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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.

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

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
305.854.3544
luisana@diamondpr.com

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

 

03/05/2014

Marriott Hotels Celebrates Grand Opening in the Salsa Capital of the World

Cali MarriottThe Cali Marriott Hotel opens its doors and invites guests to Travel Brilliantly, Caleño style

Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrates the grand opening of Cali Marriott Hotel, its first property in Cali, Colombia, and the company’s third in the country. Surrounded by the high-tech features and iconic glamour of the all-new Marriott, the 300 VIP guests, enjoyed the pulsating rhythms and vibrant vitality for which the destination of Cali – the Salsa Capital of the World – is known.

The 170-room hotel, developed under an agreement with Real Hotels and Resorts, S.A. and Grupo Poma, represents Marriott’s growing presence in Colombia. The 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.

IMG_9178In attendance, and accompanied by Colombian model, actress and TV personality Andrea Serna, were investors, celebrities, social figures and Marriott executives, including Craig Smith, Marriott International’s President for the Caribbean and Latin America.

IMG_9166The Grand Opening kicked off with a red carpet leading to a cocktail reception. Chefs from the hotel’s restaurants The Market and Tanoshi, tantalized guests with an array of international dishes, from a fresh pasta station to a ceviche bar, finishing off with a sinfully delicious chocolate room inspired by “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

The event program also featured property tours to enable guests to get a full look at the new hotel including a modern room design equipped with black-out windows, luxury bedding, high-quality personal care amenities and high-speed internet.

Cali Marriott Hotel is the third hotel under the Marriott International portfolio in Colombia following the success of its predecessors, Marriott Hotel Bogota (2009) and JW Marriott Bogota (2010). The opening not only emphasized the company’s rapid expansion in the region, but also its commitment to booming markets in Latin America.

IMG_9144The hotel is situated in Granada, the heart of Cali, which bustles with restaurants, bars and business, and serves as the city’s financial district. The company wants to establish this new property as “the place to be,” for business and social gatherings in the capital of Valle del Cauca.

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, 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, INC.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  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 MARRIOTT IN THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)’s presence in the region is represented by 78 hotels in 25 countries and territories, offering more than 19,000 rooms and spanning nine lodging brands. Marriott International (including The Ritz-Carlton) has 30 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.

Media Contact: 
Jennefer Meléndez
+1 (786) 360.3322 x13
Jennefer.Melendez@igcamericas.com

01/29/2014

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Offer Hot Deal to Counter Cold Temperatures

Hammock pictureGuests Receive 30 Percent Off Leisure Rates With Goodbye Winter, Hello Savings Event.

January 29, 2014 – Travelers seeking warm weather relief can say goodbye to low temperatures and hello to 30 percent off leisure rates during the Goodbye Winter, Hello Savings Event at Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts (www.paradisebymarriott.com) – a collection of 11 top luxury resorts located throughout 10 destinations in the tropics.

Beginning February 1, visitors can save 30 perfect off leisure rates for travel April 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014, with a minimum two-night stay required. Guests can soak up the sun on pristine beaches, enjoy treatments at award-winning spas, wine and dine at an array of notable restaurants and participate in cultural excursions within the destination.

To take advantage of this special offer, reservations must be made by February 28, 2014 and the promotional code ‘5CL’ must be used.* Participating hotel properties include: 

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

To book a stay, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/goodbye-winter-hello-savings.

For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts please visit www.ParadiseByMarriott.com or www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico.

*The Goodbye Winter, Hello Savings Event is valid for reservations booked between February 1 – 28, 2014, for stays from April 1, 2014 – July 31, 2014 at participating Marriott® Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts. 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 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 11 resorts situated throughout 10 destinations in the Caribbean & Latin America 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 Collection of full-service properties. For more information please visit www.paradisebymarriott.com.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories, and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  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.

Media Contacts:
Carlyn Topkin /Hannah Nelson
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (212) 891-0214; Fax: (212) 891-0200
E-mail: carlynt@lhammond.com / hannahn@lhammond.com

 

 

 

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12/03/2013

Chihuahua, Mexico to Receive a New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Chihuahua guestroomWeston, Fla., December 3, 2013 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) announced today plans to open the first Courtyard by Marriott brand hotel in the capital city of Chihuahua, Mexico, the twelfth largest city in the country and home to large brand name manufacturing facilities such as Ford Motor Co., Sumitomo Electrical, Honeywell, Hallmark, and LG Electronics. The hotel project was signed with a group of local, prominent investors from Chihuahua with over 36 years of experience and a portfolio that includes over 7 local hotels. 

The 138-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, scheduled to open in April 2015, will be located inside of the highly anticipated Citadela Life Style Center - Distrito Uno complex, a 65,000 SM mixed-use development that includes prime office space, residences, a casino, shops and over 20 restaurants.

“The Courtyard by Marriott brand was a perfect fit for this hotel and, combined with Marriott’s backbone and sales engine, we are confident that the hotel will be highly successful and play a large role in the continued emergence of city of Chihuahua,” said Don. Jaime Creel Sisniega, principal shareholder of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Chihuahua.

"The new hotel in Chihuahua will be a significant milestone in our rapid expansion across Mexico," said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. "The property will feature a modern, functional design while embracing Mexico's vibrant culture and the amenities travelers trust from our globally renowned Marriott International brands."

“With the success of the brand across Latin America, the Courtyard by Marriott brand has become a favorite amongst regional travelers”, Alejandro Acevedo, Vice President of Development, Caribbean & Mexico, Marriott International. “Chihuahua is known for its large presence of national and international manufacturing facilities, making the hotel’s central location an excellent option for the modern business traveler.”

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 sauna.  Additionally, it will include the brand’s new modern guestroom design.

Marriott International is currently represented in Mexico with the The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City, JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Santa Fe, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Marriott Puebla Real Hotel, Puebla, Torreon Marriott Hotel, Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel, Tijuana Marriott Hotel, Mexico City Marriott Hotel Reforma, Aguascalientes Marriott Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey, Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Airport, Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey San Jeronimo, Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Potosi, Courtyard by Marriott Puebla, Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport, Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Tollocan, Mexico, Courtyard by Marriott Leon at The Poliforum, Fairfield Inn Los Cabos and the Fairfield Inn Monterrey Airport.

The current pipeline of properties for Mexico include the 124-room Los Cabos, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the 300-room JW Marriott Cabo San Lucas Resort, the 200-room Tuxtla Gutierrez Marriott Hotel, the Villahermosa Marriott Hotel, the 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Hermosillo, the 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Los Cabos, the 120-room Fairfield Inn Queretaro, the 139-room Fairfield Inn Guadalajara Airport and the 160-room AC Hotel Mexico City.

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 900 locations in 37 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 leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  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.

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

nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com
+1 (301) 380-2691
                                     

11/26/2013

Mobile Check-In Goes Global at Marriott Hotels

Iphone5-7[15]Now available in 19 countries worldwide with more to follow.

The faster, easier and more convenient mobile check-in from Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International is now available at 20 additional Marriott hotels* in 19 countries including United Kingdom, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and India.  First launched at 329 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, the mobile check-in feature on the Marriott Mobile App has expanded internationally, representing the broadest mobile offering of its kind in the lodging industry.

http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-check-in-marriott-hotels-and-resorts.mi

According to research by GroupM Next*, 57 percent of business travellers aged 21-39 use their smartphone to book a hotel.  These younger travellers are also more likely to use mobile devices to enhance their travel experiences.  Marriott Hotels expects to complete the full global roll out of mobile check-in at all 500 hotels, as well as offer check-out functionality, in the first half of 2014.  

With the Marriott Mobile App, check-in is simple.  Marriott Rewards members, who have downloaded the app, can check-in through a smartphone as early as 4 pm the day before arrival, receiving an automatic notification when the room is ready. On arrival, Marriott Rewards guests simply go to the expedited mobile check-in desk where a key card will be ready and waiting. 

“As Marriott developed the app and tested mobile check-in, we engaged customers, asking for their feedback to perfect the experience and learn what mattered most to them,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Mobile check-in is just the start.  Our guests are more mobile and global than ever before and technology is increasingly important to them, which is why we will add check-out next year.  We will continue to solicit feedback from our guests as we enhance the travel experience with Marriott.”

The brand’s mobile innovation will continue as Marriott Hotels has launched 12 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. to test future mobile enhancements. Guests at those hotels can make service requests using their smartphones. The most popular guest requests so far include additional towels, wake-up calls and housekeeping.

Further innovations from Marriott Hotels

  • Future of Meetings – Marriott Hotels is introducing a number of initiatives to refresh meetings.  New meeting spaces with stylish design, natural light, flexible seating and wireless or web enabled technology enable planners and attendees to focus on the meeting objectives.  Marriott properties in Munich and Amsterdam feature the new design with the London Kensington Marriott and Paris Marriott Rive Gauche following early next year.  The Red Coat Direct app enables meeting organisers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.  Currently available in 35 Marriott hotels in Europe, Red Coat Direct will roll-out globally in early 2014.   
  • Greatroom lobby concept - An open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves.  They will be stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming with all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from Wi-Fi to power points.  The brand expects to introduce the concept at every Marriott Hotel by the end of 2015
  • Guest room - In The Underground – the company’s subterranean innovation lab – Marriott Hotels is working on the next generation guest room.  The lab offers rapid prototyping with 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.

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About Marriott.com & Mobile
Mobile check-in is part of the free Marriott mobile app available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.  Learn more about mobile check-in at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/our-innovations/check-in-app

The Marriott Mobile App has been downloaded over 2.5 million times, and Marriott.com receives over 4.5 million visitors a month from smartphones. 

*The 20 international hotels offering mobile check-in are:

Europe
• Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
• Brussels Marriott Hotel
• London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
• Prague Marriott Hotel
• Zurich Marriott Hotel

Asia Pacific
• Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
• Bangalore Marriott Hotel Whitefield
• Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
• Manila Marriott Hotel
• Singapore Marriott Hotel
• Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Caribbean & Latin America
• Bogota Marriott Hotel
• CasaMagna® Marriott Cancun Resort
• Panama Marriott Hotel
• Santiago Marriott Hotel
• San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Middle East & Africa
• Amman Marriott Hotel
• Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
• Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites

Hawaii
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

*Source: GroupM Next, September 2013; GBTA, August 2013; blog.librarypd.com, July 2013

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11/22/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Grows Global Portfolio with the Opening of Its Newest Luxury Resort in Aruba

The Ritz-Carlton, ArubaThe Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Unveils Unparalleled Luxury Experience to the Island of Aruba.

Miami, Fla., November 22, 2013 – After much anticipation, today The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. introduces its sixth luxury resort in the exclusive Caribbean & Mexico portfolio with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.  Situated on the island’s pristine Palm Beach, the eagerly anticipated oceanfront hotel officially welcomes its first guests while ushering in a new level of luxury travel experiences to the beautiful island nation.

“We are thrilled to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Aruba, a unique island paradise in the Caribbean known for its beautiful sun-kissed beaches, arid landscape and diverse cultural heritage which can be found no place else,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “ Our Ritz-Carlton customers have long awaited this luxury property and we are confident The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba will help to put this destination on the map for luxury travelers and further enhance the memorable travel experiences available for guests from around the world,” he added.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba’s 320 stylish guestrooms, including 55 suites, all boast private balconies with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and design elements that blends the island’s relaxed aesthetic with incomparable Ritz-Carlton character. Two Ritz-Carlton suites deliver panoramic oceanfront views with outdoor showers, while the expansive Club Lounge sits atop the building on the seventh floor with 34 rooms and an endless array of cuisine, beverages and personal service throughout the day to a backdrop of Aruba’s extraordinary seascape framed by floor to ceiling glass windows.

For an unrivalled retreat of relaxation and pampering, The Ritz-Carlton Spa will be the largest on the island revealing a 15,000 square foot tranquil oasis complemented by 13 intimate treatment rooms, salon, boutique and a variety of naturally-influenced indigenous services. Signature island-inspired treatments incorporate the natural elements of Sky, Water, Earth and Fire, infused with locally grown ingredients native to the island of aloe, coconut and cactus, all enhanced by the healing components of herbs and rich earth minerals.

The hotel’s culinary offerings display a selection of four savory fine dining experiences that reflect Aruba’s oceanfront backdrop coupled with authentic dishes and rich flavors. Madero Argentinian Grill features an assortment of specialty cocktails, light bites and poolside seating overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Solanio offers an all-day trattoria with outdoor terrace seating or dramatic open-air kitchen views, Les Crustaces pays homage to impeccably prepared seafood in a fine dining setting, while hand-crafted cocktails and flavorful small bites are presented at Divi Bar & Lounge, the resort’s lobby lounge bar named for Aruba’s wind swept Divi Divi trees unique to Oranjestad and the island. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba introduces exceptional meeting, corporate retreat, and special event space with a selection of indoor and outdoor venues, including a 7,500 square foot ballroom divisible into three salons, three meeting rooms and a selection of outdoor locations, including poolside decks, manicured lawns and a beachside reception area. The beach resort also features a 24-hour 15,000 square foot vibrant casino in an island paradise paired with an assortment of casino games ranging from traditional table favorites to over 300 slot machines.

Guests are invited to experience The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba and its acclaimed collection of luxury amenities with rates starting at $649 USD per night. Reservations can be made on www.ritzcarlton.com/aruba or by calling (297) 527-2222. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RitzCarltonAruba.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 84 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

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11/20/2013

Marriott International and FibraHotel Announce Affiliation and Aggressive Growth Plans in Mexico by Introducing Six Hotels to the Mexican Market

Fibra imageToday Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced plans to operate 20 hotels expected to be developed by FibraHotel, the largest and first publicly traded Mexican lodging REIT (BMV: FIHO12), across key Mexican cities by 2016. The first six hotels, whose development contracts were signed this week, will add approximately 800 rooms to the Mexican market and create well over 400 jobs for Mexican nationals.

“With a portfolio of 23 hotels across five Marriott brands, Mexico is one of the largest, most important and dynamic international markets for our company,” said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott. “In the past five years we have seen a strong emerging Mexican middle class eager to travel. Economists predict that by 2020, Mexico’s economy will be among the ten largest in the world, truly reinforcing the fact that we are living the Mexican Moment.”

FibraHotel is one of the largest hotel owners in Mexico, with a portfolio of 49 business hotels representing more than 6,500 rooms in 22 states, and with plans to develop 100 hotels in the next few years.

“We are fortunate to partner with FibraHotel, with more than 20 years of experience in Mexico as real estate developers and hotel owners, particularly in the business hotel segment,” said Alejandro Acevedo, Vice President of Development for Mexico and the Caribbean for Marriott. “Our companies have a common vision and market goals for Mexico, and we look forward to working together to bring the world-class service and trusted amenities of our globally renowned Marriott brands to travelers throughout the country.”

“The affiliation with Marriott fits our strategy perfectly: to develop hotels locally through alliances with leading international brands and operators. Marriott’s global know-how in distribution, processes and operations, combined with our local design and operations experience will ensure sustainable returns on these hotels. We are very excited about Marriott’s commitment to grow in Mexico and the region, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship,” said Simon Galante, FibraHotel CEO.

Marriott’s strong focus on hotel development in Mexico prompted the company to open a development office in Mexico City, spearheaded by Alonso Burgos, Director of Development for Mexico.

Marriott is currently represented in Mexico with The Ritz-Carlton Cancun, JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City, JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Santa Fe, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Marriott Puebla Real Hotel, Torreon Marriott Hotel, Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel, Tijuana Marriott Hotel, Mexico City Marriott Hotel Reforma, Aguascalientes Marriott Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey, Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Airport, Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey San Jeronimo, Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Potosi, Courtyard by Marriott Puebla, Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport, Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Tollocan, Courtyard by Marriott Leon at The Poliforum, Fairfield Inn Los Cabos and Fairfield Inn Monterrey Airport.

The pipeline of properties for Mexico includes the 124-room Los Cabos, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; the 300-room JW Marriott Cabo San Lucas Resort; the 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Hermosillo; the 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Los Cabos; the 120-room Fairfield Inn Queretaro; the 140-room Courtyard by Marriott Queretaro; and the 160-room AC Hotel Mexico City.

ABOUT FIBRAHOTEL
FibraHotel (BMV: FIHO12) is a Mexican trust created primarily to acquire, develop and operate business-class hotels in the limited service, selected service, full service and extended-stay segments. Our objective is to provide attractive returns to our CBFI holders through stable cash distributions and the appreciation of our real estate assets. We will aim for a high-quality hotel portfolio through partnerships with renowned hotel brands and operators in addition to geographic and segment diversification.

Under Mexican laws, FibraHotel must invest at least 70% of its assets in real estate for lease, among other requisites. Additionally, FibraHotel must distribute in cash 95 percent of taxable income to its CBFI holders at least once a year. Such characteristics, together with the solid performance of the Mexican real estate market and a team with more than two decades of real estate and hotel experience, make FibraHotel an attractive investment vehicle. For more information, please visit our website at www.fibrahotel.com.

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  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 MARRIOTT IN THE CARIBBEAN & LATIN AMERICA (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ) began operations in the Caribbean and Latin America in 1990 with the openings of the 450-room Marriott CasaMagna Cancun Resort and the 433-room Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, both in Mexico. Today, Marriott’s presence in the region is represented by 76 hotels in 22 countries and territories, offering more than 18,000 rooms and spanning nine lodging brands: The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts in the luxury tier; Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott’s signature brand; Renaissance Hotels and the Autograph Collection in the lifestyle category; Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in the moderately-priced tier; and Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn by Marriott in the extended stay category. In addition, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Marriott's timeshare ownership division, offers six resorts in three countries and territories. Marriott (including The Ritz-Carlton) has 36 hotels under development in the region and expects to double its total number of hotels by 2017 across 10 lodging brands in 25 countries and territories.

NOTE: The statements about the number of  hotels planned for development and opening in Mexico 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 on Form 10-Q; 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.

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

FibraHotel
Guillermo Bravo
+52 (55) 5292-8050
gbravo@fibrahotel.com