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08/27/2015

Virtuoso® Honors The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto With A 2015 ‘Best Of The Best’ Hotel Award

The-Ritz-Carlton-Kyoto-2The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Recognized for Excellence Best Achievement in Design

Chevy Chase, Md., August 27, 2015 – International luxury travel network Virtuoso® recently announced the winners of its prestigious 2015 Best of the Best hotel awards at its 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference, where The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto was recognized for the Best Achievement in Design. Drawing from some of the most well-known names in the industry, the Best of the Best awards recognize the industry’s top properties and hoteliers. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 1,500 attendees during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

 With an impressive portfolio of nearly 1,100 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in more than 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is the industry’s most influential program of its kind. Founded in 1992, the program broke new ground in luxury travel, and today offers more five-star properties than any other.

“Virtuoso has been hand-selecting the world’s finest properties for its famed Hotels & Resorts program for more than two decades, so deciding which ones represent the Best of the Best is challenging each year,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso. “The Best of the Best winners exemplify the highest standard of hospitality excellence in their given category and it’s a pleasure to celebrate The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto for the Best Achievement in Design.”

Virtuoso’s travel advisors voted to determine the Best of the Best winners for each category from a slate of nominees in 10 categories. Those ranged from best achievement in design and best family program, to sustainable tourism leadership and hotel and hotelier of the year. The nominees, announced in June of this year, were also initially suggested by Virtuoso’s expert advisors. The field was narrowed to the final nominees with research from the editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine. As a Best of the Best award recipient, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto will be featured in VIRTUOSO LIFE’s September/October 2015 issue.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 90 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. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.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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08/03/2015

Marriott Transforms Mobile App Development

CIO Magazine Honors Marriott with 2015 CIO 100 Award

Cio100_honoree_2015Bethesda, Md., August 3, 2015 – International Data Group’s (IDG) CIO magazine has announced that Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) is a recipient of the 2015 CIO 100 Award. The 28th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

Marriott is being honored for its Application Programming Interface (API) Platform, a new, centralized way in which the company collects and distributes data, and delivers its applications. Launched in 2014, the Platform provides a core application infrastructure, application development tools, and an evolving catalog of APIs, which enable Marriott to make strategic, efficient, and cost-effective business decisions. The Platform has also reduced mobile release delivery times from four-to-six months to four-to-six weeks. Most importantly, through the Platform, Marriott is able to execute game-changing mobile releases that provide a seamless, technology-driven guest experience.

Leveraging the API platform, Marriott was able to release an application enabling Marriott Rewards members to check-in and checkout, receive room ready alerts, review their reservations, and receive directions to the hotel on their Apple Watch. Marriott also just introduced Mobile Requests, which enables guests to request services and amenities from their mobile devices before, during and after their stays at select Marriott Hotels. Further, Marriott has recorded more than 2.7 million mobile check-ins to date, an industry first and testament to the company’s commitment to pushing the innovation envelope.

“Marriott continues to transform its mobile and digital technology to seamlessly serve and connect with guests throughout their travel journey,” said Bruce Hoffmeister, global chief information officer, Marriott International. “The API Platform has truly revolutionized how we approach mobile applications, how we deliver data, and how we can best deliver consistent and relevant experiences for our guests. We are honored that our efforts have been recognized by CIO magazine.”

"For 28 years now, the CIO 100 Awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, CIO magazine & events. "Our 2015 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage." 

About the CIO 100

The recipients of this year's CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and selected the final 100.

Complete coverage of the 2015 CIO 100 Awards are available online at CIO.com and in the August issue of CIO magazine.

About Marriott International, Inc.  Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. To make reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

 

Contact:  Emily Amesquita at Emily.Amesquita@marriott.com

07/30/2015

Marriott Named to 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame by 24/7 Wall Street

BellhopBethesda, MD, July 30, 2015 – 24/7 Wall Street, a financial news and opinion company, has selected Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) for its “2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame” for the company’s strong core value of “putting people first” and focus on employee satisfaction, which it says  leads to exceptional customer service.

24/7 Wall Street commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct an online national survey in which more than 1,500 randomly chosen respondents rated customer service at 151 of America’s best-known companies in 15 industries. Ten companies were listed in the 24/7 Wall Street’s Customer Service Hall of Fame.  

Marriott was named fourth this year with 39.9% of respondents rating customer service as excellent.  Marriott’s commitment to delivering memorable experiences and excellent service are at the heart of our company. Check out more great stories of excellence at Heart of the House.         

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contact: Angela Wiggins at angela.wiggins@marriott.com

07/21/2015

Marriott International's Luxury Brands Lead In J.D. Power Rankings

 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Named #1 For Seventh Year – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Moves Up 23-Points To Take Third

 

Marriott’s Award winning Luxury Hotels Continue to be the Destinations of Choice for the Discerning and Next Generation Traveler

 

Bethesda, MD, July 21, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MAR) luxury brands, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, were once again recognized by travelers for high guest satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has been named the #1 luxury brand for the seventh year and currently has the highest ranking achieved to-date by any luxury brand. JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts moved-up 23 points in the ranking and was awarded third place well ahead of other notable luxury brands. Just recently, the JW Marriott brand celebrated its first resort in Europe, the 250-room JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Venice, Italy on the private island of Isola delle Rosa.

 

“We are thrilled that our luxury brands are setting the standard for discerning travelers around the world. Our guest experience is crucial to our continued success and leadership position,” says Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management, Marriott International. “To receive such prestigious recognition is a testament to the hard work and genuine care and dedication of our associates around the world. We are extremely proud of them all.”

 

                                            

The J.D. Power study, now in its 17th year, measures overall hotel guest satisfaction across seven hotel segments including luxury, upper upscale, upscale, upper midscale, midscale, economy/budget and extended stay. It looks closely at guest engagement and satisfaction over seven guest touch points, including the reservation process, check-in/check-out efficiency, guest-room accommodations, food and beverage, costs/fees, hotel services and facilities. The report found that when hotel staff anticipates the services desired and prevents problems, guests’ experiences were significantly improved.

 

Marriott International’s luxury portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, EDITION Hotels, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Ritz-Carlton Reserve.With over 170 luxury hotels and resorts in Marriott International’s worldwide portfolio, the company’s award-winning luxury brands are the industry’s leading global portfolio of luxury hotels. Marriott International plans to grow to more than 200 world-class properties by the end of 2016.

 

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., USA, J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings and more, visit www.JDPower.com. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

 

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

 

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

 

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 Pictured top to bottom:  JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Bali, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

 

Connect with Verona.Carter@marriott.com

 

07/20/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Tops The List Of J.D. Power Awards For Travel

Guest satisfaction rating is highest among luxury brands and highest ever in report

 

Chevy Chase, Md – July 20, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC was named the top luxury brand for guest satisfaction in the J. D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. The hotel company has topped its own highest rating from 2013 by an additional 11 points, bringing this year’s total points to 892 out of a possible 1000. The Ritz-Carlton has achieved this recognition consistently for the past seven out of nine years, and currently has the highest ranking achieved to date by any luxury brand.

 

“Our guest experience is critical to our success,” says Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer, “and to have such recognition for the hard work of our ladies and gentlemen truly reflect our credo, that The Ritz-Carlton hotels place the genuine care and comfort for each guest as their highest priority, is extremely important to us.”

 

The J.D. Power study looks closely at guest engagement and satisfaction over a total of eight guest touch points, including the reservation process, check-in/check-out efficiency, guest room accommodations, food and beverage, hotel services, facilities, as well as cost and fees. The report found that by anticipation of services and by preventing problems, the guests experience was significantly improved. This comes as no surprise for ladies and gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, who work to provide the finest personal service and facilities for their guests every single day.

 

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 89 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. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

 

Connect with Steven.Holt@ritzcarlton.com

 

 

06/18/2015

Marriott Recognized for Healthy Workplace Environment

Arne Sorenson and associatesBethesda, Md., June 18, 2015 – Marriott International receives recognition for its ongoing commitment to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging associates to live healthier lifestyles.

The National Business Group on Health® named Marriott as a PLATINUM winner of the 2015 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards. As the only award recipient in the hospitality industry, Marriott is recognized for its exemplary workplace well-being initiatives and its efforts to improve employee health, happiness and quality of life.

The American Heart Association awarded Marriott a PLATINUM Fit-Friendly Worksite and a Worksite Innovation award for demonstrating a strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for associates.

“Taking care of our associates has been a vital part of the culture at Marriott since its founding in 1927,” says David Rodriguez, Global Chief Human Resource Officer at Marriott. “We are honored to be recognized for the importance Marriott places on the wellbeing of our associates and helping them to live healthier lives.” 

To help associates take a proactive role in their health, Marriott launched the TakeCare Wellbeing Program in 2010.  Through TakeCare, Marriott offers a breadth of wellbeing programs including stress management, exercising and fitness, nutrition and weight management, smoking cessation, and financial wellbeing. Wellbeing programs are deployed by over 800 wellness champions across the United States.  Marriott has also established a Healthy Hotel Certification program to publicly recognize hotels for creating a healthy work environment for their associates.

“We know that when we engage associates in healthy lifestyle programs, we are making a positive impact in their lives,” says Rodriguez. Read about David’s personal health journey on his blog on LinkedIn.

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

Media Contact:
Angela Wiggins, angela.wiggins@marriott.com, 301.380.7277

06/17/2015

Marriott Voyage Program Receives Top Honors at IMPACT 2015 Conference

Proud to be VoyagerBethesda, Md., June 17, 2015 – Marriott International’s  Voyage Program received the top award at the 2015 WhatWorks® Award Program at Bersin by Deloitte’s annual research conference, IMPACT 2015. Each year, Bersin recognizes organizations that have developed and implemented groundbreaking programs that drive significant business value.  Voyage was recognized as the most innovative program across all categories for its unique approach to attracting, developing, and engaging the next generation of future leaders.

Voyage is Marriott International’s cutting edge 12-18 month global leadership development program designed with the next generation of college graduates in mind.   Voyage offers a foundation of development, resources and support for future leaders of the company across Marriott’s portfolio of brands.

The Voyage program curriculum combines hands-on, discipline-specific training at a Marriott managed hotel with online leadership training accessed through a life-like virtual environment.  Through innovative social collaboration tools, Voyagers have the opportunity to network with their colleagues around the globe and engage with senior Marriott executives through an Executive Leadership Speaker Series.

Voyage enables recent college graduates from around the world to immerse themselves in Marriott’s thriving culture built on the principles of always putting people first and constantly pursuing excellence.

“We are honored that our Voyage program has received this recognition,” said David Traina, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition. “Since the program’s inception in 2013, more than 900 Voyagers have been hired into the organization in 37 countries worldwide. Participant feedback helps us enhance the program each year to meet the evolving needs and expectations of new generations of students from around the globe.”  Voyage presents another example of Marriott’s strong commitment to leverage innovation and technology to meet the changing needs of both future customers and leaders.  

“The Voyage program kick starts the careers of recent university graduates, promising a bright future in hospitality. I am privileged to work in an environment that encourages teamwork and is supportive and inspiring,” says Sushant Dewan, Sales & Marketing Voyager, Pune Chakan.

Over 100 companies competed to be finalists for the 2015 WhatWorks® Award. Marriott was among five top finalists to present at the IMPACT 2015 conference. Bersin by Deloitte analysts, industry leaders and HR professionals chose Marriott’s Voyage Program as the top winner.  Marriott and the other finalists are featured in the print and digital versions of Human Resource Executive magazine’s first June edition.

“Marriott International with its Voyage program prevailed over more than 100 competitors to take the top spot in this year’s program,” said David Mallon, head of Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “With its entry in the category of Acquiring Top Talent, Marriott was recognized for developing a program that creates a highly trained pipeline of entry-level leaders while providing a globally consistent and enriching experience for the company’s next generation of leaders.”

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

Media Contact:
Angela Wiggins, angela.wiggins@marriott.com, 301.380.7277

05/13/2015

Road to Excellence: Marriott International Honors Top Associates

Award of Excellence GalaEight Associates Worldwide Recognized with Company’s Top Honor

Bethesda, Md., May 13, 2015 – Despite 30 feet of snow or hurricane force winds, associates at Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) are always there to take care of their guests and their communities. The company is known for its friendly service, pursuit of excellence and welcoming culture. Last night, Marriott honored eight associates from around the world with its highest honor, the J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence, at a companywide celebration last night.

Established in 1987 to pay tribute to the company's founder, the Award of Excellence is presented annually to Marriott associates nominated by supervisors or peers for outstanding performance and for demonstrating five key traits: achievement, character, dedication, effort and perseverance.

Below are summaries of the 2015 honorees. For full stories, visit Our Stories. Submit your own Marriott story on Heart of the House and join the conversation on social media using #MIExcellence.    

  • Mrs. Amalia Flores, engineering supervisor, can repair just about anything at the Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort in Calif., from a broken thermostat to a static television screen. Amalia has paved the way for five other female housekeepers to pursue careers in engineering.
  • Ms. Amber Herrick, concierge attendant, essentially hosts a dinner party every night in the lounge at the Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria. Since beating cancer in 2002, Amber enjoys mentoring other survivors and their families whom she meets at the hotel.  
  • Mr. Junior Lacayo, senior rooms operations manager, constantly brings new innovative ideas to the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. Junior believes in the little things, such as buying flowers every week so his housekeeping team can treat its guests.
  • Mr. Sergio H. Pozos, learning lead/HR coordinator, trains every new associate at the Courtyard Mexico City Airport, as well as leads the English language courses at the hotel. Sergio makes everyone feel at home with his warm, approachable style and hilarious sense of humor.
  • Mr. Hadid Bait Shamasa, bellman at the Salalah Marriott Resort and a native of Mirbat, Oman, has proved that working at a hotel is something to be proud of to local residents. Hadid is passionate about changing perceptions and has recruited many other Mirbat locals to follow in his footsteps.
  • Mr. Blake Sutcliffe,door attendant, takes care of guests at the Boston Marriott Copley Place no matter extreme snow, rain or heat. In his free time, Blake is a dedicated volunteer whether at a city soup kitchen or on a Habitat for Humanity mission.
  • Ms. Apple Wang,director of guest services, loves sharing her favorite local spots with guests and Ladies and Gentleman at The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China. When not exploring her city, Apple focuses on helping the front office team grow in their careers.
  • Mrs. Hilary Woolvin,breakfast shift leader, often makes early morning stops at the market for special guest requests before heading to work at the Swansea Marriott Hotel in Wales. Hilary’s known for treating guests like family. She once gave a guest one of her husband’s shirts because he had nothing to wear for a special occasion.

“We know our associates across the globe keep Marriott’s deep-rooted culture and core values thriving,” said David Rodriguez, global executive vice president & chief human resources officer of Marriott International. “Our 2015 honorees work hard every day to make our guests feel welcome and we are so proud of everything they have accomplished both inside our hotels and in the communities they serve.”

Marriott also announced JW Marriott Hotel Pune in India as this year’s recipient of the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service. This prestigious award recognizes a Marriott business unit and its team of associates for excellence in corporate citizenship. Also, the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Excellence Award was presented to the Vienna Marriott Hotel in Austria. This award is the highest form of recognition for a business unit, corporate department or individual that demonstrates excellence in promoting diversity and building an environment of inclusion for all.

Additionally, the company recognized Marriott’s Southwest Sales Organization in Irvine, Calif. with The Stephen Garff Marriott Award of Excellence for Culture. This new award honors a business unit or corporate department that embodies the Marriott culture and the company’s five Core Values: Put People First, Pursue Excellence, Act with Integrity, Embrace Change, and Serve Our World.

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

Contact: 
Angela Wiggins
(301) 380-7277
angela.wiggins@marriott.com  

05/05/2015

Marriott Rewards Voted Top Hotel Loyalty Program for 8th Year in a Row

Marriott-Rewards-logoBethesda, Md., May 5, 2015 – Travelers once again say Marriott Rewards is the leading frequent travel program in the travel industry because of its commitment to its most loyal customers. The global loyalty program, which continually evolves to meet the changing needs of its members, is the all-time leading recipient of Freddie Awards and was just named 2015 Hotel Program of the Year in the Americas for the eighth year in a row. The Freddie Awards recognizes excellence in frequent travel programs in the hotel and airline industries and this year the voting page received a record 20.9 million page views during the voting period.

”Receiving a Freddie is one of the highest compliments in the hospitality industry and we are honored to, once again, be awarded the Hotel Program of the Year” said Thom Kozik, vice president, Loyalty at Marriott International. “Our members come first and Marriott Rewards will continually evolve to enhance their travel experience during and beyond the hotel stay.”

The award-winning Marriott Rewards prides itself on offering its members a modern and easy program with exclusive benefits spanning 16 unique hotel brands in Marriott International’s global portfolio. It’s free to join and has no blackout dates, and members can earn points which can be redeemed at more than 3,800 hotels around the world, enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, free Wi-Fi and more. To learn more about Marriott Rewards and to sign up, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at nearly 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.”. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

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

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05/04/2015

Marriott International Wins Brand of the Year at British LGBT Awards

LGBT AwardsLondon, 5 May 2015: Leading hospitality company, Marriott International, is celebratingafter being named Brand of the Year at this year’s prestigious British LGBT Awards. Marriott International, which operates 57 hotels in the UK under brands including Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels and Courtyard, was recognised for its Pride campaign and partnerships.

The annual events’ judges were impressed by Marriott’s long-term commitment to supporting the LGBT community and celebrated the company’s work as an inclusive employer, its pro-active approach to marketing and the way fairness, non-discrimination and equality were embedded across all areas of the business.

The award comes ahead of further activity by the group to support the LGBT community, which includes celebrating and supporting this year’s various Pride events and creating dedicated wedding material for same sex couples.

As part of a high-profile media partnership with Attitude Magazine, Marriott will be creating its very own digital Pride Guide, helping its guests make the most out of their Pride stay, complete with tips and advice for the day and an ultimate style guide.

At the star-studded ceremony in London, Ed Hubennette, Area Vice President for Marriott UK & Ireland collected the publically-voted for prize and said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received this award and it is made even more special by the fact we were selected by the general public

“Diversity and inclusion are at the core of Marriott’s company values and we are committed to providing an environment where all guests and associates feel welcome. Our brands have long been recognised as LGBT-friendly employers and destinations, with our marketing efforts mirroring our policies of fairness, non-discrimination and equal respect.”

To coincide with this year’s Pride season guests staying at Marriott hotels across the UK can take advantage of an exclusive weekend package. 

Further details on the package and all of Marriott’s LGBT activities can be found on the dedicated website Marriott.co.uk/Pride

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

Contact:
Caroline Gibson                                                                                                                                                             0161 831 7141                                                                                                                                   caroline.gibson@bjl.co.uk