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02/24/2015

Digicel and Marriott Open Haiti Hotel

Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel ribbon cuttingPort-au-Prince Hotel Gives Boost to Business Travel, Tourism and Local Economy

Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel check inPort-au-Prince, Haiti – February 24, 2015 – The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel today checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills to help boost Haiti’s tourism economy. The stories of these new associates include Luccardo, who was recruited to work at the hotel’s front desk from the Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs orphanage, and Hermine, who was part of the hotel’s intern program and will be an entry-level supervisor. In addition to members of a Haitian-American executive team, the Haiti Marriott is led by a veteran Marriott general manager who was previously at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris. [Download images.]

Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel ceremonyJoined today by Haiti President Michel Martelly and former U.S. President Bill Clinton at a celebration ceremony, Digicel Group Chairman and Founder Denis O'Brien and Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) President - Caribbean & Latin America Region Craig S. Smith thanked the Kier Construction Company workers, sub-contractors and skilled Haitian construction workers who built the hotel and the Marriott associates who will host its guests. The hotel officially opens March 1st.  A formal grand opening event is planned for June.

Marriott Port-au-Prince HotelThe journey to build the Marriott Port-au-Prince began four years ago when Marriott International reached out to the Clinton Foundation to propose a new hotel to help Haiti rebuild its tourism industry after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The company found an eager partner in Digicel Group, which has invested US$45 million to build the 175-room hotel. 

“The opening of the Marriott Port-au-Prince is an important milestone as the people of Haiti work to revitalize and diversify their economy,” said President Bill Clinton.  "I am grateful to Marriott and Digicel for their commitment to this project, and hope that its success will inspire further investment and opportunity in Haiti.”   

Marriott Haiti Hotel ceremonyThe Clinton Foundation worked closely with Marriott and Digicel Group to develop the hotel project. The Foundation visited proposed construction sites with the parties, facilitated introductions to the Haitian government and the Haitian Tourism Association, and encouraged all parties to use the hotel as an opportunity to create an economic anchor for the community. In addition to creating good, sustainable jobs for Haitians, the hotel incorporates Haitian art and artisan products into the hotel’s design and integrates green technologies such as solar to reduce the hotel’s environmental footprint. The Clinton Foundation also worked closely with Marriott and Digicel Group to identify and contract with Haitian entrepreneurs, small businesses and agricultural cooperatives that could provide goods and services to the hotel. This local procurement component has been an important aspect of the hotel’s development for all parties.

Digicel Group and its Chairman, Mr. O’Brien, are committed to attracting foreign direct investment to Haiti and to helping the country rebuild in the wake of the earthquake. Mr. O’Brien is Founder and Patron of the Digicel Foundation, which to date has constructed 150 schools in Haiti, and rebuilt the iconic Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. He is also the Chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Haiti Action Network and has been instrumental in driving the activity of 80 support organizations in Haiti to deliver on their commitments.

“All along, we’ve said that we were committed to Haiti’s recovery and to delivering on its potential as a great place to invest, and as such, we are thrilled to be opening the doors of the Marriott Port-au-Prince here today,” said Mr. O’Brien. “We hope that the opening of the hotel will signal that Haiti is truly open for business and is ready to welcome investors and travelers alike.”

TDSA, the development company established by Digicel, managed the design/build contract and chose Marriott International’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand as its operating partner under a long-term management agreement. The hotel created more than 1,100 jobs throughout the construction stage.

Marriott’s interest in investing in Haiti was inspired in part by its associates, including thousands of Haitian-Americans who, after the earthquake, urged the company to help Haiti rebuild by planting the Marriott flag. Said Arne Sorenson, Marriott International President and CEO, “We believe we can make a difference in Haiti by promoting tourism, and developing local talent that can help lift this country, over time, back to being one of the top travel destinations in the Caribbean.”

Through this project, Marriott is demonstrating how a hotel can be a model for social innovation and community investment. Working with Haiti’s Ministry of Tourism, Marriott selected 8 Haitian youth to train in hospitality operations at the new JW Marriott® Hotel Santo Domingo. The youth recently returned to Haiti after their 12-week internship in Santo Domingo and have been hired as entry-level supervisors at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel. 

Marriott is also collaborating with Haiti’s Ministry of Tourism and World Central Kitchen to build the skills and training of Haiti’s hospitality workforce through newly designed hospitality curriculum for local culinary students.  Marriott has provided funding to help support the innovative new program, which is currently being delivered to its first culinary class of nearly 40 students in a school located near the Marriott Hotel Port-au-Prince.  The program will be expanded when a new Ecole Hotelier, currently under construction, is completed in 2015

In addition to the 200 new hotel jobs and hospitality training, the hotel is sourcing goods, food and amenities from local small businesses, social enterprises, farms and Haitian artisans. The unique craftsmanship of more than a dozen Haitian-based artisans, including the hotel’s art curator, Philippe Dodard, is showcased throughout the hotel’s guest rooms, corridors, great room, conference areas, restaurant and courtyard. From signature metalworks, paper mache masks and voodoo flags, to contemporary photography and stone and wood sculptures using natural and recycled materials, the deep, vibrant art culture of Haiti is on display. The hotel will also feature weekly art markets where guests can purchase art from local artists on the hotel grounds.

TOMS is a key supplier to the Marriott Port-au-Prince, with the company providing custom-designed shoes made in Haiti for each of the hotel’s staff.  Additionally, TOMS is producing shoes in Haiti as part of its commitment to help establish and support a responsible shoe industry in the country. As a locally staffed and operated facility, TOMS and its manufacturing partner, LXJ Golden Pacific, economically empower individuals while giving international businesses an opportunity to invest in Haiti’s future.

Marriott Port-au-Prince is sourcing 100 percent of its coffee from Haitian company, Rebo Coffee, which employs several hundred women who carefully select the beans for quality.  Rebo is a socially responsible business that is investing in agricultural and financial training for small and independent farmers. 

Marriott Port-au-Prince is pleased to be the first hotel in Haiti to source produce from Afe Neg Combite, a Kenscoff-based co-op made up of 5,500 farmers employing a total of 8,000 people.  Marriott’s procurement team has been working with the farmers for more than a year to help them produce, package and transport fruits and vegetables in ways that meet the quality, yield and lower waste standards of the hospitality industry.

The hotel is sourcing sustainable, fair-trade soaps and amenities from local producer Ayiti Natives.  The products are made by Haitians using local Haitian herbs, nuts and fruits. Ayiti Natives was founded by Caroline Sada, a Haitian American social entrepreneur who left a job with a well-known U.S. cosmetics company after the Haiti earthquake struck – she wanted to give back to the local community. All of her employees are women, and most come from the most destitute villages in Haiti.

The Marriott Hotel Port-au-Prince was sustainably designed and constructed, providing stand-alone utility services while applying energy efficient building technologies. Its features include:

  • A densely insulated building envelope, with low solar gain glazing complemented with additional direct sun screens; 
  • A high-efficient energy plant producing 6 megawatts of electricity from 6 x 1100kw diesel generators. The plant is connected to a 1 megawatt solar farm located near the site;
  • On-site water storage and treatment systems to provide for a five-day water supply; 60 percent of the hotel’s hot water supply is provided through thermal solar panels installed on the roof;   
  • A 60,000 gallon waste water treatment plant; and
  • A state-of-the -art space cooling plant with all building services controlled by a central building management system. 

“Merci, merci,” said Haiti Minister of Tourism Stéphanie Villedrouin.  “Marriott International and Digicel Group’s dedication to completing this project is to be commended. The opening of this hotel is a huge vote of confidence in the future economic viability of Haiti. The Marriott Port-au-Prince, which will be located in the Haut Turgeau area of the city, will offer 170 rooms including 5 suites with Marriott’s signature amenities and features, including premium bedding, high-speed Internet (LAN and wireless) and flat-screen televisions.  Dining options will include La Sirene Restaurant, a casual restaurant and La Sirene Bar, a lobby bar and lounge and 24-hour room service.  The hotel will include about 604 square meters (6,501 square feet) of flexible meeting space, a 150-square-meter (1,614-square-foot) fitness center, swimming pool, and sundries shop/marketplace. About Digicel Group: Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After almost 14 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs. Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.

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 $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 http://news.marriott.com/.

About Marriott Hotels:
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries 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, 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.

The Clinton Foundation:
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Since 2001 President Clinton's vision and leadership have resulted in nearly 4 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 12,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 26,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 2.2 million tons of greenhouse gases cut or abated in some of the world's largest cities. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative, whose members have made more than 2,100 commitments that have already improved the lives of 400 million people in more than 180 countries.

Contact: 
Felicia McLemore
(301) 380-2772
felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

02/02/2015

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Offers Up to 30 Perent Off Leisure Rates

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During 'Time is Money Event'



New York, NY – Feburary 2, 2015 – As the pace of life moves faster and faster, time has become an increasingly valuable commodity. That’s why Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts is providing an incentive for guests to spend some of their precious time reconnecting and decompressing on a tropical getaway, with savings of up to 30 percent off the price of regular leisure rates for a minimum two-night sta y at participating properties.* To take advantage of the Time is Money Event, visitors must book by February 28, 2015, for travel from April 6 through June 30, 2015, using promotional code ‘3CL.’

Participating hotel properties and corresponding discounts include: 

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (20 percent off) 
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort (30 percent off)
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (30 percent off)
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino (30 percent off)
Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort (30 percent off )
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort (20 percent off)
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa (30 percent off)
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort (30 percent off)
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa (30 percent off)
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (20 percent off)
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino (30 percent off)

For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts and to book a stay, visit www.ParadiseByMarriott.com and www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico.

* Promotion is valid for reservations booked between February 1 – 28, 2015, for stays from April 6, 2015 – June 30, 2015 at participating Marriott® Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts. Must quote promotional code 3CL to receive the promotional rate. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Available at participating locations only. Percentage discount varies by hotel. Some hotels may not be available at the rates shown. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, sale promotion, or prior purchase/reservation. Offer not available to groups 10 rooms or more. Void where prohibited.

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts: Latin America Resorts represents the region’s most luxurious resort properties, each complete with chic accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities and stunning oceanfront locations. The Collection’s eight resorts situated throughout seven destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico share elevated standards of service, style and reputation that are further magnified by participation in the portfolio. Formed in 1997, the Collection brings a refined level of awareness to this exclusive group of full-service properties. For more information please visit www.paradisebymarriott.com

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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Lou Hammond & Associates
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01/14/2015

Marriott Hotels Invites Guests to Travel Brilliantly with GoPro

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Marriott Hotels in the Caribbean & Latin America offer complimentary GoPro HERO4 cameras for guests to use during their stay and share their experiences.

Weston, Fla., – January 14, 2015 – Marriott Hotels, Marriott International’s flagship brand, is putting a whole new “POV” on the guest experience by providing GoPro HERO4 cameras at 17 Caribbean and Latin American resorts and hotels. The exclusive offer allows guests to test drive a GoPro HERO4, the most advanced GoPro yet and capture and share all of their adventures and experiences.
 

“We live in a digital and social age. Through this program at Marriott Hotels, we’re giving guests a fun way to tell their own travel story using the versatile and memory making GoPro technology and immediately share their content with friends and family,” said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International.  “Next generation travelers are looking for ways to create and share their experiences and Marriott has made it a priority to constantly introduce innovation into our hotels that is engaging and fits their digital lifestyle."

"The Marriott Hotels brand continually demonstrates leadership in bringing new travel-enhancing experiences to their guests and the GoPro HERO4 cameras are the perfect device for their guests to capture their Caribbean and Latin American vacations,” said GoPro Senior Vice President of Marketing, Paul Crandell. “Resort destinations in tropical locations are where passionate people go to enjoy amazing new experiences and we can’t wait to see the GoPro photos and videos that Marriott guests create during their stay."

Guests are encouraged to submit their GoPro photo and video content across social platforms using the hashtags #GoPro, #travelbrilliantly and #viajegenial for the chance to be featured on the Marriott Hotels’ website, www.travelbrilliantly.com/gopro. The submitted content will be curated to share across Marriott International’s social media channels and the in-room entertainment system at our participating hotels. To celebrate the launch of the program, guests’ content will also be selected from social media channels by Marriott Hotels to win prizes such as vacation stays, Marriott Rewards points and GoPro cameras.

Participating properties across the Caribbean and Latin America include:

  1. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  2. CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
  3. CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
  4. Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
  5. Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  6. Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  7. Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  8. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  9. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort
  10. JW Marriott Hotel Lima
  11. JW Marriott Hotel Quito
  12. JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
  13. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
  14. JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
  15. Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
  16. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  17. St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries 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 Marriott International
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 GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO)
GoPro, Inc. is transforming the way consumers capture, manage, share and enjoy meaningful life experiences. We do this by enabling people to capture compelling, immersive photo and video content of themselves participating in their favorite activities. Our customers include some of the world's most active and passionate people. The volume and quality of their shared GoPro content, coupled with their enthusiasm for our brand, are virally driving awareness and demand for our products.

What began as an idea to help athletes document themselves engaged in their sport has become a widely adopted solution for people to document themselves engaged in their interests, whatever they may be. From extreme to mainstream, professional to consumer, GoPro has enabled the world to capture and share its passions, and the world, in turn, is enabling GoPro to become one of the most exciting and aspirational companies of our time.

For more information, visit www.gopro.com or connect with GoPro on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or LinkedIn.

GOPRO® and HERO® are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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Contact:  
Laura Botelho
+1 (954) 684-5321
laura.botelho@marriott.com

11/21/2014

Fairfield by Marriott to Open in San Salvador, El Salvador in 2016

Fairfield San SalvadorSan Salvador, El Salvador – November 21, 2014: Marriott International announced plans today to open a 130 room Fairfield by Marriott in El Salvador. Located adjacent to the upscale La Gran Via shopping mall and in close proximity to large corporations such as Xerox, Citibank, the World Bank, Bayers and Siemens, the hotel will serve as an excellent lodging option for the frequent business travelers. The property will be developed by Dueñas Hermanos Ltda. (d.b.a. Urbanica Desarrollos Inmobiliarios), Caribe Hospitality and Terranum Hotels, the same the companies that own the existing Courtyard by Marriott San Salvador. The hotel will be managed by Marriott International under a long term agreement.

“As Central America continues to develop, the region’s middle class continues to grow and travel more and more, requiring reliable, high quality accommodations to cater to their lodging needs,” said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “This new property reaffirms the company’s commitment to Central America and marks the continuation of our aggressive growth plans in the region.”

“We are fortunate to have such excellent regional partners in Latin America with a progressive mindset, with whom we look forward to continue to grow many successful hotels within the region” says Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer for Marriott International, Inc. in the Caribbean & Latin America “El Salvador is among the top Central American markets we are targeting for our select service brands.”

The 130-room Fairfield by Marriott hotel in San Salvador, scheduled to open in 2016, will feature a modern design, a casual dining restaurant, meeting space and a state of the art fitness center. 

Launched in 1987, Fairfield by Marriott has become a leader in the moderate tier category.  With more than 700 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and India, guests can rely on Fairfield by Marriott to meet their lodging needs wherever their travels take them.  Fairfield by Marriott participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent guest program. For more information or reservations, visit the web site at www.fairfieldinn.com. 

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com; nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

 

 

11/12/2014

Marriott International Discusses Strategies for Long-term Success in Latin America

Craig-blazquezphoto.com-0809Miami, Fla., November 12, 2014 – Business, government and social leaders from across Latin America gathered at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami for the 20th Latin Trade Symposium to discuss the challenges facing the region in the coming decade. Craig Smith, President of the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International took center stage at the “Leadership in Transformation: Strategies for Future Growth” CEO roundtable, to discuss the role Marriott International has had in the development of the hospitality industry in region over the course of the past decade and the company’s future plans to have 150 hotels open in the region by 2017.  

Smith spoke to a series of strategies that Marriott International is employing to drive growth across the region including, the empowerment of female talent with the Caribbean & Latin America, attracting the next generation of travelers and associates via technological and mobile innovations and the company’s recent announcement of complimentary Wi-Fi access to Marriott Rewards’ 47 million members worldwide.   

Following a passionate speech by 2014 BRAVO Innovative Leader of the Year recipient, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe of Haiti, Smith and Lamothe met to exchange ideas and share strategies for ushering in change and advancement of the Haitian economy, and the opening of the 175-room Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince in early 2015.  During his keynote speech, Prime Minister Lamothe strongly advocated the investment in Haiti by multinational companies and spoke to the incentives the government has put in place to increase development in the country.  

Following the Latin Trade Symposium was the 20th BRAVO Business Awards, where Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe accepted the Innovative Leader of the Year award for his work in the recovery of the Haitian economy and his strategically efforts to modernize the country’s business environment thus increasing international trade with the country. In addition, Marriott-property owner, Ricardo Poma CEO of Grupo Poma accepted the Social Responsibility CEO of the Year award.

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.

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com

10/01/2014

Marriott International Invites Guests to Experience the Culinary Wonders of the Caribbean and Latin America Through New 'Farm to Table' Concept Menus

Sea-bass-with-rosted-heart-of-palmWeston, Florida – Oct. 1, 2014 – Today, Marriott International unveiled the Taste of the Caribbean and Latin America menus at five pilot hotels in the region. Each ‘Farm to table’ inspired menu was carefully curated by the hotels’ executive chefs and highlights the local culinary offerings with the freshest of locally sourced ingredients to give Marriott guests the opportunity get to experience the destination through the form of taste. 

Featured hotels across the Caribbean and Latin America include:

  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
  • Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel (Brazil)
  • Santiago Marriott Hotel (Chile)
  • JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Peru)
  • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Aruba)

Marriott International continues their tradition of strong local-community outreach and incorporation into their efforts by identifying high-quality food providers to ensure that local culture is not only being reflected in the menu but that the local properties are playing an integral role in the development within their local economies.

“This regional program was a truly collaborative effort with our talented chefs working side by side with local providers to obtain the highest quality local ingredients,” said Craig S. Smith, president of the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. “We have set our regional culinary experts’ imaginations free by allowing them to use their cultural heritage and strong culinary skills to develop a series of sumptuous menu options that rival that of any stand-alone restaurant”.

Some of the dishes that will be offered on the menus will be:

  • Duck leg  from Maquehua with sautéed sweet potatoes, broad beans and organic arugula salad, by Chef Luiz Cruzat (Chile)
  • Sea bass with roasted heart of palm, Brazil nuts and basil infused olive oil, by Chef Gayber Silveira (Brazil)            
  • Frigate Bay Reef Lobster, Chef Mark Quitney (St. Kitts)
  • Confit suckling pig with aQuince-apple puree, peach-thyme juice and a  parsley & celery salad , by Chef Julio Ferradas (Peru)

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy (expected opening in 2014), Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels,  Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  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 laura.botehelo@marriott.com

09/11/2014

Marriott Leads Conversation on Future of Travel at WTTC in Peru

Craig-Smith-at-WTTC-in-Lima-PeruMarriott’s Latin American Hotels Set to Nearly Double by 2017.

Lima, Peru – September 11, 2014 – Latin America and the Caribbean will be a key driver of Marriott International’s hotel and jobs growth over the next three years. At this week’s World Travel & Tourism Conference (WTTC), Craig S. Smith, president of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), announced that the company expects to reach the milestone of 5,000 hotels by 2017, planning to add 1,300 new hotels in the next three years at the rate of approximately 6 per week.  In Latin America alone, the company expects to close 2017 with 150 hotels across 25 countries, nearly doubling its portfolio in Latin America.  

“We see expansion of the middle class and continued growth in disposable income fueling worldwide travel among Latin Americans,” said Smith.  “This new generation of travelers is seeking a seamless experience, including easier visa and entry processes along with more choices and innovative services to book and explore destinations.  Building a healthy travel industry will also ensure economic growth and job creation.”   

 Other key points regarding the vibrant future of Latin American travel and Marriott’s role:

  • In 2013, more than 1.1 billion people traveled outside their home borders. Marriott expects  to  see 2 billion global travelers by 2030, and Latin Americans will play a big role in the growth of global travel. (WTTC).
     
  • 2024 Latin American GDP forecast to rise by 4.1% to USD 221 Billion. (WTTC)
  • As more people travel, the growth in hotels means more jobs which equates to more customers, a "virtuous cycle."  In the next 4 years, Marriott plans to grow in the region from 82 hotels and nearly 23,000 rooms in the Caribbean and Latin America to 150 hotels and 27,000 associates by 2017 across 10 lodging brands and 25 countries. 
     
  • In developing countries mobile phones are often the only way to connect to the world, including the internet, healthcare and financial needs.  About 75 percent of the world’s 6 billion mobile phones are located there.
     
  • In 2014, Marriott became the first hospitality company to enable job seekers to apply for new career opportunities at the company on their mobile devices.
     
  • Growth and creating opportunities are both critical in the region.  In Haiti, where Marriott plans to open its first hotel in early 2015, the company is creating robust training programs to train and hire 200 employees, and helping to develop a tourism infrastructure that can employ even more. The Marriott Hotel in earthquake-ravaged Port au Prince will help boost the local economy by supporting local vendors and sending the signal that Haiti is open for business.
     
  • Working with the Ministry of Tourism, Marriott interviewed and selected 10 Haitian youth to gain work and life skills by being part of the operations and food & beverage opening teams for the new JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo.

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company with over 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 www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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08/27/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brand Celebrates Opening of First Hotel in the Caribbean: The JW Marriott Santo Domingo

JW-Marriott-Santo-Domingo-exteriorSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic – August 27, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) continues to grow its world-class luxury JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the 150-room JW Marriott Santo Domingo. The grand opening celebration took place today in Santo Domingo and was graced with the presence of President Danilo Medina, Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia, along with the President of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A, Mr. Luis Emilio Velutini and Mr. Craig Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott. Download images.

The much anticipated hotel is located in the upscale Piantini financial district and located inside the luxurious Blue Mall which that features several fine dining restaurants and high end shops such as Cartier, Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton. 

“Santo Domingo remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in the Caribbean," said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Mr. Velutini on this project, and reveal our first world class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel to the Caribbean. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to the Dominican Republic and is a great addition to the brand’s growing global portfolio.”

“The opening of this high luxury, sophisticated hotel marks an important milestone in the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry”, said Luis Emilio Velutini, President of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A. “With the thriving economy in the country and the success of the high-end Blue Mall complex, we are confident that this unique and visually stunning hotel will become a landmark in Santo Domingo attracting travelers and groups from all over the world”.

JW-Santo-Marriott-Domingo-poolSure to be the city’s newest hotspot, the stunning VERTYGO 101 lounge, the Dominican Republic’s first “floating” restaurant and bar, features a glass floor terrace rising 101 feet above the bustling city street below and offers a full menu of crafted cocktails and innovative food items.

Along with VERTYGO 101, the JW Marriott Santo Domingo also houses the exclusive Winston Grill & Patio, a sophisticated fine dining restaurant overseen by the talented Chef Sergio Delfino that features Latin-American specialties with an Asian influence as well as an extensive international wine and cocktail menu.

The modern and sophisticated 150 rooms and suites will all include the highest speed wireless internet on the market, LCD TV’S, apple TV in every room, embedded TVs in the bathroom mirrors, alarm clocks with iPhone 5 and iPad docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and the signature JW Marriott brand Aromatherapy bathroom amenities. The presidential suite will feature some of the most high-end details in the Caribbean, including an $8,000 Kholer bath tub with light therapy, massage and hydrotherapy to reach the highest level of relaxation after a long day in Santo Domingo.

“Each JW Marriott delivers a warm, authentic, relaxed and elegant environment that is unique to the luxury segment, and we are thrilled to open our doors for business and receive guests to experience this incredible new hotel” said Nigel Cook, General Manager of the JW Marriott Santo Domingo. 

The stunning hotel also offers 9 event spaces, totaling over 2,938 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including the 1,158 square foot ballroom. The excellent location along with the luxurious accommodations and outstanding service offered at the JW Marriott Santo Domingo is sure to make this hotel the number one choice to host social and business events in the city.

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 68 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties over 40 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

Connect with Laura.Botelho@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.

Media Contact:
Luisana Suegart
Diamond Public Relations
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05/07/2014

Marriott Hotels Puts the World in Your Hands – Expands Mobile Check-in and Checkout for Marriott Rewards Members to Nearly 500 Hotels

CheckIn_CHFor today’s global traveler, their smartphone is what links them to their world. To put even more power in the hands of travelers, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has expanded mobile check-in and checkout globally for Marriott Rewards members to nearly 500 hotels. This means Marriott Rewards guests from London to Dubai to Shanghai to Mexico City to New York can simply check-in and checkout using the wildly popular Marriott Mobile app on their smartphone. First introduced last year at its hotels in the United States and Canada, Marriott Hotels mobile check-in and checkout is now available in every continent where its nearly 500 properties are located.* 

With the Marriott Mobile app, check-in and checkout is simple to use. 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.

CheckOut_ESAt the end of their stays, guests receive a push notification alerting them mobile checkout is available. Upon completion, guests will then be prompted to provide an email address where their bill will be sent, allowing them to bypass the front desk.

“When we first began testing mobility, we went straight to the experts, our guests, who told us they wanted the power to check-in and checkout on their smartphones,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Among Millennials, nine out of ten who tried mobile check-in and checkout for the first time gave it high marks and said they would use it again for their next stay.”

The Marriott Mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and by going to:  http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi. These sites also enable easy enrollment in the Marriott Rewards and travelers can learn more about mobility at Marriott Hotels at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/.

The Marriott Hotels mobile innovation does not stop at check-in and checkout. For a glimpse into the future, 15 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. are among the first in the industry enabling guests to text service requests, such as additional towels and pillows and valet service, and chat with the hotel’s hosts in real time.  Marriott Hotels is on a journey of transformation to make travel brilliant. Other innovations include the fully re-designed Greatroom lobby that features an open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves. Stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming, the Greatroom lobby offers all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from free Wi-Fi to electrical power points. Additionally, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott Hotels has introduced new concepts for the mobile worker including Meetings Imagined, the Meeting Services App (Red Coat Direct) and Workspace on Demand.

*Regulations in Armenia, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey allow for mobile check-in but require guests to checkout with the front desk. Mobile check-in and checkout is not available in Japan.

About Marriott Hotels
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries 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, 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).

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 john.wolf@marriott.com