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12/16/2014

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane Set to Raise the Bar for Mayfair Hotels

Long Marriott Hotel Park LaneLONDON - December 16, 2014 - London Marriott Hotel Park Lane is set to complete an extensive renovation in June 2015 as part of the repositioning of the hotel to represent the best of Marriott in London and to be the hotel of choice in Mayfair. 

Housed within a Grade II listed property, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane will epitomise Mayfair elegance, with views over Hyde Park, opulent guestroom accommodation and luxurious public areas befitting of the prestigious address.

The interiors of London Marriott Hotel Park Lane are currently undergoing a complete transformation. RPW Design is responsible for the plans that extend to all 152 bedrooms, the introduction of five new suites and a redesign of the lobby, Executive Lounge and meeting rooms.

Nicolas Kipper, the newly appointed General Manager, comments: “We aim to compete with the best hotels in London with an exclusive and unique Marriott offering. The new design, an increased suite count, an elevated service and an enhanced in-room offering, will make us even more appealing to the luxury market.”

The new layout of rooms will include entrance lobbies and will be decorated in soft shades of white, dove grey and lavender. Materials such as leather, silk, solid wood and bookmatched marble are to be used throughout.

RPW Design’s Managing Director Jan Wilson said: “Our designs aim to bring out the English Heritage of the Francis Verity designed historic building extending its intimate feel and residential character into the hotel’s interior. Elegantly designed rooms and public spaces will have all the facilities expected in a leading luxury hotel.”

Impeccable attention to detail of the hotel’s interior will be matched with quintessentially British touches. A collection of British artwork features throughout the hotel and Royal Warrant holder suppliers include Edward Goodyear handpicked wild flowers and Floris bathroom amenities.

The guest experience will be elevated with the introduction of a signature arrival and bespoke personal service. Cutting edge technology will be offered with Apple products throughout, bluetooth LCD screen TVs and mobile check-in.

The transformation of the interiors follows the opening of Lanes of London restaurant at the hotel in January 2014.  The Club offers a serene retreat complete with steam room, state-of-the-art gym equipment and the only pool on Park Lane. Plans for renovations of The Club are set to be announced.

Prices will start from £399 inc. VAT

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, 140 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 7AA

LondonMarriottParkLane.co.uk; +44 (0)20 7493 7000

About London Marriott Hotel Park Lane
Set in Mayfair on the prestigious Park Lane, just minutes away from London's famous shopping streets and restaurants, with newly designed interiors London Marriott Hotel Park Lane will represent the best of Marriott in London. Set to be the hotel of choice in Mayfair, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane will offer opulent guestroom accommodation with a residential feel, in the form of 152 rooms and suites, with views over Hyde Park and Marble Arch. Guests in the suites enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Lounge. Lanes of London restaurant and bar offers a celebration of British classics and international flavours in a welcoming environment, with a private entrance making it a destination in its own right.  The Club is a serene retreat complete with the only pool on Park Lane and state-of-the-art gym equipment. Three meeting rooms with natural daylight make up 120sqm of dedicated conferencing space on one level.

About RPW Design
Established in 1988, RPW Design is one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices specialising in the creation of stunningly individual interiors. While varied in context, function and budget, all their projects are characterised by a coherence and an elegance that results from a fully collaborative design process. RPW Design’s portfolio of experience includes The Royal Suite at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London; The Infinity Suite at The Langham Hotel, London and Hotel Okura, Amsterdam.

For further press information or images please contact:
Anita Gryson, Clare Gillespie and Calum Donoghue at LUCHFORD APM
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7631 1000; Firstname.surname@luchfordapm.com

12/15/2014

Marriott Hotels Debuts its Third Hotel on China's Beautiful Tropical Hainan Island - Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay

Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai BayThe brand new Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay opens with the first Goji Kitchen in Southern China.

Sanya, December 15, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is proud to announce the opening of its third hotel under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Hainan Province, China – Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay. The 458-room resort hotel sits at the foot of the picturesque Luhuitou Mountain and overlooks the beachfront and ocean. The hotel features two iconic buildings landscaped around four outdoor pools including one infinity-edged pool, luxuriant tropical gardens and a grand seafront lawn, plus the debut of an exciting new Marriott dining concept in China. Download images.

Sanya poolKnown as the ‘Hawaii of China’, Sanya is China’s most popular tropical resort destination, with an idyllic year-round climate. Located off the southern coast of China, Hainan boasts pristine white-sand beaches and rainforests, superb tourist attractions and duty free shopping, and is the perfect destination for family vacations and dream weddings. Dadonghai Bay is a spectacular crescent-shaped beach set against the forested backdrop of Lu Hui Tou Mountain, and is the closest resort destination to Sanya City.       

Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay was designed by internationally acclaimed architecture firm John Portman & Associates, and comprises a stunning new building plus a refurbished Executive Wing (to be opened in first quarter of 2016), formerly the Shanhaitian Hotel. The hotel is just a short drive from the attractions of downtown Sanya, plus popular tourist sites including Nanshan Temple, Luhuitou Park and Ya No Da Tropical Rainforest Park.

"At Marriott International we are proud to be opening our 74th Marriott International Hotel across six brands in China, taking the total number of properties in China under the iconic Marriott Hotels brand to 18 properties. The 4th quarter of 2014 have been an exceptional time for Marriott in Hainan, with the opening of our first Marriott business hotel in the capital Haikou, and then this beautiful resort hotel at Dadonghai Bay in sunny Sanya," said Mr. Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International.

Mr. Tao Zhou, Chief Executive Officer of Luneng Group Hotel Management Co. said, "Luneng is proud to present the spectacular Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay which includes the largest Kids’ Club in Sanya and the first Goji Kitchen in Southern China, which is an exciting debut concept for Marriott hotels. It is our honor to partner with Marriott International and we look forward to continuing our strategic partnership to help develop Hainan as a true international tourism destination." 

Overlooking the ocean at the base of a mountain blanketed by tropical rainforest, Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay combines modern luxury and easy access to pristine natural beauty. The master design concept conceived by US-based architecture studio AECOM and vibrant interiors by renowned design specialists HBA, drew inspiration from the natural surroundings, and are designed to provide guests with optimal views of the splendid sunsets and sunrises over Dadonghai Bay.

The New Wing offers 292 elegant and spacious rooms and suites, each showcasing scenic mountain or ocean vistas. A large bathroom accessorized with Thann amenities invites guests to linger and spoil themselves. The opening of the refurbished Executive Wing in the first quarter of 2016 will add a further 166 oversized rooms and suites with private balconies starting from 56 sqm.

With more than 1,747 sqm of functional meeting space including a pillar-less Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 880 people, plus an outdoor terrace and an expansive seafront lawn, this will be an ideal venue for conferences, meetings and other memorable events. Sanya is increasingly popular for weddings and honeymoons, and the hotel’s wedding pavilion on the seafront lawn with backdrops of the tropical shoreline make it perfect for a dream destination wedding.

Hotel guests can enjoy a diversity of local and international dining and leisure options at five restaurants, a lounge bar and pastry shop and pastry shop, including the first Goji Kitchen in Southern China. This flexible micro-concept incorporates the latest design and technology to enable variations to its walls and partitions that alter the look and feel of the venue to suit different dining needs and moods. The Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy locally inspired cocktails, specialty drinks and Chinese teas, and The China Baking Company is a modern adaptation of a traditional Hong Kong bakery. Opening in early 2016, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant will serve authentic Shandong cuisine, and Smoki Moto will be a specialty Korean barbeque and Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant with a fresh, cosmopolitan ambience.

The two buildings of Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay feature four outdoor swimming pools stylishly arranged around the beachfront gardens. The infinity pool is part of a natural break between the two buildings, and includes shaded swimming areas with poolside palm trees and tropical foliage. In addition, a lap pool merges into the longest water feature in Sanya that runs along the seafront. Families will enjoy a dedicated kids pool connected to the adult pool at the lower level beside the beach and ocean.

Junior guests can spend quality time at the largest indoor Kids Club of any hotel in Sanya. Offering more than 700 sqm of naturally lit playing and education spaces for young guests plus an active space with an exhilarating slide ride and an exterior kids’ corner. When fully completed, the hotel will also offer a deluxe Health Club, with a 24-hour Fitness Center offering superb ocean views, male and female dry sauna rooms, snooker room and table tennis room, a full-service SPA and a Water Sports Center.

Marriott Hotel's constantly evolving concept to connect with Next Gen travelers’ embraces the future in an increasingly mobile and globalized world. The brand's partnership with THANN products, a range that 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, Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay brings together all these innovative Marriott elements, setting a new standard for international business hotels across China.

For more information or reservations, please call Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay at +86 898 8821 1688 or visit sanyamarriottdadonghaibay.com.

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, 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 4,100 properties in 79 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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com; peggy.cheng@marriott.com

 

12/04/2014

Meetings Made Easier with Marriott's Global App

MSA-ESAKBethesda, MD – December 4, 2014 – Marriott International is now making global meeting planning easier than ever. An additional 75 hotels have enabled meeting management with Marriott’s Meeting Services App (MSA). Nearly 600 hotels now offer MSA, including select Autograph Collection Hotels, as well as properties in Europe and the Middle East. Properties in the Asia Pacific region are expected to offer MSA in the first quarter of 2015. Currently available in 20 different languages, MSA breaks down language barriers and makes it easy for event planners and hotel event staff to communicate in their native tongues while executing their meetings.

Marriott's Meeting Services App technology allows meeting planners to manage events without leaving their seats. The app lets you make and adjust real-time requests for coffee refills, room temperature changes, and almost anything else you might need without disruptions or delays. Customized for your event's meeting rooms and spaces, the app is sent to you by the host hotel three days before your event begins and is available for use on all web-enabled devices.

Meeting Services App is part of a branded suite of apps available at nearly 600 properties in four brands, including Marriott Hotels (Red Coat Direct), JW Marriott Hotels (JW Event Concierge), Renaissance Hotels (R.E.N. Meetings Expert) and select Autograph Collection hotels (Meeting Services App), and provides meeting planners with a familiar platform, yet distinct brand experience. In Q2, 2015 select Courtyard Hotels outside the United States will launch a branded version of MSA.

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

Connect with sara.steffenauer@marriott.com
 

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

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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

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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).

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 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
john.wolf@marriott.com

Jenna Newmark
Grey Public Relations
JNewmark@Grey.com

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).

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 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