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08/04/2015

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

07/16/2015

The Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel Opens – The First Property Under the Company’s Flagship Marriott Hotels Brand in Hunan Province, South Central China

Zhuzhou-Marriott-Hotel-exteriorJuly 16, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) celebrated the recent opening of its first hotel under its flagship Marriott Hotels in Hunan Province, South-central China. The Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel offers 311 elegantly designed guest rooms, upscale restaurants and superlative wedding and conferencing facilities in the thriving city of Zhuzhou. Download images.

Located adjacent to the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha, Zhuzhou is a port city on the Xiang River and a regional transportation hub. Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel is strategically situated within the bustling commercial area around Midea Times Square at the heart of the Liyu Central Business District inside the city’s high-tech zone. Liyu Valley, a major tourism attraction, is next to the hotel. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Zhuzhou West Railway Station and 40-minute drive from Changsha Huanghua International Airport. 

“As the signature brand of Marriott International, Marriott Hotels is one of the most recognized names in the industry. 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 that elevate style & design and technology.” said Mr. Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer – Greater China of Marriott International.

“We are proud to open the company’s 80th Marriott International hotel across six brands in China and to bring the total number of properties in China under our flagship Marriott Hotels brand to 20. Our goal is to position Marriott International as the world’s favorite travel company in Asia Pacific. We achieve this by focusing on our customers and by continuing to innovate our products and services to meet the needs of Asia-Pacific- bound travelers.” Henry added.

Zhuzhou Marriott  HotelZhuzhou Marriott Hotel offers 311 comfortable and spacious rooms and suites stylishly designed and ranging in size from the 46-square-meter King Room to the 277-square-meter Presidential Suite. Each guest room comes with modern amenities such as all-natural skincare products by the Thai brand THANN, complimentary coffee and tea, wireless Internet and satellite and cable television.

Offering panoramic views of Zhuzhou city from the 24th floor, the Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel Executive Lounge provides a range of exclusive services to Marriott Rewards elite members and Executive Floor guests, including buffet breakfast, afternoon cocktails and all-day complimentary tea and pastries.

Designed by prominent Hong Kong design studio Karen Wang Interior Consultant, the hotel’s interior spaces are a mix of sophisticated contemporary concepts and elements reflecting local culture. Striking sculptures and novel artwork are among the more distinctive features of the property and invite guests to partake in an imaginative journey.

Dining options at Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel include exceptional and wide–ranging restaurant and bar outlets.

The brand’s signature The Lobby provides guests and locals a place to relax, work and gather with a menu featuring cakes and coffee during the day and hors d'oeuvres during the evening. The Lobby is divided into different zones that each have unique ambience and style. Tea House is where to go to unwind with a good book or chat with friends while taking in great tea.

Man Ho restaurant offers traditional Cantonese cuisine with contemporary touches and has a luxurious interior decorated in richly warm colors with 17 private dining rooms.

Guests can watch skilled culinary craftsmen practicing their art in the open kitchens of Zhuzhou Kitchen, the hotel's all-day dining venue that offers a sumptuous international buffet. The restaurant interior is roomy and comfortable, with a design that combines modern style and rustic textures.

Providing a spicy counterpoint to the delicious Chinese flavors at the hotel is MINT, a restaurant serving Thai and Southeast Asian dishes and unique cocktails in a chic setting with semi-open kitchen.

With a magnificent pillar-less Zhuzhou Ballroom whose floor area exceeds 1,000 square meters, Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel will become a top local venue choice for weddings and corporate and private events of all types.

The Zhuzhou Ballroom can be divided into three smaller ballrooms, each 340 square meters in area, and there are also five smaller multi-function rooms that all come with cutting-edge lighting and audiovisual equipment. A 530-square-meter foyer bordering the ballroom and multi-function spaces provides a spacious setting for mingling and conversation before and after events.  

The experienced and professional event planning team at Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel will assist clients with every aspect of event planning, arrangement, and customization to meet their needs.

Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel also has a well-equipped fitness center with sauna that is open 24 hours a day, a business center with computer workstations and high-speed Internet, a spa and an indoor heated swimming pool.

For more information or reservation, please contact Zhuzhou Marriott Hotel directly at +86 731 2365 8888 or visit www.zhuzhoumarriotthotel.com

About Marriott Hotels
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 lobby 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). 

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.  

Media Contacts:
Ivis Tsang                                                                                                       
Marriott Asia Pacifc Public Relations                                    
+852 2192 6146                                                                                 
ivis.tsang@marriott.com 

06/25/2015

Haiti Says “‎Bienvenue” to Marriott Port-au-Prince

Haiti EventLocal Artisans Celebrated During Event

June 25, 2015 - Haiti officially welcomed The Marriott Port-au-Prince during an event that celebrated Haiti, its culture and local artisans whose artwork adds beauty throughout the hotel.  Some of the artisans works will be curated by Donna Karan, fashion designer, and her UrbanZen Foundation, which seeks to help communities preserve their unique cultural and spiritual values through their creativity and craft.  Joining the celebration L to R:  Pierre Richards Casimir, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Stéphanie Villedrouin, Haiti Minister of Tourism; Tim Sheldon, President of Caribbean and Latin America – Marriott International; Evans Paul, Haiti Prime Minister; Donna Karan; Peter Antinoph, General Manager – Marriott Port-au-Prince; Marteen Boute, Chairman - Digicel Haiti and Andrew Houghton, Area Vice President – Caribbean and Latin America – Marriott International.

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com 

06/10/2015

Marriott Hotels Becomes First To Offer Netflix On Guest Room Televisions

Netflix-logoFirst of Its Kind Partnership Launch Gives 62 Million Netflix Members Direct Access to the World’s Leading Internet Television Network

Bethesda, Md., June 10, 2015 – Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., and Netflix announced a groundbreaking partnership to revolutionize the guest room entertainment experience. Guests staying at select Marriott Hotels will be able to subscribe to Netflix or sign into their existing accounts simply by using the Netflix app on the hotel’s internet-connected guest room televisions.

For Marriott guests who increasingly want to view streaming content on the road, the enhanced entertainment option means Netflix members can set aside their mobile devices and watch Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil and a growing library of originals, kids titles, movies and TV shows on wide-screen HDTVs for the first time in hotels.

“Our collaboration with Netflix responds to changing consumer preferences in the way our guests access and watch content, while recognizing the leading role Netflix is playing in driving this transformation,“ said Matthew Carroll, vice president brand management, Marriott Hotels. “Because consumers are choosing to take their streaming content with them when they travel, Marriott Hotels is making the industry’s first rollout of Netflix a priority.”

With this agreement, Marriott Hotels is the first hotel brand authorized to offer guests direct access to their Netflix accounts as part of its guest room entertainment offering. Netflix is currently available at six properties, with six more launching this summer. The brand plans to expand Netflix to 100 of its properties by the end of 2015, and to nearly all of its more than 300 properties in the U.S. by the end of 2016.

Current:

  • New York Marriott East Side
  • San Jose Marriott
  • Princeton Marriott
  • Newport Marriott
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana
  • Bethesda Marriott Suites

Coming Next:

  • Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis
  • Atlanta Marriott Marquis
  • Dayton Marriott
  • San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • Anaheim Marriott

Marriott Hotels designed and adapted its Netflix app for the hotel environment. Guests staying multiple days only have to login to their accounts once throughout their stay. When guests checkout all account information is automatically wiped clean from the televisions.

“Our members tell us they want to watch Netflix anytime, in any place where they have an Internet connection,” said Bill Holmes, global head of business development, Netflix. “Through our partnership with Marriott, they’ll get to watch their favorite movies, TV shows and Netflix originals on big screens just like they do at home.”

According to a report from Accenture, more than half of U.S. consumers watch Internet television. In testing at hotels, the number of guests using any of the Internet apps on the guest room televisions was as high as 26 percent, depending on the property, with a significant majority choosing Netflix. This exceeded expectations.

To celebrate the rollout and the premiere of season three of the hit Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, Marriott Hotels and Netflix are holding a private Super Fan event at the New York Marriott Marquis today with special guests and prizes.

While the introduction of Netflix is currently focused on the Marriott Hotels brand, the service is also available in over two dozen U.S. hotels representing other Marriott International brands. The company will expand Netflix to its other brands in the future.

Marriott Hotels is on a transformational journey to enable its guests to Travel Brilliantly by engaging guests, experts and influencers to join with the brand in co-creating the future state of travel. Guests and travel enthusiasts can visit www.travelbrilliantly.com to experience the countless ways Marriott Hotels continues to meet the needs of today’s travelers, including mobile check-in and checkout and Mobile Requests. Marriott Hotels is also piloting keyless entry with mobile devices at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

About Marriott Hotels:
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 lobby 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.

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with 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 web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com.

About Netflix:
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 62 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Contacts:
John Wolf                                    
Marriott International                   
(301) 380-5718 office                   
(202) 437-6975   mobile             
john.wolf@marriott.com               

Jenna Newmark
Grey Public Relations
(212) 546-1716 office
(646) 369-3377 mobile
JNewmark@Grey.com

05/22/2015

Select Chicago Marriott Hotels Offer a Sizzling Summer Deal

Chicago Summer promoCHICAGO – May 2015 – Explore the Windy City in the heat of summer while enjoying special savings at select Chicago Marriott hotels. Treat the entire family to a summer vacation with room rates of up to 15 percent off. Guests will be able to choose from a variety of participating hotels and discover this vibrant city when it’s at its most scenic.

Take advantage of the Sizzling Summer deal* by August 30, 2015 for a stay anytime from May 1 to September 6, 2015. Participating Chicago Marriott hotels include:

Encounter the many attractions, top-rated restaurants and museums that downtown Chicago has to offer its visitors. Stroll down Navy Pier and overlook a glimmering Lake Michigan or cheer on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, one of the most beloved stadiums in Major League Baseball. After a Chicago River boat tour or shopping excursion down Michigan Avenue, unwind in plush accommodations featuring first-class amenities and unparalleled service.

When making an online reservation, be sure that promotional code HOL appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box, or call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for promotional code HOL.

About Chicago Marriott Hotels
From historic elegance to modern charm, these premier Chicago-area Marriott hotels are unique destinations for both business and leisure travelers alike. Chic amenities and luxurious guest rooms and suites await at JW Marriott Chicago, a landmark hotel in the heart of one of the world's most exciting entertainment neighborhoods. Relax in style at the sophisticated Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel boasting a refreshing indoor pool and soothing spa treatments. Indulge in the convenient location of Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel situated amongst world-class shopping, dining and other attractions. Discover Chicago Marriott O’Hare, located near O'Hare International airport and 15 miles from downtown Chicago. Become immersed in the epitome of style at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, or Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites, both featuring posh accommodations, savory food and beverage offerings. Retreat to Chicago Marriott Oak Brook or Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare and expect superior service and refined luxury. Experience the energy and sophistication of the big city at the Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection. This boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city's River North area, where the excitement never ends. 

For more information, please call 1-800-228-9290 or visit http://www.marriott.com/.

*Deal is non-refundable and must be booked seven days in advance. Valid for stays from Friday through Sunday (open on Thursday with a Friday night stay).

Media Contact:
Julie Mash
Marketing Manager
P: 773-944-1131
julie.mash@marriott.com

05/19/2015

The Marriott Content Studio and Marriott Hotels Premiere Original Short Film “French Kiss” – Produced By Ian Sander And Kim Moses – Worldwide On Multiple Platforms

French Kiss posterLOS ANGELES, May 19, 2015 – Today, the Marriott Content Studio - in partnership with Marriott Hotels, the company’s flagship brand - premieres its second original short film, French Kiss, with a global YouTube launch followed by a gala screening and party at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Los Angeles this evening. The multi-platform, all-screens distribution strategy, includes digital – frenchkissfilm.com – limited theatrical release, Marriott Hotels’ guest rooms, as well as on Marriott.com and to the 50 million Marriott Rewards members.

Starring Tyler Ritter (The McCarthy’s) and Margot Luciarte (French Model and Actress), French Kiss was directed by John Gray (Ghost Whisperer; Profiler; D.O.A.) and produced by Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions/SLAM (Ghost Whisperer; Profiler; D.O.A.).

FK BalloonsThe 23-minute film follows Ethan (Tyler Ritter), an international business traveler on a trip to Paris that is all work, no inspiration. In town to speak at an innovation and technology conference at the Paris Marriott Champs Elysees, Ethan has spent his time in the city of lights preparing for his speech – until his laptop goes missing. Margaux (Margot Luciarte), a beautiful young Parisian woman, wants to pull Ethan out of his work-only mindset and into her brilliant world of wonder and adventure. Through magical realism that can only happen in Paris, Margaux captures Ethan’s imagination with a string of clues, showing him the beauty of the city and its iconic locations through her eyes. The audience follows Ethan on his magical journey of exploration, falling under Margaux’s spell. When the two finally meet in front of the Eiffel Tower, Ethan sees with his own eyes that the choice has always been up to him, and the audience is reminded how travel should inspire and delight.

“On the surface, French Kiss is a story about a business traveler set in Paris,” said David Beebe, vice president, Creative and Content Marketing at Marriott International. “When you delve deeper into the film, you discover the characters are taking you through a brilliant travel story as they navigate through the streets of the city through magical realism that can only happen in Paris. French Kiss was developed to entertain audiences through original storytelling where the brand and hotel play a character - ultimately inspiring viewers to travel. Short films are just one part of our content mix and overall ‘3C’ content marketing strategy of producing engaging content that builds communities that drive commerce.”

FK lightpostSaid Kim Moses, Executive Producer of French Kiss, “Our experience working with Marriott was a creative dream. Working with Marriott Hotels and the Marriott Content Studio, the only parameters that were given to us were to make it to appeal to Millennials, shoot in Paris and subtly tell the story of what it means to travel brilliantly.  We were then given the creative license to thread that needle with global appeal.  Having this support and creative freedom allowed us, along with writer/director John Gray, to produce a pure vision that allows the audience to laugh and be emotionally, romantically and magically touched in a universal way.”

Said Tyler Ritter, “To work on French Kiss was an adventure in and of itself, being set in the beautiful city of Paris.  Playing Ethan Holloway was an incredible learning experience as the character's beliefs are constantly challenged by his surroundings, and I believe his journey to be particularly inspiring.” 

For a behind-the-scenes look and more information about the film, visit: http://frenchkissfilm.marriott.com/.

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

  • The Navigator Live, a Renaissance Hotels TV series currently distributed on AXS TV, produced in partnership with AEG.
  • Marriott Traveler – a new travel and lifestyle publication featuring destination content at Traveler.Marriott.com – that produces valuable destination and travel content that is unexpected, informative, and definitely not found in tourist guides.
  • 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.
  • The TWO BELLMAN short film series in collaboration with Substance Over Hype and directed by Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera for the company’s JW Marriott brand.

In recognition of Marriott's innovative and game changing marketing, MIP TV  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.

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.

Sander/Moses Productions & SLAM 
Producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions/SLAM have inked a deal with MCS to develop a branded digital project together (http://www.sandermoses.com/whoweare).  "In an ever-changing world of content creation and 21st century global interconnection it is really exciting to be teaming up with a premium travel brand like Marriott in the digital content space" said Ian Sander of Sander/Moses Productions/SLAM.  Sander/Moses have an astonishing eleven TV series (including Ghost Whisperer and Profiler) four feature films (including D.O.A.), and dozens of digital projects to their credit.

About Marriott Hotels
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.

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with 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 web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com.                           

Contacts:
John Wolf                                Jenna Newmark
Marriott International               Grey Public Relations
(301) 380-5718 office               (212) 546-1716 office
(202) 437-6975   mobile            (646) 369-3377 mobile
john.wolf@marriott.com           JNewmark@Grey.com                    

05/13/2015

Travelers Can Ask Anything, Anytime, Anywhere with the New, Industry-leading Mobile Request Chat Feature from Marriott Hotels – Now Available on the Marriott Mobile App

Marriott-Mobile-appMarriott Hotels is #AppYourService on May 14, Surprising New Yorkers with Gifts and Services Requested through Twitter

Bethesda, Md., May 13, 2015 – Travelers everywhere will be able to instantly connect with 500 Marriott Hotels worldwide before, during and after their stays using the new Mobile Request option on the Marriott Mobile app.  Specifically designed to enable guests to request services and amenities from their mobile devices, the new app feature is being introduced at 46 hotels today and will be launched globally this summer across the entire portfolio of the Marriott Hotels brand – the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Mobile Request will be available to the 50 million members of Marriott Rewards, the company’s loyalty program. Members who have upcoming reservations will be able to instantly communicate with their hotel in two ways. The industry-leading “Anything Else?” feature offers guests two-way chat functionality to have conversations in real time with the hosts at Marriott Hotels who can fulfill and confirm their requests. It also offers a drop-down menu with most requested services and amenities, such as extra towels and pillows. Introduction of the Mobile Request chat feature represents the broadest global communications rollout of its kind in the hotel industry.

“Some 75 percent of people travel with one or more mobile devices and the percentage is higher for younger travelers,” said Matthew Carroll, vice president, Marriott Hotels. “We know today’s travelers want a mobile experience built around their changing needs and desire to communicate on their terms. Mobile Request is the brand’s next evolution since our introduction of mobile check-in, checkout and room ready alerts worldwide.”

In testing, Mobile Request proved beneficial for guests in transit who needed to request services and amenities before their hotel arrival, such as having a car service meet them at the airport. Guests on the road can simply tap once on the Marriott Mobile app icon and be instantly connected to their hotel, rather than having to find the hotel’s phone number and punch in ten or more digits. For guests who have checked in and might be in a business meeting or in their guest room rushing to get ready for an engagement, Mobile Request gives them immediate access to hotel staff, rather than having to call or visit the front desk. Of the more than 10,000 Mobile Requests made by guests during testing, 80 percent of guests chose the “Anything Else?” two-way chat option.

With Mobile Request, Marriott Rewards members can order services and amenities directly from their mobile devices, beginning up to 72 hours before their stay. Guests can download the free Marriott Mobile app from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and at www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi. Guests can easily enroll in Marriott Rewards at no charge at http://www.marriott.com/rewards/rewards-program.mi.

To celebrate the launch of Mobile Request, Marriott Hotels is literally bringing its app to life with its #AppYourService stunt in New York City tomorrow. Marriott Hotels is building a command center, a branded, open-air pod in Times Square to monitor all social engagement surrounding the stunt. Powered by Tickr with social data from Sysomos, the Marriott Hotels command center will showcase an unmatched, real-time visualization of #AppYourService usage, enabling Marriott to listen and engage with consumers.

Marriott Hotels is on a transformational journey to enable its guests to Travel Brilliantly by engaging guests, experts and influencers to join with the brand in co-creating the future state of travel. Guests and travel enthusiasts can visit www.travelbrilliantly.com to experience the countless ways Marriott Hotels continues to meet the needs of today’s travelers. In addition to mobile check-in, checkout, room ready alerts and Mobile Request, Marriott Hotels is piloting keyless entry with mobile devices at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Offering innovative mobile and digital solutions is central to Marriott International’s commitment to helping its guests maximize all aspects of their travel experience and have ready access to the places, people and things that matter to them most. Mobile Request will be introduced at additional Marriott International brands after the rollout for Marriott Hotels is completed this summer as part of the company’s connected guest mobile/digital strategy to engage travelers before, during and after their stays.

About Marriott Hotels
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, 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.

About Tickr & Sysomos:
Tickr provides a real-time, unified marketing performance platform, empowering organizations with insight into how their brand, products, and services are being perceived and discussed across the web, side-by-side with key performance metrics on advertising marketing, sales and operations. Tickr’s cloud platform unifies enterprise data streams from internal business-critical applications like Marketo, Salesforce.com, and Oracle, as well as external sources from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. Tickr allows CMOs, CFOs, and other executives to easily create custom real-time dashboards to visualize, evaluate and manage the performance of their programs, from individual marketing campaigns to business-wide efforts. Top brands and agencies like Marriott, Lego, Gatorade, Nike and Edelman rely on Tickr to gain a real-time view of marketing performance, across multiple brands, geographies, and products.  To learn more about Tickr, please visit: www.tickr.com

Sysomos provides the world’s most valuable brands immediate context to the hundreds of millions of online conversations happening every day. Marketers rely on the Sysomos social intelligence platform to learn what their customers are saying and to understand the impact on their business. Founded in 2007, Sysomos has offices worldwide, including San Francisco, New York, London and Toronto. Learn more at www.sysomos.com.

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

Contacts:
John Wolf                              Jenna Newmark
Marriott International             Grey Public Relations
(301) 380-5718 office             (212) 546-1716 office
(202) 437-6975   mobile          (646) 369-3377 mobile
john.wolf@marriott.com          JNewmark@Grey.com

04/28/2015

Marriott Hotels Premieres Trailer for the Short Film – French Kiss – Starring Tyler Ritter (video)

French Kiss posterShot in Paris, Film Marks Second Original Film Production from the Marriott Content Studio

Bethesda, Md., April 28, 2015 – In anticipation of its second original short film, the Marriott Content Studio in collaboration with the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand today released the trailer for French Kiss. The mystical romance shot in Paris and the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees will have its worldwide premiere on May 19. French Kiss, starring Tyler Ritter (The McCarthys), reminds us that travel should inspire and delight, and that anything is possible if you just believe. 

In its mission to engage viewers with content that entertains and informs them, the Marriott Content Studio joined in a creative collaboration with noted producers and storytellers Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses & SLAM for this project – the team behind popular television series such as “Ghost Whisperer” and “Profiler”, and four feature films, including “D.O.A”. Download images.

French Kiss follows a seemingly magical romance that could only happen in Paris. Ethan (Tyler Ritter) is a young American obsessed with work visiting the French capital to speak at an innovation conference at the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs Élysées. Admired from afar by the gorgeous but mischievous Margaux (French model and actress Margot Luciarte), Ethan is tricked into following her string of clues throughout the city – forcing him to explore, imagine and literally see the magic of Paris through her eyes. All the while, he wonders if his guide is real, or a mystical muse with magical powers that give him a glimpse of a life that seems like a dream. In the end, he finds out.

David Beebe, Vice President, Creative and Content Marketing at Marriott International explains, “Through short films like French Kiss, Marriott is able to capture the attention of consumers in a visually dynamic and compelling way. Storytelling, such as in French Kiss, makes for a deeper, more genuine engagement to further our ‘3C’ strategy of producing content that builds worldwide communities of people passionate about travel that drives commerce to our hotels.”

The film premieres on Marriott’s YouTube channel on May 19th. It features a multi-platform, all-screens distribution strategy including digital, theater, in-room, online, Marriott.com, and the company’s 47 million Marriott Rewards members, and at an event at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Los Angeles, California that evening. For more information, visit www.frenchkissfilm.com.

French Kiss follows the Marriott’s Content Studio’s first original short film, TWO BELLMEN, which premiered on March 10 (www.twobellmen.com) and has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube. TWO BELLMEN features some of the biggest stars from the hip hop and B-boy dance world and Hollywood stuntmen in a comedic, genre-bending mix of parkour, martial arts, dance and music action in partnership with JW Marriott Hotels brand.

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.

Sander/Moses Productions & SLAM 
Producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions/SLAM have inked a deal with MCS to develop a branded digital project together (http://www.sandermoses.com/whoweare).  "In an ever-changing world of content creation and 21st century global interconnection it is really exciting to be teaming up with a premium travel brand like Marriott in the digital content space" said Ian Sander of Sander/Moses Productions/SLAM.  Sander/Moses have an astonishing eleven TV series (including Ghost Whisperer and Profiler) four feature films (including D.O.A.), and dozens of digital projects to their credit. 

About Marriott Hotels
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.

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with 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 web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com

Contacts: 
John Wolf                            Jenna Newmark         
Marriott International, Inc.   Grey Public Relations
john.wolf@marriott.com       Jenna.Newmark@grey.com 
301-380-5718                       212-546-1716

04/17/2015

Marriott Hotels Celebrates Newest Hotel Opening in Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana Marriott at nightThe Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown opens its doors and invites guests to Travel Brilliantly, Guyanese style.

Georgetown, Guyana – April 17, 2015: Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrates the grand opening of Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown, the first Marriott International property for the country. Surrounded by the high-tech features and iconic glamour of the all-new Marriott Hotel, the 500 VIP guests, enjoyed the live music of the National Steel Orchestra, sipped on the Guyana Marriott Signature cocktail and dined from a specially curated menu by our executive chef of international and local Guyanese delights. Download images.

Guyana Marriott King GuestroomThe night of celebration offered the perfect opportunity to showcase the iconic brand’s belief that travel should be brilliant to attract the next generation of travelers. In attendance was the President of The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Donald Ramotar along with Guyanese celebrities, local influencers and Marriott executives.

Guyana Marriott Ribbon Cutting Ceremony April 16th"This is a very exciting time for Marriott across Latin America – we plan to reach 150 hotels open and under development in the Caribbean and Latin America by end of 2017 and are thrilled to now be expanding into Guyana with our new partners,” said Rahul Vir,Area Vice President of South America at Marriott International. "With this project, not only are we bringing more hotel rooms to the Guyanese market, but also elevating the standards of hospitality in Georgetown which is experiencing a large growth in tourism." 

 “We are confident that this beautiful hotel will be highly successful and open doors of opportunity for the local Guyanese workforce,” said Roberto Grisi, General Manager at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown. This hotel has over 200 wonderful Guyanese associates who have been through over 300 hours of Marriott’s world-class training to prepare them to receive our valued guests with open arms.”

TECHNOLOGY
The Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown debuts technology throughout the property starting with offering the fastest wireless internet available on the market making easier for travelers to stay connected through email, social media and video streaming. Recognizing that guests are dependent on their mobile devices, the hotel will offer the company’s innovative mobile check-in service for a seamless arrival process for guests. The property will also feature Red Coat Direct, a first-of-its-kind app that lets meeting planners input and adjust meeting requests with a swipe of a screen. Business travelers will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary for hotel guests only. Built for the athletic guest in mind, the fitness facility features the latest equipment and tech for cardio, strength and core training.

INNOVATIVE & BOLD DESIGN
The 197-room Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown creates a striking new visual in the city both inside and out and is equipped to enable guests to Travel Brilliantly. Located in the heart of Georgetown where the Demerara River meets the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel features the brand’s signature interactive Greatroom concept.

The Greatroom lobby provides a destination where guests and locals can gather, by themselves or with friends or colleagues, to relax, socialize and work.  With free Wi-Fi and USB ports and outlets throughout the lobby, hotel guests and locals can work on their laptops and relax with their own tablets. 

The hotel’s custom designed guestrooms feature a soothing neutral palate, Wi-Fi, luxury bedding, LCD TV’S, alarm clocks with iPhone 5 and iPad docking station, and Marriott Hotels’ signature bath amenities by THANN, a natural Thai skincare line. 

For the local and visiting foodies, the property features the long awaited Terra Mare restaurant that boasts a complete culinary experience from land and sea with a full wine list that pairs beautifully with the featured dishes. The hotel also has an outdoor modern pool deck with a sleek bar & grill, and more than 8,900 square feet of meeting space, including a beautiful, modern grand ballroom.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contact:
Laura Botelho                                                   
+1 (954) 684-5321                                            
Laura.botelho@marriott.com      

03/27/2015

England Rugby Strikes Star Wars Alliance for Marriott London Sevens (video)


ENGLAND RUGBY STRIKES STAR WARS ALLIANCE FOR MARRIOTT LONDON SEVENS24th March 2015:
  England Rugby and Disney UK have joined forces to create a national advertising campaign to promote this year’s galactic-themed Marriott London Sevens taking place at Twickenham on the 16th and 17th May.

The campaign includes a television ad featuring Star Wars characters facing up to the England Sevens team, print and social media, digital and PR to promote the galactic themed weekend of exciting sevens rugby.

 

The campaign launches on the 24th March with a 30-second spot which will air for seven weeks across a number of TV channels including Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior as well as Sky Sports, Dave and Channel 4 for VOD.  

Darth Vader’s appearance at Twickenham Stadium has been captured in the TV ad which airs from today and can also be viewed on YouTube. Catching several people off guard including a startled C-3PO, Darth Vader stood face-to-face with the England Rugby team who were unmoved by the notorious villains. A showdown between the forces of light and dark saw neither give an inch, ensuring the real action will be seen between the international teams on the pitch in May.

Sophie Goldschmidt, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer said:  “We’re very excited to be working with such a well-known and respected brand as Disney on this year’s Marriott London Sevens, especially as this is a first for a UK Sports’ Governing Body. The theme for 2015 is ‘galactic’ and the famous faces from Star Wars will really help bring this to life in and around Twickenham Stadium and help us engage with a new audience. To be working with such a globally recognized entity as Star Wars reflects both the growing profile of sevens and the popularity of the event.”

Anna Hill, Chief Marketing Officer, Disney UK & Ireland added: “It’s been great fun to work with England Rugby to develop a one-of-a-kind campaign that will excite rugby and Star Wars fans in the UK, and the campaign is brilliantly brought to life by the Star Wars characters in this memorable and expertly-produced ad. It’s another great example of the ground-breaking campaigns we can create for brands.”

View the TV ad here

The deal was developed by England Rugby and Disneymedia+, the integrated ad sales, promotions and marketing solutions arm of Disney UK & Ireland.

Tickets are still available for the Marriott London Sevens on May 16th & 17th – the final of the HSBC Sevens World Series. It will be out of this world!

Editor’s notes:

Rugby Sevens 
Rugby sevens is a variation of the traditional Rugby Union game with seven players instead of the usual fifteen. Rugby sevens has grown in popularity, featuring in the Commonwealth games and soon to be an Olympic sport as of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Those attending the Marriott London Sevens will be able to see for themselves the excitement of this fast-paced game first hand and watch out for some potential Olympic stars.

HSBC World Sevens Series
The HSBC Sevens World Series is an annual series of international rugby sevens tournaments featuring national sevens teams.

Teams compete for the HSBC Sevens World Series title by accumulating points based on their finishing position in each tournament. New Zealand had originally dominated the Series, winning 12 out of 15 series since the inception of the World Series in 1999.Fiji, South Africa and Samoa have each won titles respectively.

The current season's circuit 2014/15 consists of nine tournaments in eight countries, and visits five of the six populated continents. Australia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland and England each host one event.

Marriott London Sevens 
The Marriott London Sevens is the ninth and final tournament on the HSBC Sevens World Series.  The event is the largest two day tournament on the series.  In 2014 the Saturday of competition sold out a week in advance and the total attendance is set to break new records in 2015, going beyond last year’s 113,051.  On Sunday 17th May the winner of the Marriott London Sevens and the overall series winner will be crowned.  The top four nations in the HSBC Sevens World Series will automatically qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Get dressed up  
The atmosphere at the Marriott London Sevens is part of what makes the tournament so successful and each year has a theme for fans to embrace. This year will see a ‘galactic’ theme with many fans set to use space as the inspiration for their outfits.

Star Wars 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga, will be in cinemas worldwide from December 18, 2015.

Media Contacts

For more information please contact:  
Oli Miller 
Oli.Miller@TVCgroup.com   

For press enquiries relating to the Star Wars saga films please contact: 
Ashleigh Richardson, Disney UK  
ashleigh.richardson@disney.com / 0208 222 1602

For press enquiries relating to Disneymedia+ please contact: 
James Hall, Disney EMEA 
james.w.hall@disney.com  / 0208 222 2171