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02/19/2015

Marriott Shines as Favorite Hospitality Company on FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies List

AC Hotel New Orleans BourbonBethesda, Md., February 19, 2015 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has been ranked the World's Most Admired Lodging Company by FORTUNE, another step toward its vision to be “the world’s favorite travel company.” Ranking 37 out of the top companies across the globe, Marriott is the highest ranked hospitality company on the list, and the highest ranked company in its headquarters’ region, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  

Marriott ranked #1 in seven of nine key attributes of reputation identified by FORTUNE:  people management; use of corporate assets; social responsibility; quality of management; financial soundness; long-term investment value and global competitiveness.

“Marriott’s recognition as the most admired lodging company is a direct reflection on our associates who demonstrate our core values every day in our hotels around the world," said Carl Berquist, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Marriott International.  “We are honored to be named by our peers for our best-in-class brands, business model, strong leadership team and our corporate citizenship.”

The 2015 list of FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies is available online at www.FORTUNE.com. The complete list will be featured in FORTUNE's March issue, which will be available February 23 on newsstands.  The World’s Most Admired list is compiled on behalf of FORTUNE by the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, through surveying more than 4,100 company executives, directors, and securities analysts.

Marriott’s corporate responsibility practices have also been recognized by Ethisphere Institute, FTSE4Good, The Keystone Center and Climate Counts.  For a list of other awards and recognition, visit http://news.marriott.com/awards-and-recognition.html

METHODOLOGY
The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group started with approximately 1,400 companies: the ­Fortune 1,000—the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue and non-U.S. companies in ­Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more. Hay then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, surveying a total of 668 companies from 29 countries. To create the 55 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with elizabeth.mcglasson@marriott.com

 

02/05/2015

Marriott International Recognized for Outstanding Work-Life Programs

2015 AWLP Seal of DistinctionCompany receives 2015 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress

 

Bethesda, Md, February 5, 2015 WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) announced that Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has earned the Work-Life Seal of Distinction for 2015. The seal is a mark of excellence designed to recognize organizational success in work-life effectiveness. Marriott is one of the 77 organizations to be honored this year. Marriott has received the Seal of Distinction every year since its inception in 2012.

 

“We are honored to be recognized once again by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress for work-life excellence,” said David Rodriguez, executive vice president and global chief human resources officer. “Taking care of our associates is at the heart of Marriott’s core values, and this acknowledgement by AWLP reflects the company’s work-life commitment.”

 

Arne Sorenson TakeCare 5KIn 2014, Marriott launched a TakeCare Healthy Hotel Certification program to publicly identify properties that go above and beyond to create a healthy environment for their associates. Achieving TakeCare Healthy Hotel Certification means the hotel upholds Marriott’s core values of taking care of associates and demonstrates the steps taken to create a healthier place to work.

 

Begun in 2012, the Alliance for Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction assesses the seven categories of work-life effectiveness that comprise a best-in-class work-life portfolio in today's workplace:

 

  • Caring for dependents
  • Health and wellness
  • Workplace flexibility
  • Financial support for economic security
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational cultural

 

“This year's Work-Life Seal of Distinction honorees are an exceptional group of innovative leaders that strive to create a company culture that encourages work-life balance," said Anne Ruddy, president and CEO of WorldatWork and executive director of AWLP.  The recipients represent a variety of industries - including education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals - and hail from 25 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

 

About WorldatWork
WorldatWork (www.worldatwork.org) is a nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on total rewards strategies. Comprehensive total rewards strategies are designed to attract, motivate, engage and retain a productive workforce and optimize the employee experience leading to enhanced organizational results.

Professionals engaged in compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards turn to WorldatWork as their leading professional association. WorldatWork and its affiliates provide comprehensive education, certification, research, advocacy and community, for members and the broader total rewards community. WorldatWork has more than 70,000 members and subscribers worldwide; over 80% of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member.

 

Founded in 1955, WorldatWork is affiliated with more than 70 local human resources associations and has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.

 

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

 

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

 

 

02/02/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. Receives Honors for Forty-Seven Properties in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rankings

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake TahoeChevy Chase, Md., February 2, 2015 – An impressive 47 hotels within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. have been named award winners in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rankings. 

To qualify for this distinguished accolade, U.S. News & World Report identifies the best hotels using an unbiased methodology centered on three components: reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews, and hotel class ratings.  The respected organization ranked more than 2,500 hotels across the USA, Caribbean, Mexico and Canada -- with the top 10 percent among the luxury segment analyzed, selected as winners.

“We are honored to have so many properties awarded among this elite group,” offers Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Our focus and commitment continues to be on service excellence and creating lasting memories for our guests and we are truly proud of our Ladies and Gentlemen for achieving this accolade.”

Best Hotels in the USA:

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Best Hotels in the Caribbean:
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Best Hotels in Mexico:
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun 

Best Hotels in Canada:
The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Each of the following properties was identified as one of the "Best Hotels" within its market:

Best Atlanta Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

Best Arizona Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix 

Best Aruba Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Best California Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Best Charlotte Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Best Florida Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove

Best Fort Lauderdale Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Best Georgia Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta 

Best Lake Tahoe Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Best Los Angeles Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Best Miami Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove 

Best Miami Beach Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

Best Naples Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Best New York Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester 

Best New York City Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park 

Best North Carolina Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Best Ohio Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

Best Ontario Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Best Palm Springs Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Best Pennsylvania Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Best Philadelphia Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Best Phoenix Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix 

Best Puerto Rico Hotels
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

Best St. Louis Hotels and Best Missouri Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Best Toronto Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Best U.S Virgin Islands Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Best Virginia Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Best Washington DC Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. 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 allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

01/28/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Tops List of AAA Five and Four Diamond Properties

The Ritz-Carlton MumbaiWith 24 Five Diamond Winners and 20 Four Diamond Winners  

CHEVY CHASE, Md. – January 28, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., led the 2015 American Automobile Association (AAA) Five and Four Diamond awards with 24 hotels earning the Five Diamond rating and 20 hotels earning the Four Diamond rating, including two of the newest additions to the portfolio, The Ritz-Carton, Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California, and The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

“We are proud to once again have the recognition by AAA with 24 Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts earning the five diamond rating.  The exemplary service that our hotels continue to provide validates the commitment of our ladies and gentlemen to making our customers care and comfort their highest mission,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean were rated by the AAA inspectors who anonymously visit thousands of properties each year, carefully reviewing everything from guest room cleanliness to quality of service. Each year, more than 28,000 luxury hotels are reviewed and just 0.4 percent make it the on to the AAA Five Diamond list. “Attaining the Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment and a point of great pride for these top hotels”, said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. 

A complete list of AAA Five and Four Diamond Ritz-Carlton Hotels includes:

Five Diamond Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C 

Four Diamond Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. 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 Allison.Sitch@ritzcarlton.com

01/21/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Recognised As “Best Upscale Hotel Brand” At Business Travel Awards 2015 In London

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCLONDON, UK - January 20, 2015: The annual Business Travel Awards took place in London last night and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was recognised as “Best Upscale Hotel Brand”.


Organised by Buying Business Travel magazine, over 1,300 people attended the glittering event at The Grosvenor House Hotel for awards in 22 categories.

These highly-valued awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the travel industry's leading businesses, teams and individuals who performed outstandingly in their field over the last 12 months. An independent panel of judges, made up primarily of respected senior business travel buyers, reviewed and marked each entry to identify those worthy of winning.

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC“We are delighted to receive this award from UK based Travel professionals who send their well-travelled clients to hotels all around the world and are honoured that they have chosen to recognise The Ritz-Carlton as the Best Upscale hotel brand” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

 

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company continues to expand its global portfolio with five hotels opened over the last eighteen months in business destinations such as Almaty, Herzliya and Tianjin introducing the luxury brand to travellers in new markets. The company currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 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).

Contact:
Rosemary Trigg    
Tel + 44 207 0127323   + 44 7557 804936
Email: rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

01/13/2015

Marriott International's Content Studio in MIPTV Spotlight

L-r William Spencer Daniel Malakai Cabrera Caine Sinclair TWO BELLMENGlobal Hospitality Leader Named MIPTV Brand of the Year 2015.

PARIS, 13 January 2015 – The global hospitality leader Marriott International, Inc., (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named MIPTV’s 2015 Brand of the Year in recognition of its highly innovative all-screens initiative through its global Content Studio.
Photo: TWO BELLMEN (l.-r. William Spencer, Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera, and Caine Sinclair)

MIPTV 2015 will host the Brand of the Year Award for the 5th edition reflecting how video marketing and branded entertainment have become an integral part of brands’ strategies and an opportunity for the entertainment business. 

The Marriott Global Content Studio is dedicated to publishing, distributing and sharing digital content across multiple platforms and all screens, in partnership with leading producers and creators both from traditional and digital media. To further the company’s focus on next-generation travellers and to drive new business, the studio aims to own original content marketing as both a travel company and a worldwide community.

As part of the Brand of the Year recognition, Karin Timpone, Marriott International’s Global Marketing Officer, and David Beebe, VP, Marriott Global Content Studio, will lead a MIPTV keynote on Tuesday 14 April. The panel will also include a producer and some of the talent involved in the Marriott Content Studio productions. The Marriott keynote session will be part of the MIP Digital Fronts programme, bringing together the new video ecosystem with the TV industry.

In the wake of the creation of Marriott’s Global Content Studio, the company has announced a string of talent partnerships to feed its global content pipeline.

In one of many production development deals, Marriott’s recently-announced first short film, Two Bellmen, is a collaboration with renowned dance, parkour, extreme sports, martial arts, and music collective Substance Over Hype. Directed by Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera, Two Bellmen features the landmark JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE as a “character” in the film. The short film’s production started on January 6, and stars William Spencer (Spider-Man; Spider-Man 2) and Caine Sinclair (NBC’s Grimm; How I Met Your Mother) as The Bellmen.  The cast also includesHenry Simmons (Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); Miles Brown aka Baby Boogaloo (ABC’s Black-ish); Sophina Brown (Shark; Numb3rs; The Good Wife); noted B-boy dancer Josue "Beastmode" Figueroa(Southland, Step Up Revolution); Josue Antonio (Step Up series; The LXD); Taryn Southern (The Single Life); and So You Think You Can Dance hip hop legend, Stephen “tWitch” Boss (Step Up films; So You Think You Can Dance; Magic Mike XXL), as well as other amazing talents from Substance Over Hype. Two Bellmen will also feature cameos by AMP Live, Scarub, and Fingazz.

In another development deal, Marriott is collaborating with producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions/SLAM to develop a branded digital project together. Sander/Moses have an astonishing 11 TV series (including Ghost Whisperer and Profiler), four feature films (including D.O.A.), and dozens of digital projects to their credit.

Other projects include The Navigator Live, a Renaissance Hotels TV series distributed on AXS TV, produced in partnership with AEG. 

Marriott International also inked category exclusive development deals with YouTube stars and content creators, including Louis Cole (@funforlouis), Taryn Southern, Sonia Gil, Vagabrothers and Jack Harries (jacksgap).

Marriott has signed numerous content and distribution partnerships including Medium.com, the publishing platform launched by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and What’s Trending with Damon Berger and Shira Lazar.

Marriott Hotels has joined with Snapchat-focused marketing and analytics agency Naritiv to become the first major hotel company on Snapchat. The campaign will feature Shaun McBride (@Shonduras), one of the first Snapchat-born influencers, and the hilarious Brittany Furlan (@brittanyjfurlan). Storytellers will travel to Marriott Hotels properties around the globe, co-creating their trip itineraries with their followers and documenting their journeys through their own Snapchat stories. Other contributors will include YouTube, Commercial Director and TV show creator Casey Neistat (@caseyneistat), and Louis Cole (@funforlouis), a British filmmaker and YouTube personality. 

“Our goal is to produce engaging content that builds communities of people passionate about travel, that will drive commerce,” said Beebe. “These deals expand both the depth of our content play as well as its breadth, by reaching into a new content area where few brands – and no other hospitality brands – have ventured before.”

“This kind of collaboration with both traditional and emerging online media represents a new step forward in programming, with candid and spontaneous use of platforms like Snapchat in a serial form, capturing users’ attention in fresh ways. It is very exciting to see a premium travel brand like Marriott embracing 21st century global interconnection of media in this way,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division, organiser of MIPTV.

Past winners of the MIPTV Brand of the Year Award include Amex, Heineken, Intel, Vice Media, and PIRO & Chipotle in 2014 for the “Farmed & Dangerous” series on HULU.

About MIPTV - MIPTV is the world’s biggest TV and digital content market powering the unlimited potential of extraordinary stories. In April, professionals from across the TV and digital entertainment ecosystem gather in Cannes, France, to forge partnerships, seal distribution deals, network with their international executive peers, and attend high-level conferences and keynotes. MIPTV is also a key venue for early-stage development and financing deals, content acquisitions and programme sales. And with the MIP Digital Fronts - the premier global digital content market - empowering the new digital content era and bringing together the new online video ecosystem with the TV industry, MIPTV anticipates and shapes the future of entertainment.

REED MIDEM PRESS CONTACTS
Jane GARTON, Entertainment PR Director: +33 1 79 71 94 39 > jane.garton@reedmidem.com

Philippe LE GALL, PR Manager: +33 1 79 71 96 48 > philippe.legall@reedmidem.com

Yassia FEKIR, PR Manager: +33 1 79 71 95 82 > yassia.fekir@reedmidem.com

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. CONTACTS
John WOLF, Global Communications and Public Affairs: +1.201-437-6975 >john.wolf@marriott.com

Henry ESHELMAN, Managing Director, Platform Media Group: +1.818.687.3664 > heshelman@platformgrp.com 

                  

 

01/05/2015

Marriott International Certified as Top Employer in China for Four Consecutive Years

Top-Employer-in-ChinaShanghai, January 5, 2015 Marriott International, Inc.  (NASDAQ: MAR) has been certified as one the “Top Employers in China 2015” for the fourth consecutive year by the Top Employers Institute.  

The Top Employers Institute recognizes leading organizations around the world that achieve the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions. Top employers are selected by a rigorous evaluation process including an HR Best Practices Survey. This Survey thoroughly assesses the HR environment of an organization from strategy, policy implementation, monitoring and communication of employee conditions to talent development. Only companies that have remarkable performances in all these aspects will be recognized as top employers. 

“An optimal human resources environment is crucial to both the personal and professional development of employees of an organization. According to our study, the human resources strategy of Marriott International enables an exceptional work environment for its associates. Its human resources initiatives are very thoughtful and aligned with its corporate culture,” said Nicole Jin, Country Manager China of the Top Employers Institute.

“For more than eight decades, Marriott International has strived to foster career growth and development of our associates, opening doors to a world of opportunities for them. Our company has been guided by the motto from our founder Mr. J. Willard Marriott – Take good care of the associates and they’ll take good care of the customers, and the customers will return again and again. We have been delivering this promise for years and are pleased that such efforts are being recognized once again in China,” said Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer, Asia Pacific of Marriott International. 

“The portfolio of Marriott International in China has been expanding rapidly and this momentum is expected to continue in coming years. Our competitive advantage in human resources will be a key facilitator for fueling our growth in this market,” added Taikitsadaporn.  

Marriott International is expected to grow its distribution from 16 cities in 13 provinces, municipalities and special administrative regions under five brands: Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, and Marriott Executive Apartments; to more than 58 cities in 26 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions in China by 2017 with three additional brands: Bulgari, EDITION, and Autograph. By 2017, Marriott’s total workforce is expected to increase to more than 75,000 associates in the continent – almost doubling its current size in the region– with nearly half of this number in China alone.

Marriott International, 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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

About The Top Employers Institute
The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people. Optimal employee conditions ensure that people develop themselves personally and professionally. This in turn enables companies to grow and to develop. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company, previously known as the CRF Institute, has recognized Top Employers around the world since 1991. For more information, please visit www.top-employers.com.

Contacts:
For media inquiries in Asia:
Peggy Cheng, Marriott International, Peggy.Cheng@marriott.com or (852) 2192 6146

For media inquiries in the US:
Angela Wiggins, Marriott International, Angela.Wiggins@marriott.com or 301-380-7277

12/18/2014

Craig Smith, Marriott Regional President Named One of Latin Trade Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful

Craig-Smith---Marriott-InternationalCompany cites strong local economies, growing middle class and an uptick in travel to and from the region as reasons for increased interest

Weston, FL, December 17, 2014 - Craig S. Smith, Marriott International’s Regional President for the Caribbean & Latin America, was recognized for his leadership in the aggressive growth efforts for the company in the Caribbean and Latin America and has been named one of Latin Trade Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful in the region. Smith has declared a goal of opening over 65 hotels in the next three years, bringing the regional portfolio to 150 hotels across 10 brands by the close of 2017. 

"Latin America’s booming economy has led to an expanding middle class eager to travel to new places and do business outside of the region, providing tremendous growth opportunities for Marriott's robust portfolio of brands across the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Smith. 

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, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Approximately 330,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.  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 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, or http://noticias.espanol.marriott.com/ for company news in Spanish. 

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com

12/17/2014

Equal Opportunities for All

JW-Marriott-Mexico-CityMarriott International Hotels in Mexico Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion

Mexico City, DF, December 17, 2014 – Marriott International hotels in Mexicohave been awarded the “Gilberto Rincon Gallardo” Inclusive Company Award, in the Antigua Camara de Senadores, for its diversity and inclusion policies for associates. This coveted award recognizes organizations that go above and beyond to provide associates with more independence and autonomy in the workplace, creating an environment based on equal opportunities.

Marriott International prides itself on its service and training programs and is committed to ensuring that its diversity and inclusion practices are above par.  At Marriott, associates, suppliers and guests can be sure that they are supporting a global company that strives to meet and exceed the needs of both its associates and guests.

The Marriott International hotels in Mexico credited with this recognition include JW Marriott Mexico City, Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport, México City Marriott Reforma Hotel, Marriott Casamagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & SPA, JW Marriott Cancún Resort & Spa, and the Marriott CasaMagna Cancún Resort & Spa.

Marriott has been consistently recognized as an outstanding employer, and for its diversity and inclusion programs.  China Gorman, Global CEO of Great Places to Work, surprised the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City associates with a video announcing that Marriott International was one of the “25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces.”  Ranked 7 out of 25, Marriott was the highest-ranked hotel company on the list and the only one to achieve this honor four years in a row. 

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.  

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Shines Bright Across Global Culinary Scene

Michelin Stars Michelin Stars 113 Michelin Stars across eight restaurants and six hotels for 2015

CHEVY CHASE, Md. – December 17, 2015 -The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C earned 13 coveted Michelin Stars for 2015, across eight restaurants in six hotels within Asia and Europe, reaffirming the luxury hotel company’s status as a leader in culinary excellence and innovation.  From Abama to Barcelona, Wolfsburg to Osaka and Tokyo to Hong Kong, leading Ritz-Carlton restaurants competes on the global stage amongst the world’s finest dining establishments.

“All accolades belong to the Ladies and Gentlemen who bring service excellence to life in our restaurants every single day. They work with such dedication and passion in an environment in which constant evolution and creativity is essential. We are honored to have been recognized globally by such an esteemed, well-reputed organization,” said Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President Food & Beverage for The Ritz-Carlton.  

The world of three Michelin Star restaurants is extremely small, with a little over 100 restaurants in total around the world. One of which is ‘AQUA’ at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg in Germany. Aqua retained three stars for its modern European cuisine, crafted by the celebrated Chef de Cuisine, Sven Elverfeld.  The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong also retained Michelin Stars across two of its signature restaurants.  ‘Tin Lung Heen’ maintains two stars for its traditional Dim Sum, created by Michelin-starred Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui, served amidst a spectacular view from the 102nd floor.  Whist the equally dramatic ‘Tosca’, with its Romanesque décor and ambience, retains one star for its unique mix of innovation and tradition combined to create Italian gastronomy under Chef Pino Lavarra.

Host to two of the acclaimed starred restaurants is The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, a luxury resort in Tenerife, Spain. ‘M.B’, the signature Michelin Star restaurant of the renowned Basque chef Martín Berasategui, famed for his inspired interpretations of Spanish cuisine, earned its original Michelin Star in 2010, and was awarded a second in 2014.  Hot on its gastronomic heels is the one Michelin-starred ‘Kabuki’, with Spanish chef Ricardo Sanz at the helm, combining traditional Japanese influences with contemporary western techniques and ingredients indigenous to the Canary Islands, to create sublimely creative Japanese cuisine.

Michelin Stars Reconfirmed for 2015:

AQUA, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg - 3 Michelin Stars
M.B., The Ritz-Carlton, Abama - 2 Michelin Stars
Enoteca, The Ritz-Carlton, Barcelona - 2 Michelin Stars|
Tin Lung Heen, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong - 2 Michelin Stars
Kabuki, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama - 1 Michelin Star
La Baie, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka - 1 Michelin Star
Il Ristorante, Bulgari, Tokyo - 1 Michelin Star
Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong - 1 Michelin Star

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information or reservations, 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).

Contact: 
Sarah Walker-Kerr|
Regional Director of Public Relations           
sarah.walkerkerr@ritzcarlton.com
+971 (0) 56 2160815