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04/29/2016

Travelers Have Spoken: Marriott Rewards Wins Hotel Program of the Year

MR_FullColorFor the Ninth Year in a Row, the “Freddie” Awards Names Marriott Rewards Best Hotel Loyalty Program for the Americas

Betheesda, Md., April 29, 2016 – Marriott Rewards, the award-winning loyalty program of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), has been honored again as the Hotel Program of the Year–Americas by the Freddie Awards, the most prestigious member-generated award in the travel loyalty industry. After receiving the most votes, this year’s win marks the ninth Freddie in a row for Marriott Rewards, which was also recently ranked #1 in J.D. Power’s 2016 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. In addition to taking home the top award of Hotel Program of the Year, Marriott Rewards also won Best Redemption Ability—Americas and Best Customer Service—Americas, and was honored at a ceremony last evening in Las Vegas. The Freddie Awards recognizes excellence in frequent travel programs annually, and 3.7 million members cast ballots for this year’s awards.

“We’re honored that loyal travelers have once again chosen Marriott Rewards as the top hotel program for the ninth year running,” said Thom Kozik, Vice President of Loyalty, Marriott International. “Making this even more meaningful is knowing that actual frequent travelers cast votes for Marriott Rewards over every other program. We are committed to evolving our program with new benefits and even more ways to earn and redeem points so our loyal guests can pursue their passions for travel and experiences.”

Since its 2015 win, Marriott Rewards announced a series of new benefits and program enhancements designed to give members a more flexible, personalized travel experience and demonstrate that loyalty flows both ways. Most recently, Marriott Rewards announced a new experiences marketplace, giving members access to a collection of unique, curated experiences, as well as new benefits for Elite members, including an Elite concierge service and guaranteed late checkout until 4 pm. In March 2016, Marriott Rewards announced Member Rates, which is an exclusive rate guaranteeing the lowest price for members who book direct. These benefits followed the announcement of Points Sharing, Cash & Points, Points Advance, and Redemption Stay Credits. Other components of the loyalty program include:

  • Marriott Mobile:  When members book their stays on Marriott channels, they can take full advantage of the Marriott Mobile app to check-in and check-out for their stay, receive an alert when their room is ready, and make service requests directly to the hotel before, during and after their visit. The company will be adding even more features to the app in the future, making it the perfect travel companion.
  • Free Wi-Fi: In this always on and always connected world, Marriott Rewards members booking direct always receive free Wi-Fi throughout their stay.
  • Access and Experiences: In addition, our members receive opportunities for access to exclusive events and experiences including the NFL Super Bowl and Universal Music Group concerts and digital music downloads.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,200 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 nine years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” The program was ranked #1 in J.D. Power’s 2016 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. 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 Marriott International 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bulgari®, 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 comprise nearly 56 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: 
Sara Conneighton
Marriott International
301-380-8889
Sara.conneighton@marriott.com

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04/19/2016

Members Get It — Introducing a New Experiences Marketplace and Elite Benefits

Beach and laptopMarriott Rewards Empowers Members to Get the Most Out of Travel.

Bethesda, Md., April 19, 2016 – Marriott Rewards, the award-winning loyalty program of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced three new benefits that make it easy for members to explore the things they love and experience travel to the fullest.

  • The new Marriott Rewards experiences marketplace gives all members, including The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members, even more access to a collection of unique, curated experiences.
  • For an initial group of Elite members of Marriott Rewards, a new Elite concierge service will provide them with a dedicated concierge so that their travel experience is both seamless and tailored to their individual needs.
  • Guaranteed late checkout will give Gold and Platinum Elite members of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards increased flexibility and peace of mind when they travel.

“We’re evolving how we engage with, recognize, and reward our loyal guests,” said Thom Kozik, Vice President of Loyalty at Marriott International. “Loyalty is not just about our members choosing to stay with us. We want to make their travel more seamless and personalized, and we also want to deliver memorable experiences that go beyond the stay. Giving our members even more flexibility, freedom, and opportunity to enjoy what they love most about travel—and life—is one of the best ways we can show our loyalty to them.”

Experiences marketplace

With the experiences marketplace, all Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members can pursue their passions by choosing from a wide array of curated special events and opportunities for discovery. Whether it’s tickets to one of the hottest shows on Broadway; a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with your favorite sports team; or a private cooking lesson or wine tasting with a world-famous chef or sommelier, members can redeem Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards points to access a marketplace of unique experiences that allow them to explore their personal interests in the most meaningful and memorable ways. The experiences marketplace will be available globally to all members in late May.

Elite concierge service

An initial group of Elite members of Marriott Rewards will be invited to participate in a new Elite concierge service. By developing a relationship with the member, the concierge will be able to anticipate their unique needs, ensuring the member’s preferences are recognized and their desires are met before, during, and even after their stay. The concierge will be able to reserve on-property amenities like restaurants, spa treatments and golf, as well as make arrangements for special occasions. The service will launch in late May first for U.S. members of Marriott Rewards traveling worldwide and will continue to expand. Marriott Rewards will actively engage with this group of charter members and seek their feedback to refine the service.

Guaranteed late checkout

The guaranteed late checkout benefit will be available to Gold and Platinum Elite members of both Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards who will enjoy a more seamless travel experience when planning their trip. These members will receive a guaranteed late checkout, which could be as late as 4pm. Members can request the late checkout when making a reservation by phone, when checking in using the Marriott Mobile app, or upon arrival at the hotel. This benefit is available at all fully participating Marriott Rewards hotels with the exclusion of resorts, convention hotels and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards will continue to offer Silver Elite members the benefit of requesting late checkout on their day of departure. Guaranteed late checkout launches globally on May 16.

These new benefits are the latest example of Marriott Rewards showing members that loyalty flows both ways. They follow the announcement of exclusive Member Rates which guarantee the lowest price for all members who book direct, and other recently introduced benefits including Points Sharing, Cash & Points, Points Advance, and Redemption Stay Credits.

About Marriott Rewards 
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,200 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.” The program was ranked #1 in J.D. Power’s 2016 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. 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 Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bulgari®, 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 comprise nearly 55 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.

Contact: 
Sara Conneighton
mailto:sara.conneighton@marriott.com
301.380.8889

 



03/16/2016

Marriott Rewards Hits Note with Live Immersive SXSW Music Experience on Twitter and Periscope

Marriott Rewards SXSWArtists DNCE, Niykee Heaton & The Strumbellas to Perform Via One of the First-Ever Dual Camera Periscope Broadcasts

Bethesda, Md., March 16, 2016 – Beginning this Thursday, March 17, Marriott Rewards is utilizing Periscope to bring the energy and excitement of the Music is Universal SXSW® showcase to music fans worldwide. Utilizing one of the first-ever dual camera live streams on the app, Marriott Rewards, through its partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), will provide unfiltered and exclusive access to performances by DNCE (Republic), The Strumbellas (Glassnote) and Niykee Heaton (Capitol) including intimate views from cameras on mic stands, instruments and a more traditional view from the crowd. And, to truly give fans worldwide a SXSW experience, Marriott Rewards is hosting Twitter polls that will let the public decide which songs will be broadcast on Periscope. 

Because of its growing reputation for innovative content creation, Marriott is one of a few select brands participating in Twitter’s latest pilot which allows brands to promote Periscope broadcasts directly into the Twitter timeline. Fans can follow @MarriottRewards on Twitter to vote for their favorite song, access the full roster of UMG artists and Periscope broadcast schedule, and find out additional information about ways to experience life #WithTheBand.

“Marriott Rewards continues to break new ground collaborating with innovators so our 55 million loyalty members can connect with their passion for travel and music,” said Amanda Moore, Senior Director of Social & Digital Marketing for Marriott Rewards.  “Being one of a select few brands asked to participate in Twitter’s pilot demonstrates how Marriott Rewards has been seeking new ways to engage our members to bring them unique, live and intimate experiences.”

Marriott Rewards is a first-time major sponsor of the South by Southwest® 2016 Music Conference and Festival. Music is Universal expands on Marriott Reward’s partnership with global music leader UMG that launched in June of last year. Marriott and UMG are creating a first-of-its-kind experience taking over areas of the JW Marriott Austin hotel during SXSW music, featuring headline performances by Grammy-nominee Ryan Adams and the critically-acclaimed Avett Brothers, and daily showcases with additional artists. Marriott Rewards members can receive special access to these performances by showing their member number on the Marriott Mobile app to gain entry, regardless of whether or not they have SXSW badges.*

*Special access is for Marriott Rewards members only and is subject to availability. Must be age 21+ to attend evening performances and 18+ to attend daytime performances.

About Marriott Rewards:  Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 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.

About Marriott International:  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, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bulgari®, 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 50 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.

About Universal Music Group:  Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries.  Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world.  Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company.  Find out more at: http://www.universalmusic.com.

About South By Souhthwest ® Music: The South by Southwest® Music and Media Conference (SXSW®) is a six-day event held every March in Austin.  The conference offers unmatched access to ideas and global viewpoints on an increasingly borderless industry. It aims to educate and inspire musicians and professionals alike, with sessions attended by over 30,000 registrants and showcasing artists. A large multi-industry trade show exhibition, Music Gear Expo and daytime stage performances round out the day while evenings are devoted to the SXSW Music Festival, which showcases over 2,100 acts ranging from the unsigned to the iconic. The 2016 event takes place March 15 - 20 2016. For more information, please visit sxsw.com.

Contact:
Matthew Windsor          
Marriott International, Inc.
240-210-4350
matthew.windsor@marriott.com      

 

03/11/2016

Marriott Rewards Member Rates Prove "It Pays to Book Direct"

Marriott Rewards - It Pays to Book DirectMarriott Rewards Members Receive the Very Best Prices, Points and Wi-Fi Across Global Portfolio of Brands

Bethesda, Md., March 11, 2016 - Beginning in April 2016, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is introducing Marriott Rewards Member Rates, a new rate exclusively designed to reward loyalty members who book directly on Marriott.com, our easy-to-use app, call centers or through select corporate travel professionals to automatically receive benefits. Marriott Rewards Member Rates join other member-only perks, which include loyalty points, mobile check-in and check-out, and free Wi-Fi across a diverse portfolio of brands including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, EDITION, Marriott Hotels, Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, and more.

“We’re rewarding our loyal members by providing a rate exclusively designed to show them how valuable they are to us,” said Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer, Marriott International. “We also want to help dispel the myth that other travel websites offer better rates for our hotels. The simple fact is that you will find the lowest rates across our portfolio when you join Marriott Rewards and book direct.”

Marriott started last year with a groundbreaking digital educational campaign -- It Pays to Book Direct -- which received more than six million views on YouTube. Marriott Rewards Member Rates provide an additional proof point on why it pays to book direct.

These member rates, which are broadly available on April 11 and with a free Marriott Rewards account, are the latest perk in a series of benefits the company is rolling out to continue rewarding the loyalty of its members. Other components of the loyalty program include:

Best Rate Guarantee:  All guests receive the benefit of the company’s best rate guarantee. If a guest finds a better rate within 24-hours of booking direct, Marriott matches and provides an additional 25% discount.

Marriott Mobile:  When members book their stays on Marriott channels, they can take full advantage of the Marriott Mobile app to check-in and check-out for their stay, receive an alert when their room is ready, and make service requests directly to the hotel before, during and after their visit. The company will be adding even more features to the app in the future, making it the perfect travel companion.

Free Wi-Fi: In this always on and always connected world, Marriott Rewards members booking direct always receive free Wi-Fi throughout their stay.

Access and Experiences: In addition, our members receive opportunities for access to exclusive events and experiences including the NFL Super Bowl and Universal Music Group concerts and digital music downloads.

Marriott Rewards Member Rates and perks are available for hotel stays booked at one of the more than 4,200 participating hotels worldwide. These new rates are also offered through select corporate accounts and travel agent partners.

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,200 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.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bulgarii®, 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 comprise nearly 55 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.

 

Contact:
Dan Forman
Marriott International 
301-380-8898
Dan.forman@marriott.com

03/10/2016

Marriott Rewards Announces Major Sponsorship of SXSW Music

JW Marriott AustinJW Marriott Austin will host exclusive Universal Music Group performances by Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, DNCE and more.

Bethesda, Md., March 10, 2016 – Marriott Rewards, the award-winning loyalty program of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), announces its first-ever major sponsorship of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) 2016 Music and Conference Festival. Expanding on its partnership with global music leader Universal Music Group (UMG) that launched in June of last year, Marriott and UMG are creating a first-of-its-kind experience taking over areas of the JW Marriott Austin hotel during SXSW Music, featuring headline performances by Grammy-nominee Ryan Adams and the critically-acclaimed Avett Brothers.

JW Marriott Austin – the city’s most luxurious modern gem located in the heart of downtown – has been established as the “Music is Universal” headquarters, housing all of UMG’s activities throughout the festival which include a pool party, morning yoga and daily showcases with DNCE, Vince Staples, The Strumbellas, Grace Mitchell, Banners, BJ the Chicago Kid and many others. The events will be open to SXSW badge holders, Marriott Rewards members and hotel guests. Additionally, Marriott Rewards members can receive special access to these performances by showing their member number on the Marriott Mobile app to gain entry, regardless of whether or not they have SXSW badges.*

Music fans not in attendance at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival will still have the opportunity to engage with exclusive UMG content, including performance by artists via Marriott Rewards’ digital, social, and in-room channels. Exclusive content including artist interviews and behind-the-scenes footage will live on Marriott Rewards’ digital entertainment hub, http://thatsrewarding.marriott.com/, and will also be available on-demand through Marriott’s in-room entertainment platform at select hotels.

“Our SXSW Music sponsorship and global partnership with UMG enable Marriott Rewards members to gain access to intimate and exclusive music experiences,” said Jennifer Utz, ‎Vice President, Buzz Marketing & Partnerships at Marriott International. “And more than that, our elite members who are staying at JW Marriott Austin during SXSW Music will have incredible opportunities to be up close and personal with UMG artists, making them feel like they’re #WithTheBand.”

“UMG’s partnership with Marriott connects us with some of the most discerning travelers around the world,” said L.J. Gutierrez, General Manager of Brand Partnerships at Universal Music Group. “In taking over areas of the JW Marriott Austin, we will bring together the global traveler and the universal language of music in one amazing venue to create intimate experiences with artists.”

JW Marriott Austin is the JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts’ first property in the city. The luxury 34-story hotel offers unrivaled enriching guest experiences in an upscale and distinctly local setting.  The hotel boasts a spectacular fifth-floor pool deck and bar, some of the largest guest rooms in the city with stellar views, and three signature restaurants that contribute to Austin’s burgeoning culinary scene. 

*Special access is for Marriott Rewards members only and is subject to availability. Must be age 21+ to attend evening performances and 18+ to attend daytime performances.

About Marriott Rewards:  Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 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.

About Marriott International, Inc.: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $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, visitwww.marriottnewscenter.com.  

About Universal Music Group:  Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's premier music publishing operations worldwide. Universal Music Group's labels include A&M Records, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company. Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.

About SXSW Music: The South by Southwest® Music and Media Conference (SXSW®) is a six-day event held every March in Austin.  The conference offers unmatched access to ideas and global viewpoints on an increasingly borderless industry. It aims to educate and inspire musicians and professionals alike, with sessions attended by over 30,000 registrants and showcasing artists. A large multi-industry trade show exhibition, Music Gear Expo and daytime stage performances round out the day while evenings are devoted to the SXSW Music Festival, which showcases over 2,100 acts ranging from the unsigned to the iconic. The 2016 event takes place March 15 - 20 2016. For more information, please visit sxsw.com.


Contacts:      
Matthew Windsor       
Marriott International, Inc.    
240-210-4350      
matthew.windsor@marriott.com                        |

Michael Braun / Lydia You
ID                                      
240-210-4350 
212 774 6145 / 323 822 4849           
Marriott@id-pr.com

Andy Fixmer
Universal Music Group
+1-310-865-0132
andy.fixmer@umusic.com

       

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