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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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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

LA LIVE Fishbowlwww.marriottmeetings.com

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.

Connect with laurie.goldstein@marriott.com

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.

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

04/19/2012

Experience 20 Latin American Cities Before The End Of 2012

Panama CityFind the new Weekend “Game Plan” promotion from Marriott International, at http://www.marriott.com/marriott/20citiestovisit.mi.

Have you ever wanted to see a tango show in Buenos Aires, swim with dolphins in Cancun, go salsa dancing in Old San Juan, visit the Panama Canal, see the Aztec ruins outside of Mexico City, or take a surfing lesson in Costa Rica? Marriott International makes it easier for travelers to explore all that Latin America has to offer and plan their weekend getaways with the new “game plan” program.

“Latin America has a wealth of fantastic tourist destinations – either for leisure weekend getaways or extended business trip”, said Alex Fiz, Vice President of Sales for the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “By creating the Weekend Game Plan program, we have made it easier for our guests to experience these destinations and all of the great experiences they have to offer.”

[Download The Weekend Game Plan Release In Spanish]
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Between now and December 31st, book your room for a minimum of two nights, for Thursday through Sunday stays, at participating JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn and Marriott Executive Apartments and receive:

• Complementary dinner for two on the night of arrival
• Breakfast included during the weekend stay
• 4 p.m. Late check out

To book, visit http://www.marriott.com/marriott/20citiestovisit.mi and use the promotional code W34 to receive the offer. Stays must be booked now thru December 31, 2012.

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts  
• JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City, Mexico
• JW Marriott Hotel Quito, Ecuador
• JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Peru
• JW Marriott Hotel Caracas, Venezuela
• JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
• JW Marriott Hotel Bogota, Colombia

Marriott Hotels & Resorts: 
• Marriott Buenos Aires Plaza Hotel, Argentina
• Costa Rica Marriott Hotel, Costa Rica
• San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Puerto Rico
• Santiago Marriott Hotel, Chile
• Panama City Marriott Hotel, Panama
• Marriott Puebla Real Hotel, Puebla, Mexico
• Sao Paulo Airport Marriott, Brazil
• Tegucigalpa Marriott Hotel, Honduras
• Tijuana Marriott Hotel, Mexico
• Mexico City Marriott Hotel Reforma, Mexico
• Bogota Marriott Hotel, Colombia
• Aguascaliente Marriott Hotel, Mexico

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts:  
• Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel, Brazil
• Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino, Dominican Republic
• Renaissance La Concha Resort, Puerto Rico
• Renaissance Caracas La Castellana Hotel, Venezuela

Courtyard by Marriott: 
• Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey, Mexico
• Courtyard by Marriott San Jose, Costa Rica
• Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
• Courtyard by Marriott Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
• Courtyard by Marriott Port of Spain, Trinidad
• Courtyard by Marriott Panama Real Hotel, Panama City, Panama
• Courtyard by Marriott Toluca, Mexico
• Courtyard by Marriott Monterrey San Jeronimo, Mexico
• Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Miramar, Puerto Rico
• Courtyard by Marriott San Salvador, El Salvador
• Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport Hotel, Mexico
• Courtyard by Marriott Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
• Courtyard by Marriott Puebla, Mexico
• Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo, Suriname
• Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil, Ecuador
• Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown, Barbados

Marriott Executive Apartments   
• Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott  
• Fairfield Inn Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 
• Fairfield Inn Monterrey Airport, Mexico

Please visit the program site for further information: http://www.marriott.com/marriott/20citiestovisit.mi

To make your reservation process even easier, download our free Marriott Mobile App in Spanish for iPhone, Android or Blackberry at: http://www.espanol.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Offer valid for stays thru December 31st at participating JW Marriott Resorts & Hotels, Renaissance Hotels & Resort, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and Marriott Executive Apartments. Must reserve with the program code W34 to receive offer. Two night stay required.  A stay is defined as three consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Program cannot be combined with any other offer, sale Program, or prior purchase/reservation. Void where prohibited. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Participating locations only.  Some hotels may not be available at the rates shown.
© 2012 Marriott International, Inc.

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04/13/2012

Marriott Aims To Double Footprint In The Caribbean And Latin America By 2017

Cartagena MarriottMore than 70 additional hotels and 14,000 new jobs planned in the next five years.

Heralding a "golden age of travel," Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) plans to double the number of hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America within the next five years. Arne Sorenson, the new CEO of Marriott International, will make the announcement today at the Americas CEO Summit in Cartagena, Colombia, adding that the number of jobs at Marriott hotels in the region is expected to increase from 13,000 to 27,000 by the end of 2017.

The company also said it expects to double its presence in Colombia with the additions of Marriott hotels in both Cartagena and Cali.

This year’s hotel openings in the region showcase the company's broad portfolio of top brands, including the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Americas at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico to the JW Marriott in Cusco, Peru and the Courtyard by Marriott at Mexico City Airport.
Currently, Marriott has 35 hotels signed and under development in the Caribbean and Latin America.  These include The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton, Panama City (Panama), JW Marriott Cusco (Peru), Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel (Haiti) and the Renaissance Santiago (Chile).  By 2017, Marriott envisions its portfolio in the region rising to over 140 hotels and 30,000 rooms either opened or in the development pipeline.

Today, Marriott International is represented with 69 hotels in 25 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. Nine of Marriott’s 18 brands are currently represented in the region:  The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott (luxury); Marriott Hotels & Resorts (upscale); Renaissance Hotels and Autograph Collection (lifestyle); Courtyard by Marriott (upper moderate);  Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn by Marriott (extended stay); and Fairfield by Marriott (moderate).

“Latin America is booming, in terms of economic growth and political and institutional stability, which is creating a promising business climate,” said Mr. Sorenson, whose title is president and CEO. “The rising middle class throughout the region is eager to travel to new places and do business on the road. Worldwide, we're seeing a golden age of travel, and Latin America is at the forefront.  This, when combined with the strong performance and preference of our brands in the gateway markets, provides tremendous opportunity for Marriott's world class brands and service."

“This is an exciting time for hotel development in Latin America; the growing regional demand and broadening market, combined with the lack of consistent domestic hotel product and service, represents a large opportunity to develop upscale branded hotels as well as multi-unit moderate tier development platforms with local partners in the region,” said Laurent De Kousemaeker, chief development officer, Caribbean and Latin American Region, for Marriott International.

Note: The statements about the numbers of new hotels and rooms we expect to add by 2017 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 the continuation and pace of the economic recovery; 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 refurbishment; and other risk factors identified in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statement. 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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04/05/2012

Arne Sorenson Takes First Trip As Marriott International’s New CEO, Tours Hotels And Greets Nearly One Thousand Associates

Sorenson Greeting AssociatesSao Paulo, Brazil - This week, Marriott International’s new Chief Executive Officer, Arne Sorenson visited Brazil for the first time to immerse himself in the Brazilian market and greet nearly 1000 Marriott associates at four different properties: the JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro, Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo, The Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel, and Marriott Sao Paulo Airport Hotel.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Sorenson visit our hotels and pleased that he chose Brazil as his first visit as the new CEO of Marriott International”, said Gil Zanchi, Country Manager of Brazil and General Manager of the Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel. “Brazil represents major growth potential for Marriott International”.

Sorenson with YCI GraduatesDuring his visit, Sorenson met with associates at the Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel who are also Youth Career Initiative Program graduates, a six-month education program for high school graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds designed to empower young people by providing them with necessary life and vocational skills. In collaboration with the International Tourism Partnership’s Youth Career Initiative, Marriott has placed more than 1,600 young people on paths toward more promising futures.

“Marriott associates have career-long access to corporate training programs and services to support their total well-being. The company’s commitment to professional development is evident in the fact that more than 3,000 current managers began their Marriott careers in entry-level positions”, said Sorenson. “Our associates are extremely important to our business and they are the heart of our company’s culture.  Their talent, experience and dedication to service make it possible for us to serve millions of customers around the world.”

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

Connect with laura.botelho@marriott.com

03/28/2012

Marriott International Gives Glimpse Into The Future At First Global General Managers Conference In Five Years

JW & RC - LA LIVELOS ANGELES, CA – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) hosted more than 1,300 attendees from around the world to unveil future innovation and growth plans for its full-service portfolio and to celebrate an 85-year legacy of service. Aptly named "Brand New World," the conference represents the first time property leaders and Marriott senior executives have gathered together since 2005. Marriott International brands participating in the conference include The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, EDITION, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection and Marriott Executive Apartments.

“It is exciting to see how much we’ve grown since our last meeting and to share all of the new and innovative things we are doing now and are planning for the future,” said Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, Inc. “We expect to open roughly 30,000 rooms this year and our development pipeline totals 110,000 rooms, which implies continued strong unit growth well beyond 2012. We are bullish about the long-term growth prospects for both Marriott and the global lodging industry. With a growing middle class and rapid economic growth in many emerging markets, global demand is increasing steadily. Our products are high quality, our guest satisfaction is very high, and our brands are preferred by owners and franchisees. New hotel openings and renovations of existing hotels continue to energize our brands, and with new designs and services, we continue to find great ways to engage our guests.”

News on Marriott International’s full service brands includes:

Ritz-CarltonThe Ritz-Carlton, a name synonymous with luxury, will continue its path of global expansion with plans to take the brand into countries such as Austria and Israel for the first time. With other openings in key gateway destinations such as Okinawa, Vienna, Abu Dhabi, Tianjin, Chengdu and Herzilya, The Ritz-Carlton expects to grow its hotel portfolio to more than 85 hotels within the next 12 months. This growth comes at a time when the brand is also renewing its exceptional service promise. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company continues to showcase the core service philosophy that makes them a successful luxury lodging company. Disrupting convention in the category, The Ritz-Carlton poses an alternative style of question to guests, asking ‘Let Us Stay With You’, thereby reversing the age-old approach of hotels asking guests to stay with them. Through the use of artwork, film, messaging, and digital experience platforms, guests are asked to allow The Ritz-Carlton to be much more than just a hotel; indeed to be that indelible memory that lasts a lifetime. www.ritzcarlton.com

JW_logo_bk_vertJW Marriott Hotels, a luxury brand and namesake of the company’s founder, consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere. JW Marriott properties provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that reflect their locale and are delivered with an intuitive response to personal expectation. Recent news from the brand includes the introduction of several extraordinary partnerships that offer JW Marriott guests the opportunity to experience the best of culture, culinary, and well-being. Partners include exclusive relationships with CHRISTIES, Inc., Aromatherapy Associates, Keri Glassman, Treasury Wine Estates and Dr. Pamela Peeke. There are currently 53 JW Marriott hotels operating in 22 countries, with hotels expected to open by year-end 2012 in Mexico, Peru, India and Azerbaijan. By 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 80 properties in 29 countries. Learn more at www.jwmarriott.com.

Bvlgari Hotels & ResortsWith the goal of offering a contemporary, elegant collection of luxury hotels in gateway cities and exclusive resort locations around the world, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts was introduced in 2001.  Today, Bulgari’s exquisite resort destinations in Milan and Bali offer au courant Italian lifestyle experiences. The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London is expected to open in spring 2012. www.bulgarihotels.com

EDITIONEDITION, a luxury lifestyle hotel brand created in partnership with Ian Schrager, is on track to have six hotels operating in major global gateway cities by 2015. With the January announcement of one of Manhattan's most beloved buildings, the Metropolitan Life Tower “Clock Tower,” newly announced hotel contracts in Bangkok and Abu Dhabi, as well as two hotels under construction in London and Miami Beach, EDITION expects to have hotels on three continents within three years. There is currently one EDITION Hotel open -- The Istanbul EDITION. EDITION combines the personal, intimate, individualized and unique experiences which Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach and operational expertise of Marriott International. www.editionhotels.com

MHRMarriott Hotels & Resorts, the signature brand of Marriott International, announced this week a collaboration with Steelcase and IDEO to revolutionize hosted work environments in its hotels and to start a dialogue around the evolving needs and mindset of Gen X and Gen Y global business travelers. The Future of Meetings Innovation Lab at the conference showcased ten meeting and work space prototypes that are currently in development. General Managers from around the world had the opportunity to experience these prototypes first-hand, offer immediate feedback and help co-create meeting spaces of the future in real time. The unveiling at the conference represents the first phase of the collaboration among Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Steelcase and IDEO, as the brand demonstrates its deep commitment to re-imagining hospitality for a new generation of global travelers. Marriott Hotels & Resorts is the company’s largest brand by number of hotel rooms globally with hotels, resorts and conference centers in more than 50 countries. www.marriotthotels.com

RenHotels_logo_webBrown 1Renaissance Hotels, the original Lifestyle brand within the portfolio, expects to add nine new hotels this year in key destinations worldwide including Istanbul, Shanghai and Kiev. This planned expansion will further expand Renaissance Hotels’ current portfolio of lifestyle hotels to encompass nearly 160 hotels in 35 countries. In addition to its continued growth, Renaissance Hotels continues to offer guests the opportunity to discover the best of entertainment through its signature RLife LIVE program, one of the hospitality industry’s leading entertainment platforms. RLife LIVE is well recognized for featuring the best of new and emerging musical talent into the hotel for guest and locals. www.renhotels.com

Autograph CollectionAutograph Collection, Marriott’s expanding portfolio of independent hotels that provides individualist travelers with unique experiences, recently announced the addition of The Saint in New Orleans, as well as the iconic Blue Moon and Winter Haven hotels in Miami Beach to its growing lineup. Each of the hotels is the first to join Autograph Collection in their respective cities. With these properties, the collection has accumulated an impressive 32 hotels in its portfolio since its launch in 2010, with plans to add more than 50 properties by the end of 2012 in various key markets worldwide. Along with the continued expansion of the Collection, Autograph also continues to receive rave reviews for its one-of-a-kind website, www.autographhotels.com, developed to inspire the independent traveler.

MEA_Logo_Black4U_8003UMarriott Executive Apartments is Marriott’s only serviced corporate apartment brand offering the convenience of 5-star, full-service hotel facilities with the space, ambience and privacy of upscale residential living and the assurance and security of a Marriott experience. Marriot Executive Apartments properties, which are all located outside of North America, offer studio to three-bedroom apartments and are designed for executive expats staying 30+ nights, usually on temporary assignment or relocation. Each property is influenced by local design elements and features state-of-the-art facilities and technology. There are currently 22 Marriott Executive Apartments locations in 15 countries with plans to nearly double over the next five years. Visit www.marriottexecutiveapartments.com

NOTE: The statements about the future additions of 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 annual report on Form 10-K; 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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03/27/2012

Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Steelcase, and IDEO Collaborate to Innovate on the Future of Meetings and Work

Marriott Hotel & Resorts, Steelcase, IdeoMarriott Hotels & Resorts Launches “The Future of Work Innovation Co-Labs” To Offer Enhanced Hosted Work Experiences for Gen X and Gen Y Global Travelers.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The nature of work is changing: it’s mobile, fast-paced and global. While most people demand choice and control to work when and how they want, wherever they are, working remotely doesn’t always offer consistent options when it comes to access, comforts and convenience. Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR); Steelcase, the world’s leading workplace experience provider; and global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO, today announced a collaboration to design, create and test innovative concepts and solutions for the future of work and meetings in hotels. The collaboration comes to life this week as a showcase of these potential solutions is unveiled at the Marriott Hotels & Resorts Global General Manager Conference in Los Angeles.

With mobile technology, the world is becoming interconnected and people need the right blend of spaces and solutions to support their different work needs throughout the day –wherever they are. Whether staying at a hotel individually or attending a meeting or conference, business travelers need spaces that offer them choice and control for quiet, individual work in comfortable and inviting public spaces or collaborative settings for groupwork with colleagues. Leveraging unique insights from IDEO and Steelcase, Marriott Hotels & Resorts aspires to revolutionize hosted work environments in hotels, while opening a dialogue around the evolving needs, desires and mindset of the Gen X and Gen Y global business traveler.

“By 2013, almost 35 percent of the global workforce will be mobile. We are designing hotels for a new generation that is used to working how, where and often times whenever they want,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president, Brand Management, Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Marriott Hotels & Resorts is the  leader in hospitality, and no one understands the changing nature of work better than Steelcase. Together, along with IDEO, we are excited to collaborate on the Future of Work, a working innovation lab designed to create solutions that innovate, elevate and evolve the hotel work experience.”

The Future of Work Innovation Co-Labs at the General Mangers Conference showcases ten prototypes that create new technology, space, and service experiences for meetings and work. Marriott Hotels & Resorts general managers are experiencing the prototypes, offering immediate feedback, and ultimately helping ‘co-create’ meeting experiences of the future in real time.

Having worked together for more than 40 years, Marriott and Steelcase have a history of collaborating to provide business travelers with satisfying work settings.

“People need environments that help them innovate and inspire them to do great work,” said Mark Greiner, chief experience officer, Steelcase. “With business executives working remotely more frequently, work has to go where they go.  By bringing choice and control to a hosted-meeting environment, Steelcase, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and IDEO are delivering an unparalleled proposition for today and tomorrow’s global worker.”

With its innovation and design heritage, IDEO helps companies visualize new directions that often lead to new products and service offerings.  Their contributions in behavioral research and the science behind how people work have been a critical success factor for Marriott International brands in the past.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Marriott Hotels & Resorts as well as Steelcase on this exciting endeavor,” said Beth Viner, Associate Partner at IDEO. “It is our experience that our most innovative clients in the hospitality sector understand that it is not just about changing the physical space but instead choose to focus their attention on behavior and design.  Both Marriott and Steelcase are heavily invested in creating change that affects the total experience from beginning to end.”

Today’s work is more global and more social, and a new generation of workers demand and expect solutions that enable them to be untethered and collaborative.  With the first phase of this collaboration under way, Marriott Hotels & Resorts demonstrates its deep commitment to re-imagining hospitality for a new generation of global travelers.

About Steelcase Inc.
For 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world’s leading organizations — wherever work happens. Steelcase and our family of brands – including Steelcase, Coalesse, Designtex, Details, Nurture, PolyVision, and Turnstone - offer a comprehensive portfolio of furnishings, products and services designed to unlock human promise and to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers.  Steelcase is a global, industry-leading, and publicly traded company with fiscal 2011 revenue of approximately $2.4 billion. Our workplace research is published through the Steelcase 360 Magazine, 360.steelcase.com and 360 iPad app.

About IDEO
IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.  The company identifies new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviors, and desires.

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.

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