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05/10/2013

Marriott International Increases Dividend 30 Percent

MILogoHorizBlackMarriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced that its Board of Directors raised the company’s quarterly dividend by four cents ($0.04) to seventeen cents ( $0.17) per share, which represents a 30 percent increase over the previous quarterly dividend amount of $0.13 per share. The dividend is payable on June 28, 2013 to shareholders of record on May 24, 2013.

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

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05/08/2013

Imagining the Future of Meetings

Red Coat Direct appMarriott Hotels Introduces Transformational App Making For More Dynamic Meetings.

Bethesda, Md., -- Inspired by the power of technology and ways to transform meetings for the people attending, Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is introducing Red Coat Direct.  [See video below.] With this first of its kind app, meeting organizers can now adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room. Red Coat Direct is the first branded hotel app to grant any meeting wish (within reason) from room temperature adjustments, to coffee refills or having lunch served earlier with an additional vegetarian dish. Rolling out at 350 Marriott Hotel properties in the US beginning in May, the Red Coat Direct app will be expanded to the brand’s entire global portfolio of 500 hotels by the end of 2014.

“The way people work is more mobile and global, but until now, organizing meetings has been stuck in the past. We are rethinking all aspects of meetings from the physical space to the experience for both attendees and planners, and looking for ways to enable and inspire people to do their best work,” said Peggy Roe, vice president, global operations services for Marriott Hotels. “Red Coat Direct’s technology allows planners to continually adjust requests without missing a minute of their meeting or keeping other professionals waiting.”

The app is personalized to the each organizer’s specific meeting. Requests can be made up to three days before the meeting and then throughout the meeting. Once the request is made, it is routed to the event manager and the department that can fulfill the request. The app is available for all internet-enabled devices including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Kindle Fire and laptops and will be available in 19 languages by 2014’s global roll-out.

Marriott Hotels has been “re-imagining” the guest experience, transforming lobbies and public spaces by designing them for the next generation of travelers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology. As the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott is introducing new concepts designed for the new mobile worker.

Workspace On Demand powered by Liquidspace, an application to book meetings on demand, is further differentiating the customer experience at Marriott Hotels by allowing guests to book both free and paid spaces as easily as they book a guest room. Workspring at Marriott at the Redmond Marriott Town Center, the industry’s first purpose-built suite of integrated spaces and common areas designed for small meetings, takes a holistic approach, bringing together seamlessly integrated service, technology and contemporary design. It was created in partnership with Steelcase to support collaborative work, inspiring creativity and innovation.

About Marriott Hotels
Marriott Hotels 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 guest loyalty program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during stays. Join us on Marriott Hotels rapidly growing Facebook community (www.facebook.com/marriott) and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/marriott). For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

Connect with laurie.goldstein@marriott.com

 

04/29/2013

Marriott International to Webcast its Annual Meeting on May 10, 2013

MILogoHorizBlackBethesda, Md., April 29, 2013 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) will provide a live audio webcast of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on May 10.  To access the webcast on May 10, or as a recording through the end of the year, go to http://www.marriott.com/investor and click on the "Annual Meeting" page on the left hand navigation bar.  

To view an interactive version of Marriott’s 2012 Annual Report, including a video message from the company’s president and CEO and short videos featuring the company’s four regional presidents, visit www.Marriott.com/investor and click “Annual Report.”

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

Connect with elizabeth.mcglasson@marriott.com

04/24/2013

Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education Makes Debut in China

Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education CeremonyHefei, China – Marriott International today launched the ‘Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education’ in co-operation with Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology. This is the latest college partnership model Marriott International has embarked upon in China to develop the future generation of the hospitality workforce to support its growth in the country. [Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief HRO of Marriott International Asia Pacific (center left) and Wang Yuan Hao, President of Anhui Zhongao Institute of Technology (the third from the right) along with other Marriott and Anhui government executives at launch event.]

Once established, the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education will become an integral part of the Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology and will enroll students from the annual China national examination for a three-year diploma programme. The expected number of 2013 intakes will be 300 students.

Initially, the curriculum focus will be on Hotel Management, but plans are in place to expand the course to include Tourism Management as well as Culinary and Nutrition. In the final year of study, students will have work placements at Marriott’s hotels in China to gain experience in a real-life hotel environment.

Marriott International will offer a full array of support to ensure that this joint programme is a great success from the very start, including lectures from the company’s senior executives to the students. Other support includes student field study and internship opportunities at Marriott International’s hotels, faculty internship and curriculum development. Michael Malik, Market Vice President – Eastern China of Marriott International will serve as the deputy dean of the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education. He will provide counsel and oversee the education direction of the Institute.   

In the inauguration ceremony of the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education, Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer of Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “Marriott International is proud of the fact that it is consistently recognised as a top employer in China and around the world. We have been providing career development opportunities to ambitious talents worldwide for more than eight decades. The launch of the Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education not only upholds our core values, but also serves as a timely move to fuel our tremendous portfolio growth in China. 

“Marriott International currently cooperates with a number of colleges throughout China to help foster the next generation of hotel executives. Nevertheless, in terms of the breadth and depth of such kinds of exercises, this co-operation with Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology is unprecedented,” said Taikitsadaporn.  

Marriott International has launched co-operation programmes with 15 colleges in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guiyang and in other locations. In addition, Marriott has relations with 112 colleges across China and recruited more than 2,500 interns in 2012 in the country.

Wang Yuan Hao, Dean of Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education, said: “The hospitality industry of China has been growing rapidly and this trend is expected to continue in coming years. Therefore it is essential that our education will keep pace with and meet the human resources demand of the industry. We are delighted to have the support of Marriott International to this programme as the company brings a wealth of experience and heritage in developing hospitality talent around the world.”

With 137 open and signed hotels in China, Marriott International expects to open on average one hotel per month in the country for the five years. The company intends to add some 40,000 associates in China by 2016.

Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology
Established in 1998, the Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology is a government funded college that is affiliated with the Science and Technology Department of Anhui Province. Currently it has 3,000 students and offers three faculties with some 25 disciplines of studies. For more information, please visit its website: www.acac.cn     

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

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com

04/19/2013

Boston Update (April 22, 2013)

Our Marriott, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Greater Boston are deeply grateful to the government leaders and law enforcement agencies who have worked tirelessly to secure the great City of Boston.  Boston and its friends around the world can return to the healing process of honoring those whose lives were cut short or changed forever by the tragic incidents.  

Our Greater Boston hotels are fully operational.  We continue to exercise heightened security, and to work closely with the local authorities.  

To learn more about Marriott's response read Bill Marriott's blog, and read about Marriott Rewards donation program.  

 Media questions should be directed to Marriott Communications at 301-380-7770.

04/17/2013

New Leadership at Marriott International to Focus on Next Generation Travelers

Linnartz, SCompany Names Stephanie Linnartz as Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer.

In a move to put the next generation customer front and center, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has appointed Stephanie Linnartz as its chief marketing and commercial officer.  With 18 brands and 3,800 hotels in 74 countries, this new global position bundles all of the company’s consumer-focused disciplines for the first time, including brand management, marketing, eCommerce, sales, revenue management and consumer insight.  Ms. Linnartz, who previously headed-up Global Sales, Revenue Management and Reservations Sales for the company, reports to Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer, and Robert McCarthy, chief operations officer.

“In her 16 years with Marriott, Stephanie has risen steadily through the Sales and Marketing organization, where she expanded the company’s global sales team and played a significant role in building our profitability and growth,” said Mr. Sorenson. “Stephanie’s focus in this new leadership position includes attracting next generation travelers, distinguishing our brands and portfolio, putting us at the forefront of technology, building preference among owners and franchisees and continuing our global expansion.” 

Ms. Linnartz joined Marriott International in 1997 and most recently served as the company’s Global Officer, Sales and Revenue Management. The span of her career with Marriott also includes Global Sales, Marketing Planning, Revenue Management, Business Development and Finance.

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Ms. Linnartz holds a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and has completed additional graduate studies at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Development in Norway.  She grew up in the hospitality industry, working for her father, well-known Washington restaurateur, Danny Coleman, owner of The Dubliner Irish Restaurant & Pub.

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

Connect with elizabeth.mcglasson@marriott.com

03/25/2013

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

MARRIOTTMarriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) will report first quarter 2013 earnings results on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at approximately 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET).  The company will hold a conference call for the investment community to discuss its first quarter 2013 earnings on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. ET.  News media can also access the conference call in a listen-only mode.  Mr. Arne Sorenson, Marriott International's president and chief executive officer, and Mr. Carl Berquist, Marriott International's executive vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the company's performance.

The conference call will be webcast simultaneously via Marriott’s investor relations website.  Investors and news media wishing to access the call on the web should log on to http://www.marriott.com/investor, and click the link for the first quarter earnings call under “Recent and Upcoming Events”.  A replay will be available at that same website until May 2, 2014.  A transcript of the call will also be available on the company’s website.

The telephone dial-in number for the conference call is 706-679-3455.  Please use conference ID 25765606 when dialing into the call.  To help ensure you do not miss any of the conference call, please dial-in or link to the call on the web 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 2, 2013 until 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 9, 2013.  To access the replay, call 404-537-3406.  The conference ID for the recording is 25765606.
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Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with thomas.marder@marriott.com

03/20/2013

Marriott Cares How Business Gets Done

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

03/05/2013

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

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

To access the webcast, please go to http://www.marriott.com/investor, and then click on the link to the “J.P. Morgan Lodging Forum” under “Recent and Upcoming Events.”

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

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

Connect with thomas.marder@marriott.com

02/25/2013

Marriott Helps ‘Clean the World’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com