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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.

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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.  

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com.

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.

Connect with jessica.berkin@marriott.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.JWMChristiesEvents.com.

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

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

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

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

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

03/06/2014

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

 

 

02/06/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Opens First LEED Gold Certified Hotel in Seoul

The LoungeLuxury Hospitality Brand Debuts Stunning JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

Seoul, South Korea – 4 February 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has expanded its luxury portfolio in South Korea with the unveiling of the new 170-room JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul today. The new hotel is the second JW Marriott to open in Seoul and the first hotel in the city to receive LEED Gold certification. Marriott International manages the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul under a long-term agreement with the owner, Dong Sung Co., Ltd.

“South Korea is a one of Asia’s fastest growing global economies anda strategically important North Asian travel hub,” said Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul will further strengthen our luxury brand portfolio in this very important market and it will complement our existing JW Marriott Seoul which continues to be a great standard bearer for the brand.”

Featuring a stylish urban facade and interior that exude elegance, warm luxury and minimalist sophistication, the property is the first international luxury business hotel in Dongdaemun. Ideally located in the heart of Seoul’s fashion district and adjacent to the subway station and key tourist attractions, the new JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul boasts unobstructed views of Korea’s number one national treasure – the historical Dongdaemun or “East Gate.”

“With every new JW Marriott property, we challenge ourselves to go above and beyond, and opening the first LEED Gold certified hotel in Seoul is a major accomplishment for the brand,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Not only is respecting and preserving the environment important to us, it is important to our guests, and we’re excited to bring that to life in Seoul.”

The new hotel has 170 guestrooms, including 19 Executive Sky View Rooms and 15 Suites. A dedicated Executive Lounge with an open balcony serves the Executive Floor rooms. Among the hotel’s extensive health and fitness facilities are an indoor 25-meter lap pool, the exclusive Club 501 Fitness Centre and the indulgent The JW Spa.

The hotel’s innovative food and beverage program is curated by a stellar team of award-winning professionals from France, Germany, the US and Korea. Among the highlights is BLT Steak, of the internationally renowned New York steakhouse; Tavolo 24, a casual all-day dining restaurant featuring live cooking stations; The Lounge which specializes in artisan chocolates, martinis and afternoon tea and Seoul Baking Company, which servesfresh cakes and pastries from its open kitchen. For visitors and locals alike, the roof-top Griffin Bar overlooking the East Gate, is set to become one of the most sought after social scenes in the city where guests can sit outside and enjoy stunning views.

With a total of 10,570 square feet of meeting space and a Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 750 guests, the hotel is the perfect choice for the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market. Among its state-of-the-art meetings facilities is Seoul’s first LFD (Large Format Display) 98-screen media wall.

“Reflecting the JW Marriott brand values of timeless elegance and approachable luxury, the new JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul will deliver a truly authentic travel experience, that will impress even the most seasoned and discerning business and leisure traveler,” said  Nicholas Tse, General Manager of JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul.

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

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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12/04/2013

JW Marriott Luxury Brand Makes its Mark in Hanoi

JW Marriott Hanoi - ExteriorGlobal Hospitality Brand Continues Asia Expansion with First Hotel in Vietnam.

Hanoi, Vietnam – December 4, 2013 – Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) marks a milestone in its expansion into Southeast Asia with the unveiling of JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi. The property is the JW Marriott brand’s third to open in Asia within the past two months (others in Bengaluru and New Delhi), reflective of a significant investment in the region by the rapidly growing luxury hotel brand. 
 
“Hanoi has earned itself a coveted spot as a must-visit destination for travelers and we are thrilled to join the city in this exciting time,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Of the 30+ hotels in our current pipeline, 50 percent are in Asia, which speaks to our commitment to investing in dynamic markets like Vietnam.”

The 450-room, 75,000 square meter (800,000 square foot) JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi is a 'reverse skyscraper' designed by acclaimed architecture practice Carlos Zapata Studio.  The impressive structure was inspired by the country’s magnificent coastline and evokes characteristics of a dragon – a modern interpretation of a symbol from Vietnam's past.  

JW Marriott Hanoi - Lifestyle_ao daiLocated in Hanoi’s new central business district and adjacent to the National Convention Center, the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi is poised to become a key player for leisure and business within the city’s growing and dynamic hotel industry.

 “It gives us great pleasure to introduce the JW Marriott luxury brand to Vietnam,” said Bob Fabiano, General Manager of JW Marriott Hanoi. “Vietnam is a hugely appealing market, and we see great growth potential here. It is an honor to lead the first JW Marriott hotel in Vietnam and I am looking forward to providing the best in five star services to our domestic and international guests.”

JW Marriott Hanoi is set to impress with a wide array of culinary and nightlife experiences. A total of six restaurant and bar outlets will cater to travelers with a passion for exceptional food, wine and crafted cocktails. Dining venues include the French Grill, a French inspired outlet serving fresh seafood and prime cuts of steaks along with a variety of premium wines and spirits; and a Chinese restaurant specializing in Cantonese fare (open in January 2014). Guests are also invited to sample fare from across the globe throughout the day at JW Café. Meanwhile, Antidote Bar is set to become one of the most sought after nightspots in the city.

JW Marriott Hanoi - The LoungeWith over 3,600 sqm (38,750 sq ft) of flexible meeting space built for large corporate and association events, JW Marriott Hanoi is well placed to cater to the flourishing market for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) in Vietnam.  The hotel has a total of 17 meeting rooms including two Ballrooms of 1,000 sqm (10,763 sq ft) and 480 sqm (5,166 sq ft) with extensive public foyers. All meeting facilities are conveniently located on the ground floor with a dedicated entrance and parking.

Bob Fabiano expressed his hope that the new hotel would set a new standard for hospitality in Hanoi and Vietnam as a whole. “Our goal is to offer consumers the world-class luxury choice of accommodation in Hanoi. In doing so, we want to be part of a growing contingent of hotel options helping to leverage hospitality standards in the city."
 
Marriott International has more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories worldwide.  The company expects to more than double in size in Asia – from 144 open hotels today to more than 330 by 2017 – with room growth from 47,318 to 96,684 and doubling its total number of associates to more than 80,000. 

JW Marriott Hanoi is an iconic landmark developed by Bitexco Group following the success of Bitexco Financial Tower skyscraper in Ho Chi Minh City. Established in 1985, Bitexco engages in diverse fields including property, road and hydropower plant development, and financial investment, among others.  

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 63 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass 88 properties in 31 countries. Visit us online, www.jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and www.facebook.com/JWMarriott

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JW Marriott Global Public Relations
jessica.berkin@marriott.com

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10/28/2013

JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Christie's Celebrate Miami's Art Deco Landscape with Pre-Sale Exhibition During Art Week 2013

JW Marriott Marquis Miami ExteriorGlobal Brand Partners Host 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Pre-Sale Exhibition.

MIAMI, October 28, 2013 – JW Marriott® and Christie’s are privileged to present a pre-sale exhibition of 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design and Ettore Sottsass: Important Works from a Private Collection during Miami Art Week 2013. With its unique integration of 20th Century furniture, jewelry, drawings and decorative objects, both collections are truly unparalleled, and feature important works of 20th Century design by Antoni Gaudí, Jean-Michel Frank, Eugene Printz, Jean Royère, Isamu Noguchi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, and Claude Lalanne. The exhibition will be open to the public from daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 – Thursday,  December 5.

Christie's and JW Marriott Marquis MiamiAs official hotel partner of Art Basel, Design Miami, Art Miami, and the Perez Art Museum, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is immersed in the growing art scene already present in the city. Besides it’s more than $250,000 in sponsorships, and its support of other arts orginazations such as the Miami International Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera and others, the hotel and JW Marriott brand boast a strategic partnership with Christie’s, the world’s leading art auction house.  The partnership began during Art Basel 2010 when the hotel featured a popular exhibition of Post-War and Contemporary highlights which included pieces from artists such as Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst.

Furthering its artistic endeavor, the hotel launched a museum-caliber art collection worth more than $1 million, called the Art of Reinvention. The collection is comprised of a compilation of more than sixteen one-of-a-kind urban pieces that includes abstract sculptures, photography on aluminum, 3D hand-formed porcelain, and stained glass. Curated by Soho Myriad Art Consulting Services, some of the art found throughout the hotel includes works by renowned artists, such as Martin Dawe, Nancy Lorenz, Nancy Reynolds, David Jordan Williams, Bill Sosin, and Michael Curry to name of few.  The Art of Reinvention has something for everyone…art lover or not, and reflects the downtown hotel’s energy and uniqueness–a fusion of sophistication, design, fashion and technology in an urban environment within the new artful Miami.

“We are excited to celebrate our fourth year hosting Christie’s Auction House and this year’s art deco-inspired 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design exhibition. The Christie’s brand is fitting for JW Marriott and our mutual focus on curating exceptional life experiences” said Florencia Tabeni, General Manager, JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

In addition to the 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design exhibition, the hotel and Christie’s Strategic Partner Beluga Vodka will also fully outfit the sidewalk-facing terrace of db Bistro Moderne Restaurant to create a unique Beluga Vod Box. Guests of the Christie’s exhibition within the hotel will each receive cards redeemable for one Beluga cocktail at the Vod Box.

About JW Marriott Marquis Miami
The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven spa and salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.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 62 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass 88 properties in 31 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, reached a total of £2.4 billion/$3.68 billion in global auction and private sales in the first six months of 2013. In 2012, global auction and private sales totaled £3.92 billion/$6.27 billion, marking the highest annual revenue ever reached by Christie’s. 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 over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photography, 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 an emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewelry. Global private sales totaled £465 million/$711 million in the first half year of 2013, an increase of 13% from the same period last year, breaking the sales record of half year private sales for Christie’s and the art market for three consecutive years.

Christie’s has a global presence of 53 offices in 32 countries and 11 salerooms around the world including London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Christie’s has recently led in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and The United Arab Emirates, with successful sales, exhibitions and initiatives held in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai. 

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10/15/2013

Marriott International Showcases Growth in Asia With the Addition of 186 Properties, Including Six New Luxury Hotels in October

JW Hanoi - ExteriorGlobal lodging leader opens three Ritz-Carlton and three JW Marriott hotels; on track to reach 330 hotels over the next three years

Hong Kong, October 15, 2013 – As Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) continues to help people “See the World,” the company today said it will open six hotels in Asia this month from its Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott brands. The company’s growth of The Ritz-Carlton brand continues apace with openings in Chengdu, Tianjin and Bangalore this month, while its JW Marriott brand will open hotels in Hanoi, Bangalore and Delhi.

JW Bengaluru - JW kitchenWith 186 hotels in its signed pipeline, more than 135 of which it expects to open in the next three years, Marriott expects to more than double in size in Asia through 2016, reaching at total of 330 hotels with more than 96,000 rooms across 16 countries. During this time the company expects to open on average one hotel in the continent every eight days.

“This is an exciting time for Marriott as we join with our local hotel development partners in contributing to Asia’s future growth,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International. “Our explosive expansion across the region reflects the popularity of our brands in Asia with owners and customers alike, and with a hotel opening almost every week across the continent we will be poised to welcome travellers from the world over. To expect to have some 330 hotels in the next three to four years represents phenomenal success of our brands and the commitment of our owners, but to be opening six iconic hotels from two of our world-class luxury brands this month alone is incredible.”

JW Zhengzhou - ExteriorMarriott already operates a broad portfolio of world-class brands in Asia – Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, Marriott Hotels, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments - and sees tremendous growth potential across all brands in the portfolio targeting different market segments. The company expects to open 50 hotels under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand alone in the region during the next few years. 

Marriott is also adding to its brand portfolio in Asia, with the introduction of Fairfield by Marriott into India just last week, and the expected arrival of EDITION into Bangkok in 2016. Fairfield is a significant new brand launch for the company, with 12 hotels signed for India, and additional properties under construction in Indonesia and Nepal.

“While I am of course very gratified that we have reached 330 open and signed hotels in Asia, we are looking forward to continued growth in the region,” said Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director, Asia Pacific.

“We are seeing development across all the countries we are currently present in - including great growth in Japan. We are also entering new markets in Asia, having recently signed hotels in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. China remains our biggest market in the region with 64 open hotels and signed contracts for an additional 89 hotels, which will take us to more than 150 hotels in the country in the next three years or so. As a result, we expect to grow our distribution from 16 cities in 12 provinces, municipalities and special administrative regions, to more than 50 cities in 26 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions by 2016.”

To meet this growth, Marriott expects to add more than 41,000 new educated and trained associates in Asia, doubling its current workforce in the region to more than 80,000 associates between now and 2017– with half of this number in China alone. To support its need for qualified staff Marriott International has invested in programmes that support youth education through its own Marriott Institute of Hospitality in Anhui.  Further, the Marriott Foundation has invested RMB40.5 million ($6.5 million) to support for China’s youth through the Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI). Marriott also runs educational programmes in other countries in Asia, including the Mahindra Pride School organisation in India which offers on-the-job training at its hotels to youth from disadvantaged communities in the country.

Marriott is committed to being an employer of choice in the countries in which it operates. Hotels in South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and China have been recognised as the Best Employer in 2013 by Aon Hewitt, including the ‘Best of the Best’ designation in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. CRF Institute has certified Marriott International as one of the Top Employers in China for the past two years, and Great Place to Work has recognised Marriott International as one of the top 10 places to work in India. Most recently, the company was voted as one of the best companies that university students perceive to be most ideal to work for in the Universum Hong Kong student survey.

Marriott has advocated for removing the barriers to travel through its membership of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and World Economic Forum's Aviation, Travel and Tourism Council. A primary focus has been on new models of mobility, such as the e-visa and reciprocity among nations to make travel easier. The company is also training its associates and teams outside of China to welcome and host Chinese travellers.

Simon Cooper attended the recent signing of the ‘Statement of Intent on SMART Visa’ at the 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia in Myanmar. Ministers and tourism authorities from Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Secretary of Tourism of the Philippines expressed their intention to collaborate with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate travel in the region for the implementation of this system. The objective of the signing of this memorandum of understanding is the elimination of those barriers to tourist travel in the region.

“We continue to see this as a golden age of travel around the world,” said Sorenson, “and our hotels are there in increasing numbers to welcome travellers. In the process, we are opening doors to a world of opportunity for our guests and associates alike, by offering great careers to our associates in China and across Asia, delivering rewarding guest experiences across our growing brand portfolio in the region, as well as providing great investments for our hotel owners."

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, the expected regional growth in our workforce, 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. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 325,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. 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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