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08/29/2012

Marriott International Announces Release Date for Third Quarter 2012 Earnings

MARRIOTTBETHESDA, Md. – AUGUST 29, 2012 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) will report third quarter 2012 earnings results on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at approximately 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET).  The company will hold a conference call for the investment community to discuss its third quarter 2012 earnings on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. ET.  News media can also access the conference call in a listen-only mode.

Marriott’s 2012 third quarter covers the 12-week time period from June 16, 2012 through September 7, 2012.  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 third quarter earnings call under “Recent and Upcoming Events”.  A replay will be available at that same website until October 4, 2013.  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 24533249 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 five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 4, 2012 until 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  To access the replay, call 404-537-3406.  The conference ID for the recording is 24533249.
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08/28/2012

Marriott International 2011-2012 Sustainability Report Highlights Youth Employment Initiatives and Preserving the Environment

Report cover 2011 - 2012 Marriott Sustainability Report coverBETHESDA, MD – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) recently released its second full comprehensive Sustainability Report, using guidelines set forth by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  In it, Marriott announced $2.5 million invested in its environmental portfolio over the past three years, and significant contributions to workforce development for disadvantaged youth around the world to help them gain skills and jobs. 

Brasil Eder completed the YCI program in 2011 - He is now a chef at the Renaissance São Paulo Hotel, Brazil.jpgThrough a global portfolio of partnerships called “World of Opportunity,” Marriott has been a catalyst for addressing rising youth unemployment with programs such as the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) in nine countries, SOS Children’s Villages and The Prince’s Trust in 24 European countries and The Ritz-Carlton’s “Succeed Through Service” in 26 countries.   For 21 years, the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities (MFPD) has provided job and life-skills training for young people with disabilities. Through the MFPD, more than 13,500 youth have been placed in mainstream employment with 3,500 employers, including Marriott, across nine cities in the U.S.

“For Marriott, creating a sustainable future includes preserving the environment, but it also means creating more jobs and stronger communities,” said Mari Snyder, vice president of social responsibility. “Over the next two years, we plan to hire approximately 100,000 people in our growing portfolio of hotels, two-thirds outside the United States. These programs are equipping disadvantaged youth with employable skills that can hopefully prepare them for jobs with Marriott.”

The results of Marriott’s 2011-2012 Sustainability Report are reported to shareholders, customers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and associates, who Marriott works to inform about its priorities and actions, understand their evolving expectations and viewpoints and create opportunities to address substantive issues through partnerships and collaboration. 

In the report, Marriott captures results from 2011 in the areas of environmental, economic and social responsibility performance.  Highlights from the report include:

• A 12 percent reduction in water consumption per occupied room and a four percent reduction in energy consumption per square meter since 2007. 

Green Hotel Global, an online tool giving guests and business customers access to a comprehensive list of environmental metrics and practices for each hotel in the Marriott portfolio• The launch of a Green Hotel Global, an online tool giving guests and business customers access to a comprehensive list of environmental metrics and practices for each hotel in the Marriott portfolio.
 
• Investing in sustainable development with the announcement of plans to open the company’s first hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

• Hiring nearly 36,000 associates in 2011 with plans to hire approximately 100,000 more people around the world over the next two years.

• Becoming the first in our industry to tap into social media gaming with My Marriott Hotel on Facebook, showcasing the opportunities and growth potential attainable in hospitality careers. 

• Delivering “Human Rights and the Protection of Children” training to all associates worldwide and
participating in the International Tourism Partnership’s Human Trafficking Working Group that created an Industry Position Statement on Human Trafficking.

• Securing a $200,000 grant for YCI from the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in order to include rehabilitated survivors of human trafficking into the YCI program in Mexico, Vietnam and Brazil.

• Marking the three-year anniversary of the company’s $2 million commitment to the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas, Brazil to protect 1.4 million acres of rainforest.

• Helping to protect the source of fresh water in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province through the
company’s Nobility of Nature program in partnership with Conservation International. The initiative promotes sustainable jobs—such as beekeeping and honey production.

“Our success depends on providing the information and transparency that our stakeholders increasingly expect,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.  “It also depends on being true to this purpose: to provide the opportunity for rewarding travel experiences for our guests, the opportunity for personal and professional growth for our associates, and the opportunity for a better and more sustainable future in the communities where we live and work.”

Comments and feedback related to the report are welcome at community.engagement@marriott.com.  For more information about Marriott’s corporate social responsibility initiatives or for a full copy of the report, visit www.marriott.com/socialresponsibility.  For more about Marriott’s environmental initiatives, visit www.marriott.com/environment.

Sustainability reports based on the GRI framework are used to determine the sustainability issues most pertinent to the organization; benchmark organizational performance with respect to laws, norms, codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives; demonstrate organizational commitment to sustainable development; and compare organizational performance over time. The Sustainability Reporting G3 Guidelines are the foundation of the framework. For more information on the GRI, visit www.globalreporting.org.

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08/09/2012

Marriott International Declares Cash Dividend

MARRIOTTBethesda, Md. – August 9, 2012 – Marriott 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 September 14, 2012 to shareholders of record on August 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.

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07/31/2012

Marriott International Announces Significant Expansion of Global Sales Network in Spain

AC Hotel Cuzco - Madrid, SpainNew Global Sales Office Will Support Marriott’s Growth in Spain.

LONDON – Marriott International’s recent growth in Spain has led to a major expansion of its global sales network in the country.  The company’s new global sales office in Madrid, Spain is based at the AC Hotel Cuzco and is now open, complementing our Barcelona Global Sales Office and recent hotel developments in the country. 

“Marriott International’s presence in Spain has significantly grown since the AC Hotels by Marriott and Autograph Collection brands joined our global portfolio in 2010.  In fact we now have over 80 hotels in Spain, more than any other country in Europe. We are thrilled to open our new global sales office here, significantly expanding our resources in this ever-expanding and dynamic market,” said Neal Jones, vice president of Marriott’s Global Sales Europe and Global Intermediaries. [photo: AC Hotel Cuzco - Madrid, Spain]

The new team is tasked with further driving sales momentum in the market as well as forging deeper relationships with key lodging buyers who have significant local and international requirements. As a result of the changes, the former relationship between Marriott International and its General Sales Agent in Spain has ceased. Marriott International has seen its market share in to, and out of Spain, increase significantly over recent years and its grateful to all of its business partners for this success.

Jones added, “The expansion of Marriott’s global sales organization in Spain reaffirms our commitment to this important market and will deliver huge benefits to our Spanish based customers, helping to deliver the high standards of account servicing Marriott in known for.”

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06/18/2012

Global Expansion Fuels Marriott Earnings Growth

Shanghai Marriott LuwanLeading Brands and New Hotels Drive Strong Free Cash Flow.

• 4,000 hotels planned in 90 countries by 2014
• Over 100 hotels expected in China by 2014
• Approximately $4 Billion to $5 Billion available for return to shareholders or opportunistic investments over three years

BEIJING – Leading global hotel operator Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is on track to have 4,000 hotels in 90 countries across its 14-brand lodging portfolio by 2014.  With 115,000 hotel rooms in its development pipeline, it could open between 90,000 and 105,000 new rooms around the world in 2012 through 2014, not including the planned Gaylord acquisition.

In presentations at its first meeting in China for security analysts and institutional investors, Marriott said it expects to have more than 100 hotels across nine brands and nearly 40 markets in China by 2014.

Assuming 6 to 8 percent compound growth in worldwide systemwide Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) for 2012 through 2014, diluted earnings per share (EPS) could reach $2.45 to $2.85 in 2014.

Arne Sorenson, Marriott International’s president and chief executive officer, told investors, “China is a fitting place to present our tremendous global growth story and discuss our outstanding financial prospects.  Even today, China is our second most important market after North America, representing roughly 5 percent of total fees.  On average we expect to open a hotel a month in this country over the next three years.

“Beyond our major expansion here, China also represents extraordinary opportunities for the travel sector globally.  The country is now the third largest source market for international travel behind the U.S. and Germany, with 70 million travelers annually, fueled by a dramatically growing middle class.  Chinese arrivals in the U.S. were one million in 2011 and are expected to grow to three million by 2016.   We are working with our industry to smooth the visa process in the U.S. and we look forward to welcoming more visitors from around the world,” said Mr. Sorenson.

Discussing its operating model, the company said that it could generate between $1.8 billion and $1.9 billion in worldwide fee revenue through 2014, assuming compound worldwide systemwide RevPAR growth of 6 to 8 percent.

With strong cash flow expected, Marriott assumes investment spending of $2.6 billion to $2.8 billion from 2012 through 2014.  The company expects to recycle $800 million to $1 billion of capital during the period.  Assuming this level of net investment, a 6 to 8 percent RevPAR growth scenario and new debt issuances, the company could have $4.0 billion to $4.7 billion to return to investors or deploy in additional opportunistic investments over the next three years.

Highlighting its commitment to and focus on the China market, Marriott said it plans to hire 30,000 employees in the country by the end of 2015.  The company now has one million Chinese members in its 38 million member guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, and has also established a fresh water conservation initiative, “Nobility of Nature,” in partnership with local communities in Sichuan Province.

“We are excited about our future, here in China, elsewhere in Asia and around the world.  Our core values are led by putting people first.  That, combined with a strong brand portfolio, hotels in outstanding locations, and operations and development closely aligned with local markets, will enable us to grow market share, enhance guest loyalty and drive long-term profitability for both our hotel owners and shareholders,” said Mr. Sorenson.

Marriott will provide a live webcast of today’s investor and security analyst conference.  The live webcast will be available for U.S. investors on June 18, 2012 from approximately 7:30 p.m. to midnight Eastern Daylight Time in the U.S. (EDT).  The presentations will take place in Beijing, China from approximately 7:30 a.m. to noon on June 19, 2012 (China GMT+8 time zone).  Slides and audio from the meeting will be provided through a live webcast via Marriott’s investor relations web site.  The slides contain financial models for the three-year period, including estimates of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), return on invested capital, and free cash flow, as well as non-GAAP financial measure reconciliations for those estimates as appropriate.  Copies of the slides will be available for download approximately one hour before the start of the presentation.  Those wishing to access the webcast should log onto http://www.marriott.com/investor, and click on the Security Analyst Meeting link under the “Recent & Upcoming Events” tab.  Presentation materials from the meeting and the webcast replay will be available online after the meeting as well. Investor or analyst questions concerning the analyst conference should be addressed to Marriott Investor Relations at (301) 380-1379.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including RevPAR and earnings trends; statements concerning the number of lodging properties we expect to add in future years; our expected investment spending and amounts we could return to shareholders; 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 the continuation and pace of the economic recovery; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with governments and officials in countries where we do business, clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment; and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply here.  We make those statements as of June 19, 2012 Beijing Time (June 18, 2012 in the U.S.), 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. 

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06/12/2012

Bill Marriott's Blog Turns Five

Screen shot 2012-06-12 at 11.56.34 AM80-year-old executive a social media pioneer.

Bill Marriott, Executive Chairman, Marriott International, Inc., has written (and audio recorded) more than 250 blogs in five years.  This week’s Marriott on the Move blog looks back on the journey. http://www.MarriottOnTheMove.com 

“I’ve been blown away by the reaction to my blog,” said Bill Marriott.  “To be a social media trendsetter is something I never anticipated.”

The blog has addressed everything from vacationing with his dog, Murphy, to terrorist attacks to resigning as CEO.  It has become a major channel of communication and a place where readers can leave comments – some  have even offered wedding proposals!  In the past five years, blog readers have learned a lot about Bill Marriott.  

“I value family, work and community.  I'm not afraid to tackle controversial topics such as reforming our immigration policy or putting our non-smoking policy in our hotels.  I like to talk about good news, but I'm not afraid to talk about the bad news, such as what I said after the bombing of our Islamabad hotel.”

At 80 years old, Bill Marriott will continue his blog the way he always has -- by recording it.  He doesn’t type or own a computer.   “When your family's name is above the door, you are the person clearly identified with the company.   I’ve enjoyed sharing stories with our customers.  My blog is a great way to communicate.”

Marriott on the Move is now translated into Mandarin and posted on Chinese hotel websites.  Other foreign languages will be rolled out later this year. 

Read more about why he blogs: http://bit.ly/KAXwgM

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05/31/2012

Marriott International Expands Group and Meetings Portfolio with Acquisition of Gaylord Hotels Brand and Hotel Management Company for $210 Million

Gaylord national at nightExpects transaction to be EPS accretive in 2013.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE: GET) to acquire the Gaylord brand and hotel management company for $210 million. The transaction is conditioned on Gaylord Entertainment’s shareholders approving the company’s conversion into a real estate investment trust. If approved, Gaylord will continue to own the existing Gaylord hotels and Marriott will assume management of these properties under long-term agreements.  The transaction will add 4 hotels and approximately 7,800 rooms to Marriott’s portfolio.

Gaylord Opryland at nightGaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Florida near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas, and Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. Gaylord Hotels are uniquely positioned in the group and family leisure segments with approximately 2 million square feet of meeting and event space. They offer multiple opportunities for recreation, shopping, and dining, as well as entertainment, such as the partnership with DreamWorks ™.

Arne Sorenson, Marriott International president and chief executive officer, said, “We are excited to add Gaylord Hotels to our brand portfolio and are thrilled Gaylord Entertainment selected us to manage their properties.  We have long been impressed with the hotels Gaylord has created, as well as their skill in hosting major meetings and events and attracting the family leisure market.  This is a tremendous opportunity to advance growth and opportunity for both Marriott International and the Gaylord hotel brand.

“Gaylord properties will benefit from Marriott’s economies of scale, including lower costs for central reservations, procurement and other services, plus strong sales, revenue management, marketing and distribution systems, while Marriott will be able to capture even a greater share of the major event market.  Gaylord’s “everything-in-one-place” properties are very attractive to group meeting planners.  As a new REIT owner, Gaylord Entertainment should benefit from improved hotel profitability associated with Marriott’s ability to generate substantial cost savings and incremental demand.”

Robert McCarthy, Marriott International chief operations officer, said, “Both Marriott and Gaylord have well-defined cultures that revolve around putting people first and we expect Gaylord’s ‘STARs’ and Marriott associates will find significant opportunities for career growth in this combination.   Gaylord customers will continue to enjoy the outstanding service for which that brand is known.”

"We chose Marriott – a brand that is a recognized leader in the hospitality industry - due to their  focus on providing the highest quality experience for both group and leisure customers,” said Colin V. Reed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gaylord Entertainment Company. “According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Gaylord in February of over 400 high-quality meeting planners, Gaylord ranked first in all under one-roof offerings and amenities and Marriott ranked as the number one preferred group destination provider overall due to its service standards and wide distribution.”

Upon completion of the transaction, Marriott will operate the hotels under management agreements with an initial term of 35 years.  Marriott International expects to earn an incentive fee in its first full year of management, based on improvement in Gaylord Hotels’ profitability, and further expects the transaction to be accretive to Marriott’s earnings per share by approximately 2 cents in 2013.   

The agreement is subject to the previously mentioned Gaylord Entertainment shareholder approval, which is expected in August, as well as lender consent to amendments to Gaylord’s credit facility and other customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  The transaction is expected to close by October.

Mr. Sorenson will participate in a conference call Gaylord Entertainment will hold at 10:00 a.m. eastern time today to discuss this announcement.  The call can be accessed at Gaylord Entertainment’s Investor Relations web site at http://ir.gaylordentertainment.com.

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including our expectations that we will earn an incentive fee from the Gaylord properties in the first full your, for improved profitability at those properties, and for a greater share of the major event market, 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 Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. These risks include changes in market conditions; the continuation and pace of the economic recovery; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; and receipt of Gaylord Entertainment shareholder approval and lender consents. 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 undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 73 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 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, 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 Gaylord Entertainment
Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates Gaylord Hotels (www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts, and the Grand Ole Opry (www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for more than 80 consecutive years. The Company's entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland, Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM. For more information about the Company, visit www.GaylordEntertainment.com.

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05/11/2012

Meetings At Marriott Hotels in Latin America: Successful, Simple And Easy At A Single Price Per Person

JW Marriott CancunBook your meeting between now and March 31, 2013 http://www.marriott.com/marriott/group_promotion2012.mi

Time invested in a meeting is more valuable than ever before, and the desire to balance this with destination experiences is becoming more and more popular. Latin American and Caribbean destinations offer an exciting and more casual atmosphere, where business can be done efficiently and recreation can offer new opportunities for learning and team building in a more relaxed setting. Whether you are from a corporation, association or an incentive groups, with Marriott’s group, meetings have never been this easy!

Between now and March 31, 2013, book your meeting at participating Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott Hotels, Fairfield Inn, and Marriott Executive Apartments a single price per person including:

• Room Rental
• Welcome Coffee Break (minimum of 10 people)
• Morning Coffee Break (First day)
• Lunch (First Day)
• Afternoon Coffee Break (First Day)
• Complementary projector and screen for duration of meeting
• Notes Pads and pens for all meeting participants.

“A single price per person will allow our customers to conduct their meetings in a simple and easy way while getting business priorities accomplished.  Our single price per person meeting package also will allow customers to experience great Latin American and Caribbean destinations,” said Alex Fiz, Vice President of Sales for the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International.
 
To book, visit http://www.marriott.com/marriott/group_promotion2012.mi and book your meeting between now and March 31, 2013 to receive the offer.

Participating Hotels
• JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort
• JW Marriott Hotel Lima
• JW Marriott Hotel Caracas
• JW Marriott Hotel Quito
• JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
• JW Marriott Hotel Bogota
• JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa 
• JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City
• Renaissance Aruba Resort
• Renaissance Curacao Resort
• Renaissance Jaragua
• Renaissance La Concha San Juan Resort
• Renaissance Sao Paulo
• Renaissance Caracas La Castellana
• Aruba Marriott Resort
• Curacao Marriott
• St. Kitts Marriott
• Costa Rica Marriott Hotel
• Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
• Panama Marriott Hotel
• Tegucigalpa Marriott Hotel
• Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires
• Santiago Marriott Hotel
• Venezuela Marriott Playa Grande
• Bogota Marriott Hotel
• CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
• Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel
• CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
• Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel & Spa
• Puebla Marriott Real Hotel
• Tijuana Marriott Hotel
• Courtyard Port of Spain
• Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Miramar
• Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown
• Courtyard by Marriott San Jose
• Courtyard San Salvador
• Courtyard by Marriott Panama MetroMall
• Courtyard by Marriott Panama Real
• Courtyard Guayaquil
• Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey Airport
• Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey San Jeronimo
• Courtyard by Marriott Toluca Airport
• Courtyard by Marriott Cancun
• Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Potosi
• Courtyard by Marriott Puebla Las Animas
• Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport
• Marriott Executive Apartments Finisterre Panama
• Fairfield Inn Monterrey Airport
• Fairfield Inn Los Cabos, Mexico
• JW Marriott Santa Fe

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Rates are commissionable. Cancellation polices will apply and vary by hotel. Blackout dates apply for individual hotels. In order to quality for this promotion, groups should have a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 50 people.  Additional Morning coffee Breaks, lunch, or afternoon coffee breaks will be quoted and billed separately.  Internet access is not included as part of this promotional offer.  Promotion may not be available at all hotels.  Promotion only available at participating hotels. Neither local taxes nor service charges or tips are not included as part of this promotional offer. Void where prohibited. © 2012 Marriott International, Inc.

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05/10/2012

Try! Marriott Hotels & Resorts And The Rugby Football Union Celebrate The Official Launch Of The Marriott London Sevens

Marriott Hotel & Resorts - Rugby Football UnionMarriott Hotels & Resorts and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) yesterday marked the official tournament launch of this year’s Marriott London Sevens – the final leg of the 2011/2012 HSBC Sevens World Series – with an inaugural turn of the wheel on the EDF Energy London Eye, followed by a press conference and brunch at the neighboring London Marriott Hotel County Hall.

With attendance from RFU Professional Rugby Director and ex-England player Rob Andrew; England Sevens Head Coach Ben Ryan; the coaches and captains from the 16 Sevens World Series countries; and the England Sevens Women’s Coach and Captain, the celebrations marked the new strategic partnership between Marriott Hotels & Resorts and the RFU. The alliance sees Marriott Hotels & Resorts become the new title sponsor of the Marriott London Sevens and an Official Partner of England Rugby for the next four years.

Osama Hirzalla, vice president brand marketing and ecommerce for Marriott International in Europe said, “Today was a fantastic occasion to mark Marriott Hotels & Resorts and the RFU’s alliance.  It was an honour to be joined by rugby legend Rob Andrew, as well as the coaches and captains from the 16 competing nations and the England Sevens Women’s Coach and Captain, who have worked so hard to reach the finals. We look forward to a magnificent weekend of rugby and hosting all the many fans at Twickenham Stadium, home to our Twickenham Marriott Hotel.”

The Marriott London Sevens is set to hit new heights this weekend with world record attendance at Twickenham Stadium in the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.  Over 90,000 tickets have already been sold, with this weekend’s total attendance expected to climb past last year’s high of 100,094.

Rob Andrew, RFU Professional Rugby Director, said: “The Marriott London Sevens continues to grow and get bigger and better each year both on and off the pitch, which is a testimony to the strength of the event and the appeal of the sport.”

Ben Ryan, England Sevens Head Coach, said: “We get great support around the world from England fans but there’s nothing we enjoy more than coming home to Twickenham Stadium, where we get great support and where the atmosphere will be electric this weekend.”

To celebrate the England team and let fans get in on the action, Marriott Hotels & Resorts are giving away one weekend break for two in the UK for every England try.  Join Marriott Hotels & Resorts at facebook.com/MarriottHotelsUK for full terms and conditions and to enter.

The Marriott London Sevens tournament is the finale of the HSBC Sevens World Series, a competition that pits the finest national sevens sides against each other across nine different tournaments. Each nation scores points based on their performances in these competitions until the season ends in London and one team is crowned as the World Series champions. Tickets are available from http://www.rfu.com/Tickets/Events/2012_05_12_LondonSevens.aspx and start from £18 for adults and £5 for juniors.


About Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to inspire and provide 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

HSBC Sevens World Series
Marking HSBC’s second season as title sponsor, the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series features nine tournaments in five continents, including a new event in Tokyo, Japan, and will again feature both established rugby nations (12 core teams) and emerging rugby-playing countries. The inaugural 2010/11 Series attracted over 500,000 spectators, while television coverage reached 332 million homes.  The Marriott London Sevens hosts the final tournament of the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series.

About the Rugby Football Union
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05/08/2012

Marriott International Expands In Thailand With The Opening Of Three Stunning New Hotels This Year

Beach Pool Sunrise at Marriott RayongMarriott International further strengthens its leadership position in Thailand with the opening of three new properties this year. The Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, The Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and the Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - Sukhumvit Thonglor will all open in 2012 bringing Marriott International’s portfolio to 16 hotels in the country.               
 
Marriott International currently operates a portfolio of world-leading hotels and brands in the country including the world-class JW Marriott hotels in Bangkok, Phuket and Khao Lak, the stylish, lifestyle Renaissance-branded hotels in Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui, and the award-winning luxury retreat, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, among others.
 
“We are delighted to be expanding our footprint in Thailand and bringing these three wonderful new hotels to the country," explained Craig Smith, chief operating officer, Marriott International, Asia. “We have had a long relationship with Thailand having opened our first hotel here, the JW Marriott Bangkok, some 15 years ago. It is great to be able to bring these new hotels to Thailand which we feel will have a very positive impact on both domestic and international travellers to the country. We are totally committed to Thailand for the long term, and in addition to these three hotels we will continue to grow in Thailand with a further five hotels set to open in the next three to four years.”

Rising over Bangkok’s premier lifestyle district of Thonglor, the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit will be perfect for business travellers, weekend getaways and families, with a great mix of leisure and business facilities, ideally located close to the BTS Skytrain station.

With 296 exquisite guest rooms and suites, the hotel will feature three superb restaurants, bars and lounges, four meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom. The iconic building offers sweeping views of the city and will also host a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant.

Located on the popular Mae Phim beach in the resort area of Rayong – just 205 kilometers south of Bangkok - the 206-room Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa will be located on a beautiful stretch of coastline offering aspects of both picturesque mountains and stunning ocean views.
 
The hotel will feature a Grand Ballroom along with five additional meeting rooms with extensive outdoor group space overlooking the tranquil landscape of the Gulf of Thailand. With the ability to host lavish weddings, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, the hotel is expected to become an immediate favorite for MICE, events and meetings customers. Offering a total of 7,120 square meters of total meetings space, the hotel is fitted with LCD projection and state-of-the-art technology for successful and memorable functions and events.

Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - Sukhumvit Thonglor, which will be located in the same building as the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, will offer the conveniences of a full service 5-star hotel with the space, ambience and privacy of residential living.

Marriott Executive Apartments are furnished with a fully equipped kitchen and are appropriate for any length of stay. Located in the heart of Bangkok's upscale residential district, the Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - Sukhumvit Thonglor will offer 74 units comprising one- two- and three-bed room apartments.

“We are delighted to be expanding the number of hotels we offer in Thailand and to be showcasing a new Marriott Executive Apartments in the city, as well as bringing our internationally branded hotels to the beautiful beachside area of Rayong,” explained Philip Bryson, Area Vice President South-East Asia for Marriott International.
 
“These hotels will appeal to business and leisure travellers from across Thailand and internationally and offer world-class service and facilities in locations were we have not previously been able to offer our hotels. It is great to be able to announce such strong growth in Thailand and to be able to bring a new level of hotel to Rayong, that we believe will really help to put the destination on the international map,” continued Bryson.”

NOTE: The statements about the opening dates for the new hotels are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made 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.

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