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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.

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 wtih thomas.marder@marriott.com 

11/16/2012

Marriott Hotels & Resorts and WIRED Hosted an Evening of Design & Eclectic Art

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of WIREDWIRED's Chris Anderson Captivated Guests at San Francisco Marriott Union Square. Select Motion Work from Critically Acclaimed Photographer Artist Todd McLellan and Brick Art from artist Nathan Sawaya were also on Display.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the signature brand of Marriott International, and WIRED, hosted Design Beats: Maker earlier tonight Thursday, November 15, at San Francisco Marriott Union Square.  
 
Guests enjoy the works of Brick Artist Natah SawayaMarriott Hotels & Resorts and WIRED curated a unique evening that focus on the importance and future of design and art. WIRED Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson, bestselling author of The Long Tail and Free, spoke about the Industrial Revolution past and present and the emergence of new forms of art, manufacturing, and industrial design. In addition, guests were treated to an art exhibit that featured the work of critically acclaimed photographer and artist Todd McLellan and brick art sculptures from Nathan Sawaya. Adding to the evening’s creativity, Cube(r), the latest plug and play personal 3D printer from Cubify, was on hand printing unique 3D models. 

Guests included Grant Imahara (MythBusters) and Wesley Chan (Google Ventures) noshed on local fare including tuna tartar, smoked salmon on potato crisp, and prawn and BB pork fried rice prepared by the hotel’s executive chef Tom Cerutti. Passed hors d’oeuvres were paired with wines from the California vineyards of Napa, Paso Robles, Russian River Valley, and Monterey.

Design Beats-Maker at the San Francisco Marriott Union SquareThis was the third event of the WIRED + Marriott Culturazzi Series, part of WIRED and Marriott’s partnership with WIRED Insiders — startup executives, digital game changers, gadget gurus, culture vultures, and adventurers — to curate monthly events through December, hosted at Marriott hotels, aimed to inspire, inform and entertain the next generation of travelers who blend work and play.  The series concludes next month in New York City at the WIRED store on Dec. 13.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts has been reimagining the guest experience, transforming its lobbies and public spaces to exceed the expectations of today’s travelers and the San Francisco Marriott Union Square offers the perfect mix of opportunities to work and play with 10,000 sq. ft. of conference, meeting and event space, breathtaking views of the Bay and city skyline and a location that’s just steps away from world-class shopping, restaurants, bars, and the theater district.

PRESS CONTACTS: 
Jennifer Clark on behalf of Marriott Hotels & Resorts
(212) 614-4862 (O) | (646) 204-5977 (C) | jennifer.clark@bm.com

Sara Steffenauer, Global Public Relations Manager, Marriott International
(301) 380-5953 (O) | (240) 271-8001 (C) |Sara.Steffenauer@marriott.com

Karen Shosfy, Senior Publicist, WIRED
(212) 286-7273 (O) | (646) 438-1328 (C) | Karen_Shosfy@wired.com 

11/15/2012

Marriott International Recognises Its Freshwater Conservation Project Supporters and Invites Them to See Programme’s Latest Site and Progress

Nobility of Nature GalaMarriott International hosted an awards ceremony in Shanghai yesterday at the Marriott Shanghai Luwan to recognise representatives of three sponsor companies and 10 hotel ambassadors for their support of Nobility of Nature, the company’s ambitious freshwater conservation programme in China. The sponsors and hotel ambassadors have helped to advance Nobility of Nature’s efforts since its debut in 2010.

[Picture L to R: Craig S. Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Marriott International Asia; John Sciarrone, Vice President – Institutional Global Accounts, Asia Pacific, Ecolab; Caroline Sheng, Corporate Accounts Director – Institutional, Ecolab China; Wang Yuchuan, Manager – Special Channel Department, Nongfu Spring; Loren Chiang, General Manager, Cheng Bao; Michael Malik, Market Vice President – Shanghai, Marriott International; Mari L Snyder, Vice President – Social Responsibility & Community Engagement, Marriott International; Jerry Miao, General Manager, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Luwan]  

The hotel management company – with some 61 operating and another 66 signed hotel projects in China - continues to expand its support for the project in line with its rapid expansion in the country. 

Immediately following the awards ceremony, Nobility of Nature hotel ambassadors were also invited to see the programme’s progress at first hand in Sichuan Province. In addition, their itinerary included a ceremony to mark the opening of the programme’s latest Sichuan province site just one year after the project’s launch in Yingjing County.

Announced in 2010, Nobility of Nature is a collaboration between Marriott International and Conservation International to support freshwater conservation and assist rural communities with sustainable businesses that put less stress on China’s environment, most especially its sources of fresh water. Marriott International invested US$500,000 in seed money to support the programme which provides grants, training, resources and community development for villages in Sichuan Province. Over the past two years Nobility of Nature has supported two bee farming cooperatives in Guanba village and Yingjing County in Sichuan.

The three sponsors being recognised for their support of Nobility of Nature include:     

Cheng Bao Juice Company - preferred juice supplier of Marriott International in China. The company has provided organic food certification assistance for the project in addition to repackaging and design support for the Nobility of Nature honey, which is available for sale in Marriott hotels throughout greater China. To date Marriott International has purchased nearly 6 tonnes of honey harvested by the two cooperatives and redirects a portion of the proceeds toward ongoing programme support.

NongFu Spring - preferred bottled water supplier for Marriott International in China. For each bottle of water it sells to Marriott hotels in China, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Nobility of Nature. As of July 1, 2012, NongFu Spring has donated RMB99,000 to support the initiative. As the hotel portfolio of Marriott International in China is expanding rapidly, the contributions of NongFu Spring will further increase.      

Ecolab - supports Nobility of Nature with the provision of water saving communication throughout the operating kitchens and laundries of Marriott hotels in China. They have also worked with Marriot hotels in China to develop a cold water laundry process which consumes less hot water and electricity through shortened wash cycles and reduced process time.

In the ceremony, 10 Nobility of Nature hotel ambassadors were also recognised for their ambitions in enhancing the momentum of Nobility of Nobility at their respective hotels.

In July 2012, each Marriott hotel in China formed a Nobility of Nature Ambassador Committee that consists of associates from various departments. Each committee submitted a plan for how their hotel will engage in a number of activites from water saving initiatives to property Weibo pages to further promote Nobility of Nature in 2013. Plans from five hotels were selected for engaging the most associates while incurring the least expense. The 10 ambassadors who will be recognised in Shanghai are representatives of these five winning committees.

“Marriott International strives to demonstrate by example how responsible hospitality management can be a positive force for the environment, create economic opportunities around the world, and inspire personal action in the communities where we operate,” said Craig S. Smith, Marriott International’s Chief Operating Officer, Asia. “Nobility of Nature is a great showcase of this vision and has created an impact in China. In this process, we encourage and welcome our partners and associates to pitch in and create a bigger impact for Nobility of Nature in China together.” 

From 2009 to 2011, the water consumption of Marriott hotels in China decreased by 17.24%, while waste to landfill per occupied room witnessed a drop of 8.48%. Even though the number of Marriott hotels in China has increased phenomenally in the past three years, their total energy consumption has remained flat. 

“Considering the fact that the number of our hotels in China has been increasing significantly during the past couple of years, these results are exceptional,” Smith added.

Marriott International has set a ‘Spirit to Preserve’ environmental strategy with the following goals:
- Further reduce energy and water consumption 20% by 2020;
- Empower our hotel development partners to build green hotels;
- Green our multi-billion dollar supply chain;
- Educate and inspire associates and guests to conserve and preserve; and
- Address environmental challenges through innovative conservation initiatives including rainforest protection and water conservation.

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 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 and jane.cai@marriott.com

11/14/2012

Marriott Achieves High Ranking from the Human Rights Campaign

HRCScores 90% on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has awarded Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) a high score of 90 on its annual Corporate Equality Index for 2013. 

The Corporate Equality Index rates employers by conducting an analysis of America’s top workplaces and their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Ratings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies, equal benefits for domestic partners, respectful advertising, and external community outreach.

[Photo: The "For You, We're Marriott" ad campaign launched in September and focuses on African-American, Hispanic and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business travelers.  Shown is the LGBT ad, which like the other ads in the campaign champion frequent business travelers, who “conquer their missions on the road without forgetting the important things in life.” The ads also illustrate that Marriott understands the needs of all business travelers and welcomes them, across the global portfolio of Marriott hotels.  The campaign runs through the end of the year.]

“We have long followed our belief that if we take excellent care of associates, in turn, they will take excellent care of our guests,” says David A. Rodriguez, chief human resources officer and chief diversity executive for Marriott International.  “We are unwavering in our conviction that a culture of inclusion that advances respect, growth and opportunity for our associates, customers and other stakeholders is what makes Marriott succeed.”

Marriott’s premier hotels from coast-to-coast frequently host galas and events on behalf of LGBT community leaders including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD, PFLAG, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others. Marriott also serves as a proud sponsor for these nonprofit organizations, and also as a supporting member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, committed to diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses. This year, Marriott’s innovative LGBT marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us,” was nominated by GLAAD for its prestigious Amplifier Award. (Note: To see examples of this campaign and to learn more, please visit www.marriott.com/gaytravel, available to visitors in five languages.)

Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition.  In 2009, Marriott launched its website tailored primarily for the LGBT community.

For more information about Marriott’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit www.marriott.com/diversity.

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 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 felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

11/13/2012

Marriott and Hertz Relaunch Florida Drive & Shop Package in Time for Holiday Shopping Season

Florida Drive & Shop PackageNow through December 31, 2012, at www.marriott.com/floridashoppingoffer.

Over 4.7 million Latin Americans traveled to the sunshine state last year to sightsee, enjoy the white sand beaches, amazing restaurants and nightlife and to take advantage of the exceptional shopping Florida has to offer. With the end of the year shopping season approaching, Marriott International Florida properties and Hertz are preparing to host the savvy holiday shoppers by relaunching the Florida Drive & Shop Package for Latin American & Caribbean travelers.

“We are very fortunate to have such great partners like Hertz in the region, with whom we have been able to create numerous successful promotions and offer benefits to our  mutual customers across Latin America,” said Nancy McHenry, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Southern Americas at Marriott International.

“Latin America and Caribbean visitors to Florida are well known for their desire to shop during their trips. This promotion is proof of how much we listen to the needs of our customers and offer benefits aligned to those needs. We are very happy to partner with Marriott, another leading player in the travel industry, to offer expanded benefits to our mutual customers,” said David Preciado, Director of Sales, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Hertz Latin America & Caribbean

Loyal Hertz and Marriott Rewards members who book between now and December 31, 2012 for stays through January 31, 2013, at participating  JW Marriott, Renaissance Marriott Hotels & Resorts, with rates ranging from $109 - $559 per night, will receive:
• Upgraded guest room when available
• $25 hotel credit per night (not valid towards room rate)
• Up to 20% off  a Hertz Car Rental plus Triple Marriott Reward® Points

To book, visit www.marriott.com/floridashoppingoffer  and use promotional code VZ0 to receive the offer. Stays must be booked by now thru December 31, 2012. Stays must also be booked in advance. 
 
Participating Hotels

• Hollywood Beach Marriott
• Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa
• Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
• Orlando Airport Marriott
• JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
• Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center
• Miami Airport Marriott
• Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
• Miami Marriott Dadeland
• JW Marriott Hotel Miami
• South Beach Marriott
• Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
• Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
• Delray Beach Marriott
• Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina
• West Palm Beach
• Palm Beach Gardens Marriott
• Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
• Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
• Tampa Airport Marroitt
• Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
• Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
• Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
• JW Marriott Marquis Miami
• Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld
• Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach Resort & Spa
• Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
• St. Petersburg Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
• Renaissance Boca Raton

TERMS & CONDITIONS
Offer valid for stays October 15, 2012 – January 31, 2013 at participating JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels & Resorts, in Florida.  Must reserve the promotional code VZ0 in order to receive offer.  Stays must be booked by December 31, 2012.  Stays must be booked in advance.  Offer not available during special events and blackout dates may apply.  Tax is additional and special offers cannot be combined.  This offer is not available to groups of 10 or more rooms.  Hotel credit not applicable for room rate and tax and may not be redeemed for cash.  Credit can be used on spa, golf, dining, and resort/hotel shops.  Offer includes up to 20 percent off in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico and TRIPLE Marriott Rewards points on the Hertz rental.  Offer applies to Affordable Rates rentals, all vehicles, rentals of 1 day or more, rentals picked up through January 31, 2013 and at participating locations in the Canada, Puerto Rico, & United States.

Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance from Latin America & the Caribbean, using Marriott Rewards CDP 154080 and PC 168291 (for rentals in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico). For rentals in Puerto Rico: A printed version of this page must be presented and surrendered at time of rental. Minimum rental period is one day for daily rates, and five days for weekly rates. Normal Hertz Affordable, Leisure and Standard Rate rules and restrictions apply.
For rentals in the U.S, Canada & Puerto Rico: Minimum rental age is 20 (exceptions apply); age differential daily charges apply for renters under age 25. Minimum rental age for Adrenaline and Prestige Collection vehicles is 25.Discount applies on the base rate only (time and mileage); taxes, tax reimbursement, governmental surcharges, and optional services such as refueling fees are extra.Standard rental conditions and return restrictions must be met. This offer has no cash value and cannot be combined with any other promotion. Purchase of LDW, CDW and/or TP coverage may be mandatory in certain countries. All rentals require a credit card at time of rental (a certain amount will be blocked until the vehicle is returned). Frequent Flyer surcharges may apply for rentals in the U.S. of $0,75 per day, maximum of $5, 25 per rental. Offer applies at participating locations in the countries listed above. Offer void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Offer does not apply to travel industry rates, wholesale tour packages, insurance/dealer replacement of any other promotional rates or group travel. Not all vehicles are available in all locations. Triple Marriott Reward points are being awarded & paid for by Hertz based on customer renting a vehicle via this promotion To earn Marriott Rewards points, please enter your Rewards number in the "Frequent Traveler Number" field.
Other restrictions apply.

Hertz Offer includes:
Up to 20% off in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico.
Triple Marriott Rewards points on the Hertz rental with valid Marriott Rewards Account#
 
Offer applies:
• To Affordable Rates rentals.
• To all vehicles
• To rentals of 1 day or more.
• To rentals picked up through 30/JAN/2013.
• *At participating locations in the Canada, Puerto Rico, & United States.

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 laura.botelho@marriott.com

11/12/2012

Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels Impacted by Hurricane Sandy Reopen; Focus Remains on Relief

Marriott International and The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation Donate $500,000 for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief.

• $250,000 in immediate relief through the American Red Cross
• $250,000 pledged for longer-term recovery
• Customers and associates mobilized in the effort

Just weeks after Hurricane Sandy moved through the Caribbean and along the Eastern U.S., all Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that were temporarily closed as a result of the storm have reopened and are welcoming guests.

While our hotels have reopened, some areas impacted by the storm still face tremendous challenges. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:  MAR) and The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the Marriott family’s private foundation, are each contributing $250,000 for a total donation of $500,000 to hurricane relief. Half is going to the American Red Cross to help meet immediate community needs that will broadly benefit Marriott associates, their families, friends and neighbors. An additional $250,000 is earmarked for longer-term recovery efforts.  

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those still impacted by this massive storm, especially those who have experienced power outages, extensive property damage or worse,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson. “Nearly 10,000 associates representing Marriott hotels work in the hard-hit New York and New Jersey regions, and a number of these associates have suffered significant damage to their homes or are still without power.” 

“We are proud of our associates and their extraordinary ‘Spirit to Serve’ dedication to their fellow associates, hotel guests and communities in this time of need. We are doing all we can to support their needs and their communities,” said J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., executive chairman of Marriott International and trustee of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

Marriott is encouraging Marriott Rewards members to donate points for contributions to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Members donate millions of points each year in support of charitable organizations like the Red Cross, which align with Marriott's community engagement strategy.

As part of their “Spirit to Serve,” Marriott associates have been donating blood, conducting fundraising drives, providing assistance in the community and protecting guests and properties during and in the aftermath of the storm.

For information regarding reservations, please call (800) 228-9290. Those in countries outside of the United States seeking information about the impact of the storm should call the Marriott International toll-free number in their country.

11/08/2012

Marriott International Declares Cash Dividend

Marriott International LogoMarriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of thirteen cents ($0.13) per share of common stock.  
 
The dividend is payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 23, 2012. 

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

11/05/2012

Marriott Honors Top Franchisees for 2012

2012 Partnership Circle Award WinnersPrestigious Partnership Circle Award Given to Five Marriott Franchise Companies.

Marriott International honored top full service franchise partners at their annual MINA Conference held last week at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida. Five companies – E.J. Del Monte Corporation, JHM Hotels, PCH Hotels & Resorts, White Lodging Services and Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. – were awarded the Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its franchise partners for hospitality excellence. Executives from organizations that own or franchise JW Marriott Hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Gaylord Hotels attended the conference.

[pictured:  back row, L to R:  D.J. Rama, JHM Hotels; Jim Fisher, Marriott International; Bob McCarthy, Marriott International; J.W. Marriott, Jr., Marriott International; Arne Sorenson, Marriott International; Dave Grissen, Marriott International; Mike Mercier, E.J. Del Monte Corporation; Liam Brown, Marriott International - Front row, L to R: Bruce White, White Lodging Services; H.P. Rama, JHM Hotels; Keith Daub, Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.; Tony Davis, PCH Hotels & Resorts; Alex Del Monte, E.J. Del Monte Corporation; Deno Yiankes, White Lodging Services; Dave Sibley, White Lodging Services]

Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award honors companies who live Marriott’s vision, share a mutual long-term commitment to the business, fully embrace Marriott’s brand initiatives, focus on associates to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, invest in hotel product and provide outstanding customer service.

“All five recipients are repeat winners, consistently performing at the upper echelon of Marriott’s industry-leading full service franchise community. Each has previously won multiple awards for service, food & beverage and product leadership,” said Jim Fisher, Chief Owner & Franchise Services Officer, Marriott International.  “It is an honor to again recognize these hospitality leaders for their shared commitment to excellence. The lodging industry has faced a number of challenges over the past several years, but it hasn’t diminished the focus that these five have demonstrated. The results bear out the level of success they have again achieved.”

Marriott’s 2012 Partnership Circle Award Winners:
• E.J. Del Monte Corporation of Rochester, NY, owns a total of 17 Marriott-branded hotels, including the award-winning Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa and the completely renovated Rochester Airport Marriott, as well as 15 select-service hotels. A family-owned business for 58 years, E.J. Del Monte has consistently delivered on guest service and has been a true partner to Marriott.
• JHM Hotels of Greenville, SC, owns and operates 23 Marriott-branded hotels. They are a partner who embodies the Marriott culture every day through their strong commitment to guest satisfaction and community service.
• PCH Hotels & Resorts of Birmingham, AL, owns and operates four Marriott Hotels & Resorts and four Renaissance Hotels in their home state of Alabama. Their properties include the historic Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa and the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, which not only consistently deliver on guest satisfaction, but showcase some of the state’s most beautiful cities and resort areas.
• White Lodging Services of Merrillville, IN, opened the first franchised Fairfield Inn hotel in 1990. White Lodging Services operates more than 130 hotels across Marriott’s portfolio of brands, including the 1,005 room JW Marriott Indianapolis. They also celebrated the official groundbreaking of the 1,012 room JW Marriott Austin late last month. One of Marriott’s largest franchisees, White Lodging Services has received Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award ten times.
• Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, opened the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast in 1996. Since then, the company’s portfolio has grown to include 18 Marriott-branded hotels. Consistent with the Marriott philosophy, Winegardner & Hammons believes in taking care of their associates and has a strong culture of guest service, helping make them a 14-time recipient of Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award.     

In addition to presenting the Partnership Circle Awards, Marriott honored franchisees for their achievements in the following categories: Developer of the Year, Opening of the Year, Spirit To Serve, Spirit To Preserve, Best New Product, Renovation Excellence, Service Excellence and Food & Beverage Excellence. A full list of award winners follows.

2012 MINA AWARD WINNERS
Partnership Circle
E.J. Del Monte Corporation
JHM Hotels
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
White Lodging Services
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Developer of the Year
Turnberry Associates

Opening of the Year
Chicago Marriott Naperville – Managed by The Bricton Group & Owned by Janko Group

Spirit To Serve
JHM Hotels

Spirit To Preserve
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Best New Product
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel – Wampold Companies
Louisville Marriott East – RockBridge Capital, LLC

Renovation Excellence
Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley – Quorum Hotels & Resorts
Indianapolis Marriott East – Shadeland Enterprises

Service Excellence
Amway Hotel Corporation
Boyne USA
E.J. Del Monte Corporation
Greenwood Hospitality Management
Lighthouse Properties, LLC
Menna Development and Management, Inc.
Olshan Hotel Management, Inc.
Pinnacle Hotel Management
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Food and Beverage Excellence
E.J. Del Monte Corporation
PCH Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
White Lodging Services
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

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