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07/02/2015

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Celebrates Grand Opening with Spectacular Laguna è Vita Event

Mr Marriott and Reiner on vespa2 July, 2015 - JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the distinctive and sophisticated brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR), hosted a spectacular two day event to mark the official grand opening of the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, the first JW Marriott resort in Europe. The celebrations saw 300 guests including local Venetians, influencers and media immersed in the treasured traditions of some of Venice’s most famous islands while exploring Isola delle Rose (Rose Island), the private island in the Venetian lagoon that the new resort calls home.  

Murano1Guests were invited to savour fragrant cocktails from Isola delle Rose; hand pick culinary treats from Sant’erasmo, the lagoon’s famed vegetable island; learn about the delicate art of Burano lacemaking and admire the colours of the world famous glass from Murano.  With music curated by renowned DJ, Rob da Bank, and a deconstructed orchestra featuring the premiere violinist Lizzie Ball and the Classical Kicks, the Gala event not only enticed all the senses but brought the traditions of Venice to life.

Each immersive and culinary experience told the stories of the Venetian lagoon whilst showcasing the 40 acre island, which includes beautifully landscaped gardens and olive groves as well as four restaurants, five bars, a cooking school and wine academy, a rooftop pool overlooking St Mark’s Square, a restored 19th century church and the largest spa in Venice.

To download video footage of the launch event, visit http://www.digitalnewsagency.com/stories/9265-jw-marriott-venice-resort-spa-grand-opening-celebration 

For further information on JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, visit www.jwvenice.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 76 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

 

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

Connect with jessica.berkin@marriott.com 

05/28/2015

JW Marriott Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau Set New Standard for Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau guest roomMarriott International’s Asia-Pacific Region Celebrates Two Milestone Openings 

Macau, China – May 28, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) marked a new milestone today with the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau in the thriving Special Administrative Region (S.A.R) of Macau in South China. The properties are located within one of the world’s most spectacular entertainment and leisure destinations – Galaxy Macau™. Guests are invited to embark on an urban escape at Asia’s largest JW Marriott property or revel in the finest personal service and unforgettable experiences at the first all-suite hotel by The Ritz-Carlton. Download images.

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau livingroom“Marriott International sees unlimited potential in the future of Macau,” said Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International. “The launch of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau with Galaxy Macau™ are long-term investments that will perfectly complement Macau’s evolving tourist landscape. The region has undoubtedly changed significantly in recent years and we are seeing the city transform from a gaming destination to one with a more diverse range of entertainment and recreation options for guests of all ages.”

“The opening of the JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau with their exceptional service, superb facilities and spectacular culinary experiences will add an extra dimension to Galaxy Macau™, creating the ultimate destination for unlimited leisure and enjoyment. The two hotels – each with their distinct brand identities – are sure to enhance the Macau experience and will redefine the meaning of luxury in the region,” said Rauf Malik, Vice President of Operations at JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau.

Marriott International currently operates 177 hotels in Asia Pacific and the JW Marriott Hotel Macau marks the region’s 29th JW Marriott property. By 2020, the JW Marriott brand is expected to have more than 50 properties in the Asia Pacific region. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC currently operates 88 hotels around the globe with The Ritz-Carlton, Macau being its 89th hotel. The brand is planning to double its footprint across Asia in the next five years. The grand opening of both the JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau will further solidify Macau’s evolving positioning as a leading destination for leisure and entertainment as well as meetings, incentives and special events.

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton are located at Galaxy Macau™, Phase II – Macau’s newest, fully integrated world-class resort. Here, guests have easy access to a host of leisure and entertainment options, including premium shopping, exquisite dining, world-class entertainment events and multi-functional meeting spaces. Easily accessible by air, land and sea, 31 million tourists visited Macau in 2014, with the majority coming from mainland China. 

JW Marriott Hotel Macau – A New Benchmark for Luxury
JW Marriott Hotel Macau will serve as Asia’s flagship hotel, bringing guests a sense of harmony through the richness of authenticity – discovered in the beauty of craftsmanship and delivered with an intuitive response to personal expectations. With 1,015 luxurious rooms and suites styled with elegant sophistication and overlooking magnificent views of the Galaxy Macau™’s Grand Resort Deck and Cotai Macau, the hotel is an effortless luxury retreat that puts guests at ease.

The newly opened JW Marriott Hotel Macau is home to four restaurants, which will provide innovative, intuitive and crafted dining experiences that leave everlasting memories. Helmed by Executive Chef, Bruno Correa, the hotel’s culinary offers include classic Cantonese cuisine in a contemporary Chinese setting at the Man Ho Chinese Restaurant; an all-day dining outlet with international and regional cuisine – Urban Kitchen; the relaxing JW Pool Bar; and the sophisticated lobby lounge The Lounge.

To provide a truly immersive resort experience for guests of all ages, JW Marriott Hotel Macau is also taking the concept of “Edutainment” to Macau via the world’s largest JW Kids’ Club, which features an abundance of interactive activities for children that are designed to educate as well as to entertain. There is a dedicated kids’ pool for vacationing family guests and outdoor pool, in addition to access to Galaxy Macau’s 75,000 m2 Grand Resort Deck with lush oasis gardens, the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, the world’s longest Skytop Rapids at 575m and a 350-ton white sand beach. Guests can also choose to stay at the hotel’s exclusive Retreat Studios and Pool Suites to revel in the ultimate relaxation.

The pillar-less Grand Ballroom with ground-level access and multi-purpose function rooms offers over 2,700 m2 of flexible meeting space, making JW Marriott Hotel Macau an ideal destination for incentive groups, conferences, weddings, social and event gatherings.

For more information about the hotel, please visit www.jwmarriottmacau.com.

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau – Bringing its Legendary Service to the Heart of Macau
Offering the impeccable levels of service for which the brand is famous around the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, will feature over 250 suites on the top floors of the integrated resort. Intimacy, exclusivity, and personalized attention to detail are hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton standards of hospitality and Macau proves no exception in enabling guests to indulge in the finest personal service and the best of Asian luxury.  

Overseen by Executive Chef, Bruno Correa, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau’s culinary offerings are second to none. Whether it is classic Cantonese fine dining at Lai Heen whose chef played a very important role in achieving two-star Michelin restaurant recognition at his previous restaurant; sophisticated high-teas or cocktails with spectacular views over the Cotai skyline at the classic The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge; or the casual and exotic ambience of The Ritz-Carlton Café where guest can indulge in The Ritz-Carlton Jewelry Afternoon Tea; or healthy yet tasty organic fare and traceable seafood at The Ritz-Carlton Pool Bar – all offer an unsurpassed culinary journey sure to inspire the senses. The private and elegant dining rooms are ideal for intimate and celebratory occasions, providing a truly fine dining venue in which to delight in the high culinary art of the hotel.

As is typical of The Ritz-Carltons around the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau goes to every length to ensure it seamlessly blends elements in the hotel with that of its local surroundings. The hotel is adorned in Azulejo tiles, a form of Portuguese or Spanish ceramic tile that has evolved into the Rococo style panels that are synonymous with the heritage décor found in Macau today. During their in-room check in on arrival, guests can immerse themselves in the local culture with Chinese tea and local snacks, all to the backdrop of soothing music. In-room amenities include traditional egg-tarts, almond cookies and chocolates along with a bookmark that details the history of Macau.

The relaxing outdoor pool provides spectacular views over Cotai, whilst, for those seeking privacy, the poolside cabanas provide an intimate retreat. For the ultimate pampering experience, guests can immerse themselves in sensorial bliss at the hotel’s spa, ESPA. Featuring ten lavish treatment rooms and three couples’ suites, which infuse elements of design rooted in traditional Chinese and Portuguese architecture, a therapeutic massage session at the idyllic hotel spa is sure to warm the soul.

For special events such as weddings, with over 900m2 of flexible event space. The Ritz-Carlton, Macau specializes in pairing ideal event venues with impeccable service. When booking a wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, each couple is accompanied by a wedding professional that serves as a single point of contact throughout the entire wedding planning process to make sure the vision of the bride and groom comes to life. The Ritz-Carlton Wedding Atelier will serve as a one-stop source of wedding partners that can help create unforgettable confectionaries and unique giveaways for guests as well as inspiration for decoration and entertainment possibilities.

For more information about the hotel, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/macau

Macau – Asia’s Most Exciting Destination
Both JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau are the ideal base from which to explore all that the city of Macau has to offer. Nature lovers as well as families should visit Seac Pai Van Park, Macau Giant Panda Pavilion and Parque Natural da Taipa Grande among other attractions. Adventure and adrenaline seekers can visit the Macau Tower Convention & Exhibition Centre to take the plunge with a ‘Bungy Jump’ or ‘Sky Jump’ – a walk around the outside of the 338m high tower. Speed demons can put the pedal to the metal go-kart racing in Coloane.

Just 15 minutes away from the hotel, in the center of the city, a rich cultural history with UNESCO World Heritage sites awaits, including the A-Ma Temple, Ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square. By night, Macau’s world-class theater, fast-paced entertainment and diverse social scene give plenty of reasons to keep visitors enthralled until the early hours of the morning.

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 travellers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretence. 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 73 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 hotels in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.  

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

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 89 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Note on forward-looking statements: The growth expectations of the JW Marriott brand and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the Asia Pacific region over the next five years are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions, supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International, Inc. discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could delay or prevent the development of planned hotels. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contact:
Peggy Cheng
Marriott International - Asia Pacific Public Relations
+852 6020 1955 Peggy.cheng@marriott.com                                                                                            

05/20/2015

JW Marriott Washington, DC Unveils Its Luxury Evolution

JW Marriott DC King View Day LRPennsylvania Ave Hotel’s New Sophisticated Guest Rooms Redesigned for Luxury Clientele

Washington, DC- May 20, 2015 – Today, the JW Marriott Washington, DC, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, the flagship of JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International’s luxury brand, unveiled the multi-million dollar redesign of its 750 guest rooms, corridors, and executive lounge. The renovation gives the property an updated and sophisticated look synonymous with the JW Marriott brand design ethos and aesthetic. Download images.  “Our new room design was inspired by guest feedback,” said Mr. Satinder Palta, General Manager, JW Marriott Washington, DC.  “Guests asked for a refined yet, welcoming space for work and relaxation, and we have delivered that and more.  Although we are making changes to our design aesthetic, our landmark location and the exceptional service that our guests have come to expect will not change.”

 “JW Marriott Washington DC holds great significance for the JW Marriott brand and our global portfolio,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Manager, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.   “Originally opened in 1984 as a dedication to our company’s founder from his family, this property has helped pave the way for our brand over the past 30 years.”

In order to keep guests informed of JW Marriott Washington, DC’s luxury evolution, the hotel enlisted its front desk manager, Anthony, to be the renovation liaison.  Anthony will be documenting the hotel’s progress in a series of 30 second digital vignettes such as “Guest Influence” and “Design Inspiration.”  The rest of the vignettes and a time-lapse video  can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.  

Intended to enhance and elevate the guest experience, the new distinguished rooms were inspired by the bespoke nature of a beautifully tailored suit.  Guests will experience a calming color palate of deep chocolate, charcoal and pearl grey with small accents of pink and chrome reminiscent of a stylish pocket square and men’s watch.  Guests will also notice the textures of tweed, leather and herringbone stitching, as well as subtle patterns of Greek keys and paisley often seen on men’s neckties. 

JW Marriott Washington, DC’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and energy conservation is also reflected in the renovation.  The hotel updated all of the guest rooms with energy efficient A/C units and LED light bulbs, reducing guest room energy consumption.  

The guestrooms feature upgraded Wi-Fi, swivel mounted 48” HDTVs and convenient USB ports for guests to plug-in their own mobile devices.  The well-appointed bathrooms, with JW Marriott custom bath amenities from Aromatherapy Associates, feature illuminated mirrors, sliding doors, and spa-like showers with a discrete shave pedestal.  Each of the king bedrooms feature a love seat that transforms into a single bed.   Complementing the contemporary look of the rooms each bed features luxurious JW Marriott signature bed linens.  

JW Marriott Washington, DC also features brand new technology to enhance the guest experience. Apps and technology include:  

-Mobile Check-In & Check-Out (http://mobileapp.marriott.com/), provides Marriott Rewards members an enhanced arrival experience with check-in up to two hours before arrival and automatic notifications when a room is ready.

-Free Wi-Fi (http://www.marriott.com/marriott/high-speed.mi) All Marriott Rewards® members enjoy free in-room Wi-Fi when they book directly on Marriott.com, Marriott’s mobile app, 1-800 MARRIOTT.  

-JW Event Concierge (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMM5NSCj44Y ), meeting service app that allows meeting planners to manage their event without leaving their seat.  Meeting planners can request, respond and connect in real-time with hotel event staff on any mobile device. 

About JW Marriott Washington, DC
One of the country’s premiere luxury meeting destinations, the JW Marriott Washington, DC features over 37,000 square feet of newly renovated luxury  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.   Visit  us online Twitter, Instagram, and  Facebook.

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 74 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

Media Contacts:
Mark Indre / Olivia Didion                                                    Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Washington, DC                                               JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations
+1 202 626 2600 /+1 301 380 2811                                      +1 240 281 8309
Mark.Indre@marriott.com /Olivia.Didion@marriott.com   jessica.Berkin@marriott.com

 

05/19/2015

JW Marriott Continues Rapid Growth With 11th Property in China

JW Marriott Zhejiang Anji Hotel Exterior - nightGlobal Luxury Brand Opens JW Marriott Zhejiang Anji in China’s Yangtze River Delta

Shanghai, China – 19 May, 2015 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its luxury portfolio in China with today’s opening of the 228-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji. Located within the world-class Phoenix International Golf Course and close to Anji’s legendary bamboo forests, the property’s design celebrates its stunning natural surroundings and was designed in partnership with Karen Wang Interiors. Download images.

A scenic resort destination for Shanghai residents seeking respite from the city’s fast pace and summertime heat, Zhejiang is known for its production of some of China’s finest white tea.  Boasting a 1,800-year history of rich culture, Anji is known for its lush bamboo landscape that has inspired poets and artists throughout the ages. Situated at the heart of the Yangtze River Delta, the JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji is located a one hour drive from Hangzhou city center. A short commute from Shanghai, the property is within close proximity to several local attractions, including Anji’s Bamboo Exposition Park and China’s first Hello Kitty theme park. Each year, tens of thousands of travelers visit the Anji Grand National Bamboo Forest, where the Oscar-winning movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was filmed. The renowned forest is one of the region’s most prized and picturesque sites, and is located just 15 minutes from the new JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji.

“We are proud to introduce the 1ss1th JW Marriott property in China. The decision to bring the JW Marriott brand to Anji was simple – we want our guests to experience the unique charm and rich culture of this remarkable area,” said Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International. “For those who like to mix business and leisure, we offer a one-of-a-kind experience, all in close proximity to both Shanghai and Hangzhou. Above all, the new JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji is a destination for relaxation and inspiration.”

JW Marriott Zhejiang Anji guest roomThe property’s 228 guest rooms were designed with neutral tones to celebrate the property’s natural surroundings and encourage ultimate relaxation. Organic accents including carved wood screens, natural materials and soft lighting take direct inspiration from Anji’s stunning landscape, while spacious en-suite bathrooms boast rain-showers and indulgent bath amenities. Accommodations range from the generous 45sqm Deluxe Garden Rooms to a range of luxurious suites.

Guests are invited to explore the hotel’s two distinctive restaurants that pay homage to local, regional and global flavors.  Fine dining restaurant Man Ho of JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji focuses on fresh ingredients and artistic presentation, celebrating the complex flavors of Chinese cuisine. With glittering chandeliers and original artworks from the region, Man Ho features 17 private dining rooms providing guests a more intimate setting for private events.

JJW Marriott Zhejiang Anji - The LoungeW Kitchen offers an all-day dining experience with tranquil mountain views and an outdoor patio. An open kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner menus allows guests to watch JW Marriott’s talented chefs at work, as they create impressive fare from all four corners of the world.  The Lounge is an ideal setting to enjoy a light bite, cocktail, or a steaming cup of Anji’s famous white tea.

From weddings and social events to meetings large and small, JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji boasts ample space to accommodate events of any kind. The 573sqm Grand Ballroom seats 380 guests banquet style with removable partition walls to transform the space into smaller venues. In addition, five meeting rooms, each accommodating up to 80 guests, offer flexible seating plans and comprehensive business facilities.

A fully-equipped Health Club offers a range of state-of-the-art fitness equipment by Life Fitness. Rounding off the hotel’s wellness facilities and linked via smart dressing rooms equipped with rain-showers and complementary bath amenities, is a 1.4-meter heated indoor swimming pool and  jacuzzi.

“A sanctuary close to two of Yangtze River Delta’s most dynamic hubs, JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji strikes a perfect balance between opulence and intimacy. Whether guests are traveling for business or leisure – or a little of both – we look forward to bringing the enchanted culture of Anji to their stay,” said Leon Zhao, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Zhejiang Anji.

For more information or reservations, please contact +86 572 5618888, or visit us at jwmarriottanji.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 travellers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretence. 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 73 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 hotels in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

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

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com 

05/04/2015

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Announces New Culinary, Culture & Well-Being Experiences

JW Marriott VeniceLuxury Hospitality Brand Brings Michelin-Star Dining, Commissioned Artworks and Restorative Spa Experience to Venice

Venice, Friday 1, May 2015 –JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the distinctive sophisticated brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) announced today a host of exciting developments for its new JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa property. The additions to the private island resort’s already coveted culinary, culture and well-being programs afford guests an even more enriching and restorative experience set away from the bustle of central Venice.

Michelin starred Italian fine dining
Two-star Michelin chef, Giancarlo Perbellini will manage the Dopolavoro Dining Room, an Italian fine dining restaurant with its own private dock.   The team of nine cooks personally handpicked and trained by Perbellini and coordinated by Federico Bellucco, will source only the freshest local produce and a wide selection of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from the island’s expansive gardens.

Perbellini is known for his renowned Casa Perbellini restaurant in Verona and as an artisan cook who lives by the motto of ‘taste has no finish lines’, he is celebrated for his sense of aesthetics and his gift for refined combinations. 

Perbellini’s signature dishes at the Dopolavoro Dining Room will include: 

  • Millefoglie di polenta e baccalà in insalata        
    A tribute to two of Venice’s most celebrated ingredients - polenta and salted codfish - presenting a modern twist to a classic dish.
                                              
  • Pasta e fagioli dell’ Adriatico               
    A traditional dish of pasta and beans with colours and flavours of the Adriatic Sea, including julienned calamari. 
     
  • Guanciale di vitello brasato su puré di patate e porri fritti        
    One of Perbellini’s classic dishes presents a refined combination of braised veal cheek with pureed potatoes and fried leeks 
     
  • Millefoglie di Casa Perbellini
    Perbellini’s extraordinary version of Mille-Feuille has been labelled ‘legendary’ and ‘the dish that made him famous. His take on ‘a thousand layers’ replaces traditional whipped cream with light and fresh Italian soft cheese.  

Exclusive artwork, sculptures and paintings
In celebration of the 56th Venice Biennale, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa has partnered with non-profit Italian art collective, the Mazzoleni Foundation, to launch a dynamic pop-up art exhibition in the resort’s elegant La Certosa room from 2 May – 19 October 2015. With views over the secluded gardens of the island, artworks by world-renowned contemporary artists including Salvador Dalì and Andy Warhol will be showcased together with carefully selected Italian artists.  Alongside this exhibition, the first international sculpture exhibition, Sculptures in the Park will be spread across the resort’s beautiful grounds displaying extraordinary sculptures made from a variety of materials from bronze and resin to marble and wood creating an eclectic and textured  journey for the viewer.

Furthermore, those staying at the exclusive La Villa Rose, can appreciate specially commissioned paintings from acclaimed artist, Alan Rankle.   Alan is famed for his awe-inspiring series of landscape paintings based on photo-montages that celebrate the art and architecture of the location.  The seven commissioned paintings showcase the unique Venetian landscape and art of the city. 

The largest spa in Venice 
Opening on 5 May, 2015, GOCO Spa at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will become the largest spa in Venice. Spanning over 1,700 square metres (18,500 square feet) the spa will provide a calming and private retreat enhanced by its stunning setting with views over the lagoon.

Reflecting its location at the heart of Europe’s most iconic city, the overall spa experience draws on European spa traditions with a strong focus on restorative and rejuvenating treatments. The main spa building has been carefully renovated to maintain its original high ceilings and wooden pitched roof while delivering JW Marriott’s signature modern and clean approach, sourcing natural materials and cues from the local area. Six of the eight treatment rooms feature outdoor decks and in the summer, guests can opt for treatments in one of three outdoor cabanas, or by the pool. Guests may also choose to arrive by boat and enjoy treatments in a waterside spa suite.

The extensive treatment menu has been designed to offer world-class restorative services including classic spa rituals, natural treatments, advanced medi-spa beauty treatments and bespoke mind and body programmes. The GOCO Spa has partnered with two highly regarded product companies. Amala is a luxurious, organic skin care collection for eco-luxe body and facial treatments while !QMS MediCosmetics is a pioneering high-performance range designed to improve the skin’s appearance and well-being – delivering both short term and long-lasting benefits.  Treatments start from €89 (100$USD).

JW Marriott Venice & Resort is a destination in itself, with 250 rooms designed in collaboration with award-winning Italian architects, Matteo Thun & Partners.  Prices start from €395 per room including breakfast. For more information, visit jwmarriottvenice.com.

All JW Marriott hotels and resorts participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 4,000 hotels in over 70 countries.

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 74 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

 

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

NOTE: The statements about the future addition of hotels to JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contacts:
Hannah Cadwallader                                                                                                                                     Europe Public Relations  
+44 (0)20 7012 7359                                                                                                               
Hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com    

Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations        
+1 (240) 281 8309
Jessica.berkin@marriott.com           

04/13/2015

Mumbai Welcomes Its Second JW Marriott Property

JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai SaharJW Marriott Mumbai Sahar Opens Its Doors

Mumbai, India – April 13, 2015JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to grow its India presence with the opening of its second hotel in Mumbai– JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar. The brand new property promises a sophisticated retreat within the energetic city of Mumbai. Ideally located just one kilometre from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai, the hotel is an ideal destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Download images.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Arne M. SorensonPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, said “India is an important part of Marriott International's global growth strategy.  India is a great, growing economy and as that economy grows, its need for hotel rooms grows too. JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar will be a premier luxury business hotel in India, setting a benchmark for service excellence.”

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar guestroomSpanning more than 15 acres, the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar is set to deliver an unparalleled experience, from its stunning design and signature service to a compelling restaurant scene celebrating local Indian cuisine. The hotel’s stylish lobby features open spaces and natural light anchored by a striking crystal chandelier descending down into an oversized marble bowl.

The luxury five-star property features 585 intimate rooms, which include 163 deluxe pool view rooms, 23 deluxe suites, 23 executive balcony rooms and one presidential suite. The property also boasts some of the most spacious guest rooms in its immediate vicinity.

Guests are invited to explore distinct dining options on property. The chic and contemporary JW Café isan all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant with an alfresco seating area while Romano’s offers authentic, home-style Italian fare. The Romano’s bar also offers decadent cocktails and mocktails as well as a premiere selection of revered Italian wines. Located at the heart of the property is the JW Lounge, which serves as a cafe by day and a stylish lounge by night. The JW Baking Company offers indulgent pastries, coffee and deli favorites. .

To accommodate large-format events and social gatherings, the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar boasts a pillarless 10,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, indoor and outdoor convention spaces, and 11 well-appointed meeting rooms with state-of-the-art conferencing and business facilities.  The property’s spacious JW Lawns and Dining Theatre are ideal venues to accommodate picturesque weddings and social gatherings.

The hotel houses JW Marriott’s new branded spa concept Spa by JW.  The Mumbai Sahar location is the first Spa by JW in Asia Pacific and the second worldwide. The spa promises to impart an environment of harmony and wellness, offering bespoke treatments and a range of classic spa rituals. All treatments are tailor-made to guests’ exact needs and are focused on four distinct benefit states - Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew.

Spa by JW features seven treatment rooms including one couples treatment room and one ayurvedic treatment room that offers ancient beauty rituals using fresh and natural ingredients. Other facilities include a private couples jacuzzi, a dressing and make-up room, two steam and sauna rooms and two separate jacuzzis for men and women. Spa by JW hopes to be a one-stop shop for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, whether travelers are on a tight schedule or have time to spare.

Additional facilities include, The JW Fitness Centre open 24-hours a daywith the state-of-the-art equipment, catering to the needs of the fitness conscious. Poolside cabanas also make a perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun. 

With the debut of JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, the JW Marriott brand now has seven hotels in India.  Other locations include Bangalore, Chandigarh, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Mussoorie.

About JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar opens doors to effortless elegance and sophistication. Located 1 km away from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai; making it an ideal destination for business and stay. With 585 intimate rooms, the property offers authentic cuisines crafted with passion, care and local flavours. With over 56,000 sq.ft. of indoor and outdoor convention space, the property offers 11 well-appointed meeting rooms with state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. The holistic Spa by JW offers a host of therapies to help you relax. At crafted perfectly so you are always left with the experience and luxury you truly desire. Visit us online, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bomsa-jw-marriott-mumbai-sahar/, @jwsahar and www.facebook.com/JWSahar  

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 71 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

Media Contact:
Peggy Cheng
Marriott Asia Pacifc Public Relations
+852 2192 6146
peggy.cheng@marriott.com

04/08/2015

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Adds New Jewel to Turkish Crown

JW Marriott Bodrum guestroomGlobal Hospitality Brand Debuts Announces Debut of Stunning Seaside Resort JW Marriott Bodrum

April 8, 2015 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the distinctive sophisticated brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR), will welcome its second JW Marriott Hotel in Turkey on 15 May 2015. The 107-room property is located in the picturesque Yalikavak town on the Bodrum Peninsula with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, combining the alluring charm of the Turkish coast with JW Marriott’s contemporary design and intuitive service.

JW Marriott Bodrum Infinity poolWith a sleek design that is simple yet considered, the hotel will offer visitors 107 tranquil and spacious guest rooms to choose from – including luxury suites and seven villas – overlooking the teal blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Family suites and two bedroom suites are ideal for groups or those travelling with children, whilst many of the villas offer a private pool for the ultimate retreat. The hotel sits on its own private beach and boasts a dock for guests arriving by boat or taking a day trip sailing.

JW Marriott Bodrum will offer exceptional dining experiences in an array of restaurants and bars, including: the Pool Grill, which offers all day dining but is ideal for breakfast as the gentle waves of the bay and slight breeze serve as nature’s best wake-up call; an a la carte restaurant which will serve signature dishes with an artistic flair as the sun sets, and a coffee lounge perfect for a decadent pastry or traditional Turkish coffee. Additionally, the hotel will present a vibrant beach bar serving indulgent cocktails, plus a lobby bar and chill-out bar. 

JW Marriott Bodrum LobbyIn keeping with JW Marriott’s refined but informal ethos and personal service, JW Marriott Bodrum will offer guests the highest levels of relaxation and indulgence with a 2,000 square metre spa. Working with world renowned spa brands June Jacobs and Thalion, JW Marriott Bodrum’s spa will offer an extensive selection of 24 treatment rooms, a salt room and traditional Turkish baths. June Jacobs marries cutting-edge science with natural products for an efficacious and relaxing result and Thalion are marine cosmetics experts specialising in thalassotherapy. Together the brands will offer a spa experience that JW Marriott Bodrum guests are sure to adore.

Additional hotel facilities will include a kid’s club, two outdoor pools, one which is an infinity pool with views over the bay, and one indoor pool, a 420 square metre ballroom and five meeting rooms. JW Marriott Bodrum will also offer a unique space for al fresco events and weddings overlooking one of the peninsula’s most beautiful bays.

Just as the hotel provides a blend of traditional and contemporary Turkey, the location offers guests proximity to a number of cultural sights and adventure activities including the world-famous Yalikavak Marina, sailing across the Mediterranean, diving sites to explore fantastic reefs and the majestic Bodrum castle, once home to Herodotus, the Greek Historian.  Furthermore, the hotel is conveniently located to the Bodrum Amphitheatre, an incredible structure accredited to the reign of King Mausolus, which offers a postcard-perfect view of Bodrum castle and the harbour.

"The opening of our second property in Turkey marks a time of great growth and development for the JW Marriott brand," said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  "The new JW Marriott Bodrum combines the best of traditional Turkish culture with the contemporary design and signature service our guests have come to expect from JW Marriott properties around the world.”

JW Marriott Ankara was the brand’s first hotel in Turkey. JW Marriott Bodrum is the brand’s seventh property in Europe. Global openings planned include JW Marriott Cabo San Lucas Resort, Mexico (2015) and JW Marriott Vancouver Place Stadium, British Columbia, Canada (2016). Opening rates at JW Marriott Bodrum will start from €399 per night, room only.

For more information, visit www.jwmarriottbodrumhotel.com

All JW Marriott hotels and resorts participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 4,000 hotels in over 70 countries.

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 71 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Media Contacts:
Olivia Donnan     
Europe Public Relations  
+44 (0)20 7012 7199        
olivia.donnan@marriott.com  

Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Brand Global Public Relations
+1 (240) 281 8309
jessica.berkin@marriott.com           

03/25/2015

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Opens Its Dock To Guests

JW Marriott Venice La Villa bedroomLuxury Hospitality Brand Debuts First Property in Italy, on Private Island – Isola delle Rose

March 26, 2015 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the distinctive sophisticated brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR), announces today that its new hotel, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa has soft opened ahead of its grand opening celebration on 24 June 2015.  The 250-room property was designed in collaboration with award-winning Italian architectural firm Matteo Thun & Partners and combines the very best in contemporary hotel design with the heritage and elegance of its premiere location on its own private island, Isola delle Rose (Rose Island). (Download images.)

JW Marriott VeniceThe hotel buildings have been sensitively refurbished by Matteo Thun & Partners to incorporate sustainable, modern and elegant design, bringing the historic buildings and parklands of Isola delle Rose back to life as a world-class urban resort.  A destination in itself, the hotel will offer an unparalleled resort experience with facilities that include an extensive spa, rooftop infinity pool and four restaurants including the fine dining Italian restaurant, Dop0lavoro Dining Room. 

Guests can choose from five distinct accommodation experiences, each offering a unique ambience and view – The Hotel with its 191 guest rooms, most with wide glass walls and private balconies overlooking the extensive cultivated gardens beyond. La Residenza, (opening late April) with its 12 guest rooms designed in a fresh Mediterranean style, featuring parquet flooring in soft earthy tones that lead out to private gardens by the spa and lagoon.  L’Uliveto (opening late April) presents a rural garden setting with its 26 guest rooms and views over the ancient olive groves.  La Maisonette (opening late April) offers 20 split level suites all with private patios and gardens and some with pools overlooking the canal, olive groves and church.  Lastly La Villa Rose, an exclusive private retreat with two bedrooms set in a private garden with a pool.  

"The opening of our first property in Italy marks a time of great growth and development for the JW Marriott brand and this will be celebrated by a spectacular opening event in June," said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  "The new JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa exemplifies the elegance and service that have become synonymous with our brand worldwide, incorporating modern design elements with authentic Venetian offerings to create a truly genuine experience in a culturally rich market."

With over 40 acres (16 hectares) to explore, guests can discover numerous gardens and outdoor areas scattered with landscaped spots for quiet contemplation. Fruit arbours, olive groves and cultivated plots provide fresh ingredients for the property’s diverse food and drink offerings, including a cooking school and wine academy. Restored structures scattered around the island house a range of facilities including a picturesque events space in an original church.

In keeping with JW Marriott’s refined but informal ethos and commitment to personalised service, the 1,750-metre spa, operated by GOCO Hospitality will open by early May and will be the largest in Venice,  offering both bespoke treatments and a range of classic spa rituals from product houses including !QMS Medicosmetics and Amala. It also has an indoor and outdoor aqua-tonic pool, a health club, eight treatment rooms, a hammam and luxury spa suite.

Additional hotel facilities include a kid’s club and dedicated family pool, water sports such as Venetian rowing and sailing and a sensational rooftop pool offering dramatic views across the lagoon to St. Mark’s Square, which can be reached by private boat in just fifteen minutes. 

JW Marriott Venice is the brand’s sixth European property and first resort in Europe. Additional global openings include JW Marriott Bodrum, Turkey (May 2015); JW Marriott Cabo San Lucas Resort, Mexico (fall 2015) and JW Marriott Vancouver Place Stadium, British Columbia, Canada (2016).

Rooms at the JW Marriott Venice will start from €395 per room including breakfast. For more information, visit jwmarriottvenice.com.

All JW Marriott hotels and resorts participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 4,000 hotels in over 70 countries.              

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 70 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Media Contacts:
Hannah Cadwallader
Europe Public Relations             
+44 (0)20 7012 7359                                                                                                                      
Hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com    

Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations        
+1 (240) 281 8309 
Jessica.berkin@marriott.com                  

03/10/2015

Marriott Premieres Its First Original Film – TWO BELLMEN – Worldwide On Multiple Platforms

Two Bellmen Poster StylizedShot Entirely At The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live -- The Film Stars Henry Simmons (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Miles Brown (Baby Boogaloo, Black-ish), William Spencer (Spider-man) and Caine Sinclair (Grimm)

Los Angeles, CA – March 10, 2015 – The JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts brand is rolling out the “black carpet” today  for TWO BELLMEN, the first original short film produced in partnership with the Marriott Content Studio.  The film is being distributed on multiple platforms, including digital – twobellmen.com – in limited theatrical release and in JW Marriott guest rooms. 

Directed by Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera in collaboration with Substance Over Hype (SOH), TWO BELLMEN blends top talent from the hip-hop and B-boy dance world and stars Hollywood stuntmen William Spencer and Caine Sinclair.

TWO BELLMEN combines music, movement, and talent from TV, film, and digital to tell an entertaining story where the brand simply plays a character," said David Beebe, the film’s executive producer and vice president, Creative and Content Marketing at Marriott International. “Marketing as interruption is over, and TWO BELLMEN propels our strategy of providing entertaining and informative content that adds value and helps build a community of people passionate about travel who ultimately drive commerce for Marriott’s global brands, such as JW Marriott.”

TWO BELLMEN follows a competitive relationship between two exceptional bellmen that becomes a “crime fighters” friendship when the pair teams-up to thwart an attempted art heist. The bellmen and the JW Marriott’s legendary guest service emerge as the heroes.

Other standouts in the cast include: Henry Simmons (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); Miles Brown aka Baby Boogaloo (ABC’s Black-ish); Sophina Brown (Shark; Numb3rs; The Good Wife); noted B-boy dancer Josue "Beastmode" Antonio (Southland; STEP UP REVOLUTION; The LXD); (Taryn Southern (The Single Life); and So You Think You Can Dance hip hop legend, Stephen “tWitch” Boss (STEP UP films; So You Think You Can Dance; MAGIC MIKE XXL), as well as other amazing talents from Substance Over Hype. AMP Live, Scarub, and Fingazz all contribute music.  All the talent and other celebrity supporters will walk the black carpet in support of the film and ensuing performance by the Substance Over Hype crew of dancers, acrobats and musicians.  An album of music from and inspired by the film—with several new and unreleased tracks—will drop March 31.

The TWO BELLMEN trailer debuted on YouTube February 10 quickly surpassing one million views and was distributed via multiplatform, all-screens distribution strategy including digital, theatrical, in-room, online, Marriott.com, and the 49 million members of Marriott Rewards. For a look behind the scenes and more information about the film, check out http://twobellmen.com.

Since its launch in September 2014, Marriott’s Global Content Studio has announced a string of talent partnerships to feed its global content pipeline.  A summary of deals includes: 

  • Collaboration with producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions/SLAM (Ghost Whisperer; Profiler; D.O.A.) to develop a branded digital project.
  • The Navigator Live, a Renaissance Hotels TV series currently distributed on AXS TV, produced in partnership with AEG. 
  • Content and distribution collaboration, Gone (https://medium.com/gone), with Medium, the publishing platform launched by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone.
  • A partnership with Snapchat-focused agency Naritiv debuting Marriott as the first major hotel company on Snapchat. Contributors include Shaun McBride (@Shonduras); Brittany Furlan (@brittanyjfurlan); Casey Neistat (@caseyneistat), and Louis Cole (@funforlouis).
  • Category-exclusive development deals with YouTube stars and content creators, including Louis Cole (@funforlouis), Taryn Southern, Sonia Gil, Vagabrothers; Jack Harries (jacksgap); and What’s Trending with Damon Berger and Shira Lazar.

In recognition of Marriott’s innovative and game changing marketing, MIP TV has awarded the company its prestigious 2015 Brand of the Year. The MIP TV award is world renowned for recognizing the best in video marketing and branded entertainment and how original content has become a high-impact strategy to connect with consumers and create new partnerships in the entertainment industry. In addition to receiving the award in Cannes, France, Karin Timpone, global marketing office for Marriott International along with Beebe are keynote speakers at the conference and will share insights from several Marriott Content Studio projects.

TWO BELLMEN Links and Social Media

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Social Links Facebook   •    Twitter    •    Instagram   •    YouTube

About Substance Over Hype
Substance Over Hype® (SOH) is a “movement” that aims to inspire, combining movement and music to tell stories, create unrivaled media, and perform live. SOH content centers on the popular themes of dance, parkour, extreme sports, martial arts, and music. SOH productions contain the world’s top names from each movement category—referred to as “Kings & Queens”—who collectively boast over 20 million hits on their current YouTube™ videos.

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

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 69 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

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

Contacts: 
John Wolf – Marriott International   
john.wolf@marriott.com 
Office: 301-380-5718 
Mobile: 202-437-6975

Henry Eshelman – PMG
heshelman@platformgrp.com
Office: 323-337-9042
Mobile: 818-687-3664                             

02/13/2015

Lone Star Luxury: JW Marriott Austin Opens its Doors

JW Marriott AustinJW Marriott’s First Austin Hotel Honors U.S. Armed Forces with First Check-In

AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 13, 2015– JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts opened its first property in Austin today, approximately two and a half years after the hotel first broke ground. The 34-story JW Marriott Austin is not only the largest hotel in Austin, but also the largest JW Marriott in North America and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world. The JW Marriott Austin employs approximately 800 associates, has achieved a LEED Silver certification and a two-star Austin Energy Green Building rating.

JW Marriott Austin photo credit Chris Bergin“Not only will this hotel change the meeting and convention landscape in Austin, but it will also serve as a huge addition to the city’s hospitality and dining scene,” said Scott Blalock, general manager of the JW Marriott Austin. “We are thrilled to bring the JW Marriott brand to Austin and to open our highly anticipated hotel and restaurants to visitors and Austinites alike.”

[photo credit: Chris Bergin]

The first guest to check in will be Major Walter Engle, who is based at Fort Hood. He has served in the Army for more than 18 years and been deployed eight times. The JW Marriott Austin donated a weekend stay at the hotel for his family, including his wife and three children, in appreciation for his service to the United States.

“Austin is a natural fit for the JW Marriott brand. As one of America's fastest-growing cities, Austin is home to a thriving culinary, music, and arts scene, completely aligned with our guests’ passions,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. "We are honored to host Major Walter Engle and his family as our first guests and look forward to offering them an unforgettable experience—right in the heart of this vibrant city."   

The hotel will boast a spectacular fifth-floor pool deck and bar, some of the largest guest rooms in the city with stellar views, a full-service Starbucks and more. A highly anticipated player in Austin’s burgeoning culinary scene, the hotel will also feature three restaurants— Osteria Pronto, Corner and Burger Bar.

Osteria Pronto is a regional Italian restaurant that is driven by a thoughtful approach to cooking from scratch and a sincere commitment to fresh, local ingredients. Osteria Pronto’s menu is designed to offer a twist on classic Italian dishes with simple, distinctive flavors such as burrata campagna, paglia e fieno and bistecca fiorentina. Corner is a lively dining destination that will feature Texas-inspired cuisine using fresh local ingredients and uniquely crafted Tequila cocktails. The menu features a selection of grilled meats and fish, a variety of local craft beers on tap, as well as several Texas wines and spirits.

For those seeking a quick indulgent bite, JW Marriott Austin’s Burger Bar on Congress, has a walk-up food truck-style window on Congress Ave. Burger Bar serves freshly ground flat-top burgers, french fries and shakes at lunchtime and the early evening.

The JW Marriott Austin has a distinct local feel. Key interior design elements were incorporated to celebrate the spirit of Austin and the state of Texas. Unique design features include large columns throughout the hotel and lobby built from Texas limestone; a topographical map of Austin illustrated in the lobby ceiling and floor; illuminated artwork behind the check-in area that resembles a magnified cactus graphic; and a large outline of the state of Texas etched into the bottom of the fifth-floor pool.  

The JW Marriott Austin is designed to host large conventions and meetings, with more than 112,000 square feet of event space, 42 meeting rooms and 1,012 guest rooms. More than 520,000 room nights have already been contracted through 2021, with the first guests arriving the day the hotel opens. Several large meetings and conventions have already chosen to host their events at the JW Marriott Austin. Some of the first groups include South by Southwest Festival, 4C Environmental Conference and Abila, among others.

“The new JW Marriott Austin has already enabled us to make advances in both the size and quality of groups that we are now able to attract with the additional inventory and 1,012-room convention-style hotel,” said Bob Lander, president and CEO of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. “While visitor attendance at marquee events and festivals definitely help our entire community, meetings and conventions travel remains the strongest economic backbone for our industry in terms of generating positive economic impact to the city.”

The hotel is located on the square block bounded by Second and Third Streets and Brazos Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin and is within walking distance to major attractions, including the Austin Convention Center, the Texas State Capitol, the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Lady Bird Lake, and more. The hotel includes 1,012 guest rooms, three presidential suites, three hospitality suites and 24 executive suites. All guest rooms and suites will feature 48” HD LED Smart TVs, high-speed Internet access and Texas-inspired décor. Guests will also be able to access 24-hour room service, a state-of-the-art fitness center and the 24-hour full-service business center, among other amenities.

About JW Marriott Austin
Construction on the JW Marriott began in August 2012. The hotel is designed to host large conventions and meetings, with more than 112,000 square feet of event space, 42 meeting rooms and 1,012 guest rooms. The hotel will also achieve a LEED Silver certification and two-star Austin Energy Green Building rating. The 34-story hotel is the largest hotel in Austin, the largest JW Marriott in the United States and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world.  JWMarriottAustin.com, @JWMarriottATX and facebook.com/jwmarriottaustin

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 70 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  

Media Contacts:
Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations
240-281-8309
Jessica.Berkin@marriott.com 

Lindsay Ketchum or Lia Pette
Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
lketchum@echristianpr.com or lpette@echristianpr.com
512-472-9599