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01/26/2016

Marriott Reports 2015 was an Outstanding Year for New Hotel Signings and Openings at American Lodging and Investment Industry Conference

 JW Marriott Venice Resort & SpaBethesda, Md., January 26, 2016 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today said that 2015 was an outstanding year for hotel owners selecting Marriott to manage or franchise new hotels across its global portfolio of 19 brands, with contracts signed for hotels totaling 104,000 rooms during the year.  

“The contracts we signed in 2015 encompass more than $15 billion of investment by our owners, and represent a tremendous vote of confidence in Marriott’s brands,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s president and chief executive officer.  “Marriott’s new signings reflect broadly distributed growth across the company’s global hotel portfolio, and demonstrate the extraordinary appeal of Marriott’s brands to customers, industry-leading innovation, significant scale, highly effective systems, and the best associates in the business – all of which attract hotel owners and lenders to our portfolio.”

In 2015, Marriott opened 300 hotels with nearly 52,000 rooms, including 9,600 rooms through the acquisition of Delta Hotels & Resorts. Approximately a third of the company’s openings were outside North America, and nearly one-third of the rooms were conversions from other brands or acquired, including the Delta transaction.  Nearly half of the rooms opened in 2015 were under the flags of Marriott’s select-service portfolio. At the end of 2015, Marriott had more than 4,400 properties with nearly 760,000 rooms. 

Tony Capuano, Marriott’s chief development officer, said, “Marriott’s success reflects preference for the company’s brands, including new brands we have added in the past six years, as well as our leading revenue producing platforms, significant RevPAR index premiums, and a highly energized in-market global development team.”

The Camby Hotel, An Autograph CollectionMarriott’s newest brand platforms include AC by Marriott, Autograph Collection, Delta, EDITION, Gaylord, Moxy, and Protea. 

Of the new brands, Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio focused on millennial and millennial-minded travelers has made a mark. The forward thinking that led to the creation and development of these new brands was an important factor in Forbes Magazine naming Marriott as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2015, the highest ranked hospitality company so recognized.  Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels, a portfolio of iconic, independent hotels, comprises 95 hotels across four continents, with 2016 openings including the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Korea and the Playa Largo Resort in Key Largo, Florida.  AC by Marriott has more than 80 hotels and opened a stylish new property in Miami Beach in 2015. Planned AC by Marriott openings include Guadalajara, Mexico in 2016.  Moxy hotels will open in New Orleans and Berlin in 2016, and EDITION, in the luxury boutique segment, will open its next hotel in Bangkok in 2016, with properties already open in London, New York, Miami Beach and Istanbul.

Other spectacular hotels the company opened in 2015 include the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa and Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali.  In 2016 the company said it also expects to welcome a new trend-setter destination to its Renaissance brand, the Renaissance Paris Republique. 

In November 2015, Marriott announced it had signed a binding agreement to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (“Starwood”) through a merger transaction. Marriott has filed a joint proxy and registration statement on Form S-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Marriott and Starwood intend to proceed with shareholder votes on the proposed merger after the SEC declares the joint proxy/registration statement effective and are proceeding with required regulatory approvals around the world.  Marriott expects to close the transaction in mid-2016.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARis 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 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.  

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including the number of lodging properties we expect to add to our system in the future; our anticipated timing for closing the Starwood transaction; and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those we identify below and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and, for the Starwood transaction, the combined preliminary proxy statement on Form S-4 that we filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on December 22, 2015. Risks that could affect forward-looking statements in this press release include changes in market conditions; the pace of the economy; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; and the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment; and satisfaction of the closing conditions for the Starwood transaction, including receipt of necessary approvals. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

No Offer of Solicitation:  The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

Additional Information and Where to Find It:  This communication relates to a proposed business combination between Marriott and Starwood. In connection with this proposed business combination, on December 22, 2015, Marriott filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus of Marriott and Starwood and other documents related to the proposed transaction. The registration statement has not yet become effective. After the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, Marriott and Starwood will each file with the SEC a definitive proxy statement/prospectus and a definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Marriott and Starwood. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF MARRIOTT AND STARWOOD ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents (when available) that Marriott and Starwood file with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, these documents may be obtained from Marriott free of charge by directing a request to investorrelations@marriott.com, or from Starwood free of charge by directing a request to ir@starwoodhotels.com.

Participants in Solicitation:  Marriott, Starwood, and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Investors and security holders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Marriott’s directors and executive officers in Marriott’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on February 19, 2015, in its proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 7, 2015, and in the joint proxy/registration statement on Form S-4, which was filed by Marriott with the SEC on December 22, 2015. Information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Starwood’s directors and executive officers may be found in Starwood’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2015, in its definitive proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2015, and in the joint proxy/registration statement on Form S-4, which was filed by Marriott with the SEC on December 22, 2015. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources listed above. Additional information regarding the interests of these individuals will also be included in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

Contacts: 
Tom Marder, (301) 380-2553, thomas.marder@marriott.com  
Felicia McLemore, (301) 380-2702, felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

01/07/2016

Marriott International Announces Release Date for Fourth Quarter 2015 Earnings

Bethesda, Md., January 7, 2016 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) will report fourth quarter 2015 earnings results on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at approximately 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET). The company will hold a conference call for the investment community to discuss its fourth quarter 2015 earnings on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. ET. Mr. Arne Sorenson, Marriott International's president and chief executive officer, and Ms. Leeny Oberg, Marriott International's executive vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the company's performance.

The conference call will be webcast simultaneously via Marriott’s investor relations website. Those wishing to access the call on the web should log on to http://www.marriott.com/investor, and click the link for the fourth quarter earnings call under “Recent and Upcoming Events”. A replay will be available at that same website until February 18, 2017. A transcript of the call will also be available on the company’s website.

The telephone dial-in number for the conference call is 706-679-3455. Please use conference ID 97407136 when dialing into the call. To help ensure you do not miss any of the conference call, please dial-in or link to the call on the web 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  News media will be able to access the conference call in a listen-only mode.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, February 18, 2016 until 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, February 25, 2016. To access the replay, call 404-537-3406. The conference ID for the recording is 97407136.

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

Contacts:  
Felicia McLemore                 
Marriott International Corporate Relations      
(301) 380-2702         
felicia.mclemore@marriott.com                              

Betsy Dahm
Marriott International Investor Relations
(301) 380-3372
betsy.dahm@marriott.com

01/05/2016

Marriott International Set to Open Its Second Hotel in Belarus

Marriott Minsk viewMinsk Marriott Hotel to debut in the modern capital in early 2016 

Minsk, Belarus - January 2016 - Marriott Hotels announces today the opening of Minsk Marriott Hotel in early 2016, as the first 5-star internationally rated hotel in Belarus.

A signature Marriott greatroom lobby will welcome guests to the new hotel, which will encompass a fresh and contemporary style.  Many of its 217 well-appointed suites and guest rooms will boast panoramic riverside views and balconies while guests looking to sample the hotel's exceptional dining experiences will be spoilt for choice with an array of venues including a homely Mediterranean restaurant with open kitchen, outdoor hunting restaurant, summer terrace, café, and a rum bar offering a wide range of exclusive rums.

The property will feature a total of 940 mof meeting space for both corporate and social events. Facilities will include eight flexible conference rooms and ballroom space that can accommodate up to 400 people, along with a multifunctional space for collaboration, workshops and private meetings for those looking for a bespoke meeting experience.  In addition, Marriott’s Meetings Imagined program provides new opportunities and inspiration for event coordinators and meeting planners along with an online service that keeps guests in touch with guest relation managers 24/7.

The services of Minsk Marriott Hotel are supplemented by the high-end facilities of the multifunctional sports and entertainment complex, Falcon Club, which comprises a state-of-the-art sports arena for 2,100–4,500 spectators, modern gym, wellness centre with spa services, tennis and squash academy and cinemas.   

This impressive project, a cooperation between Qatar and Belarus, started in June 2012 and has now entered its final stage of construction. The unique falcon-shaped design was inspired by the logo of the owning company; the falcon is the national bird of Qatar and a symbol of force and courage throughout the Middle East, where falconry is a traditional sport and part of the cultural heritage.

The Assistant Minister of State for Defence and Financial Affairs and the Director of Falcon Investment in Minsk, Dr. Thani A. Al-Kuwari, noted during his last visit to Minsk,
“This Minsk Marriott Hotel Development is just the start of many investment opportunities in Belarus and we already have lots more new ideas.  We have invested around $200 million in the development including 217 guest rooms, a sport and entertainment complex, Falcon Club, with facilities such as an arena, tennis and squash academy, fitness club, spa center, cinema, 4-storey parking with 284 car places and energy center, which serves energy for the whole complex.  It will offer an exceptional full service hotel experience to guests.”

Marriott Hotels is on a transformational journey to enable its guests to Travel Brilliantly. Guests and travel enthusiasts can visit www.travelbrilliantly.com to experience the countless ways Marriott Hotels continues to meet the needs of today’s travellers. In addition to mobile check-in, checkout, room ready alerts and Mobile Requests, Marriott Hotels is piloting keyless entry with mobile devices at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

For additional information, please contact:
Elena Rudak, PR Manager, Minsk Marriott Hotel
e-mail: elena.rudak@marriottminsk.com 
Tel. +375 25 602-11-05
http://www.marriott.com/mhpmc

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About Marriott Hotels:
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global Travellers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott Hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

12/07/2015

Marriott Announces Carl Berquist to Retire as Chief Financial Officer

Carl BerquistRitz-Carlton’s Leeny Oberg to Become Marriott CFO on January 1

Bethesda, Md., December 7, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that Carl Berquist, Marriott’s executive vice president and chief financial officer for the past seven years, will retire as CFO on December 31, 2015, remaining with the company as a special adviser through March 2016.  Leeny Kelly Oberg, a 16-year Marriott veteran, and currently chief financial officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott, will become Marriott’s chief financial officer on January 1, 2016, succeeding Mr. Berquist. 

Mr. Berquist’s leadership has been instrumental in the company’s significant global growth, culminating with Marriott’s announced plans in November to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in a merger transaction.  After a 28-year career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he led the firm’s accounting work on behalf of Marriott, in 2002 Mr. Berquist joined Marriott as executive vice president and chief accounting officer.   Quickly moving into the role of executive vice president, financial information and risk management, Mr. Berquist was appointed CFO in 2009.  He created a model for the global finance team that provided flexibility and support for the company’s operating regions while ensuring appropriate enterprise controls.

During his tenure as CFO, Marriott acquired Gaylord Hotels, Protea Hotels and Delta Hotels and Resorts.  Mr. Berquist also led the spin-off of Marriott’s timeshare business in 2011, as well as a transaction with Accenture Hospitality Services involving back-office functions in 2013.

Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s president and chief executive officer, said, “While Carl’s outstanding record speaks for itself, I cannot emphasize enough the contributions that he has made as a great leader and highly-valued colleague at Marriott.  His dedication and loyalty have been instrumental to our success.  We will greatly miss his wise counsel and partnership.”

As a partner at Arthur Andersen, Mr. Berquist held numerous leadership positions, covering the management of the business as well as market facing operational roles, including managing partner of the worldwide real estate and hospitality practice. 

A member of the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., Mr. Berquist, 64, is a graduate of Penn State University, where he serves as a member of its Smeal College of Business’ Board of Visitors, as well as the School of Hospitality Management Board of Advisors. 

Lenny ObergBeginning her new role as Marriott chief financial officer on January 1, Leeny Oberg, 55, assumed her current position at Ritz-Carlton in 2013, where she contributed significantly to the brand’s performance, growth and organizational effectiveness.

Previously, Ms. Oberg served in a range of financial leadership positions with Marriott.  From 2008 to 2013, she was the company’s senior vice president, corporate and development finance, where she led a team which valued new hotel development projects, evaluated merger and acquisition opportunities, prepared the company’s long range plans and annual budgets, and made recommendations for the company’s financial and capital allocation strategy.  Ms. Oberg was a key member of the team that executed the spin-off of Marriott's timeshare business in 2011.  From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Oberg served in London as senior vice president, international project finance and asset management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and also as the region's senior finance executive.   Ms. Oberg first joined Marriott as part of its investor relations group in 1999.

Mr. Sorenson said, “Having worked closely with Leeny over much of her career, I am thrilled to have her join my team.  She brings great experience, leadership and passion to a very critical role within the company at a time of major opportunity in the global marketplace.”   

Prior to joining Marriott, Ms. Oberg held a variety of financial leadership positions with such organizations as Sodexo (previously Sodexo Marriott Services), Sallie Mae, Goldman Sachs and Chase Manhattan Bank. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance/Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia, McIntyre School of Business and received her MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

About Marriott International, Inc.
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 MoxyHotels®. 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.

Contacts: 
Tom Marder, (301) 380-2553, thomas.marder@marriott.com 
Felicia McLemore, (301) 380-2702, felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

 

09/11/2015

First Marriott Hotel in Chongqing to Help Guests Travel Brilliantly

Congqing-Marriott-Hotel-executive-loungeSeptember 11, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is proud to announce the recent opening of its first hotel under the iconic flagship Marriott brand in Chongqing.  With 341 well-appointed rooms located on the30th to 48th floor of one of the city’s landmarks, Guorui Centre, the Chongqing Marriott Hotel overlooks a scenic area in the city and is close to business activities, enabling guests to explore the city conveniently. 

Chongqing has over 3000 years of history and local culture. Situated in the Southwestern part of China, it is the largest inland city that is surrounded by rivers and mountains. It is well-known for the Three Gorges, Fairy Mountain and Dazu Stone Carving.

Congqing Marriott Hotel exteriorAt the foot of Nanshan Mountain, the brand new Chongqing Marriott Hotel offers mountain, city and Yangtze River views. The hotel is located near the central Nanping business district and Jiefangbei CBD center, a 10-minute drive from Chongqing International Convention & Exhibition Center and a 30-minute drive from Chongqing International Airport.

“Marriott International has over 80 hotels in Greater China,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer, Greater China. “This opening demonstrates our aggressive growth plan as we expect to more than double our presence in the country.”

“The Chongqing Marriott Hotel has the best of both worlds in terms of location. It has the convenience of being close to the business districts and the international airport as well as being situated in the proximity of beautiful surrounding nature,” continued Lee. “Marriott’s brand mission is to take care of the needs and desires of the next generation traveler so that they can expand their minds and explore the world. The Chongqing Marriott Hotel is set up based on this philosophy and will live up to the Marriott brand of enabling guests to travel brilliantly.”

Marriott Hotels embraces the increasingly mobile and global world. Marriott Rewards members can complete check-in and check-out with a few touches on their smartphones through the exclusive Marriott Mobile app. Messages can also be pushed through the app to alert guests on check-out and other services.   

“As with other hotels under the flagship Marriott brand, the Chongqing Marriott is designed to allow travelers to fully enjoy their experience, whether it is for work or play,” commented James Lu, General Manager of Chongqing Marriott Hotel.  “From guestrooms to meeting rooms, from culinary outlets to wellness facilities, the hotel displays Marriott’s recognized leadership in design and technology innovations in the travel industry.” 

Congqing Marriott Hotel executive loungeInspired by the “Marriott Modern” design philosophy, Chongqing Marriott Hotel has incorporated the old Chongqing Stilt House concept in the layout of the property. With full-height windows and elevated ceiling, panoramic views of the city are presented at the rooftop bar and each of the rooms.  The rooms also feature comfortable Bedding, streamlined décor, high speed internet, 50’’ TV screen, ergonomic work desks and warm, personal service that make travel brilliant.

The Chongqing Marriott Hotel is also an ideal choice for meetings, conference and other memorable events. Two pillar-less ballrooms, five multi-function rooms plus a boardroom together provides more than 1800 m2 of meeting and event space which can accommodate up to 1330 people. Each of these rooms is equipped with a full set of audio-visual equipment including oversized LED screens and onsite associates are always available to ensure the smooth operations of functions. 

The hotel offers a range of dining options including Cantonese, local Sichuan, and international food.  The Sky bar on the 50th floor offers amazing Chongqing night views and is a fantastic place for parties.

Guests can maintain their wellness routines in the indoor heated swimming pool and a state-of-the-art 24-hour gymnasium. These facilities will help keep them healthy and rejuvenated.

For more information and reservation, visit Chongqing Marriott Hotel official website.

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 countries and territories and 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.   

Karina Lam             
Marriott Asia Pacifc Public Relations                                    
+852 2192 6146                                                                                       
karina.lam@marriott.com                                                                 

Helen Hao
Chongqing Marriott Hotel
+86 023 8666 9999
helen.hao@marriott.com  

09/04/2015

Marriott International CEO to Speak at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Gaming and Lodging Conference September 9

Bethesda, Md., September 4, 2015 – Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer at Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR), will speak at the 2015 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Gaming and Lodging Conference, to be held on Wednesday, September 9.  Mr. Sorenson’s remarks will be at approximately 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time, and will be webcast live.

To access the webcast, please go to http://www.marriott.com/investor, and then click on the link to the “Bank of America Merrill Lynch Lodging Conference” under “Recent and Upcoming Events.”

The webcast will be available until December 1, 2015 at the same site. 

Contact:
Felicia McLemore
(301) 370-2702
felcia.mclemore@marriott.com

 

07/30/2015

Marriott Named to 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame by 24/7 Wall Street

BellhopBethesda, MD, July 30, 2015 – 24/7 Wall Street, a financial news and opinion company, has selected Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) for its “2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame” for the company’s strong core value of “putting people first” and focus on employee satisfaction, which it says  leads to exceptional customer service.

24/7 Wall Street commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct an online national survey in which more than 1,500 randomly chosen respondents rated customer service at 151 of America’s best-known companies in 15 industries. Ten companies were listed in the 24/7 Wall Street’s Customer Service Hall of Fame.  

Marriott was named fourth this year with 39.9% of respondents rating customer service as excellent.  Marriott’s commitment to delivering memorable experiences and excellent service are at the heart of our company. Check out more great stories of excellence at Heart of the House.         

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global 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.

Contact: Angela Wiggins at angela.wiggins@marriott.com

07/06/2015

First-Ever Marriott Hotel in the Holy City of Makkah Opens Its Doors

Makkah Marriott Hotel Lobby ReceptionPilgrims to benefit from Marriott Hotels' futuristic comforts for a more rewarding Hajj and Umrah Experience 

Makkah, KSA – July 6, 2015, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has announced the opening of the Makkah Marriott Hotel, the company’s first flagship brand in the holy city.

The arabesque themed 426-room property sits on the hill top of Makkah, providing guests with exquisite views of the Holy City and Haram. With the opening of the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Makkah, Muslim pilgrims will now have a property that easily resonates with their needs of a futuristic, comfortable and convenient place to stay while undertaking one of the most important journeys in their lives.

Makkah Marriott Hotel GuestroomThe property boasts spacious rooms, with its regular rooms larger than other hotels in the Holy City. All are adequately furnished with modern conveniences and serviced by some of the most professionally-trained hotel staff anywhere in the world. From the hotel, guests can comfortably travel to Haram via a shuttle service that runs several times during the day.

The Makkah Marriott Hotel also lives up to the brand’s goal of reimagining the future of travel for the next generation of travelers, who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology to stay connected. Signature features at the newly opened property include the Greatroom lobby and mobile check-in and check-out facility.

The reimagined Greatroom is part of Marriott Hotels brand initiative to transform lobbies from a formal living room into a local destination where guests spend time, by themselves or with people that matter, to relax and socialize. With the Marriott Mobile App, guests can also easily check-in before their arrival and will receive an automatic notification when their room is ready, making it a seamless experience when they have come for the most sacred trips of their lifetime in Makkah.

“It’s very fitting that our flagship brand, Marriott Hotels is seeing a rapid expansion in the Kingdom.  The opening of a Marriott Hotel in Makkah is part of our commitment to fill a growing gap in the religious tourism sector in the region, which experts estimate will exponentially increase as the population of the Islamic faith grows. We are privileged to have opened our first-ever Marriott Hotel in this Holy City to serve millions of global pilgrims over the years to come,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President, Middle East & Africa of Marriott International.

During the annual pilgrimage of Hajj and Umrah, a tradition that Muslims from all over the world need to fulfill at least once in their lifetime, sees millions of Muslims from across the globe converge in the Holy City. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) forecasts that domestic tourism will grow to a staggering 128 million trips and 640 million nights by 2019.

The company’s commitment to the Kingdom is deep-rooted with its 35-year old legacy in the region.  Marriott International began its first operations in the Middle East region with the opening of the 411-room Riyadh Marriott Hotel in Saudi Arabia in 1980. In addition to help boosting religious tourism in the Kingdom with this milestone opening, Marriott International has set its sights on further strengthening its presence in the country with 19 new Saudi properties in the project pipeline.

About Marriott Hotels 
With 502 hotels and resorts in 51 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott). 

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories and 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.  

Contact:  Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

06/29/2015

Marriott International Announces Release Date for Second Quarter 2015 Earnings

Bethesda, Md., June 29, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) will report second quarter 2015 earnings results on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at approximately 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET).  The company will hold a conference call for the investment community to discuss its second quarter 2015 earnings on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10 a.m. ET.  Mr. Arne Sorenson, Marriott International's president and chief executive officer, and Mr. Carl Berquist, Marriott International's executive vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the company's performance.

The conference call will be webcast simultaneously via Marriott’s investor relations website.  Those wishing to access the call on the web should log on to http://www.marriott.com/investor, and click the link for the second quarter earnings call under “Recent and Upcoming Events”.  A replay will be available at that same website until July 30, 2016.  A transcript of the call will also be available on the company’s website.

The telephone dial-in number for the conference call is 706-679-3455.  Please use conference ID 66506287 when dialing into the call.  To help ensure you do not miss any of the conference call, please dial-in or link to the call on the web 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  News media will be able to access the conference call in a listen-only mode. 

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, July 30, 2015 until 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 6, 2015.  To access the replay, call 404-537-3406.  The conference ID for the recording is 66506287.

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

Contacts:
Tom Marder 
Marriott International Corporate Relations      
(301) 380-2553                                                          
thomas.marder@marriott.com

Betsy Dahm
Marriott International Investor Relations
(301) 380-3372
betsy.dahm@marriott.com 

06/17/2015

Marriott International and TripAdvisor Announce Instant Booking Partnership

BETHESDA, MD/NEWTON, MA, JUNE 17, 2015  Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP) today announced they are expanding their partnership and will add Marriott’s global hotel portfolio to the TripAdvisor Instant Booking platform. Starting later this summer, travelers shopping for hotel rooms on TripAdvisor will be able to conveniently make a booking at any of Marriott’s more than 4,200 hotels around the world without leaving the TripAdvisor site experience.

The agreement also signifies a strategic partnership between Marriott and TripAdvisor to introduce new customers to Marriott’s broad portfolio of 19 industry-leading brands.

“TripAdvisor is a perfect partner for Marriott, both strategically and culturally,” said Arne Sorenson, CEO and president of Marriott International, Inc. “Our new agreement demonstrates how the growth strategies for our two companies are aligned in the travel space.”

“TripAdvisor has created a new distribution model that changes the game in the travel industry by addressing key concerns of hotel suppliers,” said Shafiq Khan, senior vice president, channel strategy and distribution of Marriott International, Inc. “The result is mutually beneficial to both partners from a strategic and economic standpoint. Marriott’s partnership with TripAdvisor will make it easy for consumers to book with our hotels, and allows Marriott to build a direct relationship with these guests even before arrival. The agreement also maintains our ability to control where the rates and inventory for Marriott’s hotels are displayed. Our partnership will continue to enable us to offer the best benefits, such as Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards points to our customers who choose to book directly on our channels, including Marriott.com.”

TripAdvisor first launched its Instant Booking platform to U.S. consumers in June 2014, with a gradual roll out to other international markets expected over time. The platform provides a more efficient hotel booking experience for travelers.

With Instant Booking, travelers may simply click on the “Book on TripAdvisor” button to initiate a reservation. TripAdvisor reminds consumers throughout the process that their booking is powered by Marriott and provides the traveler with links and phone numbers to contact the hotel’s customer service associates directly. Unlike with other intermediaries, all customer support inquiries will be handled by Marriott representatives.

“We are excited to deepen our strategic partnership with Marriott International, an innovative hospitality leader,” said Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO of TripAdvisor. “We welcome Marriott to the Instant Booking platform, which provides travelers with a new, simplified booking functionality and an opportunity for Marriott to expand its relationship with guests before, during and after the trip.”

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®, 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 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 TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl, www.besttables.com and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn. 

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

Contacts: 
Kevin Carter
Senior PR Manager
TripAdvisor
(617) 795-7577
kcarter@tripadvisor.com

John Wolf
Global Public Relations
Marriott International, Inc.
(202) 437-6975 (cell) 
 (301) 380-5718(office) 
John.Wolf@marriott.com