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01/23/2015

Autograph Collection Says 'Welkom' to Hotel van Oranje

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph Collection 2Dutch Coast Seaside Property Joins Global Portfolio of Independent Hotels

Media London, January 23, 2015: Autograph Collection has added a new Netherlands-based hotel to its portfolio: Hotel van Oranje in Noordwijk. The hotel complements Autograph Collection’s continually growing portfolio of upscale and independent hotels as the collection expands across Europe and beyond. 

As the first hotel in the Benelux to form a partnership with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, Hotel van Oranje enjoys a prime location on the Dutch coast. Situated just steps from Amsterdam’s beaches and the lively Noordwijk shopping boulevard, Hotel van Oranje has been recently refurbished with newly modernised rooms. The five restaurants, three bars and an onsite beach club have al fresco terraces looking out to sea across the promenade.

Hotel van Oranje’s General Director Jaap Liethof noted, "We’re delighted that our membership with Autograph Collection Hotels allows us to expand our international visibility and recognises the fact that we enjoy a high-class reputation worldwide."

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph Collection 1Spanning over five storeys, 174 guestrooms including six suites are dressed with Dutch furniture, colourful textiles and quirky design features. In-room amenities include complimentary wireless Internet and mini-bars, with a number of guestrooms offering views out to sea through panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.

With a strong focus on wellbeing, the hotel offers 1500m2 of dedicated wellness facilities, including an expansive tropical wave pool, sauna facilities and a state-of-the-art beauty centre. For those looking to combine activities with wellness, there are a variety of outdoor options within easy access of the hotel, such as kite surfing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, golf and Vespa rentals.

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph CollectionFive hotel restaurants give guests the opportunity to vary their dining, from traditional fare at Restaurant DUTCH! to seafood specials at the Grand Café ‘t Elfde Gebod and the Steakhouse De Harmonie, which boasts the best spareribs in town. In-house bars include Imperial Bar and The Bentley Bar, with a cosy fireplace and a sunlit terrace fronting the boulevard. Conveniently situated by the indoor pool, the Sports bar gives parents the chance to enjoy live football and tennis while watching over their children. For the ultimate Dutch seaside experience, Beachclub O invites guests to recline with a cocktail and watch kite surfers take to the waves.

Hotel van Oranje is also well suited to business travellers, taking the title for the biggest conference centre on the Dutch coast with just under 3000m2 of dedicated meeting spaces and 39 multifunctional conference rooms. Hotel van Oranje partakes in Marriott Rewards, an award winning programme with over 45 million members worldwide.

Autograph Collection features passionately independent hotels that fall under distinct categories of travel experience including Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration, or Sporting Adventure. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer guests a range of unique and unexpected experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. This unique global portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning process to select only the most exceptional hotels and enriching travel experiences.

Other Autograph Collection hotels include the prestigious St. Ermin's Hotel in London, Powerscourt hotel near Dublin, Boscolo hotels in Rome, Milan and Budapest, Prince Sakura Tower in Tokyo and the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit www.autographhotels.com

For further information on Hotel van Oranje, visit www.hotelvanoranje.nl

 

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:     www.twitter.com/Autograph
Tumblr:     http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Contacts:
Verona Carter           
786 470 3434  ǀ  U.S.                                    
Verona.Carter@Marriott.com                   

Sophie Coughlan
44 20 7017 1808
Marriott@contagiousagency.com

 

 

01/21/2015

Autograph Collection Expands to Hawaii with Addition of Iconic Beach Resort on Kohala Coast

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Fire PitMauna Kea Beach Hotel To Join Discerning Collection Of Independent Hotels; Celebrates 50th Anniversary

 Bethesda, Md.,  January 21, 2015 – A landmark of luxury on Hawaii Island, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, joins the exclusive portfolio of Autograph Collection hotels as the group’s first Hawaiian property and the 75th in its global portfolio.  Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was founded by venture capitalist and passionate conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller as the first resort built on the raw and stunning Kohala Coast, and the hotel still boasts an extensive collection of Asian and Pacific Rim art today.

The striking mid-century modern style that earned the resort a place in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) top 150 “America’s Favorite Architecture” list is newly refreshed throughout, returning all 252 guest rooms and suites in two buildings to original condition.  Designed to blend into the natural environment, the resort boasts corridor-less floors that appear to float over an ocean-facing atrium, complete with suspended airways rising throughout, with each guest room overlooking the natural white sand of Kauna‘oa Beach – rated the best beach in the Hawaiian Islands by top travel authorities.

With a timeless tradition of aloha, the beachfront Mauna Kea Beach Hotel welcomes guests to be inspired by the past, embraced by the moment, enchanted by warm tropical days and exciting possibilities ahead.

The addition of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to Autograph Collection furthers Marriott International’s dedication to growing its lifestyle portfolio and partnering with some of the world’s most unique properties. The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

Accommodations
Mauna-Kea-Beach-Hotel-Room-BeachfrontBelieving that less is indeed more, everywhere possible three rooms have been re-mastered to become two, allowing each of the 252 newly refreshed guest rooms to feature a spacious floor plan. Today nearly one-third of the guestrooms feature a full-length bath inclusive of spacious ante-room with separate vanity areas fronting the personal spa. Inside, the soaking tub and rain-shower are bathed in natural light.

The new, contemporary furnishings boast crisp, clean lines, cloud white and bold sunset colors, along with the unchanged wow of wonderful views from the wide lānai, all supported by hi-tech bells and whistles such as large flat screen TVs, media hubs, bedside iPod dock with clock radios, updated bedding, and L'Occitane amenities, to produce a luxury guestroom experience that is both ultra-high quality and ultimately comfortable.

Dining
With a delicious mix of steadfast tradition and new attitude, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel restaurants are designed with a creative combination of cultured international cuisine and fresh, local Kohala Coast ingredients prepared with "lokomaika‘i" (sharing with kindness from within).

Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar: This ocean view, open-air restaurant features a lavish breakfast buffet or a la carte selections. Sunday Brunch is a cherished island tradition with spectacular choices and a relaxing setting. In the evening the exhibition kitchen showcases Kohala Regional Cuisine. A state-of-the-art Enomatic wine system dispenses 48 wines by the glass. Nightly music by Karl Kasberg on keyboard and Manta Ray viewing in the ocean waters just below adds to the dining experience.

Hau Tree: Quench your thirst beachside with a tropical drink, refreshing smoothie, Froth or signature Mauna Kea “Fredrico” cocktail. Traditional favorites include Caesar salad, freshly made sandwiches and burgers straight from the grill.

Number 3: Thirsty golfers seeking a mid-round oasis or anyone hungry for a satisfying lunch will love the tasty menu of our golf clubhouse restaurant "Number 3.” Enjoy grass-fed burgers or a classic Crab Louis in a relaxed, casual atmosphere along with cold beer on tap, signature Mauna Kea cocktails or frosty fruit smoothies.

Kauna`oa Bar & Grill: Good food, good drink, nightly entertainment and unparalleled views of the bay make this the perfect destination for a fun, casual evening with friends and family.

Mauna Kea Lu`au: Celebrate a traditional Hawaiian Lu’au with music, dance, legendary elegance and style. Hawaiian dishes include Waipio Valley Poi, Poke, Lomi Lomi Salmon and Pipikaula (smoked beef).

Clambake at the beach: A Saturday night tradition, our Clambake features Hawaii Island’s finest seafood buffet outdoors, under the stars.

Programming
Mauna Kea curators had nearly a half-century head start on what has since become The Pacific Century. Imagine their findings back then as they combed Asia and Oceania for art.By design, Mauna Kea is far more gracious, more open beach house than museum. The collection of better than 1,600 pieces roams freely – a surprise around the corner, a what's that at the end of the hall or a Hawaiian quilt of a thousand meticulous stitches mounted just outside your door. It does a soul good to stroll among the genuine.Art tours are offered weekly to inform guests and locals of the resort’s renowned collection and the resort’s “Artist in Residence” program furthers the commitment by attracting local artists to the property each week to activate and share tips with guests.

For children, Mauna Kea Resort offers Hawaiian cultural activities six days per week. Activities include hula lessons, lei making, ukulele lessons and more. One hour per day is dedicated as “keiki hour” for children and includes conch shell blowing, tide pool exploration and lauhala bracelet weaving. A full or half-day children’s program is available upon request and by advanced reservation.

Events
With 252 updated guestrooms and unique meeting spaces for executive retreats to the Big Island or an energetic incentive group vacation, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers even the busiest of meeting planners a little beach time. From traditional to exotic, Mauna Kea Resort offers twelve different spaces for meetings from intimate indoor conference rooms to idyllic outdoor locations such as mature tropical gardens and a canopy of trees create natural outdoor theaters, which are enriched by soft trade winds and golden sunsets. In addition, three of the dining options feature amazing ocean views alongside Hawaii-inspired cuisine with international flair.

Golf
Since 1964, the award-winning Mauna Kea Golf Course has led the way in standards of course beauty and design, solidifying its place in Hawaii's history as one of the most scenic and favored golf courses for its signature par-2-over-the-ocean third hole. Avid golfers and guests of Mauna Kea Resort continue to enjoy this Robert Trent Jones, Sr.'s golf course and its recent restoration and beautification by Rees Jones. Guests can take advantage of the golf course's superior amenities including world-class practice facilities that feature a driving range and putting green with epic views of the Kohala Coast’s rolling waves.

Julius Robinson, Vice President and Global Brand Leader for Autograph Collection, commented: “We are excited to debut such a versatile hotel on the Kohala Coast. The resort’s eclectic design and storied past is complemented by its range of attractive amenities and I’m confident that travelers will enjoy the incredible experience that Autograph Collection has become known for delivering.”

For further information on Autograph Collection, see www.autographhotels.com

 For further information on Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, see http://timelessmaunakee.com

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Autograph 
Tumblr: http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/ 
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Contacts:
Verona Carter  
verona.carter@marriott.com

Lauren Clifford Knudsen 
lauren@jpublicrelations.com

 

01/08/2015

Autograph Collection Showcases Architectural Splendour With Launch of New Historical Hotel in the Heart of Barcelona

Hotel Cotton House BarcelonaHotel Cotton House Barcelona scheduled to open February 23, 2015 joining Autograph Collection’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels

London, U.K., January 8, 2015: Autograph Collection - Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for celebrating individuality - is set to welcome a new historical, boutique property to its Collection. Hotel Cotton House Barcelona, located in a prime position on Barcelona's Gran Vía, is housed in an iconic 19th century building - formerly the headquarters of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers. Download images.

Cotton House BarcelonaSince its construction in the late 1800s, the 'House of Cotton' has been a significant Barcelona landmark; after an extensive restoration and refurbishment, the building has become a sophisticated hotel embodying the essence of this historic building. Guests will love the experience of staying in an authentic residence in the heart of the Ensanche district, an icon of 19th-century Catalan bourgeoisie and the perfect starting point for exploring the fascinating city of Barcelona. 

Staying true to the hotel’s historical essence, world-renowned designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán was commissioned to design the hotel in a contemporary and sophisticated manner. With 83 luxurious bedrooms including seven spacious suites, the boutique hotel welcomes guests through a beautiful covered hall of mirrors, leading them into the magnificent octagonal hall with two sweeping staircases.

The former public areas of the building, open to all guests, now house an elegant library, a restaurant and cocktail bar, a light-filled conservatory and a 300 m2 terrace with lush vegetation. A striking rooftop pool occupies the sixth floor.

Guests to Hotel Cotton House Barcelona will benefit from an experienced concierge team who will offer the most exquisite service in the city, combining the personal touch and authenticity of an independent hotel with the confidence of an Autograph Collection experience. The concierge will be based in one of the hotel’s many unique areas, the Gossypium (‘cotton’ in Latin).

John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe, commented: “Barcelona is a hugely popular destination for both leisure and business travellers, and we are really excited to debut such a unique hotel in the heart of Catalonia. The rich heritage of the building is complemented by the exquisite new design, and we have no doubt that travellers will have an incredible experience that Autograph Collection has become known for delivering.”

The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

Room rates start from €200 per night.

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit
www.autographhotels.com
For further information on Cotton House Barcelona, visit www.hotelcottonhouse.com

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:        www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:           www.twitter.com/Autograph
Tumblr:           http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/
Instagram:       www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)
is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 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.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

Contact:
Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com

Sophie Coughlan
Marriott@contagiousagency.com / +44 20 7017 1808

 

12/17/2014

Autograph Collection Announces Exciting Debut in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Park ChaletIntroducing Four Luxury Properties to its Portfolio 

Marriott International’s exclusive collection of independent hotels continues rapid growth in world class destinations 

London, Unitied Kingdom, December 17, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for championing independence, is delighted to announce its entry into Azerbaijan, welcoming two luxurious hotels from the Shahdag Mountain Resort into the collection this December, 2014. Two further hotels located in the enigmatic capital of Baku will join the collection in June, 2015.

Pik Palace Shahdag, Park Chalet Shahdag, Boulevard Hotel Baku and Intourist Hotel Baku epitomise Autograph Collection’s dedication to strikingly independent hotels found in remarkable destinations.

John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe, commented: “We are thrilled to be entering a destination as exciting as Azerbaijan; a destination that has seen outstanding developments to its tourism infrastructure in recent years.” He continued: “Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences for travellers that are nothing less than unique, nothing short of exceptional – which is why Azerbaijan and the four properties are the perfect fit for the brand.”

Welcoming multiple hotels from a destination that’s pioneering an emerging tourism market is symbolic of what Autograph Collection represents: a bold originality and a uniquely innovative approach to the hospitality industry. 

Pik Palace Shahdag (December 2014)
Autograph Collection is proud to introduce the stunning 167-room property, Pik Palace Shahdag. Nestled amid the majestic mountains of the Shahdag Mountain Resort, Pik Palace is just a short drive from Gusar, which has been known since ancient times as one of the important gateways of Azerbaijan - and a historical interlink between Europe, Russia,  the Middle East and Central Asia.

Designed by ReardonSmith Architects and inspired by the magnificent beauty of the mountains, Pik Palace Shahdag offers the ultimate recreational experience complete with panoramic views and exceptional service. Each of the property’s spacious bedrooms and suites features a king-size bed and gorgeous marble bathroom, with an oversized bathtub and walk-in shower. Additionally, each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with a French balcony, taking advantage of the breathtaking backdrop.

Pik Palace hotel’s restaurants, bars and lounges provide a variety of unique settings for an enjoyable dining experience in the mountains, including the Chocolat patisserie and Alpina Brasserie & Wine Bar. Guests looking for ultimate indulgence need look no further than The Club Fitness & Spa, which offers a range of aromatherapy treatments and rejuvenating spa rituals.

Park Chalet Shahdag (December, 2014)
Redefining the mountain retreat, Park Chalet Shahdag brings to Autograph Collection the first Alpine-style luxury property in the Shahdag Mountain Resort. The 164-room hotel is located 230 kilometers north from Baku, the elegant capital city of Azerbaijan.

Park Chalet is modeled on European Alpine architecture, with additional stylistic influences from Aspen ski lodge developments in the USA. The hotel offers beautifully appointed country-style guest rooms and suites, featuring washed oak paneling and the perfect mix of rustic yet luxurious furnishings.

Being one of Shahdag Mountain Resort’s premier gourmet destinations, Park Chalet serves up delectable menus at Aspen Grill – the striking rooftop restaurant & lounge bar - along with warming hot beverages at the Mocca Café. The steam rooms and sauna are perfectly poised for guests to unwind in, after soaking up the beautiful mountain vistas.

Boulevard Hotel Baku (June, 2015) 
Named after the eponymous seafront walking promenade and set right at the Baku Bay towards the east of the city center, Boulevard Hotel offers 818 charming rooms.

Located in the heart of Baku White City district, along one of the main routes connecting the city centre with Heydar Aliyev International Airport, this hotel is set to provide fantastic conference facilities, with the largest space on offer in Azerbaijan.

Boulevard Hotel features three restaurants, an executive lounge, and a magnificent 1,300 square metre ballroom – which provides natural daylight and unobstructed views over the Caspian Sea. The conference centre features six multi-functional meeting rooms all equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Boulevard Hotel’s wellness centre and gymnasium will ensure that guest can relax after a stimulating conference.

Intourist Hotel Baku (June, 2015)
Located in the heart of Baku city and overlooking the waterfront boulevard, known as the National Park, this boutique hotel offers 150 alluring guest rooms and suites. With close proximity to major attractions, the hotel offers superb connections throughout the city.

Intourist Hotel Baku revives an 80-year-old legacy, while bringing in the best of modern hospitality experience with its elegant rooms and suites and unique dining facilities.

The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences. 

Information on the most recent additions and their signature experiences is showcased on Autograph Collection’s website, please visit
www.autographhotels.com  

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees. 

About Absheron Hotel Group:
ABSHERON Hotel Group is a young hotel management and development company in Azerbaijan; through establishing a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts, it aims to become a strategic hospitality industry player with a medium-term aspiration of taking a leading position in the national and regional markets.

The foundation of ABSHERON Hotel Group has been inspired by a remarkable development of tourism infrastructure in the Republic of Azerbaijan in the recent years and reflects the long-term vision of the economic and social development of the country. The hotel portfolio will stretch across various hotel categories from mid-scale life-style to luxury hotels and other hospitality entities both in and outside of Baku.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit: 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection 
Twitter:     www.twitter.com/Autograph 
Tumblr:      http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/ 
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 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.

Note: The numbers of hotels that Marriott International, Inc. expects to add to the Autograph Collection in the future are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, competitive conditions in the lodging industry, relationships with hotel owners and franchisees, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International, Inc. discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could cause actual additions to differ materially from that expressed in or implied by our statements. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

Connect with verona.carter@marriott.com

12/16/2014

Autograph Collection to Add Stunning New Dubai Property to its Collection

Autograph Collection Expands to the Middle East  AfricaMarriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels continues growth in world class destinations, makings its entry into the Middle East and Africa continent

 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – December 16, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) has just signed up Dubai’s luxurious Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa to its Autograph Collection. This represents the debut of the exclusive portfolio of the one-of-a-kind-hotels in the Middle East and Africa.

 

“We are delighted to announce the exciting entry of the Autograph Collection portfolio into our continent, through the beautiful city of Dubai,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Middle East and Africa.  “Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences that are centered in rich personality and the spirit of independence. We feel that essence is fully represented in Dubai, which with its courageous inventiveness, makes it a perfect fit for the collection.”

 

Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been thoughtfully selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is a unique array of properties that is nothing less than completely unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. 

 

When it joins the Autograph collection in early 2015, the 446-room Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa will represent the first Autograph Collection hotel to open in the UAE.  Situated on Dubai's World-famous Jumeirah Beach and adjacent to the stunning Dubai Marina, the hotel occupies one of Dubai's most enchanting beachside locations.  All rooms either face the sea, which stretches as far as the eye can see, or they face the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens of the property.

 

“We are delighted to team up with a well-known global brand like Marriott International.  The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, our flagship hotel, is located on one of the best beaches in Dubai, situated in a prime location near the Dubai Marina. We look forward to a strong partnership with Marriott International for this stunning property,” said Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group.

 

Designed to champion independence, the Autograph Collection has provided Marriott International with an exciting opportunity to grow, enabling the company to offer management and franchise expertise, as well as the power of its global sales and marketing channels to new owners and franchisees that offer passionately independent hotel experiences. Autograph Collection has also introduced Marriott International to a new customer, the individualist traveler who prefers an independent hotel experience.

 

Launched in January of 2010, the Autograph Collection currently includes over 60 passionately independent hotels in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia, and the Caribbean and Latin America. Upon partnering with Autograph Collection, each hotel is awarded access to Marriott International’s powerful global sales and marketing channels; including the award-winning Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 3,700 hotels in 71 countries. Additionally, each hotel is featured on Marriott.com – the eighth largest retail website in the world. In addition to their placement on Marriott.com, each property is showcased in its own unique way on the Collection’s award winning standalone site, www.autographhotels.com.

 

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection 
Twitter:     www.twitter.com/Autograph
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Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

 

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 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.

 

About Al Habtoor Group
The Al Habtoor Group is a UAE-based conglomerate, Founded by UAE businessman and philanthropist Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor. The Group is active in key sectors of the UAE economy including hotels, automotive, real estate, education and publishing.

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12/04/2014

Meetings Made Easier with Marriott's Global App

MSA-ESAKBethesda, MD – December 4, 2014 – Marriott International is now making global meeting planning easier than ever. An additional 75 hotels have enabled meeting management with Marriott’s Meeting Services App (MSA). Nearly 600 hotels now offer MSA, including select Autograph Collection Hotels, as well as properties in Europe and the Middle East. Properties in the Asia Pacific region are expected to offer MSA in the first quarter of 2015. Currently available in 20 different languages, MSA breaks down language barriers and makes it easy for event planners and hotel event staff to communicate in their native tongues while executing their meetings.

Marriott's Meeting Services App technology allows meeting planners to manage events without leaving their seats. The app lets you make and adjust real-time requests for coffee refills, room temperature changes, and almost anything else you might need without disruptions or delays. Customized for your event's meeting rooms and spaces, the app is sent to you by the host hotel three days before your event begins and is available for use on all web-enabled devices.

Meeting Services App is part of a branded suite of apps available at nearly 600 properties in four brands, including Marriott Hotels (Red Coat Direct), JW Marriott Hotels (JW Event Concierge), Renaissance Hotels (R.E.N. Meetings Expert) and select Autograph Collection hotels (Meeting Services App), and provides meeting planners with a familiar platform, yet distinct brand experience. In Q2, 2015 select Courtyard Hotels outside the United States will launch a branded version of MSA.

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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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11/18/2014

The Artisan DC Hotel, Bogota: Colombia’s First Hotel to Join the Autograph Collection

AK BogotaBogota, Colombia, November 18, 2014 - Located in heart of Bogota’s financial district and walking distance to the city's best shopping and dining, the newly built 64-room Artisan DC Hotel is thrilled to announce its official affiliation with the Autograph Collection. The Artisan DC Hotel is the first to become a part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection in Colombia, and the second in Latin America after the Hotel & Spa do Vinho located in the southern wine country of Brazil.  

The Autograph Collection, a portfolio of upscale, independent hotels and resorts, each with a distinctive personality, takes an innovative approach to selecting hotels with distinct personalities that promise guests a unique experience. Hotels in the Autograph Collection can fall into the categories of boutique arts, iconic historic, boutique chic, luxury redefined or retreat.

“We are very excited about The Artisan DC Hotel’s affiliation with the Autograph Collection,” said Juan Carlos Galindo, President of OXO Hotels, operator of the Artisan DC Hotel. “We take pride in providing our guests with the authentic, cultural and unique Bogota experience. Through our partnership with the Autograph Collection, we can offer our guests even more –– including Marriott Rewards points for stays and an affiliation with other similar independent hotels throughout the world.”

“The Artisan DC Hotel a truly unique experience in the heart of Bogota,” said Craig S. Smith, President, and Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. “We are excited to welcome the hotel to the Autograph Collection, which delivers the power of our world-class sales engines while maintaining the property’s unique identity in the center of one of Latin America’s most important cities.”

As part of the Autograph Collection, the hotel will be featured on Marriott.com and affiliated with the award winning Marriott Rewards program, where guests can earn points at more than 4,100 hotels in 79 countries and territories. As a member of the Autograph Collection, The Artisan DC Hotel taps into Marriott’s industry-leading global reservations system, and powerful consumer outreach through its leading technology and sales and marketing platforms which have helped build Marriott into one of the world’s leading hotel operators.

“Having the Artisan DC Hotel join Autograph Collection is a key achievement for the brand and we are delighted to welcome the property into our growing global portfolio,” Said Julius Robinson, Vice President of Autograph Collection Hotels. “Artisan DC Hotel is a leading example of the unique essence of Autograph Collection- Exactly Like Nothing Else.”

The beautifully designed Artisan DC Hotel is the ultimate urban boutique hotel, offering a unique, tailored experience for every guest that walks through the door. The hotel is comprised of two buildings, each one with a distinctive style; one designed with warm and vibrant colors and the other designed with a more serene and calming palette. The entire hotel is rich in textures and eclectic details including exposed brick walls throughout the property.

Under the careful watch of the talented Chef Adam Bustos, the hotel’s featured restaurant, OSAKI, offers a modern Asian inspired menu served up in an impressive “internal” patio dining space. 

To celebrate the opening, the hotel is offering an introductory rate of USD$210 per night. 

Autograph Collection is an ensemble of high-personality and boldly independent hotels, each carefully selected for its distinctiveness, style and synchronicity with your unique travel interests.  Together, the entire Autograph Collection takes the guesswork out of finding exceptional, distinctive non-chain hotels that are original as who you are and provides you with all the rewards and benefits of a world-class loyalty program. More information is available at www.AutographCollectionHotels.com.

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10/21/2014

Autograph Collection Welcomes Atlantis, Paradise Island, Now Bookable on Marriott.com and Accessible to Marriott Rewards Members

Atlantis Paradise IslandBethesda, Md., October 21, 2014 – Atlantis, Paradise Island, the newest Autograph Collection Hotel,  Marriott International’s portfolio of distinctive  independent hotels, is officially available to book through Marriott.com.  Marriott Rewards members may now earn and redeem points while staying at Atlantis, Paradise Island when reservations are made directly on one of the following websites: Marriott.com, Autographhotels.com and MarriottRewards.com.   

Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points for new reservations made beginning October 16, 2014. The Collection’s first - resort in the Bahamas will benefit from Marriott’s global sales and reservations organization in addition to the 45-million member Marriott Rewards loyalty program and Marriott.com, which generates more than $9.6 billion in gross room bookings annually. 

Atlantis, Paradise Island is the largest hotel in the portfolio, built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and natural habitats.  The resort is a unique, ocean-themed destination offering a variety of guest accommodations, 40 restaurants, bars and lounges to satisfy any palate, the largest and most exciting casino in The Bahamas, extensive meeting facilities, and a marina capable of handling yachts of any size. Atlantis, Paradise Island rises magically from the turquoise lagoons and blue Atlantic of The Bahamas, and is known worldwide as a resort destination that has truly redefined entertainment and gaming in the tropics.

“This is a significant milestone for both Marriott International and Autograph Collection” said Tina Edmundson, Global Officer, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International. “We are excited to partner with one of the world’s most iconic resorts to offer our guests a further extended global resort portfolio in which members of the Marriott Rewards loyalty program can benefit.”

“Our partnership with the Autograph Collection is arguably the single most significant tourism stimulus for The Bahamas in this decade.  Our strategic and beneficial partnership will increase visitation of Marriott Rewards members to the country, opening a broader channel for international guests to visit Atlantis,” said George Markantonis, president and managing director of Brookfield Hospitality and Atlantis, Paradise Island.

The addition of Atlantis, Paradise Island is the latest example of Marriott’s strategy to aggressively grow its lifestyle portfolio and inspire many of the world’s premier properties to partner with Autograph Collection.  Across all its brands in 2013, Marriott International opened nearly 26,000 new rooms, signed a record 387 projects with 67,000 rooms, and at year end had more than 195,000 rooms under development across five continents. Fueling this success is Marriott’s extensive portfolio of 18 brands, the broadest in the lodging industry. Nearly 25 percent of the company’s overall development pipeline is in the luxury and lifestyle category, with plans to add more than 200 hotels over the next several years reflecting more than $15 billion of investment by owners and franchisees. 

The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique, ocean-themed destination located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats.  Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.  Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects.  Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. 

The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean.  Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Bobby Flay and Todd English.  The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, casino, and the largest conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit Marriott.com/Atlantis, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit: 

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, 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.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset manager with over $175 billion in assets under management. The company has over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity. It has a range of public and private investment products and services, which leverage its expertise and experience and provide Brookfield with a competitive advantage in the markets where it operates. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the symbol BAM and BAM.A, respectively, and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA. For more information, please visit our website at www.brookfield.com.

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10/01/2014

Autograph Collection to Welcome Eleven New Travel Experiences 'Exactly Like Nothing Else' by Year End

Abassador Hotel CollectionBethesda, Md., Oct. 1, 2014 – The Autograph Collection, an exclusive ensemble of independent hotels, announced today that it expects to add eleven new hotels to its growing portfolio by year-end.  Each of the exciting additions has been thoughtfully selected for its unique individual personality and amenities. The new travel experiences will include the world famous Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Triada Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA), Metropolitan at the 9 Cleveland (OH), four hotels from The Ambassador Collection including locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and four Washington state based hotels who form part of The Davenport Hotel Collection. Download images.

“We are delighted to welcome these extraordinary experiences into our growing portfolio,” said Julius Robinson, vice president of the Autograph Collection. “Being able to partner with hotels who offer travelers an experience that is firmly grounded in the independent essence of Autograph Collection is important to us as we continue to grow around the world.”

Since its initial launch in 2010, the portfolio has proven to be a highly successful due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences. Exactly like nothing else, the inspiration behind Autograph Collection is to create an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent four and five star hotels. The evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences range from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure.

This season, the Autograph Collection proudly welcomes the following experiences to the portfolio:

Atlantis Paradise IslandAtlantis, Paradise Island - Bahamas
Atlantis is a unique, ocean-themed destination offering a variety of guest accommodations; 40 restaurants, bars and lounges to satisfy any palate; the largest and most exciting casino in The Bahamas; extensive meeting facilities; and a marina capable of handling yachts of any size, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Atlantis rises magically from the turquoise lagoons and blue Atlantic of The Bahamas, and is known worldwide as a resort destination that has truly redefined entertainment and gaming in the tropics. Atlantis marks the collection’s first member resort in The Bahamas and will be the largest hotel in the portfolio.

Metropolitan at the 9 Cleveland - Ohio
The former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda have been transformed into The 9’s complex, which now houses the new Metropolitan Hotel and concierge living apartments for local residents. The Metropolitan Hotel is located inside The 9 and features 156 boldly designed rooms and suites. Adega, the hotel’s restaurant features a15-foot wine vault, chef’s table and the largest outdoor dining patio in the city. During the week, The 9’s historic bank vaults are used as unique meeting rooms. Located in the basement of the rotunda, there are four historic bank vaults. Inside the extremely large, circular steel-and-glass doors, there are safety deposit rooms that formally belonged to famous Clevelanders. The historic underground vault space has been transformed into the probation-era cocktail bar, Vault, where locals and guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind cocktail experience. Completely separated from Vault, there is an exclusive speakeasy where travelers can visit by exclusive invitation only. Guests looking for a drink with a view can visit Azure, 150 feet above the street and the largest rooftop bar and sundeck in the city.

Triada Palm Springs - California
Triada Palm Springs is an elegant Spanish hacienda featuring 56 unique guest rooms in the prestigious Movie Colony of Downtown Palm Springs. Offering majestic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, guests will be inspired mind, body and soul. With the meaning, “three interrelated parts” in Spanish, Triada is designed to reflect three distinct wings of the hotel where every corner reveals a new discovery, every pathway becomes an exploration and every detail provides a new source of inspiration.

The Ambassador Collection - Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas
The Ambassador Hotel Collection is known for its extensive restoration of historic buildings to their original grandeur while at the same time creating upscale luxury boutique hotel experiences. This season, four Ambassador Collection hotels will join the collection — in Kansas City, Mo., Wichita, Kan., Tulsa, Okla and Oklahoma City, Okla. Each of the acclaimed hotels represents a balance of historic splendor and modern comfort. The Ambassador Hotel Collection appeals to discerning travelers who seek the very best in contemporary sophistication, refined hospitality and a splash of historic elegance.

The Davenport Hotel Collection – Washington State
The Davenport Hotel Collection includes the landmark Davenport Hotel which features architecture and history dating back to 1914, and a reputation as the region’s grandest hotel. The nearby Davenport Tower Hotel and Hotel Lusso help round out the new additions to the portfolio, representing an elegant union of new and historic hotels located right in the heart of downtown Spokane, Washington. With a fourth location set to open in 2015 the Grand Hotel Spokane, located and connected to the Spokane Convention Center, the Davenport Hotel Collection represents a broad spectrum of hotel experiences ranging from classic to contemporary, historic to modern.

To book a stay at the above hotels please visit Autograph Collection’s award winning website, www.autographhotels.com

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

NOTE: The statements about the future addition of hotels to Autograph Collection are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q/A; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 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.

NOTE: The statements about the future addition of hotels to Autograph Collection are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q/A; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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The Autograph Collection Names Julius Robinson Vice President

Julius-RobinsonBethesda, Md., Oct. 1, 2014  Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the appointment of Julius Robinson to vice president for the Autograph Collection, the company’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels. In his role, Julius’s leadership will drive, define and execute global strategy for Autograph Collection. He will also play an integral role in the future development and global growth of the portfolio around the world. Download images.

Exactly like nothing else, the vision behind Autograph Collection was to create an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent four and five star hotels. Each hotel experience is hand selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. The more than 60 passionately independent hotels are filtered through the lens of five distinct categories of travel experiences including: Boutique Arts, Iconic Historic, Boutique Chic, Luxury Redefined, and Retreat.

Julius comes to Autograph Collection as a seasoned hotelier with vast knowledge of revenue management, sales, business development and operations.  He brings more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry and will serve as an advocate for the independent hotel owner and manager within the company’s luxury and lifestyle brand division.  Most recently, Julius served as vice president of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, a position which he held for over three years. In addition to his leadership in the company’s brand organization, he has held senior executive roles in global sales and operations.

“Julius’s experience will be a key asset to championing the independent spirit of Autograph Collection and his skill set will be instrumental in the continued growth and success of the portfolio,” said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer for luxury and lifestyle brands for Marriott International.

Autograph Collection is part the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 distinct brands. Launched in January of 2010 as a unique business venture, the Collection currently includes more than 60 extraordinary hotel experiences in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. Due to strong interest from the owner/franchisee community, further expansion is planned for the Middle East/Africa and Central America. It is expected that Autograph Collection will reach 70 hotels by the end of this year and is widely regarded as one of the most successful brand launches in the history of the lodging industry in terms of growth.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/Autograph
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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 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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