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03/25/2013

Marriott International Announces May 1 as Release Date for First Quarter 2013 Earnings

MARRIOTTMarriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) will report first quarter 2013 earnings results on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at approximately 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET).  The company will hold a conference call for the investment community to discuss its first quarter 2013 earnings on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. ET.  News media can also access the conference call in a listen-only mode.  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.  Investors and news media wishing to access the call on the web should log on to http://www.marriott.com/investor, and click the link for the first quarter earnings call under “Recent and Upcoming Events”.  A replay will be available at that same website until May 2, 2014.  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 25765606 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.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 2, 2013 until 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 9, 2013.  To access the replay, call 404-537-3406.  The conference ID for the recording is 25765606.
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Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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.

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03/20/2013

Marriott Cares How Business Gets Done

Ethisphere 2013Lodging Leader Named One of the World's Most Ethical Companies.

Marriott International has been named one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies (WME) by the Ethisphere Institute.  This is the sixth time the company has been recognized by Ethisphere for its commitment to maintaining superior business practices.

In selecting the World's Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere considered codes of ethics; investments in innovation and sustainable business practice activities of corporate citizenship; and nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers. 

"Operating our business with integrity has been a pillar of our culture since Marriott's founding more than 85 years ago," said Ed Ryan, Marriott International's Executive Vice President and General Counsel.  "We are proud of this recognition and remain committed to constantly evaluating our efforts and looking for new ways to ensure our worldwide business operations are conducted in an ethical and socially responsible manner."

Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values:  put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity and serve our world.  For a list of other awards and recognition, visit http://news.marriott.com/awards-and-recognition.html.

The 2013 list is the largest list since the award began in 2007.  Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries.  To view the complete list of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies, please visit www.ethisphere.com

ABOUT THE ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE
The research-based Ethisphere® Institute is a leading international think tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World's Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. The Institute's premier membership group, the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance™, is a business ethics forum that includes more than 100 leading corporations, universities and institutions that collectively leverage their experience, expertise and innovative ways to address emerging compliance challenges. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at http://www.ethisphere.com.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

03/05/2013

Marriott International CFO to Speak at J.P. Morgan Conference March 7; Remarks to be Webcast

Marriott International Logo HBETHESDA, MD. – Carl Berquist, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), will speak at the 2013 J.P. Morgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant & Leisure Management Access Forum, to be held on Thursday, March 7.  Mr. Berquist’s presentation will be at approximately 5:15 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 “J.P. Morgan Lodging Forum” under “Recent and Upcoming Events.”

The webcast will be available until June 4, 2013 at the same site.

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

Connect with thomas.marder@marriott.com

02/25/2013

Marriott Helps ‘Clean the World’

Marriott International partners with Clean the WorldLodging Leader Collects 1M Soap Bars and Amenity Bottles.
 
Global hospitality leader Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has become an official hotel partner of Clean the World, a non-profit that collects, recycles and distributes discarded soaps and other hygiene amenities to communities in need.  With nearly 47,000 rooms (more than 200 hotels) already participating, Marriott is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfolio, having collected nearly 1 million soap bars and amenity bottles and diverting more than 120 tons of waste from landfills since 2009.

“We are guests on this planet, and conservation ensures our resources are sustained for generations to come,” said Denise Naguib, Marriott International’s Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity.  “Our new partnership will help support our global environmental strategy while helping provide a basic need to people in our local communities and around the world.”

Clean the World aligns with Green Hotels Global, a comprehensive online environmental sustainability dashboard implemented by Marriott and owned and operated by The Carbon Accounting Company. Through Green Hotels Global, Marriott calculates each hotel's water footprint and waste diversion rate and maintains a comprehensive list of each hotel's environmental practices.

Marriott International partners with Clean the World - EthiopiaCurrently, Marriott hotels across North America can participate in the program.  The company plans to expand its partnership globally by 2014.  “Marriott and Clean the World’s goals are similar, with our shared values of sustainability and social responsibility,” said Jeff Wolff, Vice President, Guest Experience and Rooms Operations – Americas, Marriott International.  “We can engage hotel associates and guests in recycling a valuable resource that can help save lives around the world.”

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions and to lessen the impact of disease and promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“Thanks to partnerships with community-minded companies such as Marriott International, we have distributed more than 12 million soap bars in more than 65 countries since 2009,” said Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “And the partnership does more than save lives. It also reduces the burden on landfills by diverting waste that otherwise would be disposed locally by each participating hotel.”

Marriott is committed to protecting the environment inside and beyond its hotels.  The company’s Spirit To Preserve® environmental strategy calls for:  greening our multi-billion supply chain; further reducing energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020; empowering hotel development partners to build green hotels; educating and inspiring employees and guests to conserve and preserve the environment; and addressing environmental challenges through innovative conservation initiatives.   For more information about our sustainability efforts visit www.marriott.com/environment.

Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization with the mission of saving millions of lives around the globe. Clean the World leads a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 1,700 hospitality partners to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 12 million bars of soap. Through the “ONE project” launched in late 2012, Clean the World provides hygiene kits domestically to the homeless and families in transition. For more information visit www.cleantheworld.org.

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

02/07/2013

Mori Trust Group Signs Agreement with Marriott International for Hotels in Japan

Mori and MarriottHotel Laforet Tokyo Rebranded as Tokyo Marriott Hotel in December 2013 and two additional MOUs signed for Marriott International hotels.

TOKYO, JAPAN - Mori Trust Group and Marriott International Inc.  (NYSE: MAR) today announced an agreement for the US hospitality company to convert the Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) to its flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand. [Pictured: John Marriott, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, Inc. and Miwako Date, Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts President sign the agreement for the Tokyo Marriott Hotel]

Currently managed by Mori Trust and operated by Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts, the Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo will be rebranded as the Tokyo Marriott Hotel and is expected to reopen in December 2013.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Tokyo, John Marriott, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, Inc., said, “We are delighted to be working with Mori Trust here in Japan to open this wonderful hotel as a Marriott Hotels & Resorts property later this year. At its heart, Marriott International is very much a family company with strong cultural values. We believe that these values for people and business are shared with Mori Trust, and we look forward to a very long relationship with them in Japan. I would like to thank the executives of Mori Trust for choosing Marriott International, and I am delighted to be here today to announce this landmark deal between our two organisations.”

Marriott Hotels & Resorts is one of Marriott International's 18 brands of hotels - as well as being its flagship brand -- comprises more than 500 properties in 60 countries and territories around the world. With this alliance, the Marriott Tokyo Hotel will be the fourth Marriott-brand hotel in Japan in addition to its properties in Okinawa, Nagoya and, in 2014, Osaka. 

Marriott has been ‘re-imagining’ the guest experience, transforming lobbies and public spaces by designing them for a new generation of business travellers who blend work and play, demand style and substance and desire high-tech and high-touch. Marriott is introducing new concepts designed for the way younger travellers work today.

Miwako Date, Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts President, said, “We are delighted to build a strong relationship with Marriott International with its leading global network. Through this agreement, we aim to further internationalise Tokyo in the Shinagawa area. Taking advantage of its strategic location of Gotenyama, Trust Hotels & Resorts will work toward creating the new Tokyo Marriott Hotel that will be loved by people around the world.”

The rebranding of Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo will utilise Marriott’s globally recognised brand. The hotel will be converted into a sophisticated space featuring an atmosphere of the upscale and historical Shinagawa-Gotenyama area, with a focus on key elements including tailoring, sophistication and comfort. With the concept of sophisticated customised design, almost all facilities will be renovated to reopen as a modern and elegant hotel in December 2013.

The open atrium (approximately 20m high and 600㎡) contains a restaurant and lounge, as well as a bar and terrace overlooking the beautiful Gotenyama Garden.

Rooms with an average size of 38㎡ are large enough to meet international standards. The main colour of the interior uses a palette of pale rose in memory of the time when Gotenyama was known for its magnificent cherry blossoms. Tokyo Marriott Hotel will also offer unique wedding opportunities, adding a newly-built waterfront chapel that faces the lush greenery of the Gotenyama garden, making it ideal as a romantic sanctuary. Reservations for rooms and weddings will start from March, 2013

Shinagawa is one of the main stops on Japan’s bullet train Tokaido Shinkansen, with direct service from Haneda International Airport, and also soon to be the starting station of the Linear Central Shinkansen. Areas around Shinagawa station and Tamachi Station have been designated as an International Strategic Zone by the government. Mori Trust Group believes the Shinagawa area has great potential and aims to create a center for international business and tourism with Marriott International, a collection of hotel brands offering quality service on a global scale. 

Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International's signature and most widely distributed brand. Marriott continues to inspire performance and a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. 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. Follow Marriott Hotels & Resorts on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MarriottHotels.

Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Connect with daniel.ford@marriott.com

01/23/2013

Global Hotel Leaders Celebrate One Billion International Travelers and Call for “Smart Visas” to Facilitate Travel for Next Billion

Davos, Switzerland – Jan. 23, 2013 – Two hospitality giants – Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International – addressed global business and travel industry leaders today at the World Economic Forum in Davos to urge governments to move quickly to adopt “Smart Visa” policies which stimulate global travel, create new jobs and spur economic development. The two companies represent more than 7,000 hotels in 90 countries, which include 600,000 employees at these owned, managed and franchised properties.  They are working together with the World Economic Forum Governors for the aviation, travel and tourism industry to promote global action toward “Smart Visa” policies regionally by 2015 and globally by 2020.

Smart Visas refer to safe, secure and sustainable solutions that promote mobility, maximize the use of technology, and expand programs that facilitate travel while removing process inefficiencies caused by arduous visa requirements. As a result of Smart Visa policies, more data is collected and shared across borders, creating enhanced security, efficiencies that reduce government spending and enhanced customer experience.

“In 2012, the UN World Tourism Organization reported that more than one billion people traveled outside their borders – a tremendous catalyst for global commerce and new jobs,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide. “We are here at the World Economic Forum to tackle complex and challenging economic, social, environmental and political issues. Enabling greater international travel is the low-hanging fruit that can create significant economic growth and employment.”

“Smart governments are thinking about international travel and tourism as trade, and they are doing everything they can to remove barriers and be more strategic in addressing visas and other access issues that discourage people from traveling and doing business,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International. “While we recognize that security remains a top concern, we call on the world leaders here at Davos to be visionary about a future world of interconnected markets where moving travelers more easily will allow more people to see the world and result in 2 billion world travelers in the next decade.”

Many countries are recognizing the economic benefits of international travel and tourism and making secure and convenient travel a policy priority, including Turkey, which has more than doubled international visitation in a decade by providing visas on arrival; China, which has implemented visa-free travel for three days to Beijing for 45 countries; Russia, which is encouraging visa-free travel to and from the European Union; and Australia and the United Arab Emirates, which have been utilizing electronic visas, where the process is on-line and takes minutes, not days or weeks. The ASEAN nations are moving to a common regional visa to promote economic development.

Last year, President Obama announced the development of a national travel and tourism policy. Since then, the United States has made significant progress, with an increase in international arrivals as the visa waiver program was expanded to Taiwan and wait times for in-person interviews, most notably in China, Brazil, and Mexico, were brought down to under one week. 

“We applaud those governments who are taking visionary approaches to facilitating travel, enhancing economies and providing employment opportunities worldwide.  We view the private sector and Forum leaders as powerful partners to ensure progress continues so that global visa and entry policies are augmenting and enhancing the free-flow of goods, services, and people,” said Nassetta and Sorenson.

Globally, at nearly $6 trillion in 2011, or 9.1% of total worldwide GDP, travel and tourism contributes more to world economies than some of the largest manufacturing sectors, including automotive and chemicals. The industry directly employs 98 million people, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Visit Hilton Worldwide or Marriott International for more information. For information on the World Economic Forum, visit www.weforum.org.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 650,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide,www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

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01/17/2013

Sweet 16 – Marriott Again Named a FORTUNE ‘Best Company to Work For’

FORTUNE coverMarriott Joins Google, Starbucks and Other Top Employers on the ‘100 Best’ List 

For the 16th consecutive year, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" according to FORTUNE magazine. This distinction maintains Marriott's "All Star" status as one of only 13 companies that have appeared on every list since it launched in 1998.  Marriott is  the fifth largest company on the list, joining Google, Starbucks and six other companies with more than 50,000 employees. The full 2013 list is available at www.Fortune.com/BestCompanies.

“This recognition is very meaningful to our company and to our dedicated associates around the world,” said David A. Rodriguez, Marriott’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer.  “Our business is all about providing opportunities and creating great experiences for people. To achieve this, we turn to a core value that has been the most significant driving force of our success: ‘Put People First.’ A great workplace generates the inspired customer service that builds customer loyalty and an emotional connection to our brands. It is the foundation of our company culture and it continues to be our guidepost to business success.”

This year, the publication highlighted the long tenure of Marriott associates, stating that 10 percent of employees have worked with the company for 20 years or more. Marriott was also featured as a FORTUNE “Social Media Superstar” for the company’s use of multiple social media channels, including Bill Marriott's blog (www.marriottonthemove.com) and the My Marriott Hotel game on Facebook.

Job seekers are invited to experience the company’s award-winning culture by connecting through the Marriott Jobs and Careers Facebook and Weibo presences. The company is inviting current, former and prospective employees to share their personal career stories through the “Marriott, Where I belong” campaign and photo galleries and uploading their own photo on the Jobs and Careers Facebook page. 

Marriott’s new mobile technology for job seekers can be accessed at m.jobs.marriott.com and the new desktop careers site is available at www.marriott.com/careers.

Marriott has long been recognized as a great place to work by several prominent publications, including Working Mother, DiversityInc,  Black Enterprise and LATINA Style magazines, and for our social responsibility and sustainability successes by global organizations such as Ethisphere Institute, FTSE4Good and Climate Counts. For a list of other awards and recognition, visit http://news.marriott.com/awards-and-recognition.html.

Methodology
To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, partners with the Great Place to Work® Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America: 259 firms participated in this year's survey. More than 277,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees' faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. For more information on how to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/n8bVJ3.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect wtih elizabeth.mcglasson@marriott.com

01/14/2013

Marriott’s Year of Historic Milestones Culminates "Without Reservations"

Without Reservations Soft Book CoverLodging Industry Icon Bill Marriott Reveals Secrets of Success in New Book On Sale Now Through Major eRetailers.

After 40 years at the helm of one of the largest global hotel empires,  executive chairman of Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., offers a revealing and candid glimpse of what he has learned in a lifetime of hosting the world, in his new book Without Reservations: How A Family Root Beer Stand Grew Into a Global Hotel Company.  The book is now available for $9.99 through all major eRetailers, including Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble. Hard covers will be available in spring 2013. 
In the book, Marriott reveals never-before-shared personal stories and business lessons, such as his decision to relinquish the CEO helm – after 40 years – to Arne Sorenson, the first CEO in company history without the last name Marriott. He candidly discusses why one of his four children wasn’t tapped as his successor.

A generous philanthropist and supporter of hospitality schools across the U.S., profits from Marriott's book sales will benefit two programs supporting hotel training for disadvantaged youth, Bridges…From School to Work® and Youth Career Initiative.

Without Reservations J W  Marriott Jr  and J W  Marriott SrThe book release culminates a year of milestones for Marriott, who just days after celebrating his 80th birthday in March, relinquished the helm of CEO.  “I felt that it was time to write some things down and share the secret to our company's success -- especially our core values that create the foundation for how we take care of our people and the way we do business all around the world.  I also thought it was time to share a few  memorable and entertaining stories that may really surprise folks.”

Without ReservationsAs devoted to his personal family as he is to his “family” of 300,000 associates at managed and franchised hotels worldwide, Marriott reflects on a range of compelling topics in the book, including the role his mother played in the growth and direction of the company; the importance of touch points—moments of interaction that can make all the difference between a customer’s satisfaction and disappointment; why you should say “thank you;” the impact of 9/11 on the travel industry; his recipe for success and leadership guideposts that were in a letter from his father that proved to be invaluable; decisions made—and not made;l and how the competition and Next Generation Travelers are fueling unprecedented innovation.

During his tenure as CEO, Marriott boldly transformed his parents’ original Hot Shoppes family restaurant chain into a global lodging giant that encompasses a portfolio of nearly 3,800 hotels across 18 brands in more than 70 countries.

Part biography, part business digest, Without Reservations presents a candid perspective on achieving the pinnacle of one’s profession and lessons learned along the way.

Marriott hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. He is still a company leader and has a strong following on his blog. To purchase and find out more about the book, including early praise from past U.S. presidents and business leaders, visit www.Marriott.com/WithoutReservations.

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

12/11/2012

From Making Beds to Making Money: Marriott Offers Unprecedented Access to CNBC

CNBC Features Marriott International

“Hotel: Behind Closed Doors” Premieres Wednesday, December 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

BETHESDA, MD - Have you ever wondered what goes into operating a global hotel empire spanning more than 70 countries, nearly 3,800 properties, 645,000 rooms and 18 brands, ranging from Marriott Hotels & Resorts to Courtyard to The Ritz-Carlton?
On Wednesday, December 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) will be featured in a one-hour TV special:  "Hotel: Behind Closed Doors at Marriott." The global hospitality leader invited CNBC into the "heart-of-the-house" over a 6-month period for a rare glimpse at the inner workings of the hotel business.

Viewers will visit the New Orleans Marriott as hotel managers and employees prepare for Hurricane Isaac—a nerve wracking exercise for a team with still-fresh memories of Katrina—and again on a more "typical" day, to follow “a day in the life” of a bustling 43-story, 1,400-room hotel.

Executive Chairman J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., who stepped aside earlier this year as CEO after celebrating his 80th birthday, talks about leading the company that bears his name.  In 40 years, Mr. Marriott transformed his father's restaurant business, which began as a single root beer stand, into the world's largest publicly traded hotel corporation. Mr. Marriott discusses his boldest decisions, from deciding to build the huge 2,000-room Marriott Marquis in what was then New York City's down-trodden Times Square, to expanding rapidly overseas, as well as his decision to endorse Arne Sorenson as his CEO successor.

Marriott welcomes CNBC to India to witness the company's “shrewd” expansion in the developing world despite many obstacles. 

Also featured is the magic that makes The Ritz-Carlton the legendary benchmark of luxury service; and the science of hotel pricing.

Bill Marriott blogs about his personal involvement on the show on www.marriottonthemove.com.  Watch video excerpts in advance at www.marriott.cnbc.com.

And if you are watching tomorrow night, join us on Twitter--send live tweets (use #WatchingCNBC).

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. There are approximately 300,000 associates at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Connect with stephanie.hampton@marriott.com

12/03/2012

Mitt Romney Rejoins Marriott International Board

Mitt RomneyW. Mitt Romney has rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), the company said.  Gov. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for U.S. president, begins his board term today.

J.W. Marriott, Jr., the company’s executive chairman, said, “We are delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board, on which he has served with distinction twice before.  We will benefit from his tremendous energy and capability to guide long-term success in an increasingly complex business environment.  We look forward to working closely with him again as a member of our strong, talented and diverse board.”

Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Gov. Romney has proven to be an astute, independent director who is fluent in the demands and opportunities of our highly competitive industry.  We are fortunate to have him back on our board.”

Gov. Romney said, “It is an honor to once again be able to serve in the company of leaders like Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson and to support the work of the tens of thousands of Marriott associates who make Marriott International the renowned success that it is."

Gov. Romney served previously on the Marriott International board from 1993 to 2002, when he left the board en route to being elected governor of Massachusetts, and from January 2009 to January 2011, when he resigned prior to his campaign for the U.S. presidency.

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