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04/17/2015

Marriott Hotels Celebrates Newest Hotel Opening in Georgetown, Guyana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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

04/15/2015

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

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

Participating hotel properties include:

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

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

*Promotion is valid for reservations booked between April 16 - May 14, 2015, for stays from April 16, 2015 – June 30, 2015 at participating Marriott® Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts. Must quote promotional code 4CL to receive the promotional rate. This is available on premium room categories only. Advance reservations are required. Resort credit is per room, per day ($250 max credit). Credit cannot be applied to room rate, tax or resort fee. There is no refund for unused credit. Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel and JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo are offering a $0 daily dining credit. JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo credit is only valid for weekend stays (Thursday - Sunday). A limited number of rooms are available, and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Available at participating locations only. Some hotels may not be available at the rates shown. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, sale promotion, or prior purchase/reservation. Void where prohibited.

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

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

04/08/2015

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

Autograph Soris84th Property to Join Exclusive Portfolio of Independent Hotels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection 
Twitter:     www.twitter.com/Autograph 
Tumblr:     http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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

04/01/2015

Fairfield Inn & Suites Continues to Strengthen its Footprint in Mexico with the Opening of Hotel in Saltillo

Fairfield Inn & Suites SaltilloHotel marks second hotel in operation part of the partnership with FibraHotel

Saltillo, Mexico - April 1, 2015: Marriott International announced today the opening of the first stage of the 142-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Saltillo, expanding the brand’s roster of Mexico properties to three. A second tower of the hotel with an additional 41 rooms is currently under construction and slated to open in 2015. The stunning hotel in Saltillo, the largest city in the state of Coahuila, will be operated by Marriott International and is located conveniently close to the General Motors Factory and 2.5 miles from the Saltillo Plan de Guadalupe International Airport.

“From the open business lobbies to our modern guest rooms, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Saltillo offer business and leisure guests excellent space and flexibility to optimize their stay,” said Tlaloc Monsivais, General Manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Saltillo.

The stunning hotel is entirely smoke-free and features a spacious, contemporary lobby concept thatprovides travelers with free Wi-Fi and spaces to work or relax with a variety of flexible seating options. The hotel offers modern, comfortable suites with contemporary workspaces, safe deposit boxes, LCD televisions and deluxe bedding. The hotel’s restaurant offers breakfast and other food and beverage services for the discerning traveler. 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 Kevin Schwab, Area Vice President of the Mexico at Marriott International. “We are fortunate to have such an excellent partnership in Mexico with FibraHotel, with whom we look forward to continue to grow many successful hotels within the country.”

“The Fairfield Inn & Suites Saltillo hotel represents our first full conversion with Marriott International, our second hotel in operation, and together with our pipeline, a total of 10 Marriott hotels announced. This opening represents our second hotel in Saltillo, an industrial city in northern Mexico with a very strong automotive industry” said Eduardo Lopez, Managing Director at FibraHotel.

Other Mexican Fairfield Inn & Suites properties include the 128-room Fairfield Inn Los Cabos and the 206-room Fairfield Inn Monterrey Airport. Additionally, FibraHotel is currently developing 3 Farifield Inn & Suites properties, in Villahermosa, Mexico City Vallejo and Juriquilla Queretaro.

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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. Also, we will aim to have a high quality hotel portfolio, through the affiliation to different hotel brands and renowned operators, as well as geographic and segment diversification.

Under Mexican laws, Fibras must invest at least 70% of its assets in real estate for lease, among other requisites. Additionally, Fibras must distribute in cash at least once a year 95% of taxable income to its CBFI holders. Such characteristics, together with a solid performance of the real estate market in Mexico and a team with over 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.

Contacts:   Laura Botelho                        Nina Herrera-Davila
                Marriott International             Marriott International
                (954) 684-5321                      (301) 380-2691
                laura.botelho@marriott.com    nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

02/24/2015

Digicel and Marriott Open Haiti Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com/.

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

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

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

02/02/2015

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

Time-is-Money-promo

During 'Time is Money Event'



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

Participating hotel properties and corresponding discounts include: 

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

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

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

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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Lou Hammond & Associates
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01/14/2015

Marriott Hotels Invites Guests to Travel Brilliantly with GoPro

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

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

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

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

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

Participating properties across the Caribbean and Latin America include:

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

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com. To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

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

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

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

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

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

11/21/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

11/12/2014

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

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

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

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

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Approximately 330,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com

10/01/2014

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

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

Featured hotels across the Caribbean and Latin America include:

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

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

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

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

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy (expected opening in 2014), Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels,  Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with laura.botehelo@marriott.com