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10/20/2014

Marriott Hotels Enters The Space Age

Cutting-edge meeting spaces launch in London.

London, UK – October 20, 2014 Following a £1.3 million renovation, the London Marriott Hotel Kensington has relaunched meeting and events spaces that meet the needs of today’s bookers and travellers with Marriott London Kensingtoninspiring and versatile facilities.  Featuring modern design and the latest wireless technology, the hotel’s nine flexible and interchangeable rooms can host a total of 235 delegates over two floors, or up to 100 delegates in the largest meeting space.

Marriott Hotels is revolutionising the guest experience throughout its properties, tailoring technology and design to the expectations of Gen X and Gen Y travellers.  The renovation at the London Marriott Hotel Kensington – the group’s third European hotel to host Marriott Hotels’ next generation meeting spaces, after Amsterdam Marriott and Munich Marriott – brings secure internet connectivity, wireless enabled LED screens and projectors, and the BARCO Click Share system that allows multiple laptops and tablets to connect to screens wirelessly.  In addition, a Meeting Services App called Red Coat Direct gives event planners immediate communication with the hotel team, prompting an instant response without the organiser having to leave the meeting room.

The space is designed to inspire social and collaborative meetings and delegates can enjoy interactive meeting room features such as the ability to write on walls and breakout tables to allow creative thinking. Mariott Hotel London 1The adaptable rooms can be set up in conventional boardroom or theatre style, or delegates can take advantage of a mixture of high and low tables and chairs to create different layouts to reflect the meeting purpose.  In brief, the new spaces can be moulded to needs of organisers and participants alike to ensure every meeting achieves its desired objectives and goals.

The non-traditional breakout areas are light and spacious with comfortable and versatile seating options to allow working and networking with equal ease, and a central food and beverage station where delegates can enjoy delicious and energising food and beverage experiences.  The area includes intimate cabin seating with multiple electrical outlets to inspire collaboration both in and out of the meeting room and help bring meetings to life. 

These new spaces reflect the larger transformation of Marriott Hotels that is informing how Marriott interacts with guests.  Evidence of this is in the Greatroom lobby, an open space that can be put to social or business use, with free Wi-Fi connectivity, plus all-day menus that cater for all requirements from snacks to meals.  This has been adopted in approximately half Marriott Hotels’ portfolio in Europe and is expected to take up residence in all properties by the end of 2015.

The transformation has also touched the arrival and departure experience with mobile check-in and check-out now available to Marriott Rewards members at all 500 Marriott Hotels globally and at 1,200 hotels in total within the company’s worldwide portfolio.  By the end of the year, the service with be rolled out to all 4,000 properties, providing guests with added convenience and greater choice.  Mobile service requests, such as additional towels and pillows and valet service, are also being tested in 15 hotels in the U.S., enabling guests to chat with the hotel’s hosts in real time. 

About Marriott Hotels
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 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

10/13/2014

Marriott Hotels Expands in Hainan – China’s International Tourism Island

Haikou-Marriott-Hotel-Exterior全景Haikou, October 13, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today celebrated the opening of its first hotel under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Haikou, Hainan Province. This impressive 386-room business hotel is an exciting addition to the iconic Marriott Hotels brand. Under a long-term management agreement with the owner, Shenzhen Tiley Real Estate Group CO., Ltd., Haikou Marriott Hotel joins the other three Marriott International properties, adding to the company’s fast-growing portfolio of four hotels in Hainan province. [Download images.]

Haikou, the provincial capital of Hainan Province in southern China, renowned as China’s International Tourism Island, is home to elegant seascape and historical sites as well as dozens of newly-developed tourist regions and attractions. Located in the front area of South China Economic Development Zone, the area is warm all year round, making it a perfect travel destination.

"At Marriott International we are very proud to be launching our 73rd Marriott International Hotel across six brands in China, taking the total number of properties in China under the iconic Marriott Hotels brand to 17 properties. This occasion also marks our very first hotel in Haikou and the first Marriott International business hotel to open in Hainan Province, continuing our rapid expansion throughout China." said Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International.

Added by Mr. Tony Cai, Chairman of Tiley (Hainan) Tourism Development Co. Ltd, "It is our honor to partner with Marriott International. We are confident that with the blend of thoughtful design, professional management under Marriott International and attentive service, the Haikou Marriott Hotel will elevate international business hotel standard in Haikou and in the region to the next level." 

Haikou Marriott Hotel is situated on a magnificent scenic section of the shoreline, with spacious guest rooms offering breath-taking tropical ocean views and private balconies. The international award-winning architecture studio WATG drew inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of China to create the eight majestic buildings within the hotel premises, blending traditional oriental architecture elegantly with the natural and scenic surroundings, creating a Zen-like environment.

Just a short walking distance to the Hainan International Exhibition Centre, the Marriott Haikou Hotel is 45 minutes away from Haikou Meilan International airport, a 10-minute drive to the railway station, and a 15-minute drive away from downtown providing easy accessibility.

Haikou Marriott Hotel offers over 4,000 square meters of meeting space. Its unique features include a magnificent pillar-less Grand Ballroom and a beautiful seaside lawn that can accommodate up to 800 guests, making it a very desirable venue for weddings, meetings, conferences and events. A professional event planning and catering team coupled with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment ensures all functions are handled with expertise and efficiency.

Haikou Marriott Hotel lobbyThe hotel is also home to some of the finest dining outlets in the area, offering a diversity of choices with three restaurants, four lounge and bars. Island Bistro All Day Dining is designed with a resort-like feel where diners can enjoy sumptuous buffet spreads as well as Western and Southeast Asian delicacies along with local Hainan delicacies. Man Ho Restaurant serves authentic Cantonese flavors and houses 10 private dining rooms boasting a private balcony with garden views and exclusive entrances. The Big Fish Bar features a 360-degree open kitchen and offers fresh seafood harvested from the nearby oceans, whereas The Helicon Bar & Music Room is an interpretation of the classic hotel bar compete with four private Karaoke rooms, two mahjong rooms and a billiard table. The Greatroom lobby and lobby lounge is a cozy space ideal for work, meetings or causal social gatherings, enhancing the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers who seamlessly blend work and play. The Pool Service Bars are perfect for enjoying a selection of cocktails and champagne whilst enjoying the exotic tropical scenery.

For ultimate comfort, the Executive Lounge, located on the 8th floor of the hotel's west wing, offers business services as well as complimentary food and drinks for Executive Floor guests.

Three outdoor pools and The Spa Centre which features hot spring pools for soaking, steam saunas, dry saunas, Jacuzzi tubs, foot massage rooms and wellness and beauty treatment rooms, offer a variety of options for relaxing and regenerating body and soul.

Marriott Hotel's constantly evolving concept to connect with the Next Gen travelers’ embraces the future in an increasingly mobile and globalized world. The brand's partnership with THANN products, a range which combines natural ingredients with contemporary design, is a reflection of a soaring demand for tranquility and authentic ingredients. With the exclusive Marriott Mobile app, check-in and check-out couldn't be simpler. Marriott Rewards members receive a push notification on their mobile devices alerting them that they can check-in, and an automatic confirmation when their room is ready. At the end of their stays, guests receive a push notification alerting them that mobile checkout is available. Pioneering the way forward for the future of new branded Marriott hotels, Haikou Marriott Hotel brings together all these innovative Marriott elements, setting a new standard for international business hotels across China.

“The brilliant new Haikou Marriott Hotel, offering the latest in technology, facilities and creative event spaces, underlines Marriott’s commitment to lead the future of meetings in Asia,” said Lily Jiang, General Manager of Haikou Marriott Hotel. “Haikou Marriott Hotel will bring innovation and service excellence to every aspect of the travel experience and embrace the brand’s Travel Brilliantly philosophy.”

For more information or reservations, please call Haikou Marriott Hotel at 86 898 6870 8666 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hakmc-haikou-marriott-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, 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
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties and 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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

Joyce Yeung
Haikou Marriott Hotel
+86 898 68708666
mhrs.hakmc.marcom.mgr@marriotthotels.com

10/07/2014

Don’t Get Tied Down by Your Phone or Tablet Power Cord– Marriott Hotels Debuts Wireless Charging in Greatroom Lobbies

Kube

Bethesda, Md., October 7, 2014 – Everyday, harried travelers clutching tangled power cords march through airports or dash into coffee shops seeking precious electrical outlets in hopes of alleviating the looming anxiety --- their devices losing battery power at exactly the wrong time. Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc., understands this frustration and has jumped into action with the introduction of Kube Systems’ portable charging stations using Qi technology – the global standard in wireless charging – in the Greatroom lobbies of 29 of its hotels this month.

The idea was sparked by real travelers’ submissions on TravelBrilliantly.com – Marriott Hotels’ platform for engaging guests and consumers in co-creation – for more convenient ways to charge power hungry devices, such as iPhones, Android devices and iPads. The brand listened and collaborated with Kube Systems to bring this innovative idea to life.                                                   

“Marriott Hotels is on a journey with our guests to create and rollout traveler-inspired innovations, such as portable charging stations, because you cannot travel brilliantly when you are running on empty,” said Michael Dail, vice president, Marriott Hotels Marketing. “Through our collaboration with Kube Systems, we’re providing an industry-leading solution to a common traveler worry, and now we’re bringing it to Marriott Hotels across the country.”

According to a Marriott Hotels survey, the average U.S. business traveler carries two to three mobile devices with them on the road. As this number continues to rise, Marriott Hotels is taking it into consideration in every aspect of the guest experience, including an expanded number of more accessible power outlets in guestrooms.

“Leisure and business travelers have struggled for power on the road as battery technology has not kept pace with the demands of larger screens, faster processors and more app-driven devices,” said Dave Weinstein, Vice President of Kube Systems. “A two-year development effort in collaboration with Marriott technologists has resulted in the KS Portable™: a truly unique solution to charge virtually every mobile device on the market today, without the need for guests to carry cables or adaptors.”

Featuring a sleek, contemporary design, the portable chargers’ built-in connecters can simultaneously power up to six devices, covering all Apple, Android and Windows Mobile Devices. Qi wireless charging technology allows compatible smartphones to charge simply by resting on the KS Portable™ Qi transmitter, removing the need for cables and cutting the final cord that tethers devices – the power cord. The portable charger seamlessly enhances the new Greatroom lobby that merges modern, stylish design and comfort with greater access to food & beverage and technology. Designed as a social hub, the Greatroom lobby is the perfect space for tech-savvy guests to work, relax and socialize, and now with the addition of portable charging, guests are free to decide how their time is spent – whether charging up while enjoying a beverage or catching up on an uninterrupted work session.

Since the launch of Marriott Hotels’ transformational journey with its Travel Brilliantly campaign in June 2013 – Marriott Hotels has been engaging guests, experts and influencers to join with the brand in co-creating the future state of travel by asking “How can we make travel more brilliant?” The results are tangible with innovations including the brand’s new stylish, modern Greatroom lobbies, mobile check-in and checkout from anywhere, a mobile app for chatting between guests and property hosts and a healthy vending machine with fresh healthy food on demand. Marriott is also co-creating with unexpected partners like the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. Marriott and MIT students – future travelers – co-created Six Degrees to reinvent the hotel lobby as a social hub, using a mobile app to connect people with similar backgrounds and interests.

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.

About Kube Systems
Kube Systems (www.kubesystems.com) was born from over 50 years of experience by renowned hospitality brand Ramler International. Kube Systems designs, manufactures and markets unique technology solutions focused on the hospitality industry, blending innovation with intuition to streamline the guest experience.  The KS suite of products offers a variety of conveniences from multi-device charging, portability, streaming audio playback and alarm functions.

Connect with john.wolf@marriott.com

09/22/2014

Marriott Hotels in the UK Ask Millennial Tribe Leaders to Envision the Future of Travel #brilliantguestroom

Jason-BradburySeptember 22, 2014 – Marriott Hotels in the UK has asked five thought leaders including TV presenter and charity founder, Katie Piper, and England rugby ace, Danny Care, to share their vision of the hotel guest room of the future. Marriott Hotels is now calling for the public to vote on their favourite elements of the rooms on www.travelbrilliantly.co.uk/guestroom before 20 October 2014.  All voters have a chance of winning a four day trip to Marriott’s new hotel, Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, Turkey. Download additional images.

From an interactive Instagram wall and selfie sticks to mind controlled projectors, the room designs are packed full of innovations and technology that reflect the needs and wants of the Millennial traveller.  Visitors to the site will vote on the best elements of each room design to create one winning concept that will be built as a show room in Westfield London (from 27 October to 2 November 2014). While the show room will not be replicated at Marriott Hotels; it represents a creative example of co-created innovation that aims to inspire the future of travel. 

How the Tribes Were Born
Following the launch of Marriott Hotels’ global campaign Travel Brilliantly in 2013 that represented a bold move in amplifying the brand’s dedication to leading the future of travel, Marriott Hotels in the UK set out to discover more about the lifestyle habits of Gen Y’s – 18-35 year olds - in Britain.  The survey findings identified the emergence of five Gen Y Tribes grouped together by similar attitudes, lifestyles and aspirations. The tribes are:

1. The Desirable Digerati: Early adopters of all hi-tech gadgetry and digital inventions. These fit, sociable, fashionable males are well travelled and often use their tech prowess to create start-ups. Tribe Leader: Jason Bradbury, TV Presenter & Author

2. 
The Fashionista Mumpreneurs: Fashion forward, savvy, self-employed, likely to have had a career change after having kids to fit around their lifestyle. Big in the blogger sphere and on social media. Tribe Leader: Katie Piper, TV presenter & Charity Founder

3. 
The Competitive Challengers: Fitness super-fans who thrive on the challenge of physical competitions from Iron Man to Tough Mudder. Keen sharers on social media, this group travels in packs, always on the look out for adventure. Tribe Leader: Danny Care, Harlequins & England rugby team player

4. The Social Media Savvies: Lovers of the Selfie and fans of every social app under the sun, these well groomed, young and carefree spirits love nothing more than a good party at home or away. Tribe Leader: Victoria InTheFrow, Celebrity Blogger & Lecturer

5.  The Financial Foodies: Tribe Leader: An emerging group of foodie fans who are ditching high powered jobs in the city in search of a fulfilling career in the food industry where they passion can flourish. Tribe Leader: Luiz Hara, Investment banker turned blogger, Editor of The London Foodie.

Marriott then invited these five personalities to design their vision for the ideal hotel guest room, ensuring that the characteristics of their tribe were represented in the design.

Trends in the Hospitality Landscape
With the emergence of Millennial travellers, the Marriott Hotels survey was inspired by an observation that these travellers – while a single demographic - significantly differ in life experience and career stages.

Osama Hirzalla, Vice President Brand Marketing & eCommerce Europe Marriott International says: “Every day we see discussion on the lifestyle habits of Millennials, but everyone seems to speak to this group as if they are one person. Marriott Hotels wants to throw out the generic term ‘Millennial’ and recognise their many faces.  As we continue to reinvent the travel experience and ask guests to co-create with us through our Travel Brilliantly campaign, we are excited to see the different guest room designs and how the public reacts to the creativity and innovation displayed in them.  We will take inspiration from the designs to celebrate and promote the importance of extraordinary design for the future.”

For more information and to vote on the Marriott millennial tribe guestroom designs visit www.travelbrilliantly.co.uk/guestroom

Further background information available:

- More information and stats on the tribes

- Pictures of the rooms

- Head shots of the tribe leaders 

- Interviews with Danny Care and Victoria in the Frow

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.

Contact:
Hannah Cadwallader
Hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com
+44 (0)20 7012 7359

09/18/2014

#GetTeleported– The Most Immersive 4-D Virtual Travel Experience Arrives, Taking Guests to Parts Known and Unknown as Marriott Hotels Imagines the Future of Travel with Oculus Rift Technology


British fashion and lifestyle expert and host Louise Roe joins with Marriott Hotels to introduce the most immersive 4-D virtual travel experience based in Oculus Rift technology. Beginning in New York today, the eight city U.S. tour will teleport adventure seekers to Hawaii and London. 
Bethesda, Md., – September 18, 2014 – In its journey to explore the future of travel, Marriott Hotels is taking an unprecedented leap into virtual reality by teleporting travelers to the beaches of Hawaii and downtown London.  The brand partnered with Academy Award-winning Framestore to create Marriott Hotel’s virtual travel experience, giving consumers a fully immersive, 4-D sensory experience based in Oculus Rift technology. An industry pioneer, Marriott Hotels is embracing innovative technologies to redefine the future of travel for generations to come. And now, travel enthusiasts can see, hear and feel what it’s like to be in destinations halfway across the globe and at Marriott Hotels of the future – all within its traveling teleporter coming to eight cities across the U.S. beginning today in New York. 

 

 
The groundbreaking program is anchored by the Marriott Hotels virtual travel experience Teleporter – a phone booth-like structure that takes cues from iconic science fiction books and movies. The Teleporter features the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset, wireless headphones and suite of onboard 4-D sensory elements.

To create a virtual travel experience that truly feels like “being there,” Marriott Hotels turned to its partners, video effects and creative content studio Framestore and experiential marketing agency Relevent, to pioneer several new virtual reality innovations. This included developing a new, unparalleled technique for capturing 3-D, 360 degree live-action video, and then mixing that video with photo real CGI (computer-generated imagery) and 4-D elements such as heat, wind and mist. The result is an unprecedented depth of immersion, a virtual reality experience that delivers the feeling of actually traveling to Hawaii’s Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui and London, seen from the dizzying heights of Tower 42. To learn more and see a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the virtual reality travel experience, go to TravelBrilliantly.com/our-innovations/oculus-get-teleported

“Marriott Hotels is pioneering the use of innovative technologies that will transform the guest experience to heights unseen in the current reality experience in unprecedented ways, “said Michael Dail, vice president, Marriott Hotels Brand Marketing. “Marriott seized on virtual reality and teleportation to give the next generation of travelers the clear cut notion that more amazing travel experiences are coming and to encourage them to co-create the future of travel with us on TravelBrilliantly.com, where their best ideas enter Marriott’s innovation pipeline. Together, we are pushing the limits of what is possible.” 

During the Marriott Virtual Travel Experience, guests enter the Teleporter, where they will put on virtual reality headsets and headphones to be completely immersed in a virtual world. From there, they will visit a virtual version of a new Marriott Greatroom lobby, and then virtually travel to a black sand beach in Maui, Hawaii and to the top of a skyscraper in downtown London, England. While “traveling,” 4-D elements kick in – the feeling of the warm sun on your skin, breeze in your hair, rumble of waves under foot and ocean spray in your face – to make the experience feel extremely lifelike. 

The Teleporter is touring eight select Marriott properties from September to November, offering hotel guests and the public the chance to teleport themselves at Marriott Hotels in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco.  

  • September 19-23: New York Marriott Marquis
  • September 26-29: Boston Marriott Cambridge
  • October 2-5: Marriott Marquis Washington DC
  • October 9-12: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
  • October 17-20: Dallas Marriott City Center
  • October 24-27: San Diego Marriott Marquis
  • November 6-9: San Jose Marriott
  • November 13-16: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Since the launch of Marriott Hotels’ transformational journey with its Travel Brilliantly campaign in June 2013 – Marriott Hotels has been engaging guests, experts and influencers to join with the brand in co-creating the future state of travel by asking “How can we make travel more brilliant?” The results are tangible with innovations including the brand’s new stylish, modern Greatroom lobbies, mobile check-in and checkout from anywhere, a mobile app for chatting between guests and property hosts, a healthy vending machine with fresh food on demand and digital power sources to juice up devices. Marriott is also co-creating with unexpected partners like the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. Marriott and MIT students – future travelers – co-created Six Degrees to reinvent the hotel lobby as a social hub, using a mobile app to connect people with similar backgrounds and interests.

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). Follow the Teleporter tour with #GetTeleported.

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

About Framestore
Framestore (www.framestore.com) is a visual effects and creative content studio with an Oscar-winning heritage. The company uses innovative talent and technology to create marketing content for every platform. Framestore partners with clients ranging from brands through to Hollywood studios, ad agencies, production companies and video game developers. Traditionally recognized for its globally celebrated visual effects, Framestore has more recently made its name as an innovator in the digital and content marketing space by focusing on the immersive engagement potential of interactive visual effects. 

About Relevent
Relevent is a pioneering creative experiences agency.  We help some of the world’s biggest brands connect with consumers through disruptive, immersive stories that span the physical and digital.  Our culture is based in strategy, storytelling, innovation, design and doing. Visit us at relevent.com.

Connect with john.wolf@marriott.comJNewmark@Grey.com

09/08/2014

Marriott Hotels Serves Up a “Fresh” Approach – Healthy Vending Machine Debuts, a Traveler-Inspired Innovation Submitted to TravelBrilliantly.com

Farmers Fridge Vending Maching6BETHESDA, MD – September 8, 2014 – Marriott Hotels begins feeding travelers’ hunger for healthy food on the road whenever they want it – 24/7. Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR), today launched its first traveler-inspired innovation – a healthy vending machine, featuring handcrafted salads, sandwiches and snacks made fresh everyday using local ingredients. The working prototype debuts in the lobby of the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, offering travelers healthy food options available all day and night during their journey. The innovation was inspired by Anjana Kallarackal, a 21-year old college student, who answered the call to join Marriott Hotels in co-creating the future of travel as part of its Travel Brilliantly campaign.

In looking to bring Anjana’s idea to life, Marriott Hotels reached out to Chicago start-up Farmer’s Fridge, which has taken an innovative approach to making healthy, delicious food easier to access. The company’s kiosk, one of 12 in Chicago area, will be located in the Chicago Marriott O’Hare for the next five months for testing with guests. Items curated and prepared daily by Farmer’s Fridge will be offered for sale in distinctive packaging, ranging in price from $3 to $12 dollars and include:

  • Farmers Fridge DetailsThe Detox Salad (also known as the Junk Food Eraser) made with organic Kale and Quinoa with fennel, fruits and beans served in white balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Greek Yogurt and Berries (also known as Breakfast of the Gods) made with low-fat Greek Yogurt, berries and locally sourced honey.
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken made with chicken breast from chickens that have been humanely raised without antibiotics, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper.

“Listening and responding to customer needs is a hallmark for Marriott Hotels. We are committed to introducing the most innovative ideas our guests and influencers have been submitting to TravelBrilliantly.com as part of the brand’s journey to co-create the future of travel,” said Michael Dail, vice president, Marriott Hotels Marketing. “Anjana’s idea inspired us, and thanks to Farmer’s Fridge, guests can now begin enjoying healthy food whenever they want it. Coming soon, Marriott Hotels will launch even more co-created travel ideas submitted to TravelBrilliantly.com by guests.”

"It is an honor for Farmer's Fridge to partner with a company as innovative as Marriott Hotels that recognizes the need for healthy meal options among travelers,” said Luke Saunders, founder of Farmer's Fridge. “I founded Farmer's Fridge because I used to spend 75 percent of my time on-the-road for work and was personally frustrated by the lack of convenient, healthy food available. Now it has come full circle, with this new partnership giving travelers access to fresh, nutritious food on-the-go through our revolutionary kiosks.”

In little more a year, nearly 2,500 ideas have been submitted to TravelBrilliantly.com. This month, the brand is asking consumers for their best ideas in taking loyalty programs to next level. In October, the brand wants ideas for how it can support guests as they try to stay healthy and balanced on the road and in November, the brand will solicit ideas for its Greatroom lobbies.

Recently, Marriott Hotels evolved TravelBrilliantly.com by asking guests to help Marriott Hotels shape innovative ideas and concepts that are closer to being rolled out. The brand is working on offering a mix of amenities in a box that guests could purchase at check-in. Visitors to TravelBrilliantly.com can vote for their favorite amenities from a list under consideration or suggest their own ideas for the perfect amenities.

In addition to guests, Marriott Hotels is also co-creating with unexpected partners like the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. Marriott and MIT students – future travelers – co-created Six Degrees to reinvent the hotel lobby as a social hub, using a mobile app to connect people with similar backgrounds and interests. The idea is now in development in Marriott’s innovation pipeline.

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).

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About Farmer’s Fridge
Farmer’s Fridge, a new healthy vending machine concept, delivers delicious gourmet salads and snacks to customers via automated kiosks around the Chicagoland area. The idea to provide nutritious meals came from Founder Luke Saunders’ realization that health-conscious people were struggling to find nutritious meals and snacks that were easily accessible. Building on that belief, Saunders drew on his background in manufacturing to create an automated kiosk that could dispense healthy food options.  Farmer’s Fridge offers people healthy, nutritious foods that are delicious and satisfying in a state-of-the art, innovative automated kiosk. The salads and snacks are made from fresh ingredients available from local produce vendors. Farmer’s Fridge salads and snacks are handcrafted each morning in a local Chicago kitchen and are stocked daily by 10 a.m. The company also provides catering to businesses in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit www.farmersfridge.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS: 
John Wolf
Marriott International
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Grey Public Relations
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08/18/2014

Marriott International Plans Second Hotel in Belarus

Marriott MinskBrand new Marriott Minsk Hotel set to open in 2015

London, August 18, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) is expanding in Belarus with plans to open a second hotel in the country.  The 220-room Marriott Minsk Hotel is expected to open in early 2015 and will operate under a franchise agreement with Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG.  The hotel will be the second Marriott International property in Belarus after the recently opened Renaissance Minsk Hotel.  
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Marriott Minsk is part of an extensive new sports and entertainment development located approximately four kilometres from Minsk city centre.  The complex will provide a wide range of leisure facilities including a swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, massage rooms, fitness centre, bowling alley and cinema.  The hotel itself will have two restaurants, a lobby lounge bar, a cigar bar and nightclub.  For meetings and events, there will be thirteen meeting rooms and a large ballroom which can accommodate up to 600 people.

Marriott Minsk guestroomThe hotel will be fresh and contemporary in style with the brand’s Greatroom lobby concept providing a comfortable and welcoming destination for guests and locals to gather, by themselves or with friends or colleagues, to relax, socialise and work.  Guestrooms will feature neutral tones and natural materials reflecting a new design direction for the brand which focuses on creating a residential feel.

Marriott Minsk will participate in Marriott Rewards, an award-winning loyalty programme with over 45 million members worldwide.

About Marriott Hotels
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 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).

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About Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG
Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG was founded in 1989. On the basis of individual management contracts, Vienna International operates and is developing a total of 38 first‐class hotels & resorts and 2 hotel projects. The portfolio, which also includes one Leading Hotel of the World, comprises city, resort, spa and conference hotels. The hotels are located in ten European countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, France, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and Republic of Belarus. In addition to holiday and leisure products internationally, e.g. in Loipersdorf, Salzburg, Carlsbad and Opatija, the focus of the destinations is on business centres such as Salzburg, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Cracow, Łódź, Bucharest and Ekaterinburg. The hotels under management by VI generated
€ 177 million in revenue with 2.4 million bed nights in 2013. The group currently employs a total of about 2,500 people. More information is available at www.vi-hotels.com (Press).

Press contact:
Mag. (FH) Sabine Hackl, Head of Corporate Communications
Dresdner Straße 87, 1200 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 333 73 73 – 65, E-Mail: presse@vi-hotels.com
Web: www.vi-hotels.com

08/04/2014

Marriott Hotels Brand Continues its Expansion Across the Middle East and Africa

Marriott-Marquis-Doha-City-Center-Exterior_Buildings_Night_4733Doha Prepares for the Opening of Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel    

Doha, Qatar – August 3, 2014 – Marriott International’s signature business and leisure brand, Marriott Hotels, continues to grow in popularity across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The brand has just announced the opening of a new property in Doha’s West Bay district, where three hotels currently known as the Renaissance Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center become one as a new Marriott Hotel opens.

“Marriott Hotels is our flagship brand designed for frequent travelers who want to make the most of every opportunity presented by travel. In addition, the iconic Marriott Hotels brand is on a journey to transform itself and reassert its position as a leader in innovation,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa.

The Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel is in line with Marriott Hotels’ new brand strategy. “Marquis” is a brand extension of the Marriott Hotels and JW Marriott Hotels brands. It is given to select properties that are distinguished by their exceptional offerings and iconic locations, including expansive meeting facilities, multiple restaurants, and grand public spaces. The Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel with its 580 guest rooms, 1,200 square metres of flexible meeting space, and breath-taking views of the Doha skyline and Arabian Gulf is no exception.

Andreas Wissdorf, General Manager of the new Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel said, “Doha is a dynamic, diverse city and a professional business destination, capable of hosting large citywide events in state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centres. We saw an opportunity to enhance our offerings through the Marriott Hotels brand, adding some key features and facilities such as the ‘Greatroom’, ‘Future of Meetings’ and ‘Mobile Guest Services’. We are extremely proud to be the first Marriott Marquis property outside of the United States, offering the option of tailoring any kind of event, conference, meeting or social function to our customers’ needs through enhanced facilities and technology.”

The Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel will be the first Marriott Marquis in the Middle East, and the first property located outside of the US, as the other Marriott Marquis properties are located between New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and Washington DC.

For more information visit www.marriottmarquisdoha.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, 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 deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

07/09/2014

Cancun Marriott Resorts Top Celebrated Living “Platinum Hotels” List

Sister properties voted by readers as top two best hotels in their region.

Jwcm_exteriorThe JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort topped Celebrated Living’s Platinum List of “Best of Hotels in Mexico, Central America and South America,” earning the number one and number two spots on the list, respectively.

This is the second year in a row that readers vote the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa as the number one hotel in the region, and the property’s fifth consecutive year ranking among the top five. The CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort climbed two spots, voted by readers as the number two resort in region in its fourth consecutive year on the list.

Celebrated Living is American Airlines’ luxury in-flight magazine distributed quarterly in first and business class cabins and in airport Admirals Club lounges worldwide. Each year, the publication asks readers to vote for their favorite hotels, spas, golf courses and cruise lines, based on their first-hand experience, weighing votes on quality of service and amenities.

“We are humbled and honored and grateful to the readers for their votes,” said Christopher Calabrese, Vice President and General Manager of JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. “This distinction is especially important to us because it is a direct result of readers choice, and therefore reflects the level of service the Cancun Marriott family is committed to providing all of our guests.”

Platinum List rankings are categorized by region; the 2014 issue made its debut onboard aircrafts and in airport lounges earlier this summer. 

About CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort is the perfect choice for weekend getaways, family vacations and group events. Spacious rooms with private balconies offer captivating views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or Nichupté Lagoon. A short bus ride to Cancun’s famed nightlife, shopping district and Convention Center ensures that there is something to do for everyone. Interconnected with JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort’s flexible indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, lounges and restaurants will accommodate any event, theme or vacation guests might be planning. For more information or to book a reservation please visit www.casamagnacancun.com or call 1.800.223.6388.

About JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
The landmark JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa offers an unforgettable Cancun vacation. In the heart of the Hotel Zone, each of its 448 well-appointed rooms have private balconies with stunning views of Cancun’s white sand beaches and the Caribbean. For those who wish to indulge themselves, Club 91 accommodations combine the tranquility and sophistication of a private club with personalized and upgraded services. The property’s Mayan-inspired spa is rated one of the top spas in Mexico and offers massages, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and more. With three world-class restaurants, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and the stunning beauty of the Caribbean, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for corporate retreats, events and holiday vacations. For more information or to book a reservation, please visit www.jwmarriottcancun.com or call 1.800.223.6388.

About Marriott Hotels
With over 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com to join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

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

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.

Media Contact:
Luisana Suegart
Diamond Public Relations
305.854.3544
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06/16/2014

Marriott International Adds Second Hotel in Siberia

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel exterior

Expands to 15 Properties in Russia.

London, UK – June 16, 2014 – Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announces today the opening of the 175-room Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel in Western Siberia, the company’s second hotel in Siberia and its fifteenth in Russia.  The hotel is positioned in a prime location on Lenin Square opposite the iconic Opera House and offers Novosibirsk’s largest conference facilities on hotel grounds. Download images.

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel guest roomThe 175 spacious and thoughtfully designed guestrooms feature large flat screen televisions and high speed internet.  Executive guestrooms have complimentary access to the 24/7 executive lounge which serves breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day, and cocktails and canapés in the evening.  The extensive leisure facilities include a large indoor pool, fitness centre and Turkish Hammam.     

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel poolGuests can choose between a variety of bars and restaurants within the hotel including Ouverture, an elegant café and bar serving Russian classics alongside Mediterranean, Lebanese and Asian dishes, and the Lobby Bar overlooking the Opera and Ballet Theatre serving light meals and drinks.  A rooftop bar with outstanding views over the city is the perfect place for evening cocktails.

Meetings and events may be held in any of the six elegantly designed meeting rooms, which offer 480 square metres of space.  Accommodating over 450 people, the light and airy meeting spaces feature modern integrated technology to promote productivity.   

Novosibirsk is a dynamic hub of commerce, industry and thriving culture, home to more than 30 scientific research institutions and internationally acclaimed cultural establishments such as Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall and M.I. Glinka State Conservatory.  The Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk to the metro, shops and major attractions and a convenient overnight stop for travellers on the Trans-Siberian Railway. 

Rates at the Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel start from €120.

About Marriott Hotels
With over 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com to join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott). 

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