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08/04/2015

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Launches Fit In Paradise Partnership With Sarah Fit

~ YouTube Personality Offers Exclusive Tips for Staying Healthy on Vacation ~

 

Fit in paradiseNEW YORK – Today, Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts announces its new Fit in Paradise initiative with YouTube fitness personality and blogger Sarah Dussault – also known as Sarah Fit. Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts has partnered with Sarah Fit, one of YouTube’s most-viewed fitness gurus with over 200,000 subscribers, to show viewers and guests how easy it is to stay healthy and active while visiting any of the Collection’s eight resorts.

 

As part of the initiative, Sarah Fit is visiting each of the Collection’s resorts, where she is filming a series of workout and lifestyle videos which will be rolled out across her social media channels, as well as those of Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts. These videos will feature Sarah Fit engaging in a specific workout set amidst the backdrop of each resort.

 

In addition to workouts, she is also producing videos that showcase the resorts themselves, as well as their local destinations. Viewers will be able to follow along with Sarah’s adventures as she navigates her favorite activities and experiences at each resort.  

 

Based on her experiences, she is also developing property-specific fitness and wellness tip sheets, highlighting the coolest ideas to stay active and the most delicious ways to eat healthy at each destination. Examples include experiencing the juice and kombucha bar at Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort or taking a SUP Yoga class at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. The tip sheets are tailored to each resort and will be available in the hotel rooms to allow guests to capitalize on her advice during their stay.

 

To help travelers enjoy both healthy and flavorful meals while on the road, Sarah Fit is creating menu recommendations highlighted at a designated restaurant in each resort, in addition to crafting a signature Sarah Fit cocktail alongside property mixologists. Sarah Fit’s fitness tips, signature drink and menu choices will be available at the resorts throughout the year.

 

“We’ve created this partnership in order to help our guests enjoy a healthy yet fun experience while staying at our resorts,” explained Michelle Bozoki, Director of Marketing & eCommerce for Caribbean & Latin America Resorts. “Like our resorts, Sarah Fit brings an enthusiastic approach to a healthy lifestyle, while offering advice and tips that are both valuable and attainable. We are excited to share her expertise and insights with our guests, while showcasing our beautiful resorts and destinations to her very loyal followers. Sarah Fit’s audience is largely millennial women interested in travel and a healthy lifestyle, so the partnership also allows us to better target this important demographic.”

 

Known for her energetic approach, Sarah Dussault has turned a personal passion for fitness into a full-time career as a trainer and blogger. Her YouTube videos have been viewed more than 120 million times as she realizes her goal to enable her viewers’ desire for healthy living. According to Dussault, “I’m especially interested in helping people eat clean and get fit so they can feel confident in the way they look without depriving themselves of a social life or, in the case of my work with Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts, a fun vacation.”

 

The Fit in Paradise initiative will be available at the following Collection properties:

  •        Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  •        CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
  •        CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
  •        Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  •        Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  •        Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  •        JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  •        St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

 

To follow Sarah Fit’s travels, search #FitInParadise on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts and to book a stay, visit www.ParadiseByMarriott.com and www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico.

 

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts:
Marriott Caribbean & 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 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

 

Contact: Lily Karp at lilyk@louhammond.com and Jennifer Dakin jenniferd@lhammond.com

 

07/30/2015

Courtyard by Marriott Makes its Chilean Debut With the Opening of Courtyard by Marriott Santiago Las Condes

Courtyard-by-Marriott-SantiagoThe 200-room property is the brand’s second hotel in South America

Santiago, Chile – July 30, 2015: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced the opening of the new 205-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Santiago, Chile. The hotel is situated immediately adjacent to the existing 280-room Santiago Marriott in the Las Condes business district filled with restaurants, bars and shops, the Courtyard will offer easy access to all of Santiago including the renowned Mall Parque Arauco and Araucano Park, located a few steps away from the hotel and some of the best views of the Andes Mountains.

Courtyard by Marriott Santiago lobby“Chile’s growing middle class and booming economy have generated tremendous demand for mid-priced hotel properties,” said Tim Sheldon, President of the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. “Courtyard understands today’s travelers’ needs and provides an upscale experience and space to blend work and fun. Its contemporary design and use of innovative technology has led to its continuous global growth and popularity, especially here in Latin America.” 

“Santiago has quickly become a premier business hub in Latin America and we’ve seen tremendous success at the Marriott Santiago.  With the arrival of the Courtyard by Marriott in Chile, we are excited to debut a new brand in the market that combines innovative technology with style and comfort.  ,” said Eduardo Yoshimoto, General Manager of the hotel. 

In addition to 205 guest rooms and suites, the hotel features the brand’s refreshing business lobby, The Bistro Restaurant & Bar that offers healthy choices made with fresh local ingredients, five meeting rooms with 278.71m2 of meeting space, a fully-equipped fitness center, and a rooftop pool with a panoramic view of Las Condes. 

The Courtyard by Marriott Santiago also offers a refreshing and stylish room design that helps guests stay connected, productive and comfortable. Thoughtfully planned, each room features plush bedding, a functional workspace, spacious bathrooms, a separate seating area and complimentary in-room high-speed Internet. 

Marriott International is currently represented in Chile by the 280-room Santiago Marriott Hotel, the 182-room Renaissance Santiago Hotel and the 205-room The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago.  In February 2015, the Courtyard by Marriott brand opened its first property in South America in Recife, Brazil and celebrated the opening of its 1,000th property worldwide. 

About Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,000 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard 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 or reservations, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels

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

Contact: 
Nina Herrera-Davila
+1 (301) 380-2691
nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

07/07/2015

JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa to Open in Fall 2015

JW Marriott Los CabosArchitect Jim Olson Draws Inspiration From Local Culture To Design Brand’s Newest Resort Property.

Los Cabos, Mexico, July 7, 2015
– JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the distinctive sophisticated brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), announces the debut of JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa in Fall 2015.  The 299-room luxury beachfront resort, designed by renowned architect Jim Olson in collaboration with Mexico City-based design firm IDEA Asociados, is dedicated to cherishing and showcasing Los Cabos’ natural environment and traditions. 

“A rich destination with a deep cultural narrative, our newest resort property will provide guests with first-hand luxury experiences and unexpected discoveries in a captivating part of the world,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management & Guest Experience at Marriott International.  “JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa combines local flavor, world-class design by Jim Olson and JW Marriott’s signature service to offer an authentic and enriching experience to guests.”

JW Marriott Los CabosSituated in the upscale Puerto Los Cabos community, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa resides amidst the desert dunes of Baja California Sur, Mexico, at the point where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean converge to overlook the “aquarium of the world.”  Upon entering the open-air lobby, guests will be immediately greeted by the sea and the resort’s expansive infinity pools, creatingthe effect of the ocean merging with the property itself.  The resort will boast well-appointed guest rooms and suites – all with unobstructed ocean views – in addition to seven restaurants, a world-class spa & fitness center, beach club, banquet and meeting facilities, and retail shops.  The resort’s architectural design will also provide idyllic spaces to display international works of contemporary art from renowned international artists. 

“JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa was designed to complement the beauty of the surrounding environment, blending natural elements with modern details to bring local tradition and culture to life in an unparalleled way,” said General Manager Mike van der Kroft.  “This approach to design brings a heightened hotel experience unlike any other to the southern Baja California Peninsula, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests this fall.” 

JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa will offer seven restaurants and bars, including its signature Café des Artistes, a Mexican fine dining experience with French influences helmed by award-winning Chef Thierry Blouet.  The restaurant will have both indoor and outdoor seating, a carefully curated wine cellar selection highlighting the best of Baja California vintages, a chef’s private table and a bar area.  Other food & beverage establishments include Nak & Grill Bar, offering open-grilled local seafood dishes, as well as P’yote Rooftop Bar, which will feature an extensive list of cocktails to be enjoyed on the hotel’s upper terrace.  

The Jasha Spa will span more than 21,000 sq. ft. and include 12 treatment rooms, an outdoor garden and patio, vitality pools, an indoor pool, and private Jacuzzis.  The property will also house a modern version of the traditional temazcal, a Mexican sweat lodgeused by ancient Aztecs as a therapeutic instrument to promote healing, health and well-being.  Guests will also have access to Puerto Los Cabos’ private marina and golf courses designed by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus.   

Additionally, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa will offer more than 37,000 sq. ft. of space for corporate and social events.  Facilities will include a 7,950 sq. ft. Mila Ballroom, with six smaller rooms adjacent to the foyer and an oceanfront Amet Patio.  The Kepe gazebo, with a magnificent view of the Sea of Cortez, will be the ideal venue for wedding ceremonies.  Inspired by ancient Greek forums, the 7,104 sq. ft. Sum-San amphitheater will provide space for guests to enjoy performing art events or special celebrations under the stars.  Stadium seating will surround the amphitheater stage, set among lush gardens and a naturally occurring chiaroscuro, providing guests with a culturally rich experience.  The resort will also boast several private and semi-private terraces and gardens.  

For those looking for a highly personalized and private experience, the property will feature the Griffin Club, an ultra luxurious 45-room boutique hotel within the resort.  Griffin Club guests will enjoy exclusive amenities such as a movie theater, private beach and pool, reserved Jasha Spa areas, the Mayma Lounge Bar with a fireplace, and a private business center with meeting rooms and an event space. 

Conveniently located 25 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa will offer world-class amenities, on-property cultural events, and a variety of land and sea excursions.  Opening rates begin at $450 per night and $560 for the Griffin Club, room only. 

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 76 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.  

Media Contacts:           
María José Gadsden  
Terminal Creativa        
(52) 55 30997587
(52+1) 55 54152685
marijo@terminalcreativa.com

Jessica Berkin
Public Relations, Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International
+1 240 281 8309
jessica.berkin@marriott.com 

06/05/2015

Marriott International’s Caribbean & Latin America Hotels and Resorts Offer Discounts and Resort Credits with 2015 Summer Promotion

JW Panama_poolGuests Receive Up To 30 Percent Off Through Promotion

June 5, 2015, Marriott International’s Caribbean & Latin America hotels and resorts are offering an extra incentive to get away to some of the region’s most exciting destinations, with a very attractive 2015 Summer Promotion.

Beginning May 15th, visitors can save up to 30 percent off leisure rates for travel from June 15, 2015 to September 15, 2015. Reservations must be made by June 30, 2015.

Hotels are offering 20 percent and 30 percent off leisure rates with a minimum two-night stay. Guests also receive early check-in and late-check out based on availability; breakfast for two adults and two children up to 12 years of age staying in the same room; and 10 percent off dinner at the hotel’s main restaurant during the stay.

Resorts are offering $50, $75 or $100 in resort credit per day for a minimum four-night stay. Guests are also offered breakfast for two adults and two children up to 12 years of age staying in the same room as well as early check-in and late check-out based on availability.

To take advantage of this special offer, the promotional code “5CL” must be used.

Participating hotel properties include all JW Marriott Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments properties.

To book a stay, visit www.Marriott.com.  

For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Hotels and Resorts, please visit www.Marriott.com.  

*The Summer Offer is valid for reservations booked between May 15, 2015 – June 30, 2015, for stays from June 15, 2015 – September 15, 2015 at participating Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, and Autograph Collection Hotels. Offer not applicable to groups of ten rooms or more. Must quote promotional code “5CL” 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. 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. Void where prohibited.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global 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 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website atwww.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

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

05/29/2015

Courtyard by Marriott Announces Seventh Hotel for the Caribbean: The Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica

Courtyard-by-Marriott-Kingston-JamaicaThe 129-room hotel is set to open in August 2015  

Kingston, Jamaica – May 29, 2015: Marriott International (NASDQ:MAR) announced plans to open the first Courtyard by Marriott brand hotel in Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica. The project is being developed by Caribe Hospitality Jamaica.

The property has a practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions, allowing it to seek a LEED Silver Certification. This building will be 30% more energy-efficient than a standard building with a 16% reduction in water consumption, a 30% use of regional materials and will produce 5% of its energy on-site through solar panels.

The 129-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015, will be located 19km from the Norman Manley International Airport and close to the city’s best dining and shopping.

"The changing economic climate across the world and today’s technology has changed how people travel," said Andrew Houghton, Area Vice President of the Caribbean at Marriott International. “Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”

“With the success of the brand across the region, the Courtyard by Marriott brand has become a favorite amongst regional travelers”, Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean & Latin America, Marriott International. “The new hotel in Jamaica will be a significant milestone in our rapid expansion across the Caribbean and our company crossing borders into new and exciting markets.”

The hotel will feature the brand’s refreshing business lobby, lobby bar, a casual dining restaurant, flexible meeting space and recreational facilities including a swimming pool and fitness center.  Additionally, it will include the brand’s new modern guestroom design which is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Signature furniture and architectural elements will replace traditional art in the new guestroom design.

The Courtyard by Marriott brand features hotels with a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced while traveling.   Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road.  With more than 1000 locations in 39 countries, Courtyard has more locations than any other Marriott International brand.

For more information about the brand, visit www.courtyard.com.

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

CONTACT:   
Laura Botelho                                     Nina Herrera-Davila
+1 (954) 684-5321                              +1 (301) 380-2691                         Laura.botelho@marriott.com              nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

05/28/2015

JW Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Properties Celebrate Culinary Talents with Launch of the Chef’s Table YouTube Series

Chef's-Table-seriesCurated Videos Feature Local Recipes & Techniques from JW Marriott Chefs in the Region

Weston, FL - May 28, 2015 – Embracing their passion for culinary, JW Marriott properties in the Caribbean and Latin America region, announced the launch of a Chef’s Table video series on YouTube, spotlighting signature and local dishes and techniques from classically trained chefs from JW Marriott properties in Lima, Cancun, Bogota, Cusco and Rio de Janeiro. The Chef’s Table series debuts in Mexico and Peru with formally trained Chef Gonzalo Ruiz from the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and Chef Julio Ferradas from JW Marriott Hotel Lima.  Chef Gonzalo Ruiz creates a sumptuous yellowfin tuna tartare with locally sourced fish and delicate touches of chimichurri, Mexican avocado and freshly baked flour tortillas.  Chef Julio Ferradas prepares his signature stir-fried “paiche” tacu tacu, a contemporary twist on the traditional Peruvian dish made from a local fish.

“The Caribbean and Latin America region is rich in culinary tradition and is tremendously diverse from country to country. With the new Chef’s Table series, we will take our guests on a culinary tour of the region and demonstrate the incredible culinary talents we have at our hotels,” said Walter Regidor, Vice President of Operations for the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. ”This is the ideal platform to engage digitally with our guests who want to discover new flavors while expanding their culinary knowledge.”

The first two videos – featuring the chefs at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Hotel Lima – are both featured on the region’s YouTube channel.  Every six weeks a new video will be uploaded highlighting a different destination and hotel.  Upcoming properties include the JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco in Peru, the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and JW Marriott Hotel Bogota in Colombia.

 
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 75 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

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

About Marriott in the Caribbean & Latin America (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)’s presence in the region is represented by 79 hotels in 25 countries and territories, offering more than 18,000 rooms and spanning nine lodging brands. Marriott International (including The Ritz-Carlton) has 29 hotels under development in the region and expects to double its total number of hotels by 2017 across 10 lodging brands in 27 countries and territories.

Press Contacts:            
Laura Botelho                        Jessica Berkin
(954) 684-5321                      (240) 281-8309
Laura.Botelho@marriott.com   Jessica.berkin@marriott.com

05/21/2015

Marriott Names New Caribbean and Latin America Leader

Tim-Sheldon-2015Tim Sheldon Tapped to Head Region as Company Expects to Have 150 Hotels Open or Under Development in the Region by 2017

Bethesda, Md., May 21, 2015 – With plans to expand to 100 hotels this year and add another 50 across nine new countries by 2017, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has named Tim Sheldon as President of its Caribbean & Latin America (CALA) region.  Currently the company’s Global Chief Operations Officer, Sheldon will begin his new role in June.  The region’s previous President, Craig S. Smith, will be returning to Hong Kong to become President and Managing Director of the Marriott’s Asia-Pacific region, where he previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations officer.

Sheldon will capitalize on the company’s rapid regional expansion to drive operational excellence in partnership with the company’s owners and franchisees.   

“We look forward to even more exciting growth in the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott International’s president and chief executive officer.   “Tim’s brand expertise and proven track record of success in building strong operating organizations will help leverage our rapid expansion in the region into increasingly strong performance.”

“I am excited to join the CALA team and look forward to growing the company’s strong portfolio of brands throughout the region,” said Sheldon.  “We see tremendous development opportunity in established and emerging markets and are aggressively promoting travel both to and within the Caribbean and Latin America.” “The region is very dynamic and I am committed to creating opportunities for our associates, ensure our hotels deliver exceptional guest experiences and that we provide maximum value to our owners and franchisees.” 

Under Sheldon’s leadership as the global chief operations officer, the company successfully rolled out a new global guest satisfaction listening tool, GuestVoice, and launched mobile check-in and check-out, an industry first.  Previously, Sheldon was executive vice president for Global Brand Management and Lodging Operations where he was responsible for the oversight of nearly 500 hotels, and also has served as senior vice president and brand manager for the company’s Select-Service and Extended-Stay portfolio, leading Marriott’s entry into the moderate-tier extended-stay space.

Marriott International is now represented in the Caribbean & Latin America by 94 hotels in 24 countries and territories, offering more than 24,500 rooms and spanning nine lodging brands: The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts in the luxury tier; Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International’s signature brand; Renaissance Hotels and the Autograph Collection in the lifestyle category; Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn in the moderately-priced tier; and Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn by Marriott in the extended stay category. In addition, Marriott Vacation Club International, Marriott's timeshare ownership division, offers three resorts in two countries. 

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

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com

04/17/2015

Marriott Hotels Celebrates Newest Hotel Opening in Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana Marriott at nightThe Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown opens its doors and invites guests to Travel Brilliantly, Guyanese style.

Georgetown, Guyana – April 17, 2015: Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrates the grand opening of Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown, the first Marriott International property for the country. Surrounded by the high-tech features and iconic glamour of the all-new Marriott Hotel, the 500 VIP guests, enjoyed the live music of the National Steel Orchestra, sipped on the Guyana Marriott Signature cocktail and dined from a specially curated menu by our executive chef of international and local Guyanese delights. Download images.

Guyana Marriott King GuestroomThe night of celebration offered the perfect opportunity to showcase the iconic brand’s belief that travel should be brilliant to attract the next generation of travelers. In attendance was the President of The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Donald Ramotar along with Guyanese celebrities, local influencers and Marriott executives.

Guyana Marriott Ribbon Cutting Ceremony April 16th"This is a very exciting time for Marriott across Latin America – we plan to reach 150 hotels open and under development in the Caribbean and Latin America by end of 2017 and are thrilled to now be expanding into Guyana with our new partners,” said Rahul Vir,Area Vice President of South America at Marriott International. "With this project, not only are we bringing more hotel rooms to the Guyanese market, but also elevating the standards of hospitality in Georgetown which is experiencing a large growth in tourism." 

 “We are confident that this beautiful hotel will be highly successful and open doors of opportunity for the local Guyanese workforce,” said Roberto Grisi, General Manager at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown. This hotel has over 200 wonderful Guyanese associates who have been through over 300 hours of Marriott’s world-class training to prepare them to receive our valued guests with open arms.”

TECHNOLOGY
The Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown debuts technology throughout the property starting with offering the fastest wireless internet available on the market making easier for travelers to stay connected through email, social media and video streaming. Recognizing that guests are dependent on their mobile devices, the hotel will offer the company’s innovative mobile check-in service for a seamless arrival process for guests. The property will also feature Red Coat Direct, a first-of-its-kind app that lets meeting planners input and adjust meeting requests with a swipe of a screen. Business travelers will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary for hotel guests only. Built for the athletic guest in mind, the fitness facility features the latest equipment and tech for cardio, strength and core training.

INNOVATIVE & BOLD DESIGN
The 197-room Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown creates a striking new visual in the city both inside and out and is equipped to enable guests to Travel Brilliantly. Located in the heart of Georgetown where the Demerara River meets the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel features the brand’s signature interactive Greatroom concept.

The Greatroom lobby provides a destination where guests and locals can gather, by themselves or with friends or colleagues, to relax, socialize and work.  With free Wi-Fi and USB ports and outlets throughout the lobby, hotel guests and locals can work on their laptops and relax with their own tablets. 

The hotel’s custom designed guestrooms feature a soothing neutral palate, Wi-Fi, luxury bedding, LCD TV’S, alarm clocks with iPhone 5 and iPad docking station, and Marriott Hotels’ signature bath amenities by THANN, a natural Thai skincare line. 

For the local and visiting foodies, the property features the long awaited Terra Mare restaurant that boasts a complete culinary experience from land and sea with a full wine list that pairs beautifully with the featured dishes. The hotel also has an outdoor modern pool deck with a sleek bar & grill, and more than 8,900 square feet of meeting space, including a beautiful, modern grand ballroom.

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 $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. 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 49 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.

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

04/15/2015

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Offers $50 Daily Resort Credit With Spring Getaway Promotion

Spring promotionNew York, April. 15, 2015 Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts, a collection of luxury properties in some of the world’s most idyllic locations, is providing an extra incentive for guests to get away this spring, with a $50 daily resort that can be used on dining, spa treatments or additional activities at participating properties.* To take advantage of the Spring Getaway offer, visitors must book a minimum three-night stay in a premium room by May 14, 2015, for travel from April 16 through June 30, 2015, using promotional code ‘4CL.’

Participating hotel properties include:

  • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
  • CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
  • Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  • Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  • Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  • Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
  • San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
  • JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo (dining credit only)
  • Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel (dining credit only)

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 April 16 - May 14, 2015, for stays from April 16, 2015 – June 30, 2015 at participating Marriott® Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts. Must quote promotional code 4CL to receive the promotional rate. This is available on premium room categories only. Advance reservations are required. Resort credit is per room, per day ($250 max credit). Credit cannot be applied to room rate, tax or resort fee. There is no refund for unused credit. Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel and JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo are offering a $0 daily dining credit. JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo credit is only valid for weekend stays (Thursday - Sunday). A limited number of rooms are available, and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Available at participating locations only. 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. Void where prohibited.

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts:
Marriott Caribbean & 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 leading global 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 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Media Contacts:
Lily Karp/Jennifer Dakin
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (212) 891-0219; Fax: (212) 891-0208
E-mail: lilyk@louhammond.com / jenniferd@lhammond.com 

04/08/2015

Autograph Collection Hotels Continues to Grow in Central America With the Opening of the Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino in Panama City

Autograph Soris84th Property to Join Exclusive Portfolio of Independent Hotels.

Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) exclusive portfolio of independent hotels, announced today the addition of the new and stunning 391-room Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino in Panama City, Panama. This marks the second hotel for Autograph Collection Hotels in Central America following the 2014 addition of Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica. 

Autograph Soris guestroomThe Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino combines a striking, ultra-modern architecture with hand selected high-end amenities and vibrant experiences for travelers and Panamanians alike. Each of the 391 rooms and suites feature luxury bedding, sofa beds, aromatherapy amenities, Nespresso coffee machines, 46” Full HD LED Samsung TV and the fastest performing WiFi in the city.

“Panama remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in all of Latin America," said Kevin Schwab, Area Vice President for Mexico and Central America at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to reveal our first addition to Autograph Collection Hotels in Central America. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to Panama and is a great addition to the Collection’s growing global portfolio.”

“Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates its fifth-year anniversary this year with a growing portfolio of over 80 hotels worldwide, and we are thrilled to welcome Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection. “Through championing independence and welcoming extraordinary hotel experiences that are one-of–a-kind and true to the brand’s mantra of being ‘exactly like nothing else’, Autograph Collection remains one of the fastest growing independent hotel collections in the industry.”

Owned and operated by Hartin Trading S.A., this stunning new hotel includes 10 dining options from the ultra-chic, fine dining Manabi restaurant and rum bar to the bustling Score sports bar serving Panamanian and Asian favorites.

Enjoy a resort-like pool at Sortis watching blue skies and city views by day, and feel the beat change as the sun sets.

The Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino is home to the largest and most modern Casino in Panama City with an exclusive VIP Player’s Club. The property also contains a private shopping area with 30 stores at the Mezzanine floor as well as exclusive gastronomy venues and a Play Center.

The hotel’s luxurious 38 thousand square foot luxurious spa offers a full menu of indulging signature facials, holistic body treatments and a full service salon that brings indulgence to the next level, luminously tiled baths, sauna/steam room, tropical showers, vitality pool and relaxation room.

Introduced in 2010, the vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

About Autograph Collection
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 75 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection 
Twitter:     www.twitter.com/Autograph 
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Instagram: www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global 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, 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. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. 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 49 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.

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