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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

03/03/2014

Moxy Milan Malpensa Set to Open in September Followed by a Further Five Hotels in Europe by End of 2015

Moxy loungeMarriott International’s Lifestyle Brand Designed Especially for the Next Generation on Schedule to Open in Key Destinations.

Moxy dining areaBerlin, Germany, March 3, 2014 Following the debut of Moxy Hotels this September at the Milan Malpensa Airport in Italy, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that it plans to open five additional locations in key cities throughout Europe by 2015 including  Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt in Germany, as well as Oslo, Norway.  Marriott International expects to sign a further 13 hotels in Europe by the end of 2014.  A fresh and innovative lifestyle hotel brand created especially for the millennial traveller which combines contemporary design and approachable service at a reasonable price, Moxy Hotels is projected to reach 150 hotels within the next ten years.

The following Moxy hotels are expected to open by 2015: 

- The 162-room MOXY Milan Malpensa Airport, conveniently located at Terminal Two and scheduled to open in September, 2014

- The 317-room MOXY Munich Airport, located approximately five minutes from the main terminal and scheduled to open in spring, 2015

- The 190-room MOXY Berlin Ostbahnhof, centrally located near Ostbahnhof train station and scheduled to open in spring, 2015

- The 305-room MOXY Frankfurt Gateway Gardens, located approximately five minutes from Frankfurt Airport and scheduled to open in summer, 2015

- The 266-room MOXY Berlin Airport, located at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport and scheduled to open in autumn, 2015

- The 229-room MOXY Oslo Exporama, located approximately 15 minutes from both the airport and city center and scheduled to open in autumn, 2015

Marriott_MoxyHotels_Bar_011614“Today’s global traveller is looking for a stylish travel experience with modern technology at an affordable price, said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe.  “The economy sector is the fastest growing segment in Europe, and we see tremendous opportunity to deliver a product that truly exceeds expectation. With the planned opening of the Moxy Milan Malpensa this year, we are hopeful that we can redefine economy travel for the next generation traveller.”

Marriott_MoxyHotels_Livingroom_011614Created in partnership with Nordic Hospitality and with Inter Hospitality Holding as the owner and developer of the first six properties, Moxy Hotels is one of the newest and most exciting brands within the Marriott International global portfolio. Following extensive research on the rapidly emerging millennial traveller and a response to their unique needs, each hotel will be designed with the latest in technology so guests can connect amidst inviting social spaces with self-sufficient service elements.

The design and colour palette will feature calming, neutral tones reminiscent of rich brown leather, combined with natural materials to evoke an organic, comfortable and restorative feel. Each room will feature a floor to ceiling signature “art wall” that is hand selected to reflect the unique destination. Guestrooms will be functional and well-designed, with upscale bath amenities, large flat screen televisions and built-in USB ports conveniently located throughout the room.

Adaptable public spaces will invite guests to relax and socialise, offering healthy continental breakfast options each morning and a bar/lounge atmosphere in the evening featuring wines by the glass and local beer. Each Moxy Hotel will offer “Plug and Meet” meeting spaces throughout the public space, designed with stylishergonomic seating, writing walls and large television screens for presentation projection. The lobby space will also include state-of-the art computers available to guests and a 24/7 market for snacks on the go.

In keeping with Marriott International’s commitment to sustainability, each Moxy Hotel is expected to meet the requirements for LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

Moxy Hotels will be part of Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning global guest loyalty program which allows more than 45 million members to earn points at nearly 3,800 hotels in 71 countries worldwide.

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 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.

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.

Inter Hospitality Holding B.V. was established in January 2012 to create long term value for the Property Division of Inter IKEA Group by developing and investing in hotel properties and student properties across Europe.  Currently its focus is on acquiring sites for hotel development in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. Inter Hospitality is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.interhospitality.eu.

Nordic Hospitality AS is a Norwegian hotel management and development company operating Marriott hotels in Scandinavia under franchise agreement. The company's pipeline currently includes hotels in Poland, Finland and The Netherlands. In August 2012, a new central office in Amsterdam was established to support development and operations for the new MOXY HOTELS. For more information visit www.nhospitality.no or www.shmanagement.com.


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02/06/2014

Marriott Hotels Again Invites Travel Influencers and Enthusiasts to Submit Bold Ideas on TravelBrilliantly.com That Could Change the Future of Travel

Travel Brilliantly Ideas PageFollowing up on the successful launch of its website TravelBrilliantly.com, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR), today launched a new round of co-creation for 2014 in the United States and – for the first time – the United Kingdom. Ideas from the public submitted to TravelBrilliantly.com through the end of April will be entered into a co-creation contest.* The grand-prize winner will travel to the company’s Bethesda, MD headquarters to work alongside Marriott experts on forward-thinking projects in its innovation lab, The Underground.

Geared towards modern travelers who seamlessly blend work and play, TravelBrilliantly.com has been soliciting travel ideas for design, culinary, wellness and technology since it launched with the brand’s Travel Brilliantly marketing campaign in June 2013. Visitors to the site can also watch videos of innovations Marriott Hotels is working on now for the future of travel.

”With Travel Brilliantly, Marriott Hotels is rethinking the travel experience beyond the four walls of the hotel,“ said Mara Hannula, vice president of Marketing, Marriott-endorsed Brands. “As we transform the iconic Marriott Hotels brand, we are continuing to engage our guests, giving them a voice in co-creating the future of travel with us.“

A panel of four judges -- Shira Lazar, Host/Founder of What's Trending, Faris Yakob, Founder, Genius Steals LLC, Chris Baer, Director of Innovation at Marriott, and Anjana Kallarackal, grand prize winner from TravelBrilliantly.com’s first co-creation contest -- will choose the next grand-prize winner.  In addition, three first prize winners will receive prize packages, including items from Herschel Supply Co. and Brookstone** that will enable brilliant travel.

From more than 700 submissions to TravelBrilliantly.com in last year’s co-creation contest, Kallarackal’s concept, a healthy and nutritious vending machine, rose to the top. Kallarackal traveled to the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square to work with Marriott Hotels’ experts and local innovative partners, Simon Prockter, the Founder/CEO of Housebites, Shaun Clarkson, interior designer and owner of Pitfield Café, and Laurence Holloway, recipient of the 2013 British Young Business Award for his company, Lovestruck, to further develop her winning idea. A video of Kallarackal’s trip can be viewed on TravelBrilliantly.com. Once fully developed, her inspirational idea will come to life at a Marriott Hotels’ property later this year.

As a part of Marriott Hotel's transformation for the next generation of travelers, the iconic brand continues to innovate globally. With the expansion of mobile check-in feature globally on the Marriott Mobile app, guests can check-in to 350 Marriott Hotels’ properties in 19 countries, using their smartphones. By the end of 2015, Marriott Hotels expects to fully introduce its re-designed Greatroom Lobby, to all hotels globally. The Greatroom Lobby is designed for the next generation traveler who blends work and play, demands style and substance, and requires technology. Additionally, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott Hotels recently introduced new concepts for the mobile worker including Meetings Imagined, the Meeting Services App (Red Coat Direct) and Workspace on Demand.

About Marriott Hotels

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

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.

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**Brookstone is not affiliated with Herschel Supply Co. or Marriott, and Marriott Hotels is the sole sponsor of this contest. 

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01/23/2014

Marriott Opens First Hotel in Sochi, Russia

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana HotelLuxurious ski and spa hotel ready to welcome Sochi visitors.

Sochi, Russia - January 23, 2014 - Marriott International has opened a luxurious ski and spa hotel under its signature brand, Marriott Hotels, at the heart of the new Gorky Gorod ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana.  The five-star Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel is ideally positioned at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains within walking distance of world-class ski slopes.  The hotel is operated by an affiliate of U.S.-based Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Just half an hour from Sochi Airport by express train, Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana is situated next to a new, state-of-the-art convention centre.  Offering breath-taking views of snow-capped peaks, the hotel is minutes from the ultramodern Gorky Gorod ski resort and its wide variety of pistes ranging from 960 to 2300 metres altitude.  

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel 2“We are very proud to open the first Marriott hotel in Sochi and be part of the development of the region, which will continue in 2014 and beyond,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director of Marriott International in Europe. 

Markus Schmidt, Area General Manager of Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Krasnaya Polyana, added:  “This hotel will offer an extraordinary experience to all guests due to its location and the sheer number and quality of services and facilities it offers.  The experience of Interstate Hotels & Resorts and its highly skilled associates combined with the unique local culture will ensure that our guests will enjoy their time with us.”

Spread over seven floors, the hotel’s 428 rooms and suites are inspired by natural materials and come complete with complimentary internet and plasma TV with satellite reception.  The River Café, the hotel’s centrepiece restaurant, serves international cuisine with European, American, Russian and Asian influences.  Italian pastas, risottos and pizzas and an extensive wine list can be enjoyed at The L'Olivio restaurant.  Guests can also dine or sit with a glass of wine on the restaurant terraces, which provide outstanding views of the mountains.  

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel guest roomOne of the largest in the region, the luxurious SOUL spa is spread across 2,000square metres and houses nine treatment rooms, including private spa suites. Guests can personalise their treatment by choosing between the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.  The impressive range of services extends from traditional massages and treatments to a unique Snow Shower, where guests can enjoy hydro massage, aromatherapy, Turkish bath and Finnish sauna.  

Private landscaped grounds face the mountains and boast an extensive complex of indoor and outdoor pools.  The hotel is an excellent choice for family holidays thanks to its kids club, children's menus, special swimming and play zones, and entertainment complexes for younger guests.  The nearby Gorky Gorod entertainment centre features a water park complete with natural sandy beach, a cinema, a bowling alley, restaurants and cafes, and shops and boutiques.

Rates at Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana start from 6,000 rubles (£108) a night.

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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11/26/2013

Mobile Check-In Goes Global at Marriott Hotels

Iphone5-7[15]Now available in 19 countries worldwide with more to follow.

The faster, easier and more convenient mobile check-in from Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International is now available at 20 additional Marriott hotels* in 19 countries including United Kingdom, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and India.  First launched at 329 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, the mobile check-in feature on the Marriott Mobile App has expanded internationally, representing the broadest mobile offering of its kind in the lodging industry.

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According to research by GroupM Next*, 57 percent of business travellers aged 21-39 use their smartphone to book a hotel.  These younger travellers are also more likely to use mobile devices to enhance their travel experiences.  Marriott Hotels expects to complete the full global roll out of mobile check-in at all 500 hotels, as well as offer check-out functionality, in the first half of 2014.  

With the Marriott Mobile App, check-in is simple.  Marriott Rewards members, who have downloaded the app, can check-in through a smartphone as early as 4 pm the day before arrival, receiving an automatic notification when the room is ready. On arrival, Marriott Rewards guests simply go to the expedited mobile check-in desk where a key card will be ready and waiting. 

“As Marriott developed the app and tested mobile check-in, we engaged customers, asking for their feedback to perfect the experience and learn what mattered most to them,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Mobile check-in is just the start.  Our guests are more mobile and global than ever before and technology is increasingly important to them, which is why we will add check-out next year.  We will continue to solicit feedback from our guests as we enhance the travel experience with Marriott.”

The brand’s mobile innovation will continue as Marriott Hotels has launched 12 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. to test future mobile enhancements. Guests at those hotels can make service requests using their smartphones. The most popular guest requests so far include additional towels, wake-up calls and housekeeping.

Further innovations from Marriott Hotels

  • Future of Meetings – Marriott Hotels is introducing a number of initiatives to refresh meetings.  New meeting spaces with stylish design, natural light, flexible seating and wireless or web enabled technology enable planners and attendees to focus on the meeting objectives.  Marriott properties in Munich and Amsterdam feature the new design with the London Kensington Marriott and Paris Marriott Rive Gauche following early next year.  The Red Coat Direct app enables meeting organisers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.  Currently available in 35 Marriott hotels in Europe, Red Coat Direct will roll-out globally in early 2014.   
  • Greatroom lobby concept - An open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves.  They will be stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming with all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from Wi-Fi to power points.  The brand expects to introduce the concept at every Marriott Hotel by the end of 2015
  • Guest room - In The Underground – the company’s subterranean innovation lab – Marriott Hotels is working on the next generation guest room.  The lab offers rapid prototyping with 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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Mobile check-in is part of the free Marriott mobile app available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.  Learn more about mobile check-in at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/our-innovations/check-in-app

The Marriott Mobile App has been downloaded over 2.5 million times, and Marriott.com receives over 4.5 million visitors a month from smartphones. 

*The 20 international hotels offering mobile check-in are:

Europe
• Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
• Brussels Marriott Hotel
• London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
• Prague Marriott Hotel
• Zurich Marriott Hotel

Asia Pacific
• Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
• Bangalore Marriott Hotel Whitefield
• Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
• Manila Marriott Hotel
• Singapore Marriott Hotel
• Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Caribbean & Latin America
• Bogota Marriott Hotel
• CasaMagna® Marriott Cancun Resort
• Panama Marriott Hotel
• Santiago Marriott Hotel
• San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Middle East & Africa
• Amman Marriott Hotel
• Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
• Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites

Hawaii
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

*Source: GroupM Next, September 2013; GBTA, August 2013; blog.librarypd.com, July 2013

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11/08/2013

Marriott International Accelerates European Expansion with First Hotel in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Residence Inn SarajevoIntroduces all-suite Residence Inn brand to Sarajevo

London – Nov. 7, 2013 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced plans to open its first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The 75-suite Residence Inn Sarajevo is expected to open in late 2014 and will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by SEIC Hospitality and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.  The only internationally branded hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Residence Inn Sarajevo will fill a gap in the extended stay segment and offer a blend of modern style and functionality that allows guests to thrive on long stays.      

Ideally located just 20 minutes from the airport and near the old city, the Residence Inn Sarajevo will provide convenient access to the city’s historical and cultural attractions as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.  An attractive year-round destination, Sarajevo is known for its variety of summer festivals and skiing throughout the winter months. 

“We are expanding our footprint in Eastern Europe and look forward to opening our first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.  “An as evolving business destination, Sarajevo is a perfect fit for our Residence Inn brand.”

Residence Inn properties are designed as all-suite hotels that offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Well-designed rooms with large, well-lit work desks, ergonomic chairs and complimentary high-speed Internet enable guests to maintain productivity, while plush mattresses and crisp linens promote restorative sleep.  Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen, separate dining area and flat screen television.

A pioneer in extended stay, Residence Inn offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate with 24-hour access to food and beverage.  Other features include a fitness room and onsite guest laundry.

About Residence Inn
With more than 600 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax.

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10/15/2013

Party Around the World with Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard 30thHong Kong, Doha, Berlin, Mexico City, Atlanta Host 30th Anniversary Celebration

BETHESDA, MD - Courtyard, the brand that forever changed the hotel industry by pioneering the upper moderate tier of the hospitality industry in 1983, celebrates turning 30, with nearly 1,000 hotels in 38 countries and more than 30,000 associates.  The largest brand by number of hotels in the Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) portfolio, Courtyard is embracing its leadership role and celebrating its heritage with guests and customers across the world at five spectacular events in Hong Kong, Doha, Berlin, Mexico City and Atlanta.

“Launching the Courtyard brand was our biggest risk and also our biggest reward,” said Bill Marriott, Marriott International’s Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board.  “I’m so proud of what Courtyard has become but even more proud of where it is taking our industry.”

Courtyard’s continued growth and success is attributed to its understanding of business travelers. Through three decades, it has responded to the evolving needs of this important group of guests and continues to do so with its Courtyard Refreshing Business repositioning and its newly introduced Cynergy room design.

“Thirty years ago, our hotels catered to guests who were all about work and more work. We have innovated steadily to meet our guests’ changing needs and their desire for more options and flexibility during their stay. The response has been significant,” he added.

Courtyard’s entrepreneurial spirit has kept it at the forefront of innovation through the last three decades. It was the first brand to launch a digital lobby concierge, namely the GoBoards® as well as the first in the hospitality industry to offer calorie counts in its Bistro. Global expansion has led the brand to develop international prototype rooms and design directions in four regions. This has allowed the brand to maintain its relevancy as well as to ensure efficient business models for its owners.

“Courtyard continues to lead and define the segment year after year. We understood what our guests wanted 30 years ago and we understand them now,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, Marriott Modern Essentials and Extended Stay Brands. “We are committed to being the segment leader for the future and continue to break new ground to meet the needs of the next generation of guests.”

According to Milham, significant growth for Courtyard lies abroad, and the brand will continue to design and operate hotels that appeal culturally to regional guests. Courtyard recently opened in Riyadh, Mexico City and Aberdeen and expects its first hotel in Brazil to open in 2014 and in Africa in 2015. 

To mark the milestone occasion, Courtyard is hosting a rolling global anniversary party, with major guest and customer events in Hong Kong, Doha, Berlin, Mexico City and Atlanta, the location of the first Courtyard. In addition, at more than 800 hotels in North America, the first 30 guests checking in at a Courtyard will receive commemorative Courtyard t-shirts.  In social media, those who celebrate the same birthday as Courtyard will also receive a surprise gift. During this momentous occasion for the brand, more than 30,000 associates will also be celebrating internally with cakes, balloons and other festivities. Follow hashtag #Courtyard30 to join in the global event.

The Courtyard by Marriott brand features hotels with a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced while traveling.  Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road. With nearly 1,000 locations in 38 countries, Courtyard has more locations than any other Marriott International brand. For more information about the brand, visit www.courtyard.com.

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NOTE: The statements about the number and opening dates for Courtyard hotels abroad are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, 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 clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; 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.

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