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07/29/2014

Marriott is All Inclusive

Lodging Leader Recognized for Diversity Success

Marriott International is in the spotlight for its diversity and inclusion success. 

Norm Jenkins NABHOOD 2014During the recent National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD) Conference the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC was awarded the “Deal of the Year” Award.  Norman K. Jenkins (pictured, holding award, second from the right, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Development and a Marriott Marquis Washington, DC owner accepted the award.   Julius Robinson NABHOOD 2014Julius W. Robinson (pictured, holding award, center right) - Vice President,  Franchising and Operations – Fairfield Inn & Suites was recognized with the Hank Thomas Freedom Rider Award.  The Hank Thomas Freedom Award is given to an individual who demonstrates commitment to helping to advance diversity in hotel ownership.  

Darryl Franklin, Vice President and Senior Counsel at Marriott International was named to the Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession.  Established in 2008, Lawyers of Color Inc. is the media and research company focusing on lawyers of color and aims to promote the causes and contributions of minority attorneys.

This year, Marriott International is celebrating 25 years of its formal diversity and inclusion program and 15 years of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.  Visit www.marriott.com/diversity for more information on the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Connect with Seema.Jain@marriott.com

 

 

07/15/2014

Marriott International Ranked Top Hotel Company on the FORTUNE 500®

Marriott-International-logoMarriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named to the FORTUNE 500, ranking 219 overall, up from 2013’s ranking of 230, and ranking as the top hotel company in the hotels, casinos and resorts category.  Marriott is also the highest ranked company on the list with its headquarters in the Washington, DC-area.  

FORTUNE magazine’s annual selection of the nation's largest companies, ranked by revenue, includes a survey of companies that are incorporated in the U.S. and operate in the U.S. and file financial statements with a government agency.

Marriott is also included on this year’s FORTUNE “The Best Places to Work” list and the magazine’s The World’s Most Admired List, which measures a company’s corporate reputation. 

The company recently made headlines announcing Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas joining its Autograph Collection and in April when it became the largest hotel company in Africa after completing the acquisition of the Protea Hospitality Group.  Marriott has more than 4,000 properties and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories around the world.  And, as of the end of quarter one, the company had more than 200,000 rooms in its global development pipeline, a 35 percent increase from a year ago.  

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

07/09/2014

Cancun Marriott Resorts Top Celebrated Living “Platinum Hotels” List

Sister properties voted by readers as top two best hotels in their region.

Jwcm_exteriorThe JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort topped Celebrated Living’s Platinum List of “Best of Hotels in Mexico, Central America and South America,” earning the number one and number two spots on the list, respectively.

This is the second year in a row that readers vote the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa as the number one hotel in the region, and the property’s fifth consecutive year ranking among the top five. The CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort climbed two spots, voted by readers as the number two resort in region in its fourth consecutive year on the list.

Celebrated Living is American Airlines’ luxury in-flight magazine distributed quarterly in first and business class cabins and in airport Admirals Club lounges worldwide. Each year, the publication asks readers to vote for their favorite hotels, spas, golf courses and cruise lines, based on their first-hand experience, weighing votes on quality of service and amenities.

“We are humbled and honored and grateful to the readers for their votes,” said Christopher Calabrese, Vice President and General Manager of JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. “This distinction is especially important to us because it is a direct result of readers choice, and therefore reflects the level of service the Cancun Marriott family is committed to providing all of our guests.”

Platinum List rankings are categorized by region; the 2014 issue made its debut onboard aircrafts and in airport lounges earlier this summer. 

About CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort is the perfect choice for weekend getaways, family vacations and group events. Spacious rooms with private balconies offer captivating views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or Nichupté Lagoon. A short bus ride to Cancun’s famed nightlife, shopping district and Convention Center ensures that there is something to do for everyone. Interconnected with JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort’s flexible indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, lounges and restaurants will accommodate any event, theme or vacation guests might be planning. For more information or to book a reservation please visit www.casamagnacancun.com or call 1.800.223.6388.

About JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
The landmark JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa offers an unforgettable Cancun vacation. In the heart of the Hotel Zone, each of its 448 well-appointed rooms have private balconies with stunning views of Cancun’s white sand beaches and the Caribbean. For those who wish to indulge themselves, Club 91 accommodations combine the tranquility and sophistication of a private club with personalized and upgraded services. The property’s Mayan-inspired spa is rated one of the top spas in Mexico and offers massages, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and more. With three world-class restaurants, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and the stunning beauty of the Caribbean, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for corporate retreats, events and holiday vacations. For more information or to book a reservation, please visit www.jwmarriottcancun.com or call 1.800.223.6388.

About Marriott Hotels
With over 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com to join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 64 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 92 properties over 36 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott.

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

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07/08/2014

Marriott Resorts in Mexico Say ‘Bienvenido’ to All Guests

OutNowThree Hotels Certified for LGBT Guest Services.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – July 8, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) proudly participated in the 4th International LGBT Business Expo, Vallarta-Nayarit 2014 to Latin America. This three-day event was held at the Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta to engage leading travel and hospitality companies that are dedicated to welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender guests, friends and families throughout the Americas.

Mr. Apoorva Gandhi (pictured above first from left), vice president of multi-cultural affairs for Marriott International, was also a speaker at the conference.  “I am excited to be part of this important team working to position Marriott as a global diversity and inclusion leader. Diversity is the one thing that we all have in common and I am proud to show how we at Marriott celebrate it everyday,” he stated.

Mr. Gandhi’s presentation highlighted many of the ways Marriott properties excel in cultural competency, as well as celebrating LGBT individuals, couples and families.

Marriott also received the designation as ‘Out Now’ certified for the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta. OutNow global certification means 100% of the more than 430 employees working in the hotel have been trained to understand and provide the best customer service to their LGBT guests.  JW Marriott Cancun Resort and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort also received certifications.

OutNow is a lesbian and gay marketing specialist organization.  Out Now's unique expertise, experience and approach to LGBT marketing is acknowledged and supported by marketing professionals - and clients - worldwide.

Connect with seema.jain@marriott.com

 

 

06/30/2014

National Business Group on Health Honors Marriott International with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Award

Marriott 5KBethesda, Md., June 30, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that for the first time it has received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®award from the National Business Group on Health. Marriott is one of only two hospitality companies recognized this year; a total of 63 U.S. employers received the award.

 

“The health and wellbeing of our associates are top priorities and we are committed to providing the appropriate tools to help them adopt a healthy lifestyle,” said Jill Berger, vice president of health and welfare at Marriott International. “This award is a testament to not only our hard work establishing a sustainable wellness culture at Marriott, but also our passion to make choosing health every day both easy and fun.”

 

Marriott International created its TakeCare program in 2010 to empower employees to take personal responsibility for managing their health. From worksite wellness challenges and monthly webinars, to free health coaches, assessments, maternity support and a smoking cessation program, TakeCare 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. 

 

Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented:  “We are very pleased to honor Marriott International for its dedication to providing programs that encourage wellness and healthy lifestyles for their employees and families. Marriott is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promote healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Marriott and its management team should be proud of their efforts and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”

 

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; or Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees in their lifestyle and behavior changes. Marriott International was recognized in the Gold category. 

 

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

 

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 392 members include 69 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

Connect with amanda.waks@marriott.com 

05/22/2014

SpringHill Suites Wins "Gold" for Transforming Airport Experiences

DFW Security ZoneBethesda, Md. – May 22, 2014 – SpringHill Suites by Marriott took home the gold award for its Airport Security Comfort Zones in the Best Single-Market Event category at Event Marketer Magazine’s Ex Awards ceremony. The Ex Awards is the world’s largest recognition program for event marketing programs and recognizes the most innovative campaigns of the year. The winners were selected from more than 850 entries across 26 industries.

SpringHill Suites was recognized for its branded experiences within the security zones of the Dallas Fort Worth and Charlotte Douglas International Airports.  The brand transformed the checkpoints into welcoming and aesthetically appealing spaces designed to offer travelers a new level of comfort inside a security checkpoint.  The design featured comfortable furniture, stylish décor, soothing wall art, vibrant lighting and relaxing ambient music.  

“SpringHill Suites is thrilled to have received a gold award for our security zone branded experiences,” said Craig Fowler, senior director, SpringHill Suites brand marketing. “The positive response from travelers has been very satisfying and we are excited to expand the marketing program into new airports this year.”

Due to the success at Dallas Fort Worth and Charlotte Douglas International Airports, SpringHill Suites will be launching additional comfort zones at major airports this spring. For more information.

SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites with dedicated work spaces, free Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs; kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-fridges and coffee service; and pool, spa and fitness centers with free weights and cardio equipment. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. SpringHill Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, visit www.springhillsuites.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/springhillsuites or follow the brand at www.twitter.com/springhillsuite.

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 sarah.moran@marriott.com

05/02/2014

And the "Freddie" Goes to...Marriott Rewards

8 Million Travelers Rank Marriott Rewards as The Top Hotel Loyalty Program – 7th Year in a Row.

Freddie awardWhen it comes to taking care of your most loyal customers, Marriott Rewards continues to raise the bar and outperform the competition. The global loyalty program is the all-time leading recipient of Freddie Awards and was just named 2014 Hotel Program of the Year for the seventh year in a row. 

In addition to Best Hotel Loyalty Program-Americas, Marriott Rewards also won:  Best Promotion – Americas; Best Redemption Ability – Americas; and Best Customer Service – Americas. The Freddie Awards globally recognizes excellence in frequent traveler programs and this year nearly eight million travelers from 195 countries and territories voted online to pick the winner. 

From the very beginning, Marriott Rewards has been focused on developing long-term relationships with its members, making sure that their loyalty is rewarded with every stay. With more than 3,800 and 14 unique brands, Marriott Rewards has something for everyone and the Freddies are one of the highest compliments received from the membership each year. 
 
Marriott Rewards has also been named top hotel loyalty program in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power, and best hotel loyalty program by the readers of US News & World Report, About.com, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. In 2013, Hotel Magazine awarded Marriott Rewards the 2013 Golden Horse Award for the “Most Popular Membership Program in China”. 

Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates*. Members can earn and redeem points at 14 distinct hotel brands with more than 3,800 hotels in 70 countries and territories, including Marriott Rewards luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton. Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. 

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto MarriottRewards.com.

*Hotels may limit the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days.  All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.

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

Connect with laurie.goldtein@marriott.com

 

04/24/2014

DiversityInc Ranks Marriott In Top 20 Companies for Diversity & Inclusion

DiversityInc Top 50 CompaniesCompany Continues to Lead the Hospitality Industry. 

DiversityInc announced Marriott International as #16 during the 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity event making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked #7 for its supplier diversity efforts.

The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.

“Our business is all about creating great experiences for people and providing opportunities to grow and achieve,” says David Rodriguez, Marriott’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources officer.  “As a hospitality company, how we support our associates directly correlates to superior customer service for our guests around the world. That is the foundation of our ‘people-first’ company culture, and it continues to be our guidepost to business success.”

For more information about Marriott’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit www.marriott.com/diversity.

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

04/11/2014

Marriott International Honored for Excellent Work-life Programs

2014-Seal-DistinctionCompany receives 2014 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress

Bethesda, Md., April 11, 2014 -WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) has recognized Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) with a 2014 Work-Life Seal of Distinction. The seal is a mark of excellence in work-life effectiveness. Sixty-seven organizations received the honor this year. Marriott is among 17 companies that have 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, 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 achievements of the company’s work-life commitment.”

This year's Work-Life Seal of Distinction honorees are an impressive group of employers that clearly understand the business value of investing in the people who do the work," said Kathie Lingle, WLCP, executive director, WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress.

The AWLP 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
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational culture

This year's winners represent a variety of industries including education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, and hail from 20 states and the District of Columbia.

About WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress®
WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress advances work-life as part of an integrated total rewards strategy. This alliance defines and acknowledges best practices and innovation, facilitates dialogue and elevates work-life thought leadership. Each year, the alliance leads a national awareness initiative celebrating October as National Work & Family Month. Recognizing that work-life encompasses a wide array of programs, the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals established the Work-Life Certified Professional (WLCP® designation) in 2007.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)  is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013. Marriott International operates and manages hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts, which, in total, comprise more than 4,000 properties in 79 countries. There are approximately 330,000 employees at headquarters, and at managed and franchised properties. Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. 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@marriott.com

 

03/20/2014

Marriott: Good Business is Ethical Business

Ethisphere-logo-2014Lodging Leader Named as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company.

Bethesda, Md., March 20, 2014 Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. This is the seventh time that Marriott has received this award.

Acting with integrity is a core value for the company’s leadership and associates around the world. “How we do business is just as important as the business we do,” is a hallmark of Marriott’s approach and frames how ethical practices are deeply embedded in the company’s heritage and culture.

“Ethisphere’s tenet that ‘ethics drives performance’ resonates with us and aligns with Marriott’s approach to doing business continually with integrity,” said Ed Ryan, executive vice president and general counsel of Marriott International. “Maintaining high ethical standards is important to our competitive advantage and to maintaining strong relationships with our shareholders, owners and guests and attracting and retaining the best associates in the industry.”

“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Marriott joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at Marriott International for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).

The full list of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: www.ethisphere.com.

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