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12/09/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Offers the Perfect Gift That Keeps on Giving Benefitting Make-A-Wish®

The Ritz-Carlton and Make-A-WishGlobal Hotel Company Will Donate Up to $100,000 to Make-A-Wish.

Chevy Chase, Md., December 9, 2013 - Inspire. Engage. Contribute. These are the guiding principles of Community Footprints®, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s social responsibility program focusing on hunger and poverty relief, environmental responsibility, and the well-being of children, which also encourages guests to give back to our local communities.  Around the world throughout the year, The Ritz-Carlton is proud to support Make-A-Wish, where hotels enliven exceptional wish experiences for children facing life-threatening illnesses. This holiday season from December 9th through the 22nd, the global hotel company will donate 10 percent of the card value for every Community Footprints Gift Card purchased in the U.S., Caribbean and online – donating up to $100,000 to Make-A-Wish.

 “We are in the business of creating lasting memories for all of our guests, but there is no greater joy than bestowing a child’s wish,” offered Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Company.  “I am humbled that our Ladies and Gentlemen feel empowered to leave indelible marks on these brave children’s lives and this gift card allows our customers around the world to support the extraordinary, life-changing experiences that Make-A-Wish delivers.” he continued.

From a young boy’s wish to soar amongst the skyscrapers in a helicopter ride; a birthday party 118 floors above Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbor; a starring role for a pint-sized super model to glide down a catwalk during a European Fashion Week; a V.V.I.P.’s private tour of New York City to all the renowned landmarks, including a cruise on the Harbor and visit to The Empire State Building Observatory; a royal princess for a day in Abu Dhabi, ceremoniously graced with a ball gown, coronation, carriage ride and Prince Charming; to  fulfilling a child’s fantasy of swimming amongst the dolphins and lounging on a yacht in the Canary Islands. 

“We’re thankful for the generous support from the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton and the willingness of those participating in this program to help us grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions this Holiday Season” said David Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish America.  “Together through this relationship, The Ritz-Carlton and Make-A-Wish are able to grant more wishes in communities around the world.”

The Ritz-Carlton global family has embraced granting wishes and magnified them by galvanizing their professional and personal contacts in the spirit of selfless service for a meaningful endeavor.

“At Make-A-Wish we have one purpose: to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy” said Jon Stettner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish International. “The wish experience is transformational. It is life-changing. Like The Ritz-Carlton, we strive to leave lasting impressions.  It is the notion that the ‘small touches to grand unexpected gestures’ are the cornerstones of the wish experiences which our wish granters, including The Ritz-Carlton, perform for these special children.”

The Community Footprints Gift Cards are available in denominations starting from $25.00 and may be redeemed at The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts worldwide for accommodations, spa treatments, dining and amenities. 

The Gift Cards may be purchased at properties within the United States and the Caribbean or by visiting http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Retail/CardsAndCertificates.htm. For more updates on our social responsibility efforts, please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RitzCarltonCSR.  To learn more about Make-A-Wish, please visit www.wish.org and www.worldwish.org

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
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).

About Make-A-Wish®
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The impact of a wish experience spans a lifetime; strengthening children as they fight their illness, encouraging their families and inspiring their communities. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in nearly 50 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 310,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit Make-A-Wish America at wish.org or Make-A-Wish International at worldwish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

10/02/2013

SpringHill Suites’ Save Art! Campaign Bolsters Art Education in Under-Resourced Schools

SpringHill Suites LogoSpringHill Suites Partners with Fresh Artists to Donate Art Supplies Nationwide

BETHESDA, Md. - Showcasing the brand’s ongoing passion for the arts, SpringHill Suites by Marriott today launched Save Art!, an initiative to provide under-resourced schools with much needed classroom art supplies.

Research has shown that art education has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth and academic success of children. The introduction of the arts in early education teaches valuable life-skills such as creative problem-solving, decision-making and articulating a vision, and helps to build self-esteem and self-confidence. In spite of this, many schools are facing severe budget cuts that minimize or eliminate their art programs.

In partnership with Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that brings quality art supplies and innovative art programs to teachers in need, SpringHill Suites will provide art materials to local schools in communities across North America. During October, National Arts & Humanities Month, hotel guests and community members will be invited to make a donation in exchange for beautifying a colorful palette displayed in the lobby, thereby creating art themselves. Donations will be used for kits in school and will be delivered just in time for the winter holidays.

“Children are truly inspirational.  I am proud to launch this program as it enhances SpringHill Suites’ commitment to help support youth creativity by encouraging and supporting art education,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. “Fresh Artists is an ideal partner for us as we share the same passion and values of serving our communities through artistic development.”  

Save Art! is a part SpringHill Suites’ ongoing dedication to the promotion of local art and artisans. The brand’s award winning ArtNight program transforms its more than 300 hotel lobbies into galleries by providing local artists, students, and schools throughout the year, opportunities to showcase their artwork for the community in a public setting. Additional programs such as SpringHill Suites’ Art on the Road: 10 Cities, 10 Explorations Facebook campaign included a journey across America to discover the country’s hidden artistic gems through the lens of a photography blogger.

"Fresh Artists is thrilled to partner with SpringHill Suites. We applaud their bold action to address dwindling art budgets. We aim to freshen up art room shelves in three hundred communities and unleash the creative potential of thousands of children across the country," said Barbara Chandler Allen, Founder and President, Fresh Artists

 “Supporting the next generation of artists through Save Art! is yet another way we’re building a legacy of appreciating art and design” said Nielsen. “And we couldn’t be more excited to see the impact we’ll make.”

For more information on the Save Art! program and SpringHill Suites, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

About SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites is ideal for business and leisure travelers who look for style and inspiration in their stay. Featuring suites larger than traditional hotel rooms, SpringHill Suites makes it easy for guests to spread out and fully enjoy their space. Launched in November 1998, the brand currently has more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during their stay at over 3,600 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide. For more information, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

About Fresh Artists
Founded in 2008, Fresh Artists is an award-winning 501(c)3 Philadelphia-based nonprofit that empowers young lives through art by engaging children as full partners in philanthropy, by widely exhibiting children’s artwork in highly visible places, and by providing art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-resourced public schools. Fresh Artists invites K-12 artists to donate high-resolution images of selected artwork, and then provides corporate or individual donors with gifts of high-quality reproductions of that art in exchange for financial contributions. In just five years, the talent and generosity of more than 900 young artist-philanthropists has delivered the value of more than $250,000 in art supplies to public schools. Fresh Artists’ Print Studio and Teen Internship program provides large-format printing for under-resourced nonprofits while giving disadvantaged teens marketable job skills and introductions to potential careers in the creative economy.  Reproductions of children’s artwork have been installed in 200 corporate facilities throughout the country from Washington, DC, to Oregon including SAP, Tasty Baking, Comcast Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, Harvard School of Education, GOOD 360, Shire Pharmaceutical, World Café Live, Yale University Children’s Hospital, Drexel University and filled more than 25 child abuse clinics, homeless and emergency shelters with healing, hopeful children's art. For more information, visit www.freshartists.org.

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09/25/2013

Marriott CEO: “Women Are Vital Voices in the Global Economy”

Global Hospitality Leader Joins Commitment to Enable World's Women to Reach Full Economic Potential

CGI - Panel - Arne SorensonNEW YORK, NY – Speaking at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI,) on a panel about “Women Decision-Makers in the Global Economy,” Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) President and Chief Executive Officer, Arne Sorenson voiced the company’s strong commitment to supporting the advancement of women as part of the growth strategy for the global hospitality company, which has 3800 hotels in 72 countries. [Photo: Speaking at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI,) about “Women Decision-Makers in the Global Economy,” Marriott International, Inc., President and CEO, Arne Sorenson (pictured, far right) voiced Marriott’s commitment to supporting the advancement of women as part of the company’s global growth strategy.] 

“Our portfolio of hotels will benefit tremendously if women are able to achieve their full potential in the global economy,” said Sorenson.  “That’s why we are focused on advancing women in our company’s management and executive ranks, gaining their loyalty as customers, creating economic opportunity as hotel owners, and nurturing women-owned businesses through our supply chain. This is an important strategy for Marriott’s global growth and the vitality of communities where we do business.”

A commitment to diversity and inclusion has been woven through the fabric of Marriott’s culture since its founding more than 85 years ago. Through the company’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, which drives Marriott’s global strategy, each of the company’s five Continent Presidents, have regional diversity and inclusion goals, focusing on customers, associates, hotel owners and the women and diverse-owned businesses which sell goods and services to Marriott.  Women-owned businesses make up the largest spend with diverse groups, accounting for 10 percent of Marriott’s total purchases of products.  In 2012, Marriott spent $257 million with 4,000 women-owned businesses in North America.

CGI - Uniform - Shanghai Qing HeToday, at the Clinton Global Initiative, Marriott joined more than a dozen corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a five-year commitment to expand its engagement with women-owned businesses outside the United States, especially in emerging economies. Working with WEConnect International and Vital Voices, two prominent NGOs that support and promote the economic potential of women, Marriott will be part of the pledge to train 15,000 women business owners and spend $1.5 billion with their companies by 2018. [Photo: Shanghai Qinghe Fashion Company is a women-owned company supplying uniforms to several Marriott hotels in China.] 


“We know our hotels are greenhouses for executive talent and can elevate women through leadership training, mentorships, and through our procurement with women-owned businesses around the world,” continued Sorenson.   For example, Marriott is already working with women-owned businesses that are supplying hotels in China with high-quality beef, wooden and bamboo crafts, and uniforms.  The company is also investing in women in rural Sichuan Province through its Nobility of Nature environmental project, which supports sustainable bee-keeping cooperatives that produce honey for use in Marriott-operated hotels in China.

In Rwanda, Marriott has partnered with a vocational school called the Akilah Institute for Women to bring 15 women from their first graduating class to work and train in Marriott hotels in Dubai. The women are getting on-the-job skills, leadership training, and will be prepared after 18 months to return, as part of the management team, to open the company’s first Sub-Saharan Africa hotel – the Kigali Marriott Hotel in 2014. A second class of 20 women will begin the program later this year. The company is also working, pre-opening, to identify women-owned businesses that can become part of the supply chain.

This is the model Marriott plans to follow in Haiti, where Marriott worked with the Clinton Foundation to find a partner to build a Marriott hotel in partnership with Digicel. In Latin American, the company has pledged to identify and build capacity among high-potential women-owned business through mentorship, supplier readiness training and engagement as potential suppliers, beginning in Mexico. 

Marriott was recently honored with a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award for mobilizing suppliers to protect the environment and promoting women’s entrepreneurship.  For more news and information about Marriott diversity and inclusion efforts visit www.marriott.com.

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

09/17/2013

Fairfield Inn & Suites Builds on History of Giving Back with Habitat for Humanity

FFI Habitat for HumanityHundreds of Hotels, Associates and New App Support the Nonprofit in 2013 and Beyond

Bethesda, Maryland – This Fall, more than 350 Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels across North America are preparing to extend their hospitality and “Spirit To Serve” to families in need of affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity. To celebrate the brand’s 18-year relationship with the non-profit organization, Fairfield Inn & Suites has also launched its Design for Habitat Facebook application, which will culminate in a brand donation of up to $50,000.

“For nearly two decades, we have worked with Habitat for Humanity affiliates to give back to the hundreds of communities that have supported the Fairfield brand over the years,” said Shruti Buckley, vice president and global brand manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites. “This year, we are proudly carrying on our tradition of hospitality and service through our new Facebook application, which is designed to engage even more people in supporting this great cause.”

Aiming to nearly double participation from last year, the brand will support local Habitat for Humanity affiliates through volunteering and fundraising activities. Beginning October 1, Fairfield Inn & Suites associates, owners, franchisees, and guests will volunteer throughout the month to support Fairfield’s Rally to ServeTM program by participating in local Habitat for Humanity builds and other various volunteer activities to create safe and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families.

FFI&S Habitat for Humanity FacebookFairfield Inn & Suites’ Design for Habitat Facebook app allows people to creatively build virtual homes and customize them with elements, such as landscaping and house colors. From now until November 30, 2013, Fairfield Inn & Suites will donate $10 for each virtual house built, per consumer per day, with a minimum donation of $25,000 and a maximum donation of $50,000 guaranteed. The application includes a “heat map” that indicates which regions across North America are recording the most donations.
 
In addition to sponsoring and building homes, Fairfield Inn & Suites associates will continue to participate in fundraising activities that support Habitat for Humanity’s home-building efforts, including volunteering at Habitat ReStores, providing meals for volunteers and hosting events that provide opportunities for donations to local Habitat affiliates.

About Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is designed for today’s traveler who is looking to be productive on the road, whether for business or leisure. In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast, Fairfield Inn & Suites offers thoughtfully designed rooms and suites that provide separate living, working and sleeping areas. With more than 700 properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Fairfield Inn & Suites toll-free number at 800-228-2800, visit www.fairfieldinn.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/fairfieldinnandsuites or follow Fairfield at www.twitter.com/fairfieldhotels.

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.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org.

Connect with jessica.stadd@marriott.com and carolyn.colon@sohosquarepr.com

09/12/2013

NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Courtyard By Marriott Partner for Third Annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards

Presented by Courtyard by Marriott, 32 Hispanic Leaders Recognized During Hispanic Heritage Month in Every NFL Market

CY - NFL Futbol Americano 2013

The NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Courtyard by Marriott have partnered for the third annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented by Courtyard by Marriott during the 2013 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Each award recipient will be recognized in-stadium at a Hispanic Heritage game in their local market. 

With support from Courtyard by Marriott, each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.  Marriott International has a longstanding history of diversity and inclusion.  As part of its commitment, Marriott has a strategic partnership with the National Council of La Raza and was recently recognized by LatinaStyle for being a top company for Latinas.

“We are excited to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Courtyard by Marriott to recognize individuals across all 32 team markets that make a difference in their local Hispanic community,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL Vice President of Fan Strategy and Marketing.  “We applaud all the recipients for their hard work and the impact they make on the lives of others.” 

“We are thrilled to partner with the NFL and Courtyard by Marriott to honor Hispanic leaders who are making an impact on communities all over America,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF.  “It is important to highlight their leadership not only in the traditional Latino regions but in recently-growing areas as well.  The NFL and Courtyard by Marriott made sure that beyond the recognition there was an investment in the community their donations to nonprofits. There is no better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to make a difference in the Latino community.”

"Courtyard by Marriott is proud to partner with the NFL to honor these local heroes," said Janis Milham, Marriott International's Senior Vice President - Modern Essentials and Extended Stay Brands. "Congratulations to the honorees on their efforts to make our communities better and more inclusive."

The Washington Redskins Hispanic Heritage Leadership award recipient, Gabriel Albornoz, was selected to be recognized onstage by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz during HHF’s star-studded 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  The awards will be aired on Mundo Fox this Sunday, September 15.  The prestigious Hispanic Heritage Awards were created by the White House to honor notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and beyond. The Awards are considered among the highest honors by Hispanics for Hispanics in America and serve to kick off HHF’s award-winning youth leadership and workforce development programs. 

The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during Week 3 of the 2013 season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. The Kansas City Chiefs face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, September 19, the Chicago Bears take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, September 22 and the Oakland Raiders visit the Denver Broncos on Monday night, September 23. 
 
The 2013 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards recipients are:

TEAM

AWARD RECIPIENT

Arizona Cardinals

Gary L. Trujillo: Founder and Chairman of Be a Leader Foundation

Atlanta Falcons

Tisha Tallman: President and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Baltimore Ravens

Dr. Elizabeth Morgan: President of the Morgan Education Group

Buffalo Bills

Lucy Candelario: Executive Director of the Belle Center

Carolina Panthers

Astrid Chirinos: President of Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte

Chicago Bears

Carmen Velásquez: Founder and Executive Director of the Alivio Medical Center

Cincinnati Bengals

Dr. Liliana Rojas-Guyler: Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Education of the University of Cincinnati

Cleveland Browns

Victor Ruiz: Executive Director of Esperanza, Inc.

Dallas Cowboys

Carlos A. Branger: Founder & CEO of Zaguán

Denver Broncos

Jim Garcia: Executive Director and Founder of the Clínica Tepeyac

Detroit Lions

Mary A. Luevanos: President of the Community for Latino Artists, Visionaries and Educators

Green Bay Packers

José Olivieri: Partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Houston Texans

Rick Noriega: President and CEO of AVANCE

Indianapolis Colts

Juan Gonzalez: Business Banking Sales Leader – Senior Vice President in the State of Indiana for KeyBank

Jacksonville Jaguars

Paul Martinez: President and CEO of the Martinez Advertising Group

Kansas City Chiefs

Juan Sepúlveda: Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs for the Democratic National Committee

Miami Dolphins

Michelle Bernstein: Founding Member of the Common Threads Miami Advisory Council

Minnesota Vikings

Ruby Azurdia-Lee: President of Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio

New England Patriots

Gladys Vega: Executive Director of Chelsea Collaborative

New Orleans Saints

David Gallegos: Program Director of the New Orleans Advocacy Center

New York Giants

Fernando Ferrer: Co-Chairman of Mercury and Vice-Chairman of Metropolitan Transportation Authority

New York Jets

Martin Perez: Founder and President of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey

Oakland Raiders

Alejandro Velez: Co-Founder of Back to the Roots and Founder of the Sage Mentorship Program

Philadelphia Eagles

Jennifer Rodríguez: Executive Director of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lourdes Sanchez Ridge: Attorney at Clark Hill Thorp Reed

St. Louis Rams

Guillermo Rodríguez: Director of International Projects and Office of Study Abroad of Webster University

San Diego Chargers

Lidia S. Martinez: Manager of Community Affairs & Grassroots of Southwest Airlines

San Francisco 49ers

Lennies Gutierrez: Advisory Council Member of Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative

Seattle Seahawks

Luis Navarro: Community Liaison of One League for Everyone

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: President and CEO of Latin Times Media, Inc.

Tennessee Titans

Yuri Cunza: President and CEO of Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Washington Redskins

Gabriel Albornoz: Director of Montgomery County, Maryland Recreation Department

About Courtyard by Marriott:
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyard.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard  or follow Courtyard at twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation:
Since 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has inspired, identified, prepared and positioned Latino leaders in the classroom, community and the workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF believes their young leaders are leaders of today not tomorrow and should make an impact on thousands of others. Please visit www.HispanicHeritage.org for more information.

Contacts:
Darlene Capiro, NFL: 212/450-2175, darlene.capiro@nfl.com  
Santiago Amieva, HHF: 202/861-9797, Santiago@HispanicHeritage.org
Felicia Farrar McLemore, Marriott International: 301/380-2702, felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

 

09/09/2013

Marriott International Hosted the 2013 Marriott Charity Gala Dinner to Support Yao Foundation

Yao Foundation - Marriott International - Presentation of CheckYao Ming attended as guest of honour

Shanghai, China – In line with Marriott International’s ongoing Spirit to Serve community campaign, Marriott hotels in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Wuhan and Changzhou joined forces to host the 2013 Marriott Charity Black Tie Gala Dinner on 6 September 2013 and raised a net total of USD 241,000 (RMB 1,488,000) for Yao Foundation, Marriott International’s non-profit charity partner in China. The event took place at Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre.

The evening was centred on an authentic New Orleans theme with jazz music and performances and a customized menu by The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel. Over 530 guests were present at the gala event, which was graced by Yao Ming, former professional basketball star and founder of Yao Foundation, his wife Ye Li, and Simon Cooper, president and managing director and of Marriott International Asia Pacific.

Yao Foundation - Marriott InternationalPrior to the event, Simon Cooper commented: “We are looking forward to hosting this charity gala dinner. Marriott International has a heritage of putting people first and opening doors to a world of opportunity for its guests, partners and associates. The key to making this happen is education, especially for the younger generations. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Yao Foundation and to make a contribution to support children’s education in China.”

The event was supported by the following key sponsors:

Sponsorship of USD 8,098 (RMB 50,000) per company, in cash or in kind or combined
United Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Montblanc, Samsung, Michael Wong (Hong Kong celebrity), Qatar Airlines, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Metro Jinjiang Cash & Carry, Shenzhen Dajiahua Food

Sponsorship of USD 4,049 (RMB 25,000) per company, in cash or in kind or combined
Air New Zealand, Premium Hungarian Wines, Subalpino, Hewlett-Packard, Rioja, Yuan Liu

Yao Foundation - Marriott International - Yao Ming, Wife Ye Li and Simon Cooper Yao Foundation is a highly regarded charity organisation established in 2008 by Yao Ming under the auspices of The China Youth Development Foundation and aims to promote the all-round development of Chinese youth by providing them the opportunities to improve their education, sports skills, health and self-esteem.

Under the terms of a three-year agreement with Yao Foundation, Marriott cluster hotels will donate USD 809,848 (RMB 5,000,000) to Yao Foundation to establish three Project Hope schools in the Southwestern region of China. The Marriott donation will also be used to support the Yao Foundation Hope Primary School basketball season program in 2014 and 2015.

The cocktail reception and silent auction began at 5:30pm, followed by a five-course dinner at 8pm with raffle draw and live auction, and finished with dance and entertainment by 10pm. Tickets were priced at USD 257 (RMB1,588) per person and USD 3,220 (RMB19,880) per corporate table of 10 with corporate benefits. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Yao Foundation.

About Marriott International
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, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord 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 325,000 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 Yao Foundation
Yao Foundation is a specialized fund by Yao Ming under the auspices of The China Youth Development Foundation and aims at promoting the all-around development of Chinese youth by providing them the opportunities to improve their education, sports skills, health and self-esteem. Since Yao Foundation established, more than 9,000 Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 15 Hope Primary Schools it has funded. Besides constructing the school buildings, the Yao Foundation also improves the educational experience of Chinese youth by partnering with leading Chinese and multinational companies to build libraries, computer rooms, kitchens, and sports and exercise areas in local schools. In 2012, the Yao Foundation initiates a new programme called the “Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season.” In 2012 and 2013, the programme teaches around forty thousand Chinese youth basketball skills. More importantly, it will help them build self-confidence and learn sportsmanship which will be crucial for their development in the future. For more information about Yao Foundation, visit www.yaofoundation.cn.

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com and mhrs.shajw.asst.communications.mgr@marriott.com

Courtyard by Marriott Teams Up with USA Football to Recognize Those Who Inspire Youth Greatness

CY - Inspiring GreatnessLeading Hotel Brand Extends Its Greatness on the Road Program to Honor Players and Coaches

BETHESDA, MD— Whether you are a business traveler or a student, greatness is something we all aspire to achieve.  In its third year as the Official Hotel of the NFL, Courtyard by Marriott acknowledges the hard work of coaches, referees and volunteers who inspire greatness in youth, by conducting a contest with independent nonprofit USA Football.

In cooperation with USA Football, Courtyard will honor 10 of the most deserving youth league participants and volunteers with $1,000 grants for new helmets, shoulder pads, and equipment to improve player safety. 

“For Courtyard hotels, our job is to help our guests achieve success while on the road, much like athletes at away games,” explains Janis Milham, senior vice president, Modern Essentials and Extended Stay Lodging.  “This contest allows us to support those who enable success in children, and inspire them to be great every day, namely their coaches and mentors.” 

In addition to grants, the winners from across the country will be rewarded with a commemorative helmet. Seven of the winners from select markets will also be a special guest at Courtyard’s tailgate event, where they will have the chance to meet a local NFL legend.  The call for entry is open from August 30 – September 30. Youth players, parents, volunteers and coaches are encouraged to submit their nominations at www.usafootball.com/inspiregreatness.

“We are proud to work alongside Courtyard to recognize devoted individuals who lead youth football programs in their communities,” said Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football’s Executive Director. “The 400,000 adult volunteers who teach our children how to play America’s favorite sport better and safer rarely receive credit for the commitment and care they show our young athletes. They make it possible for nearly 3 million children across the country to realize the academic, social and physical fitness benefits that youth football provides.” 

About USA Football
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body, leads the game’s development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and unites the sport’s stakeholders on youth, high school, collegiate and professional levels to advance skills development and player safety. USA Football was endowed in 2002 by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association. Visit www.usafootball.com for more.

About Courtyard
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 38 countries, Courtyard by 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 go to www.courtyard.com or visit us at www.facebook.com/courtyard.

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08/28/2013

Marriott Asks Guests to “Lend A Hand” to Disadvantaged Youth in Europe

Europe - Lend A Hand Heidelberg 2013 GM Group with Reiner Sachau and Gitta BrueckFundraising Campaign for SOS Children’s Villages Marks 25th Anniversary of Marriott International in Germany

LONDON – On 17 October, 2013, Marriott International celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first property in Germany, the Hamburg Marriott Hotel.  To mark the occasion, Marriott is launching “Lend a Hand,” a fundraising campaign across 31 hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to support disadvantaged youth in Europe.  Over five weeks, from now until September 30, 2013, guests have the opportunity to invest in the future of young people in Germany by contributing 5 Euros (CHF 5.00) and leaving their colourful handprint on a framed piece of canvas displayed in the hotel lobbies.

Contributions collected throughout the campaign will be presented to Marriott’s long-term charity partner SOS Children’s Villages at an anniversary event in Hamburg on 17 October.  The donation will support the SOS Children’s Villages vocational centre in Berlin and help fund the centre’s training facilities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing them with better career opportunities through vocational training.

“Asking our guests to “lend a hand” is a unique and interactive way of supporting the development of young people in Germany,” said Gitta Brückmann, Area Vice President Central Europe.  “Marriott strongly believes that our business should be aligned with the communities in which we operate, and as we reach 25 years of business in Germany we hope that funds raised through this initiative will have a positive impact on the lives of young people in the country.”

The “Lend a Hand” campaign launched at the annual Marriott apprentice conference in Cologne on 26 August, 2013.  The apprentice conference, now in its tenth year, was attended by over 30 apprentices who learnt about working at Marriott and the global opportunities and numerous career paths available.  The evening also recognised and awarded the best apprentices and provided a valuable networking opportunity.  Marriott currently employs 480 apprentices in Germany across numerous different professions including culinary, events and human resources.

At the end of the campaign, 4 of the 31 canvases will be joined together as a unique piece of artwork and will be presented to clients, partners and media at the anniversary event in Hamburg.

Through its “World of Opportunity” European initiative, Marriott is committed to helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential by providing employment skills training and vocational opportunities through a variety of charitable partners including The Prince’s Trust in the U.K. and SOS Children’s Villages in Continental Europe.  In 2012, Marriott’s support included €300,000 cash and €100,000 in-kind donations, and nearly 4,000 hours of volunteering.  As a result, more than 250 young people across Europe gained vocational training and employment courses.

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08/20/2013

Marriott Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant To Support Youth Employment

BridgesLogoBaltimore is Newest Market Served Since 2005

Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities’ Bridges...from school to work® (Bridges) recently received a $150,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.  The grant will support a three-year pilot of the Bridges program in Baltimore City Public Schools.  For more than 20 years, the Bridges program has worked to reduce the career gap for youth ages 17-22 with mental, physical and cognitive disabilities. Since its founding, the program has placed 13,500 young adults with more than 3,500 employers across the country.  The Weinberg Foundation grant has allowed Bridges to open a new office in Baltimore, Md.  This is the newest Bridges office and the first to open since 2005. 

Twenty students from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (MERVO) and Benjamin Franklin Senior High School are the first to receive job readiness training such as mock interviewing, online application processing and customer service skills through the program.  To date, nine students have been placed into entry-level, competitive, paid employment opportunities with companies such as the Baltimore Orioles’ Stadium, Burger King, Great Kids Farm and Johns Hopkins University Bookstore (Starbucks® Café). 

Bridges Dinner“Providing meaningful employment opportunities for youth with disabilities is our priority and we are thrilled to be able to extend our program and its services to Baltimore,” says Shelby Hill, director of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas Bridges program.  Bridges students have incredible potential and can make a substantial contribution to the workplace.  We appreciate the support from our employer and school partners who help us make employment a reality for our students.” [L to R: Foundation Chairman Richard Marriott, Texas Congressman Pete Sessions and NFL legend and author Tony Dungy honor Maria Gomez for her outstanding achievements at the 2013 Bridges From School to Work Annual Gala.]

Each year, Baltimore County Public Schools will increase the number of students being referred to Bridges by 20.  The implementation of the program model will provide job readiness training and workplace etiquette mentoring on an ongoing annual basis. 

The Marriott Foundation’s Bridges…from school to work program is located in nine cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, Md., and Atlanta. For more information on the Bridges program or to make a donation, visit www.bridgestowork.org

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. Their sole purpose is to assist low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers and programs.

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07/30/2013

Marriott’s Sustainable Hotel Development Boosts Economies and Creates Jobs

2013 Sustainability Report Update CoverHalf of Company’s Future Hotel Growth to Come from Emerging Economies

As Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) grows beyond its current global footprint of more than 3,800 hotels in over 70 countries, the company is focusing on development which will provide sustainable economic activity and local employment.   In coming years, more than half of Marriott’s new hotels will be located in emerging markets where tourism is a major driver of new jobs and economic development.  In its just-released 2013 Sustainability Report Update, which updates the company’s 2011-2012 Sustainability Report, Marriott noted substantial progress in job creation in underserved and emerging markets.

Two major sustainable development projects include Marriott’s first hotel in Sub-Saharan Africa—and the largest in Rwanda.  The hotel, which is expected to open in 2014, represents the start of Marriott’s aggressive growth plans in Sub-Saharan Africa where the company plans to help fuel the Rwandan travel industry and train young women through a partnership with Rwandan-based Akilah Institute for Women. 

Kigali Marriott HotelIn addition, the Marriott Hotel Port-au-Prince in Haiti is expected to open in early 2015, making it the first four-star branded hotel in Haiti. The hotel is expected to help boost the local economy by supporting local vendors, supporting hospitality training and generating more than 200 new hospitality jobs.

“Sustainable hotel development generates opportunity for Marriott in exciting new markets and supports economic development in emerging economies by boosting local tourism, creating new jobs, and supporting local businesses,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott International’s president and chief executive officer.  “While we invite our guests to ‘See the World’ through our portfolio of hotels around the globe, we want them to know how Marriott is working toward a more inclusive and sustainable future.”

Akilah Graduates with The First Lady of Rwanda, Madame Jeannette KagameMari Snyder, vice president of social responsibility for Marriott, noted that the company recently collaborated with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to research the economic and community benefit of hotels.  “Our initial study of the JW Marriott Lima Hotel in Peru, which employs 350 associates and features 300 guestrooms and 10 meeting rooms, shows that the hotel contributes more than $10 million annually to the Peruvian economy through expenditures on salaries, supplies and services. That was a higher value than anticipated, given prior GIZ research of the tourism and hospitality industries.  Hotels are a dynamic factor in the development equation.”

The results of Marriott’s 2013 Sustainability Report Update are reported to shareholders, customers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Marriott’s Board of Directors and associates.  This allows Marriott to inform critical stakeholders about the company’s priorities and actions, and create opportunities to address substantive issues through partnerships and collaboration. 

In the report, Marriott captures results from 2012 in the areas of environmental, economic and social responsibility performance.  Highlights include:

Environment
• A nearly 12 percent reduction in water consumption per cubic meter per occupied room; a 16.5 percent energy reduction per square meter of conditioned space and a more than 13 percent reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions[1].
• Growth in the total number of LEED Certified, Registered, and Volume Program hotels in Marriott’s portfolio to 115, an increase of nearly 20 hotels in 2012. 
• Becoming an official hotel partner of Clean the World®, a nonprofit that collects, recycles and distributes partially used soaps and other hygiene amenities globally to communities in need. Marriott is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfolio, having collected more than 75,000 pounds of soap and 50,000 pounds of amenities.
• Celebrating the four-year anniversary of the company’s $2 million commitment to the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas, Brazil to protect 1.4 million acres of rainforest and local residents.
• Helping to protect a major source of fresh water in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province through the company’s Nobility of Nature program in partnership with Conservation International. The initiative avoids deforestation, erosion and promotes sustainable jobs through beekeeping and honey production.
• Contributing more than $23 million in cash and in-kind donations to organizations worldwide while associates raised an additional $4.3 million for their communities during company-sponsored events and volunteered nearly 460,000 hours valued at $10.2 million[2].

Diversity & Inclusion and Youth Employment
• Implementing a foundational cross-cultural workshop and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a leadership tool designed to promote diversity awareness by measuring an individual’s or group’s fundamental orientation to cultural differences.
• Promoting women’s empowerment through training programs for leaders.  Women represented 42 percent of participants in our Leadership Excellence Program, 18 percent of participants in the General Managers One Week Program, 33 percent of participants in the Executive Development Program, and 46 percent in the newly launched Professional Leadership Program.
• Supporting youth hospitality career development through programs such as Youth Career Initiative (YCI), and Marriott’s World of Opportunity Europe initiative that works with charitable partners that received €300,000 (approximately $400,000) cash, €100,000 (approximately $130,000) in-kind, and nearly 4,000 hours of volunteerism for sponsoring more than 250 young people across Europe.

Human Rights
• Completing the “Human Rights and the Protection of Children” training of nearly 200,000 Marriott associates worldwide. 
• Helping to secure grants totaling $550,000 from The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The funds help survivors of human trafficking lead self-sustaining lives through skills learned in the hotel-based YCI hospitality training program. In 2012, YCI’s first graduating class in Mexico City included 11 survivors of trafficking from local shelters.

Comments and feedback related to the report are welcome at community.engagement@marriott.com.  For more information about Marriott’s corporate social responsibility initiatives or for a full copy of the report, visit www.marriott.com/socialresponsibility.  For more about Marriott’s environmental initiatives, visit www.marriott.com/environment.

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[1] Compared to baseline 2007.  Marriott’s goal is to further reduce energy and water consumption 20 percent by 2020. 

[2] Based on Independent Sector’s estimated value of volunteer time for 2012: $22.14 per hour.  Independent Sector is a leading forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs in America and around the world.

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