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.
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.
The 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.
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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).