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09/16/2014

Marriott's Signature Brand Continues Expansion in Latin America With Plans For First Hotel in Ecuador

Entrada Plaza El PradoQuito, Ecuador – September 16, 2014: Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) signature brand, Marriott Hotels, announced plans to open the 202-room Marriott Hotel in Guayaquil in 2016, The Guayaquil Marriott will be the company’s third property in Ecuador and is being developed by Hotecapsa, overseen by Mr. Angel P. Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a major local developer in Guayaquil who also opened the famous Sanchez Aguilar Theatre, The Plaza Buena Vista Mall and the Plaza del Prado Mall.

Situated in the heart of Los Arcos, Samborondon, the Marriott Guayaquil Hotel will be located in one of city’s most desirable areas within walking distance to Guayaquil’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.  

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Marriott and the opportunity to establish the Marriott Hotels brand’s footprint in Ecuador.  With the success of the two existing Marriott International properties in Ecuador and the Marriott brand across Latin America and around the world, we are confident that this hotel will be highly successful and play a large role in the continued emergence of the country,” Mr. Angel P. Sanchez, president of Hotecapsa, owner of hotel.

"This is a very exciting time for Marriott in Latin America – we recently announced our goal to double our portfolio in the Caribbean and Latin America by 2017 and are thrilled to now be expanding our portfolio in Ecuador with our new partners,” said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. "With this project, not only are we bringing more hotel rooms to the Ecuadorian market, but doing so in a vibrant city like Guayaquil which is experiencing a large growth in business and leisure tourism." 

“We are confident that this beautiful hotel will be highly successful and open the doors for more development opportunities in the surrounding markets in South America, as well as play a large role in the continued emergence of Ecuador,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International.

In addition to 202 guest rooms and suites, the hotel will feature a three-meal-a-day restaurant bar & lounge, a rooftop bar, a concierge lounge,   a marketplace, business center, ample meeting space, and state of the art recreational facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness center. 

Marriott International is currently represented in Ecuador with the 257-room JW Marriott Quito and the 135-room Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil.

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About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global 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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09/09/2014

Autograph Collection to Add Stunning New Locations in Switzerland & Spain

The Cotton House, Barcelona, Autograph CollectionMarriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels continues growth in world class destinations.

London, United Kingdom, September 9, 2014 –
Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) today announced plans to expand its Autograph Collection portfolio in Europe with exciting new additions in Zurich, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain. Opening next year, the one-of-a-kind hotels will represent the debut of the exclusive portfolio of independent hotels in each city.

“We are delighted to announce these exciting new additions to our growing Autograph Collection portfolio in Europe,” said John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe.  “Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences that are centered in rich personality and the spirit of independence. We feel that these new locations in Barcelona and Zurich, with their prolific cultural heritage and sense of European sophistication, are a perfect fit for the collection.”

 Kameha Grand Zurich, Autograph CollectionWhen opened in spring 2015, the new 245-room Kameha Grand Zurich will represent the first Autograph Collection hotel to open in Switzerland.  Featuring stunning architecture and world class interior design by acclaimed Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the hotel will be operated by Kameha Grand Glattpark Betriebsgeselleschaft mbH. The hotel is widely recognized for its eleven “themed” suites exclusively designed for the hotel by Wanders, including a “Poker Face” suite with roulette and poker tables and a “Serenity” suite featuring special lighting and select yoga and wellness accessories.  John Licence added, “With its creative design and playful personality, Kameha Grand Zurich truly captures the spirit of Autograph Collection.”

The hotel boasts three unique options for dining: Restaurant L’Unico featuring fresh homemade pasta and Italian specialties prepared in an open show-kitchen; fine dining Japanese restaurant Yu Nijo; and the Puregold Bar. As a fun twist, the hotel features its own shisha lounge, offering a robust line of full-flavored Arabic shisha and tobacco. The hotel offers a wide selection of meeting and special event space, including eight distinct rooms in various sizes. The highlight of the meeting space is the Kameha Dome, a unique 700 square meter space, perfect for larger gatherings. Widely known for its world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, Zurich has become increasingly well recognized as an international art destination, offering more than 100 art galleries, making the city among the top ten gallery cities in the art trade.  

Also set to open in the spring of 2015, The Cotton House, Barcelona, will be located in an iconic 19th century building in the heart of the city center formerly known as the headquarters of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers.

The 83-room boutique hotel will feature unique public spaces including several unique lounge areas, a rooftop pool and terrace, as well as a lush garden terrace area for dining and drinks. A large number of rooms feature balconies to take in the view and recharge after exploring the city. Interior design for the hotel is being crafted by the renowned Lázaro Rosa Violán studio. The design will be inspired by the decorative arts of the building’s original architecture while ensuring a luxury experience for the guests.

The concept of the Cotton House will be to deliver exquisite guest experiences in a cool colonial style with the spirit of Barcelona in its heart. 

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

About Autograph Collection
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
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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  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.

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08/18/2014

Marriott International Plans Second Hotel in Belarus

Marriott MinskBrand new Marriott Minsk Hotel set to open in 2015

London, August 18, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) is expanding in Belarus with plans to open a second hotel in the country.  The 220-room Marriott Minsk Hotel is expected to open in early 2015 and will operate under a franchise agreement with Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG.  The hotel will be the second Marriott International property in Belarus after the recently opened Renaissance Minsk Hotel.  
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Marriott Minsk is part of an extensive new sports and entertainment development located approximately four kilometres from Minsk city centre.  The complex will provide a wide range of leisure facilities including a swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, massage rooms, fitness centre, bowling alley and cinema.  The hotel itself will have two restaurants, a lobby lounge bar, a cigar bar and nightclub.  For meetings and events, there will be thirteen meeting rooms and a large ballroom which can accommodate up to 600 people.

Marriott Minsk guestroomThe hotel will be fresh and contemporary in style with the brand’s Greatroom lobby concept providing a comfortable and welcoming destination for guests and locals to gather, by themselves or with friends or colleagues, to relax, socialise and work.  Guestrooms will feature neutral tones and natural materials reflecting a new design direction for the brand which focuses on creating a residential feel.

Marriott Minsk will participate in Marriott Rewards, an award-winning loyalty programme with over 45 million members worldwide.

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

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

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.

About Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG
Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG was founded in 1989. On the basis of individual management contracts, Vienna International operates and is developing a total of 38 first‐class hotels & resorts and 2 hotel projects. The portfolio, which also includes one Leading Hotel of the World, comprises city, resort, spa and conference hotels. The hotels are located in ten European countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, France, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and Republic of Belarus. In addition to holiday and leisure products internationally, e.g. in Loipersdorf, Salzburg, Carlsbad and Opatija, the focus of the destinations is on business centres such as Salzburg, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Cracow, Łódź, Bucharest and Ekaterinburg. The hotels under management by VI generated
€ 177 million in revenue with 2.4 million bed nights in 2013. The group currently employs a total of about 2,500 people. More information is available at www.vi-hotels.com (Press).

Press contact:
Mag. (FH) Sabine Hackl, Head of Corporate Communications
Dresdner Straße 87, 1200 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 333 73 73 – 65, E-Mail: presse@vi-hotels.com
Web: www.vi-hotels.com

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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06/16/2014

Marriott International Adds Second Hotel in Siberia

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel exterior

Expands to 15 Properties in Russia.

London, UK – June 16, 2014 – Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announces today the opening of the 175-room Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel in Western Siberia, the company’s second hotel in Siberia and its fifteenth in Russia.  The hotel is positioned in a prime location on Lenin Square opposite the iconic Opera House and offers Novosibirsk’s largest conference facilities on hotel grounds. Download images.

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel guest roomThe 175 spacious and thoughtfully designed guestrooms feature large flat screen televisions and high speed internet.  Executive guestrooms have complimentary access to the 24/7 executive lounge which serves breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day, and cocktails and canapés in the evening.  The extensive leisure facilities include a large indoor pool, fitness centre and Turkish Hammam.     

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel poolGuests can choose between a variety of bars and restaurants within the hotel including Ouverture, an elegant café and bar serving Russian classics alongside Mediterranean, Lebanese and Asian dishes, and the Lobby Bar overlooking the Opera and Ballet Theatre serving light meals and drinks.  A rooftop bar with outstanding views over the city is the perfect place for evening cocktails.

Meetings and events may be held in any of the six elegantly designed meeting rooms, which offer 480 square metres of space.  Accommodating over 450 people, the light and airy meeting spaces feature modern integrated technology to promote productivity.   

Novosibirsk is a dynamic hub of commerce, industry and thriving culture, home to more than 30 scientific research institutions and internationally acclaimed cultural establishments such as Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall and M.I. Glinka State Conservatory.  The Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk to the metro, shops and major attractions and a convenient overnight stop for travellers on the Trans-Siberian Railway. 

Rates at the Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel start from €120.

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

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.

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

05/07/2014

Marriott Hotels Puts the World in Your Hands – Expands Mobile Check-in and Checkout for Marriott Rewards Members to Nearly 500 Hotels

CheckIn_CHFor today’s global traveler, their smartphone is what links them to their world. To put even more power in the hands of travelers, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has expanded mobile check-in and checkout globally for Marriott Rewards members to nearly 500 hotels. This means Marriott Rewards guests from London to Dubai to Shanghai to Mexico City to New York can simply check-in and checkout using the wildly popular Marriott Mobile app on their smartphone. First introduced last year at its hotels in the United States and Canada, Marriott Hotels mobile check-in and checkout is now available in every continent where its nearly 500 properties are located.* 

With the Marriott Mobile app, check-in and checkout is simple to use. Marriott Rewards members receive a push notification on their Apple iPhones or Android devices after 4 pm on the day before their arrival alerting them they can check-in. Then they receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. Because payment information is stored within members profiles, guests simply walk up to the expedited mobile check-in desk where their pre-programmed key card will be waiting for them.

CheckOut_ESAt the end of their stays, guests receive a push notification alerting them mobile checkout is available. Upon completion, guests will then be prompted to provide an email address where their bill will be sent, allowing them to bypass the front desk.

“When we first began testing mobility, we went straight to the experts, our guests, who told us they wanted the power to check-in and checkout on their smartphones,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Among Millennials, nine out of ten who tried mobile check-in and checkout for the first time gave it high marks and said they would use it again for their next stay.”

The Marriott Mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and by going to:  http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi. These sites also enable easy enrollment in the Marriott Rewards and travelers can learn more about mobility at Marriott Hotels at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/.

The Marriott Hotels mobile innovation does not stop at check-in and checkout. For a glimpse into the future, 15 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. are among the first in the industry enabling guests to text service requests, such as additional towels and pillows and valet service, and chat with the hotel’s hosts in real time.  Marriott Hotels is on a journey of transformation to make travel brilliant. Other innovations include the fully re-designed Greatroom lobby that features an open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves. Stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming, the Greatroom lobby offers all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from free Wi-Fi to electrical power points. Additionally, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott Hotels has introduced new concepts for the mobile worker including Meetings Imagined, the Meeting Services App (Red Coat Direct) and Workspace on Demand.

*Regulations in Armenia, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey allow for mobile check-in but require guests to checkout with the front desk. Mobile check-in and checkout is not available in Japan.

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

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.

Connect with john.wolf@marriott.com

 

04/15/2014

Vintage Voyages: JW Marriott and Christie's Celebrate Golden Age of Travel

Vintage PostersJW Marriott and Christie’s present vintage posters celebrating the golden age of travel; Special exhibition 14-25 May at JW Marriott Cannes during International Film Festival 

London, April 14, 2014JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Christie’s ongoing series of cultural events across the globe is taking to Cannes for the second time in their three-year partnership.  From May 14-15, 2014, a special collection of vintage travel posters evoking the timeless appeal of the glamorous Côte d’Azur will be exhibited at the JW Marriott Cannes.  The exhibition will be open to the public daily between 10am and 6pm throughout the film festival. [Download posters.]

The art deco style posters were commissioned by the railway companies to promote travelling in style during the golden age of tourism.  With the arrival of the railway in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, artists, writers, and aristocrats flocked to the Côte d’Azur to experience the unique landscape, light, and luxury of the region. 

“We are privileged to be able to offer guests and visitors a first glimpse at this impressive collection from such a fitting setting - the striking lobby of our JW Marriott Cannes on the Côte d’Azur,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  “The posters depict the glamour and allure associated with travel past and present, and we hope to be able to enrich our guests own travel experiences through this evocative exhibition.”

“Christie’s is delighted to partner with JW Marriott Hotel Cannes for this unique exhibition celebrating the rich history of tourism in the Côte d'Azur. The grand lobby of the hotel is the perfect setting to showcase the collection, and we hope that guests will enjoy the Art Deco artwork which beautifully captures the golden age of travel,” commented Sophie Churcher, Specialist, Vintage Posters, Christie’s South Kensington.

Highlights of the exhibition include posters by A.M. Cassandre and Roger Broders.  The entire collection of vintage posters and luggage entitled The Art of Travel will be on sale at Christie’s in South Kensington on 18 June 2014.   

JW Marriott and Christie’s first teamed up in Cannes in 2012 to showcase a series of artistic masterpieces including Wassily Kandinsky’s Diagonale and Andy Warhol’s Queen Elizabeth II.  Through public exhibitions and previews of major auctions at select JW Marriott properties worldwide, Christie’s and JW Marriott are offering travellers a glimpse into the worlds of art, auction and beyond. 

For more information, visit www.JWMChristiesEvents.com.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 64 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 92 properties over 36 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

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.

About Christie’s
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2013 that totaled £4.5 billion/ $7.1 billion, making it the highest annual total in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled £760.5 million ($1.19 billion) in 2013, an increase of 20% on the previous year. Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

03/18/2014

Marriott Hotels Brings Next Gen To Istanbul

Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli exteriorIstanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli opens showcasing Marriott Hotels’ newest innovations.  

Istanbul, Turkey – March 18, 2014 – Marriott International continues its rapid growth in Eastern Europe with the opening of the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, taking the company’s total number of properties to seven in Istanbul and eleven in Turkey overall.  From its rooftop heliport and stunning views to impeccably furnished guestrooms and sophisticated event space, this five-star hotel is a first-class addition to Istanbul’s skyline.

The hotel is situated within an impressive 34-story building on the European side of Istanbul and between the business districts of Levent and Taksim.  With its cosmopolitan location in Sisli and proximity to popular cultural and historical sites, it is an ideal destination for both business and leisure travellers.  Upscale restaurants, shopping malls and high-end boutiques are all within walking distance, while downtown destinations such as Taksim Square and Grand Bazaar are just minutes away.

Istanbul Great RoomThe hotel’s 259 spacious guestrooms are fresh and contemporary with luxurious furnishings, modern amenities and breath-taking views across the city to the Bosphorus and Golden Horn.  An outstanding health club and spa offers a large high-tech gym, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms.

Guests and locals can enjoy three distinct food and beverage experiences within the hotel.  The Dish Room Restaurant is a light and airy space specialising in Mediterranean cuisine and offering an outdoor terrace and lounge bar.  The Terrace Bar is a welcoming outside space that comes alive at night with live DJ music.  The Great Room Lounge and My Bar offer an array of light and more substantial menu items made to order in the open oven.

“We are delighted to open this magnificent hotel in Istanbul and build on our strong portfolio in Turkey,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director for Marriott International in Europe.  “Over the past few years we have seen robust growth in Turkey where 6 of our 11 hotel brands in Europe are represented, demonstrating the growing strength of our portfolio of brands.”

“Last year, we began a journey to transform our signature Marriott Hotels brand and introduce innovations across every part of the guest experience in response to the changing needs of the new generation of traveller.  Everything from technology and design to meetings is being revitalised and we are very proud that the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli showcases many of these innovations and represents a new standard for the brand.”

The refreshed guest experience begins on arrival with the option of quick and convenient check-in via smartphone.  Almost 350 Marriott hotels globally, including the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, offer both digital check-in and check-out, giving guests greater flexibility. 

In addition, technology has been injected into the meetings experience with Red Coat Direct, a digital concierge that allows meeting organisers to edit meeting requests with a touch of a button without ever leaving the meeting room, and Meetings Imagined, a new digital platform with inspiring ideas, top tips and case studies enabling meeting planners to customise their events.  These new digital services will complement the hotel’s 1,300 square metres of state of the art meeting space and help set the standard for meetings and events in Istanbul.  

Rates at the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli start from €169 Euros.

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

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

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.

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

03/10/2014

Accolades Abound for Marriott International in Europe

Europe Best Employer & Sunday Times Best CompaniesMarch 10, 2014 A series of high profile accolades have been awarded to Marriott International in the UK, Germany and Portugal, firmly establishing its position as a top employer in Europe.  For the seventh consecutive year, Marriott features on the Sunday Times “25 Best Big Companies to Work For” list, this year climbing one place to sixth overall.  This award follows two further awards; Focus magazine in Germany and Exame magazine in Portugal. 

Sunday Times Marriott pictureAccording to the Sunday Times, ‘making people feel at home’ is what Marriott International does best. It also recognised Marriott for providing opportunities for personal development, having a strong social conscience and developing good managers.  Marriott associates said that the company is run on strong principles and they are proud to work for it, gaining 81% positive scores on both counts.  Associates also said that the experience they gain working for Marriott bodes well for their future (79% place Marriott amongst the four highest scoring companies) and believe they can make a real contribution to the success of the business (83%).  Finally, Marriott was recognised for its global “associate appreciation week,” in which employees are thanked and recognised for their efforts.

Focus magazine in Germany, a reputable business magazine, in collaboration with the employer rating platform www.Kununu.de and social network site www.Xing.de, awarded Marriott fifth place in the Hospitality, Restaurants, Entertainment, Fitness & Tourism section and 55th place out of the 800 companies reviewed, competing with leading companies like Audi and BMW.  Thousands of respondents gave ratings on leadership qualities, career prospects and willingness to recommend their employer.

In Portugal, The Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort was selected as the Best Company to Work For in Portugal in the hospitality segment and ranked fifth overall out of 100 companies, as selected by Accenture and the leading economics magazine, Exame.  Competing against thousands of other entries, the hotel excelled in several categories.  

“We are committed to our core value of ‘Putting People First’ and firmly believe that this commitment is the hallmark to our success as a business,” commented Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe. “To be included in the ‘Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ list for the seventh year running is a fantastic achievement, but to also be awarded and recognised with two further accolades as an ‘employer of choice’ in both Germany and Portugal is incredibly motivating.   These awards are testament to the ongoing dedication and enthusiasm of our workforce which, in turn, positively impacts the guest experience and ensures that we continuously offer a service that surpasses expectations.”

In addition to every day work responsibilities, associates are encouraged to involve themselves in their community and participate in annual company sponsored volunteer activities.  To date, Marriott associates in Europe have volunteered more than 13,000 hours and helped raise over €500,000 to support Marriott’s charitable partners, The Prince’s Trust in the UK and SOS Children’s Villages in Continental Europe. 

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 2014“Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For List”, announced online on the 2nd 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.  This year 250,000 employees from 897 companies entered the process.

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

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03/05/2014

Marriott International in Europe Announces 27,000 New Rooms and Launches Five Brands in Four Years

JW Marriott Venice Lounge BarBethesda, Md., March 5, 2014 - Since 2010, Marriott International has opened or signed almost 27,000 new rooms and launched five brands in Europe; Autograph Collection, EDITION, AC Hotels by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and Moxy.  The number of hotels signed annually in Europe has doubled[1] since 2010 and Marriott worldwide had a record growth year in 2013, signing 67,000 rooms.   These positive figures demonstrate the growing strength of Marriott’s portfolio of brands and signify a greater understanding of its product differentiation from economy tier to luxury hotel product.

“We are excitedby these record results and the momentum moving into 2014,” commented Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director, Marriott International, Europe.  “The next two years are particularly exciting for Europe as we already have plans to open 38hotels and launch ground-breaking experiences that will surprise and delight our customers and guests. Marriott’s new affordable lifestyle brand, Moxy (launched at ITB Berlin in 2013) is scheduled to open its first hotel in Milan in September, Moxy Milan Malpensa.  We are also on track to open an extraordinaryJW Marriott Resort & Spa in Venice on its own island in February 2015, along with new Marriott hotels in Moscow and Istanbul.  Renovations at Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and London Marriott Hotel Kensington will showcase our new and innovative future of meetings concept.”

UK & Ireland – Lifestyle Growth

In 2013, London was a strategic focus for Marriott’s lifestyle brands with three major iconic hotel launches throughout the year.  The Autograph Collection, a collection of unique independent hotels, added two London hotels to its portfolio, St Ermins Hotel and Threadneedles, which were followed closely by the much acclaimed London EDITION.  These hotels, appealing to both leisure and business guests, joined St Pancras Renaissance Hotel adding to the strong network of lifestyle hotels across the city.  Autograph Collection also opened The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, an extraordinary hotel with an historical church façade against a modern glass construction and also added Powerscourt in Ireland, a palatial hotel in the grounds of a 12th century estate.  In addition, the UK is expected to be one of the key markets for Moxy over the next few years.  Other big news for the UK in 2013 included the launch of Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen Airport Hotel.  It is the first Courtyard hotel to feature the new European design which aims to promote productivity, with rooms equipped with ample work space, task lighting and multiple power outlets along with free Wi-Fi throughout.    

Eastern Europe – Fastest Growing Market

In 2013, Eastern Europe was the fastest growing market for Marriott in Europe and now has 16 hotels scheduled to open by the end of 2015.  Russia and Turkey’s growing economies are stimulating significant investor interest and expansion in Russia is robust with six hotels slated to open in the next two years, including Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat in May and Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel in June 2014.  In Turkey, two hotels have opened over the last couple of years, the Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel in 2012 and the Renaissance Izmir Hotel in 2013.  The Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, opening in March 2014, will be a flagship Marriott hotel in the central business district of the city.

Western Europe – Doubling Presence

Over the last few years, Marriott has seen accelerated growth in Western Europe especially in France and Italy.

In France, Marriott has nearly doubled its presence since 2010 with a total of 21 hotels and three more are due to open by 2015.  Marriott has almost tripled its presence in Italy since 2010, growing to 23 hotels by the end of 2013 and will be the location for two major new flagship hotels – JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Venice scheduled for February 2015 and Moxy Milan Malpensa planned for September 2014. 

Marriott’s lifestyle brands are also doing well in Western Europe.  The Autograph Collection expects to launch two hotels in Spain, Fontecruz Sevilla in Summer 2014 and Fontecruz Toledo in Autumn 2014.  AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott’s stylish and contemporary urban hotel brand, has been embraced by investors following the successful launch of two AC Hotels in Antibes and Nice. The new AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot should open in June 2014 with a further two in the pipeline.  Increased interest in Marriott’s lifestyle brand Renaissance Hotels, has resulted in two new hotels opening in quick succession, Renaissance Aix en Provence, France in January 2014 and now the Renaissance Paris Hippodrome de St Cloud Hotel, France slated for June 2014.

Central Europe – Growth in Germany

As the fourth largest source market for Marriott International globally, Germany is one of Marriott’s strongest countries in Europe.  It is the location for many of Marriott International’s key innovations including the launch of Marriott Hotels’ future of meetings concept.  Marriott Munich was one of the first hotels to introduce the next generation meeting spaces in October 2013, showcasing stylish design, natural light, flexible seating and wireless technology.  Germany is also the location for several high profile hotel launches in the next few years, including Courtyard by Marriott Cologne at the end of March 2014 and four Moxy hotels planned for the next two years, Moxy Munich and Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof in spring 2015, Frankfurt Gateway Gardens in summer 2015 and Moxy Berlin Airport in autumn 2015.   Another 13 Moxy hotels are expected to be signed in Europe by the end of 2014.   

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Central Europe comprises, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden

Eastern Europe comprises Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey

Western Europe comprises Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $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 web site 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] Excludes AC Hotels by Marriott rooms

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