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03/18/2014

Marriott Hotels Brings Next Gen To Istanbul

Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli exteriorIstanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli opens showcasing Marriott Hotels’ newest innovations.  

Istanbul, Turkey – March 18, 2014 – Marriott International continues its rapid growth in Eastern Europe with the opening of the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, taking the company’s total number of properties to seven in Istanbul and eleven in Turkey overall.  From its rooftop heliport and stunning views to impeccably furnished guestrooms and sophisticated event space, this five-star hotel is a first-class addition to Istanbul’s skyline.

The hotel is situated within an impressive 34-story building on the European side of Istanbul and between the business districts of Levent and Taksim.  With its cosmopolitan location in Sisli and proximity to popular cultural and historical sites, it is an ideal destination for both business and leisure travellers.  Upscale restaurants, shopping malls and high-end boutiques are all within walking distance, while downtown destinations such as Taksim Square and Grand Bazaar are just minutes away.

Istanbul Great RoomThe hotel’s 259 spacious guestrooms are fresh and contemporary with luxurious furnishings, modern amenities and breath-taking views across the city to the Bosphorus and Golden Horn.  An outstanding health club and spa offers a large high-tech gym, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms.

Guests and locals can enjoy three distinct food and beverage experiences within the hotel.  The Dish Room Restaurant is a light and airy space specialising in Mediterranean cuisine and offering an outdoor terrace and lounge bar.  The Terrace Bar is a welcoming outside space that comes alive at night with live DJ music.  The Great Room Lounge and My Bar offer an array of light and more substantial menu items made to order in the open oven.

“We are delighted to open this magnificent hotel in Istanbul and build on our strong portfolio in Turkey,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director for Marriott International in Europe.  “Over the past few years we have seen robust growth in Turkey where 6 of our 11 hotel brands in Europe are represented, demonstrating the growing strength of our portfolio of brands.”

“Last year, we began a journey to transform our signature Marriott Hotels brand and introduce innovations across every part of the guest experience in response to the changing needs of the new generation of traveller.  Everything from technology and design to meetings is being revitalised and we are very proud that the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli showcases many of these innovations and represents a new standard for the brand.”

The refreshed guest experience begins on arrival with the option of quick and convenient check-in via smartphone.  Almost 350 Marriott hotels globally, including the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, offer both digital check-in and check-out, giving guests greater flexibility. 

In addition, technology has been injected into the meetings experience with Red Coat Direct, a digital concierge that allows meeting organisers to edit meeting requests with a touch of a button without ever leaving the meeting room, and Meetings Imagined, a new digital platform with inspiring ideas, top tips and case studies enabling meeting planners to customise their events.  These new digital services will complement the hotel’s 1,300 square metres of state of the art meeting space and help set the standard for meetings and events in Istanbul.  

Rates at the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli start from €169 Euros.

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.

To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

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

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

03/07/2014

Marriott International Opens First Marriott Hotel in Osaka

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel Located on the Top Floors of Japan’s Brand New Tallest Building, the “Abeno Harukas”

 TOKYO, March 7, 2014—Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, and Miyako Hotels & Resorts announces the highly anticipated opening of the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, the first property for the brand in Osaka and the fourth in Japan.

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel front deskMarriott Hotels has partnered with Miyako Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of the Kintetsu Corporation, to create the new co-branded hotel in Kintetsu’s “Abeno Harukas”, a brand new 300-meter ultra-high rise complex with 60 stories above ground and five stories underground, making it the tallest building in Japan.

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel guest roomAll 360 guest rooms and the hotel’s signature ZK restaurant are located on the top floors of the building, boasting breathtaking views of Osaka from every angle and positioning the hotel as the new landmark of this dynamic city.

With a prime location in front of Osaka Abenobashi Station, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel offers the most direct service to Kansai International Airport, in just 30 minutes, as well as providing convenient access to all other points in Osaka, the Kansai region and beyond.

Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director for Asia Pacific, commented: “Marriott International’s model for growth around the world is to work with local partners who have the right local expertise, knowledge and skills, and who share our own values and culture. In Miyako Hotels & Resorts we have found an excellent partner to work with here in Japan and we are excited to open the first Marriott Hotels property in this very important city.”

Masahiko Torii, general manager of the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel explained, “Marriott Hotels and Japan’s Miyako Hotels & Resorts are delighted to have joined together to proudly offer the highest standards of global hospitality, but with a Japanese touch, in Osaka.  Our new hotel is ready to welcome guests from Japan and all over the world, and we anticipate the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel will become the most prominent new landmark and symbol of Osaka.

Offering spectacular views of the city, the hotel’s 360 spacious rooms (each an average of 38 sq meters) are located on the 38th to 55th floors, and include six suites and 33 premium rooms. The executive floor rooms are served by a dedicated executive lounge, the largest of its kind in Japan, with a 10 meter high ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. It provides an open, airy and relaxing space to unwind and enjoy the view while enjoying light refreshments and snacks.

The hotel’s meeting room facilities are high tech and Wi-Fi enabled throughout, ideal for handling all kinds of meetings. There is one larger meeting room (230 sq. meters) and six small meeting rooms (32 sq. meters), which are perfect for intimate parties and family events.

The Greatroom lobby, lobby lounge and bar are located on the 19th floor.  In addition, the bright open kitchen buffet restaurant, Cooka, offers a wide variety of Japanese and international dishes for all tastes in a casual dining environment. Taking over the entire 57th floor is ZK, a modern, sophisticated restaurant with floor to ceiling windows, serving both authentic Japanese and Western cuisine.  All dishes are made from carefully selected and freshly prepared ingredients, and guests at the counter seats can watch their meals made right in front of them.  There is also a teppanyaki grill table with two additional counters.

As a part of Marriott Hotel’s transformation, the iconic brand has been innovating throughout its hotels globally. Re-designed lobbies and public spaces known as Greatrooms are being rapidly deployed for the next generation of travellers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology.

With the opening of Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, Marriott International is poised to meet the growing demand for quality hospitality experiences in Japan ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics - as well as UNESCO’s announcement in December 2013 recognizing Japanese cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage asset.

Osaka is the gateway and largest city in the Kansai region, serving as a hub for business and leisure travel, and a key component of any itinerary to Japan given its proximity to Nagoya, Kobe and Kyoto. 

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel delivers a full range of guest services appealing to both leisure and business travelers, and its location gives both first-time and repeat visitors to Osaka a wide range of options, from historical sites and museums to shopping and unique dining experiences. 

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.

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 lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.


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03/05/2014

Marriott Hotels Celebrates Grand Opening in the Salsa Capital of the World

Cali MarriottThe Cali Marriott Hotel opens its doors and invites guests to Travel Brilliantly, Caleño style

Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrates the grand opening of Cali Marriott Hotel, its first property in Cali, Colombia, and the company’s third in the country. Surrounded by the high-tech features and iconic glamour of the all-new Marriott, the 300 VIP guests, enjoyed the pulsating rhythms and vibrant vitality for which the destination of Cali – the Salsa Capital of the World – is known.

The 170-room hotel, developed under an agreement with Real Hotels and Resorts, S.A. and Grupo Poma, represents Marriott’s growing presence in Colombia. The 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.

IMG_9178In attendance, and accompanied by Colombian model, actress and TV personality Andrea Serna, were investors, celebrities, social figures and Marriott executives, including Craig Smith, Marriott International’s President for the Caribbean and Latin America.

IMG_9166The Grand Opening kicked off with a red carpet leading to a cocktail reception. Chefs from the hotel’s restaurants The Market and Tanoshi, tantalized guests with an array of international dishes, from a fresh pasta station to a ceviche bar, finishing off with a sinfully delicious chocolate room inspired by “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

The event program also featured property tours to enable guests to get a full look at the new hotel including a modern room design equipped with black-out windows, luxury bedding, high-quality personal care amenities and high-speed internet.

Cali Marriott Hotel is the third hotel under the Marriott International portfolio in Colombia following the success of its predecessors, Marriott Hotel Bogota (2009) and JW Marriott Bogota (2010). The opening not only emphasized the company’s rapid expansion in the region, but also its commitment to booming markets in Latin America.

IMG_9144The hotel is situated in Granada, the heart of Cali, which bustles with restaurants, bars and business, and serves as the city’s financial district. The company wants to establish this new property as “the place to be,” for business and social gatherings in the capital of Valle del Cauca.

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. To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

ABOUT MARRIOTT IN THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)’s presence in the region is represented by 78 hotels in 25 countries and territories, offering more than 19,000 rooms and spanning nine lodging brands. Marriott International (including The Ritz-Carlton) has 30 hotels under development in the region and expects to double its total number of hotels by 2017 across 10 lodging brands in 27 countries and territories.

Media Contact: 
Jennefer Meléndez
+1 (786) 360.3322 x13
Jennefer.Melendez@igcamericas.com

02/12/2014

Marriott Hotels' Newly Upgraded Mobile App Puts Fast and Easy Checkout in the Palm of Your Hand

CheckOutBuilding on the industry leading Marriott Mobile app for smartphones, Marriott Hotels announced today the addition of mobile checkout. Mobile checkout is the latest innovation from Marriott Hotels in a string of new services designed for today’s connected travelers. The flagship brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) leads the industry in offering mobile check-in and now checkout to 326 North American hotels*. An additional 22 international hotels will add mobile checkout next week. Later this year, the entire Marriott Hotels brand – all 500 properties worldwide – will offer mobile check-in and checkout, available in English, Chinese, French, Spanish and German. The new mobile service exclusively for Marriott Rewards members reflects the brand’s commitment to enhancing the future of travel for its increasingly connected mobile guests. To date, the Marriott Mobile app has been downloaded over 2.8 million times.

With the Marriott Mobile app, checkout is simple. In the morning on the day of their departure, Marriott Rewards guests will receive a push notification on their Apple iPhones or Android devices alerting them mobile checkout is available. Upon completing mobile checkout, guests will then be prompted to provide an email address and their bill will be emailed to them, allowing guests to bypass the front desk on their way out.

The Marriott Mobile app, which can be downloaded in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play, makes it easier than ever to join Marriott Rewards, as well as gain immediate access to mobile check-in and checkout at Marriott Hotels. Learn more about mobile checkout and download the app go to: http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi

“By relentlessly focusing on the needs of the next generation of travelers who are mobile and global, Marriott Hotels is putting itself at the forefront of the hotel mobile revolution,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “When we launched our Travel Brilliantly campaign last year, we made a promise to introduce innovations for our guests that provide a seamless and more customized experience throughout their entire journey. We’re excited to add mobile checkout to our portfolio of innovations as Marriott Hotels reimagines the future of travel.”

In July 2013, Marriott Hotels introduced mobile check-in and it quickly expanded throughout the continental U.S. and Canada* and then at select international hotels, making the feature the broadest mobile service of its kind. After more than 150,000 mobile check-ins, guests are reacting very positively. In feedback, they cite the convenience and faster check-in once they arrive. Guests also appreciate the alert notifying them their room is ready. It gave them less to worry about while traveling.

To maintain its lead, select Marriott Hotels’ properties are testing future mobile services that will lead to a truly digital two-way conversation with their guests. At these incubator hotels, guests using the chat feature on their smartphones can make requests to hotel staff for things such as extra pillows, bath amenities, towels, valet parking and wake up calls, or anything else. The incubator hotels include:

  • New York Marriott Downtown
  • Chicago Marriott Downtown 
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • Denver Marriott West
  • Denver Airport Marriott Gateway
  • Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
  • Charleston (SC) Marriott
  • Boston Marriott Copley Place
  • Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
  • Cincinnati Marriott North
  • Marco Island (FL) Marriott 
  • Grand Hotel (AL) Marriott Resort

The Marriott Mobile app is just one of the many innovations Marriott Hotels has launched during its transformational journey since the launch of Travel Brilliantly. The brand is deploying its industry-leading Greatroom Lobby concept, which offers a seamless experience merging modern, stylish design and comfort with greater access to food & beverage and technology. Marriott recently partnered with THANN amenities to reinvigorate the bathroom regimen. The brand continues to introduce new concepts designed for the new mobile worker and remains an industry leader in hosting meetings through Workspace on Demand, Meetings Imagined, Workspring at Marriott, and Red Coat Direct app.  Additionally, Marriott Hotels unveiled its innovation lab "The Underground,” located beneath the company’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD where ideas for the future of travel are created and tested.
Guests and travel enthusiasts can help Marriott reimagine the future of travel by visiting www.travelbrilliantly.com – where the brand reveals innovations under development and invites visitors to share their to share their groundbreaking ideas to improve the modern travel experience across design, culinary, wellness and technology.

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, 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).

*Mobile check-in and checkout are available throughout Canada except in the Provence of Quebec.

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

02/06/2014

Marriott Hotels Again Invites Travel Influencers and Enthusiasts to Submit Bold Ideas on TravelBrilliantly.com That Could Change the Future of Travel

Travel Brilliantly Ideas PageFollowing up on the successful launch of its website TravelBrilliantly.com, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR), today launched a new round of co-creation for 2014 in the United States and – for the first time – the United Kingdom. Ideas from the public submitted to TravelBrilliantly.com through the end of April will be entered into a co-creation contest.* The grand-prize winner will travel to the company’s Bethesda, MD headquarters to work alongside Marriott experts on forward-thinking projects in its innovation lab, The Underground.

Geared towards modern travelers who seamlessly blend work and play, TravelBrilliantly.com has been soliciting travel ideas for design, culinary, wellness and technology since it launched with the brand’s Travel Brilliantly marketing campaign in June 2013. Visitors to the site can also watch videos of innovations Marriott Hotels is working on now for the future of travel.

”With Travel Brilliantly, Marriott Hotels is rethinking the travel experience beyond the four walls of the hotel,“ said Mara Hannula, vice president of Marketing, Marriott-endorsed Brands. “As we transform the iconic Marriott Hotels brand, we are continuing to engage our guests, giving them a voice in co-creating the future of travel with us.“

A panel of four judges -- Shira Lazar, Host/Founder of What's Trending, Faris Yakob, Founder, Genius Steals LLC, Chris Baer, Director of Innovation at Marriott, and Anjana Kallarackal, grand prize winner from TravelBrilliantly.com’s first co-creation contest -- will choose the next grand-prize winner.  In addition, three first prize winners will receive prize packages, including items from Herschel Supply Co. and Brookstone** that will enable brilliant travel.

From more than 700 submissions to TravelBrilliantly.com in last year’s co-creation contest, Kallarackal’s concept, a healthy and nutritious vending machine, rose to the top. Kallarackal traveled to the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square to work with Marriott Hotels’ experts and local innovative partners, Simon Prockter, the Founder/CEO of Housebites, Shaun Clarkson, interior designer and owner of Pitfield Café, and Laurence Holloway, recipient of the 2013 British Young Business Award for his company, Lovestruck, to further develop her winning idea. A video of Kallarackal’s trip can be viewed on TravelBrilliantly.com. Once fully developed, her inspirational idea will come to life at a Marriott Hotels’ property later this year.

As a part of Marriott Hotel's transformation for the next generation of travelers, the iconic brand continues to innovate globally. With the expansion of mobile check-in feature globally on the Marriott Mobile app, guests can check-in to 350 Marriott Hotels’ properties in 19 countries, using their smartphones. By the end of 2015, Marriott Hotels expects to fully introduce its re-designed Greatroom Lobby, to all hotels globally. The Greatroom Lobby is designed for the next generation traveler who blends work and play, demands style and substance, and requires technology. Additionally, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott Hotels recently introduced new concepts for the mobile worker including Meetings Imagined, the Meeting Services App (Red Coat Direct) and Workspace on Demand.

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, 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).

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.

*Please visit www.travelbrilliantly.com for contest rules.
**Brookstone is not affiliated with Herschel Supply Co. or Marriott, and Marriott Hotels is the sole sponsor of this contest. 

Connect with John.wolf@marriott.com

01/23/2014

Marriott Opens First Hotel in Sochi, Russia

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana HotelLuxurious ski and spa hotel ready to welcome Sochi visitors.

Sochi, Russia - January 23, 2014 - Marriott International has opened a luxurious ski and spa hotel under its signature brand, Marriott Hotels, at the heart of the new Gorky Gorod ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana.  The five-star Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel is ideally positioned at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains within walking distance of world-class ski slopes.  The hotel is operated by an affiliate of U.S.-based Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Just half an hour from Sochi Airport by express train, Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana is situated next to a new, state-of-the-art convention centre.  Offering breath-taking views of snow-capped peaks, the hotel is minutes from the ultramodern Gorky Gorod ski resort and its wide variety of pistes ranging from 960 to 2300 metres altitude.  

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel 2“We are very proud to open the first Marriott hotel in Sochi and be part of the development of the region, which will continue in 2014 and beyond,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director of Marriott International in Europe. 

Markus Schmidt, Area General Manager of Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Krasnaya Polyana, added:  “This hotel will offer an extraordinary experience to all guests due to its location and the sheer number and quality of services and facilities it offers.  The experience of Interstate Hotels & Resorts and its highly skilled associates combined with the unique local culture will ensure that our guests will enjoy their time with us.”

Spread over seven floors, the hotel’s 428 rooms and suites are inspired by natural materials and come complete with complimentary internet and plasma TV with satellite reception.  The River Café, the hotel’s centrepiece restaurant, serves international cuisine with European, American, Russian and Asian influences.  Italian pastas, risottos and pizzas and an extensive wine list can be enjoyed at The L'Olivio restaurant.  Guests can also dine or sit with a glass of wine on the restaurant terraces, which provide outstanding views of the mountains.  

Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel guest roomOne of the largest in the region, the luxurious SOUL spa is spread across 2,000square metres and houses nine treatment rooms, including private spa suites. Guests can personalise their treatment by choosing between the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.  The impressive range of services extends from traditional massages and treatments to a unique Snow Shower, where guests can enjoy hydro massage, aromatherapy, Turkish bath and Finnish sauna.  

Private landscaped grounds face the mountains and boast an extensive complex of indoor and outdoor pools.  The hotel is an excellent choice for family holidays thanks to its kids club, children's menus, special swimming and play zones, and entertainment complexes for younger guests.  The nearby Gorky Gorod entertainment centre features a water park complete with natural sandy beach, a cinema, a bowling alley, restaurants and cafes, and shops and boutiques.

Rates at Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana start from 6,000 rubles (£108) a night.

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 travellers 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).

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

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

01/14/2014

Marriott International Kicks Off 2014 With Two New Dubai Properties

Dubai-Marriott-Al-Jaddaf-Hotel-Lobby-Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf and Marriott Executive Apartments Al Jaddaf Open Doors in January.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – January 14, 2014 – Marriott International has announced the opening of two new properties in Dubai to kick start the expansion of its ever growing pipeline across the Middle East and Africa. The two properties carry the company’s signature brand, Marriott Hotels, as well as its upscale serviced apartments brand, Marriott Executive Apartments, which are situated in close proximity to Dubai’s MEA Al Jaddaf 1 Bedroom Living and KitchenRoyal residence, Zabeel Palace, and offer beautiful scenic views of the city landscape of Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Conveniently, the Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf and Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf are a mere 10 minutes from each of these locations as well as Dubai International Airport, Dubai Mall and the Gold Souk.

“It is an exciting time for Marriott International as we start off the year opening two beautiful properties in Dubai. The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf is our first of many future properties that are aligned with the brand’s new positioning and strategic direction, while the Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf further strengthens our footprint in the region’s extended stay segment,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Middle East and Africa.  “We are delighted to be working with our partners, Nilona Holding, owners of the Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf and Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf, to open these two attractive properties, which are in line with Dubai’s projected industry growth over the next few years as we move towards Expo 2020.”

The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf is the first Middle East and Africa property to open as per the new brand transformation that Marriott Hotels has been going through globally since last year. This includes not only a new logo which keeps the iconic “M,” while modernizing its overall appeal, but also an ongoing innovation throughout its hotels around the world, with re-designed lobbies and public spaces known as ‘Greatrooms’ and introducing a mobile check-in application, all of which are rapidly being deployed for the next generation of travelers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology, and feature in the new Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf.  Marriott Hotels has also launched a multi-year campaign called ‘Travel Brilliantly’ (www.travelbrilliantly.com); all done in a bold move to amplify the brand’s dedication to the future of travel.

The Marriott Hotels brand currently has 16 hotels in seven countries across the Middle East and Africa, with over 5000 rooms. By 2017, there will be a further twelve properties across the region, raising the room count by nearly 3000 rooms. 

The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf has 352 rooms across eight floors with 192 Deluxe King and 107 Deluxe Double rooms, including 39 Executive Suites, two Zabeel Suites and an exceptional Presidential Suite. Each space is designed for functionality and leisure with state-of-the-art technology, wired and wireless Internet and spacious amenities. The hotel also offers 14 elegant, meeting rooms as well as the magnificent Zabeel ballroom, which can accommodate up to a maximum of 540 persons.

The property boasts seven distinct restaurants, lounges and bars. Offering cuisines from around the world including Asian, European, Middle Eastern and a new American/Scottish concept, the hotel caters to the most discerning connoisseur and to guests looking for a relaxed meal.

Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf is the brand’s sixth property in the region; with a further six set to open across the Middle East and Africa by 2017. Introduced in 1997 to the Marriott International portfolio, Marriott Executive Apartments is the company’s only corporate apartment brand designed to provide upscale residential living. Personalized service and the assurance of a Marriott experience allow guests to achieve what they need to in an environment that has all of the comforts of home. Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf has 128 fully furnished apartments including one, two and three bedrooms providing the space, ambience and privacy of a home away from home.

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.

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About Marriott Executive Apartments
Marriott Executive Apartments (MEA) are international, upscale serviced apartments designed for executive expats staying 30+ nights when traveling to key international gateway cities on a temporary assignment or relocation.  The brand offers studios to three-bedroom apartments, all with full kitchens and fully furnished with plenty of space for living, working and relaxing.  Marriott currently offers over 20 properties in 16 countries outside the United States with a strong pipeline in the Middle East and Asia.
Marriott Executive Apartments strives to be the #1 global brand for extended stay.
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12/16/2013

Tokyo Marriott Hotel Opens

Tokyo Marriott ribbon cuttingHilltop Location in Shinagawa is the Latest in Growing Global Portfolio of Marriott Hotels in Asia and around the world.

TOKYO, December 16, 2013—Marriott International announces the opening of the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on a hilltop address known locally as Gotenyama.

This represents the global hospitality company’s 12th hotel in Japan, and the third under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand, which comprises 500 properties in nearly 60 countries.  Just minutes from the capital’s bullet-train serviced Shinagawa Station, the 249-room hotel enables direct easy access to the Tokaido bullet train as well as Haneda Airport and the Yamanote Line circling central Tokyo.

[Photo caption: Left to right: Mr. Toshio Hara, Director and President, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art; Mr. Takeshi Hamano, Chief of Shinagawa Ward; Ms. Miwako Date, President, Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts; Mr. Simon Cooper, president and managing director Marriott International Asia and Mr. Kenji Fukunaga, General Manager, Tokyo Marriott Hotel.]

Tokyo Marriott guestroomWith the opening of Tokyo Marriott Hotel, Marriott International is poised to meet the growing demand for quality hospitality experiences in the country ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics - as well as UNESCO’s imminent announcement, expected early this month, recognising Japanese cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Tokyo Marriott Hotel offers superb access to the two main zones where the majority of the Olympic competition venues will be located, and two of its three restaurants specialise in traditional Japanese cuisine. A rebranding of the former Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo, the extensively refurbished and renovated property is operated by Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts, which entered into a management agreement with Marriott International in February of this year.

Commenting at the opening ceremony, Miwako Date, president of Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts, said: “Tokyo Marriott Hotel is the fourth internationally branded hotel our group has launched in the past eight years. It is our pleasure to be partnering with Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International. We are especially pleased that our alliance has enabled us to maintain our program of special club privileges for our established corporate customers.

“Both former and new guests alike will find much to discover about Gotenyama, which has a long and illustrious past as a center of tea culture and other aesthetic pursuits. We look forward to blending the unique traditional elements of this setting with the many exciting innovations Marriott is bringing to the guest experience. There is no doubt in my mind that Tokyo Marriott Hotel will be a destination loved by domestic and international guests alike.”

Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director Asia, commented: “I am delighted to be here today at the official opening of this magnificent hotel. Marriott International’s business model for growth around the world is to work with local partners and real estate developers who have the local expertise, knowledge and skills, and who know their markets inside out.

“We also look for people who share our own values and culture, and in Mori Trust we have found an excellent partner to work with here in Tokyo. We are delighted to be working with Mori Trust and to have the Marriott Hotels brand associated with this stunning hotel.”

Tokyo Marriott Hotel shares its hilltop location with Gotenyama Garden, a 6,800-square-meter oasis of green and the former site of the residential villa of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604–1651). Steeped in history, and yet less than 20 minutes from the luxury shops of Ginza and the nightlife of Roppongi, its location offers both first-time and repeat visitors plenty to explore.

Marriott Hotels has been ‘re-imagining’ the guest experience, transforming lobbies and public spaces by designing them for a new generation of business travellers who blend work and play, demand style and substance and desire high-tech and high-touch. Marriott is introducing new concepts designed for the way younger travellers work today. 

Those traveling for business or leisure or both will find fluid, tech-enabled meeting spaces, intuitively designed guest rooms, dynamic dining and drinking venues, and the polished service for which Marriott is known throughout the world. With a garden tea house designed by architect Arata Isozaki and two chapels (one slated for completion in February 2014) on site, this urban oasis also offers attractive celebratory opportunities for prospective brides and grooms.

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.

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Contact:
Sachiko Higuchi,
Marketing Manager
Tokyo Marriott Hotel
sachiko.higuchi@tokyo-marriott.com
Phone +81 (0) 3-5488-3913

11/26/2013

Mobile Check-In Goes Global at Marriott Hotels

Iphone5-7[15]Now available in 19 countries worldwide with more to follow.

The faster, easier and more convenient mobile check-in from Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International is now available at 20 additional Marriott hotels* in 19 countries including United Kingdom, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and India.  First launched at 329 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, the mobile check-in feature on the Marriott Mobile App has expanded internationally, representing the broadest mobile offering of its kind in the lodging industry.

http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-check-in-marriott-hotels-and-resorts.mi

According to research by GroupM Next*, 57 percent of business travellers aged 21-39 use their smartphone to book a hotel.  These younger travellers are also more likely to use mobile devices to enhance their travel experiences.  Marriott Hotels expects to complete the full global roll out of mobile check-in at all 500 hotels, as well as offer check-out functionality, in the first half of 2014.  

With the Marriott Mobile App, check-in is simple.  Marriott Rewards members, who have downloaded the app, can check-in through a smartphone as early as 4 pm the day before arrival, receiving an automatic notification when the room is ready. On arrival, Marriott Rewards guests simply go to the expedited mobile check-in desk where a key card will be ready and waiting. 

“As Marriott developed the app and tested mobile check-in, we engaged customers, asking for their feedback to perfect the experience and learn what mattered most to them,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Mobile check-in is just the start.  Our guests are more mobile and global than ever before and technology is increasingly important to them, which is why we will add check-out next year.  We will continue to solicit feedback from our guests as we enhance the travel experience with Marriott.”

The brand’s mobile innovation will continue as Marriott Hotels has launched 12 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. to test future mobile enhancements. Guests at those hotels can make service requests using their smartphones. The most popular guest requests so far include additional towels, wake-up calls and housekeeping.

Further innovations from Marriott Hotels

  • Future of Meetings – Marriott Hotels is introducing a number of initiatives to refresh meetings.  New meeting spaces with stylish design, natural light, flexible seating and wireless or web enabled technology enable planners and attendees to focus on the meeting objectives.  Marriott properties in Munich and Amsterdam feature the new design with the London Kensington Marriott and Paris Marriott Rive Gauche following early next year.  The Red Coat Direct app enables meeting organisers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.  Currently available in 35 Marriott hotels in Europe, Red Coat Direct will roll-out globally in early 2014.   
  • Greatroom lobby concept - An open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves.  They will be stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming with all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from Wi-Fi to power points.  The brand expects to introduce the concept at every Marriott Hotel by the end of 2015
  • Guest room - In The Underground – the company’s subterranean innovation lab – Marriott Hotels is working on the next generation guest room.  The lab offers rapid prototyping with 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.

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About Marriott.com & Mobile
Mobile check-in is part of the free Marriott mobile app available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.  Learn more about mobile check-in at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/our-innovations/check-in-app

The Marriott Mobile App has been downloaded over 2.5 million times, and Marriott.com receives over 4.5 million visitors a month from smartphones. 

*The 20 international hotels offering mobile check-in are:

Europe
• Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
• Brussels Marriott Hotel
• London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
• Prague Marriott Hotel
• Zurich Marriott Hotel

Asia Pacific
• Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
• Bangalore Marriott Hotel Whitefield
• Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
• Manila Marriott Hotel
• Singapore Marriott Hotel
• Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Caribbean & Latin America
• Bogota Marriott Hotel
• CasaMagna® Marriott Cancun Resort
• Panama Marriott Hotel
• Santiago Marriott Hotel
• San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Middle East & Africa
• Amman Marriott Hotel
• Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
• Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites

Hawaii
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

*Source: GroupM Next, September 2013; GBTA, August 2013; blog.librarypd.com, July 2013

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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

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