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08/28/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brings Poise & Grace to Service Culture with The Joffrey Ballet

JW Marriott Hotels and Joffrey BalletGlobal Luxury Hotel Brand Incorporates Foundations of Dance into Associate Training Program. [video below]

Bethesda, Md., August 28, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and The Joffrey Ballet are taking guest service to a new level with the launch of “Poise and Grace,” a series of inspirational video training tutorials led by Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet.  As part of the luxury hotel brand’s commitment to service excellence, the program was developed to inspire associates to develop and bring natural confidence, poise and grace  to the guest experience. The training series includes exclusive content and tailored instruction that teaches associates how to incorporate the foundations of dance into everyday guest interaction. Download images.
 

“At JW Marriott, we look to identify associates that live the brand vision of orchestrating the exceptional, crafting luxurious experiences for guests that are inspired by their passions,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager of JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  “Poise and posture are globally recognized cultural cues that reflect the care and dedication our associates provide in every service interaction.”

JW Marriott Hotels and Joffrey Ballet - EngageFeaturing Wheater and JW Marriott associates, the videos focus on the importance of Warming Up, Proper Breathing, Flow of Movement and Connecting to the Audience while emphasizing the importance of both verbal and visual cues including posture, squaring one’s shoulders and two-handed delivery and engagement techniques.  Videos are typically shown during Daily Rehearsal – a team stand-up meeting where associates focus on JW Marriott’s unique service culture and discuss the business of the day.  Videos are inspirational and flexible, not prescriptive, and can occur one-on-one, in a group setting or even during a hotel-wide meeting.  Associates can also access content via a web-based app called Orchestr8, which allows hotels to share with one another how they have orchestrated exceptional guest experiences.  The new program will be deployed across all 68 JW Marriott properties in 26 countries by August 30.

JW Marriott worked with brand partner and Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoan of the Year Ashley Wheater to identify the four core behaviors that help dancers embody poise and grace.  Although hotel guests do not see the videos, they do experience the end result – confident, intuitive associates who make an impact, from strong first impressions to establishing a meaningful connection guests.

“We are proud to partner with JW Marriott on the Poise and Grace video training series,” said Wheater. “Ballet technique breeds discipline, self-confidence and a genuine interaction between people. Dancers epitomize poise and grace, and this program is a wonderful way to both celebrate our brand partnership and enhance the JW Marriott guest experience.”

JW Marriott Hotels and Joffrey BalletThe JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams) served as the host hotel for the creation of the Poise and Grace videos due to its longstanding relationship with The Joffrey Ballet and its standing as #1 in guest satisfaction among JW Marriott properties in the last two of three years. Director of Sales & Marketing Steve Conklin at the JW Marriott Chicago explains how associates have embraced the program on property:

“When you think of poise and grace, the perfect metaphor is ballet. It’s an easy association for the team. The exercises, which include everything from practicing flow of movement through an obstacle course of tight spaces to noticing eye and heart placement when making a connection with the guest, have truly helped our associates to carry themselves with confidence and deliver a superior level of service to our guests.”  

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 68 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 40 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Connect with jessica.berkin@marriott.com

08/27/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brand Celebrates Opening of First Hotel in the Caribbean: The JW Marriott Santo Domingo

JW-Marriott-Santo-Domingo-exteriorSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic – August 27, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) continues to grow its world-class luxury JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the 150-room JW Marriott Santo Domingo. The grand opening celebration took place today in Santo Domingo and was graced with the presence of President Danilo Medina, Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia, along with the President of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A, Mr. Luis Emilio Velutini and Mr. Craig Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott. Download images.

The much anticipated hotel is located in the upscale Piantini financial district and located inside the luxurious Blue Mall which that features several fine dining restaurants and high end shops such as Cartier, Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton. 

“Santo Domingo remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in the Caribbean," said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Mr. Velutini on this project, and reveal our first world class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel to the Caribbean. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to the Dominican Republic and is a great addition to the brand’s growing global portfolio.”

“The opening of this high luxury, sophisticated hotel marks an important milestone in the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry”, said Luis Emilio Velutini, President of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A. “With the thriving economy in the country and the success of the high-end Blue Mall complex, we are confident that this unique and visually stunning hotel will become a landmark in Santo Domingo attracting travelers and groups from all over the world”.

JW-Santo-Marriott-Domingo-poolSure to be the city’s newest hotspot, the stunning VERTYGO 101 lounge, the Dominican Republic’s first “floating” restaurant and bar, features a glass floor terrace rising 101 feet above the bustling city street below and offers a full menu of crafted cocktails and innovative food items.

Along with VERTYGO 101, the JW Marriott Santo Domingo also houses the exclusive Winston Grill & Patio, a sophisticated fine dining restaurant overseen by the talented Chef Sergio Delfino that features Latin-American specialties with an Asian influence as well as an extensive international wine and cocktail menu.

The modern and sophisticated 150 rooms and suites will all include the highest speed wireless internet on the market, LCD TV’S, apple TV in every room, embedded TVs in the bathroom mirrors, alarm clocks with iPhone 5 and iPad docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and the signature JW Marriott brand Aromatherapy bathroom amenities. The presidential suite will feature some of the most high-end details in the Caribbean, including an $8,000 Kholer bath tub with light therapy, massage and hydrotherapy to reach the highest level of relaxation after a long day in Santo Domingo.

“Each JW Marriott delivers a warm, authentic, relaxed and elegant environment that is unique to the luxury segment, and we are thrilled to open our doors for business and receive guests to experience this incredible new hotel” said Nigel Cook, General Manager of the JW Marriott Santo Domingo. 

The stunning hotel also offers 9 event spaces, totaling over 2,938 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including the 1,158 square foot ballroom. The excellent location along with the luxurious accommodations and outstanding service offered at the JW Marriott Santo Domingo is sure to make this hotel the number one choice to host social and business events in the city.

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 68 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties over 40 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

Connect with Laura.Botelho@marriott.com

07/30/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Soars to New Heights in China

JW-Marriott-Hotel-ZhengzhouNewly Opened 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou Towers as Tallest Hotel in Central China

Zhengzhou, China – July 30, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts today expanded its luxury portfolio in China with the unveiling of the highly anticipated 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou in Henan Province. Marriott International manages this landmark hotel under a long-term agreement with the owner partners, Greenland Group. [Download images.]

This new hotel is located on the top floors of the Millennium Royal Plaza, which is in the CBD of Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province as well as an important transportation hub in China. The 60-floor Millennium Royal Plaza stands at 280 meters and is the tallest building in Central China. The JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is the first Marriott property in Henan as well as the seventh JW Marriott hotel in the Greater China region.             

“Marriott International has already had several successful hotel projects with our owner partner Greenland in China. The opening of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is another gem in this spectacular collection. We are most pleased to have the opportunity to manage such a magnificent hotel,” said Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Marriott International Asia. “This is a significant property as it is our first hotel in Zhengzhou which is an important transportation, business and convention hub in central China. Also it is another proof of the growing popularity of our JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand in this market. We are on the course of opening new JW Marriott hotels in Macao, Chongqing, Kunming and Shenzhen over the next 12 months.”

Lobby 大堂The design of Millennium Royal Plaza was inspired by the Songyue Pagoda, a renowned cultural relic that was built approximately 1,500 years ago. The aluminum exterior’s sunscreens give the structure its distinctive pagoda-shape. The sunscreens also maximize the amount of daylight entering the building while reducing glare and solar heat gain. The hotel’s interior design reflects the hotel’s location with subtle brown metal celebrating the historic importance of bronze, and pale greens representing high quality jade artifacts that were produced in the region throughout the dynasties.

“We are honored to introduce this prestigious landmark hotel to the city that is impressively connected with Henan in so many ways,” said Frank Sanders, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou. “Our hotel exemplifies the design, service and cultural standards that have become synonymous with the JW Marriott brand. Our dramatic and distinctive architectural and interior features, exceptional culinary offerings and passion for service excellence will result in a truly authentic and unique experience.”

Zhengzhou is an important transportation hub within China and Henan has a rich 5,000-year history. The city boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the world famous Shaolin Temple. The new hotel is ideally located in the heart of Zhengdong New District – the new center of Zhengzhou – and is positioned between the Zhengzhou International Convention & Exhibition Center and Henan Art Center. Due to its impressive location, the JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is well poised to service both the upscale business and leisure travellers.

Deluxe King 豪华大床房The new property features a total 416 of spacious guestrooms and suites located from the 41st to the 55th floor, each offering floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the city. All guestrooms feature luxurious JW Marriott bedding designed in collaboration with Todd-Avery Lenahan and ergonomic work spaces that foster convenience and productivity.

The hotel’s dining experiences on the 38th and 39th floors include The Grill,specializing in both Chinese and Western dishes made from the freshest seafood and finest cuts of beef; Man Ho, headed up by Executive Chef Wong from Hong Kong and featuring Cantonese classics as well as Henan and Sichuan delicacies; and Zhengzhou Kitchen, the best buffet in town boasting dedicated Western, Chinese and Japanese live-cooking sections. The Lounge – borrowing inspiration from the building’s height – features the “tallest tea” in the city, a four-tier stand filled with delectable treats.

Grand Ballroom JW千玺大宴会厅The JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou offers more than 2,500 square meters of stunning function and event space, including the 1,000 square meter JW Grand Ballroom with an LED wall panel, six meeting rooms – each with natural daylight – and a spacious pre-function ballroom foyer.

For more information or reservations, please visit jwmarriottzhengzhou.com

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 25 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott.

Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, over 4,000 properties and 690,000 rooms in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com

07/23/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Launches Spa by JW

Spa by JWNew Spa Concept Created to Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew

Bethesda, Md., – July 23, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is pleased to unveil Spa by JW.  Created to demystify and re-imagine the spa experience, this new concept offers guests an intuitive experience that is luxurious yet purposeful with treatments and products designed to address four core benefit states: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew.  The first Spa by JW will debut in September at the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown, followed by the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar in December, with more than 20 Spa by JWs in the pipeline.  [Download Spa by JW Menu.]
 

“Our guests are incredibly passionate about well-being but they don’t always have the time to invest in cultivating it.  They are looking for an experience that delivers true impact and results that are tailored to their state of mind,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  “Spa by JW offers an environment where you can chose exactly what you want, when you want, without any of the intimidation or hassle.”

Entering through an open and inviting lounge space, guests can browse the retail area where products are thoughtfully presented for interactive use and feature both traditional and non-traditional spa products, from eye masks and meditation books (Calm) to artisanal chocolates and wine (Indulge).  The lounge serves as a social space for guests to relax and enjoy regardless of whether they book a treatment.

Guests will be greeted at the Curator’s Desk to explore all of the treatment options from full-service to express spa treatments.  Developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner and spa industry leader Aromatherapy Associates, all treatments are designed with the essential benefit states in mind:

Calm – Allows guests to reset when out-of-sync, offering a moment of serenity and a chance to slow down time to restore balance.  Sample services include a 15-minute tense shoulders massage or the full hour “Sleep Deeply” treatment.

  • Indulge – Provides nourishment for the soul and a way for guests to pamper themselves through a range of therapeutic treatments that reward and rejuvenate.  Sample services include an “Ultimate Aromatherapy” massage or the “Intense Nourishment” luxurious body treatment.
  • Invigorate – Enlivens the body and clarifies the mind, wiping away the stresses of everyday life and replacing it with energy and vitality.  Sample services include a “Jet Lag Cure” or “Energy Boost” express massage.
  • Renew – Purifies the mind and body so guests feel more centered, re-focusing and instilling a sense of spiritual rebirth.  Sample services include an “Intense Muscle Relief” or a “Detox & Revitalize” body treatment.

Designed for guests who do not have the luxury of time, Spa by JW express treatments provide on-demand services that start at a 12-minute entry point and are bookable without an appointment.  Guests can experience the innovative express spa suites, designed around a state-of-the-art massage chair, exclusive to JW Marriott, featuring embedded scent infusers, noise canceling technology, and cell phone charging stations.  Treatments include a variety of 12- to 25-minute services like the Relaxing Scalp Massage (Calm), Hydrating Hands (Indulge), Energy Boost Massage (Invigorate), Nail Shine (Renew), and more.   

For those who find themselves with a little more time on their hands, a variety of treatment rooms accommodate longer, full-service spa services.  Guests can book full-body treatments and scrubs, 60- or 90-minute massages, cleansing facials, nail services and more.

For more information about Spa by JW and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.jwmarriott.com.    

About JW Marriott
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 65 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online at jwmarriott.com and on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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

Connect with jessica.berkin@marriott.com

07/09/2014

Cancun Marriott Resorts Top Celebrated Living “Platinum Hotels” List

Sister properties voted by readers as top two best hotels in their region.

Jwcm_exteriorThe JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort topped Celebrated Living’s Platinum List of “Best of Hotels in Mexico, Central America and South America,” earning the number one and number two spots on the list, respectively.

This is the second year in a row that readers vote the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa as the number one hotel in the region, and the property’s fifth consecutive year ranking among the top five. The CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort climbed two spots, voted by readers as the number two resort in region in its fourth consecutive year on the list.

Celebrated Living is American Airlines’ luxury in-flight magazine distributed quarterly in first and business class cabins and in airport Admirals Club lounges worldwide. Each year, the publication asks readers to vote for their favorite hotels, spas, golf courses and cruise lines, based on their first-hand experience, weighing votes on quality of service and amenities.

“We are humbled and honored and grateful to the readers for their votes,” said Christopher Calabrese, Vice President and General Manager of JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. “This distinction is especially important to us because it is a direct result of readers choice, and therefore reflects the level of service the Cancun Marriott family is committed to providing all of our guests.”

Platinum List rankings are categorized by region; the 2014 issue made its debut onboard aircrafts and in airport lounges earlier this summer. 

About CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort is the perfect choice for weekend getaways, family vacations and group events. Spacious rooms with private balconies offer captivating views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or Nichupté Lagoon. A short bus ride to Cancun’s famed nightlife, shopping district and Convention Center ensures that there is something to do for everyone. Interconnected with JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort’s flexible indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, lounges and restaurants will accommodate any event, theme or vacation guests might be planning. For more information or to book a reservation please visit www.casamagnacancun.com or call 1.800.223.6388.

About JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
The landmark JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa offers an unforgettable Cancun vacation. In the heart of the Hotel Zone, each of its 448 well-appointed rooms have private balconies with stunning views of Cancun’s white sand beaches and the Caribbean. For those who wish to indulge themselves, Club 91 accommodations combine the tranquility and sophistication of a private club with personalized and upgraded services. The property’s Mayan-inspired spa is rated one of the top spas in Mexico and offers massages, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and more. With three world-class restaurants, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and the stunning beauty of the Caribbean, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for corporate retreats, events and holiday vacations. For more information or to book a reservation, please visit www.jwmarriottcancun.com or call 1.800.223.6388.

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

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

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

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06/26/2014

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central Arrives in the Chinese Capital

Hotel Exterior 酒店外观JW Marriott Reinforces Asian Growth with 22nd Hotel Opening  

Beijing, China – June 26, 2014 – Beijing will welcome its second JW Marriott hotel in Xicheng District with the unveiling of JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central overlooking the historical capital city. The new flagship hotel, which is scheduled to open on 26 June 2014, enjoys a prime location in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, within walking distance of the capital’s most iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Xidan Commercial Centre, plus several metro lines.

“We are delighted to introduce the seventh JW Marriot hotel in China, and are grateful for the wonderful cooperation of our owning company, Yuecai Holdings (Beijing) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Guangdong Finance Investment (Holding) Co. Ltd. The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central is the second JW Marriott property in Beijing, and represents a further evolution of the rich service philosophy and extensive facilities that our premium JW Marriott brand is renowned for globally.” said Simon Cooper, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International.

The new JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central offers 412 guestrooms starting at a spacious 46 sqm with a sleek contemporary design and high-tech facilities. Sixty suites include 18 Residence Suites equipped with kitchens and 12 Sky Garden Suites with an open-air balcony and magnificent city views. Every guest enjoys around-the-clock ‘At Your Service’ care, providing the highest levels of personalized service for an extraordinary stay.

Three restaurants and one lounge serve up a variety of local and international gourmet experiences. Featuring modern minimalist decor with touches of rustic dark wood and traditional Chinese elements, Man Ho takes an innovative approach to traditional Cantonese cuisine using seasonal organic ingredients. Casual Italian restaurant Casalingo serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a bright Mediterranean-style ambience with an atmospheric wine bar.

All-day dining venue JW Kitchen features open kitchens cooking up global cuisines from breakfast to dinner. The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to meet with friends or colleagues and enjoy the selection of fine refreshments.

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central is an ideal venue to impress, with nearly 2,500 sqm of state-of-the-art banquet and conference venues. The entire fifth level is a dedicated events floor with abundant natural light and city views. The 800 sqm pillar-free Grand Ballroom features 6.7-metre-high ceilings, a 30 sqm HD LED screen and projector, and is divisible into three sections. It also has an impressive entrance foyer covering 604 sqm.

The 300 sqm Living Room is a residential-style venue comprising multifunctional meeting rooms, dining areas and an open kitchen, enabling groups to seamlessly accommodate work and play. There are also nine classic function rooms. All areas are equipped with high-speed Internet access and latest audio-visual technology. Most rooms also have large windows with city views.

A luxurious health club on the top floor features a 24-hour high-tech gym, whirlpool, steam and sauna, plus a spectacular glass-roof swimming pool at the very top of the hotel.

“We are very excited to open the second JW Marriott hotel in Beijing. With our superb location and contemporary facilities, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central really is the ultimate destination for both executive retreats and leisure travelers to ‘Live Like A Local’ in the Chinese capital,” says Mr. GP Yeow, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central.

During the opening period from 26 June to 31 August 2014, guests can book the Opening Package priced at RMB950 + 15% service charge per room per night, with the option of paying just RMB1 for one person and RMB135 for the second guest to enjoy their stay with breakfast included.

About JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central enjoys a prime location in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, within walking distance of the capital’s most iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Xidan Commercial Centre, plus several metro lines. The hotel offers 412 spacious guestrooms and suites, including 18 Residence Suites equipped with kitchens, and 12 Sky Garden Suites with balconies. Three restaurants and one lounge serve up a variety of local and international gourmet experiences in spectacular settings. A dedicated events floor covers nearly 2,500 sqm of state-of-the-art venues, including an 800 sqm Grand Ballroom with a 30 sqm HD LED screen, 300 sqm residential-style Living Room and nine function rooms. Health and wellness facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, indoor rooftop swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

 

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 25 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com

06/02/2014

Marriott International Accelerates Growth in Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels With Plans to Add 200 Hotels Over the Next Three Years

JW-Marriott-VeniceRapid Global Expansion Strategy Leads the Industry.

New York, New York - June 2, 2014 – Marriott International, (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced plans to significantly grow its global portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands.  Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

 “The luxury and lifestyle category is stronger than ever and we see demand continuing to rise worldwide,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO.  “Next generation travelers are poised to comprise more than 60 percent of our business over the next four years, and already represent a broad spectrum of diverse cultures and lifestyles that view travel as an important way to enrich their lives.  Our approach to the luxury and lifestyle segment embraces this trend and is shaping our development strategy.”

“The company’s current luxury and lifestyle portfolio totals 449 hotels across eight brands, each offering its own unique personality and distinctive guest experience.   We have put the power of Marriott behind the growth of iconic brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, as well as newer brands including EDITION, Autograph Collection and AC Hotels by Marriott. At the same time, the company continues to introduce new brands such as Moxy Hotels, and continues to evolve its Renaissance Hotels brand globally. We are delighted with the success of these tremendous brands, part of our aggressive strategy to lead in the luxury and lifestyle category.”

Also today as part of this segment-wide strategy, Marriott International officially launched its new campaign, #LoveTravels, a multicultural campaign that conveys the company’s commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel. The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Renaissance Hotels are all participating in the ground breaking campaign which features visually powerful images shot by acclaimed photographer Braden Summers that will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S.

The breadth of the company’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio is largely represented by the following brands globally:

The Ritz-Carlton opened six properties in 2013, including hotels in Chengdu and Tianjin in China; Aruba; Herzliya, Israel; Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bangalore, India. Most recently, The Ritz-Carlton opened its first hotel in the U.S. since 2010 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California.  Growth plans call for 15 additional hotels between now and by year-end 2016 including in Nanjing, China; Rabat, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Los Cabos, Mexico; Tunis, Tunisia; Haikou, China; Panama City, Panama; Bali, Indonesia and Macao.

Through an acclaimed partnership with legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, EDITION hotels are stunning microcosms of the world’s top cities. EDITION combines the best in service, food, beverage and entertainment which Ian Schrager is known for with the global reach and operational expertise of Marriott International. Following the highly successful debut of The London EDITION last September, the brand is on target to open in Miami Beach this fall and will debut in New York City’s landmark Clock Tower building in the spring of 2015. Future hotels are also planned for Abu Dhabi (2015), Gurgaon, India (2015), Sanya, China (2015), Bangkok (2016) and West Hollywood (2017), as well as the recently announced Times Square EDITION in New York City (2017).

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will debut in Italy in early 2015 on the private island of Sacca Sessola, a short boat ride from the stunning city of Venice. In addition, the brand is on schedule to open 23 new hotels in the next two years, growing from 64 to 87 hotels in 29 countries by the end of 2016. Centered in the idea of well-being, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts offers a collection of partnerships with leading luxury brands in nutrition, culinary, art, culture, and wellness as part of the brand’s commitment to delivering a deeper and more meaningful luxury guest experience at each of its hotels worldwide.

Autograph Collection continues to grow rapidly having reached its 60th hotel milestone in less than three years. Exactly like nothing else and the fastest brand launch in the history of the industry, the unique collection allows independent hotels the opportunity to tap into Marriott International’s powerful sales and marketing platforms including Marriott.com and the award winning Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program. With twenty hotels expected to join this year, the portfolio is an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from iconic properties such as The Algonquin Hotel in New York City to the luxurious 15 room Kessler Canyon hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City CenterMaking its debut in world class destinations including Santiago, Chile and the south of France, Renaissance Hotels is on track to open nine hotels in 2014. With five hotels launched thus far and four additional locations on schedule to open, the portfolio plans to celebrate more than 160 hotels in 37 countries by year-end.  Renaissance Hotels is designed around making business travel fun again and helping its guests to discover unexpected surprises with every stay, whether it’s listening to live music in the lobbies, taking in a pop-up art exhibit or simply enjoying handcrafted cocktails and locally inspired foods.  It is a sophisticated hotel brand whose mission is to encourage today’s modern business traveler to Live Life to DiscoverSM and make every business trip an opportunity to experience a new story that can be shared.

AC Hotels by Marriott, a brand concept launched in Europe in 2011 as a joint venture with Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, plans to open its first hotel in the U.S. this fall at the Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans, quickly followed by locations in Kansas City and Miami in early 2015. AC Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. Inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, the brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinctly urban feel. A sleek and modern approach to design combined with unique elements which embody the character of each destination; growth plans for the brand include more than 30 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Developed following extensive research and created with the next generation traveler in mind, Moxy Hotels expects to debut in Europe this September at Milan’s Malpensa Airport in Italy. A fresh and innovative lifestyle hotel brand combining stylish design and approachable service at a reasonable price, Moxy Hotels is one of the newest and most exciting brands within the category. The brand is set to open additional locations in key cities throughout Europe by the end of 2016 including Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt in Germany; Oslo, Norway; London, United Kingdom and Aberdeen, Scotland. Early growth estimates predict the brand could reach 150 hotels within the next ten years.   

*Marriott International’s total luxury and lifestyle portfolio currently includes 449 hotels representing The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (89), Bulgari Hotels (3), EDITION (2), JW Marriott Hotels (64), Autograph Collection (60), Renaissance (157), AC Hotels by Marriott (72), and Protea Fire & Ice Hotels (2). The category will officially expand to nine brands following the debut of Moxy Hotels in Milan this fall.

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 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.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 77 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

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04/15/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Launches Experience-Driven CUR8 App for Travelers

Cur8_logo_byJWNew App Allows Guests to Create and Share Digital Souvenirs from the Road

Bethesda, Md., April 15, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is pleased to  CUR8_app_ToolKit_JWM_dfannounce the launch of CUR8, an experience-oriented app that allows guests to share their favorite  travel moments through digital videos on their personal social media networks. CUR8 is JW Marriott’s debut into the mobile space and is one of the first apps developed by a hotel brand that focuses on reaching travelers on a personal level by giving guests a platform to showcase their own exceptional experiences with loved ones while on the road. Download images.


The app is user-friendly and features six easy steps to help guests share moments in minutes.  Guests can use CUR8 to create digital souvenirs through a combination of their own personal videos and photos and selecting from a bank of striking JW Marriott property images.  App users also have the option to set their videos to music and add text featuring personalized messages to their short films.  CUR8 was created and designed by Los Angeles-based advertising agency, Team One.

“With hotel-branded apps becoming more mainstream, we wanted to make our entrance into the tech landscape with a product that allows guests to capture memories from their stay,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager of JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “We know that social media is important to our guests so we created a lifestyle app that offers an innovative and convenient way for them to share their travel experiences.”

CUR8_app_TimelineGrid_v1_dfFrom capturing a stunning island sunset over the Andaman Sea at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to chronicling your exploration of the historic Inca Empire ruins while at JW Marriott Cusco, CUR8 will feature content from all 64 JW Marriott Hotels worldwide so guests can utilize idyllic property images from around the globe within their videos. 

"Travel and storytelling go hand-in-hand, and with CUR8, our guests are able to seamlessly integrate the two in a way that is approachable and aligns with their own interests in technology," said Jim McMahon, senior manager of brand marketing for JW Marriott. "Our properties offer incredible experiences in amazing destinations around the world that are worth sharing.  This new app allows travelers to tell these stories from their own personal lens in a modern and meaningful way." 

CUR8_app_ShareAThought_v4_dfTravelers can share their curated videos with loved ones via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using hashtag #CUR8byJWM.  CUR8 is free of charge and currently available for download through the iTunes store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.JWMChristiesEvents.com.

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

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

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

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

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03/06/2014

JW Marriott Washington, DC Honors Charter Associates for 30 Years of Service

JW Marriott Washington DC Honors AssociatesWashington, DC- March 6, 2014The JW Marriott Washington, DC, the flagship of the JW Marriott brand, is turning 30 this year.   To kick off its yearlong anniversary celebration, the luxury hotel, situated at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street, NW, recently honored its family of 25 of original charter associates for their 30 years of service to the hotel.   

 “We are very proud and thankful for our charter associates’ loyalty, hard work and dedication they have shown the JW Marriott Washington, DC over the years,” said Mr. Satinder Palta, general manager, JW Marriott Washington, DC.  “JW Marriott has a rich heritage and culture that embraces diversity and inclusion indicative by our 473 associates who represent more than 100 different countries around the globe.”

“We are thrilled to honor of our most devoted associates who have helped lay the groundwork for JW Marriott’s growth,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president & global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “With 64 properties in 26 countries, we have come an extremely long way over the past 30 years, and we owe a great amount of gratitude to both our charter associates and our associates worldwide for their continued commitment to exception guest service that goes above and beyond what travelers expect.” 

The hotel’s 30th anniversary associate celebration is the first in a series of events and promotions planned to throughout the year.  The JW Marriott Washington, DC, the first JW Marriott branded property, opened in 1984 as a tribute to J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International, Inc. Since then the luxury brand has grown to 64 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries.  

For more information, please visit the JW Marriott Washington, DC Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/JWMarriottWashingtonDC .

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About JW Marriott Washington, DC
One of the country’s premiere meeting destinations, the JW Marriott Washington, DC features over 37,000 square feet of superior  banquet and meeting space, including the 14,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, 29 meetings rooms and a 7,000 square foot terrace on the 12th floor, overlooking   the nation capital and its historic monuments and landmarks.  For more information or to make reservations, contact your travel professional, call the hotel directly at (202) 393-2000, or visit www.jwmarriottdc.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

Connect with mark.indre@marriott.com