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Digital Star Grace Helbig Touts Consumer Benefit Of Booking Directly On

Marriott International’s New “#itpaystobookdirect” Campaign Showcases Company’s Best Rate Guarantee 

For-PR_bBethesda, MD – August 6, 2015 – Marriott International today launched a new digital campaign, starring Grace Helbig (Grace Helbig Show, It’s Grace) that highlights the benefits for consumers who book their hotel stays directly on The campaign – “#itpaystobookdirect” – uses talent from the digital and social world to go directly to consumers on those channels.

When consumers book on, they receive benefits like the company’s best rate guarantee.  If consumers find a better rate elsewhere, the company’s best rate guarantee will match it and give them an additional 25 percent discount.  In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy extra benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in, and special deals only available when booking direct on a Marriott channel. 

“With this campaign, we want to make sure every consumer knows why it pays to book their stays with us directly, either on, through our Global Reservation Centers, or by contacting the hotel directly,” said Drew Pinto, vice president, distribution strategy for Marriott. “Our guests who book direct get access to our best rates, every room we have available and the most accurate and trustworthy information about our hotels. Booking direct is also best way for customers to personalize their stay with us.”  

Each of the 30 and 60 second “#itpaystobookdirect” spots injects humor in communicating the benefits of booking hotel stays directly on The campaign features Grace Helbig jumping into different scenarios to teach people the why it makes more sense to be direct. 

In the “Proposal,” Grace rescues a stammering boyfriend who is equating his love for his girlfriend to cheese inside a baked potato. 

In the “Interview,” Grace comes to the aid of a boss asking a recruit ridiculous questions like, “If you could be one aquatic mammal, what would it be?”  

In “Scenic Route,” an exasperated Grace helps a lost young couple learn the quickest route to their destination from a gas station attendant who insists they take the scenic route past the house of his best friend Greg who makes scarves out of leaves. 

The creative spots will appear as digital video and via digital display ads. Shorter out-takes will appear on Facebook through November. All the videos are also being featured on Marriott’s YouTube channel,  

Marriott’s Content Studio led the overall creative development for the campaign partnering with Above Average, the premier online destination for original comedic videos and written content featuring the industry’s top creators, celebrities, and rising talent. It is the company’s first collaboration with Above Average as part of a recently signed development deal. Above Average is the digital arm of Broadway Video, the production company behind Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.  

About Marriott International: 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit    

GRACE HELBIG is an American comedian, actress, internet personality and #1 New York Times best-selling author. In 2014, Grace was named one of Forbes’ top 30 Under 30, was listed as Variety’s Top 10 Comedians to Watch, was featured as Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, and her podcast NOT TOO DEEP was named one of Apple’s Best New Podcasts of 2014. Grace’s advice book, “Grace’s Guide” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. She is currently writing her next book which is set to release January 2016. Grace was just featured in Google’s most recent national Beacon campaign across all media. She also just finished the 1st season of her own comedy/talk show for E!, THE GRACE HELBIG SHOW, which makes her the only female host of a late night talk show on television. 

Grace is the founder and creator of her former web series Daily Grace. In January 2014, she founded the YouTube channel It’s Grace, which hosts her new web series. In one week, It’s Grace amassed over 800 thousand subscribers and 7 million video views. It’s Grace currently stands at over 2.5M subscribers and 100 million video views. Grace is frequently featured as a guest on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and can be seen starring in the feature film, CAMP TAKOTA which topped the charts on iTunes’ Top 10 Downloads. Grace can currently be seen starring in the online travel show “HeyUSA” with Mamrie Hart on Conde Nast’s In addition to her talk show, Grace can next be seen in the digital reboot of the popular 70s TV series ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL. 

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Protea Hotels Go Live on


Dubai, UAE and Bethesda, Md., May 22, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced that from today Protea’s portfolio of hotels will be available for booking on the website, as well as through Marriott Global Reservations Offices. Marriott recently completed the approximately US$200 million acquisition of Protea Hotels and its sub-brands, African Pride Hotels and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! in a move that secured its position as the largest hotel operator on the African continent. Today’s announcement marks the latest phase in the integration of Protea Hotels within the Marriott International portfolio of brands. Download images.

Marriott - PHFICTIn the first quarter of 2014, accounted for more than 26 percent of Marriott International’s roomnight bookings worldwide, or one-third of the company’s transient business. In addition, 40 percent of traffic came from mobile devices.

Marriott - AP15oOPrior to the acquisition, Marriott International was already operating 10 hotels across the African continent, but Protea adds a further 116 properties bringing the total Middle East and African presence to 162 properties in 18 countries. Marriott International’s pioneering strategic move into Africa is set against a backdrop of burgeoning economic growth throughout the continent, with the World Bank expecting in excess of 5 percent growth in sub-Saharan Africa through 2015.

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa commented on the announcement saying, ‘I am delighted that just a few weeks after the acquisition of Protea Hotels our valued guests have access to the portfolio of hotel options continent-wide and globally across our entire range of brands. Clearly this has been an unprecedented growth phase for our regional business but this is only given context and meaning when we can connect our guests with the experience. This is happening now and it heralds the start of a completely new chapter in the history of Marriott International.’ is ranked as one of the world’s largest consumer retail sites, and accounts for US$1.3 billion of revenue annually for bookings outside the United States of America. In addition to the website, Marriott operates 10 language sites which includes Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 77 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013. For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction, and operates and franchises hotels under 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy (expected opening in 2014), Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, and Marriott Executive Apartments, and licenses vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club brand. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Play Xplor and Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Trip Around the World from Marriott

500,000 Marriott Rewards Points to Be Awarded to Three Winners.

XplorGoldenTicketiPhoneMarriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) is awarding one lucky XplorSM gamer with 200,000 Marriott Rewards points and a round-the-world plane ticket. To enter for a chance to win, users must complete the entire Xplor game and register on by December 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET. Two runner-up winners will each receive 150,000 Marriott Rewards points.

Marriott’s mobile travel game, Xplor, was unveiled in August 2013 and is available for free in the App Store. A first in the hotel industry, Xplor engages people of all ages to virtually see the world by visiting five gateway cities - New York City, Paris, Beijing, Dubai, and São Paulo - and accomplishing varied sightseeing challenges along the way.
To help users conquer Xplor, Marriott has compiled its top five tips for success:
1. Since most challenges have a scavenger hunt component, choose the Backpacker character so you can carry more items.
2. Always carry a drink and a snack so you can recharge when your energy is low.
3. Visit each location within each city so that they can later be accessed directly through your passport.
4. It’s not always possible to buy items back from the lobby shop so be careful what you sell.
5. Talk to the lobby concierge and other characters in the game to learn about multiple challenges.

Last month, Marriott awarded five dedicated Xplor gamers with 100,000 Marriott Reward points apiece. “It’s exciting to see so many of our loyalists embrace Xplor and we’re thrilled to recognize some of our best fans with Marriott Rewards points,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer. “These winners have been deeply engaged in the game and have submitted feedback that has actually helped us improve the Xplor experience.”

“We set out to design a fun, interactive mobile game that appeals to the next generation, and we’ve done just that,” said David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “At Marriott, we’re committed to enhancing the travel industry experience through innovation, and new technology. Xplor is another example of how we’re engaging with millennials.”

Throughout the game, travelers experience unique cultural variations native to the region they are visiting including food, customs, and architectural design. Each city “Xplored” offers mini-games that are guaranteed to keep both serious and recreational gamers excited and engaged. For social adventurers, Xplor successes can be shared on Facebook and other social networks. 

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to legal residents of fifty (50) U.S States and D.C., at least 18 years old or age of majority in their state of permanent residence, whichever is greater, as of 8/6/13. Promotion begins 12:00 AM ET on 8/6/13 and ends 11:59 PM ET on 12/16/13. Total ARV of all prizes: $17,900. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received for each prize. For complete entry, prize, and other details, and for full official rules, visit Sponsor: Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 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, and for the latest company news, visit

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Marriott CEO Says Company is “All About the Welcome” and Being Inclusive

RayArneMarriott Honored by Executive Leadership Council for its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership.

“As CEO of a global hotel company, diversity and inclusion makes sense because it’s the heart and soul of our business which is hospitality. We are all about the welcome and being inclusive,” said Arne Sorenson, the company’s president and CEO, during his acceptance speech at the 2013 Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) Annual Gala. ELC is a national organization comprised of current and former African American CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 and equivalent companies. ELC works to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline and to empower African American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities.

Marriott was honored by ELC with the 2013 Corporate Award for its innovation in helping corporate America become stronger and more diverse. 

Marriott was the first company in the travel industry to establish a formal diversity and inclusion (D&I) program in 1989, and the first to introduce a formal supplier diversity program in 1997. Since then the programs have expanded to reflect the needs of the many communities and countries where the company does business. Marriott’s board level Committee for Excellence complements the company’s Global D&I Council, chaired by Sorenson, to ensure the integration of its D&I focus across all areas of the company. The Council, comprising Marriott’s continent presidents and other C-suite executives, oversees D&I strategies that both support the local across the world needs as well as global priorities to attract and engage a diverse stakeholder community of associates, customers, hotel owners and suppliers. Some of the company’s successes include:

  • Spending nearly $4 billion with diverse suppliers over the past decade; Women-owned business enterprises make up approximately 10 percent of Marriott’s supply chain.
  • Partnering with women and diverse business owners to build more than 600 Marriott-branded hotels. The company has a goal of having 700 of its hotels owned by diverse owners by 2015.
  • Offering targeted career development programs, such as the newly launched Emerging Leader Program in the Americas, which include a growing percentage of women and diverse leadership.
  • Attracting and engaging millions of Facebook fans with new social media targeting millennial customers and also associates through its industry-leading Facebook jobs and careers page and global career website.
  • Creating a fresh new look for, the first hospitality portal tailored for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers worldwide in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese. Additionally, launching a new marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us(SM),” to celebrate Pride Season in cities around the world that host gay pride parades and festivals to celebrate the LGBT community.
  • Launching the “For You, We’re Marriott®” campaign, to help showcase the distinction among our brands for business travelers as their needs and budgets change. The campaign focused on African American, Hispanic and LGBT business travelers and ran in both print and digital media.
  • Establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with customer organizations such as the Executive Leadership Council, National Council of La Raza, National Black MBA Association, Women Corporate Directors, National Urban League, Human Rights Campaign, Asia Society, VetFran, U.S. Business Leadership Network, National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers, Asian American Hotel Owners Association and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Sorenson continued, “It’s important to our company that diversity and inclusion is not viewed as separate work, but as a normal course of our business. I look forward to the day when barriers are removed, everyone – no matter the difference – is valued and an environment of inclusiveness is the norm which will lead to opportunities for all to contribute and grow.”

Marriott is consistently honored for being a top company for diversity and inclusion. It has been recently honored by Great Places to Work Institute® for being one of the 2013 World's Best Multinational Workplaces and "2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for 22nd year. The company has also been listed as the #1 company for supplier diversity by DiversityInc, and has been honored by Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Black Enterprise, DiversityInc and Latina STYLE for D&I efforts in workforce, board membership and supplier diversity.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 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, and for the latest company news, visit and diversity inclusion news, visit

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The Convenient, Faster and Easier Marriott Mobile Check-in Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

Service Now Throughout U.S. and Canada with Global Expansion Next.

Mobile Guest Services AppMarriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR), continues to make travel more brilliant by offering mobile check-in on its wildly popular Marriott Mobile app at 329 properties in the continental U.S. and Canada*. This represents the broadest mobile service of its kind in the North American hospitality industry.

Today’s always-connected Marriott Rewards members, who have downloaded the Marriott Mobile app, can check-in using their smartphones as early as 4 pm the day before their arrival and receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. When they arrive, Marriott Rewards guests simply go to the expedited mobile check-in desk where their key card will be ready and waiting for them.

Marriott Hotels began testing mobile check-in at 31 properties just three months ago. Adoption has been rapid as one-quarter of Marriott Rewards guests with reservations at those hotels used the Marriott Mobile app to check-in. 

The app makes it easier than ever to simply tap to join Marriott Rewards, as well as gain immediate access to mobile check-in at Marriott Hotels, room-ready alerts, and other services available only to Marriott Rewards members exclusively on the app. Mobile check-in is part of the free Marriott Mobile app available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play. Learn more about mobile check-in and download the app

Mobile is Marriott’s fastest growing consumer channel.  Mobile accounts for 10 million visits per month, and the Marriott Mobile app has been downloaded 2.3 million times.  Last year, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) accounted for over $700 million in revenue. Marriott mobile revenue has grown more than 80 percent during the past year. 

What’s Next?
In its drive to co-create the future of travel with its customers, Marriott Hotels solicited feedback from users of the app about what is most important to them. Based on this feedback, Marriott plans to add mobile checkout in November, including the option to have folios emailed.

In a nod to its increasingly mobile and global guests, Marriott Hotels will begin testing mobile check-in in 15 other countries, including the United Kingdom, China, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and India beginning in late November.

The brand’s innovation loop never ends as Marriott Hotels has launched four mobile “incubator” hotels to test future mobile enhancements. Guests at those hotels can make service requests using their smartphones. Among the most popular guest requests so far: additional towels, wake-up calls and housekeeping.

“We recognize our guests – especially Millennials – do not separate work and play, and travel enhances them both,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “They are more mobile and global than ever before, and technology – especially their mobile devices – keeps them connected to their world. We will continue to engage our guests to join with us on our journey to transform Marriott for next generation travelers.”

Marriott recently launched a new website – – revealing innovations under development, as well as a co-creation platform to solicit future-forward ideas from influencers, experts and traveling consumer enthusiasts. Visitors to the website are invited to share their groundbreaking ideas to improve the modern travel experience across design, culinary, wellness and technology.

Mobile check-in is just one of many innovations Marriott has launched in its transformational journey. By the end of next year, the brand expects to have its industry-leading Greatroom lobby concept fully deployed, offering a seamless experience merging modern, stylish design and comfort, with greater access to food and beverage, and technology whether for groups or individuals at work or play. In The Underground – the company’s subterranean innovation lab – Marriott Hotels is working on the next generation guest room based on extensive research and collaboration with next generation travelers. Because the way people work is changing, Marriott Hotels is also re-imagining meetings. Workspace on Demand makes booking a lobby workspace or meeting room as easy as booking a guest room using a digital device. The first of its kind app – Red Coat Direct – enables meeting organizers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.  Workspring at Marriott at the Redmond Marriott Town Center is the industry’s first purpose-built suite of integrated spaces and common areas designed for small meetings, taking a holistic approach it brings together seamlessly integrated service, technology and contemporary design.

*The mobile check-in is available throughout Canada except in the Provence of Quebec.

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. 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

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The Marriott Mobile app has been downloaded over 2 million times, and receives 10 million visitors a month from smartphones and tablets. Last year Internet Retailer ranked Marriott Mobile the 3rd largest mCommerce site, behind Amazon and Apple. 

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New and Improved Website Better Serves Marriott International's Brazilian Customers

Portuguese Marriott Booking WebsiteWeston, FL – Reflecting Marriott International’s (NYSE:MAR) increasing focus on global markets, the company announced today the improvement of its Brazilian booking website,, in a partnership with, ( to allow guests in that country to make their reservations in local currency online or on their mobile devices (

“As one of the world’s leading hotel operators, we want to give our Brazilian customers the ease and freedom to book their stay at any of our 3,800 properties in 74 countries in their own language and currency,” said Craig Smith, president of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “We constantly strive to provide our customers with the best experience, from the online search process to the booking and hotel experience.” “We believe that by leveraging the platform, language and currency capabilities, we are able to deliver customers that great experience.”

“As the company’s portfolio of hotels expands and diversifies worldwide, we are prioritizing the globalization of our eCommerce channels,” said Fabiana Farias, vice president of marketing and eCommerce for the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “The expansion of booking capabilities on our Brazilian website demonstrates Marriott’s commitment to making the booking experience with us as simple as possible.”

Marriott International reported revenues of more than US$12 billion in fiscal year 2012, of which US$8.5 billion was generated from sales on The website also has the highest consumer satisfaction score of Marriott’s sales channels. Some 75 percent of Marriott hotel guests consult individual hotel websites, regardless of where they make their reservation.

Brazilians book more on than customers from any other Latin American country. enables travelers to book a room in Portuguese and in Brazilian reals, not only in Marriott International’s five hotels in Brazil, but also its hotels around the world. The site also allows travelers to check their reservations, access images and details about their hotel, enroll in Marriott Rewards, check their point balance and even find out what’s happening locally.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 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, and for the latest company news, visit

About Marriott in the Caribbean & Latin America (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) began operations in the Caribbean and Latin America in 1990 with the openings of the 450-room Marriott CasaMagna Cancun Resort and the 433-room Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, both in Mexico. Today, Marriott International’s presence in the region is represented by 76 hotels in 25 countries and territories, offering more than 18,000 rooms and spanning nine lodging brands: The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts in the luxury tier; Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International’s signature brand; Renaissance Hotels and the Autograph Collection in the lifestyle category; Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in the moderately-priced tier; and Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn by Marriott in the extended stay category. In addition, Marriott Vacation Club International, Marriott's timeshare ownership division, offers three resorts in two countries. Marriott International (including The Ritz-Carlton) has 30 hotels under development in the region and expects to double its total number of hotels by 2017 across 10 lodging brands in 26 countries and territories.

About is the world leader in booking hotel and other accommodation on line. It guarantees the best prices for any type of property – from small independents to five-star luxury. Guests can access the website anytime, anywhere from their desktops, mobile phones and tablet devices, and they don’t pay booking fees – ever. The website is available in 41 languages, offers over 330,000 hotels and accommodations in 180 countries, features over 22 million reviews written by guests after their stay, and attracts on line visitors from both leisure and business markets around the globe. With over 16 years of experience and a team of over 5,500 dedicated employees in 100 offices worldwide, operates its own in-house customer service team who are available 24/7 to assist guests in their native languages and ensure an exceptional customer experience.

Established in 1996, B.V. owns and operates™, and is part of the Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN). Follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, like us on Facebook, or learn more at

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05/02/2012 Celebrates its 16th Birthday by Thanking Customers with the Ultimate Travel Sweepstakes

M-com Hits 100k Reservations in One Day

Marriott International, Inc.'s world renowned website ( announced today that it will celebrate its 16th Birthday by thanking customers with a one-of-a-kind travel sweepstakes. The global hospitality brand is celebrating the continued success and growth of by launching this exciting sweepstakes for its guests. By booking on in May, travelers will be automatically entered for the chance to win an exclusive stay at one of Marriott’s signature Lifestyle properties within the Renaissance Hotels or Autograph Collection brands.

Marriott International, Inc. created the sweepstakes to thank guests for making one of the largest hotel websites on the internet. continues to expand each and every year, now offering more than seventeen brands across 3,700+ properties. The site recently hit a major milestone exceeding 100,000 reservations in a single day. 

The sweepstakes offers the chance to win one of ten two-night stays at designated Renaissance Hotels and Autograph Collection properties. An exclusive grand prize includes a seven night stay at the Renaissance Hotel of the winner’s choice with airfare for two, ground transfers and spending money. Renaissance Hotels is the signature lifestyle brand of Marriott International, inspiring guests to Live Life to Discover in more than 150 hotels in 34 countries. The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than completely unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional.

Sweepstakes details include:

  • 10 Two-Night Stays At Renaissance Properties, including Eden Roc Renaissance, la Concha Renaissance Resort, The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, The Carlton and more
  • Grand Prize: A seven-night stay at a Renaissance of the winner’s choice, airfare for two, ground transfers, hotel credit and spending money.

For full terms and conditions and to enter the sweepstakes, please visit

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02/13/2012 Expands Its Global Welcome

JW Marriott Phuket Refreshed Web Site Promotes Deals and Destinations in Five Languages.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today the relaunch and fresh new look for their popular site, the first hospitality portal tailored for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers worldwide in English and four other languages: French, Spanish, German and Portuguese. [Photo: Phuket is an island paradise where you will find the JW Marriott Phuket on Mai Kao Beach.  The west coast of Phuket features the Royal Paradise Complex located in Patong Beach and has many LGBT-friendly bars, nightclubs and entertainment.]

First developed in 2010, the “redesigned website is our way to express Marriott’s loyalty and commitment to all our guests,” said Randy Griffin, Vice President, Global Sales, Marriott International, Inc.  “In 2012, our aspiration will be to ensure is the trusted and welcoming source for leisure, business and group travel for the LGBT community as we do for all our customers.”

Renaissance Palm Springs Like, the renewed site will introduce new hotel openings and special events, destinations and ongoing deals and promotions.  The site also offers unique hospitality, wedding and honeymoon packages showcasing popular destinations and resorts worldwide. Marriott’s premiere hotels from coast-to- coast frequently host galas and events on behalf of LGBT community leaders including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD, PFLAG, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others.
[Photo: Marriott hotels and resorts take pride in joining you to celebrate unforgettable events in the world's most exciting destinations such as The annual White Party at the Renaissance Palm Springs is known as the largest gay dance music festival in North America.]

Marriott remains among the corporations earning high marks by the HRC Corporate Equality Index year after year, and for several years, it also has been a member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, committed to diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses.

For more information about Marriott’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit

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Marriott's Website Named Fastest in Industry by USA Today Study

Top-Ten Consumer Website Ranked #1 in Performance.

When booking a hotel room online, users are experiencing the best the Internet has to offer.  According to a recent USA Today-commissioned study, Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) beat all others as the fastest and best performing lodging website.

By winning the top spot, ( earned the Gold Award for “Best of the Web.”  This designation came from USA Today’s partner in the study, Compuware.  The study’s metrics included speed, navigation and room details.  Extensive testing found that loads quicker than two seconds.  Other hotel websites were sluggish, some taking up to eight seconds to load. 

For our guests, booking a room online is the beginning of their hotel experience and this study validates our own customer surveys.  Our guests give high marks.

“We design our websites to please our guests, who are looking for speed, rich content, features and ease of use,” said Shafiq Khan, Senior VP e-commerce, Marriott International.  “Delivering on all of these simultaneously is a difficult balancing act, made even more challenging by the fact that we have practically re-invented our website in the last 18 months.”  

“Marriott’s commendable site performance is proof that it puts its customers’ online experiences front and center,” said Bruce Reading, Senior Vice President, Compuware. has more than 12 million visits monthly and growing.  It is among the top ten consumer retail sites in the world in revenue.  Through its main website, users can access home pages for more than 3600 hotels globally.  Marriott’s multilingual websites are supported by services and technology from

Compuware, a technology performance company, tested 47 hotel booking sites using its “Gomez platform.” Click here to read the study methodology:

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For nearly 40 years, Compuware has led the way on solutions for application performance management, business portfolio management and mainframe solutions. Its “Gomez” benchmarks are the industry leader in comparing websites.  Compuware makes the world’s most important technologies perform at their best. When technology performance really matters — and it matters now more than ever — organizations, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the 20 most visited U.S. web sites, turn to Compuware.

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Marriott International’s Annual Report “Opens Doors” to Stunning Hotels Worldwide

Video Message for 2010 Report Showcases Company’s Global Reach

Annual_Bill&Arne2 Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) features some of the most eye-catching hotels in the world in its just-issued interactive 2010 Annual Report online at

The report includes an executive discussion of the company’s business, a comprehensive overview of Marriott’s 18 brands, and easy-to-navigate financial and performance information.  Another highlight—exclusive to the online version— is a 5-minute engaging video with Chairman and CEO Bill Marriott and President and COO Arne Sorenson, who along with Marriott’s global team of associates, virtually “open doors” to some of the company’s global portfolio of hotels.    

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