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04/27/2016

Marriott International Signs New Doha Property as it Unveils Robust Expansion Plans at AHIC

 

  Marriott Executive Apartments Lusail Doha - rendering

 

 

  • Marriott International announces signing of new Doha Marriott Executive Apartments
  • Company targets 245 hotels with nearly 44,000 operating and signed rooms by 2020
  • Debut of new lifestyle luxury brands and entry into new geographies to bolster growth

Dubai, UAE, 27 April 2016: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is preparing for significant growth within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) announcing the signing of a 300-suite Marriott Executive Apartments and unveiling plans to open 17 new properties across the region this year. At present, the hotel company operates nearly 150 properties in the MEA region across nine brands in 19 countries. The latest announcements come during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) taking place from April 26–28 in Dubai.

Along with the Doha Marriott Executive Apartments, due to open in 2019 and the first of its kind in Qatar, the company’s latest growth will also see its footprint increase in priority markets such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. A collective 10 new properties representing 4,600 rooms are set to open across these two countries between 2016 and 2017. In Saudi Arabia in particular, the company has revealed that 21 new hotels with approximately 4,200 rooms have been slated to open by 2025.

“We have ambitious plans for growth internationally, and the Middle East and Africa will play a large role in helping us achieve both our short-term and long-term targets,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa of Marriott International. “This year’s AHIC theme of ‘Eye on the Future’ is particularly timely as we feel that where there is change, there is also opportunity. What will determine success within the hotel and hospitality industry is the ability to capitalise on that change, identify the opportunities, and be nimble enough to leverage them.”

Marriott International has also set its sights on new geographies within the MEA region. The company anticipates its footprint to expand into eight new countries between now and 2025. This will include its first hotels in Iraq, Gabon, Rwanda, Tunisia, Benin, Kenya, Libya and Mauritius.

Capitalising on opportunities within the region, Marriott International has set a clear objective to be represented in all major gateway cities, commercial centers and established resort destinations while catering to a wide variety of market segments. Each of Marriott International’s brands, including those in the pipeline, target a specific segment and support the increased inflow of visitors within that segment. 

Topics such as the evolving economic climate, the ever-changing geopolitical landscape, as well as safety & security will be front and center at this year’s AHIC, according to Kyriakidis who will be speaking live at the conference. The regional executive will be joined by Arne M. Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, who will discuss the overall shape of the industry moving forward during a keynote session hosted via Skype and streamed at the conference.

The extended-stay segment as represented by expanding Marriott International brands’ Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn, is also anticipated to be another key feature of this year’s AHIC agenda. According to Marriott International, which has been a long-standing leader in the extended-stay segment, new offerings are being designed for travelers who seek balance on the road along with large suites and upscale amenities. Today it’s not only the executive traveler who seeks out an extended-stay property, but also young families who are looking for a home-like environment where they can still experience the comfort and convenience that they would benefit from in a hotel, such as free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfasts.

A large part of the company’s expansion will also focus on bringing the right people on board to deliver Marriott International’s vision within the Middle East and Africa. By 2018, the company is anticipating its team—individually known as Associates—to grow to 21,000 within the region. As part of its efforts to attract talent to the hospitality sector, Marriott International has supported career opportunities for Arab youth through initiatives that reshape conventional perceptions of the hospitality profession. This includes a recent partnership with INJAZ Al-Arab, the MENA regional office of Junior Achievement Worldwide, to launch the organization’s youth empowerment campaign ‘Expand Your Horizon’.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. 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.  

Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s hotel portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:  Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

04/25/2016

It’s Business Unusual for Marriott International as The Travel Company Reveals Details of The UAE’s First Renaissance Hotel

  • Hotel amongst five new properties set to open in the UAE in 2016 and nine scheduled to open by 2018
  • Renaissance Hotel debut to be preceded by Abu Dhabi’s first Marriott Hotel and followed by UAE’s second Autograph Collection Hotel

Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai - opening 2016Dubai, UAE, 24 April 2016: Marriott International has revealed details of the United Arab Emirate’s first Renaissance Hotel.  Set to open at the end of 2016, the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai will be a 298-room luxury hotel aimed at business and leisure travellers who seek both authentic and unexpected experiences.  Details of the brand’s UAE debut come as the travel company plans to open an additional four hotels in the country throughout 2016.

Amongst the 2016 openings is Abu Dhabi’s first Marriott Hotel, the 315-room five-star Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi as well as the 64-suite Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi.

Further strengthening Marriott International’s luxury lifestyle offering, scheduled 2016 openings also include the 86-room La Ville Hotel CITY WALK Dubai, Autograph Collection, the 68-suite La Ville Apartments CITY WALK, Dubai and 500-room Lapita Hotel, Autograph Collection, all set to open by the fourth quarter of this year.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Arabian Travel Market 2016 (ATM), Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa of Marriott International, said: “The Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai will be a truly unique offer within the UAE hospitality sector as it is a highly appealing lifestyle option for both business and leisure travellers. The debut, alongside the opening of our flagship Marriott Hotels brand and two other Autograph Collection properties make for a very attractive luxury lifestyle proposition in the UAE.”      

Aimed at discovery-oriented business travellers and curious leisure travellers, the Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai will join over 160 global Renaissance Hotels. Following the concept Business Unusual, Renaissance Hotels focus on helping their discerning guests to make the most of their trip – whether it be for business or leisure.  In doing so, each hotel employs local experts called Navigators who are hand-picked and able to share what typically wouldn’t be covered in guidebooks.

Along with the new Renaissance Hotel, the UAE is also slated to welcome two Autograph Collection hotels this year. An evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels, the Autograph Collection’s defining feature is that each hotel is “Exactly Like Nothing Else." Lapita Hotel, Autograph Collection, will be a Polynesian-themed resort and located in the center of Dubai Parks and Resorts. The other property is a boutique style property at City Walk Dubai, La Ville Hotel and Apartments CITYWALK, Autograph Collection. These properties will join the luxurious Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa – the region’s first Autograph Collection hotel which was added to Marriott International’s portfolio in 2014. 

Vivienne LePage, Director of Sales and Marketing, Europe, Autograph Collection, said: “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 our second Autograph Collection property in the region.”

Along with these luxury lifestyle openings, 2016 is also slated to see the opening of a Marriott Executive Apartments property in Abu Dhabi, reinforcing what is a growing extended stay segment across the UAE.

Diane Mayer, Vice President and Global Brand Manager - Residence Inn by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments, said: “Across the region and within the UAE specifically, we are seeing demand rising for luxurious and long-term extended stay accommodation and we are perfectly positioned with the scheduled opening of the new Marriott Executive Apartments property, Abu Dhabi’s first, in 2016. Today it’s not only the executive traveller who seeks out an extended stay property, but also families who are looking for a home-like environments where they can still experience the comfort and convenience that they would benefit from in a hotel.”

The 5 property openings planned for this year will be amongst nine Marriott International properties, representing over 2000 rooms, scheduled to open in the UAE by 2018.   Among the much-anticipated Marriott International openings will be the region’s first EDITION and Bulgari Hotels – both set to open in 2017.

At present, Marriott International operates nearly 150 properties across the Middle East and Africa region, representing 9 brands in 19 countries. By 2020 the hotel company will add a further 93 properties and approximately 19,000 rooms within the region for a total of 240 properties and 40,000 rooms.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. 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.  

Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s hotel portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:  Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

03/22/2016

Marriott International is Changing the Game in Luxury and Lifestyle Hospitality

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hosts Marriott International’s Cultural Game Changers Forum

Thought Leaders Dana Farouki, Kinda Ibrahim, Danielle Perissi, Khulood Thani and Suzanne Trocmé Discuss Ground-Breaking Shifts in Contemporary Culture Impacting Next Generation Travellers.

Marriott Game ChangersDubai, UAE – March 21, 2016 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), is tapping into the world’s top influencers to help shape and guide its evolution as a leader in luxury and lifestyle and hospitality. With an eye on identifying key trends and what inspires millennials and next generation travellers, the company hosted its Cultural Game Changers international thought leaders’ forum at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

The forum was chaired by Bronwyn Cosgrave, best-selling author, curator and cultural commentator, who led an insightful discussion with a broad section of international and regional visionaries in art, design, fashion, film and the media including Dana Farouki, art patron and philanthropist; Kinda Ibrahim, Director of Media Partnerships, Twitter MENA; Danielle Perissi, Head of Documentary & Factual Entertainment and Marketing & Communications at Image Nation Abu Dhabi; Khulood Thani, designer, BINT THANI and Suzanne Trocmé, design expert and editor-at-large for Wallpaper* Magazine.

Also in attendance were creative and cultural leaders and visionaries including Ali Al Sayed, comedian and philanthropist; Anjali Srinivasan, award-winning designer; Aya Mousawi, co-Founder of The Moving Museum; Basel Abbas, artist and winner, with Ruanne Abou-Rahme, of The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Basma Al Bakree, designer; Canda Elgiz, The Elgiz Museum, Istanbul; Coline Milliard, Associate Director Carole/Fletcher Gallery; Khalid Shafar, designer; Ovais Naqvi, Senior Vice President, The Abraaj Group, Rosemin Manji, TV personality and founder luxury management firm RR&CO, and Vilma Jurkute, Director, Alserkal Avenue

This is Marriott International’s second Cultural Game Changers forum and the setting, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, proved to be the springboard for a lively discussion about the shaping of a world-class regional arts and cultural scene which is informed equally by local craft and innovation.

Tina Edmundson“Bringing together an extraordinary group of big-picture thinkers and creative talents is not only stimulating and challenging, but it is an important part of Marriott International’s commitment to leadership in the next generation luxury and lifestyle space,” explains Tina Edmundson, Global Officer, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International. “Understanding the vision and motivations of those who are shaping today’s global cultural landscape is vital to us, as we evolve in our relationships with the guests and travelers we serve around the world.” [Image: Image, Tina Edmundson, Global Officer, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International.]

“Dubai is a natural choice for Cultural Game Changers. If you look at the vibrancy and the multicultural scene and the energy in the art, film, media and fashion world, it is extremely creative. It is changing the game, which is what Dubai does,” said, Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “We are committed to evolving our brands to meet the expectations of our millennial guests, and the ideas shared among these leading influencers at Cultural Game Changers are a great inspiration to us as we craft new travel experiences.”

In the same way that Marriott International is focused on creating authentic, local travel and hotel experiences, Khulood Thani explained how details, technique and telling a story are vital to her design process. Close collaborations across different creative disciplines, especially with architecture have informed and influenced her designs, connected her work to the city, and are key to maintaining a credible brand position. “We are purely inspired from our own city, Dubai, ”said Thani.

Issues of identity for brands and for artists and filmmakers alike arose in discussions about challenges faced in presenting work from the region to an international audience. Danielle Perissi, referring to the ground-breaking social-action documentary films being produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, explained how there are pre-conceived expectations about content produced in the region, and how successful co-production partnerships with international studios have assured Image Nation a seat at the table next to leading entertainment players. “Our core remit is to build a generation of filmmakers…we are building an industry,” said Perissi.

Dana Farouki added how contemporary visual artists from the region often resist an association with their origins in favor of adopting an international profile to counter expectations about regional, socio-political motivations in their work.

Kinda Ibrahim reinforced how in MENA, Twitter is “a typical part of everybody’s life on daily basis” and how the company’s mission is “to make Twitter relevant for everybody everywhere.” She noted how in Saudi Arabia, Twitter is entrenched in people’s culture, and has been a game changer in giving users a platform where they can communicate in ways they could not communicate before. For Marriott International, social media is a great mechanism for getting guest feedback and allows the company to engage in a vital one-on-one dialogue with its guests – an invaluable, direct dialogue. “You can’t put a price on it,’’ said Edmundson.

“We gathered a group of individuals who are working at the forefront of contemporary art, design, fashion, film and social media,” adds Cosgrave. “They are creating a new cultural story for the Emirates. There is a cultural revolution happening right now in the UAE and Marriott International brought together some of the key players who are integral in making art, design, films and fashion, which are inspired and produced in the region, yet are world class.”

A first-time Cultural Game Changers partnership with Twitter allowed users around the world to actively participate in real time in the forum by watching it live on Periscope @JWDubaiMarquis and to interact with the Cultural Game Changers Dubai panelists by posting their ideas and questions on Twitter. The partnership is prompted by Twitter having recently opened its Dubai headquarters, which is the first office in the MENA region for the California-based social media company. MENA is one of the fastest-growing markets for Twitter.

Links to photos and video from the Cultural Game Changers Dubai are below:

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Photo credit: Francois Nel/Getty Images for Marriott International.

Sizzle video

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For more information about the panelists, high-resolution images, b-roll video and other media inquiries, please contact lyn@lynwinter.com or deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

Image on cover from left to right: Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International; Tina Edmundson, Global Officer, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International; Khulood Thani, designer and Founder Bint Thani; Kinda Ibrahim, Director of Media Partnerships, Twitter MENA; Dana Farouki, Patron, Art Dubai; Chair, The Abraaj Group Art Prize; Trustee, MoMA PS1 and Trustee, Creative Time; Suzanne Trocmé, author, curator, designer and Editor-at-large, Wallpaper* magazine; Danielle Perissi, Head of Documentary Film & Television and Marketing & Communications, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and Bronwyn Cosgrave, best-selling author, curator and cultural commentator and moderator of Cultural Game Changers Dubai.

About Cultural Game Changers
Marriott International’s Cultural Game Changers, a creative think-tank and thought leaders forum, was inaugurated at the EDITION Hotel, London in July 2015. Keynote speakers included Lisa Markwell, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent on Sunday, James Gay-Rees, the producer of Amy, Senna and Exit Through The Gift Shop, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, principals of the international design firm, Yabu Pushelberg and Serge Dive, Founder and CEO of Beyond Luxury Media. The guest list featured influencers, brand executives as well as editors and journalists from the finest newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, the FT, Condé Nast Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and Monocle. Author, curator and cultural commentator, Bronwyn Cosgrave moderated the panel discussion.

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling over 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Guadalajara, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Santa Fe, Argentina, and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 28 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, 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 Hotels®. 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 comprise nearly 55 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 anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contacts:
Verona Carter                                                                       
Marriott International, Inc.                                                
verona.carter@marriott.com                                            

Deema Kingsmill-Moore
Marriott International, Inc.
deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

02/25/2016

Marriott International to Host Cultural Game Changers Dubai

JW-Marriott-Marquis-DubaiInternational Thought Leaders Forum Broadcasts Live from JW Marriott Marquis Dubai - March 19, 2016

Panelists:

Dana Farouki, Curator, Collector and Art Patron

Kinda Ibrahim, Director of Media Partnerships, Twitter Mena

Danielle Perissi, Head of Documentary Film & Television And Marketing & Communications, Image Nation
Abu Dhabi

Khulood Thani, Designer and Founder, Bint Thani

Suzanne Trocmé, Author, Curator, Designer, Editor-At-Large, Wallpaper* Magazine

Partnership With Twitter Will Engage Global Audience In Real Time Cultural Conversation 

Dubai, UAE – February 24, 2016 – Marriott international’s (NASDAQ: MAR) Cultural Game Changers, an international thought leaders forum, will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai on March 19, 2016. This event follows the success of Cultural Game Changers London, which, in July 2015, inaugurated the series at The London EDITION hotel.

Cultural Game Changers Dubai will bring together pioneers in art, design, fashion, film and the media to discuss their work and share ideas about the future of their chosen fields as well as to identify key trends and insights relating to next generation audiences.

Marriott International is actively expanding its portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands internationally. In the Middle East and Africa region the expansion continues with the scheduled openings of 17 new properties in 2016, six of which are luxury and lifestyle brands, including Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection and The Ritz-Carlton.

Tina Edmundson, Global Officer, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International, comments, “Cultural Game Changers Dubai advances our cultural intelligence and helps us reinvent our existing and new hotel brands, such as Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, Moxy and AC Hotels and also engages next generation travelers on their own terms, with meaningful new experiences. An intimate, international forum for creative leaders who are shaping our culture, Cultural Game Changers generates inspiring dialogue among influencers in the fields of art, design, fashion, film and the media. With the participation of Twitter at this event, we will open up the conversation to a broad, international audience in real time.”

The line-up of panelists for Cultural Game Changers Dubai includes:

Dana Farouki, Patron, Art Dubai; Chair, The Abraaj Group Art Prize; Trustee, MoMA PS1 and Trustee, Creative Time

Kinda Ibrahim, Director of Media Partnerships, Twitter MENA

Danielle Perissi, Head of Documentary Film & Television and Marketing & Communications, Image Nation Abu Dhabi

Khulood Thani, designer and founder, Bint Thani

Suzanne Trocmé, author, curator, designer and Editor-at-large, Wallpaper* magazine

Bronwyn Cosgrave, best-selling author, curator and cultural commentator, will chair the lively hour-long, brunch-time Cultural Game Changers Dubai discussion, drawing on the panelists’ impactful work. She will also elicit their ideas about future trends, insights relating to their industries and next generation audiences. “Cultural Game Changers is part think tank, part salon,” explains Cosgrave, who will chair the talk around a brunch table. “Panelists converse naturally with influencers and media guests in a relaxed manner to stimulate an intimate, provocative and thoughtful discussion.”

This first-time Cultural Game Changers partnership with Twitter will allow Tweeters to actively participate in the forum by watching it live stream on Periscope @JWDubaiMarquis (March 19, 2016, 11:45am–1:15pm GST), and interact with the Cultural Game Changers Dubai panelists by posting their ideas and questions on Twitter. This initiative will engage a global audience in a real-time cultural conversation. It is prompted by Twitter having recently opened its Dubai headquarters. Twitter Dubai is the first office in the MENA region for California-based social media company. MENA is one of the fastest-growing markets for Twitter.

Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa comments “We are thrilled to extend our hospitality to esteemed local and international participants in this inspiring forum at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, and to celebrate world class innovation and creativity at a time when the city is hosting cultural travelers from around the globe.”

Ask questions and watch the live stream of Cultural Game Changers Dubai on Periscope @JWDubaiMarquis on March 19, 2016 from 11:45am-1:15pm GST

EDITORS’ NOTES

For more information about the line up of speakers for Cultural Game Changers Dubai please see attached biographies.

About Cultural Game Changers
Marriott International’s Cultural Game Changers, a creative think-tank and thought leaders forum, was inaugurated at the EDITION Hotel, London in July 2015. Keynote speakers included Lisa Markwell, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent on Sunday, James Gay-Rees, the producer of Amy, Senna and Exit Through The Gift Shop, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, principals of the international design firm, Yabu Pushelberg and Serge Dive, Founder and CEO of Beyond Luxury Media. The guest list featured influencers, brand executives as well as editors and journalists from the finest newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, the FT, Condé Nast Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and Monocle. Author, curator and cultural commentator, Bronwyn Cosgrave moderated the panel discussion.

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
 
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling over 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Guadalajara, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Santa Fe, Argentina, and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 28 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, 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 Hotels®. 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 comprise nearly 55 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 anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. 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 the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contacts: 

Verona Carter       
Marriott International, Inc.                      
verona.carter@marriott.com     

Deema Kingsmill-Moore
Marriott International, Inc.
deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

11/25/2015

Marriott Rewards Now Available Across Africa at all 100 Protea Hotels

PH Umhlanga Ridge 3Protea Joins Over 4,000 Marriott International Hotels Where Members Can Earn And Redeem Points For Global Travel  

Cape Town, South Africa, 25th  November 2015: Marriott Rewards, the award winning global hotel loyalty program, is being expanded to all Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels across Sub-Saharan Africa, giving its 53 million members 100 more hotels where they can earn and redeem points.  Today’s expansion follows an initial rollout of Marriott Rewards to 25 properties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and expands the program to Protea and African Pride hotels in  Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi.

“Marriott Rewards members--our most loyal guests--are seeking travel experiences that empower them to pursue their passions. Marriott Rewards’ expansion to include all Protea Hotels allows members to enjoy the benefits of loyalty when traveling to Africa, whether for business or leisure,” explains Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer for Marriott International, Middle East & Africa and Marriott International’s Business Leader for Protea Hotels. 

For individuals who travel around Africa, this is the first time an African hotel  brand has offered loyalty points for domestic stays PH Sea Pointthat can be redeemed for travel internationally. Protea Hotels is positioned in the moderate and upper moderate tier categories, with properties situated in key business centers and sought-after leisure destinations. Protea Hotels offers accommodation ideal for both business and leisure travelers, with modern design and a unique blend of local style and personal service.

Marriott Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays, as well as for a range of other benefits, such as air travel, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, and merchandise. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy exclusive benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in and check-out through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special  offers only available when booking direct on  Marriott.com.

To learn more about Marriott Rewards, which is free to join, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

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 85 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®, BVlgari®, 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 Hotels®. 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 54 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.

Media Contact:

Deema Kingsmill-Moore
Marriott International, Inc.
Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

10/21/2015

Residence Inn Debuts in the UAE

Residence Inn by Marriott Al JaddafMarriott International expands extended stay offering in the MEA region

Dubai, UAE, 21 October 2015: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) maintains the pace of its regional development plans by announcing the signing of Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf, a signing that marks a significant entry in the lead up to 2020 as it will be the hotel group’s first property from the Residence Inn brand portfolio in the UAE. Due to be completed in 2019, the Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf will be comprised of a total of 135 units.

The newly signed property is owned by Bahrain-based International Trading and Investment Company WLL (ITICO), an existing partner of Marriott International that currently owns two other properties – Residence Inn by Marriott Manama Juffair and Marriott Executive Apartments Manama.  ITICO has also recently signed its third property in Bahrain with Marriott International, Residence Inn by Marriott Manama Seef.

Commenting on the signing, Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International said: “This signing is a significant event for us as it represents the company’s first Residence Inn by Marriott property in the UAE and comes in response to a rapidly increasing demand in the market. Today it’s not only the executive traveller who seeks out an extended stay property, but also young families who are looking for a home-like environment where they can still experience the comfort and convenience that they would benefit from in a hotel, such as free Wi-Fi and hot breakfasts.”

“We are very excited to develop the first Residence Inn by Marriot in the UAE after the great success we had with the brand in Bahrain. We are very pleased with our long term partnership with Marriot International and look forward to further enhance it by announcing more projects in the near future,” said Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Chairman of International Trading and Investment Company.

The signing of the property comes shortly after the recent GCC sales mission where Marriott International reaffirmed their plans to add a further 79 properties and 16,415 rooms within the region by 2020, an expansion which includes an increase of the UAE footprint to 25 properties. The company’s amplified development plans have been defined in line with regional and global market trends. According to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) a total of 13.2 million tourists visited Dubai in 2014, representing year-on-year growth of 8.2 percent and almost double the global average of 4.7 percent. In particular the extended market segment has seen a healthily increasing demand as occupancy hit record levels last year globally.

“Dubai is an ideal location for our first ever Residence Inn by Marriott in the UAE as it offers a convenient location with outstanding accessibility, both to the nearby international airport and to the surrounding Emirates. Given the increase in tourism and global traffic to Dubai, as well as market predictions for the future, we see a great opportunity to further expand in this market, and particularly within the extended stay segment,” added Kyriakidis.

The Residence Inn by Marriott brand has almost 700 properties globally and prides itself in offering a contemporary residence with all the essential amenities as well as the elements of a modern home. It is the ideal choice of accommodation for the next generation business traveller who desires connectivity and convenience, but also for the modern family seeking a homely environment in an accessible part of town. The brand is undergoing a substantial expansion in the Middle East and Africa in line with Marriott International’s regional development plans over the next five years, with a total of five signings already confirmed to date.

Marriott International currently operates 14 hotels in UAE, spanning six brands including Marriott Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection and The Ritz-Carlton. As part of Marriott International’s regional expansion plans in the Middle East and Africa, the UAE will see a further 12 properties open adding a further 2700 rooms to the country by 2020.   

Note on forward-looking statements: Marriott International’s expectations for future hotel openings in the UEA and the Middle East & Africa region generally are “forward-looking statements,” and actual growth could differ materially. Risk factors that could delay or prevent hotel openings or otherwise cause growth to be different than we anticipate include changes in market conditions, supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International discloses in the most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q that Marriott International has filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Connect with deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

 

10/05/2015

Marriott International Presents Career Opportunities for Arab Youth in Partnership With INJAZ Al-Arab


INJAS Al-ArabMarriott International helps combat Arab youth unemployment while reshaping conventional perceptions of the hospitality profession

Dubai, UAE, 5th October 2015: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) has recently announced its partnership with INJAZ Al-Arab, the MENA regional office of Junior Achievement Worldwide, to launch the organisation’s youth empowerment campaign ‘Expand Your Horizon’.  Marriott International was one of 5 partners, including Boeing, Aramex, MBC Group and WAMDA, all of which represent a sector that is becoming more appealing and attractive to Arab youth.

‘Expand Your Horizon’ is focused on showcasing internship and employment opportunities from the region’s key growth industries, providing information about these sectors that will equip the youth to make more informed decisions about their future career paths, thus steering them towards viable work experience opportunities.

The cause is highly relevant to Marriott International. David Leman, Marriott International’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Middle East and Africa, says, “This initiative allows Marriott the opportunity to create a paradigm shift in the perception of hospitality among MENA nationals, and showcase careers in hospitality to the next generation of hoteliers, benefiting both the Arab youth as well as our industry.”

So far, Marriott International has received over 1400 applications through the “Expand Your Horizon” campaign. The hotelier is looking to appoint 55 young interns across eight markets, namely Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria, KSA and Bahrain. During their internship the students will be fully immersed into all aspects of the business to help them explore what career opportunities are available within the hospitality sector, from sales and marketing to engineering, finance, human resources and guest relations, to name a few. The interns will also have the opportunity to experience life as a full-time Marriott International associate. By facilitating valuable hands-on work experience the project is set to encourage young Arab nationals to consider a wider range of career opportunities available to them, especially jobs in growth sectors such as hospitality.

Leman added,  “‘Expand Your Horizon’ will increase the understanding of the rapid growth the hospitality sector is forecast to sustain and will attempt to increase the demand amongst youth for employment in the sector, and we are thrilled to see so much interest from the Arab youth already. Through our close collaboration with INJAZ Al-Arab we aim to help nurture the dreams and aspirations of young Arab nationals, but also to potentially see some of the interns return to pursue a career with Marriott International, either within the Middle East and Africa region, or perhaps even globally.”

Marriott International has long been involved in corporate social responsibility projects world-wide that evolve around five pillars: Environment, Vitality of Children, Shelter and Food, Ready for Work, and Empowering Diversity.   The latter two have been of particular priority to the hotel group’s Middle East and Africa region, resulting in the company proactively seeking out commendable initiatives across the region that are both inspirational and results-oriented.

Since 2012 Marriott International has collaborated with Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda to offer young women aged 18 to 30 the opportunity to train and work at its Dubai and Doha properties. The goal is for the students to eventually return to their native Rwanda to help open the Kigali Marriott Hotel in 2016 as supervisors.

Additionally, through Protea Hotels, which was acquired by Marriott International early in 2014, the group has been working closely with Harambee to help tackle youth unemployment in South Africa by offering business skill courses and work experience placements at its hotel properties in the country.

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.

About INJAZ Al-Arab & Junior Achievement Worldwide
Operating in 14 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, INJAZ Al-Arab is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to overcoming unemployment in the region and aims to inspire a culture of entrepreneurship and business innovation among Arab youth.  Partnering with leading companies in the private sector, INJAZ Al-Arab equips Arab youth to drive the economies of the Arab World forward through training designed to inspire them to develop ambition, entrepreneurship and professional skills.  Named one of the top 100 NGOs in the world by Global Journal, INJAZ Al-Arab has influenced the lives of over 2 million students since its inception in 2004. INJAZ Al-Arab is a member of Junior Achievement; the world’s largest and fastest-growing youth business organisation dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

Contact:  Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com

09/30/2015

Marriott International Opens First Marriott Executive Apartments Property in Africa

MEA Addis Ababa Official Opening with Ethiopian PresidentMarriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa Opens Today
Marriott International Signs New Marriott Hotel in Addis Ababa 

Dubai, UAE, 30th September 2015: Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR), in partnership with Sunshine Business, today will open Africa’s first Marriott Executive Apartments in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa will appeal to both business and family travelers with 108 fully serviced apartments offering space, ambiance and the privacy of residential living enabling a comfortable stay away from home.

[Photo: MEA Addis Opens with President Mulatu Teshome cutting the ribbon.]

Located in the heart of Ethiopia’s capital, the Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa is just off Meskel Square in Bole, and is adjacent to the UN-ECA headquarters and conference center.  It is a ten minute drive away from Bole International Airport, the African Union headquarters and the Ethiopian National Museum.

“This is the latest in a series of important landmark hotel signings and openings we have made in Africa.  We are extremely proud to open the first Marriott Executive Apartments in Ethiopia in partnership with Sunshine Business,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director Marriott International Middle East and Africa. “Africa is important to Marriott International’s growth strategy because of its rapid economic growth, growing middle class and youth population, as well as the expansion of international flights onto the continent.”

MEA Addis Ababa exteriorThe Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa will provide residents with a choice of one and two-bedroom elegantly furnished serviced apartments, or the Penthouse Presidential Suite, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and includes services such as housekeeping, grocery shopping and room service. For business travellers, the property provides multi function meeting rooms and over 160 square metres of event space.

Sunshine Business President and Owner, Samuel Tafese, said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of Ethiopia's first Marriott-branded property. Addis Ababa is one of the most vibrant cities in Africa and the Government’s exceptional infrastructure spending make Addis an ideal place to conduct business.”

Marriott International has also announced that it will develop a property under the company’s flagship brand, Marriott Hotels, in partnership with Sunshine Business. Expected to open by 2019, this property will reflect the new brand standards that Marriott Hotels has been rolling out globally since last year. Stylish, modern guest rooms and well-designed lobbies and public spaces known as ‘Greatrooms’ are some elements of the new brand standard.  Marriott Hotels is also where mobile check-in and check-out was introduced, and most recently a mobile chat application, appealing to the next generation of travelers who blend work and play, who demand style and substance, and technology. Marriott Hotels has also launched a multi-year campaign called ‘Travel Brilliantly’ (www.travelbrilliantly.com), all created to amplify the brand’s dedication to the future of travel.

The Marriott Hotels brand currently has four properties in North Africa, with over 2,000 rooms. By 2020, the company expects to open a further 12 properties across Africa, raising the room count by almost 3,000 rooms.  The Addis Ababa Marriott Hotel will have 202 rooms, food and beverage outlets and significant conference and event facilities, accommodating up to 1100 delegates. 

Kyriakidis continues, “With over 850 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, there are enormous opportunities there.  We are thrilled to be expanding on our partnership with Sunshine Business.  This signing is a significant event for us as it represents the company’s first Marriott Hotels property in Ethiopia, and comes in response to a rapidly increasing demand in the market, from both executive travellers as well as families who are looking for comfort and convenience during their travels.”

Sunshine Business owner and EVP, Selamawit Samuel, commented, “We are proud to open the first Marriott branded Hotel in Sub–Saharan Africa.  Marriott is an outstanding brand which will add great and unique hospitality flair to the diplomatic capital of Ethiopia." 

Note on forward-looking statements: Marriott International’s expectations for future hotel openings in the Africa region generally are “forward-looking statements,” and actual growth could differ materially. Risk factors that could delay or prevent hotel openings or otherwise cause growth to be different than we anticipate include changes in market conditions, supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International discloses in the most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q that Marriott International has filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Contact:  Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com 

09/15/2015

Marriott International Expands Brand Offering in South Africa

Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch & Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose ArchMarriott International, Africa’s largest hotel operator, announces an agreement to develop the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch, in partnership with The Amdec Group

Cape Town, South Africa, September 15,2015 - Marriott International, Inc. ( The Amdec Group's James Wilson (L) with Marriott's Alex KyriakidisNASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand its footprint across the African continent by announcing the signing of two new properties in South Africa, in partnership with The Amdec Group.  Expected to open by February 2018, the 150-room Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and 200-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch will be located in the Melrose Arch precinct in Johannesburg. The two properties represent the company’s signature brand, Marriott Hotels, as well as its upscale serviced apartments brand, Marriott Executive Apartments, and will be the first Marriott-branded properties under development in South Africa. 

“Africa is important to Marriott International’s growth strategy because of its rapid economic growth, growing middle class and youth population, as well as the expansion of international flights onto the continent,” explains Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa for Marriott International. “With over 850 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, there are enormous opportunities there.”

Marriott became the largest hotel operator in Africa following its acquisition of South Africa’s leading hotels group, Protea Hotels, in 2014. Over the next five years, the company expects the Marriott International brands, including the Protea brand, will expand from 10 African countries to 18, involving the development of an additional 38 properties across 7 brands.

James Wilson, CEO of The Amdec Group, owners of the iconic Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct, is excited to be partnering with Marriott International, commenting, “Melrose Arch is a magnificent multi-faceted new urban quarter and the perfect location for Marriott’s first two signature brand properties in South Africa. At Melrose Arch our focus is very much on creating an unforgettable experience with a vibrant atmosphere in a secure environment where people can work, shop, relax and stay. The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch provide contemporary and innovative hospitality that adds to Melrose Arch’s current offering. 

He adds, “This partnership builds on our existing valued relationship with Marriott International established through the Protea Hotels Group’s two existing hotels at Melrose Arch, African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch. We look forward to continuing and deepening our association with Marriott International. We are confident the hotel and executive apartments will become landmarks in South Africa and appeal to travellers from all over the country, the continent and the world.”

Three new Protea Hotels have opened over the past year – the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn and the Protea Hotel Mowbray in South Africa, as well as the Protea Hotel Select Takoradi in Ghana. Further, construction has also begun on a new Protea Hotel in Zambia.

Marriott expects to complete its rollout of Marriott Rewards, the company’s loyalty programme, to its Protea portfolio by the end of 2015.  Protea guests will be able to earn and redeem Marriott Reward points across Marriott’s portfolio worldwide.  Further, the company expects an increase in travel to South Africa by the more than 50 million Marriott Rewards members from around the world. 

The Marriott Executive Apartments brand provides upscale residential living at 5 properties in the Middle East and Africa. Personalized service and the assurance of a Marriott experience allow guests to achieve what they need to in an environment that has all of the comforts of home. Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch has 200 fully furnished apartments including one, two and three bedrooms providing the space, ambience and privacy of a home away from home.

Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch has 200 fully furnished apartments including one, two and three bedrooms providing the space, ambience and privacy of a home away from home.

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch will also be the first African property to open that reflects the new brand transformation that Marriott Hotels has been experiencing globally since last year. This includes modernizing the brand’s overall appeal, as well as an ongoing innovation involving the Marriott Hotels brand around the world, with re-designed lobbies and public spaces known as ‘Greatrooms’.  The [reimagining] of the brand has also included introduction of mobile check-in and check-out, as well as a mobile chat application, all of which have been deployed for the next generation of travelers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and technology that enables them to blend work and play.  Marriott Hotels has also launched a multi-year campaign called ‘Travel Brilliantly’ (www.travelbrilliantly.com); all created to amplify the brand’s dedication to the future of travel.

The Marriott Hotels brand currently has 17 hotels in seven countries across the Middle East and Africa, with almost 6,000 rooms. By 2020, the company expects to open a further 18 properties across the region, raising the room count by over 4,000 rooms.  The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch has 150 rooms, significant conference and event facilities, accommodating up to 500 delegates.  Other facilities include a business centre and  restaurant, fitness centre and outdoor pool, which can be enjoyed by the Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch guests.

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For more information contact

Bonny Feldman

Senior Account Manager Irvine Bartlett

 

(+27) 21 462-4033

 

076 495 7167

 

bonny@irvinebartlett.co.za

Note on forward-looking statements: The numbers of hotels that Marriott International, Inc. expects to open in Africa in the future are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, competitive conditions in the lodging industry, relationships with hotel owners and franchisees, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International, Inc. discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could cause actual additions to differ materially from that expressed in or implied by our statements. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

About Marriott International:
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

About The Amdec Group
The Amdec Group, a privately-owned property development and investment business recognised as South Africa’s leading developer of New Urban lifestyles. Its pioneering portfolio includes the iconic Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct, the Evergreen Lifestyles brand including its six retirement villages, XtraSpace state-of-the-art self-storage facilities and many other landmark mixed-use, residential and commercial developments. For more information please visit our website at www.amdec.co.za or see the Melrose Arch website at www.melrosearch.co.za.

Contacts: 
Deema.Kingsmill-Moore@marriott.com 

bonny@irvinebartlett.co.za 

 

09/08/2015

Dubai Set to Welcome Newest EDITION

1.	L-R Samir Baidas, Chief Development Officer MEA, Marriott International; Naaman Atallah, CEO Dubai Properties; Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director MEA, Marriott International; Abdullatif AlMulla, Group CEO Dubai Properties Group; Kevin Montano, SVP Development, Edition Hotels; Jerome Briet, Senior Director of Development MEA, Marriott InternationalMarriott International, Ian Schrager and Dubai Properties announce second EDITION hotel in United Arab Emirates

Download Arabic translation - press release.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – September 8, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. Dubai Welcomes Newest Edition 1(NASDAQ: MAR) together with Ian Schrager and Dubai Properties, today announced plans for a second EDITION hotel in the United Arab Emirates set for Dubai. Scheduled to open in 2018, the new hotel will follow the expected 2016 debut of the Emirate’s first EDITION property located in Abu Dhabi. EDITION, the first true luxury-lifestyle brand, combines the personal, intimate, individualized and unique hotel experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach, operational expertise and scale of Marriott International.  Marriott International will manage the hotel under a long-term agreement. 

The 258-room hotel will occupy a strategic beach front location on Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), providing easy access to leisure, retail, and entertainment and dining outlets on the 1.7 km-long promenade – The Walk at JBR, also developed by Dubai Properties. Expected to open in the first quarter of 2018, the new hotel will boast of multiple food and beverage outlets as well as business and leisure facilities including a spa, a beach club, meeting and special event space and a fully equipped business center. When opened, the project is poised to join the growing portfolio of Dubai Properties offerings within the hospitality sector.

“Dubai remains one of the most important and vibrant destinations in the world, where we are delighted to announce our second EDITION hotel to open in the Middle East,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president for Marriott International in the Middle East and Africa.  “Following the iconic openings of London, Miami Beach and New York City, we couldn’t be more excited about the potential for this brand in the region,” said Mr. Kyriakidis.  “Dubai Properties is an ideal partner for a project of this magnitude and we are thrilled to be working together,” said Mr. Kyriakidis.  

Abdullatif AlMulla, Group CEO of Dubai Properties Group, said: “Dubai Properties has long focused on introducing leading international hotel brands to JBR to attract global visitors as part of Dubai’s vision to boost tourism.  The launch of Marriott International’s EDITION allows us to introduce a premium beachfront boutique hotel experience to JBR, further expanding the choice of options for travelers. EDITION is designed to appeal to discerning travelers looking for a vibrant, luxurious setting for their stay and we are confident it will appeal to visitors from all parts of the world, as well as local residents.”

Ian Schrager, chairman and chief executive officer of Ian Schrager Company, commented, “I am thrilled to continue the global expansion of the new EDITION lifestyle brand with this exciting project in Dubai. Following the opening of our Abu Dhabi hotel, the EDITION brand is on track to have a robust presence in the Emirates.”

Now open in New York, London, Miami and Istanbul, EDITION Hotels has marked the next chapter in the lifestyle hotel story. This delicate balancing act encompasses, for the very first time, not  only great design and true innovation, but also great personal, friendly, modern service as well as outstanding, one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings "all under one roof". The authenticity and originality that Ian Schrager brings to this new brand coupled with the global reach of Marriott International results in a truly distinct product that sets itself apart from anything else currently in the marketplace.

Each hotel with its rare individuality, authenticity, originality and unique ethos reflects the best of the cultural and social milieu of its location and of the time. Although all of the hotels look completely

different from each other, the brand's unifying aesthetic is in its approach and attitude to the modern lifestyle rather than its appearance. EDITION is about an attitude and the way it makes you feel rather than  the way it looks. Sophisticated public spaces, finishes, design and details serve the experience, not drive it.

Future EDITION hotels are planned for Abu Dhabi (2016), Sanya, China (2016), Bangkok (2016), Times Square (2018),  West Hollywood (2018), Reykjavik, Iceland (2018), Wuhan, China (2019), and Bali, Indonesia (2019). 

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.

Ian Schrager Company - www.ianschragercompany.com
For five decades entrepreneur Ian Schrager, chairman and chief executive officer of Ian Schrager Company has achieved international recognition for concepts that have revolutionised both the entertainment and hospitality industries. Schrager’s groundbreaking hotel concepts have changed the business and set industry standards that continue to be imitated throughout the world. I.S.C. owns, develops, manages and brands hotels, residential and mixed use project and has transformed the fabled Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, created two groundbreaking residential properties, 40 Bond and 50 Gramercy Park North, successfully launched the new brand, PUBLIC Hotels, and is currently working on a second new hotel brand.

Dubai Properties:
Dubai Properties (DP) is a leading Dubai-based real estate master developer and asset manager known for renowned destinations across the Emirate, including The Walk at JBR, Business Bay, Culture Village and DUBAILAND.

DP’s diverse real estate portfolio responds to the evolving needs of Dubai through a host of mixed-use contemporary residential, retail and commercial developments including: the upmarket residential towers at The Walk (Jumeirah Beach Residence), the commercial and residential mixed-use developments in Business Bay (The Executive Towers, Vision Tower, Bay Square), the residential communities at DUBAILAND (The Villa, Al Waha, Arabella, Mudon, and Remraam) and the residential and hospitality projects at Culture Village around the Dubai Creek, (Dubai Wharf, Manazel Al Khor and the Anantara Dubai Creek Hotel).

As one of Dubai’s largest asset managers, DP maintains an extensive leasing portfolio which includes the management of over 1.2m sq ft of retail space across all its destinations, in addition to a growing portfolio of community retail within its leasing communities including Layan, Shorooq, Ghoroob, Al Khail Gate communities and Nuzul staff accommodation.

Contact:
Deema Kingsmill-Moore
Tel: +971 4 440 7737
deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com