards that have become synonymous with the JW Marriott brand. Our dramatic and distinctive architectural and interior features, exceptional culinary offerings and passion for service excellence will result in a truly authentic and unique experience.”

Zhengzhou is an important transportation hub within China and Henan has a rich 5,000-year history. The city boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the world famous Shaolin Temple. The new hotel is ideally located in the heart of Zhengdong New District – the new center of Zhengzhou – and is positioned between the Zhengzhou International Convention & Exhibition Center and Henan Art Center. Due to its impressive location, the JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is well poised to service both the upscale business and leisure travellers.

Deluxe King 豪华大床房The new property features a total 416 of spacious guestrooms and suites located from the 41st to the 55th floor, each offering floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the city. All guestrooms feature luxurious JW Marriott bedding designed in collaboration with Todd-Avery Lenahan and ergonomic work spaces that foster convenience and productivity.

The hotel’s dining experiences on the 38th and 39th floors include The Grill,specializing in both Chinese and Western dishes made from the freshest seafood and finest cuts of beef; Man Ho, headed up by Executive Chef Wong from Hong Kong and featuring Cantonese classics as well as Henan and Sichuan delicacies; and Zhengzhou Kitchen, the best buffet in town boasting dedicated Western, Chinese and Japanese live-cooking sections. The Lounge – borrowing inspiration from the building’s height – features the “tallest tea” in the city, a four-tier stand filled with delectable treats.

Grand Ballroom JW千玺大宴会厅The JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou offers more than 2,500 square meters of stunning function and event space, including the 1,000 square meter JW Grand Ballroom with an LED wall panel, six meeting rooms – each with natural daylight – and a spacious pre-function ballroom foyer.

For more information or reservations, please visit jwmarriottzhengzhou.com

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.

Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, over 4,000 properties and 690,000 rooms in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

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06/24/2014

Marriott Foundation Sponsors China Hospitality Education Initiative Teaching Conference

CHEI-Logo-JPEG80 educators from across China attend first-ever hospitality teaching conference in Tianjin.

Bethesda, Md., USA – June 24, 2014 – This month, 80 hospitality educators from 38 vocational schools and universities across mainland China attended the first Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI) Teaching Conference at the Renaissance Tianjin Lakeview Hotel. CHEI is funded with a commitment by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation of 40.5 million RMB ($6.5 million) over five years to help create world-class hospitality education that leads to life-changing careers for youth in China’s booming travel and tourism industry. 

CHEI Teaching Conference Group Photo resizeDeveloped in partnership with global academic and industry experts, CHEI enables Chinese educators and students to gain industry knowledge and real-world experience in hotel operations. CHEI’s portfolio of programs, piloted in 2013-2014, include faculty internships at local hotels, international fellowships, guest lectures, hotel field trips, research grants and hospitality curricula. Within five years, the foundation anticipates that CHEI will have an impact on 20,000 students annually. Download image.

The three-day teaching conference opened with a reception attended by educators and representatives from the Marriott Foundation, Marriott International, and San Diego State University. Following a lion dance and ribbon-cutting ceremony, Debbie Marriott Harrison, a trustee of the foundation and Marriott International’s global officer of culture and business councils, presented the keynote address about the Marriott family and its deep history and passion for supporting hospitality education. General sessions and interactive workshops were presented by educators and leaders from Marriott International and San Diego State University’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Tianjin Foreign Studies University graciously hosted a dinner for all attendees at its downtown campus. The conference wrapped up with a gala dinner and presentation of participation certificates for all attendees.

“Bringing together hospitality educators from across China to learn from, and network with, industry leaders and their peers was a wonderful way to wrap up the first year of piloting CHEI programs,” said Anne Gunsteens, executive director, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. “It was exciting to meet educators and hear stories of the impact that CHEI programs are already having on their students.”

“This conference was the perfect opportunity to bring CHEI to life in front of program constituents through education, networking and motivation,” said Carl H. Winston, managing director of CHEI and director, San Diego State University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “For most attendees, this conference provided the first opportunity to network with so many of their peers.”

“As CHEI’s initial industry advisor, Marriott International and our hotels in China are excited to open our doors to educators and students to learn first-hand about hotel operations,” said Simon Cooper, president of Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “We were delighted to participate in, and host, the first CHEI Teaching Conference.”

“I gained great insights into the hospitality industry and the exciting opportunities available to my students,” said Josie Zhou, teacher of hospitality at Wuhan College of Foreign Languages and Foreign Affairs. “The conference sessions provided a bridge for mutual exchange with industry leaders and my peers. This experience will enhance my teaching methods and create a better future for my students.”

Throughout 2014, CHEI will continue to offer guest lectures and field trips for faculty and students. In July, summer internships will commence for more than 30 teachers from various schools across China. This fall, three teachers will spend a semester as international CHEI fellows at hospitality schools in the United States. CHEI will also continue to pilot its unique, China-centric hospitality curricula modules.

To learn more about the program, visit www.CHEI.org.

About The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation:
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established in 1965 with the purpose of giving back to the community. Under the current direction of J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Richard E. Marriott, the Marriott Foundation is dedicated to helping youth secure a promising future, especially through education on the secondary and higher education levels, mentoring and youth leadership programs. Equally important are organizations that help provide relief from hunger and disasters; support people with disabilities; and create gainful employment opportunities for vulnerable youth and adults. 

About San Diego State University:
San Diego State University is a nationally ranked research university that provides more than 30,000 students with a robust academic curriculum that includes an increasing international emphasis. The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) is housed within the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at SDSU. The vision of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is to be “the most personalized school of its kind in developing hospitality leaders,” and HTM pursues this goal by tailoring programs that meet both industry needs and student expectations. For more information visit www.sdsu.edu/htm.

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 4,000 properties in 77 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 17 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 with jane.cai@marriott.com

Download Mandarin version of CHEI Teaching Conference Press Release 2014.

06/19/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Unveils Plans to Expand in CIS with the Announcement of a Hotel in Astana, Capital City of Kazakhstan

The Ritz-Carlton AstanaLondon – June 18, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Verny Capital, a leading Kazakhstan private investment group, have signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Astana. The luxury hotel is due to open in 2017 as the portfolio’s second hotel in Kazakhstan, with The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty previously opening its doors in 2013. 

Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton, said “We are delighted to work once again with our partners Verny Capital and to bring The Ritz-Carlton renowned levels of hospitality to the capital city of Kazakhstan. We look forward to creating a prestigious luxury hotel for international travellers to this dynamic city.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Astana will be the first international luxury property among hotels in the Kazakh capital, bringing its unique benchmark service culture, with luxurious accommodations and experiences to the city.  Located in the mixed use Talan Towers project, the hotel will occupy 20 floors of the 27 storey development designed by SOM architects from New York.  With 157 lavish guest rooms and suites, the hotel will also offer Ritz-Carlton Club Level accommodation with exclusive access to a Club Lounge. Restaurants and bars at the property will include a Sky Bar with panoramic city views as well as a restaurant, Cigar Bar and private fine dining areas. Business and meeting facilities at the hotel comprise of a 990 square metre Ballroom, designed for social events as well as conferences, smaller breakout rooms and board rooms.  A Spa and Fitness Centre are planned including an indoor swimming pool.

Erlan Ospanov, General Director of Verny Capital commented “The signing of this agreement is an important step for us. We have a longtime partnership with The Ritz-Carlton and this will be our third property adding to The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna and The Ritz Carlton, Moscow - the stars of our real estate portfolio. Our Group has approximately US$4 billion of capital under management. Talan Towers is also set to become a new treasure in our real estate collection.”

The Talan Towers project, strategically located in the heart of the Left Bank also encompasses retail space, offices and luxury apartments.

Astana, located at the heart of Kazakhstan, became the Republic’s capital in 1997, after the capital city was moved from Almaty, the site of the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Kazakhstan.  Astana is a developing city with many spectacular urban design projects underway within an ambitious master plan. Included are public buildings, educational establishments, sports and tourism projects as well as a state-of-the-art transportation system. The city will host Expo 2017 and construction has begun for the exhibition site for this international event which will attract participants from over 100 countries.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
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 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).

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06/04/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Announces First Resort on Legendary Island of Langkawi, Malaysia

The-Ritz-Carlton-Langkawi-2.pngHong Kong, China, June 4, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. will double its presence in Malaysia with a new agreement with AJ Resorts SDN BHD to open an oceanfront  Ritz-Carlton resort on the tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia in 2015.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, fringed by lush tropical rainforests, enjoys its own private cove and beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea on the island’s south west corner. Known as the Legendary Island and Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi has long been famed for its dive sites, beaches and relaxed local culture, offering a rich trove of memories for travelers.

Dato Wira Onn Bin, Executive Chairman of AJ Resorts SDN BHD said: “Partnering with The Ritz-Carlton will further elevate Langkawi as a world class destination for the international luxury traveler.”

“Langkawi is one of the great escapes of Asia with its exceptional experiences on land and sea for the well-travelled guest looking for something authentic and unspoilt,” said Victor Clavell, Vice President, Asia Pacific. “The ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi will bring the best of the local lifestyle and culture blending it in with our renowned service to create exceptional and memorable experiences.”

The Ritz-Carlton LangkawiThe 132-room luxury resort, including 42 villas, sensitively blends in with its surroundings with design elements that reflect the traditional kampong village with interiors by Strickland and Burega Farnell.

The property offers a serene escape among the curated tropical gardens. The resort also offers a family-friendly escape with three swimming pools, including one specially created for children, and a specially-designed Ritz-Kids Club. The resort also serves as a base from which to explore curated authentic local experiences such as Pulau Payar marine national park.

Restaurants reflect the diversity of Asia including Malay, Chinese, Thai and Indian, mirroring the depth of Malaysian culture that can be found in Langkawi. Completing the dining experience are a French fine dining venue and an international beach grill.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa will offer signature treatments and rejuvenating experiences, including a hammam that will mark Langkawi as a new spa destination.  The spa resort experience will be fully worthy of jet setting spa devotees seeking cultural life experiences that transcend wellness.

The resort also offers three dedicated event venues for small to medium sized events, including destination weddings and banquets seeking a venue in an idyllic natural paradise.

Discover more upcoming destinations by visiting www.ritzcarlton.com/locations.

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, 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).

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05/07/2014

Marriott Hotels Puts the World in Your Hands – Expands Mobile Check-in and Checkout for Marriott Rewards Members to Nearly 500 Hotels

CheckIn_CHFor today’s global traveler, their smartphone is what links them to their world. To put even more power in the hands of travelers, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has expanded mobile check-in and checkout globally for Marriott Rewards members to nearly 500 hotels. This means Marriott Rewards guests from London to Dubai to Shanghai to Mexico City to New York can simply check-in and checkout using the wildly popular Marriott Mobile app on their smartphone. First introduced last year at its hotels in the United States and Canada, Marriott Hotels mobile check-in and checkout is now available in every continent where its nearly 500 properties are located.* 

With the Marriott Mobile app, check-in and checkout is simple to use. Marriott Rewards members receive a push notification on their Apple iPhones or Android devices after 4 pm on the day before their arrival alerting them they can check-in. Then they receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. Because payment information is stored within members profiles, guests simply walk up to the expedited mobile check-in desk where their pre-programmed key card will be waiting for them.

CheckOut_ESAt the end of their stays, guests receive a push notification alerting them mobile checkout is available. Upon completion, guests will then be prompted to provide an email address where their bill will be sent, allowing them to bypass the front desk.

“When we first began testing mobility, we went straight to the experts, our guests, who told us they wanted the power to check-in and checkout on their smartphones,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Among Millennials, nine out of ten who tried mobile check-in and checkout for the first time gave it high marks and said they would use it again for their next stay.”

The Marriott Mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and by going to:  http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi. These sites also enable easy enrollment in the Marriott Rewards and travelers can learn more about mobility at Marriott Hotels at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/.

The Marriott Hotels mobile innovation does not stop at check-in and checkout. For a glimpse into the future, 15 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. are among the first in the industry enabling guests to text service requests, such as additional towels and pillows and valet service, and chat with the hotel’s hosts in real time.  Marriott Hotels is on a journey of transformation to make travel brilliant. Other innovations include the fully re-designed Greatroom lobby that features an open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves. Stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming, the Greatroom lobby offers all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from free Wi-Fi to electrical power points. Additionally, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott Hotels has introduced new concepts for the mobile worker including Meetings Imagined, the Meeting Services App (Red Coat Direct) and Workspace on Demand.

*Regulations in Armenia, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey allow for mobile check-in but require guests to checkout with the front desk. Mobile check-in and checkout is not available in Japan.

About Marriott Hotels
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 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, 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).

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04/29/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo Opens in Korea's New Technology Hub

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul PangyoThe brand new 282-room Courtyard hotel is a new introduction in Korea’s Gyeonggi province located in the heart of Pangyo Techno Valley, an emerging IT hub in suburban Seoul.

Seongnam, Korea, April 29, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. today announces the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo. Located in the heart of the Pangyo Techno Valley, a rising information technology cluster in Seongnam city, the 282-room hotel is just a three minute walk away from the Pangyo subway station which gives direct access to Seoul Gangnam in just 16 minutes with easy access to all southern Gyeonggi areas. Download image.

Commenting on the occasion, Don Cleary, Marriott International’s chief operations officer for Asia Pacific, said: “we are delighted to be opening this Courtyard hotel as the first Marriott branded property in Korea’s Gyeonggi province and are proud to be the first hotel to be built in this emerging IT business hub. In Mirae Asset 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.”

Paul Cannings, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo’s general manger also commented, “It is very exciting to introduce Marriott International’s vision for smart business travel which combine innovative technology with contemporary design and comfort through this new Courtyard property in this developing city and with our optimum location, we hope to build a strong presence in the area targeting business travellers and local residents.”

For the discerning frequent business travellers, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo implements a 100% smoke-free policy throughout the hotel and offers three thoughtfully designed room types ranging in size from 26 to 42 square meters, all equipped with a 40” flat screen smart TV, comfortable work desk and ergonomic chair and high-speed Internet access to help guests stay more productive. Also, an Executive Lounge is located on the top 19th floor for executive floor guests offering complimentary daily breakfast, evening happy hour service with canapés, complimentary coffee and tea and free meeting room usage benefits.

The complex is a 19-story building, with the hotel occupying the 8th floor and above with offices, retail shops, restaurants and coffee houses situated in floors below. The hotel is efficiently designed to satisfy the convenience of guests through its “one stop” layout with the lobby, restaurant and bar and meeting rooms located on the 8th floor. Guests and locals can experience the healthy, international flavors that all-day-dining restaurant MoMo Café showcases in the vibrant open kitchen and live cooking stations. The adjoining MoMo Bar serves a selection of snacks, beverages and spirits with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Pangyo Techno Valley. Moreover, seven multi-functional meeting rooms are ideal for a business meeting or social purposes with a dedicated Event Manager to coordinate the event from start to finish.

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo is the 7th Marriott International property and 2nd Courtyard branded hotel to open in Korea. Being the first business hotel in the Pangyo Techno Valley, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo will support the area’s development as an IT hot spot as well as strongly settling the property’s presence in the southern Gyeonggi region for both business travellers and locals.

Marking the hotel’s grand opening, the “Stay 3 Nights and Save 33%” offer is valid now through May 31, 2014. Bookings can be made through Marriott.com.

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 Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo directly at +82 31-8060-2222, 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.

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04/28/2014

Marriott Hotels Expands Brand in China

Lobby2New Jixian Marriott Hotel Pitches-in on Sustainable Tourism.

Tianjin, China, April 27 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today celebrated the opening of its 282-room Jixian Marriott Hotel, taking the total number of properties under its iconic Marriott Hotels brand in China to 16. Under a long-term management agreement with Saint Light Investment Group, the hotel is a pioneer in Greater China for embracing sustainable tourism. Download images.     

ChineserestaurantThe hotel is located in Jixian which is in the northern part of Tianjin and also close to Beijing. With its proximity to a variety of leisure travel attractions including the Pan Mountain, Great Wall, golf courses, ski parks and natural parks, Jixian Marriott Hotel is an ideal choice for incentive conferences, meetings and exhibitions, wedding couples and honeymooners. It is also appealing to individual or family guests from nearby areas such as Tianjin, Beijing and Tangshan who want to take a short leisure break away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.     

“Marriott Hotels is Marriott International’s flagship brand and is undergoing a global transformation,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer – Greater China. Marriott Hotels is  bringing innovation and service excellence to every aspect of the travel experience and the Jixian Marriott perfectly embraces the brand’s Travel Brilliantly philosophy.”

“I would like to applaud our owner partner Saint Light Investment Group for its vision of building such an exceptional hotel that puts focuses on low carbon footprint and environmental friendliness. Marriott International is a staunch supporter of sustainable tourism, and we are most pleased to work with partners that share the same philosophy,” Lee added.

Guest_roomJixian Marriott Hotel offers 282 spacious guestrooms, inclusive of 8 suites and 8 villas, that are equipped with luxurious furnishing, state-of-the-art amenities and picturesque views of Jixian resort area.

The refreshed guest experience begins on arrival with the option of quick and convenient check-in via smartphone. Jixian Marriott Hotel joins some 350 Marriott Hotels globally to offer both digital check-in and check-out, giving guests greater flexibility.

The hotel offers 1,900 square meters of meeting space that consist of one grand ballroom, one junior ballroom and eight function rooms. They are complemented with the state-of-the-art meeting facilities and technologies.

Guests can enjoy distinct food and beverage experiences within the hotel. Man Ho offers classic, authentic Cantonese cuisine in a stylish, contemporary Asian design envelope and is considered excellent, regionally relevant and accepted by the local community. Also dubbed as “The Great Room”, The Lounge has a feature bar that transitions from a coffee and pastry focus in the day to alcoholic beverages and snacks in the evening.

Other recreational amenities of the hotel include fitness center, swimming pool, Spa with hot spring pools.

Jixian Marriott Hotel is arguably the first "low carbon emission hotel" in China that engages its guests to support sustainable tourism with a carbon footprint recording system.  This system reports the CO2 emission of its guests’ activities in the hotel, including their actual energy consumption. A personal carbon emission statement will be provided to guests when they check out. The hotel has been awarded the three-star certificate of green building design by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China.

For more information or reservations, please call Jixian Marriott Hotel (86.22.29179999)

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.

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.

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