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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.

To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

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

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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.

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).

Connect with verona.carter@marriott.com

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

11/08/2013

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Invite Guests to Warm Up with "Flip Flops and Price Drops" Event

Flip Flops promotionGuests Receive 20 to 30 Percent Off Leisure Rates at a Choice of 10 Tropical Resorts

NEW YORK – As temperatures begin to drop, Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts – a collection of some of the top luxury resorts in the region – is inviting chilly travelers to swap out their snow boots for sandals with the new Flip Flops and Price Drops Event.

Beginning November 1, vacationers who participate can enjoy up to 30 percent off leisure rates at a choice of 10 stunning resorts in nine locations across the Caribbean and Latin America. To take advantage of this special offer, reservations must be booked between November 1 and 30, 2013, for travel January 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014, with a minimum two-night stay required. Travelers must quote the promotional code ‘4CL’ when making a reservation.*

Participating resorts offer luxurious, full-service accommodations in some of the world’s most sought-after sunny destinations. Each resort offers the finest guest amenities including gourmet dining, pristine beaches, unparalleled fishing and diving, world-class spas, championship golf courses and special cultural excursions in the surrounding communities.

Participating hotel properties offering up to 30 percent off include:
• JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
• St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
• CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
• CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
• Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

Participating hotel properties offering 20 percent off include:
• Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
• Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
• Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
• Los Sueños Costa Rica Marriott Resort 
• JW Marriott Panama Resort 

To book a stay, visit paradisebymarriott.com/flip-flops-and-price-drops.

For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts please visit www.ParadiseByMarriott.com or www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico.
*The Flip Flops and Price Drops Event is valid for reservations booked between November 1—30, 2013, for stays from January 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014 at participating Marriott® Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts. Must quote promotional code 4CL 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. Offer subject to change at any time.

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 10 resorts situated throughout nine 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.

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

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10/10/2013

New Survey Finds Americans Feel They Need Help With Romance; Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Responds With “Cupid On Call”

BeachNew Program Designed to Help Guests Say “I Love You” ...or Maybe “I’m Sorry”

NEW YORK, NY - According to a new survey of more than 850 Americans conducted by Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts (www.paradisebymarriott.com), a majority feel that, when it comes to love, they are more romantic than their partners but could still use a little help to spark passion in their relationship.

The survey also found an overwhelming 92 percent of respondents agreeing that traveling as a couple provides sparks in the relationship, however 51 percent felt they don’t plan amorous getaways often enough. More than 57 percent of respondents also lamented that, when it came to remembering anniversaries and special occasions, their partner was more likely to be the forgetful one.

As a remedy, the collection of eight luxurious resorts in seven destinations across the Caribbean and Mexico has developed “Cupid on Call”, a new “emergency romance program” designed to help even those most romantically challenged spice up – or repair – their relationships. The program features a menu of love-inspiring amenities available for purchase and delivery, including flowers, dinner on the beach, chocolate and champagne upon arrival, and couples-themed spa treatments, as well as complimentary offerings such as suggestions for the most romantic locations around the resort and destination. Add-on offerings at individual resorts may include a selection of romantic greeting cards, choice of love poems and love-inspired music to help set the mood.

According to Michelle Bozoki, director of marketing and eCommerce for Marriott and Caribbean and Latin America Resorts, the “Cupid on Call” program is the antidote for those time-starved romantics who are trying to find ways to reconnect.

“In today’s hectic, stress-filled world, couples are bombarded with so many distractions that they don’t always find the time to be romantic. So we’ve created the ‘Cupid on Call’ program to help even the most affection-starved couples feel like they are in a romance novel,” said Bozoki. “Essentially we are giving even the least romantic and most forgetful partner the chance to make up for it while they are staying with us. Whether they need to say ‘I love you’ or even ‘I’m sorry’ we’re here to help.”

Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts’ “Cupid on Call” amenities are available now and will run throughout 2014. Guests wishing to take advantage of this program can alert hotel staff upon arrival or check within the resort activities guide or the concierge desk for all available offerings.

According to Bozoki, the survey was originally designed to be a fun way to glean information on traveler preferences but became an eye opener on how romantic the respondents perceived their partners -- and themselves -- to be.

“It was interesting for us to see how many people felt they needed some assistance in planning for their romantic holiday together,” said Bozoki. “It was also intriguing to see how they perceived their partner’s attitude on romance. It became obvious that a little help would be appreciated.”
 
Among the survey’s findings:
• 43 percent of travelers expressed interest in utilizing the help of a third party to plan romantic activities and gestures on vacation.
• 50 percent agreed an ideal romantic date on vacation is taking in a beautiful sunset together on the beach.
• 57 percent of respondents believed they were more romantic than their partner.
• 48 percent said they were more likely to plan a romantic escape than their partner.
• 50 percent said taking in the sunset by the beach is an ideal romantic date on vacation.
• 43 percent reported flowers are the best way to say “I’m sorry”.
•  “The Notebook” was voted most all-time romantic movie, closely followed by “Sleepless in Seattle” and the classic, “Casablanca”.
• Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” was deemed most romantic song, followed by “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” at 24 percent.
• 43 percent voted Prince William and Kate Middleton as the ideal celebrity couple to double date with, out ranking power houses Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Collection includes:
• Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
• CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
• CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
• Curaçao 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 learn more about the “Cupid on Call” program, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/cupid-on-call.

To book a vacation at any of the eight resorts, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com.

Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts
Marriott Caribbean & Mexico 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 Collection of full-service properties. For more information please visit www.paradisebymarriott.com

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

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

08/20/2013

New and Improved Website Better Serves Marriott International's Brazilian Customers

Portuguese Marriott Booking WebsiteWeston, FL – Reflecting Marriott International’s (NYSE:MAR) increasing focus on global markets, the company announced today the improvement of its Brazilian booking website, www.marriott.com.br, in a partnership with Booking.com, (www.booking.com) to allow guests in that country to make their reservations in local currency online or on their mobile devices (m.marriott.com.br).

“As one of the world’s leading hotel operators, we want to give our Brazilian customers the ease and freedom to book their stay at any of our 3,800 properties in 74 countries in their own language and currency,” said Craig Smith, president of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “We constantly strive to provide our customers with the best experience, from the online search process to the booking and hotel experience.” “We believe that by leveraging the Booking.com platform, language and currency capabilities, we are able to deliver customers that great experience.”

“As the company’s portfolio of hotels expands and diversifies worldwide, we are prioritizing the globalization of our eCommerce channels,” said Fabiana Farias, vice president of marketing and eCommerce for the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “The expansion of booking capabilities on our Brazilian website demonstrates Marriott’s commitment to making the booking experience with us as simple as possible.”

Marriott International reported revenues of more than US$12 billion in fiscal year 2012, of which US$8.5 billion was generated from sales on Marriott.com. The website also has the highest consumer satisfaction score of Marriott’s sales channels. Some 75 percent of Marriott hotel guests consult individual hotel websites, regardless of where they make their reservation.

Brazilians book more on Marriott.com than customers from any other Latin American country. www.marriott.com.br enables travelers to book a room in Portuguese and in Brazilian reals, not only in Marriott International’s five hotels in Brazil, but also its hotels around the world. The site also allows travelers to check their reservations, access images and details about their hotel, enroll in Marriott Rewards, check their point balance and even find out what’s happening locally.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 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

About Marriott in the Caribbean & Latin America (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) 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 International’s presence in the region is represented by 76 hotels in 25 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 International’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 Vacation Club International, Marriott's timeshare ownership division, offers three resorts in two countries. 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 26 countries and territories.

About Booking.com
Booking.com is the world leader in booking hotel and other accommodation on line. It guarantees the best prices for any type of property – from small independents to five-star luxury. Guests can access the Booking.com website anytime, anywhere from their desktops, mobile phones and tablet devices, and they don’t pay booking fees – ever. The Booking.com website is available in 41 languages, offers over 330,000 hotels and accommodations in 180 countries, features over 22 million reviews written by guests after their stay, and attracts on line visitors from both leisure and business markets around the globe. With over 16 years of experience and a team of over 5,500 dedicated employees in 100 offices worldwide, Booking.com operates its own in-house customer service team who are available 24/7 to assist guests in their native languages and ensure an exceptional customer experience.

Established in 1996, Booking.com B.V. owns and operates Booking.com™, and is part of the Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN). Follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, like us on Facebook, or learn more at http://www.booking.com.

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07/19/2013

Courtyard by Marriott Continues to Strengthen its Footprint in Mexico With the Opening of Hotel in Leon

Downtown LeonMarriott International’s power brand is now nine hotels strong in Mexico.

Marriott International announced the opening of the 140-room Courtyard by Marriott Leon at the Poliforum, expanding the brand’s roster of Mexico properties to nine and solidifying the country’s position as the most important Latin American market for Marriott’s leading mid-tier hotel brand. The stunning hotel is located conveniently near the Poliforum Leon Convention and Exhibition Center, Leon Airport, Leon Stadium, Explora Science Center, Centro Max Shopping Center and the city’s main industrial parks. Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

“From the refreshing, open business lobbies to our modern and spacious guest rooms, both the Courtyard by Marriott Leon at the Poliforum and the Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Tollocan offer business and leisure guests excellent space and flexibility to optimize their stay,” said Lita Aguirre, General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Leon.

Like all new Courtyard by Marriott properties, the Leon properties are entirely smoke-free and feature the brand’s signature refreshing business lobby, providing travelers with free Wi-Fi and spaces to work or relax with a variety of flexible seating options. The hotel offers modern, comfortable rooms, including rooms for guests with disabilities, with contemporary workspaces, safe deposit boxes, LCD televisions and deluxe bedding. Centro Bistro, the brand’s premiere restaurant, offers a flavorful menu with local and international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Room service is available 24 hours a day, as is The Market for quick, on-the-go meals. Complimentary high-speed Internet is provided in all guest rooms, meeting rooms and business centers, and the property’s state-of-the-art fitness centers.

“Mexico’s growing middle class and booming economy have generated tremendous demand for mid-priced hotel properties,” said Craig Smith, President of the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. “The steady expansion of the Courtyard by Marriott brand in Mexico validates the recognition of the brand’s top-notch style, service and comfort at an affordable price.”

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Courtyard is Marriott International’s largest brand in terms of hotels and also has the greatest portfolio presence in Mexico within the company. In total, Courtyard by Marriott operates 21 hotels with 3,270 rooms in 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and has another 10 hotels in the pipeline and scheduled to open in the next three years.

The development pipeline for Courtyard by Marriott properties in Mexico includes the 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Hermosillo, slated to open its doors in 2014; the 120-room Courtyard by Marriott Queretaro in 2015; and the 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Los Cabos in 2015.

Other Mexican Courtyard by Marriott properties include the 153-room Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Airport, 200-room Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport, 292-room Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport, 129-room Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey, 175-room Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey San Jeronimo, 154-room Courtyard by Marriott Puebla and 155-room Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Potosi.

About Courtyard by Marriott
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.

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.:
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 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 19 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, MOXY Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties. Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

ABOUT MARRIOTT IN THE CARIBBEAN & LATIN AMERICA (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) 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 International’s presence in the region is represented by 76 hotels in 25 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 International’s signature brand; Renaissance Hotels and the Autograph Collection in the lifestyle category; Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites 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 (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 26 countries and territories.

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