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11/25/2014

How We Do Business: Top Supplier Diversity Honors for Marriott International

2014 NGLCC Annual DinnerBethesda, Md., November 25, 2014 -The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has named Marriott International its 2014 Corporation of the Year, recognizing the company, for its commitment to incorporating LGBT suppliers into the company’s global supply chain, among other accomplishments.  Pictured:  Kathleen Matthews, Marriott International’s Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs, who accepted the award on behalf of the company and was joined by from L to R:  Victoria Fulkerson, Senior Vice President - NGLCC;  Marriott associates:  Denise Naguib, Vice President – Sustainability & Supplier Diversity; Maruiel Perkins-Chavis, Vice President – Workforce Engagement & Global Diversity; Dominica Groom, Director, Global Supplier Diversity; Kathleen Matthews; Ken Kuhn, Sr. Manager – Revenue Management and Jerry Miller, Director of Supplier Diversity - Capital One (last year’s Corporation of the Year), who presented the award.   Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs, including earning 100% on the 2015 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition

Connect with felica.mclemore@marriott.com

11/19/2014

Marriott Earns 100% Perfect Ranking on 2015 Corporate Equality Index

HRC-logoHuman Rights Campaign Names World’s Favorite Travel Company a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT Equality

Bethesda, Md., November 19, 2014- World’s favorite travel company, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today was again named among America’s top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

The Index rankings are based on objective factors such as non-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, benefits for same-sex spouses and domestic partners, appropriate and respectful advertising, and external community outreach. For a list of all criteria and corporations measured on the CEI benchmark, visit www.hrc.org.

“As a global hospitality leader, Marriott believes our policies must create the environment where all people come to work fired up to succeed and able to focus on our guests,” said David Rodriguez, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Executive, Marriott International. “Every individual, whether an associate or guest must feel equally welcomed, safe and respected when they enter one of our properties. These are core values that make us very proud of this distinction from the Human Rights Campaign.”

In addition to recognizing Marriott’s superior commitment to inclusive human resource policies, the perfect CEI rating also acknowledges the company’s public commitment to advancing LGBT equality.  This year, Marriott joined with other business leaders to sign amicus briefs urging universal recognition of marriage rights in five federal Circuit courts.  These briefs informed the courts that the cost of inequality is a price businesses cannot justify or afford.  In addition, in early 2014, Marriott played an early public leadership role in opposing anti-LGBT legislation that surfaced in Arizona, successfully urging a gubernatorial veto.

Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs.  As a leader in supplier diversity, in 2014 Marriott has been named Corporation of the Year by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition

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.  

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com 

10/30/2014

Marriott International Wins CHTA Innovation Award 2014 for Mobility Leadership

CHTA presents the award to Martin BookallilBeijing, China, October 30, 2014 – Marriott International is named by China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA) as a winner of CHTA Innovation Award 2014 for its pioneering performance in applying mobility technologies in hospitality industry.

CHTA is a non-profit making organization formed by experienced hotel IT and managerial professionals that aims at promoting technological development of the hospitality industry in China. Its first ever CHTA Innovation Award 2014 is to recognize hotels or hotel groups that have superb performance in using advanced technologies to enhance guest experience, optimize hotel operations and increase revenue stream. The selection of winners of this Award are based on the results of a customer poll and the evaluation of a panel of professional judges.   

[Photo: ZHU Jing (left) presents the CHTA Innovation Award to Martin Bookallil (right).]

“We are pleased to name Marriott International as an Award winner because of its far-sightedness in adopting mobility technologies to innovate hotel operations. Mobility is the key to engage the next generation travelers, especially in China in view of the prevalence of mobile devices there,” said ZHU Jing, Chairperson and CEO of CHTA.     

“Marriott International has a comprehensive global mobile strategy in place that is instrumental to our present and future success. We strive to reach the next generation travelers by being the leader in Mobile-Digital Technology. Today’s customer wants to easily explore, book and share their travels on their mobile devices. Therefore we are launching a series of mobile initiatives to enhance their travel experience as well as intensify their loyalty to our brands. We are most pleased that our endeavors in mobility are being recognized by CHTA Innovation Award,” said Martin Bookallil, Vice President of Information Technology - Asia Pacific of Marriott International.

A major initiative of Marriott’s global mobile strategy is its mobile check-in and checkout service. Since its first launch in 2013, this significant service is now available at 1,200 properties worldwide, and will be live at mote that 4,000 hotels worldwide by year-end.

With the Marriott Mobile app, check-in and checkout is simpler. Marriott Rewards members receive a push notification on their Apple iPhones or Android devices after 4 pm on the day before their arrival alerting them they can check-in. Then they receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. Because payment information is stored within members profiles, guests simply walk up to the expedited mobile check-in desk where their pre-programmed key card will be waiting for them. At the end of their stays, guests receive a push notification alerting them that mobile checkout is available. Upon completion, guests will then be prompted to provide an email address where their bill should be sent, allowing them to confidently bypass the front desk.

Leading with its flagship Marriott Hotels brand, the company continues innovating in the mobile space. The brand now offers mobile service requests in fifteen markets in North America, where hotels are serving as “mobile incubator” laboratories for the future. For example, guests at these hotels can use a drop down menu of the most typical service requests, such as extra towels and pillows, or chat directly with hotel staff using a mobile app.

Marriott International
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.  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.

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com 

10/27/2014

Around the World It’s Agreed: Marriott International is a Great Place to Work

JW Marriott MexicoCompany named a World’s Best Multinational Workplace

Bethesda, Md., October 27, 2014 –Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) has been named a World’s Best Multinational Workplace by Great Place to Work®, the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. Ranked 7 out of 25, Marriott is the highest-ranked hotel company on the list and the only one to receive this honor for four straight years.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized,” said David Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Marriott International.  “We are even more proud of our associates around the world who live the Marriott culture every day by working together to create a sense of belonging for their teammates, and fostering innovation and collaboration to create exceptional experiences for our guests.”

Marriott is also named a great place to work on several regional and local lists, including Brazil, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United States. This multinational recognition is further validation of our mission to provide a world of opportunity for career discovery, learning and advancement.

The Great Place to Work® World’s Best Multinational Workplace list ranks the best 25 global companies in terms of workplace culture, based off of a global survey of multinational companies and their associates. Qualifying companies must have been selected for at least five national Great Place to Work lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide and count at least 40 percent of their global workforce outside of the company’s home country.

At its very core and through its 87-year history, Marriott International has embraced a “put people first” philosophy that recognizes, encourages and provides opportunity for the talented people who are what the company calls “the heart of the house.”

To view the complete World's Best Multinational Workplaces list, please visit http://www.greatplacetowork.net/best-companies/worlds-best-multinationals/the-list.

Search for jobs and get an inside look at what it’s like to work at Marriott by viewing photos from many of our properties at marriott.com/careers.

About Great Place to Work®:
Great Place to Work®, headquartered in San Francisco, is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work serves businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies in almost 50 countries.

About the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List:
Great Place to Work’s annual World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List ranks the top 25 global companies to work for.  Qualifying companies must have been selected for at least five national Great Place to Work® lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide and count at least 40 percent of their global workforce outside of the company’s home country.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 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 website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with angela.wiggins@marriott.com

10/23/2014

Marriott's Courtyard and Residence Inn Brands Rank Number One Among Business Travelers

Courtyard and Residence InnBethesda, Md, – October 16, 2014 –Marriott International’s modern essentials and extended stay brands lead the industry according to the recently released Business Travel News' (BTN) 2014 Hotel Chain Survey. Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott earned top honors in their respective categories of the industry leading survey, which is a testament to both power brands’ focus on innovation, guest satisfaction and global development.

“I am truly proud of all those involved in making Courtyard and Residence Inn the most admired hotel brands among travelers,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, modern essential & extended stay brand management. “We constantly evolve the design and service of our brands to meet the changing demands of guests. From technology to layout of the lobbies, we listen to customers. Both brands were the pioneers of their lodging segment and it is indeed rewarding and a testament to them that they rank top of class.”

Every year, BTN asks business travel buyers to rate the hotel brands with which they conduct business. This year, Courtyard gained its spot at the top, ranked by surveyors as the number one hotel brand in the upscale tier. Courtyard was also ranked number one in most of the survey categories, used to determine the final ranking: arranging group travel, data quality, helpful/courteous service, physical appearance, public business amenities, in-room business amenities, overall price/value.

According to the survey, Residence Inn was named number one overall in the extended stay upscale tier and also number one in all but one of the survey categories: sales staff, consistency, corporate rate programs, quality of data, helpful/courteous service, physical appearance, in-room business amenities, in-room personal amenities and overall price/value.

In addition, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott ranked considerably well in the survey, showing continual popularity among guests for Marriott’s select service portfolio.

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.

Connect with ansley.brown@marriott.com 

10/14/2014

Marriott Executive Apartments Named as Thailand’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2014

World-Travel-Awards-logoRecognized in the 21st Annual World Travel Awards for outstanding products, facilities and services.

Bangkok, Thailand – Marriott Executive Apartments has been named Thailand’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2014. The annual award was voted by worldwide travel and tourism professionals and established to recognize, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel and tourism industry, which the organization has demonstrated throughout the year.

Marriott Executive Apartments is a luxury serviced apartment brand with premier hotel services designed for travelers staying in the city for a day, a month or more and provides upscale residential living combined with personalized hotel services all backed by the confidence and assurance of Marriott.

Everything at Marriott Executive Apartments is designed to ensure maximum comfort and convenience for guests. Start the day with a complimentary cup of fresh coffee in the lounge, have grocery delivered to the room, laundry and housekeeping services and then order room service for dinner.  

With four Marriott Executive Apartments in Bangkok, the hotels are ideally located to ensure a perfect stay in Bangkok. Each hotel features large 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites, with separate living areas, fully equipped gourmet kitchens, washing machines, dryer and large bathrooms with separate bathtubs and rain showers. 

Marriott Executive Apartments MayfairMarriott Executive Apartment Mayfair opened in 2003 as the first of the brand in Thailand, with 162 suites ranging from 54 to 186 sqm. Facilities include a fitness center, rooftop saltwater pool, restaurant and bar. Mayfair is well known for its location in the most prestigious residential area in Bangkok, Soi Langsuan.

Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn VistaMarriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista opened in 2008 offering 186 all-suite units from 1 to 3  bedroom and is located in the center of Bangkok’s vibrant Sathorn business district. Guests can enjoy the convenience of a full service Bangkok 5-star hotel, with facilities including MoMo Café, outdoor saltwater pool, fitness, games room and more.

Situated near major offices, department stores and most famous landmarks, Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park is the brand’s third property in Thailand and opened in 2009. With 300 suites, facilities include Bistro M, the award-winning restaurant, 25m outdoor saltwater pool, onsite spa, onsite golf center with the worlds most advanced golf-simulator technology as well as a free tuk tuk shuttle to the BTS skytrain. In addition to this, six meeting rooms are available with a professional Event Manager to serve your needs.

The brand new Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Thonglor opened in 2013 with 74 suites complemented by 24 hours service and security. Located within the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, it provides services and facilities of a full service 5-star hotel including 4 restaurants, outdoor pool, kids club, fitness and more.

For more information, please contact:

Marriott Executive Apartments Mayfair-Chidlom
Tel: +66 (0) 2672 1234
Fax: +66 (0) 2672 1235
Email: mea.bkker.rsvn2@marriott.com
www.marriottmayfairbangkok.com

Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista
Tel: +66 (0) 2343 6789
Fax: +66 (0) 2343 6790
Email: measathornvista@marriott.com
www.marriottsathornvista.com

Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park
Tel: +66 (0) 2302 5555
Fax: +66 (0) 2302 5252
Email: measukhumvitpark@marriott.com
www.marriottsukhumvitpark.com

Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok, Sukhumvit Thonglor
Tel: +66 (0) 2797 0000
Fax: +66 (0) 2797 0001
www.marriott.com/bkkbp

About Marriott Executive Apartments
Marriott Executive Apartments (MEA) are international, upscale serviced apartments designed for executive expats staying 30+ nights when traveling to key international gateway cities on a temporary assignment or relocation.  The brand offers studios to three-bedroom apartments, all with full kitchens and fully furnished with plenty of space for living, working and relaxing.  Marriott currently offers over 20 properties in 16 countries outside the United States with a strong pipeline in the Middle East and Asia.

Marriott Executive Apartments strives to be the #1 global brand for extended stay.

 

09/30/2014

On the Road: Marriott Rewards Named “Best in Business” in Travel + Leisure and Fortune Survey

Marriott-Rewards-logoBethesda, Md., September 30, 2014—Marriott Rewards – Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program – has been named top Hotel Loyalty Program in the first-ever Fortune and Travel + Leisure Best in Business Travel Survey, which tapped jet-setting readers for their thoughts on the best of the best brands for those on the road. The recognition comes on the heels of U.S. News & World Report awarding Marriott Rewards the Best Rewards Program for the second consecutive year and the annual Freddie Awards, which named Marriott Rewards the Program of the Year for the seventh year in a row.

“We‘re thrilled that the readers of Fortune and Travel + Leisure recognized Marriott Rewards with this honor.” said Rich Toohey, Vice President, Marriott Rewards. “We pride ourselves on offering our members a relevant, easy to use program, so knowing that Marriott Rewards is the most popular with mobile business travelers helps us continue to evolve the program with their needs in mind.”

The Best in Business Travel survey ranked Marriott Rewards first among four additional top loyalty programs. The top programs were selected based on readers’ holistic ratings of a companies’ individual loyalty programs. Considered criteria included the ability to accumulate points, how quickly members can redeem points, and which overall program is best for business travelers.

Marriott Rewards is leading innovation for hotel loyalty programs through the launch of FlashPerks,LocalPerks and PlusPoints. The three platforms engage Marriott Rewards members with additional benefits and immediate ways to earn and spend points. FlashPerks gives members the option to redeem points or use cash for limited-time exclusive deals and experience. Through LocalPerks, Marriott Rewards is the first major hotel loyalty program to offer geo-targeted mobile offers using beacon technology for on-property deals. PlusPoints enables members to earn Rewards points instantly through everyday social behaviors, such as tweets, retweets, check in on Facebook and Instagram posts with the hashtag #MRPoints.

 

More about Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 14 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. It is redefining the future of hotel loyalty programs by offering members more frequent, easily accessible opportunities to earn and redeem points with the PlusPoints, FlashPerks and LocalPerks programs. 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” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM issued earlier this year. 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, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442. 

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 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.

Connect with john.wolf@marriott.com

09/29/2014

Marriott International Named to Washington Business Journal's Healthiest Employers 2014 List

TakeCare Wellness 5kBethesda, Md., September 29, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that it has been named to the list of “2014 Healthiest Employers” by the Washington Business Journal. The announcement came just days after Marriott’s TakeCare 5K Run/1K Walk held annually at its headquarters. The event drew more than 500 Marriott associates from the Washington, D.C. area, including CEO Arne Sorenson, making it the company’s largest race to date. 

Arne Sorenson TakeCare Wellness 5kMarriott International launched the TakeCare Wellbeing program in 2010 to expand upon its core value of taking care of associates and building a sustainable culture of health and wellness. The company’s goal is to improve associate health, productivity and engagement by providing the tools and resources for associates to live healthy lives.

“This is an exciting time for the TakeCare Wellbeing program as more of our associates are making health a priority than ever before,” said Jill Berger, vice president of health and welfare at Marriott International. “Additionally, hotels that actively participate in the program experience medical claims cost savings, a decrease in workers’ compensation claims, and overall higher associate engagement.”  

From worksite wellness challenges and monthly webinars, to free health coaches, assessments, maternity support and a smoking cessation program, TakeCare Wellbeing is helping its associates both improve and maintain their health. Furthermore, the company is piloting a new certification program to recognize its hotels that are going above and beyond to create a healthy work environment for associates.

A key to the TakeCare program’s success is its Wellness Champion network. Mackenzie McGowan is a senior sales manager for Marriott in Irvine, Calif., and was recently named “Wellness Champion of the Quarter.”

“We implemented a fitness program for more than 100 associates and the results have been fantastic,” said McGowan. “Our team feels healthier and happier. Not to mention, we are all enjoying our new exercise zone equipped with a mini trampoline, yoga mats, a ping pong table and exercise balls. Being healthy at work is not only easier now, it’s also more fun.”

Learn more about Washington Business Journal's Healthiest Employers 2014 here.

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

Connect with amanda.waks@marriott.com

09/16/2014

Marriott Helps Working Mothers Succeed

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World's Favorite Travel Company Named to "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers"

Bethesda, Md., September 16, 2014 — Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) was ranked by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.  The company was recognized for offering benefits and programs that help address the unique challenges faced by working parents. The company has been a part of this elite list for 23 years, earning a place in Working Mother’s Hall of Fame.

[Pictured: Working mom, Demetria Silvera Elmore, enjoys a healthy break from work with her daughter Avery (3) who attends the on-site daycare at Marriott headquarters.]

“Marriott’s family-friendly benefits and programs help create a work environment that enables associates to maintain a healthy and productive integration of work and home, while they continue to advance in their careers,” said David Rodriguez, executive vice president of global human resources.  "Putting people first is at the heart of our company culture and we believe that offering these types of wellness programs may seem like a small thing, but the benefits they deliver make a world of difference for our associates, their families, and our company."

The magazine awarded Marriott top marks for its highly proactive health and wellness programs that help employees manage and maintain their own health.  The company’s “TakeCare” and “Choose Health Every Day” initiatives empower employees and provide resources and support to help them incorporate healthy habits into their daily routines.

Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media said, “The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully. We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50% of our workforce.  We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees."

The complete list of the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found here.

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

Connect felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

09/09/2014

Forbes Lists Marriott as Most Innovative Hotel Company

Innovation-lab-at-Marriott-International-headquartersLodging Leader Ranks #18 on World’s Most Innovative Companies List.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) was recently named to the Forbes World’s Most Innovative Companies List, ranking as the highest hotel company and #18 overall.   The World's Most Innovative Companies is the definitive ranking of the 100 firms investors think are most likely to generate big, new growth ideas. Long known as an industry leader, Marriott was recognized for its ground-breaking Innovation Lab, mobile check-in and out, and its new Greatroom Lobby featured in its Marriott Hotels brand.

 “We are honored to be among the world’s most innovative companies,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International’s executive vice president and chief marketing and commercial officer.  “We are designing hotels for a new generation that is used to working, staying and playing how and where they want.  Our Innovation Lab is helping us to create solutions that elevate, innovate and evolve our guest experience. ”

Marriott announced the opening of its 10,000 square foot Innovation Lab located beneath the company’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland last year. The Innovation Lab offers rapid prototyping with instant feedback capabilities, bird’s eye views from Internet-enabled cameras, and multiple avenues for customer participation.  Located two stories below headquarters, the lab -- also dubbed “The Underground” -- is dedicated to promoting innovation and collaboration. Like a blank canvas, the floor-to-ceiling white space offers a clean slate for anyone – whether architect, designer, employee or customer – to manipulate and make his mark. This space showcases the brand’s commitment to the next generation of travelers, who seamlessly blend work and play, with a focus on changing style, technology and service. 

The lodging leader also recently announced its expanded mobile check-in and checkout globally.  Eleven additional brands – The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott Executive Apartments – are joining the nearly 500 properties of the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand in providing mobile check-in and checkout to guests. With these latest additions, these services are immediately available at 1,200 properties worldwide, and will be live at more than 4,000 hotels worldwide by year-end.   With the Marriott Mobile app, check-in and checkout is simpler. Marriott Rewards members receive a push notification on their Apple iPhones or Android devices after 4 pm on the day before their arrival alerting them they can check-in. Then they receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. Communicating in advance means the hotel is prepared for their arrival. Because payment information is stored within members profiles, guests simply walk up to the expedited mobile check-in desk where their pre-programmed key card will be waiting for them.

Forbes used a method that relies on investors’ ability to identify firms they expect to be innovative now and in the future.  Companies on the list were also ranked by their innovation premium:  the difference between their market capitalization and net present value of cash flows from existing businesses.  Read more about the selection process and see the full list of World’s Most Innovative Companies.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 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. 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. 

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com