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05/22/2014

Protea Hotels Go Live on Marriott.com

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

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

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

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa commented on the announcement saying, ‘I am delighted that just a few weeks after the acquisition of Protea Hotels our valued guests have access to the portfolio of hotel options continent-wide and globally across our entire range of brands. Clearly this has been an unprecedented growth phase for our regional business but this is only given context and meaning when we can connect our guests with the experience. This is happening now and it heralds the start of a completely new chapter in the history of Marriott International.’

Marriott.com is ranked as one of the world’s largest consumer retail sites, and accounts for US$1.3 billion of revenue annually for bookings outside the United States of America. In addition to the www.marriott.com website, Marriott operates 10 language sites which includes Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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

Connect with deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

05/07/2014

A Treasure Trove of Summer Experiences From The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of the Middle East

Treasure-Trove‘Intrigue You’ packages offered across the region to provide luxury travelers with memories that outlast the summer season. 

Dubai, UAE, May 7, 2014The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company unveiled its latest vacation offering in the Middle East today, with the launch of the ‘Intrigue You’ package, designed to intrigue, surprise and delight. With many residents from across the GCC looking for an opulent break within the region or a short staycation, the luxury hotel operator has promised to deliver individual and tailored experiences, to create memories that last long after the summer has gone.

Each hotel provides its own unique identity and an experience for every global traveler; from properties steeped in local traditions, to bustling city hotels and superlative beach resorts. The package offers guests the chance to book two nights’ accommodation, and receive a third night with the compliments of The Ritz-Carlton. Guests will also enjoy daily breakfast and a raft of additional added value, depending on the individual hotel, including internet access and a range of spa and dining offers.

Available at seven hotels and resorts across the Middle East; from the cooler climes of the magical Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, to resort experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, both offering an exceptional array of restaurants, to bustling downtown Dubai at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, minutes from key attractions, including the city’s best shopping and renowned art scene.  For a more traditional taste of the Arabian Gulf, guests can immerse themselves in Qatari culture at Sharq Village & Spa, explore the museums of Qatar from The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, or revel in luxury at the grand palace hotel in Saudi Arabia, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

To reserve the ‘Intrigue You’ package, being offered now until 31 August 2014, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Promotions/Taste_Genuine_Arabian_Hospitality.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 85 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999.

For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with sarah.walkerkerr@ritzcarlton.com

Marriott Hotels Puts the World in Your Hands – Expands Mobile Check-in and Checkout for Marriott Rewards Members to Nearly 500 Hotels

CheckIn_CHFor today’s global traveler, their smartphone is what links them to their world. To put even more power in the hands of travelers, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has expanded mobile check-in and checkout globally for Marriott Rewards members to nearly 500 hotels. This means Marriott Rewards guests from London to Dubai to Shanghai to Mexico City to New York can simply check-in and checkout using the wildly popular Marriott Mobile app on their smartphone. First introduced last year at its hotels in the United States and Canada, Marriott Hotels mobile check-in and checkout is now available in every continent where its nearly 500 properties are located.* 

With the Marriott Mobile app, check-in and checkout is simple to use. Marriott Rewards members receive a push notification on their Apple iPhones or Android devices after 4 pm on the day before their arrival alerting them they can check-in. Then they receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. Because payment information is stored within members profiles, guests simply walk up to the expedited mobile check-in desk where their pre-programmed key card will be waiting for them.

CheckOut_ESAt the end of their stays, guests receive a push notification alerting them mobile checkout is available. Upon completion, guests will then be prompted to provide an email address where their bill will be sent, allowing them to bypass the front desk.

“When we first began testing mobility, we went straight to the experts, our guests, who told us they wanted the power to check-in and checkout on their smartphones,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Among Millennials, nine out of ten who tried mobile check-in and checkout for the first time gave it high marks and said they would use it again for their next stay.”

The Marriott Mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and by going to:  http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi. These sites also enable easy enrollment in the Marriott Rewards and travelers can learn more about mobility at Marriott Hotels at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/.

The Marriott Hotels mobile innovation does not stop at check-in and checkout. For a glimpse into the future, 15 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. are among the first in the industry enabling guests to text service requests, such as additional towels and pillows and valet service, and chat with the hotel’s hosts in real time.  Marriott Hotels is on a journey of transformation to make travel brilliant. Other innovations include the fully re-designed Greatroom lobby that features an open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves. Stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming, the Greatroom lobby offers all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from free Wi-Fi to electrical power points. Additionally, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott Hotels has introduced new concepts for the mobile worker including Meetings Imagined, the Meeting Services App (Red Coat Direct) and Workspace on Demand.

*Regulations in Armenia, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey allow for mobile check-in but require guests to checkout with the front desk. Mobile check-in and checkout is not available in Japan.

About Marriott Hotels
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 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).

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

Connect with john.wolf@marriott.com

 

04/01/2014

Marriott International Completes Acquisition of Protea Hospitality Group; Becomes the Largest Hotel Company in Africa

Protea HotelsBethesda, Md., USA  and Cape Town, April 1, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today became the largest hotel company in Africa according to published information, and nearly doubled its presence in its Middle East and Africa region to more than 160 hotels and 23,000 rooms as it completed its acquisition of the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group (PHG), based in South Africa.  Marriott now operates or franchises more than 4,000 hotels in 79 countries. [Link to Protea images and b-roll: http://postspots.com/d/j/39d6ba852b.]

 

At the same time, Marriott said that its pipeline of new hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including Protea’s pipeline, is now more than 65 hotels and 14,300 rooms, including more than  20 hotels and 3,000 rooms in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Protea_umhlanga_ridge_exteriorMarriott’s new Protea portfolio consists of 10,148 rooms in seven African countries including South Africa.  The company now manages, franchises and leases hotels across the Protea Hotels brand (103 hotels), comprising a full and diverse range of outstanding hotels and resorts; the award-winning lifestyle boutique Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! (2 hotels); and the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels collection (11 hotels).  In addition to its industry-leading 79 hotels in South Africa, Marriott’s Protea portfolio also has 37 hotels in Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  

Marriott International 1st April 2014 infographic_ENG_FINALArne Sorenson, Marriott International’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Today marks a new beginning.   We can now officially say ‘molweni!’ (Xhosa), ‘sawubona!’ (Zulu) and ‘hello!’  to South Africa and ‘welcome!’ to our approximately 15,000 new associates at both managed and franchised hotels across Protea’s portfolio.   We look forward to integrating the superb Protea team into the Marriott International family, and together, to work toward new opportunities for growth and advancement throughout  South Africa and the continent.” [Double click infographic to enlarge.]

 

Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, said, “Today is the culmination of months of highly productive collaboration between Protea and Marriott International teams.  We are delighted that such a tremendously dedicated, talented and effective team, which has been so well-led by Protea Chief Executive Officer Arthur Gillis, is now joining the Marriott International family.  With the addition of Protea’s regional knowledge, expertise and infrastructure, we are incredibly well-positioned to continue growing in one of the fastest expanding economic markets in the world.”

According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a more than 5 percent pace through 2015. 

Mr. Kyriakidis said that Mr. Gillis will become Non-Executive Chairman, Africa Development for Marriott International, focusing on exploring opportunities for new African hotel growth for all of Marriott International’s brands.  In addition, Mark Satterfield, currently chief operations officer for Marriott International’s MEA region, will relocate to Cape Town, Protea’s headquarters, to act as business leader overseeing the integration of the two companies.   He will continue to report to Mr. Kyriakidis.

As previously disclosed, Marriott paid approximately 2.02 billion rand, or approximately US $200 million at current exchange rates, which represents roughly 10 times anticipated pro forma 2014 calendar year EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) excluding transaction costs.

As part of the transaction, the previous owners of Protea Hospitality Group created an independent property ownership company that retained ownership of the hotels PHG formerly owned, and entered into long-term management and lease agreements with Marriott for those hotels.  The property ownership company also retained a number of minority interests in other Protea hotels.  Marriott now manages approximately 45 percent of Protea’s rooms, franchises approximately 39 percent, and leases approximately 16 percent.

Marriott expects that the Protea portfolio will be available for booking on Marriott.com or via Marriott International’s Global Reservations Centers toward the end of May, and the hotels will join the Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program at a later point, to be announced.   Until then, please go to www.Proteahotels.com for reservations. 

Marriott does not expect the Protea acquisition to have a material impact on 2014 earnings.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)  is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.   Marriott International operates and manages hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts, which, in total, comprise more than 4,000 properties in 79 countries.  There are approximately 330,000 employees at headquarters, and at managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including our expectations for opening new hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa, Protea’s anticipated proforma 2014 EBITDA and EBITDA multiple; and the dates we anticipate that PHG’s hotels will be available for booking on Marriott.com and begin participating in Marriott Rewards, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with franchisees and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; the time needed to implement new technology systems; and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K.  Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contacts:
Felicia McLemore
(301) 380-2702
felicia.mclemore@marriott.com 

Tom Marder
(301) 380-2553
thomas.marder@marriott.com

 

03/25/2014

Marriott International Expands its Courtyard Footprint in Central India, with Opening of Business Hotel in Bilaspur - in Chattisgarh

Courtyard by Marriott Bilaspur lobbyChattisgarh, India, March 26, 2014– Marriott International strengthens its presence in Central India with the introduction of its Courtyard by Marriott brand - a premium business hotel strategically located in the commercial district of Bilaspur, which will cater to discerning business visitors and locals alike.

The Courtyard by Marriott, Bilaspur officially opened its doors in the presence of Dr. Raman Singh, Honorable Chief Minister of Chattisgarh making it the 11th Courtyard in India. The brand is already present in Mumbai, Chennai, three in Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Kochi and Bhopal.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President, South- Asia, Marriott International Inc, said, “In recognition of the growing popularity and potential of certain key markets in Central India, we decided to enter Bhopal with the Courtyard brand.  Our entry now into Bilaspur is a continuation of that specific growth strategy.  Central India has been growing and attracting business visitors in a big way and Bilaspur being the country’s largest power generating hub is a city that is rapidly growing and offering numerous business opportunities.  It is our endeavor to offer Bilaspur’s visitors –  a hotel that offers the best in hospitality like only Marriott can, thereby giving them an experience that makes their stay comfortable and memorable.”

Courtyard understands business travelers and through continuous research, the brand constantly evolves to meet guests’ changing needs. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the adaptable lobby space offers options so guests can make the most of their time on the road.

On behalf of the owners, of the Courtyard By Marriott Bilaspur Mr. Sanjay Gupta (Director of City Mall 36) said, “Marriott® is an international lodging leader, with more than 3,900 properties and the broadest portfolio of brands in the industry. We are delighted to partner with this renowned hospitality major to bring the first international business hotel to our city. Bilaspur is home to people and business visitors who recognize great value and service and hence, we are positive this hotel is sure to meet their every requirement.”

Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Mr. Amit Midha, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott, Bilaspur, said, “Marriott’s entry into this dynamic and growing city is our attempt to offer visitors and guests a business hotel that offers smart and innovative hospitality, ensuring the right mix of services that would help guests maintain a good work balance and thrive during their stay.”

Courtyard by Marriott Bilaspur guestroomCourtyard by Marriott, Bilaspur offers a choice of 106 (including 70 deluxe rooms, 30 superior rooms, 2 junior suites and 4 courtyard suites) well lit spacious rooms with natural lighting and contemporary décor. All the rooms are amongst the most spacious one will find in the city and are thoroughly equipped with state-of-the-art modern amenities.

Guests will be captivated with a wide and exciting array of international and regional cuisines at the hotel. It offers an incredible gourmet experience with its trademark restaurant, MoMo Café. In addition, the property has MoMo 2 Go for those on the move; MoMo 2 You for a dining experience in the comfort of one’s own room and Bar Thirty Six to relax and unwind over refreshing drinks.

The Courtyard by Marriott, Bilaspur features the only banquet space in the city with a pre-function area and largest indoor halls that comfortably accommodate over 1000 people thereby making it the preferred choice for a professional business activity or a personal celebration for friends and family.  One-on-one business meetings will be a seamless and smooth experience thanks to the range of facilities that each of the meeting rooms offer to guests.

The Courtyard by Marriott, Bilaspur is thoughtfully designed to assist guests with their requirements, with stimulating environments and an enthusiastic staff to ensure nothing comes in the way of the guest having the best hospitality experience ever!

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 Bilaspur directly at (+91- 7752 432222) , call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyardshatin.com  or become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyardshatin

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

Connect with Noelle.rocque@marriott.com

 

01/22/2014

Marriott Signs Definitive Agreements to Acquire Protea Hospitality Holdings

Protea-HotelsBethesda, Md., USA and Cape Town, January 22, 2014 –Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings announced today that they have signed definitive agreements for the purchase by Marriott of Protea’s three brands and management company.  [Click here for images and b-roll.]

Under terms of the agreements Marriott will pay approximately 2.02 billion rand, or approximately US $186 million at current exchange rates, subject to normal closing adjustments.  The purchase price represents approximately 10 times anticipated pro forma 2014 calendar year EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) excluding transaction costs.

The transaction is subject to receipt of certain third party and governmental consents, including exchange control approval from the South African Reserve Bank and competition approval from the South African Competition Commission and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“COMESA”) and satisfaction of other customary conditions for transactions of this kind.  Assuming these conditions are met, Marriott and Protea plan to close the transaction on April 1, 2014.  Marriott does not expect the transaction will have a material impact on its 2014 results.

Protea has 116 hotels with 10,148 rooms in seven African countries including South Africa.  At closing, Marriott will become the largest hotel company in the Middle East & Africa region, nearly doubling its distribution there to more than 23,000 rooms.   

As part of the transaction, Protea Hospitality Holdings will create a property ownership company to retain ownership of the hotels it currently owns, entering into long-term management and lease agreements with Marriott for such hotels.  The property ownership company will also retain a number of minority interests in other Protea-managed hotels.  At closing Marriott will manage approximately 45 percent of the rooms, franchise approximately 39 percent of the rooms, and lease approximately 16 percent of the rooms. 

Marriott and Protea announced on November 7, 2013 their intent to enter into this transaction.

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including the parties’ plans for closing on the definitive transaction documents; the resulting impact on the size of Marriott’s operations in Africa; our expectations for Protea’s proforma 2014 EBITDA and EBITDA multiple; and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including the ability of the parties to agree on definitive transaction documents, the receipt of necessary consents, and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q.  Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release. We 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:  Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About Protea Hotels: Protea Hotels is the largest and leading hotel group in Africa with the most extensive footprint; more than 116 hotels throughout South Africa and six other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. The company was founded in 1984 and has grown its portfolio and brands since. The group comprises of two brands, namely the mid-up market Protea Hotels (including the lifestyle brand Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!) brand and the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels, Lodges and Country Houses brand. 

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 4 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013.

For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.proteahotels.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.proteahotels.com/pressroom/Pages/pressroom.aspx

CONTACTS: 
Tom Marder, (301) 380-2553, thomas.marder@marriott.com
Felicia McLemore, (301) 380-2702, felicia.mclemore@marriott.com

 

01/14/2014

Marriott International Kicks Off 2014 With Two New Dubai Properties

Dubai-Marriott-Al-Jaddaf-Hotel-Lobby-Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf and Marriott Executive Apartments Al Jaddaf Open Doors in January.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – January 14, 2014 – Marriott International has announced the opening of two new properties in Dubai to kick start the expansion of its ever growing pipeline across the Middle East and Africa. The two properties carry the company’s signature brand, Marriott Hotels, as well as its upscale serviced apartments brand, Marriott Executive Apartments, which are situated in close proximity to Dubai’s MEA Al Jaddaf 1 Bedroom Living and KitchenRoyal residence, Zabeel Palace, and offer beautiful scenic views of the city landscape of Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Conveniently, the Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf and Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf are a mere 10 minutes from each of these locations as well as Dubai International Airport, Dubai Mall and the Gold Souk.

“It is an exciting time for Marriott International as we start off the year opening two beautiful properties in Dubai. The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf is our first of many future properties that are aligned with the brand’s new positioning and strategic direction, while the Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf further strengthens our footprint in the region’s extended stay segment,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Middle East and Africa.  “We are delighted to be working with our partners, Nilona Holding, owners of the Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf and Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf, to open these two attractive properties, which are in line with Dubai’s projected industry growth over the next few years as we move towards Expo 2020.”

The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf is the first Middle East and Africa property to open as per the new brand transformation that Marriott Hotels has been going through globally since last year. This includes not only a new logo which keeps the iconic “M,” while modernizing its overall appeal, but also an ongoing innovation throughout its hotels around the world, with re-designed lobbies and public spaces known as ‘Greatrooms’ and introducing a mobile check-in application, all of which are rapidly being deployed for the next generation of travelers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology, and feature in the new Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf.  Marriott Hotels has also launched a multi-year campaign called ‘Travel Brilliantly’ (www.travelbrilliantly.com); all done in a bold move to amplify the brand’s dedication to the future of travel.

The Marriott Hotels brand currently has 16 hotels in seven countries across the Middle East and Africa, with over 5000 rooms. By 2017, there will be a further twelve properties across the region, raising the room count by nearly 3000 rooms. 

The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf has 352 rooms across eight floors with 192 Deluxe King and 107 Deluxe Double rooms, including 39 Executive Suites, two Zabeel Suites and an exceptional Presidential Suite. Each space is designed for functionality and leisure with state-of-the-art technology, wired and wireless Internet and spacious amenities. The hotel also offers 14 elegant, meeting rooms as well as the magnificent Zabeel ballroom, which can accommodate up to a maximum of 540 persons.

The property boasts seven distinct restaurants, lounges and bars. Offering cuisines from around the world including Asian, European, Middle Eastern and a new American/Scottish concept, the hotel caters to the most discerning connoisseur and to guests looking for a relaxed meal.

Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf is the brand’s sixth property in the region; with a further six set to open across the Middle East and Africa by 2017. Introduced in 1997 to the Marriott International portfolio, Marriott Executive Apartments is the company’s only corporate apartment brand designed to provide upscale residential living. 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 Dubai Al Jaddaf has 128 fully furnished apartments including one, two and three bedrooms providing the space, ambience and privacy of a home away from home.

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit 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 Executive Apartments
Marriott Executive Apartments (MEA) are international, upscale serviced apartments designed for executive expats staying 30+ nights when traveling to key international gateway cities on a temporary assignment or relocation.  The brand offers studios to three-bedroom apartments, all with full kitchens and fully furnished with plenty of space for living, working and relaxing.  Marriott currently offers over 20 properties in 16 countries outside the United States with a strong pipeline in the Middle East and Asia.
Marriott Executive Apartments strives to be the #1 global brand for extended stay.
MEA locations on www.Marriott.com

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

Connect with deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

12/06/2013

Marriott CEO Discusses Company's Move to NASDAQ and African Hotel Deal (Video)

NASDAQ Closing Bell

Arne Sorenson talks about why Marriott made the switch to NASDAQ and the company's plan to become the largest hotel company in Africa.

 

  

  

 

 

11/26/2013

Mobile Check-In Goes Global at Marriott Hotels

Iphone5-7[15]Now available in 19 countries worldwide with more to follow.

The faster, easier and more convenient mobile check-in from Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International is now available at 20 additional Marriott hotels* in 19 countries including United Kingdom, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and India.  First launched at 329 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, the mobile check-in feature on the Marriott Mobile App has expanded internationally, representing the broadest mobile offering of its kind in the lodging industry.

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According to research by GroupM Next*, 57 percent of business travellers aged 21-39 use their smartphone to book a hotel.  These younger travellers are also more likely to use mobile devices to enhance their travel experiences.  Marriott Hotels expects to complete the full global roll out of mobile check-in at all 500 hotels, as well as offer check-out functionality, in the first half of 2014.  

With the Marriott Mobile App, check-in is simple.  Marriott Rewards members, who have downloaded the app, can check-in through a smartphone as early as 4 pm the day before arrival, receiving an automatic notification when the room is ready. On arrival, Marriott Rewards guests simply go to the expedited mobile check-in desk where a key card will be ready and waiting. 

“As Marriott developed the app and tested mobile check-in, we engaged customers, asking for their feedback to perfect the experience and learn what mattered most to them,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “Mobile check-in is just the start.  Our guests are more mobile and global than ever before and technology is increasingly important to them, which is why we will add check-out next year.  We will continue to solicit feedback from our guests as we enhance the travel experience with Marriott.”

The brand’s mobile innovation will continue as Marriott Hotels has launched 12 mobile “incubator” hotels in the U.S. to test future mobile enhancements. Guests at those hotels can make service requests using their smartphones. The most popular guest requests so far include additional towels, wake-up calls and housekeeping.

Further innovations from Marriott Hotels

  • Future of Meetings – Marriott Hotels is introducing a number of initiatives to refresh meetings.  New meeting spaces with stylish design, natural light, flexible seating and wireless or web enabled technology enable planners and attendees to focus on the meeting objectives.  Marriott properties in Munich and Amsterdam feature the new design with the London Kensington Marriott and Paris Marriott Rive Gauche following early next year.  The Red Coat Direct app enables meeting organisers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.  Currently available in 35 Marriott hotels in Europe, Red Coat Direct will roll-out globally in early 2014.   
  • Greatroom lobby concept - An open and flexible lobby space for guests to use for business, leisure or time to themselves.  They will be stylish, modern, comfortable and welcoming with all day menus for light bites and meals and full access to technology from Wi-Fi to power points.  The brand expects to introduce the concept at every Marriott Hotel by the end of 2015
  • Guest room - In The Underground – the company’s subterranean innovation lab – Marriott Hotels is working on the next generation guest room.  The lab offers rapid prototyping with frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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About Marriott.com & Mobile
Mobile check-in is part of the free Marriott mobile app available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.  Learn more about mobile check-in at http://travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/our-innovations/check-in-app

The Marriott Mobile App has been downloaded over 2.5 million times, and Marriott.com receives over 4.5 million visitors a month from smartphones. 

*The 20 international hotels offering mobile check-in are:

Europe
• Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
• Brussels Marriott Hotel
• London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
• Prague Marriott Hotel
• Zurich Marriott Hotel

Asia Pacific
• Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
• Bangalore Marriott Hotel Whitefield
• Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
• Manila Marriott Hotel
• Singapore Marriott Hotel
• Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Caribbean & Latin America
• Bogota Marriott Hotel
• CasaMagna® Marriott Cancun Resort
• Panama Marriott Hotel
• Santiago Marriott Hotel
• San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Middle East & Africa
• Amman Marriott Hotel
• Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
• Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites

Hawaii
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

*Source: GroupM Next, September 2013; GBTA, August 2013; blog.librarypd.com, July 2013

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11/20/2013

Courtyard by Marriott Jazan Opens its Doors to Welcome Guests

Courtyard by Marriott Jazan129 room hotel with meeting space, fitness center and 2 F&B outlets.

Courtyard by Marriott Jazan grand openingJazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19 November 2013– During an opening ceremony attended by his Highness Prince Mohammad Bin Nasser Bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud the Emir (Prince) of Jizan Region and Alex Kyriakidis President and Managing Director Marriott International, Middle East & Africa - Marriott International announced the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Jazan, owned by Abdulrahman bin Saad Al Rashid.  This is Marriott International’s first hotel in Jazan, the economic city in the Southwest of Saudi Arabia., and it is the second Courtyard by Marriott property in Saudi Arabia, as Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter opened last year.

Courtyard by Marriott Jazan is connected to Al Rashid Mall, located in the heart of the city nearby major shopping malls and downtown districts with easy access to and from the King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz airport.  It has 129 spacious guest rooms, including 86 king size rooms, 27 double / double rooms, 14 junior suite, 2 royal suite, two food and beverage outlets, Olea café and the lobby lounge, 24 hour room service, a fitness center including an indoor pool and seven executive meeting rooms that can accommodate a combined number or 565 guests.

Courtyard by Marriott Jazan openingAdel Jubran, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Jazan said: “We are excited that our new Courtyard is the first in our region following the global celebration of Courtyard by Marriott’s 30th anniversary which took place last month. This is a dynamic brand that is popular in Saudi Arabia, and we are excited to see its expansion in the Kingdom.”

Courtyard understands business travelers, and, through extensive research, the brand continues to evolve to meet guests’ changing needs. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the adaptable lobby space offers options so guests can make the most of their time on the road. Intuitive services accommodate guests’ desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road.

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