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02/01/2016

Delta Hotels Joins Marriott Rewards, Giving Members Even More Choice and Flexibility When They Travel

Delta from SteamwhistleBethesda, Md., February 1, 2016 – Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning loyaly program, is being expanded to include Delta Hotels and Resorts, giving its 54 million members even more choice and flexibility when they travel. Marriott Rewards members can now earn points or miles and Elite night credits, and redeem for free night stays, at twenty-one Delta Hotels across Canada, with the brand’s fourteen remaining Canadian properties joining the program in late April 2016. Delta Privilege members will also now enjoy the full benefits of Marriott Rewards membership, including the ability to earn and redeem points at over 4,000 Marriott hotels globally across 17 distinct brands, opening up a world of possibilities for them to pursue their passions through travel.

“Marriott Rewards members—our most loyal guests—are seeking ways to discover and experience more through travel. Marriott Rewards’ expansion to include Delta Hotels gives our members even more choice when traveling in Canada,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada. “The depth and breadth of the Marriott Rewards portfolio of brands is now even stronger. The addition of Delta Hotels gives our guests more opportunity to experience the benefits of loyalty in ways that reflect their passions and lifestyles.”

Delta Hotels features properties located in major Canadian centers of business as well as popular tourist destinations, including its flagship property Delta Toronto, Delta Ottawa City Centre, and the elegant Delta Grand Okanagan Resort—all of which are now available for members to earn and redeem points. Marriott International acquired the Delta Hotels brand in April 2015. For a full list of properties, please visit www.MarriottRewards.com/Delta-Hotels.

Marriott Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays, as well as for a range of other benefits, such as air travel, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, and merchandise. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy exclusive benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in and check-out through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special offers only available when booking direct on  Marriott.com. To learn more about Marriott Rewards, which is free to join, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott Rewards 
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

Media Contact:

Sara Conneighton
Marriott International, Inc.
Sara.conneighton@marriott.com

 

01/27/2016

Historic, Unprecedented NFL Experiences Delivered by Marriott International at Super Bowl 50 (video)

50 to 50Marriott Rewards “50 to 50” – 50 Friends, Family Gather to Watch Game Together From Luxury Suite

Courtyard “Suite Stadium Contest” – First-Ever Super Bowl Stadium Sleepover

Bethesda, Md., January 27, 2016 – More than a third of Americans are resolving to “spend more time with family and friends” in 2016┼, and Marriott International is making this happen in an unprecedented way in conjunction with Super Bowl 50. 

Marriott Rewards members Bill Craigle (Mechanicsville, NY) and Kristen Williams (Eagle River, Alaska) each won historic Super Bowl prizes and will now enjoy the game on a scale that has never been offered before in the event’s history:

  • Bill Craigle, Marriott Rewards’ “50 to 50” sweepstakes winner and husband and father of two grown sons, has become the most popular person on his block. He is taking a group of 50 family and friends on an all expenses paid trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to watch Super Bowl 50 from a luxury stadium suite – a priceless and memorable gift. “The Craigle 50,”all handpicked by the sweepstakes winner, is a combination of 35 family members and 15 close friends including members of the medical team that helped treat a life-threatening illness facing Bill’s oldest son. To help share the news, Marriott Rewards surprised the Craigles and their extended family when their favorite football player of all time, Brian Urlacher, showed up unexpectedly at their front door to deliver their prize, all captured in this heartwarming video.


     
  • As the winner of Courtyard’s “Suite Stadium” contest, Williams is making unforgettable memories for her three guests as they stay over in a stadium suite-turned-Courtyard-hotel room on the eve of Super Bowl 50 in a slumber party for the ages. Williams and her guests will awake to an NFL dream come true – being the first fans in the stadium Super Bowl Sunday. The prize also includes flights and tickets to the game.

Courtyard suite“Marriott International’s sponsorship with the NFL enables us to bring exclusive access and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to our guests and members of our Marriott Rewards program,”said Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer, Marriott International. “The idea of traveling to Super Bowl 50 with a group of 50 friends and family has captivated the imaginations of NFL fans and has inspired conversation among millions of fans worldwide.”

“Courtyard’s on-going relationship as the Official Hotel of the NFL truly reaches new heights with the big 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.  Creating ‘Greatness on the Road’ moments is what Courtyard is all about and hosting a slumber party in a comfortable Courtyard room built right in Levi Stadium absolutely delivers that ultimate NFL super-fan experience!” added Brian King, Global Officer Marriott Signature Brands.

Marriott International, in its fifth sponsorship year with the NFL, launched both programs prior to the season’s kickoff using top social media platforms where friends and family connect. Courtyard and Marriott Rewards engaged with traveler’s social networks to gain excitement and enable conversation around the country’s biggest sports event:

  • Craigle defied the odds when he was randomly selected from more than 250,000 eligible “50 to 50” sweepstakes entrants that included residents of the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec) and the United Kingdom. The trip for “The Craigle 50” includes flights, hotel, and tickets to watch the game from a luxury suite, for the winner and all his guests, and an unforgettable VIP weekend experience at the nation’s biggest event of the year. All entrants were existing or brand new Marriott Rewards members who entered through the Marriott Rewards Facebook
  • Williams triumphed as Courtyard’s “Suite Stadium” winner after emerging with the highest number of judge and fan votes after a series of social media challenges completed on Twitter and Instagram. The contest generated more than 8 million impressions on social media during its four-month run while generating discussion from NFL players and fans alike. Williams’ historic Super Bowl stay will be shared with fans via the Courtyard YouTube page, which will include surprise encounters from NFL personalities.

┼ Source: 33.2% Americans surveyed want to “spend more time with family and friends” in 2016, according to a Google Consumer Survey conducted from Nov. 24-27, 2015.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. 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 54 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.  

The Courtyard by Marriott brand features hotels with a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced while traveling. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road.  With more than 1,000 locations in more than 40 countries, Courtyard has more locations than any other Marriott International brand.

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

CONTACTS:   

Nina Herrera-Davila +1 (301) 380-2691
nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

Dan Forman +1 (301) 380-8898
Dan.forman@marriott.com

 

01/21/2016

Marriott Rewards' Newest MegaBonus Promotion Provides More Opportunities to Earn Than Ever Before

MR_FullColorFor First Time Ever, MegaBonus Enables All Marriott Reward Members to Unlock Additional New Offers

Bethesda, Md, January 21, 2016 – Today, Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program, launched its new MegaBonus global promotion making it even easier for members to earn bonus points through stays and get more out of their travel experience.

From February 1 to May 15, 2016, members will earn a free night after their second paid stay at over 4,000 participating properties worldwide across 17 different brands. For the first time, members can automatically unlock an additional offer after meeting their initial challenge, becoming eligible to earn bonus points on their subsequent stay. Challenges will vary based on member activity.

Registration is required to participate in MegaBonus and must be completed by April 15, 2016. To sign up for MegaBonus or to join Marriott Rewards and participate in the promotion, visit here.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

Contact:
Marriott International: Dan Forman / Dan.Forman@Marriott.com / 301-890-8898

01/20/2016

Marriott Hotels Announces Escape to SoCal Sweepstakes with Chance to Win 500,000 Marriott Rewards Points


Marriott RewardsLos Angeles, Calif., January 11, 2016 – Seventeen Southern California Marriott Hotels properties are celebrating the new year by giving members of Marriott Rewards a chance to win 500,000 Marriott Rewards points and escape the winter cold even faster.

Throughout the month of January, Marriott Rewards members who share a photo or video on Twitter or Instagram of the weather they want to escape using the hashtags #MRPoints and #EscapetoSoCalSweepstakes will be eligible to win. Marriott Rewards members can share a photo or video once daily during the sweepstakes period. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, 2016 to be included in the Sweepstakes random drawing of the winner.

With 500,000 Marriott Rewards points redeemable for free nights, the winning member can experience all that SoCal has to offer—from sun to sand, surfing to shopping, attractions to entertainment, and hiking/biking to golf, Marriott Rewards members can pursue their passions while traveling to this warm-weather destination.

Marriott Hotels participating in the sweepstakes include:

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
Anaheim Marriott
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Irvine Marriott
Marina del Rey Marriott
Manhattan Beach Marriott
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
Ventura Beach Marriott
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
San Diego Marriott Del Mar
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley 
Costa Mesa Marriott

Guests can visit MarriottRewards.com to join Marriott Rewards and become eligible to participate in the sweepstakes. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy extra benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special deals only available when booking direct on a Marriott channel.
About Marriott Rewards Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®. Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

Photo Caption: Dreaming big in Southern California is easy … just step outside the door to unlimited experiences. Photo Credit: Marriott Hotels

Press Contact:

Narinder Nagra
Marriott International
Western Region
949-215-4654
Narinder.Nagra@marriott.com

01/05/2016

Marriott Rewards Members Can Fuel Their Passion for Travel Even Faster With New South African Airways Partnership

South-African-Airways-planeMembers can earn miles for their stays and redeem points for miles through flexible program

Bethesda, Md., January 5, 2016 Today, Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program, announced that members can now earn South African Airways (SAA) Voyager miles for stays at more than 4,000 Marriott hotels across 16 distinctive global brands. As part of this new partnership, Marriott Rewards members can now also redeem points for SAA Voyager miles.

“Providing our members with even more flexibility to fuel their journey of exploration is part of our mission at Marriott Rewards,” said Kevin McCarthy, Vice President of Loyalty Member Experience at Marriott International. “Through our partnership with South African Airways—our 41st airline partner—our 54 million members will have the freedom to enjoy the benefits of loyalty in ways that are most meaningful to them—whether earning miles during their stays, or using points to get the miles they need to travel even sooner.”

“We are excited to launch this partnership with Marriott Rewards,” said Suretha Cruse, SAA Executive, Customer Loyalty. “Marriott Rewards includes hotels worldwide, most recently adding Protea Hotels, one of the leading African hotel groups, to the program. We are confident that this new partnership will really benefit our members.”

As of today, Marriott Rewards members who designate South African Airways as their earning preference will receive:

  • Two (2) SAA Voyager miles per $1 US spent on qualifying hotel charges at the following brands:
    • JW Marriott®
    • Autograph Collection® Hotels
    • Renaissance® Hotels
    • Marriott Hotels®
    • Marriott Vacation Club®
  • Two (2) SAA Voyager miles per $1 US spent on room rate only at the following brands:
    • The Ritz-Carlton®
    • EDITION®
    • Gaylord Hotels®
  • One (1) SAA Voyager mile per $1 US spent on room rate only at the following brands:
    • Protea Hotels®
    • Courtyard by Marriott®
    • AC Hotels by Marriott®
    • SpringHill Suites by Marriott®
    • Fairfield Inn & Suites®
    • Residence Inn by Marriott®
    • TownePlace Suites by Marriott®
    • Marriott Executive Apartments®
    • Moxy Hotels®
    • Delta Hotels ® (coming Q1 2016)

Members can also earn one (1) SAA Voyager mile per $1 US spent, with a maximum of 15,000 points per event, on events with at least ten (10) room nights on a single night or catered-only events. Participating hotels worldwide include The Ritz-Carlton®, JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Gaylord Hotels®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Courtyard by Marriott®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, and Marriott Vacation Club®.

Marriott Rewards members can also convert their Marriott Rewards points into SAA Voyager miles at the following exchange rates:

Marriott Rewards Points                                   SAA Voyager Miles

 10,000                                                                 1,500
 20,000                                                                 3,500
 30,000                                                                 7,000
 70,000                                                               17,500
140,000                                                               35,000   

In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy extra benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special deals only available when booking direct on a Marriott channel.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

About SAA Voyager
South African Airways (SAA) Voyager is a loyalty program owned by SAA (SOC) Limited and serves as the frequent flyer program for: SAA; SA Express (SOC) Limited; and Airlink Proprietary Limited. Mango (SOC) Limited, SAA’s wholly owned low cost carrier, is a high customer value ranked redemption partner of the program. Launched during 1994, the program offers its more than 2.5 million members earning and spending of Miles (the program’s reward currency) from 55 program partners. The program boasts more than 35 airline partnerships, including the Star Alliance global network which gives members access to more than 1,300 destinations in 190 countries. The evolution of SAA Voyager has seen the program expanding from being a traditional frequent flyer program, by diversifying its offering to include more than 20 non-airline partners in categories ranging from travel-related to lifestyle, retail, property, and financial services; delivering on its promise to become forever part of their members’ journeys.  SAA Voyager is dedicated to upholding the same high standards of customer service excellence today and in the future, as it has for decades. SAA Voyager program partners gain access to a rich partner network and one of the biggest loyalty databases on the continent, which has proven to translate to increased revenues and enhanced customer retention. To enroll and for more information about SAA Voyager, please visit FlySAA.com.

Media Contact:
John Wolf
Marriott International, Inc.
John.wolf@marriott.com

11/25/2015

Marriott Rewards Now Available Across Africa at all 100 Protea Hotels

PH Umhlanga Ridge 3Protea Joins Over 4,000 Marriott International Hotels Where Members Can Earn And Redeem Points For Global Travel  

Cape Town, South Africa, 25th  November 2015: Marriott Rewards, the award winning global hotel loyalty program, is being expanded to all Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels across Sub-Saharan Africa, giving its 53 million members 100 more hotels where they can earn and redeem points.  Today’s expansion follows an initial rollout of Marriott Rewards to 25 properties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and expands the program to Protea and African Pride hotels in  Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi.

“Marriott Rewards members--our most loyal guests--are seeking travel experiences that empower them to pursue their passions. Marriott Rewards’ expansion to include all Protea Hotels allows members to enjoy the benefits of loyalty when traveling to Africa, whether for business or leisure,” explains Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer for Marriott International, Middle East & Africa and Marriott International’s Business Leader for Protea Hotels. 

For individuals who travel around Africa, this is the first time an African hotel  brand has offered loyalty points for domestic stays PH Sea Pointthat can be redeemed for travel internationally. Protea Hotels is positioned in the moderate and upper moderate tier categories, with properties situated in key business centers and sought-after leisure destinations. Protea Hotels offers accommodation ideal for both business and leisure travelers, with modern design and a unique blend of local style and personal service.

Marriott Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays, as well as for a range of other benefits, such as air travel, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, and merchandise. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy exclusive benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in and check-out through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special  offers only available when booking direct on  Marriott.com.

To learn more about Marriott Rewards, which is free to join, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

About Protea Hotels

Protea Hotels is Africa's leading hotel brand and has a footprint of more than 100 properties throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Each hotel is uniquely different in character and the collection ranges from urban accommodation to country retreats, all in the 3 and 4-star markets. Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 6 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013 and Icon Brand 2015. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 19 brands that operate more than 4 300 hotels in 81 countries. Follow us on twitter @ProteaHotels

About Marriott International:

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 54 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.

Media Contact:

Deema Kingsmill-Moore
Marriott International, Inc.
Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

10/14/2015

Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards Believe Everyone Deserves More Flexibility to Travel Sooner

The Fab FourThe new “Fab Four” Benefits Make It Simpler to Use Points for Vacations and Getaways

Bethesda, Md., October 14, 2015 – Marriott Rewards, the award-winning loyalty program from Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR), and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards are announcing their “Fab Four” benefits. Members will now be able to share points among more friends and family, book stays with a mix of cash and points more conveniently, book travel in advance before having enough points, and earn Elite night credits for stays paid for with points.  Marriott Rewards is focused on giving members greater flexibility through a less complicated and more seamless program, allowing them to fuel their passion for travel even faster at the 16 brands participating in the Rewards programs, including Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection and Courtyard by Marriott.

“Giving our members greater freedom in their reward travel is part of our mission,” said Thom Kozik, vice president, Loyalty, Marriott International. “The Fab Four is just one example of how we are continually adding more simplicity and flexibility to the Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs, giving our 53 million members even more value for their loyalty.”

Points Sharing
With Points Sharing, which launches today, members can now transfer and receive points into and out of their accounts among all family and friends who are also Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members. Whether it is traveling for family reunions or to watch their favorite sports team play, members are increasingly traveling in groups.

Cash + Points
Members will now have more flexibility in booking redemption travel with a mix of Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards points and cash. This means members can take advantage of the points they have earned faster than ever before. The improved Cash + Points benefit launches in early 2016 for stays as brief as one night. Members will be able to choose the combination that makes most sense for them.

Points Advance
Members can now book redemption travel even if they do not have enough points to cover their travelat the time of the booking. With Points Advance, members can continue to earn points needed for their upcoming redemption travel or take advantage of Points Sharing or Cash + Points.

Redemption Stay Credit
Members of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards will be able to earn Elite night credits for redemption stays paid for with points at all participating hotels beginning November 1, 2015. This will make it easier for members to achieve or maintain Elite status by having their accounts automatically credited for redemption stays. This benefit reflects Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards belief that members should be rewarded for each and every night they choose to stay at a participating hotel.

Modern travelers are loyal to brands that understand their lifestyle. In a complicated world, they seek simplicity and flexibility; a desire to explore the world in search of fulfilling new experiences; and an opportunity to create more meaningful connections with friends and family, while also making new and lasting connections among communities worldwide. Marriott Rewards commits itself to evolving with its members so they can enjoy the benefits of loyalty on their terms.

For more information about the “Fab Four”, please go to www.MarriottRewards.com/NewBenefits

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

Contacts: 
John Wolf   
Marriott International 
o: 301-380-5718                                         
c: 202-437-6975                                             
email: john.wolf@marriott.com                  

Jenna Newmark
Grey
o: 212-546-1716
c: 646 369-3377
email: jenna.newmark@grey.com   

09/10/2015

Marriott International Creates Two Epic Super Bowl 50 Fan Experiences

Courtyard-by-Marriott-and-Marriott-Rewards-logosCourtyard “Suite Stadium Contest” – First Ever Super Bowl Stadium Sleepover
Marriott Rewards “50 to 50” – Taking 50 Friends to Super Bowl 50

Bethesda, Md., September 10, 2015 – In anticipation of one of the biggest events in the history of the NFL, Marriott International is changing the game for lucky fans with an epic season long Super Bowl 50 campaign. Courtyard, the Official Hotel of the NFL for the past four years, is adding to its tradition of unique NFL experiences by hosting the world’s first Super Bowl “Suite Stadium Contest” sleepover in Levi’s Stadium.  Marriott Rewards, the company’s award-winning loyalty program, launches its “50 to 50” campaign that includes a sweepstakes which gives members in three countries a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a group of 50 of their friends and family to attend the game and enjoy an exclusive VIP Super Bowl 50 weekend in the San Francisco Bay area.

“The NFL is the powerhouse of professional sports, and our long-standing sponsorship gives us an opportunity to tap into a passionate group of travelers, bringing the breadth and depth of our brand offerings to fans,” said Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer, Marriott International. “Similar to our relationships with global leaders in the music and entertainment industry, our NFL sponsorship represents the company’s ongoing effort to bring exclusive and memorable experiences for our guests and the 52 million members of our Marriott Rewards program.”

“Marriott provides unique and interactive experiences that have resonated with football fans across the country,” said Renie Anderson, senior vice president of sponsorship, NFL. “We are pleased to work with Marriott to reach our fans in authentic and innovative ways, especially leading up to Super Bowl 50.”

Marriott Rewards 50 to 50:
Marriott Rewards is making it possible for the winner to take a group of 50 friends and family to Super Bowl 50 in the San Francisco Bay area with its 50to 50 sweepstakes on Facebook (https://www.Marriott50to50.com).  The trip includes flights, hotel, tickets to the game and an unforgettable VIP weekend experience at the biggest game of the year. Members can enter today for a chance to win through November 30, and non-members will be able to sign up instantly for Marriott Rewards which is free to join.  Visit the Marriott Rewards Facebook page for info and follow the conversation with #50to50. The sweeps is available to residents of the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec) and the United Kingdom

As a part of Marriott International’s worldwide sponsorship with the NFL, Marriott Rewards will participate in the League’s International Series “NFL on Regent Street” Fan Fest event on October 24  in London, providing an interactive Football Challenge, surprise visits from special VIP guests and chances to enter the 50 to 50 sweepstakes .  To extend the exclusive experience, a few lucky Marriott Rewards members will also be invited to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills square off at Wembley Stadium from a private suite on October 25.

Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyardoffers Super Bowl “Suite Stadium Contest” an unforgettable overnight stay at Levi’s Stadium the night before Super Bowl 50 in a suite transformed into a Courtyard guest room. Following the slumber party of the century, the winner and three guests will continue to party as they cheer during the epic Super Bowl 50 game. The contest is now open and the winner will be determined through a series of social media challenges before closing in November. The prize also includes flights and tickets to the game. Visit Courtyard.com or follow the conversation with #SuiteSB50Contest.  

Courtyard will also build momentum with a season-long “Journey to Super Bowl 50” road trip that travels through NFL markets across the country before reaching its big, final stop in San Francisco. Each stop brings a fun-filled fan fest complete with NFL-themed games, NFL legend appearances, samples from the brand’s Bistro and special connections to brand contests and Marriott Rewards gifts. Fans can track the journey with #CourtyardNFL or Courtyard.com/NFL.

Courtyard launches its newest NFL television campaign starring NFL anchor Rich Eisen. In the spots, the brand invites Eisen to test their latest NFL-themed hotel innovations that go to humorous, overzealous extremes to please their guests. The spots will air throughout the season and can be viewed at the Courtyard YouTube page.

Courtyard’s original comedic webisode series, “Courtyard Camera,™ features actor Ben Schwartz (“House of Lies” “Parks and Recreation”) as host, teaming up with NFL stars throughout the 2015-2016 NFL season as they surprise unsuspecting hotel guests with humorous scenarios. NFL stars DeMarco Murray and Jared Allen star in the season’s initial episodes, which can all be viewed at Courtyard’s YouTube page.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Courtyard by Marriott offers an environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,000 locations in 42 countries and territories, Courtyard 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 or reservations, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

Contact:
Nina Herrera-Davila
+1 (301) 380-2691
nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

08/06/2015

Digital Star Grace Helbig Touts Consumer Benefit Of Booking Directly On Marriott.com

Marriott International’s New “#itpaystobookdirect” Campaign Showcases Company’s Best Rate Guarantee 

For-PR_bBethesda, MD – August 6, 2015 – Marriott International today launched a new digital campaign, starring Grace Helbig (Grace Helbig Show, It’s Grace) that highlights the benefits for consumers who book their hotel stays directly on Marriott.com. The campaign – “#itpaystobookdirect” – uses talent from the digital and social world to go directly to consumers on those channels.

When consumers book on Marriott.com, they receive benefits like the company’s best rate guarantee.  If consumers find a better rate elsewhere, the company’s best rate guarantee will match it and give them an additional 25 percent discount.  In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy extra benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in, and special deals only available when booking direct on a Marriott channel. 

“With this campaign, we want to make sure every consumer knows why it pays to book their stays with us directly, either on Marriott.com, through our Global Reservation Centers, or by contacting the hotel directly,” said Drew Pinto, vice president, distribution strategy for Marriott. “Our guests who book direct get access to our best rates, every room we have available and the most accurate and trustworthy information about our hotels. Booking direct is also best way for customers to personalize their stay with us.”  

Each of the 30 and 60 second “#itpaystobookdirect” spots injects humor in communicating the benefits of booking hotel stays directly on Marriott.com. The campaign features Grace Helbig jumping into different scenarios to teach people the why it makes more sense to be direct. 

In the “Proposal,” Grace rescues a stammering boyfriend who is equating his love for his girlfriend to cheese inside a baked potato. 

In the “Interview,” Grace comes to the aid of a boss asking a recruit ridiculous questions like, “If you could be one aquatic mammal, what would it be?”  

In “Scenic Route,” an exasperated Grace helps a lost young couple learn the quickest route to their destination from a gas station attendant who insists they take the scenic route past the house of his best friend Greg who makes scarves out of leaves. 

The creative spots will appear as digital video and via digital display ads. Shorter out-takes will appear on Facebook through November. All the videos are also being featured on Marriott’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/marriott.  

Marriott’s Content Studio led the overall creative development for the campaign partnering with Above Average, the premier online destination for original comedic videos and written content featuring the industry’s top creators, celebrities, and rising talent. It is the company’s first collaboration with Above Average as part of a recently signed development deal. Above Average is the digital arm of Broadway Video, the production company behind Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.  

About Marriott International: 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.    

About GRACE HELBIG:
GRACE HELBIG is an American comedian, actress, internet personality and #1 New York Times best-selling author. In 2014, Grace was named one of Forbes’ top 30 Under 30, was listed as Variety’s Top 10 Comedians to Watch, was featured as Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, and her podcast NOT TOO DEEP was named one of Apple’s Best New Podcasts of 2014. Grace’s advice book, “Grace’s Guide” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. She is currently writing her next book which is set to release January 2016. Grace was just featured in Google’s most recent national Beacon campaign across all media. She also just finished the 1st season of her own comedy/talk show for E!, THE GRACE HELBIG SHOW, which makes her the only female host of a late night talk show on television. 

Grace is the founder and creator of her former web series Daily Grace. In January 2014, she founded the YouTube channel It’s Grace, which hosts her new web series. In one week, It’s Grace amassed over 800 thousand subscribers and 7 million video views. It’s Grace currently stands at over 2.5M subscribers and 100 million video views. Grace is frequently featured as a guest on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and can be seen starring in the feature film, CAMP TAKOTA which topped the charts on iTunes’ Top 10 Downloads. Grace can currently be seen starring in the online travel show “HeyUSA” with Mamrie Hart on Conde Nast’s TheScene.com. In addition to her talk show, Grace can next be seen in the digital reboot of the popular 70s TV series ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL. 

Contact: John Wolf at john.wolf@marriott.com

07/02/2015

Delta Hotels and Resorts Goes Live on Marriott.com

Delta TorontoTravelers Can Make Reservations Now at 37 Additional Hotels Across Canada

Bethesda, Md. USA and Toronto, Canada — July 2, 2015 — With the travel season heating up, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) is now giving travelers 37 additional hotels and resorts across Canada to choose from when they visit Marriott.com, or book on the popular Marriott mobile app.  It’s the next phase of the company’s integration of the award-winning Delta Hotels and Resorts® into the Marriott portfolio of 19 brands; travelers can now learn about and book Delta properties located in more than 30 Canadian cities. Whether it’s a metropolitan weekend in a buzzing city like Toronto, Montréal or Vancouver, an escape to a one-of-a-kind resort in majestic nature areas like Banff or Whistler, or exploring one of the country’s cultural hubs like St. John’s or Quebec, Marriott now gives travelers in Canada more options than ever before.

“We’re excited to announce the newest phase in bringing Delta Hotels and Resorts into the Marriott family,” said Don Cleary, President for Marriott Hotels of Canada. “Making it easier to book Delta on Marriott.com and on our mobile app, we are putting more options in the hands of the traveler.”

The Delta brand brings a rich history and exciting range of properties to the Marriott portfolio making Marriott the largest full-service hotelier in Canada.  Additionally, Delta brings its fresh approach to the guest experience - new, modern guest room designs, innovative use of technology, and new properties like its flagship Delta Toronto located at the center of Canada’s hottest high-rise neighborhood, South Core. 

Marriott Rewards is introducing an exclusive member offer – 15 percent off stays at Delta Hotels and Resorts properties from now through September 7, 2015. For more information on Marriott Rewards member benefits and Delta Hotels, visit: MarriottRewards.com/DeltaHotels.

Marriott.com remains one of the largest online retail sites in the world, and with a new design it is easier than ever for guests to use every device available to discover and book over 4,000 Marriott properties in 78 countries. The Marriott mobile app has increased in popularity with the launch of Mobile Check-In and Check-out, which successfully expanded to the full portfolio of hotels globally last year and has been downloaded over 5.3 million times. It also recently introduced a new feature Mobile Requests that enables guests to request services and amenities from their mobile devices using the app. Learn more about the app here: http://mobileapp.marriott.com/

Membership in Marriott Rewards is free to join. Members will also enjoy a range of other benefits.  To learn more about Marriott Rewards and to sign up, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.  

About Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates, and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

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

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