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08/20/2015

Ghana Welcomes its First Ever Protea Hotel

Protea Hotel Select TakoradiMarriott International’s footprint in Middle East and Africa extends to 19 countries

Cape Town, South Africa – August 20, 2015 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has announced the opening of the Protea Hotel Select Takoradi, its first establishment in Ghana.

“This opening under the Protea Hotels brand reinforces our focus on continuing to grow the footprint of Marriott International and that of Protea Hotels in strategic growth areas within Africa. It brings to 19 the number of Middle Eastern and African countries that Marriott International operates in,” says Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, for Marriott International. 

The new hotel, located in the fourth-largest city in Ghana in an oil-rich area of the country, boasts 132 rooms, including 12 two-bedroomed apartments. Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the hotel has a large restaurant, bar and lounge, terrace and an entertainment and pool area, as well as a gym.  Conference facilities for a maximum of 150 delegates and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the hotel are geared to meet the needs of business travelers, a market identified as likely to find the new establishment a welcome addition to the accommodation on offer in the city. 

“With its positioning in the moderate and upper moderate tier categories and with properties situated in major primary and secondary business centers and sought-after leisure destinations, Protea Hotels offers accommodation ideal for both business and leisure travelers.  The approach we take at Protea Hotels is to offer modern design and consistent amenities with a unique blend of global standards combined with proactive and personal service so every guest feels important and appreciated,” concludes Kyriakidis.

About Protea Hotels:
Protea Hotels is Africa's leading hotel brand and has a footprint of more than 100 properties throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Each hotel is uniquely different in character and the collection ranges from urban accommodation to country retreats, all in the 3 and 4-star markets. Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 6 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013 and Icon Brand 2015. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 19 brands that operate more than 4 300 hotels in 81 countries. Follow us on twitter @ProteaHotels 

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, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bulgari® Hotels & Resorts, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy HotelsSM. 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 50 million members. 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 deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

07/06/2015

First-Ever Marriott Hotel in the Holy City of Makkah Opens Its Doors

Makkah Marriott Hotel Lobby ReceptionPilgrims to benefit from Marriott Hotels' futuristic comforts for a more rewarding Hajj and Umrah Experience 

Makkah, KSA – July 6, 2015, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has announced the opening of the Makkah Marriott Hotel, the company’s first flagship brand in the holy city.

The arabesque themed 426-room property sits on the hill top of Makkah, providing guests with exquisite views of the Holy City and Haram. With the opening of the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Makkah, Muslim pilgrims will now have a property that easily resonates with their needs of a futuristic, comfortable and convenient place to stay while undertaking one of the most important journeys in their lives.

Makkah Marriott Hotel GuestroomThe property boasts spacious rooms, with its regular rooms larger than other hotels in the Holy City. All are adequately furnished with modern conveniences and serviced by some of the most professionally-trained hotel staff anywhere in the world. From the hotel, guests can comfortably travel to Haram via a shuttle service that runs several times during the day.

The Makkah Marriott Hotel also lives up to the brand’s goal of reimagining the future of travel for the next generation of travelers, who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology to stay connected. Signature features at the newly opened property include the Greatroom lobby and mobile check-in and check-out facility.

The reimagined Greatroom is part of Marriott Hotels brand initiative to transform lobbies from a formal living room into a local destination where guests spend time, by themselves or with people that matter, to relax and socialize. With the Marriott Mobile App, guests can also easily check-in before their arrival and will receive an automatic notification when their room is ready, making it a seamless experience when they have come for the most sacred trips of their lifetime in Makkah.

“It’s very fitting that our flagship brand, Marriott Hotels is seeing a rapid expansion in the Kingdom.  The opening of a Marriott Hotel in Makkah is part of our commitment to fill a growing gap in the religious tourism sector in the region, which experts estimate will exponentially increase as the population of the Islamic faith grows. We are privileged to have opened our first-ever Marriott Hotel in this Holy City to serve millions of global pilgrims over the years to come,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President, Middle East & Africa of Marriott International.

During the annual pilgrimage of Hajj and Umrah, a tradition that Muslims from all over the world need to fulfill at least once in their lifetime, sees millions of Muslims from across the globe converge in the Holy City. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) forecasts that domestic tourism will grow to a staggering 128 million trips and 640 million nights by 2019.

The company’s commitment to the Kingdom is deep-rooted with its 35-year old legacy in the region.  Marriott International began its first operations in the Middle East region with the opening of the 411-room Riyadh Marriott Hotel in Saudi Arabia in 1980. In addition to help boosting religious tourism in the Kingdom with this milestone opening, Marriott International has set its sights on further strengthening its presence in the country with 19 new Saudi properties in the project pipeline.

About Marriott Hotels 
With 502 hotels and resorts in 51 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 www.MarriottHotels.com.

To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott). 

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories and 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Contact:  Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

03/30/2015

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn Opens Its Doors to the Public

PROTEA HOTEL FIRE & ICE! MENLYN exteriorPretoria, South Africa, March 30, 2015 - The 17m Chesterfield couch has been installed in the lounge. The trees are throwing their shade on the deck of the outdoor living room next to the Olympic-length lap pool. The stairwell graffiti shimmies up towards the rooms and the staff are ready and smiling. Download images.

Welcome to chic central, aka Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn.

After three years of preparation and construction the people of Pretoria can now don their designer labels and start visiting this dramatic and extraordinary hotel which has made such a striking impression on Capetonians and Joburgers, who have embraced this sociable, forever-young brand with happy abandon.

PROTEA HOTEL FIRE & ICE! MENLYN guestroom“With every Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! property the Protea Hotels group opens, we have pushed the envelope on style and have set trends. Pretoria is no different. We think the people of Pretoria will welcome the opening of this new city hotspot with as much enthusiasm as we do,” said Mark Satterfield, Marriott International Business Leader in South Africa.

PROTEA HOTEL FIRE & ICE! MENLYNThe hotel sets a new standard for stylish hospitality in Tshwane with its seamless indoor/outdoor social spaces and its on-trend interior tone. But the hotel’s real draw card will be the wide variety of event offerings, tailor-made for the Pretoria audience.  

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn’s General Manager Johan Cronje says the hotel is conveniently situated next to the Menlyn Park shopping mall and close to the N1, making it an obvious place for people to gather.

The residents of Pretoria will no longer have to wait for their Cape Town holiday or a trip to Jozi to enjoy the unique food and beverage concepts, which continue to create talkability due to the extensive milkshake flavours and gourmet burgers.  This new hotel has taken the concept further to include gourmet pizzas which will have a Fire & Ice! twist to them in terms of flavour and presentation.  

“But there’s so much more to the hotel than these popular food and beverage offerings. Wine, brandy and whiskey connoisseurs will be very happy with the selection available in the bar. Our Executive Chef, Genghis San has some delightful surprises up his sleeve for food lovers, and the list of events we have planned is very different to anything the people of Pretoria have come to know, ” said Cronje.

Satterfield said, “Pretoria is a young, exciting city that simply doesn’t get its dues. Protea Hotels recognised that there is a lively set of young-at-heart, ambitious movers and shakers in Pretoria whose choices for playing hard after working hard are pretty limited. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn fills a gap we believe our GUESTS have been waiting for for years.”  

About Protea Hotels:
Protea Hotels is Africa's leading hotel group and has a footprint of more than 116 properties throughout South Africa and six other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Each hotel is uniquely different in character and the collection ranges from urban accommodation to country retreats, all in the 3 and 4-star markets. Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 5 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 18 brands that operate more than 4 000 hotels in 79 countries. Follow us on twitter@ProteaHotels

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. 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 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

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02/12/2015

Ali Bin Sultan & Brothers Group to Fuel Growth in Al Khobar With Two New Marriott International Properties

Marriott_Signing_Ceremony-0009Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 12 February 2015: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) today announced that it will introduce two new properties including its first-ever full service hotel in Al Khobar. The announcement of two properties, Al Khobar Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar, was made following a recent signing agreement with Ali Bin Sultan & Brothers Group Holding Co. Ltd, a leading local organisation with interests in the construction, manufacturing and hotel industries.

Due to be completed in 2018, the Al Khobar Marriott Hotel will comprise of a total of 200 rooms. The 80-unit Marriott Executive Apartments in the vicinity is also due to be completed at the same time. Both properties will be managed by Marriott International under a long-term agreement with the owners - Ali Bin Sultan & Brothers Group Holding Co. Ltd.

Commenting on the signing, Alex Kyriakidis, President, Middle East & Africa of Marriott International said: “Growing domestic demand and a strong corporate sector within the oil and gas industry are all fuelling development of Al Khobar’s hotel industry in Saudi Arabia. We see huge potential for growth in the Kingdom and today’s agreement is testament to this.”

“Often regarded as the 'Bride of the Eastern Province', Al Khobar is distinguished for its scenic beauty as well as its thriving business centres. The city’s exquisite tourist spots, entertainment centres and widespread beaches have all made it a favoured spot for both local tourists and the inbound business community. In addition to this, with local events such as the 'Al Khobar Festival', tourism numbers are expected to further grow and we are proud to respond to this demand by introducing two new properties," added Kyriakidis.

Al Khobar is home to Saudi Arabia's oil and petrochemical industry and is a leading corporate and commercial destination in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Both properties will be located at the intersection of King Fahd and Prince Salman Roads, conveniently close to the city's two largest shopping malls and enjoying easy access to King Fahd International Airport and to the famous King Fahd Causeway, a 26-kilometre road bridge connecting Saudi Arabia with Bahrain.

Commenting on the signing, Mr. Ali Bin Sultan, President of Bin Sultan Holding Group said: “As a home-grown Saudi company with a rich heritage, we are delighted to partner with one of the world’s leading hospitality companies - Marriott International.  We look forward to what will be a true exchange of insight and excellence which will ultimately benefit both the local community as well as the increasing number of travellers visiting the Kingdom.”

Marriott International currently operates eight hotels in Saudi Arabia, offering 1,863 units that spans across five brands including Marriott Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments, Residence Inn and The Ritz-Carlton. Marriott International had recently announced two new properties in Riyadh’s distinguished Diplomatic Quarter, considered to be Saudi Arabia’s leading corporate, financial and governmental district.  The success of these hotels, combined with a further 18 Marriott International projects in Saudi Arabia alone, further reinforces the company’s commitment to support the growth of the Kingdom. 

About Marriott International 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  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 http://news.marriott.com.

Contact:  Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com  

01/09/2015

Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center Officially Opens Doors in Abu Dhabi

First Guest100+ team with more than thirty-one nationalities including executives from ALDAR Properties PJSC and Marriott International Middle East and AfricaAbu Dhabi, UAE, January 9, 2015 – Global hotel brand, Courtyard by Marriott, today opened the Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, marking the first Marriott-endorsed hotel in the capital.  Crowds gathered to celebrate the opening which saw the first guest, Saeed Al Romaithi, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at ADGAS, who is also a Marriott Rewards Platinum member, checking in and becoming the hotel’s first-ever customer. [Photo on right: (L-R) Paul Dalgleish, Vice President – Sales, Marriott International Middle East and Africa; ) Philip Bryson, Senior Vice President Marriott International Middle East and Africa; Richard Bleakley, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi; Saeed Al Romaithi, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at ADGAS; Saad Al Ghamdi, Director of Sales and Marketing, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi.]

Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi brings in a fresh concept that allows business travellers to be productive while still making room for some fun. Its first class facilities are packed with all the modern essentials 21st century guests need – including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel - and stylish and energetic places to hang out.  Whether it’s meeting friends and colleagues in the inviting neighbourhood Fifth Street Café or enjoying exquisite views of the city over a drink and light bites from the lively Up and Below rooftop bar, which will be opening soon and promises to be an exciting venue to watch out for.

Adjoining the World Trade Center Mall and Souk, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi is perfectly positioned for business travellers and tourist alike who are looking for a central base in the city, with a bright and inviting atmosphere and an impressive Executive Team, headed up Richard Bleakley, who has taken on the role of General Manager.

Courtyard by Marriott has nearly 1,000 hotels worldwide and the brand celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013.  For more information on the hotel visit www.courtyardmarriottabudhabi.com or call +971 2 6982222.

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Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 950 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard 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 or reservations, contact the Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi directly at 971.2.698.2222 call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

12/22/2014

Kochi Marriott Hotel Launches in Kerala - 'God's Own Country'

Kochi MarriottNew Age Hospitality Awaits Your Exploration 

Kochi, India, December 22, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is proud to announce the opening of the Kochi Marriott Hotel, its fifth hotel under the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand in India. This will be the second Marriott International property in the Kochi city and is located amidst the Lulu Mall campus, Kochi Marriott exteriorone of the largest malls in the country. Strategically located at just 22 km from the Kochi International Airport and 9 km from the main City Center, the hotel design embraces a wonderful blend of contemporary style, warmth and sophistication, all inspired from the natural landscapes of the city.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Mr. Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President- South Asia- Marriott International said, “Kochi Marriott Hotel is an exciting addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio. This property embodies the brand’s drive to enable its guests to Travel Brilliantly. We believe the city of Kochi has tremendous potential for business and hospitality growth, making it an obvious choice for the Marriott Hotels brand.” He further added “The Kochi Marriott Hotel will set new standards in offering guests a dynamic hotel experience.”

Kochi Marriott hotel offers its guests 274 spacious and elegantly designed rooms which include 25 club suites, one vice presidential suite and one plush presidential suite. Coupled with state-of-the-art facilities and services, these rooms provide an elevated standard of design and décor that reflects real comfort and style.

Kocki Marriott ballroomThe Kochi Marriott Hotel has been conceptualized to meet the varied tastes of travellers; business and leisure alike. With 720 sq. mts. of stylish banquet and meeting space, equipped with the latest technology and amenities, the hotel would make an ideal venue for large conference’s and intimate gatherings alike.

The hotel offers an exciting range of dining options, each one special in its own authenticity and flavours. “Cassava”, the exclusive Kerala Cuisine specialty restaurant, will have on its menu delicacies from across 3 influential cultures, i.e. Moplah, Syrian- Christian and Sadya that give Southern cuisine its perfect blend of taste and flavours. The menu has been crafted by masters of these respective cuisines, from recipes that have been passed down over many generations.

“Kochi Kitchen” the all-day-dining, will be the place to spend quality time with friends and family, as the restaurant offers indulgent menu options, of world cuisines across Asian, Continental and Italian specialties. Lit with beautiful, natural sun-light the restaurant pulsates with warmth and energy. From dawn to dusk, we have it all at the Kochi Marriott Hotel, unwind after a long day’s work at “10 Degree’s North”, a classic wine and whiskey bar, with just the right mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and delectable finger food accompaniments. Catching up with friends, or just some “me time” on your mind, this is the place to be

To complete this holistic experience, the wellness floor at the Kochi Marriott Hotel has the renowned “Quan Spa” offering both Western and traditional Ayurveda treatments, a well-equipped fitness center and a lap size pool. Indulgence has never looked or felt this good.

Vineet Mishra, General Manager, Kochi Marriott Hotelsaid, Kochi Marriott Hotel introduces stylish, modern hotel experience for guests and has been designed to provide the best in-house service and facilities for business and leisure travelers. We are excited to offer our guests fresh, new concepts in service and food & beverage, and the Marriott Hotels’ signature Greatroom Lobby for guests and locals to gather for work or to socialize as a team as we will strive to ensure our guests can travel brilliantly..

As a part of Marriott Hotel’s transformation, the iconic brand has been innovating throughout its hotels globally. The brand new Marriott mobile app makes travel easier than everwith a brand new design, improved user experience, and enhanced features such as Mobile Check-in and Checkout. Reflecting the transformative change, Marriott Hotels has also launched a new multi-year global marketing campaign called “Travel Brilliantly,” a bold move amplifying the brand’s dedication to leading the future of travel. The dynamic campaign reflects the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers, who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and global world.

The Kochi Marriott Hotel ushers in new age hospitality to the city and look forward to welcoming guests from the 21December 2014.

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 Lobby, 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 www.MarriottHotels.com.

To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  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

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12/16/2014

Autograph Collection to Add Stunning New Dubai Property to its Collection

Autograph Collection Expands to the Middle East  AfricaMarriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels continues growth in world class destinations, makings its entry into the Middle East and Africa continent

 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – December 16, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) has just signed up Dubai’s luxurious Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa to its Autograph Collection. This represents the debut of the exclusive portfolio of the one-of-a-kind-hotels in the Middle East and Africa.

 

“We are delighted to announce the exciting entry of the Autograph Collection portfolio into our continent, through the beautiful city of Dubai,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Middle East and Africa.  “Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences that are centered in rich personality and the spirit of independence. We feel that essence is fully represented in Dubai, which with its courageous inventiveness, makes it a perfect fit for the collection.”

 

Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been thoughtfully selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is a unique array of properties that is nothing less than completely unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. 

 

When it joins the Autograph collection in early 2015, the 446-room Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa will represent the first Autograph Collection hotel to open in the UAE.  Situated on Dubai's World-famous Jumeirah Beach and adjacent to the stunning Dubai Marina, the hotel occupies one of Dubai's most enchanting beachside locations.  All rooms either face the sea, which stretches as far as the eye can see, or they face the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens of the property.

 

“We are delighted to team up with a well-known global brand like Marriott International.  The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, our flagship hotel, is located on one of the best beaches in Dubai, situated in a prime location near the Dubai Marina. We look forward to a strong partnership with Marriott International for this stunning property,” said Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group.

 

Designed to champion independence, the Autograph Collection has provided Marriott International with an exciting opportunity to grow, enabling the company to offer management and franchise expertise, as well as the power of its global sales and marketing channels to new owners and franchisees that offer passionately independent hotel experiences. Autograph Collection has also introduced Marriott International to a new customer, the individualist traveler who prefers an independent hotel experience.

 

Launched in January of 2010, the Autograph Collection currently includes over 60 passionately independent hotels in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia, and the Caribbean and Latin America. Upon partnering with Autograph Collection, each hotel is awarded access to Marriott International’s powerful global sales and marketing channels; including the award-winning Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 3,700 hotels in 71 countries. Additionally, each hotel is featured on Marriott.com – the eighth largest retail website in the world. In addition to their placement on Marriott.com, each property is showcased in its own unique way on the Collection’s award winning standalone site, www.autographhotels.com.

 

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, 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 unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection 
Twitter:     www.twitter.com/Autograph
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Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

 

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 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

 

About Al Habtoor Group
The Al Habtoor Group is a UAE-based conglomerate, Founded by UAE businessman and philanthropist Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor. The Group is active in key sectors of the UAE economy including hotels, automotive, real estate, education and publishing.

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10/02/2014

Marriott International's Commitment to Expansion Across Africa Gathers Momentum

  • 9 hotels, 1300 rooms scheduled to open by 2015; 30 hotels, 5500 rooms expected to open by 2020
  • USD 1.5.bn capital investment by Marriott’s real estate partners

Bethesda, Md., Oct. 2, 2014 Dubai, UAE - Marriott International, Africa’s largest hotel company following its strategic acquisition of Protea Hotel Group, continues to gather momentum with a packed schedule of 30 property openings across the continent by 2020, 9 of which are slated to open by end of 2015.

“The potential of the African market is awe inspiring and only really matched by the extraordinary people and places we encounter every day as our brands puts down roots across the continent,” Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Middle East and Africa said.  “Over the next few years we plan to expand our presence even further from 10 countries to 17 with a capital investment by Marriott’s real estate partners of $1.5 billion across the continent. With it, we will create jobs and support local communities because our success is only ever possible through strong bonds of friendship, trust and cooperation in the markets we inhabit.”

Residence-Inn-by-Marriott-Kampala-KololoWith a strong eye on the extended stay segment a new Residence Inn by Marriott Kampala Kololo has just been signed, bringing the total property count under the Protea Hotels and Residence Inn brands in Uganda alone to three. A raft of further openings are scheduled to follow in 2015 across the continent with openings in South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda, as well as Marriott International’s first properties in Ethiopia, Ghana and Rwanda.

Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa, owned by Sunshine Business plc, is slated to be the first property under the extended stay brand to open in Africa. With 104 units, located at the financial district, close to the UN Headquarters and Addis Ababa Stadium, Marriott Executive Apartments is designed for the international traveler and executive expat seeking luxurious apartment living with hotel services.

By 2020, in Africa, Marriott International is set to go from 120 properties, 14,000 rooms across 10 markets, to 150 properties with 19,000 rooms across 17 markets. As a result, the company which currently employs 21,000 associates across Africa should see its work-force increase by 10,000. “The fundamental demand generators that drive our industry are alive and well on this continent,” continued Kyriakidis. “Marriott International’s investment into this region represents the economic realisation for the need for hotels – countries need to invest in infrastructure, accommodation and airports to create jobs to grow the economy.  In tangible terms, these planned hotels will create sustainable local jobs.

“We have achieved a great deal in a short period of time but I firmly believe this is just the start of the Marriott International story in Africa.”

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 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Note on forward looking statements: The statements about future hotel openings, capital investments by owners, and work force additions are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q/A; 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.

Connect with Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

08/15/2014

Newly Constructed Protea Hotel Opens in Elite Suburb in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria, Protea Hotel Select Ikeja Aug 2014August 2014 - Nigeria’s new 117-room Protea Hotel Select Ikeja opens its doors this week in the upmarket Lagos suburb of Ikeja.

The internationally competitive hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Ikeja City Mall & Lagos State Secretariat, and a mere 5.2km away from Murtala Muhammed International Airport. 

Accommodation at Protea Hotel Select Ikeja caters for corporate travellers with a variety of room types to suit GUESTS’ needs, as well as a comfortable restaurant, bar and conference facilities for close to 60 people.

President and Managing Director of the Middle East and Africa of Marriott International Inc., Alex Kyriakidis says, “Marriott International’s fast growing footprint across the Middle East and Africa is a response to the potential we continue to observe in the region.  At present we are seeing strong GDP growth across sub-saharan Africa which translates into opportunity for our industry. Nigeria is one of our key markets and presents tremendous opportunity for us with the existing hotels we have in Lagos, as well as the strong pipeline of hotels that are coming up by 2018.”

Protea Hotel Select Ikeja guest roomThe hotel accommodation comprises 75 classic rooms, 8 inter-leading twin bedrooms, 24 deluxe rooms, 8 suites which feature open plan lounge and dining rooms separate from the bedrooms, and 2 universal accessible rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, mini-bar fridges, satellite TV, work stations and tea/coffee making facilities.

Conference facilities consist of one conference room seating a maximum of 50 delegates depending on the seating arrangements and one small private boardroom seating a maximum of 6 delegates.

The hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a strong focus on local and continental cuisine. The bar is open 24 hours a day, though, offering a Poolside menu, and room service is also available around the clock.

Other hotel facilities include a shuttle service, secure open parking, and laundry service as well as free Wi-Fi access.

Protea Hotels Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, says Nigeria’s rapidly growing economy is prompting the need for more hotels.

"Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy with numerous industries supporting ongoing economic expansion. We consider Nigeria to be one of our most important development markets and we’d like to at least double the number of Protea Hotels there in the next 5 years.

“We have absolutely no doubt that the hotel will be running at close to capacity within a couple of months.”

The sleek, modern lines of the public areas’ earthy-toned décor is mirrored in the bedrooms, which are decorated in a neutral palate with splashes of warm colour to bring life to the rooms.

As well as the Protea Hotel Select Ikeja the group has five more hotels in the pipeline for Nigeria, these are:

- A 155-room African Pride Avalon Hotel & Spa (2015)
- A 150-room Lagos Marriott Hotel, Victoria Island (2016)
- A 250-room Courtyard by Marriott Abuja (2018)
- A 100-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Abuja (2018)
- A 250-room Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja GRA (2018)

About Protea Hotels:
Protea Hotels is Africa's largest and leading hotel group and has a footprint of more than 116 properties throughout South Africa and six other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Each hotel is uniquely different in character and the collection ranges from urban accommodation to country retreats, all in the 3 and 4-star markets. Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 5 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 18 brands that operate more than 4 000 hotels in 79 countries. Follow us on twitter@ProteaHotels

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties and 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels (expected opening in 2014), Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels,  Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com 

08/04/2014

Marriott’s CEO Charts Exponential Hotel Growth in Africa 2014-2020, Tripling Jobs

Lodging Leader to Talk About Business and Tourism Opportunities at US-Africa Business Forum

Protea Umhlanga_Ridge_exteriorBETHESDA, MD, USA – August 4, 2014 – Joining U.S. President Barack Obama, 200 corporate CEOs from the U.S. and Africa and over 45 African heads of state at the US-Africa Business Forum tomorrow, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) President and CEO Arne Sorenson will share the company's plans to reach over 150 hotels across 16 African countries, resulting in more than 25,000 jobs, between 2014-2020.

This growth comes on a base of 14 hotels and 10,000 employees prior to the company’s acquisition of South Africa’s Protea Hotel Group in April. The Protea investment lifted Marriott into position as the largest hotel company in Africa, with the addition of 116 managed and franchised hotels, approximately 10,000 rooms and 15,000 employees across seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Protea interior guest roomIn addition to its recent Protea acquisition, Marriott International has plans to open nearly 40 additional hotels with more than 6,000 rooms, adding more than 10,000 employees, at both its managed and franchised hotels in the following 13 African countries by 2020: Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zambia.

Sorenson discussed Marriott’s commitment to Africa and support of the growing travel industry by easing travel to and within the continent: “It’s a great time to do business in Africa and Marriott is at the table helping to lead the discussion on trade and investment across the continent. African leaders are looking at ways to spur economic growth by lowering barriers, such as onerous visa regimes. Travel is trade and the more Africa embraces Smart Travel policies that encourage the free flow of people, the quicker growth will come,” says Sorenson.

In Rwanda, Marriott has partnered with a vocational school, Akilah Institute for Women, to bring 41 women from the school to work and train in Marriott hotels in Dubai. The women are getting on-the-job skills, leadership training, and will be prepared after 18 months to return, as part of the management team, in 2016 to open the company’s first new-build Sub-Saharan Africa hotel – the Kigali Marriott Hotel.  

“Africa is going through an economic transformation,” says Sorenson. “Coupled with that transformation is a mutual promise for opportunity that Africa holds—for us as a business and for the people who are hired, trained and work in hotels across our portfolio. For them, it is like hitting the lottery and shows what a powerfully good force travel can be in the world.”

Editor’s note:
Arne Sorenson will be available for media interviews during the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
12:00 noon
The Muze

Contact: felicia.mclemore@marriott.com or +1.301.380.2702

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NOTE: The statements about Marriott’s plans for growth in Africa are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels (expected opening in 2014), Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.