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04/15/2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.JWMChristiesEvents.com.

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

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

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

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

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03/06/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Connet with jessica.berkin@marriott.com

 

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

Media Contacts:
Jessica Berkin
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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10/10/2013

New Survey Finds Americans Feel They Need Help With Romance; Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Responds With “Cupid On Call”

BeachNew Program Designed to Help Guests Say “I Love You” ...or Maybe “I’m Sorry”

NEW YORK, NY - According to a new survey of more than 850 Americans conducted by Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts (www.paradisebymarriott.com), a majority feel that, when it comes to love, they are more romantic than their partners but could still use a little help to spark passion in their relationship.

The survey also found an overwhelming 92 percent of respondents agreeing that traveling as a couple provides sparks in the relationship, however 51 percent felt they don’t plan amorous getaways often enough. More than 57 percent of respondents also lamented that, when it came to remembering anniversaries and special occasions, their partner was more likely to be the forgetful one.

As a remedy, the collection of eight luxurious resorts in seven destinations across the Caribbean and Mexico has developed “Cupid on Call”, a new “emergency romance program” designed to help even those most romantically challenged spice up – or repair – their relationships. The program features a menu of love-inspiring amenities available for purchase and delivery, including flowers, dinner on the beach, chocolate and champagne upon arrival, and couples-themed spa treatments, as well as complimentary offerings such as suggestions for the most romantic locations around the resort and destination. Add-on offerings at individual resorts may include a selection of romantic greeting cards, choice of love poems and love-inspired music to help set the mood.

According to Michelle Bozoki, director of marketing and eCommerce for Marriott and Caribbean and Latin America Resorts, the “Cupid on Call” program is the antidote for those time-starved romantics who are trying to find ways to reconnect.

“In today’s hectic, stress-filled world, couples are bombarded with so many distractions that they don’t always find the time to be romantic. So we’ve created the ‘Cupid on Call’ program to help even the most affection-starved couples feel like they are in a romance novel,” said Bozoki. “Essentially we are giving even the least romantic and most forgetful partner the chance to make up for it while they are staying with us. Whether they need to say ‘I love you’ or even ‘I’m sorry’ we’re here to help.”

Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts’ “Cupid on Call” amenities are available now and will run throughout 2014. Guests wishing to take advantage of this program can alert hotel staff upon arrival or check within the resort activities guide or the concierge desk for all available offerings.

According to Bozoki, the survey was originally designed to be a fun way to glean information on traveler preferences but became an eye opener on how romantic the respondents perceived their partners -- and themselves -- to be.

“It was interesting for us to see how many people felt they needed some assistance in planning for their romantic holiday together,” said Bozoki. “It was also intriguing to see how they perceived their partner’s attitude on romance. It became obvious that a little help would be appreciated.”
 
Among the survey’s findings:
• 43 percent of travelers expressed interest in utilizing the help of a third party to plan romantic activities and gestures on vacation.
• 50 percent agreed an ideal romantic date on vacation is taking in a beautiful sunset together on the beach.
• 57 percent of respondents believed they were more romantic than their partner.
• 48 percent said they were more likely to plan a romantic escape than their partner.
• 50 percent said taking in the sunset by the beach is an ideal romantic date on vacation.
• 43 percent reported flowers are the best way to say “I’m sorry”.
•  “The Notebook” was voted most all-time romantic movie, closely followed by “Sleepless in Seattle” and the classic, “Casablanca”.
• Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” was deemed most romantic song, followed by “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” at 24 percent.
• 43 percent voted Prince William and Kate Middleton as the ideal celebrity couple to double date with, out ranking power houses Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Collection includes:
• Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
• CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
• CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
• Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
• Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
• JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
• St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

To learn more about the “Cupid on Call” program, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/cupid-on-call.

To book a vacation at any of the eight resorts, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com.

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

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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

Media Contacts:
Carlyn Topkin /Terry Gallagher
Lou Hammond & Associates
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07/18/2013

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Reinvents Turndown with New Nightly Refresh Program

WineComplimentary Luxury Amenities Help Guests Revitalize While Traveling.

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the debut of its Nightly Refresh Program, a curated nightly turndown service offering a rotation of complimentary amenities developed to help guests relax and rejuvenate while on the road. From a nutritious, sleep-promoting organic bar to an invigorating blend of essential oils, the Nightly Refresh Program will be available at participating JW Marriott properties worldwide this summer.

JW Marriott turndownCreated in collaboration with JW Marriott’s brand partners, the new program raises the bar on traditional turndown – giving tired travelers more than a mint on their pillow. Whether on the road for business or pleasure, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in an evening treat packed with healthy, all-natural ingredients to enhance the travel experience. 

“Our new Nightly Refresh Program reflects our continued dedication to offering guests unexpected luxuries that enhance their overall travel experiences," said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president & global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Each amenity is unique and inspired by our guests’ passion and commitment to well-being, allowing our brand partners to play a vital role in reinventing the traditional turndown.”

Accompanied by informative cards providing expert knowledge and background on each item, the Nightly Refresh Program amenities include:

Dream BarThe Dream Bar – Developed exclusively for JW Marriott in partnership with nutritionist and author Keri Glassman, this nighttime delight combines powerful ingredients that help stimulate recovery during sleep. Natural organic oats help release serotonin, allowing guests to relax before bed, while the addition of blueberries offers a dose of boosting antioxidants to fight off inflammation and replenish skin. Combined with chia seeds, crunchy almonds and coconut, The Dream Bar includes delicious flavors all while adding healthy fats, vitamin B6 and fiber to this nourishing nosh.

AA Revive OilRevive Oil – As one of JW Marriott’s partners, Aromatherapy Associates created Revive Oil, a detoxifying, uplifting and exotic blend of essential oils to help revitalize and restore nature balance in the body. An invigorating blend of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry, this essential oil has no additives and can be used by guests in the bath or shower after a little over-indulging, a long flight, or when they simply need to feel refreshed and recharged.

Wine Down – As part of a partnership with Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine company with a leading international portfolio of brands such as Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, Penfolds, Stags’ Leap and more, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will offer wine samples as part of its new Nightly Refresh Program. JW Marriott guests are passionate about wine, making this luxury service a convenient way for them to expand their understanding of wine culture.

Astor Chocolates – A preferred Marriott International partner for more than 25 years, Astor Chocolate offers an extensive product line of sweet, luxury morsels. In collaboration with JW Marriott, Astor has created “The JW Marriott Collection,” offering a wide array of lavish little pleasures for guests to enjoy after a long day of traveling.

This new program, dedicated to the JW Marriott guests’ passions for culture, culinary and well-being, brings a curated element to the travel experience and reiterates the brand’s commitment to approachable luxury through intuitive service.

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 60 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Kumins
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations
301-380-7487
Jessica.Kumins@marriott.com

Chloe Mata Crane                                    
Baltz & Company 
212-982-8300
cmcrane@baltzco.com
     

07/17/2013

JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance®, Marriott Resorts® and Gaylord Hotels® Celebrate Endless Summer

Package Includes Room Upgrade & Up to $100 Nightly Credit For Those Who Book by Sept. 25 and Stay July 28 – Oct. 31

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & SpaJW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott  Resorts and Gaylord Hotels are turning up the heat on savings with the Endless Summer package. Valid through Sept. 25, travelers can choose from participating resorts throughout the country and receive a room upgrade and up to $100 resort credit per night for stays from July 28 – Oct. 31, 2013.

The resort credit can be applied to a variety of amenities including dining, spa services, golf tee times and on-property retail stores. The Endless Summer package is available at the following participating properties throughout the U.S.:

Florida:
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes• Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
• Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
• Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina
• JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes®
• Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
• Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
• Orlando World Center Marriott 
• Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
• The Renaissance Vinoy® Resort & Golf Club
• Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
• Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
• Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
• Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collection

California:
Vail Mountain Marriott Resort• Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
• Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Southwest:
• JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & SpaJW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
• Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Hawaii:
• JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
• Kauai Marriott Resort
• Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
• Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

South:
• Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott
• Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
• The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel
• Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
• JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Northeast:
• Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

For reservations, visit www.EndlessSummerSpecial.com and enter the promotional code ZX0.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Offer valid for stays between July 28 – October 31, 2013 at participating JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance®, Marriott Hotels & Resorts® and Gaylord Hotels®.  Reservation must be made by September 25, 2013.   Minimum stay may be required. Upon checkout the credit will be applied to folio.  Resort credit is not applicable to room rate but can be used on spa, golf, dining and resort shop.  Please check with resort for list of applicable amenities. Room upgrade is based on availability and not guaranteed. Limited number of rooms are available for this promotion. Tax is additional. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Rates are per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservations.

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 60 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

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

Renaissance Hotels is an upscale brand with more than 145 properties in 32 countries that speaks to passionate travelers in search of authentic local discoveries when traveling for business or leisure. Renaissance Hotels has recently welcomed several new "gems" to its global collection – the boutique Renaissance Malmo hotel in Sweden, the historic Stanford Court hotel in San Francisco, the exotic Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino in the Dutch Caribbean, the opulent Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel and the modern Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel.  These hotels join a rich portfolio defined by distinctive and well-known icons such as the La Concha Renaissance San Juan, Renaissance New York Hotel 57 and Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. All Renaissance 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.  To make reservations and for more information visit www.renaissancehotels.com.  Follow Renaissance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RenaissanceHotels, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RenHotels, and via the RLife blog at www.therenaissancelife.com.   

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com

Gaylord Hotels is a collection of hotels and upscale resorts that afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The brand’s hallmark—“everything in one place”—provides guests with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels properties include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Fla. (near Orlando); Gaylord Texan® in Grapevine, Texas (near Dallas); Gaylord National® in National Harbor, Md. (near Washington, D.C.); and The Inn at Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.GaylordHotels.com.