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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

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

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.

Connect with thomas.marder@marriott.com

 

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.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) for company information.

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com

 

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
The Rugby Football Union is the National Governing Body for rugby union in England and supports participants and fans from the grassroots to the national team. For more information visit rfu.com. For Rugby Football Union enquiries please contact Emma Kennedy 07821953458 / emmakennedy@rfu.com

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. 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 elizabeth.caminiti@marriott.com

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.

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

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com and anchalee.c@marriott.com  

05/07/2012

Key Bridge Marriott Moves To Wireless And Celebrates With “Free Wi-Fi” Days

Wi-FiKey Bridge Marriott has joined with AT&T to offer superior Wi-Fi in all guest rooms, suites, meeting space and lobby.  On Wednesday, May 16 & Thursday, May 17, the 582-room hotel, will celebrate becoming wire-free, by giving all its guests the gift of “Free Wi-Fi,” up to two megabytes (Mbps), in guest rooms.  Any other day, the hotel’s Wi-Fi will be available in the lobby free of charge and the guest rooms will have two-tiered price structure; an entry level with a two Mbps capacity with an option to upgrade to four Mbps.  Key Bridge Marriott also offers free Wi-Fi to Marriott Rewards® Gold and Platinum Elite members.

“We are pleased to join with AT&T to offer our guests state-of-the-art and secure Wi-Fi”, says Brian Hilger, general manager, Key Bridge Marriott.  “This new wireless solution offers 12 times more bandwidth and more reliable connectivity; allowing more guests to use their iPods, iPads, tablets or laptops at the same time at faster speeds.  Our guests are inherently productive, they want to relax, work and play, they have asked for more and we delivered.”

“We deployed a feature-rich Wi-Fi offering for Marriott Key Bridge to accommodate the hotel’s specific needs for flexible bandwidth options and high-quality services that best suit the needs of guests and conference attendees,” said Will Harvey, vice president of Network Integration Services at AT&T. “We understand the performance and accessibility demands of consumers and businesses, and are thrilled to provide an innovative, integrated solution that has enabled Marriott Key Bridge to offer a valuable, high-performing communications service to their customers.”

Meeting planners and conference attendees will rejoice, with the 802.11N dual radio system’s high speeds, bandwidth and flexibility.  The hotel now has the ability to custom design a wireless proposal tailored to group needs.  If groups desire more bandwidth, the hotel is able to increase and adjust the assigned bandwidth in a moment’s notice.


The hotel’s 17,000 square feet of well-appointed meeting and pre-function space includes two large ballrooms and 19 breakout rooms.  The Potomac Ballroom is 4,290 square feet of function space capable of separating into 4 salons.  The 3,000 square feet Capital View Ballroom, high atop of the Key Bridge Marriott, offers floor to ceiling windows with one-of-a-kind, unprecedented, 360° vistas of the growing skyline of Rosslyn, historic Georgetown,  the Potomac River and the historic landmarks of Washington, D.C. 

The landmark Key Bridge Marriott is situated near the Potomac River at 1401 Lee Highway in Arlington, Va. within walking distance of Georgetown’s shopping and dining destinations. The hotel conveniently located near Reagan National Airport, the blue and orange Metro rail lines, and is ideal for conferences, meetings and other social events. For more information or to make reservations, contact your travel professional, call the hotel directly at (703) 524-6400 or visit www.keybridgemarriott.com


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.
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.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. 

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.  This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT.

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Connect with mark.indre@marriott.com

05/03/2012

Cvent Names 20 Marriott International Hotels To Their List of Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States

Orlando WorldCenter Aerial PoolTwenty Marriott International  hotels representing the JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Autograph Collection and Renaissance Hotels brands were included on Cvent’s annual list of the “Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States.”  The hotels were selected from a pool of 80,000 hotels in the U.S. on the Cvent Supplier Network, a free online marketplace that connects meeting planners with over 200,000 venues and service providers worldwide.   Marriott International had more hotels on the list than any other hotel company. 

The hotels named to the list include:

• Orlando World Center Marriott
• Atlanta Marriott Marquis
• JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
• Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
• Washington Marriott Wardman Park
• Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
• New Orleans Marriott
• JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
• Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
• Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld
• The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Part of The Autograph Collection
• Renaissance Washington DC Downtown
• San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
• JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE
• The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth
• New York Marriott Marquis
• Boston Marriott Copley Place
• San Diego Marriott Marquis
• JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Of the twenty Marriott International hotels on the list, nineteen are part of Marriott’s Innovention Network, a premier collection of the company’s largest meeting and convention hotels and resorts, offering the highest brand of service for meeting and convention planners.  The pre-convention to post-convention conveniences, including a streamlined billing system and new communications procedures between the customers, event managers and general managers, are designed to ensure a seamless meeting experience. 

Hotels were selected based on a set of qualifying criteria, some of which included: The number of electronic request-for-proposals (RFPs) received from the Cvent Supplier Network in 2011; the hotel’s average response rate to the RFPs sent through the marketplace; number of meeting rooms available; total square footage of meeting space offered;  and the amount of business the hotel was awarded in 2011 by meeting planners through the Cvent Supplier Network.

For the complete list of Cvent’s Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the U.S. visit http://www.cvent.com/top100hotelsus.

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 Cvent
Founded in 1999, Cvent is the world’s largest meetings and event management technology company and has over 950 employees worldwide. Cvent offers web-based software for meeting site selection, online event registration, event management, e-mail marketing, and web surveys, and helps over 10,000 clients in 90 countries manage hundreds of thousands of events, surveys and e-mail campaigns. The company has processed over $2 billion in online payments and has managed over 30 million event registrations and survey responses for its clients. Cvent’s client base ranges from small non-profits to large corporations, and includes over 30 companies from the Fortune 100. A leading authority on Strategic Meetings Management (SMM), Cvent’s technology has been used to implement SMM programs around the world. For more information, please visit www.cvent.com.

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05/01/2012

Book Your Meeting 24/7 – Marriott’s QuickGroup Adds Online Booking for Event Space and Catering for Small Groups

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No matter what time of day you like to work, you can now book your entire meeting online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Whatever the occasion, planning the perfect group event online is easier than ever. Marriott’s QuickGroup (www.marriott.com/quickgroup) allows planners to book 10-25 rooms or meeting space for up to 50 attendees with just a few clicks online. 

In addition, planners can chose audio/visual services, add food and beverage catering options, and request a complimentary Custom Web Page to promote their event, all from the QuickGroup site.  Planners will be presented with a simple, standard online contract that can be secured with a credit card – no negotiations required.  Once the reservation is made the customer is sent an instant e-mail confirmation.  Best of all, planners can also earn up to 50,000 Marriott rewards points and credit toward Elite status.

QuickGroup is ideal for business meetings, sports team travel, and social events such as weddings, event brunches and family reunions.  Customers can compare group room rates at participating JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott across North America, making it easy to shop several options and instantly book a block of rooms online.   

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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Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Invite Travelers to ‘Soak Up the Savings’ This Summer

Soak Up The SavingsSpecial Rates at nine exclusive resorts throughout Caribbean & Mexico.

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts is encouraging travelers to start planning a summer getaway with the new Soak up the Savings Event. With special rates at nine exclusive resorts in seven locations across the Caribbean and Mexico, guests can soak up the sun on pristine beaches, enjoy treatments at relaxing spas, wine and dine at an array of notable restaurants and participate in local attractions within the various destinations. Guests must stay at one of the below resorts between June 1 and September 30, 2012 and must book between May 1 and May 31, 2012. Rates start from $79 - $219 per room, per night. Travelers must use the promotion code ‘X32’ when making the reservation.*

Participating resort properties include:
• Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
• CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
• CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
• Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
• Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
• Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
• Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino
• JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
• St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

To book your stay, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/soak-up-savings

Terms and Conditions  
Promotional rates are valid for reservations booked between May 1 – 31, 2012, for stays from June 1, 2012 – September 30, 2012 at participating Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance® Hotels & Resorts. Offer not applicable to groups of ten rooms or more. Must quote promotional code X32 to receive the promotional rate. Rates vary by resort and are per room, per night, based on availability. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Available at participating locations only. Some hotels may not be available at the rates shown. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, sale promotion, or prior purchase/reservation. Void where prohibited.

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts
Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts (MARCAM) represents the region’s most luxurious resort properties, each complete with chic accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities and stunning oceanfront locations. The Collection’s nine Resorts situated throughout seven destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico share elevated standards of service, style and reputation that are further magnified by participation in the MARCAM team.  Formed in 1997, MARCAM brings a refined level of awareness to this exclusive Collection of full-service properties. For more information please visit www.paradisebymarriott.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. 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 laura.botelho@marriott.com, sarag@lhammond.com and terryg@lhammond.com

04/26/2012

Marriott Hotels & Resorts To Open Second Hotel In Colombia

MHR Colombia-CaliMarriott International’s (NYSE:MAR) signature brand, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, announced today plans to open a new 170-room Marriott Hotel in Cali in 2014, under an agreement with Real Hotels and Resorts, S.A. and Grupo Poma.

Situated on the corner of Avenida 8 Norte and Calle 9 in the heart of Colonia Granada, the Marriott Cali Hotel will be located in one of Cali’s most desirable areas filled with restaurants, bars and shops.

“We are very excited about consolidating our relationship with Marriott by bringing the Marriott brand to Cali and strengthening Marriott’s position in Colombia.  With the success of the Marriott Hotel in Bogota, we are confident that this hotel will be highly successful, and play a large role in the continued emergence of Colombia,” said Fernando Poma, President of Real Hotels & Resorts.

“We are fortunate to have great partners in Colombia, with whom we continue to grow many successful hotels within the market and across Latin America” says Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer for Marriott International, Inc. in the Caribbean & Latin America “Cali is a wonderful Latin American destination and Colonia Granada is an ideal location for our new Marriott Cali Hotel.”

In addition to 170 guest rooms and suites, the hotel will feature a casual dining restaurant, a sushi bar and a great room.  The hotel will also have three different meeting spaces available including the 4,900 square foot ballroom.  Recreational facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness center.  Other amenities will include a concierge lounge, business center, gift shop and parking garage.

Marriott International is currently represented in Colombia by the 264-room JW Marriott Hotel Bogota and the 239-room Bogota Marriott Hotel. Marriott will open the 278-room Cartagena Marriott Hotel in 2015.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) for company information.

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com and john.wolf@marriott.com