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03/04/2015

Marriott International Crowned Germany's Best Hotel & Tourism Employer by Focus Magazine

March 5, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named Germany’s best employer in an annual survey by Focus Magazine, an influential weekly news magazine.   Marriott beat off stiff competition to come first in the category for ‘hotel and tourism company with more than 2000 employees’.  The annual ranking is based on an analysis from over 70,000 employee votes.

Gitta Brückmann, Area Vice President of Central Europe, said, “We are honoured to have achieved this wonderful accolade that recognises our efforts in providing a motivating workplace for Marriott associates.   Above all, we would like to thank all of our associates for voting; such a positive result encourages us to continue with our efforts. We are always on the look out for new talent to enrich our team and help us to make Marriott one of the most attractive hotel companies in Germany for both guests and associates."

The ranking incorporates individual elements such as managers’ leadership performance, career prospects within the company and employer’s overall presentation.

In Germany, Marriott retains over 3,000 associates across 29 hotels and at the Eschborn corporate office. Due to a high number of training programmes and international career opportunities, Marriott succeeds in staffing 60% of management positions with internal talent.

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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Marriott International Soars to 4th Place in the Sunday Times "25 Best Big Companies to Work For" List

Park Lane Marriott London, United Kingdom - March 5, 2015 – For the eighth consecutive year, Marriott International has been recognised as one of the “25 Best Big Companies to Work For” through The Sunday Times’ prestigious “Best Companies to Work For” listing,  ranking as the top hospitality company.  The list is a mark of distinction for companies across the UK and places Marriott International fourth on the list, jumping up from sixth place last year.

The Sunday Times recognised Marriott International for ensuring its associates are as well looked after as its guests. Marriott gained high scores for offering employees valuable experiences for the future and roles considered good for personal growth.

“We are absolutely delighted to have gained two places this year and to reach 4th in one of the most prestigious employment awards in the UK.  To be recognised for the eighth year is a tremendous accolade and affirmation of our commitment to support and motivate our people,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Europe.  “Our core value of ‘Putting People First’ is the cornerstone of our business and integral to its success and I am truly appreciative of all our associates’ constant enthusiasm, dedication and support.”

Marriott’s framework of associate personal development and discipline-specific training is tailored to each individual and opens the door to extensive opportunities around the world.  In 2014 Marriott launched its #PictureYourselfHere campaign designed to provide job seekers with a more inspiring job search experience and give them an authentic glimpse into what it is like to work at Marriott International. #PictureYourselfHere saw over 17,000 current employees share photos that captured their experiences interacting with their workplaces, workspaces and colleagues in an effort to attract the most talented job seekers in the industry.

The accolade joins a series of high profile honours to have recently been awarded to Marriott International including being ranked as the most admired hotel company on FORTUNE’s list of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ and being named on their ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list.

Marriott has long been recognised as a great place to work by several prominent publications.  For a full list of other awards and recognition, visit http://news.marriott.com/awards-and-recognition.html.

The 2015“Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For List”, announced online on the 1st March, and its sister award, the “Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For” list, recognise the best employers in the United Kingdom, based on employee’s own assessments on how they are valued and invested in by their company. 

For more details on the award, visit www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/best100companies

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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Contact:
Olivia Donnan                                     
+44 20 7012 7199                                           
olivia.donnan@marriott.com             

 


 

03/03/2015

Rapid Growth From 2010 to 2020 Expected to Triple Marriott’s Presence in Europe

Hotel Cotton House BarcelonaDemand for branded properties and luxury lifestyle product boosts development

March 3, 2015 - Following a record year of new development in 2014, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that it expects to triple in size in Europe by 2020 (since 2010) to reach 150,000 signed or opened rooms across its portfolio of brands – a substantial increase from the 40,000 rooms it operated in 2010.  This expansion in Europe is part of Marriott International’s global growth strategy, which includes having one million rooms open or in its development pipeline by the end of 2015. 

“Since 2010, we have been focused on developing strong brands across all tiers to meet different customer needs and we are seeing incredible momentum with over 34,000 new rooms opened or signed by the end of 2014.  This includes the introduction of four new luxury lifestyle brands to Europe, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, EDITION and Moxy Hotels”, said Amy McPherson, president and managing director, Marriott International, Europe. “Currently, we anticipate opening an additional 9,000 rooms by the end of 2016 and over half of these rooms are positioned in the luxury lifestyle portfolio.  This includes Autograph Collection which is such a huge success story for Europe, with almost 1,500 new rooms expected to join the collection this year.  We are also excited about the JW Marriott Venice opening this month – a luxury destination retreat located on its own island in the Venice lagoon.”

JW Marriott Venice lobbyLooking forward to 2020, Marriott Europe expects over 70 percent  of its new rooms to come from select service and luxury lifestyle brands including Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, AC Hotels and Residence Inn – a growth strategy supported by recent extensive research that indicates these brands resonate best with frequent business travellers, including the next generation of travellers.  Moxy Hotels is expected to see the most growth with an anticipated 25,000 signed rooms by 2020 followed by Courtyard with an expected 11,000 rooms.  

On a regional level, Eastern and Western Europe1 expect to see the strongest growth over the next two years with more than 50 percent of pipeline growth.  By year end 2016, more than 1,000 rooms are expected to open in Russia and JW Marriott Bodrum, Turkey will open in spring this year, the seventh JW Marriott hotel in Europe.   In Western Europe, nearly 3,000 rooms are slated to open in the next two years with strong growth expected from Autograph Collection.  In the UK & Ireland, the growth of Moxy Hotels includes over 1,000 anticipated rooms in 2016 including three hotels in London and one in Aberdeen.   Central Europe should see around 25 percent of development pipeline growth and will also be a strong market for Moxy Hotels, with 1,200 rooms expected to open by end 2016.

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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

NOTE: This press release contains “forward looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements about the number, locations and opening dates for new hotels, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations are not historical facts.  We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with franchisees and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; the receipt of governmental and other consents, and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly annual report on Form 10-K; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

[1] Central Europe comprises, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden
Eastern Europe comprises Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey
Western Europe comprises Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain

CONTACT:
 
Hannah Cadwallader
hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com  
T: +44 (0)20 7012 7359

 

02/10/2015

Marriott Hotels Opens First Hotel In Lyon

Lyon Marriott Hotel Cité International guestroomFebruary 10, 2015 – Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, welcomed Lyon Marriott Hotel Cité International to its portfolio on 30 January 2015. The hotel joins a further 23 Marriott Hotels in France.

Situated in the heart of the renowned city, famous for its historical and architectural landmarks, the hotel offers 204 spacious guestrooms and suites along with an extensive wellness zone including a solarium with views over the rolling hills of Caluire.  Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport is just 30 minutes from the hotel which is also in easy reach of the Convention Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lyon Marriott Hotel Cité International guestroomA selection of European dishes are served in the hotel’s La Brasserie restaurant, a warm and comforting space clad in warming wood panelling while the restaurant’s expansive terrace looks out over the Parc de la Tête d'Or, the largest urban park in France,  The bar - The Spark – welcomes guests into an intimate setting with a delectable cocktail menu.

For business travellers and corporate meetings, the Marriott Lyon offers a 1,100m2 conference centre, including 16 prestigious meeting rooms and a multipurpose 435m2 adaptable space, all with natural daylight.

Plans for a full renovation in 2015 are in progress and will be managed by Les Clés du Luxe, owners of the hotel since July.  The new design, envisioned by architects Albert Constantin and Marie Courdouan, will see modernisation of the rooms, meeting spaces, fitness centre and restaurant, as well as the creation of a new bar.  The hotel will remain open throughout the renovations with minimum disruption to guests.   "Our entry into the Marriott Hotels portfolio marks a new stage in the development of the largest hotel group in the Rhône-Alpes region," commented Emmanuel Comble, Managing Director, Les Cles du Luxe.

"We are proud to announce the launch of the new Lyon Marriott Hotel Cité International," says Michel Miserez, Area Vice President, Western Europe. "This major expansion into the international city of Lyon once again demonstrates the remarkable commercial power of our network, owing to a growing number of owners who place their trust in us."

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 travellers 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.

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

Les Clés du Luxe
Based in Lyon, at 67 Quai Charles de Gaulle, Les Clés du Luxe has been in operation for 9 years, a sole partner simplified corporation founded on July 15, 2005. Registered in Lyon, the company specialises in business advice and management consulting. Currently Lavorel Development, in its capacity as President, is an agent Les Clés du Luxe.

The company owns and operates three facilities in the Rhône- Alpes Region: Les Suites de la Potinière in Courchevel 1850, the Château de Bagnols in Beaujolais and Marriott Lyon Cite Internationale.

Contact: 
Hannah Cadwallader
+ 44 (0)20 7012 7359
hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com

02/05/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott Opens New Hotel in Paris - Conveniently Located in Grounds of Paris-Le Bourget Airport

AC Paris Le BourgetFebruary 5, 2015 - AC Hotels by Marriott welcomed the new AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget to its France portfolio on 2 February 2015. The new hotel follows major global expansion of the brand, aimed at the lifestyle oriented business traveller, with the opening of the first AC by Marriott property in the U.S. - the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon - and recent openings in Istanbul and Valencia.

AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget opened in the grounds of Paris-Le Bourget airport and is particularly convenient for business travellers in need of easy airport access; Charles de Gaulle Airport is just 15 minutes away. The hotel makes an ideal base for those attending conferences and events at the adjacent Le Bourget Exhibition Park or the nearby Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. For leisure travellers, AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget is well-situated for those looking to spend a weekend in Paris.

“Groupe Segur is proud to open the AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget Airport in partnership with Marriott International.  We are confident that this impressive building will contribute to the continued development of Paris and its local districts." commented Ms. Dain, Groupe Ségur, owner and developer of AC Le Bourget.

AC Paris Le Bourget guestroomThe 4-star hotel will comprise of 122 rooms and suites with sleek contemporary design, modern interiors and clean lines. Combining urban style and comfort, the AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget will retain the authentic French charm, timeless European elegance and excellent service synonymous with the AC Hotels brand. All guestrooms will feature premium bedding, fully equipped bathrooms with AC amenities, high-speed internet access, a spacious desk, a refrigerator and air-conditioning, in addition to personalised service to ensure a pleasant and restful stay.

Whether looking for a quick snack or a romantic dinner, L’envol restaurant serves contemporary French food and wine with a mix of casual and formal dining areas, whilst those on-the-go can make use of the Market, open 24 hours a day. Room service is also available from 6.30am to 10pm for those keen to retire to the comfort of their room. Atmosph’air, the hotel’s stylish rooftop bar and terrace, offers sweeping panoramic views from the Bourget Airport runways over the Paris skyline and out towards the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Cœur Cathedral.

For those seeking respite from a long business meeting, a spacious fitness centre is open to guests 24 hours a day, while an indoor pool and steam room is available for use from 7am to 10pm. 

“We are excited to welcome guests to AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget in this multicultural and vibrant city. With its convenient location and extensive facilities, the hotel meets the needs of both business and leisure travellers to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.” said Doris Schaefgen, General Manager of AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget Airport.

AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget joins the AC Paris Porte Maillot, which opened as AC Hotel’s first Parisian property in June 2014. Further AC properties in France include the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan les Pins and AC Hotel Nice. AC Hotels by Marriott participates in the Marriott Rewards members programme, used by over 45 millions members worldwide.

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 nearly 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.  Across Marriott’s entire portfolio of brands, the company expects to surpass one million rooms open or in development by the end of 2015.

For further details on AC by Marriott Hotels, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel

About AC Hotels by Marriott
Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels is one of the most well-known hotel brands in Spain.  Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 establishing AC Hotels by Marriott within the company’s global portfolio.

About Marriott International
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.  

About Groupe Ségur
This family run business operates in partnership with 40 companies in several business sectors spanning real estate, hospitality and business aviation. Its subsidiary, Jet Services, took control of a number of companies located at airports including Paris-Le Bourget, Lyon-Bron and Toulouse-Blagnac between 2009 and 2011.

Groupe Ségur has other projects in the grounds of Paris-Le Bourget, including a large aircraft hangar and an upscale home terminal.

Connect with Hannah.Cadwallader@marriott.com

01/23/2015

Autograph Collection Says 'Welkom' to Hotel van Oranje

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph Collection 2Dutch Coast Seaside Property Joins Global Portfolio of Independent Hotels

Media London, January 23, 2015: Autograph Collection has added a new Netherlands-based hotel to its portfolio: Hotel van Oranje in Noordwijk. The hotel complements Autograph Collection’s continually growing portfolio of upscale and independent hotels as the collection expands across Europe and beyond. 

As the first hotel in the Benelux to form a partnership with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, Hotel van Oranje enjoys a prime location on the Dutch coast. Situated just steps from Amsterdam’s beaches and the lively Noordwijk shopping boulevard, Hotel van Oranje has been recently refurbished with newly modernised rooms. The five restaurants, three bars and an onsite beach club have al fresco terraces looking out to sea across the promenade.

Hotel van Oranje’s General Director Jaap Liethof noted, "We’re delighted that our membership with Autograph Collection Hotels allows us to expand our international visibility and recognises the fact that we enjoy a high-class reputation worldwide."

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph Collection 1Spanning over five storeys, 174 guestrooms including six suites are dressed with Dutch furniture, colourful textiles and quirky design features. In-room amenities include complimentary wireless Internet and mini-bars, with a number of guestrooms offering views out to sea through panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.

With a strong focus on wellbeing, the hotel offers 1500m2 of dedicated wellness facilities, including an expansive tropical wave pool, sauna facilities and a state-of-the-art beauty centre. For those looking to combine activities with wellness, there are a variety of outdoor options within easy access of the hotel, such as kite surfing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, golf and Vespa rentals.

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph CollectionFive hotel restaurants give guests the opportunity to vary their dining, from traditional fare at Restaurant DUTCH! to seafood specials at the Grand Café ‘t Elfde Gebod and the Steakhouse De Harmonie, which boasts the best spareribs in town. In-house bars include Imperial Bar and The Bentley Bar, with a cosy fireplace and a sunlit terrace fronting the boulevard. Conveniently situated by the indoor pool, the Sports bar gives parents the chance to enjoy live football and tennis while watching over their children. For the ultimate Dutch seaside experience, Beachclub O invites guests to recline with a cocktail and watch kite surfers take to the waves.

Hotel van Oranje is also well suited to business travellers, taking the title for the biggest conference centre on the Dutch coast with just under 3000m2 of dedicated meeting spaces and 39 multifunctional conference rooms. Hotel van Oranje partakes in Marriott Rewards, an award winning programme with over 45 million members worldwide.

Autograph Collection features passionately independent hotels that fall under distinct categories of travel experience including Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration, or Sporting Adventure. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer guests a range of unique and unexpected experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. This unique global portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning process to select only the most exceptional hotels and enriching travel experiences.

Other Autograph Collection hotels include the prestigious St. Ermin's Hotel in London, Powerscourt hotel near Dublin, Boscolo hotels in Rome, Milan and Budapest, Prince Sakura Tower in Tokyo and the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

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 nearly 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.

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit www.autographhotels.com

For further information on Hotel van Oranje, visit www.hotelvanoranje.nl

 

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. 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 nearly 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 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.  

Contacts:
Verona Carter           
786 470 3434  ǀ  U.S.                                    
Verona.Carter@Marriott.com                   

Sophie Coughlan
44 20 7017 1808
Marriott@contagiousagency.com

 

 

01/21/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Recognised As “Best Upscale Hotel Brand” At Business Travel Awards 2015 In London

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCLONDON, UK - January 20, 2015: The annual Business Travel Awards took place in London last night and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was recognised as “Best Upscale Hotel Brand”.


Organised by Buying Business Travel magazine, over 1,300 people attended the glittering event at The Grosvenor House Hotel for awards in 22 categories.

These highly-valued awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the travel industry's leading businesses, teams and individuals who performed outstandingly in their field over the last 12 months. An independent panel of judges, made up primarily of respected senior business travel buyers, reviewed and marked each entry to identify those worthy of winning.

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC“We are delighted to receive this award from UK based Travel professionals who send their well-travelled clients to hotels all around the world and are honoured that they have chosen to recognise The Ritz-Carlton as the Best Upscale hotel brand” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

 

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company continues to expand its global portfolio with five hotels opened over the last eighteen months in business destinations such as Almaty, Herzliya and Tianjin introducing the luxury brand to travellers in new markets. The company currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 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. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

Contact:
Rosemary Trigg    
Tel + 44 207 0127323   + 44 7557 804936
Email: rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

01/08/2015

Autograph Collection Showcases Architectural Splendour With Launch of New Historical Hotel in the Heart of Barcelona

Hotel Cotton House BarcelonaHotel Cotton House Barcelona scheduled to open February 23, 2015 joining Autograph Collection’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels

London, U.K., January 8, 2015: Autograph Collection - Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for celebrating individuality - is set to welcome a new historical, boutique property to its Collection. Hotel Cotton House Barcelona, located in a prime position on Barcelona's Gran Vía, is housed in an iconic 19th century building - formerly the headquarters of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers. Download images.

Cotton House BarcelonaSince its construction in the late 1800s, the 'House of Cotton' has been a significant Barcelona landmark; after an extensive restoration and refurbishment, the building has become a sophisticated hotel embodying the essence of this historic building. Guests will love the experience of staying in an authentic residence in the heart of the Ensanche district, an icon of 19th-century Catalan bourgeoisie and the perfect starting point for exploring the fascinating city of Barcelona. 

Staying true to the hotel’s historical essence, world-renowned designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán was commissioned to design the hotel in a contemporary and sophisticated manner. With 83 luxurious bedrooms including seven spacious suites, the boutique hotel welcomes guests through a beautiful covered hall of mirrors, leading them into the magnificent octagonal hall with two sweeping staircases.

The former public areas of the building, open to all guests, now house an elegant library, a restaurant and cocktail bar, a light-filled conservatory and a 300 m2 terrace with lush vegetation. A striking rooftop pool occupies the sixth floor.

Guests to Hotel Cotton House Barcelona will benefit from an experienced concierge team who will offer the most exquisite service in the city, combining the personal touch and authenticity of an independent hotel with the confidence of an Autograph Collection experience. The concierge will be based in one of the hotel’s many unique areas, the Gossypium (‘cotton’ in Latin).

John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe, commented: “Barcelona is a hugely popular destination for both leisure and business travellers, and we are really excited to debut such a unique hotel in the heart of Catalonia. The rich heritage of the building is complemented by the exquisite new design, and we have no doubt that travellers will have an incredible experience that Autograph Collection has become known for delivering.”

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.

Room rates start from €200 per night.

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit
www.autographhotels.com
For further information on Cotton House Barcelona, visit www.hotelcottonhouse.com

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. 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, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)
is a leading lodging global 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.  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.

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 nearly 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.

Contact:
Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com

Sophie Coughlan
Marriott@contagiousagency.com / +44 20 7017 1808

 

01/07/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott Welcomes Its First Danish Hotel - A Magnificent Sky-High Design Feat in Copenhagen

 

AC Bella SkyJanuary 7, 2015 – AC Hotels by Marriott, a lifestyle brand belonging to Marriott International, announced today its debut in Denmark, welcoming the impressive 812-room Bella Sky Hotel to the portfolio as the AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen on December 15, 2014.  The news follows major global expansion of the brand, aimed at the lifestyle oriented business traveller, with the opening of the first AC by Marriott property in the U.S. - the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon - and recent openings in Istanbul and Valencia.

Located just ten minutes by metro from Copenhagen city centre, the AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen impresses with its dramatic modern architecture and interiors; a fusion of sharp angled glass design with modern Scandinavian furnishings and style. This distinctly urban style is synonymous with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand and is aimed at both business and leisure travellers seeking a contemporary urban experience with a strong sense of place.  Original furniture by brands such as Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Moroso, Hay, Erik Jørgensen and GUBI is featured throughout the hotel, alongside modern patterns and textures with a layered colour palette of blues representing the changing colours of the sky throughout the day. 

AC Bella Sky roomSpacious guestrooms, ranging from standard rooms to suites, are flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows offering awe inspiring views of the skyline beyond.   All technology needs are covered with free Wi-Fi provided throughout the hotel, including the guest rooms, and videos on demand can be viewed on large flat screen TVs whilst lounging on sumptuous king size beds or the stylish, modern sofas and chairs. 

For those seeking further relaxation, the impressive aqua spa offers a rejuvenating water-inspired journey from hot and cold pools, rain showers, steam baths and ice fountains followed by heat beds that encourage blood circulation and wellness.  It is the ultimate escape after a long business trip or a day of sightseeing.

A number of dining experiences with unique settings are offered throughout the hotel including the Balcony Restaurant serving Nordic Classics and Grills or for those keen to soak up the panoramic views and awe-inspiring sky line, the Sky Bar serves cocktails and Nordic tapas.   The lobby bar is the perfect place to meet friends, catch up on business or just relax; serving small plates and snacks.  

Meetings and events are expertly catered for throughout the extensive conference area, comprising 48 meeting rooms featuring the latest IT and AV equipment.  The hotel also has direct access to Bella Center, Scandinavia’s largest conference centre, which can accommodate up to 30,000 delegates.  There is a free shuttle service to and from the airport and the hotel also benefits from its own metro stop.

AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen will be operated by BC Hospitality Group under a franchise agreement and will participate in Marriott Rewards, the company’s award-winning frequent traveller programme, offering exclusive membership privileges across 16 brands, 3,800 destinations and 74 countries.  

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 nearly 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.

For more information on AC Hotels by Marriott, visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi

About AC Hotels by Marriott
Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels is one of the most well-known hotel brands in Spain.  Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 establishing AC Hotels by Marriott within the company’s global portfolio.

About Marriott International
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12/17/2014

Autograph Collection Announces Exciting Debut in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Park ChaletIntroducing Four Luxury Properties to its Portfolio 

Marriott International’s exclusive collection of independent hotels continues rapid growth in world class destinations 

London, Unitied Kingdom, December 17, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for championing independence, is delighted to announce its entry into Azerbaijan, welcoming two luxurious hotels from the Shahdag Mountain Resort into the collection this December, 2014. Two further hotels located in the enigmatic capital of Baku will join the collection in June, 2015.

Pik Palace Shahdag, Park Chalet Shahdag, Boulevard Hotel Baku and Intourist Hotel Baku epitomise Autograph Collection’s dedication to strikingly independent hotels found in remarkable destinations.

John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe, commented: “We are thrilled to be entering a destination as exciting as Azerbaijan; a destination that has seen outstanding developments to its tourism infrastructure in recent years.” He continued: “Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences for travellers that are nothing less than unique, nothing short of exceptional – which is why Azerbaijan and the four properties are the perfect fit for the brand.”

Welcoming multiple hotels from a destination that’s pioneering an emerging tourism market is symbolic of what Autograph Collection represents: a bold originality and a uniquely innovative approach to the hospitality industry. 

Pik Palace Shahdag (December 2014)
Autograph Collection is proud to introduce the stunning 167-room property, Pik Palace Shahdag. Nestled amid the majestic mountains of the Shahdag Mountain Resort, Pik Palace is just a short drive from Gusar, which has been known since ancient times as one of the important gateways of Azerbaijan - and a historical interlink between Europe, Russia,  the Middle East and Central Asia.

Designed by ReardonSmith Architects and inspired by the magnificent beauty of the mountains, Pik Palace Shahdag offers the ultimate recreational experience complete with panoramic views and exceptional service. Each of the property’s spacious bedrooms and suites features a king-size bed and gorgeous marble bathroom, with an oversized bathtub and walk-in shower. Additionally, each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with a French balcony, taking advantage of the breathtaking backdrop.

Pik Palace hotel’s restaurants, bars and lounges provide a variety of unique settings for an enjoyable dining experience in the mountains, including the Chocolat patisserie and Alpina Brasserie & Wine Bar. Guests looking for ultimate indulgence need look no further than The Club Fitness & Spa, which offers a range of aromatherapy treatments and rejuvenating spa rituals.

Park Chalet Shahdag (December, 2014)
Redefining the mountain retreat, Park Chalet Shahdag brings to Autograph Collection the first Alpine-style luxury property in the Shahdag Mountain Resort. The 164-room hotel is located 230 kilometers north from Baku, the elegant capital city of Azerbaijan.

Park Chalet is modeled on European Alpine architecture, with additional stylistic influences from Aspen ski lodge developments in the USA. The hotel offers beautifully appointed country-style guest rooms and suites, featuring washed oak paneling and the perfect mix of rustic yet luxurious furnishings.

Being one of Shahdag Mountain Resort’s premier gourmet destinations, Park Chalet serves up delectable menus at Aspen Grill – the striking rooftop restaurant & lounge bar - along with warming hot beverages at the Mocca Café. The steam rooms and sauna are perfectly poised for guests to unwind in, after soaking up the beautiful mountain vistas.

Boulevard Hotel Baku (June, 2015) 
Named after the eponymous seafront walking promenade and set right at the Baku Bay towards the east of the city center, Boulevard Hotel offers 818 charming rooms.

Located in the heart of Baku White City district, along one of the main routes connecting the city centre with Heydar Aliyev International Airport, this hotel is set to provide fantastic conference facilities, with the largest space on offer in Azerbaijan.

Boulevard Hotel features three restaurants, an executive lounge, and a magnificent 1,300 square metre ballroom – which provides natural daylight and unobstructed views over the Caspian Sea. The conference centre features six multi-functional meeting rooms all equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Boulevard Hotel’s wellness centre and gymnasium will ensure that guest can relax after a stimulating conference.

Intourist Hotel Baku (June, 2015)
Located in the heart of Baku city and overlooking the waterfront boulevard, known as the National Park, this boutique hotel offers 150 alluring guest rooms and suites. With close proximity to major attractions, the hotel offers superb connections throughout the city.

Intourist Hotel Baku revives an 80-year-old legacy, while bringing in the best of modern hospitality experience with its elegant rooms and suites and unique dining facilities.

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. 

Information on the most recent additions and their signature experiences is showcased on Autograph Collection’s website, please visit
www.autographhotels.com  

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 nearly 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. 

About Absheron Hotel Group:
ABSHERON Hotel Group is a young hotel management and development company in Azerbaijan; through establishing a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts, it aims to become a strategic hospitality industry player with a medium-term aspiration of taking a leading position in the national and regional markets.

The foundation of ABSHERON Hotel Group has been inspired by a remarkable development of tourism infrastructure in the Republic of Azerbaijan in the recent years and reflects the long-term vision of the economic and social development of the country. The hotel portfolio will stretch across various hotel categories from mid-scale life-style to luxury hotels and other hospitality entities both in and outside of Baku.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit: 

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global 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.  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.

Note: The numbers of hotels that Marriott International, Inc. expects to add to the Autograph Collection in the future are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, competitive conditions in the lodging industry, relationships with hotel owners and franchisees, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International, Inc. discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could cause actual additions to differ materially from that expressed in or implied by our statements. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

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