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10/23/2014

Marriott's Courtyard and Residence Inn Brands Rank Number One Among Business Travelers

Courtyard and Residence InnBethesda, Md, – October 16, 2014 –Marriott International’s modern essentials and extended stay brands lead the industry according to the recently released Business Travel News' (BTN) 2014 Hotel Chain Survey. Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott earned top honors in their respective categories of the industry leading survey, which is a testament to both power brands’ focus on innovation, guest satisfaction and global development.

“I am truly proud of all those involved in making Courtyard and Residence Inn the most admired hotel brands among travelers,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, modern essential & extended stay brand management. “We constantly evolve the design and service of our brands to meet the changing demands of guests. From technology to layout of the lobbies, we listen to customers. Both brands were the pioneers of their lodging segment and it is indeed rewarding and a testament to them that they rank top of class.”

Every year, BTN asks business travel buyers to rate the hotel brands with which they conduct business. This year, Courtyard gained its spot at the top, ranked by surveyors as the number one hotel brand in the upscale tier. Courtyard was also ranked number one in most of the survey categories, used to determine the final ranking: arranging group travel, data quality, helpful/courteous service, physical appearance, public business amenities, in-room business amenities, overall price/value.

According to the survey, Residence Inn was named number one overall in the extended stay upscale tier and also number one in all but one of the survey categories: sales staff, consistency, corporate rate programs, quality of data, helpful/courteous service, physical appearance, in-room business amenities, in-room personal amenities and overall price/value.

In addition, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott ranked considerably well in the survey, showing continual popularity among guests for Marriott’s select service portfolio.

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

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10/22/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Opens 10th Hotel in Mexico: The 156-room Courtyard by Marriott Queretaro

Courtyard QueretaroQueretaro, Mexico – October 22, 2014 – Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) announced today the opening of the 156-room Courtyard by Marriott Queretaro, the 10th hotel for the brand in Mexico. The new hotel features the brand’s signature Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space with media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones. The redefined lobby space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings.

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

Located on the Avenida 5 de Febrero in the beautiful city of Queretaro, Mexico, the hotel serves as a perfectly central location with convenient access to restaurants, shopping and cultural attractions. Rates begin at $116 USD  per night.

“The opening of this great new hotel reinforces our rapid expansion in Mexico and validates the popularity and recognition of the Courtyard by Marriott brand that offers intuitive style and the highest quality service and comfort,” said Craig S. Smith, president of the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. 

“From the open business lobbies to our modern and spacious guest rooms, the Courtyard by Marriott Queretaro offer business and leisure guests excellent space and flexibility to optimize their stay,” said Claudia Sánchez, General Manager of the hotel.

Courtyard understands business travelers, and, through extensive research, the brand continues to evolve to meet guests’ changing needs. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the adaptable lobby space offers options so guests can make the most of their time on the road.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard. “Guests want more control and choices with services and amenities. The Courtyard lobby invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or be entertained, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.” 

The open, bright and contemporary Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in and allow staff to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance. Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.

Dining has also been completely redesigned with the Centro, offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste guests may have forgotten to pack.

A key component of the Courtyard lobby is the newly enhanced GoBoard®, which presents local information, maps, weather, and headline news on a 55-inch LCD touch screen. Designed with today’s busy traveler in mind, the award-winning GoBoard® features mobile integration, enabling guests to send directions from the GoBoard® directly to their smart phones. Guests can also touch the screen for immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment and local event information, as well as walking directions.

Throughout the hotel, guests can connect to complimentary Wi-Fi, and there are ample electrical outlets in the lobby to power digital devices. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Courtyard is Marriott International’s largest brand in terms of hotels and also has the greatest portfolio presence in Mexico within the company. In total, Courtyard by Marriott operates 22 hotels with 3,507 rooms in 11 countries just in the Caribbean and Latin America with more than 20 hotels in the pipeline and scheduled to open in the next three years.

Other Mexican Courtyard by Marriott properties include the 153-room Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Airport, 200-room Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport, 288-room Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport, 129-room Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey, 175-room Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey San Jeronimo, 154-room Courtyard by Marriott Puebla and 155-room Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Potosi, the 184-room Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Tollocan,  and the 140-room Courtyard by Marriott Leon at the Poliforum,

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 950 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, contact the Courtyard by Marriott Queretaro directly at (+ 442-483-0800), 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 www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

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

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10/06/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Puts Some Play Into Your Stay

Courtyard-by-Marriott-logoPopular Brand Shakes Things Up with “Work Hard / Play Hard” Campaign.

Bethesda, Md., Oct. 6, 2014 — Courtyard by Marriott is inviting guests to put some play in their stay, with the launch of its new brand campaign, Make Room for a Little Fun, which focuses on the success-driven traveler who is also looking to have some enjoyment on the road.

It begins with humorous new ads that visually contrast the fine line that exists between “having to travel for work” and the fun side of “getting to travel for work.” Four new TV spots, as well as digital and property marketing, tell Courtyard’s story while dramatize what the brand offers guests who want to shake-up their stay.

 

Courtyard also revamped its website with a fresh and contemporary dance video tour of a hotel and intimate look at its new amenities. Collaborating with Emmy Award-winning choreographer Bonnie Story, (“High School Musical,” “So You Think You Can Dance” fame), and award-winning cinematographer/ video producer Malik Sayeed, (whose credits include work with Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Prince), the brand created a larger-than-life music video set entirely in a Courtyard hotel, showcasing its many features to guests.

The brand is also introducing a new look and feel to all of its communications, with hand-drawn elements featured alongside a stylish and contemporary aesthetic.    

“This complete revamp of our look and feel correlates with Courtyard’s positioning of staying current and being relevant to our guests. From the ongoing transformation of our Bistro to the crisp new design of our rooms, we have been updating and transforming the brand inside and out.” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. “This new campaign recognizes that our guests want a playful nudge to remind them to kick back, relax, and have some fun while traveling.”  

To check out the new Courtyard music video, campaign spots, and all of the updated amenities, visit the new website at courtyard.marriott.com.

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 950 locations in 37 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

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

Contact:  
Nina Herrera-Davila
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Nina.Herrera-Davila@marriott.com

09/18/2014

Courtyard by Marriott and USA Football Hit The Road in Search for Inspiration

Gini-Gladstone,-Courtyard-Marketing,-Todd-Heap,-former-NFL-Tight-End,-Keith-Short-and-Charles-Elliott,-Inspiring-Greatness-honoreesBethesda, Md. - September 18, 2014 - Courtyard by Marriott teams up with independent nonprofit USA Football to pay tribute to individuals who contribute to youth success in its “Inspiring Greatness” recognition program. Launched last year, Inspiring Greatness will honor 28 of the most deserving youth coaches and volunteers in the country with $1,000 grants for new equipment to improve player safety – more than double the number of recipients in 2013.  At the end of this season, USA Football and Courtyard, will select four finalists for a chance to win a grand prize of an additional $4,000 in grants.  Marriott is the Official Hotel Partner of USA Football, and this program is an ideal extension of that partnership.  

“Courtyard has a long tradition of giving back to the community and the “Inspiring Greatness” program enables us to show our appreciation and support for coaches and volunteers who help develop and mentor children,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. “We are excited to partner with USA Football in this nationwide search and look forward to celebrating these dedicated leaders who inspire us all.”

Thirteen of the winners from select markets will be invited to attend Courtyard’s tailgate events as special guests, where they will have the chance to meet a local NFL legend. In addition to grants, the winners will also receive a commemorative helmet. 

“Youth and high school football coaches do so much more than teach a game to our kids,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “They’re role models whose positive words and actions can make a significant difference in the life of a young person. We’re proud to join Courtyard to salute these women and men who personify the sport’s inherent values in extraordinary ways.”

The call for entries is open all season long through December 30. Youth players, parents, volunteers and coaches are encouraged to submit their nominations at http://usafootball.com/inspiregreatness.  

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 950 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

About USA Football
Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and a positive football experience.

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

CONTACTS:
Nina.Herrera-Davila@marriott.com; Sclair@catalystimg.com (Shaun)

 

 

09/02/2014

Courtyard Tackles the Season Like an "All-Pro"

Courtyard-NFL-logoOfficial Hotel of the NFL Pumps Up Experiences for Raving Fans

Bethesda, Md., September 2, 2014 — Kicking off the 2014 National Football League (NFL) season, Courtyard by Marriott announces a schedule packed with guest excitement, fan activities and fun surprises. Courtyard embarks on its fourth year as “The Official Hotel of the NFL” with new NFL-themed commercials, a major fan event at the Kickoff game in Seattle, plus contests, guest packages and original content.

“This is going to be our best season yet,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. “Helping our guests make room for a little fun on the road while tapping into their passion for football is a win-win for everyone. From enhancing our programs to adding new and engaging contests, we have it covered.”

True to its commitment of enhancing the guest experience through its alignment with the NFL, Courtyard is rolling out unique experiences to fans throughout the season: 

  • KICKOFF: At 2014 NFL Kickoff in Seattle, the brand will host two days of events on September 3-4 for fans through its “Courtyard @” mobile experience program at the NFL Gameday Village in Pioneer Square. Featuring elements of the newly designed Bistro that serves as a hub for guests during NFL nights, the Courtyard pod will host continuous action, including an appearance by Seattle football legend Shaun Alexander, a Sirius XM live radio broadcast stage, an interactive fan photo experience and a series of giveaways and instant win-sweepstakes.
  • COURTYARD CAMERA: In anticipation of the upcoming season, Courtyard invited all-pro quarterback Nick Foles to give fantasy leagues in Philadelphia the surprise of a lifetime. Foles traded in his helmet and pads for a fake mustache and apron to adopt a hidden identity as a Courtyard hotel server. As he surprised unsuspecting fantasy leagues, Courtyard captured their reactions on hidden cameras. The video can be found at youtube.com/CourtyardByMarriott 
  • TAILGATES: Expanding on last year’s popular tailgate series, Courtyard is upping its game with 13 tailgates across the country this season. The events will feature NFL legends, food and fun for guests and invited local fans. Taking place on Thursday nights in the home team’s city, two lucky winners from each tailgate will be treated like VIP’s with tickets to that night’s match up.
  • CONTESTS: Courtyard and the NFL have teamed up to provide guests with an “All-Pro” interactive social experience. Running now through October 23, fans can test their NFL IQ for a chance to win an exclusive prize or one of two Grand Prizes; a trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl or 2015 NFL Draft.  Additionally, beginning on October 27- November 23, Courtyard will run an “All-Pro” challenge, asking followers to post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of an action that best exemplifies their “All-Pro” look for a chance to win one of two Grand Prizes; a trip to Super Bowl XLIXor a trip to all of their favorite team’s regular season road games for the 2015-2016 season. The contests can be found at facebook.com/courtyard
  • NFL AD SERIES: Courtyard also recently debuted two new “All-Pro” commercials that highlight its NFL sponsorship, featuring NFL Network’s Rich Eisen humorously interviewing guests about their All-Pro performances on the road while staying at the hotel. Both ads will air during NFL games throughout the season and can be viewed on the brand’s YouTube page
  • PACKAGE: Courtyard is offering fans on the road the home field advantage with its Courtyard All-Pro Package, which includes a $20 electronic Amazon™ Gift Card, complimentary starter and drinks at the Bistro, and late checkout (as available).

 
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 950 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, or follow Courtyard at www.facebook.com/courtyard, www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels, or www.instagram.com/courtyardhotels.

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

Contacts: 
Nina.Herrera-Davila@marriott.com
Sclair@catalystimg.com (Shaun)

 

08/05/2014

Marriott International Announces the Second Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Opening Right in the Heart of Seminyak

Courtyard-by-Marriott-Bali-Seminyak-poolA step away from Bali’s lively beaches, the brand new 290-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel features an expansive lagoon pool and a whole new concept of dining.

Bali, Indonesia– August 5, 2014 -Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announces the opening of the second Courtyard branded property in the Island of the Gods, Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak. Located in the heart of bustling Seminyak, the 290-room hotel is an exciting addition to the Courtyard brand - making it the 31st Courtyard hotel in Asia.

Remarking on the occasion, Robert Stark, Marriott International’s Market Vice President for Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Australia said, “We are delighted to be opening our second Courtyard branded property in Bali, in one of the most popular areas for business and leisure travelers - Seminyak. Our growth in Indonesia is of great importance to Marriott International, and we look forward to expanding the presence of the Courtyard brand.” 

Located only a stones throw away from famous Seminyak Beach and the Oberoi dining scene, the stylish rooms and suites come complete with their own private balcony or garden terrace, a 42” smart TV, comfortable working desk with chair, iPod dock, and modern amenities. Suites offer extra space with their own living room and dining area, along with the convenience of having connecting doors to another deluxe room, perfect for family holidays.

This urban resort offers a little oasis in the middle of busy Seminyak with facilities including an expansive lagoon pool, Kids Club, a 24-hour fitness centre, Zanti – The Retreat, and state of the art meeting and breakout spaces catering up to 350 people - ideal for business meetings, private functions and intimate weddings. Guests will have privilege to valet service, shuttles to and from the resort to the beach and Oberoi Eat Street and high-speed internet access throughout the hotel.

Executive Chef Billy Costoglou will take guests on a culinary journey with a brand new breakfast experience at Seminyak Kitchen, serving up a diverse all-day breakfast menu to suit all tastes. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of a light bites and cocktail menu at the Pool Bar and Lounge.

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak guest roomCourtyard understands business and leisure travelers, and through continuous research the brand constantly evolves to meet guests’ changing needs to make the most of their time on the road. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the hotel lobby features Courtyard’s signature Go Board complete with information including hotel facilities, flight schedules, nearby attractions, local map, along with current news.  

Brad Edman, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak says: “We are very excited to be opening this fantastic new Courtyard hotel, a lively modern resort right in the heart of Seminyak.

The hotel is the perfect retreat for families and people looking for a fun place to relax and unwind.  The location is just right- surrounded by the endless dining, entertainment, shopping and nightlife that Seminyak has to offer.”

Marking the hotel’s opening, the “You Stay We Pay” offer is valid now through November 2014, with bookings available through Marriott.com. 

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 950 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, contact the Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak directly at +62 361 8499 600, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyard.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyardor follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

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

 Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com

 

07/23/2014

Courtyard Arrives at Comic-Con to Treat Fans to Cosplay Make-Up Lab

Courtyard-Super-HeroBethesda, Md., July 23, 2014 — What is a hotel brand like Courtyard by Marriott doing at San Diego Comic-Con? Simple. The hotel brand is connecting with travelers and having a little fun. Courtyard is enabling Comic-Con fans to compete to be crowned “King” and “Queen” in a cosplay contest, featuring author, George R.R. Martin (visionary behind the “Game of Thrones” series) actor, Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) and famed special FX maestro, Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”) as the distinguished panel of judges.

The experience is the second stop in the “Courtyard @” campaign that launched earlier this year at SXSW. Connecting with travelers at the hottest events through customized experiences with its mobile pod, Courtyard @ showcases the brand’s latest innovations while helping future hotel guests have a little fun on their trip.

Stationed at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park, the Courtyard@Super Hero HQ experience will offer attendees free make-up treatments and touch-ups at the hands of a top Hollywood special FX make-up team throughout the convention (July 24 – 27). 

  • “Hands-on Service” (Make-up Stations) – Courtyard brings its hallmark guest service to another dimension by allowing Comic-Con attendees to undergo make-up treatments from a professional staff of prosthetic make-up artists. Both touch-ups and makeup transformations will be offered, as guests can choose from existing designs or create their own customized original.
     
  • “Royal Treatment” (Courtyard’s King/ Queen of Cosplay Contest) – Elite cosplayers will be crowned by Reedus himself as the King or Queen of Cosplay, as the actor handpicks winners from a group of finalists selected by Courtyard’s roving judges scouring the scene for innovative looks from attendees. Martin will personally meet with the winners, and Nicotero will offer fans and finalists tips on their “cosplay” creations with a live make-up demo.  
     
  • “From Guest Room to Green Room” Comfort – Since character transformation can be taxing, Courtyard also invites attendees to comfortably recharge while sampling the amenities of the  brand’s next-generation guest room.  

Inside the mobile pod, fans can bring their comic book character to life with a customizable photo sharing platform, which allows cosplayers to select a relevant backdrop best-suited for their character, personalize a text script and share their new look with their friends.    

  • “Legendary Innovators LIVE” (Live Q&As) – As a hotel brand that pioneered the select service category more than thirty years ago by creating the first-ever business traveler hotel, Courtyard pays tribute to that spirit by hosting live fan chats with visionary author Martin, renowned make-up designer Nicotero, and Reedus, TV’s most legendary zombie hunter. Fans ask the questions as our legends provide the answers on Courtyard’s staging area, outside of the mobile pod. 

“Courtyard@Super Hero HQ is our most fun stop yet! Interactive Cosplay allows us to share our guests’ passion points right in the heart of the experience,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president of Modern Essentials and Extended Stay brands. “This is a great opportunity for us to extend our hospitality and engage with travelers outside of our hotels.”  

Courtyard @ Super Hero HQ will be open daily from July 24th – 27th, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, located in the heart of the Interactive Zone at Petco Park in San Diego. The event is free, no tickets or registration necessary, but a “fast pass” to skip lines is available to select Marriott Rewards members. Fans can follow @CourtyardHotels for the latest information on star appearances and event surprises.

Comic-Con and the Comic-Con logo are registered trademarks of San Diego Comic-Convention.

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 www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

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

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07/10/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Expands to Bosnia & Herzegovina

Courtyard-SarajevoLondon, UK, July 10, 2014 Courtyard by Marriott, a Marriott International brand designed especially to address the needs of business travellers, plans to open its first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina next year.  The 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo is expected to open in mid-2015 and will operate under a franchise agreement with Lake d.o.o. and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.  The hotel will be the second Marriott International property in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Residence Inn Sarajevo, which will open in early 2015.

Courtyard Sarajevo will feature the brand’s refreshing new European design created to provide business travellers with comfortable and stylish surroundings, integrated technology to promote productivity and 24-hour access to food and drink.  The hotel will offer spacious guestrooms with clean lines, an energising Mediterranean colour palette and contemporary, locally inspired furnishings.  Multiple, accessible outlets and free high-speed internet will make plugging in and working seamless and easy.

Courtyard Sarajevo guest roomThe spacious lobby area will provide free Wi-Fi, flexible seating for working, meeting and socialising and an interactive GoBoard® screen displaying the latest news, weather and local information.  A 24-hour market and Bistro restaurant offer a range of meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day.  A conference room, two meeting rooms and a fitness centre complete the hotel facilities.

Courtyard Sarajevo will be located in the city centre with the restaurants, cafes and shops in the attractive old city just ten minutes walking distance via a pedestrian bridge over the Miljacka River.  A number of embassies and the Sports and Expo Center, “Center Skenderija”, are located nearby making the hotel an ideal base for business travellers.  

After recently celebrating its 30th anniversary and now with almost 1000 hotels, Courtyard by Marriott is the 12th largest global hotel brand*.  This year saw the high profile and much acclaimed launch of Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Central Park - the tallest hotel in North America.  For more information, visit www.courtyard.com

Courtyard Sarajevo guests will be able to earn points for their stay towards free holidays, flights, room nights and more through Marriott Rewards, an award-winning frequent traveller programme with over 45 million members worldwide offering exclusive membership privileges across 16 brands, 3,800 destinations and 72 countries.  

*source MKG Hospitality

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

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04/29/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo Opens in Korea's New Technology Hub

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul PangyoThe brand new 282-room Courtyard hotel is a new introduction in Korea’s Gyeonggi province located in the heart of Pangyo Techno Valley, an emerging IT hub in suburban Seoul.

Seongnam, Korea, April 29, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. today announces the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo. Located in the heart of the Pangyo Techno Valley, a rising information technology cluster in Seongnam city, the 282-room hotel is just a three minute walk away from the Pangyo subway station which gives direct access to Seoul Gangnam in just 16 minutes with easy access to all southern Gyeonggi areas. Download image.

Commenting on the occasion, Don Cleary, Marriott International’s chief operations officer for Asia Pacific, said: “we are delighted to be opening this Courtyard hotel as the first Marriott branded property in Korea’s Gyeonggi province and are proud to be the first hotel to be built in this emerging IT business hub. In Mirae Asset we have found an excellent partner and we look forward to a long association with them to ensure the ongoing success of this exciting hotel.”

Paul Cannings, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo’s general manger also commented, “It is very exciting to introduce Marriott International’s vision for smart business travel which combine innovative technology with contemporary design and comfort through this new Courtyard property in this developing city and with our optimum location, we hope to build a strong presence in the area targeting business travellers and local residents.”

For the discerning frequent business travellers, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo implements a 100% smoke-free policy throughout the hotel and offers three thoughtfully designed room types ranging in size from 26 to 42 square meters, all equipped with a 40” flat screen smart TV, comfortable work desk and ergonomic chair and high-speed Internet access to help guests stay more productive. Also, an Executive Lounge is located on the top 19th floor for executive floor guests offering complimentary daily breakfast, evening happy hour service with canapés, complimentary coffee and tea and free meeting room usage benefits.

The complex is a 19-story building, with the hotel occupying the 8th floor and above with offices, retail shops, restaurants and coffee houses situated in floors below. The hotel is efficiently designed to satisfy the convenience of guests through its “one stop” layout with the lobby, restaurant and bar and meeting rooms located on the 8th floor. Guests and locals can experience the healthy, international flavors that all-day-dining restaurant MoMo Café showcases in the vibrant open kitchen and live cooking stations. The adjoining MoMo Bar serves a selection of snacks, beverages and spirits with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Pangyo Techno Valley. Moreover, seven multi-functional meeting rooms are ideal for a business meeting or social purposes with a dedicated Event Manager to coordinate the event from start to finish.

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo is the 7th Marriott International property and 2nd Courtyard branded hotel to open in Korea. Being the first business hotel in the Pangyo Techno Valley, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo will support the area’s development as an IT hot spot as well as strongly settling the property’s presence in the southern Gyeonggi region for both business travellers and locals.

Marking the hotel’s grand opening, the “Stay 3 Nights and Save 33%” offer is valid now through May 31, 2014. Bookings can be made through Marriott.com.

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 950 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, contact Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo directly at +82 31-8060-2222, 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 www.twitter.com/ courtyardhotels.

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04/22/2014

Marriott Turns Up the Volume on Green Building

Courtyard Kansas CityCourtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff celebrates LEED® self-certification on Earth Day.

Kansas City, MO – April 22, 2014Marriott International, Inc. (NASDQ:MAR) announced today the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff is the company’s first hotel in Missouri to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®) prototype pre-certification program.

Courtyard Kansas City and LEED signThe only LEED Certified Marriott property in Missouri, the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff was constructed on top of a mine, land previously undevelopable, and 10 percent of building materials used contain recycled content. Like all Marriott LEED Certified hotels, this hotel features a number of elements that focus on energy conservation, water efficiency and recycling.  Some of those elements include:


  • White roofing material that reflects heat to save energy.
  • Kohler low volume, plumbing fixtures.
  • Philips low energy consuming LED lighting and controls
  • A salt water pool, reducing the number of chemicals used in treating the pool.
  • An electric car charging station, and preferred parking for low-emission cars and carpoolers.
  • 20 foot floor to ceiling glass wall of windows in the ballroom for day lighting and optimal view.

“Sustainable development is a priority for Marriott. LEED certification earned by our properties demonstrates our commitment to the environment while simultaneously appealing to our environmentally conscious customers,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability & supplier diversity.  “The LEED prototype pre-certification program allows our owners and franchisees to achieve LEED status throughout the development process, so that it is fully certified upon building completion.”

Marriott is the only hotel company to earn prototype pre-certification approval from the USGBC. Pre-certification streamlines the process for hotel developers and owners, saving both time and money. Owners of these hotels save about $100,000 in upfront costs and six months of design time.  Additionally, owners can expect to save 25 percent in energy and water consumption and should recover their additional investment in five to six years—possibly sooner depending on federal and local government incentives. 

“Marriott has always been on the forefront of sustainability, in both project development and corporate social responsibility,” said Karim Khalifa, senior vice president, architecture and construction. “We are thrilled to be a leader yet again as the first hotel company to offer properties the opportunity to individually manage the LEED certification process.”

Marriott’s entire select-service and extended-stay portfolio -- Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites – is LEED Volume certified. Across the Marriott portfolio, 130 hotels are LEED- Certified or registered by the USGBC. 

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL – SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Marriott International is committed to responsible global business operations inside and beyond its hotels.  For more information about our sustainability efforts visit www.marriott.com/environment.

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 950 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, contact the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff directly at 816-841-3330 or visit  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcino-courtyard-kansas-city-at-briarcliff 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 www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

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