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02/05/2016

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Content Studio Debut Short Film "Two Bellmen Two"

Film Premieres Globally in Dubai and Los Angeles; Stars International Actress Freida Pinto

508475314Bethesda, Md, February 5, 2016 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International’s Content Studio have debuted the second installment of the Two Bellmen short film series through a multi-platform global launch on digital channels including YouTube and Marriott.com, and in-room at Marriott International properties worldwide.  The film release comes on the heels of a black carpet premiere last night at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live and an international premiere at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai on January 27. 

Link to film: https://youtu.be/w8AWRfUTYKo 

The comedic, action-packed film was shot on location at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel, and follows bellmen Gage and Christian, played by Hollywood actors and stuntmen William Spencer (Spider-Man; Spider-Man 2) and Caine Sinclaire (NBC’s Grimm; How I Met Your Mother) respectively, as they race through the streets of Dubai to rescue a confidential presentation for the beautiful businesswoman Leila, played by award-winning actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Planet of the Apes, Trishna). 

Other cast members include popular Dubai comedian Ali Al Sayed and actor Darin Toonder (June, Adrift; Flashback; Missed Connection). The movie also features a cameo from JW Marriott’s celebrity brand partner and event planner Colin Cowie, whose notorious attention to detail and high quality standards seen within the film reflect JW Marriott’s approach to service and design. 

508480418The Los Angeles and Dubai premieres welcomed a variety of celebrities including Two Bellmen Two actors Freida Pinto; William Spencer and Caine Sinclaire; and Ali Al Sayed alongside prominent LA-based actors Adina Porter (True Blood, The Newsroom, The 100), Carlos Moreno Jr. (Transformers, Interstellar, Habanero), and Blake Cooper Griffin (Love Is All You Need, Exit Survey, Standing Up), and award-winning director Joshua Butler (Limitless, The Magicians, Pretty Little Liars). Marriott International executives included Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer; David Beebe, Vice President, Global Creative & Content, Alex Kyrakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa; Sandra J. Schulze, Senior Director, Brand Marketing & E-commerce, and Christy Donato, Senior Director & Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, along with media and VIP attendees.   

“The Marriott Content Studio is a safe place for the creative community, where we truly partner with creators to tell original stories that showcase our portfolio of 19 brands – positioning the hotels and destinations as characters themselves – ultimately inspiring viewers to travel,” said David Beebe, Vice President, Global Creative + Content Marketing for Marriott International. “Two Bellmen Two, and all of our content, is just one part of a much larger global marketing ecosystem and strategy that is focused on winning the hearts, minds, and wallets of the next generation traveler.”

The premiere events in Dubai and L.A. also featured show-stopping live entertainment including a parkour performance in Dubai and live graffiti installations of the iconic Dubai skyline in L.A. In Dubai, guests received personalized Arabic calligraffiti canvases written live by professional street artist Ashekman (a.k.a. Oman Kabbani).  Guests at both premieres were treated to globally inspired cocktails and cuisine, live DJ entertainment and an intimate question and answer session with the film’s cast and crew. 

Two Bellmen Two is an entertaining, theatrical way to showcase JW Marriott’s commitment to world-class service through the eyes of our associates who work tirelessly to ensure an immersive, enriching experience the moment a guest walks through our doors,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management at Marriott International.  “Our stunning hotel and the city of Dubai – a hub for culture, commerce and luxury travel – are idyllic backdrops for this original short film.” 

The film was written by Daniel Malakai Cabrera and overseen by executive producers David Beebe and Sandra J. Schulze. To watch the original Two Bellmen and for more information, visit www.twobellmen.com or follow the series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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 77 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARis a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  

Media Contacts:
Emmie Kunhardt 
Baltz & Company   
ekunhardt@baltzco.com        

Jess Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations
jessica.berkin@marriott.com

 

 

01/21/2016

JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa Opens In Style

JW Marriott Los CabosLuxury Resort Treats Guests to Exclusive Beachfront Gala and Performance by International Pop Star Betty Who

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, January 21, 2016 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the global luxury brand part of Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) Luxury + Lifestyle portfolio, celebrated the grand opening of JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa.  Nearly 300 VIP guests attended the spectacular two-day event, which celebrated the luxury brand’s commitment to offering enriching guest experiences and the time-honored traditions of Baja Sur – culminating with a musical performance by celebrated singer-songwriter and international pop sensation Betty Who.

Grand opening party - JW Marriott Los CabosThe two-night celebration began with a beachfront welcome event at the ultra-exclusive Griffin Club, a 45-room boutique hotel within the resort, which featured an extraordinary fire performance and music from local celebrated DJ Antares Guerena.

During the daytime, guests were treated to enriching culinary, culture and well-being experiences showcasing the property’s programming and amenities that speak to their passions.   Experiences included culinary demonstrations led by internationally-acclaimed Café des Artistes chef Thierry Blouet, a guided meditation and temazcal ritual – a traditional Mexican sweat lodge – in the 21,000 square foot Jasha Spa, an art walk of the resort’s multi-million dollar collection – including works from Jaume JW Marriott Los Cabos opening partyPlensa and Jan Hendrix, and more. 

The celebration continued with an excusive evening gala including a starlit feast honoring the sacred pitaya fruit and other ingredients indigenous to the region.  Following dinner, guests explored the expansive property while being treated to live percussion, water artists creating modern reinterpretations of regional cave paintings, and cocktails under an open-air temazcal lighting up the night’s sky.  Betty Who kept the party going into the early morning.

“The newly-opened JW Marriott Los Cabos exemplifies our global luxury brand’s passion points and is a significant addition to the portfolio,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management at Marriott International.  “This has been an unforgettable grand opening event in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations in the world.  Los Cabos has been an idyllic backdrop for an unparalleled celebration with our JW Marriott friends and family.”

JW Marriott Los Cabos is designed by Jim Olson from Olson Kundig in collaboration with Mexico City-based design firm IDEA Asociados, and boasts 299-guestrooms and suites, in addition to 10 pools, including sea water and infinity pools; the 21,000 square foot Jasha Spa and modern-day temazcal, a Mexican sweat lodge; seven restaurants and bars, including the signature restaurant Café des Artistes by famed Chef Thierry Blouet; banquet and meeting facilities; and retail shops. 

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 77 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARis a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

Media Contacts:
Jessica Berkin
Global Consumer Public Relations
Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
jessica.berkin@marriott.com

 

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Content Studio Release Trailer for Newest Short Film "Two Bellmen Two"

Two Bellmen Two trailerNew Film Shot in Dubai at Tallest Hotel in the World; Stars International Actress Freida Pinto

Bethesda, Md., January 21, 2016 – Today, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International’s Content Studio released the exclusive trailer for the second installment of the Two Bellmen short film franchise.  Shot on location at the world’s tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Two Bellmen Two reflects JW Marriott’s commitment to luxury guest service, providing an entertaining and theatrical inside look into the action-packed world of two bellmen. [To view the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyAE9k8YAkY&feature=youtu.be.]

 

“Our bellmen are often the first to welcome our guests to JW Marriott,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management at Marriott International.  “Our associates are known for going above and beyond to take great care of each and every guest that walks through our doors, and Two Bellmen Two provides an entertaining glimpse into the life of the bellmen – capturing the lengths that our associates will go to make that experience unforgettable.”

Slated to premiere on February 4, 2016, the Content Studio’s fourth original short film stars award-winning international actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Planet of the Apes, Trishna) and sees the return of bellmen Gage and Christian, played by Hollywood actors and stuntmen William Spencer (Spider-Man; Spider-Man 2) and Caine Sinclaire (NBC’s Grimm; How I Met Your Mother).  Other cast members include popular Dubai comedian Ali Al Sayed, actor Darin Toonder (June, Adrift; Flashback; Missed Connection) and a cameo from JW Marriott’s celebrity brand partner and event planner Colin Cowie.

JW Marriott DubaiTwo Bellmen Two begins with Leila Patel played by Pinto, a top executive traveling to JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai to give an important presentation at the Luxury Symposium hosted at the hotel.  Upon arrival, Leila gives her young assistant, Reed, the USB drive featuring her presentation, only for him to lose it moments later.  Bellmen Gage and Christian quickly notice that something is wrong and spring into action, maneuvering the streets of Dubai to rescue the USB before time runs out.

"Two Bellmen Two is the next short film from the global franchise where we are using original storytelling to engage with and win the hearts, minds, and wallets of next generation travelers,” said David Beebe, Vice President, Global Creative + Content Marketing at Marriott International. “The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai was written into the script from scratch as a character along with the rest of cast and also features iconic locations throughout Dubai, ultimately inspiring viewers to travel."

A global hub for commerce and luxury travel experiences, Dubai is a burgeoning location for top filmmakers and production houses.  Offering a versatile backdrop, the city is home to some of the world’s most stunning structures and brings sun, sand and snow to this action-packed film – making it an ideal central character in Two Bellmen Two.

Two Bellmen Two will have a global multiplatform premiere in February 2016 through a limited theatrical release, YouTube, Marriott.com and additional digital-platform rollouts, as well as via in-room and partner channels.  In the following weeks, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai and JW Marriott L.A. LIVE will host private premiere events, inviting talent, press and executives to the hotels for exclusive viewings to celebrate the film’s release.

The film was written by Daniel Malakai Cabrera and overseen by executive producers David Beebe and Sandra J. Schulze.  To watch the original Two Bellmen and for more information, visit www.twobellmen.com or follow the franchise on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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 77 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Marriott International’s Content Studio
Launched in September 2014, Marriott’s Content Studio is dedicated to publishing, distributing and sharing digital content across multiple platforms and on all screens. To further the company’s focus on next-generation travelers and to drive new business, the studio aims to own original content marketing and to produce engaging content that builds worldwide communities of people passionate about travel that will drive commerce to the company’s hotels.

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years. 

Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contacts:
Emmie Kunhardt    
Baltz & Company                                                                                                                                    
ekunhardt@baltzco.com       

Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations           
jessica.berkin@marriott.com

01/14/2016

JW Marriott Edmonton To Be Ice District's First Luxury Hotel

Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada, Arne Sorenson are presented a Global Hospitality Brand Continues to Redefine Luxury with First Alberta Hotel

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - January 13, 2016 – Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) and ICE District Properties Joint Venture announced today that the JW Marriott Edmonton, representing one of the company’s iconic brands and part of its luxury and lifestyle portfolio, will be ICE District’s first luxury hotel. Expected to open in late 2018, and located in the heart of Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district, the property is one of the most significant hotel developments in Edmonton in more than three decades. The JW Marriott Edmonton was chosen to replace the former Delta Hotel when Marriott International acquired Delta Hotels and Resorts in 2015. 
[photo: Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada, Arne Sorenson are presented a "key" to the Ice District by Glen Scott, Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Katz Group and Darren Durstling, President, WAM Development Group]

“The new JW Marriott property will provide guests with enriching luxury in the heart of downtown Edmonton,” said Don Cleary, President, Marriott Hotels of Canada. “As the largest hotelier in Canada, the opening of JW Marriott Edmonton in ICE District speaks to our continued commitment to providing choices to Canadian customers and the confidence we have in the success of this incredible venture. The hotel will perfectly compliment Edmonton’s evolving downtown and tourist landscape. Marriott is proud to work with ICE District to bring the JW Marriott brand’s stellar service and unsurpassed guest experiences to this market.”

JW Marriott Edmonton will feature 356 rooms and suites, more than 25,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and conference space and one of the city’s largest ballrooms at over 10,000 square feet. The hotel will also feature Spa by JW, a luxurious spa offering an array of treatment options, and a restaurant operated by one of Canada’s premier restauranteurs.

“We are thrilled to partner with Marriott and proud to bring the iconic JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand to ICE District, and open the first hotel of its name in Alberta, Canada,” said Daryl Katz, Chairman, Katz Group. “This remarkable new property will continue to reinvigorate downtown Edmonton and demonstrates our commitment to best in class amenities in ICE District. The JW Marriott brand will bring a heightened hotel experience unlike any other in Edmonton, and provide residents and visitors with an exceptional experience for both business and leisure travel.”

For more information and updates on ICE District, visit www.icedistrict.com.

About ICE District
ICE District will be the largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district in Canada and is already projecting an energy and feeling unlike anything Edmonton has seen before. ICE District will deliver a new era of entertainment in the form of epic concerts, heart-stopping NHL and WHL hockey, blockbuster movies, world-class gaming, boutique shopping, trendy dining and more. A humming public plaza with year-round programming will host events from festivals to public skating. All of this, just steps from sophisticated residences and premium office space.
Rogers Place is being developed by the Oilers Entertainment Group and the City of Edmonton. ICE District Properties, a mixed-use development surrounding Rogers Place and the Winter Garden, is being developed through a joint venture between Katz Group and WAM Development Group.

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 more than 75 JW Marriott hotels in over 27 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bvlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and MoxyHotels®. 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 54 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated size and geographic distribution of JW Marriott hotels by 2020 are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 that Marriott International, Inc. identifies in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could cause the actual number of hotels or locations to be different than we anticipate. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

11/23/2015

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America Debuts

JW Marriott Minneapolis South SideGlobal Hospitality Brand’s New Minneapolis Hotel Redefines Luxury in the Twin City Market

Bloomington, MN, November 23, 2015 – The highly anticipated JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America opened its doors today, bringing with it a new level of luxury as one of the most significant hotel developments to take place in the Twin Cities area.  The property, which was designed in collaboration with award-winning architects DLR Group and acclaimed hospitality industry leader Design Force, is the JW Marriott brand’s first in Minneapolis and is part of Mall of America’s recent luxury expansion.

This morning, executive leadership from the property along with officials from the City of Bloomington, Mall of America®, hotel developers Mortenson, and hotel ownership Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) hosted an intimate event as the hotel opened its doors to the public for the first time.

"The Twin Cities region is particularly well-suited for our continued growth in the U.S.,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management & Guest Experience at Marriott International.  "Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest and the expansion of Mall of America, designed to showcase luxury retail and hospitality concepts, is in alignment with JW Marriott's brand ethos." 

The JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America features 342 beautifully appointed guestrooms styled with elegant sophistication and enhanced with the residential comforts of home. Purposeful details such as dimensional artwork and textured fabrics provide a refreshing sensory appeal.  The hotel’s impressive architecture and design features clean, classic lines, natural light and highly stylized touches that begin in the dramatic, three-story lobby area and extend throughout the property. Innovative and engaging spaces can be found throughout the hotel offering visitors a new perspective on an unfolding journey.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Cedar + Stone, Urban Table is led by celebrated Executive Chef Everton Clarke and Executive Sous Chef Laura Bartholomew.  The menu offers refined, crafted dishes inspired by Minnesota’s natural roots and local culture. All dishes at Cedar + Stone, Urban Table incorporate ingredients locally sourced within 200 miles. The local theme carries through in the restaurant’s décor as brick and wood, artistic jasper stone prints and regional photography create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.  A private dining room accommodates up to 14 guests and the restaurant offers an extensive wine list with over 1,500 bottles prominently on display.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this community and to offer a truly luxurious experience to our guests,” said General Manager Lars Danneberg. “Our associates are excited to have the opportunity to showcase the level of service that has made the JW Marriott name synonymous with excellence.”

The Lobby Lounge offers a wide selection of local craft beers on tap, imbibes from local distilleries and wineries, and small plates. House-made cocktails include beverages from JW Marriott’s Cocktails with Purpose program, which was created in collaboration with New York-based Tippling Bros. with the guidance of nutritionist Keri Glassman.  The menu offers specialty ‘garden to glass’ cocktails highlighting fresh, seasonal and healthy ingredients, meeting guest demand for healthier options without sacrificing taste.

The hotel features nearly 20,00o square feet of event space, including a ballroom that accommodates more than 1,700 guests. One of the largest event spaces in the Twin Cities, the premier venue includes full audio/visual capabilities, staging, and stunning, jewelry-inspired crystal chandeliers.  The hotel features an innovative Event Lounge – a highly curated social nexus inspiring guests to relax, regroup or experience live culinary demonstrations. Floor- to-ceiling windows provide an open-air feel in the hotel’s third-level pre-function space and natural lighting also abounds in all second-level meeting rooms.

The guest experience is enhanced with a fitness center, indoor pool, Executive Lounge, world-class restaurant and state-of-the-art meeting and events spaces.  The hotel is ideally located in Bloomington, only minutes from Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport and just a 15-minute drive from the Twin Cities themselves.  In keeping with the JW Marriott brand’s core values, the hotel is designed to creatively deliver an authentic,  inspiring environment and warm, intuitive service that will be highly appealing to both leisure and business travelers. 

“Today is an exciting day for Bloomington and for this entire region as we welcome this new hotel,” said City of Bloomington, MN Mayor Gene Winstead.  “We’re always happy to see the opportunity for new job and revenue creation for our city, and we congratulate the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and JW Marriott brand on opening what is obviously a spectacular new addition to our community.”

For reservations and information on the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, please visit: www.jwmarriottminneapolis.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 more than 75 JW Marriott hotels in over 27 countries; by 2020, the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China.  Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline, representing over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years. Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

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.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations
212-308-8880                                                                                                                   Jessica.Berkin@marriott.com

Terence Gallagher/Sean Layton    
Lou Hammond & Associates 
terryg@louhammond.com / seanl@louhammond.com       

 

  

11/10/2015

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Content Studio Take "Two Bellmen" Film Series to Dubai

Freida PintoTwo Bellmen Two Begins Shooting at The World’s Tallest Hotel – Stars Freida Pinto

Bethesda, Md., November 10, 2015 – Tomorrow, November 11, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International’s Content Studio will begin production on Two Bellmen Two in partnership with Substance Over Hype, the second comedic, action-packed film following the success of the original Two Bellmen

Slated for a multiplatform premiere in January 2016, the studio’s fourth original short film will be shot on location at the tallest hotel in the world – JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. The story returns to follow bellmen Gage and Christian, played by Hollywood actors and stuntmen William Spencer (Spider-Man; Spider-Man 2) and Caine Sinclaire (NBC’s Grimm; How I Met Your Mother) respectively, as they race through the streets of Dubai to rescue a confidential presentation for the beautiful businesswoman Sandra, played by award-winning actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Planet of the Apes, Trishna). 

Other cast members include popular Dubai comedian Ali Al Sayed and actor Darin Toonder (June, Adrift; Flashback; Missed Connection). The movie also features a cameo from JW Marriott’s celebrity brand partner and event planner Colin Cowie, whose notorious attention to detail and high quality standards seen within the film reflect JW Marriott’s approach to service and design.  The film will showcase Dubai’s vibrant culture as a character in it’s own right, from glittering cityscapes to pristine beaches and more.

Two Bellmen"Two Bellmen was conceived as a global franchise property and is just one way we are using storytelling to connect with next generation travelers, and it’s working," said David Beebe, Vice President, Global Creative + Content Marketing for Marriott International.  “Our short films are creating raving brand fans and driving commerce for our hotels, and I’m excited to expand the franchise even further, particularly in a world filled with so many screens and marketing messages.  By becoming producers of content, our brands are on a mission to stop interrupting consumers, and instead use storytelling to reach them where they are already.”

Two Bellmen Two will have a global multiplatform premiere in early 2016 through a limited theatrical release, YouTube, Marriott.com and additional digital-platform rollouts, as well as via in-room and partner channels.  Plans to produce Two Bellmen Three are also in the works, to be shot on location at one of JW Marriott’s stunning properties in the Asia-Pacific region.

Two Bellmen 1Two Bellmen, the debut film released by Marriott’s Content Studio in March 2015, has received over 5.1 million views to date.  Since its premiere, the studio has also unveiled French Kiss, which has been viewed more than 6.1 million times, and is currently in production on its third film in partnership with Renaissance Hotels, entitled Business Unusual.  

“With its breathtaking design and constant influx of global travelers, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is an inspired setting for creative content,” says Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management & Guest Experience at Marriott International. “Two Bellmen Two brings to life the JW Marriott luxury guest experience for viewers, and provides a fun and engaging way for the brand to connect with consumers on an emotional level.”

Two Bellmen Two begins with Sandra, a top executive traveling to JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai to give an important presentation at the Luxury Symposium hosted at the hotel.  Upon arrival, Sandra gives her young assistant, Reed, the USB drive featuring her presentation, only for him to lose it moments later.  Bellmen Gage and Christian notice that something is wrong and quickly pursue the limo where Reed absentmindedly left the USB behind.  Comedically maneuvering through the city of Dubai via horse, ATV, jetski, airboard, skateboard and more, they must escape the clutches of the “Bio Bots,” robots representing the dehumanization of personalized service, in order to return Sandra’s presentation before time runs out. 

The “Bio Bots,” played by the world's top dancers and parkour athletes from Substance Over Hype who recently performed on NBC’s Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, wear futuristic suites designed in collaboration with James Springham of Legacy Studios, whose recent film work includes designs for The Avengers, Jurassic World, and Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book movie, with additional styling and vision added by stylist Candice Brittain.  The film is accompanied by a custom soundtrack, featuring music from Fingazz, Malakai, AMP Live and more.

Two Bellman Two is a fantastic platform, not only to showcase JW Marriott Marquis Dubai ‘s elegant design and world-class service, but also the dynamic and diverse city in which it is located,” said Sandra Schulze, Senior Director, Brand Marketing & eCommerce for Marriott International, Middle East & Africa. “Thanks to our Content Studio and local talent like Ali Al Sayed, we are able to showcase one of the world’s most vibrant destinations through innovative content that will be well received both at home and abroad.”

The film was written by Daniel Malakai Cabrera and overseen by executive producers David Beebe and Sandra Schulze.  To watch the original Two Bellmen and for more information, visit www.twobellmen.com or follow the franchise on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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 76 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Marriott International’s Content Studio
Launched in September 2014, Marriott’s Content Studio is dedicated to publishing, distributing and sharing digital content across multiple platforms and on all screens. To further the company’s focus on next-generation travelers and to drive new business, the studio aims to own original content marketing and to produce engaging content that builds worldwide communities of people passionate about travel that will drive commerce to the company’s hotels.

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China.  Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline, representing over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.

Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations   
jessica.berkin@marriott.com

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Baltz & Company  
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11/02/2015

JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa Opens Its Doors to Guests

JW Marriott Los Cabos (2)Luxury Resort Includes Ultra-Exclusive Griffin Club, Jasha Spa and Temazcal, and Café des Artistes

Bethesda, Md., November 2, 2015 – Today, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the global luxury brand that is part of Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) Luxury + Lifestyle portfolio, debuts JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa.  The new five-star luxury beachfront resort, designed by Jim Olson from Olson Kundig in collaboration with Mexico City-based design firm IDEA Asociados, boasts 299-guestrooms and suites, all with unobstructed ocean views, and features modern architecture inspired by local Mexican traditions and the spirit of the desert.

“Jim Olson and his team have created an idyllic environment featuring awe-inspiring modern design that highlights the tranquility of Los Cabos,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management & Guest Experience at Marriott International. “Upon arrival, guests will immediately be taken by the destination’s natural beauty. JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa perfectly complements its surroundings while providing guests with an unparalleled enriching resort experience.” 

Situated in the upscale Puerto Los Cabos community, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa is located within the dunes of the pristine coast of the Baja peninsula, where the desert meets the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Inspired by the local traditions and spirit of the desert, Olson’s design seamlessly blends architecture, art and nature. “As you move through the space, there are always moments where your eye can focus on the outdoors,” Olson notes. “The architecture is designed to frame nature.”

Upon entering the open-air lobby, guests are greeted by the sea and the resort’s expansive infinity pools, creatingthe effect of the ocean merging with the property itself. In addition to thoughtfully-designed guest rooms and suites, the resort features six pools, including sea water and infinity pools; the 21,000 square foot Jasha Spa and modern-day temazcal, a Mexican sweat lodge; seven restaurants and bars, including the signature restaurant Café des Artistes by famed Chef Thierry Blouet; banquet and meeting facilities; and retail shops. 

The resort also offers the ultra-exclusive Griffin Club, a 45-room boutique hotel within the resort that includes a private beach and pool, butler and chef services, private spa areas, a movie theater, food and beverage offerings, access to the chef’s private table at Café des Artistes and more.

Café des Artistes, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, isa fine dining experience from award-winning Chef Thierry Blouet. With both indoor and outdoor seating, Café des Artistes features Mexican cuisine with French influences, a carefully curated wine cellar highlighting the best of Baja California vintages, a chef’s private table and a rooftop bar. Other food and beverage establishments include the casual, yet elegant Mexican restaurant Úa, which means “home” in the local language of Cochimi; Nak & Grill Bar, a poolside restaurant offering open-grilled local seafood dishes; P’yote Rooftop Bar, which includes an extensive list of Mezcal cocktails created by Chef Blouet, and more.

Jasha SpaJasha Spa incorporates ancient pre-Columbian techniques, healing herbs, and organic ingredients into its extensive treatment menu.  The expansive spa includes twelve treatment rooms, an outdoor garden and relaxation lounge, vitality pools, an outdoor lap pool, and private Jacuzzis.  Nestled within the spa’s garden is a modern version of the traditional temazcal, a Mexican sweat lodgeused by ancient Aztecs as a therapeutic instrument to promote healing and health.  In the temazcal, a “Temazcalero”, a master in the ancient art of wellness, leads guests through a customized, guided meditation.  Fitness classes such as yoga, boot camp, water aerobics, cycling, and guided hikes are also offered on-property. 

JW Marriott Los Cabos pool 2A multi-million dollar art collection is featured throughout the resort and includes works from internationally acclaimed artists such as Jaume Plensa, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Angel Otero, Sam Falls Tobias Pils, Jorge Yazpik, Carlos García de la Nuez, Jan Hendrix, Héctor Zamora and more. Guests also have access to Puerto Los Cabos’ private marina and golf courses designed by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. 

JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa offers over 37,000 square feet of event space for weddings and corporate meetings including the 7,950 square foot Mila Ballroom, the 5,425-square-foot beachfront Amet Patio, and several private and semi-private terraces and gardens. Additionally, the Kepe gazebo, which has a view of the Sea of Cortez, is perfect for wedding ceremonies.  The resort also offers performing art events and special celebrations under the stars in the 7,104 square foot Sum-San amphitheater, which is inspired by ancient Greek forums.

Conveniently located 25 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa will offer world-class amenities, on-property cultural events, and a variety of land and sea excursions.  Opening rates begin at $460 per night and $640 for the Griffin Club, room only.

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 75 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Marriott International Luxury Brands
Marriott International’s luxury portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, EDITION Hotels and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The company’s award-winning luxury brands comprise the industry’s leading global portfolio accounting for over 550 hotels and resorts worldwide. Marriott International plans to grow to nearly 200 world-class properties by the end of 2016 with hotel openings in Budapest, Los Cabos, Sanya and many more.

About Olson Kundig
Olson Kundig is a Seattle-based design practice founded on the ideas that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives. The firm specializes in new and renovated residential projects, particularly for art collectors; hospitality and mixed-use buildings; academic, cultural and civic projects; museums and exhibit design; places of worship; urban design; and interior design for clients around the globe. For additional information, www.olsonkundig.com.

Note: The anticipated 2019 size of, and number of countries in, the JW Marriott and Luxury + Lifestyle portfolios are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 the actual number of hotels and countries to be materially different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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10/26/2015

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Receives 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards

JW Marriott Cusco Courtyard Lounge

Global Luxury Hotel Brand Recognized as One of the Best in the World 

Bethesda, Md., October 26, 2015 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, receiving sixteen of the Readers’ Choice Awards over an array of categories.  The 28th annual awards ranks the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world.  Over 128,000dedicated readers cast votes for over 5,000hotels and resorts worldwide, with a select few being named to the coveted list.   The awards, which appear in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. 

JW Marriott Los Cabos PoolThe prestigious accolades come on the heels of the recent opening of JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, located on the private island of Isola delle Rose and featuring the Sapori Cooking School & Wine Academy.  The brand’s first resort in Europe boasts the largest spa in Venice and a private, two-bedroom waterfront villa.  The brand will open its JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa in November 2015, which will feature the Griffin Club, an ultra-luxurious 45-room boutique hotel located within the resort.  The Jim Olson-designed resort will also feature a 21,000 square foot Jasha Spa and temazcal, a multi-million dollar art collection, and Café des Artistes, a signature restaurant by famed chef Thierry Blouet.  

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts worldwide has received honors in the following categories:

Top 40 Hotels in China: JW Marriott Hotel Beijing; JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

Top 20 Hotels in Japan & North Asia: JW Marriott Hotel Seoul

Top 20 Hotels in India & the Himalayas: JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu

Top 20 Resorts in Mexico (Caribbean Coast): JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

Top 20 Resorts in Canada: JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa 

Top 15 Resorts in Central & South America: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Top 25 Hotels in South America: JW Marriott El Covento Cusco; JW Marriott Hotel Lima

Top 15 Hotels in the Middle East: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Top 15 Hotels in the Midwest: JW Marriott Indianapolis

Top 15 Hotels in Texas: JW Marriott Austin

Top 25 Hotels in Central Europe: JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

Top 25 Resorts in Asia: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Top 25 Resorts in Texas & the Southwest: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa; JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

“Year after year, JW Marriott properties throughout the world are named to the esteemed Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards,” says Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President of Luxury Brand Management & Guest Experience at Marriott International.  “We strive to provide thoughtful, enriching experiences to our guests and are honored to be recognized on such a global scale.” 

With 76 properties in 27 countries and growing, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has significantly increased its luxury footprint with the recent openings of JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, located on the private island of Isola delle Rose; JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel; and JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, opening in November 2015 and featuring the Griffin Club, an ultra luxurious 45-room boutique hotel located within the resort.  In 2017, JW Marriott plans to expand even further with the opening of JW Marriott Vancouver Place Stadium, the brand’s second property in Canada. 

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 76 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Marriott International Luxury Brands 
Marriott International’s luxury portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, EDITION Hotels and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The company’s award-winning luxury brands comprise the industry’s leading global portfolio accounting for more than 170 hotels and resorts worldwide. Marriott International plans to grow to nearly 200 world-class properties by the end of 2016 with hotel openings in Budapest, Los Cabos, Sanya and many more.

Note: The anticipated 2019 size of, and number of countries in, the JW Marriott hotel portfolio are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 the actual number of hotels and countries to be materially different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contacts:

Jessica Berkin  
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations
jessica.berkin@marriott.com                                                                                 

Amanda Schinder
Baltz & Company
212-982-8300  
aschinder@baltzco.com

08/04/2015

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Launches Fit In Paradise Partnership With Sarah Fit

~ YouTube Personality Offers Exclusive Tips for Staying Healthy on Vacation ~

 

Fit in paradiseNEW YORK – Today, Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts announces its new Fit in Paradise initiative with YouTube fitness personality and blogger Sarah Dussault – also known as Sarah Fit. Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts has partnered with Sarah Fit, one of YouTube’s most-viewed fitness gurus with over 200,000 subscribers, to show viewers and guests how easy it is to stay healthy and active while visiting any of the Collection’s eight resorts.

 

As part of the initiative, Sarah Fit is visiting each of the Collection’s resorts, where she is filming a series of workout and lifestyle videos which will be rolled out across her social media channels, as well as those of Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts. These videos will feature Sarah Fit engaging in a specific workout set amidst the backdrop of each resort.

 

In addition to workouts, she is also producing videos that showcase the resorts themselves, as well as their local destinations. Viewers will be able to follow along with Sarah’s adventures as she navigates her favorite activities and experiences at each resort.  

 

Based on her experiences, she is also developing property-specific fitness and wellness tip sheets, highlighting the coolest ideas to stay active and the most delicious ways to eat healthy at each destination. Examples include experiencing the juice and kombucha bar at Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort or taking a SUP Yoga class at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. The tip sheets are tailored to each resort and will be available in the hotel rooms to allow guests to capitalize on her advice during their stay.

 

To help travelers enjoy both healthy and flavorful meals while on the road, Sarah Fit is creating menu recommendations highlighted at a designated restaurant in each resort, in addition to crafting a signature Sarah Fit cocktail alongside property mixologists. Sarah Fit’s fitness tips, signature drink and menu choices will be available at the resorts throughout the year.

 

“We’ve created this partnership in order to help our guests enjoy a healthy yet fun experience while staying at our resorts,” explained Michelle Bozoki, Director of Marketing & eCommerce for Caribbean & Latin America Resorts. “Like our resorts, Sarah Fit brings an enthusiastic approach to a healthy lifestyle, while offering advice and tips that are both valuable and attainable. We are excited to share her expertise and insights with our guests, while showcasing our beautiful resorts and destinations to her very loyal followers. Sarah Fit’s audience is largely millennial women interested in travel and a healthy lifestyle, so the partnership also allows us to better target this important demographic.”

 

Known for her energetic approach, Sarah Dussault has turned a personal passion for fitness into a full-time career as a trainer and blogger. Her YouTube videos have been viewed more than 120 million times as she realizes her goal to enable her viewers’ desire for healthy living. According to Dussault, “I’m especially interested in helping people eat clean and get fit so they can feel confident in the way they look without depriving themselves of a social life or, in the case of my work with Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts, a fun vacation.”

 

The Fit in Paradise initiative will be available at the following Collection properties:

  •        Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  •        CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
  •        CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
  •        Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  •        Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  •        Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  •        JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  •        St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

 

To follow Sarah Fit’s travels, search #FitInParadise on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts and to book a stay, visit www.ParadiseByMarriott.com and www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico.

 

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts:
Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts represents the region’s most luxurious resort properties, each complete with chic accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities and stunning oceanfront locations. The Collection’s eight resorts situated throughout seven destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico share elevated standards of service, style and reputation that are further magnified by participation in the portfolio.   Formed in 1997, the Collection brings a refined level of awareness to this exclusive group of full-service properties. For more information please visit www.paradisebymarriott.com

 

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

 

Contact: Lily Karp at lilyk@louhammond.com and Jennifer Dakin jenniferd@lhammond.com

 

07/21/2015

Marriott International's Luxury Brands Lead In J.D. Power Rankings

 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Named #1 For Seventh Year – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Moves Up 23-Points To Take Third

 

Marriott’s Award winning Luxury Hotels Continue to be the Destinations of Choice for the Discerning and Next Generation Traveler

 

Bethesda, MD, July 21, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MAR) luxury brands, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, were once again recognized by travelers for high guest satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has been named the #1 luxury brand for the seventh year and currently has the highest ranking achieved to-date by any luxury brand. JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts moved-up 23 points in the ranking and was awarded third place well ahead of other notable luxury brands. Just recently, the JW Marriott brand celebrated its first resort in Europe, the 250-room JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Venice, Italy on the private island of Isola delle Rosa.

 

“We are thrilled that our luxury brands are setting the standard for discerning travelers around the world. Our guest experience is crucial to our continued success and leadership position,” says Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management, Marriott International. “To receive such prestigious recognition is a testament to the hard work and genuine care and dedication of our associates around the world. We are extremely proud of them all.”

 

                                            

The J.D. Power study, now in its 17th year, measures overall hotel guest satisfaction across seven hotel segments including luxury, upper upscale, upscale, upper midscale, midscale, economy/budget and extended stay. It looks closely at guest engagement and satisfaction over seven guest touch points, including the reservation process, check-in/check-out efficiency, guest-room accommodations, food and beverage, costs/fees, hotel services and facilities. The report found that when hotel staff anticipates the services desired and prevents problems, guests’ experiences were significantly improved.

 

Marriott International’s luxury portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, EDITION Hotels, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Ritz-Carlton Reserve.With over 170 luxury hotels and resorts in Marriott International’s worldwide portfolio, the company’s award-winning luxury brands are the industry’s leading global portfolio of luxury hotels. Marriott International plans to grow to more than 200 world-class properties by the end of 2016.

 

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., USA, J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings and more, visit www.JDPower.com. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

 

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

 

Note on Forward-Looking Statements: The statements about the expected future growth of Marriott International’s luxury brands 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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 Pictured top to bottom:  JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Bali, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

 

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