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08/26/2014

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel Debuts in Historic Bartlett Building

Renaissance-Cincinnati-Downtown-HotelCincinnati, Ohio – August 26, 2014 – Renaissance Hotels is thrilled to welcome the newest gem to its portfolio with the opening of the new Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel, located in the city’s historic Bartlett Building. Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International’s global portfolio of 18 brands. With its proud motto of Live Life to Discover®, Renaissance Hotels offers today’s lifestyle business traveler a unique guest experience woven through design, service and unique programming.

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel ceilingBuilt in 1901 and designed by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, the 18-story Bartlett Building was once both the city of Cincinnati and the state of Ohio’s tallest building. Also known as the Union Trust Building, the structure is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It had been vacant since 2010 before its restoration to the new hotel.

“Renaissance Hotels is known for embracing the spirit of each destination through design, service and unique amenities, making our new hotel a great destination for travelers visiting Cincinnati,” said Keoni Christensen, general manager of the hotel. “We want to create an experience that invites our guests to discover the very best of Cincinnati, from its vibrant arts scene to the very best in local entertainment and culinary adventures.”

Following a $50 million renovation, the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown now features 323 hotel rooms including 40 executive suites complemented by upscale amenities, contemporary styling and stunning views of downtown. The hotel underwent an extensive restoration from its origins as a historic office building to a modern, full service hotel.

d. Burnham’s, a destination restaurant named for the building’s architect, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner headed by award-winning Chef Harvey Germain, featuring modern American cuisine made with the finest natural, fresh, local ingredients prepared in exciting ways.       

The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown will also host live entertainment and events regularly as part of Renaissance Hotels’ events program, which was designed to provide hotel guests and local patrons with an up close and personal look into local culinary arts, music, design and more.

The hotel is within walking distance of downtown Cincinnati’s major Fortune 500 firms such as Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, Great American Insurance and Kroger, as well as international data company dunnhumby. It also is conveniently located a block from the heart of the city, Fountain Square, and is near Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park. It is 15 minutes away from the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, ten minutes from the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University and 15 minutes from Northern Kentucky University.

Renaissance Hotels is designed around making business travel fun again and helping its guests to discover unexpected surprises with every stay, whether it’s listening to live music in the lobbies, taking in a pop-up art exhibit or simply enjoying handcrafted cocktails and locally inspired foods.  It is a sophisticated hotel brand whose mission is to encourage today’s modern business traveler to Live Life to Discover®, and make every business trip an opportunity to experience a new story that can be shared. Check out the full line up of Renaissance Hotels events planned throughout the year at all hotels including local art, culinary, film and more by visiting renhotels.com/events or www.facebook.com/renhotels.

About The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown:

  • 323 Guest rooms, 40 Suites  
  • 14,380 square feet of meeting and event space (the ballroom, designed by famed architect David Burnham in 1901, displays a dome shaped tile ceiling)
  • d. Burnham’s restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Drinks and a light fare menu available in the R Lounge.
  • Within three blocks of more than 65 restaurants and entertainment venues

About Renaissance Hotels:  Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to Discover(SM) at 157 hotels in 35 countries around the world. Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination. At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities. Renaissance entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, LIVE at Renaissance networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working; you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit www.RenaissanceCincinnati.com.

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenHotels. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels. Explore with us on www.Instagram.com/RenHotels

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 catherine.leitner@marriott.com

08/04/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editor’s note:
Arne Sorenson will be available for media interviews during the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
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NOTE: The statements about Marriott’s plans for growth in Africa are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels (expected opening in 2014), Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

06/19/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Unveils Plans to Expand in CIS with the Announcement of a Hotel in Astana, Capital City of Kazakhstan

The Ritz-Carlton AstanaLondon – June 18, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Verny Capital, a leading Kazakhstan private investment group, have signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Astana. The luxury hotel is due to open in 2017 as the portfolio’s second hotel in Kazakhstan, with The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty previously opening its doors in 2013. 

Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton, said “We are delighted to work once again with our partners Verny Capital and to bring The Ritz-Carlton renowned levels of hospitality to the capital city of Kazakhstan. We look forward to creating a prestigious luxury hotel for international travellers to this dynamic city.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Astana will be the first international luxury property among hotels in the Kazakh capital, bringing its unique benchmark service culture, with luxurious accommodations and experiences to the city.  Located in the mixed use Talan Towers project, the hotel will occupy 20 floors of the 27 storey development designed by SOM architects from New York.  With 157 lavish guest rooms and suites, the hotel will also offer Ritz-Carlton Club Level accommodation with exclusive access to a Club Lounge. Restaurants and bars at the property will include a Sky Bar with panoramic city views as well as a restaurant, Cigar Bar and private fine dining areas. Business and meeting facilities at the hotel comprise of a 990 square metre Ballroom, designed for social events as well as conferences, smaller breakout rooms and board rooms.  A Spa and Fitness Centre are planned including an indoor swimming pool.

Erlan Ospanov, General Director of Verny Capital commented “The signing of this agreement is an important step for us. We have a longtime partnership with The Ritz-Carlton and this will be our third property adding to The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna and The Ritz Carlton, Moscow - the stars of our real estate portfolio. Our Group has approximately US$4 billion of capital under management. Talan Towers is also set to become a new treasure in our real estate collection.”

The Talan Towers project, strategically located in the heart of the Left Bank also encompasses retail space, offices and luxury apartments.

Astana, located at the heart of Kazakhstan, became the Republic’s capital in 1997, after the capital city was moved from Almaty, the site of the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Kazakhstan.  Astana is a developing city with many spectacular urban design projects underway within an ambitious master plan. Included are public buildings, educational establishments, sports and tourism projects as well as a state-of-the-art transportation system. The city will host Expo 2017 and construction has begun for the exhibition site for this international event which will attract participants from over 100 countries.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 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 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 rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

06/16/2014

Marriott International Adds Second Hotel in Siberia

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel exterior

Expands to 15 Properties in Russia.

London, UK – June 16, 2014 – Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announces today the opening of the 175-room Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel in Western Siberia, the company’s second hotel in Siberia and its fifteenth in Russia.  The hotel is positioned in a prime location on Lenin Square opposite the iconic Opera House and offers Novosibirsk’s largest conference facilities on hotel grounds. Download images.

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel guest roomThe 175 spacious and thoughtfully designed guestrooms feature large flat screen televisions and high speed internet.  Executive guestrooms have complimentary access to the 24/7 executive lounge which serves breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day, and cocktails and canapés in the evening.  The extensive leisure facilities include a large indoor pool, fitness centre and Turkish Hammam.     

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel poolGuests can choose between a variety of bars and restaurants within the hotel including Ouverture, an elegant café and bar serving Russian classics alongside Mediterranean, Lebanese and Asian dishes, and the Lobby Bar overlooking the Opera and Ballet Theatre serving light meals and drinks.  A rooftop bar with outstanding views over the city is the perfect place for evening cocktails.

Meetings and events may be held in any of the six elegantly designed meeting rooms, which offer 480 square metres of space.  Accommodating over 450 people, the light and airy meeting spaces feature modern integrated technology to promote productivity.   

Novosibirsk is a dynamic hub of commerce, industry and thriving culture, home to more than 30 scientific research institutions and internationally acclaimed cultural establishments such as Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall and M.I. Glinka State Conservatory.  The Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk to the metro, shops and major attractions and a convenient overnight stop for travellers on the Trans-Siberian Railway. 

Rates at the Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel start from €120.

About Marriott Hotels
With over 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com to join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott). 

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 helen.taylor@marriott.com

06/11/2014

A Nod to the Past, a Vision for the Future - Marriott Celebrates the Grand Opening of Its 4,000th Hotel - The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

Ribbon CuttingWashington, DC., - June 11, 2014 – Marking a milestone in the city where it all began, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) officially celebrated the highly anticipated grand opening of the company’s 4,000th hotel – the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.

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The day kicked off with the official dedication led by J.W. Marriott, Jr., executive chairman, along with city officials and other dignitaries who helped welcome the 1,175-room hotel to the company and city. The hotel is located not far from where founders J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott opened a nine seat A&W Root Beer stand 87 years ago. In a salute to the company’s origins, the ceremony featured a root beer toast and a performance by the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir.  Members of the Marriott family also surprised Mr. Marriott by unveiling a plaque on the mezzanine level that reads, “Honoring J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. for His Exemplary Leadership and Commitment to ‘Put People First’- Dedicated at the Grand Opening of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, June 10, 2014”.
 
“It is fitting that our 4,000th hotel is located here in our nation’s capital, because it is the birthplace of our company and represents the future of the Marriott Hotels brand,” said, J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. “The Marquis will also be an economic boost to the city, creating job and career opportunities for hundreds of District residents and attracting major meetings from around the world.”

Muralist Aniekan UdofiaUpon arriving for the evening reception, guests were given high-tech RFID bracelets, which allowed everyone to interact with elements of the party. Guests sipped different variations of the “DC Mule”, a new take on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail, and voted for their favorite. The winner – The Virgin-gin – will now be served at the hotel bar. Throughout the evening, guests also offered their own inspiration and co-created live with local DC muralist Aniekan Udofia, what it means to “Traveling Brilliantly in Washington, DC”.

DJ StylusThe evening featured a sampling of passed hors d'oeuvres emblematic of DC neighborhoods, including Shaw, Chinatown, Waterfront, Eastern Market, Adam’s Morgan. Guests were treated to a specialty bourbon bar featuring an array of cocktails curated by Jim Beam and inspired by the global locations of the nearly 500 properties in the Marriott Hotels’ brand. DC native DJ Stylus drove the pulse of party, spinning tunes throughout the evening with many a reflection of the city’s vibrant music culture. The event was punctuated with an exclusive and mesmerizing aerial ballet performance by Les Oiseaux Du Paradis.

The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is the fifth Marquis property within Marriott Hotels’ portfolio and incorporates the brand’s newest innovations across technology, design, fitness, culinary and meetings to enable the next generation traveler to Travel Brilliantly.

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opened May 1, 2014 with 1,175 rooms, which includes 49 suites, and over 105,000 square feet of function space, including a 30,600 square-foot Marquis Ballroom and two 10,800 square-foot ballrooms. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is conveniently located next door to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center–and connected via an underground concourse. An epicenter of downtown DC, the hotel has transformed its neighborhood and introduced a new, exciting venue for local social gatherings, business travelers and meetings and conventions. The property features a grand atrium lobby with a 56-foot sculpture, a state-of-the-art bi-level fitness center, and five ground-floor dining outlets. The hotel’s design is innovative, incorporating the site’s original historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters and designed to earn LEED® Silver accreditations (one of the largest hotels in the country to earn this eco-friendly distinction). For more information on Marriott Marquis Washington, DC please visit www.dcmarquis.com and follow the hotel on Facebook (Facebook.com/MarriottMarquisWashington) and Twitter (@MHMarquisWDC).

About Marriott Hotels
With over 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com to join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

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

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Marriott International    
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06/04/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Announces First Resort on Legendary Island of Langkawi, Malaysia

The-Ritz-Carlton-Langkawi-2.pngHong Kong, China, June 4, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. will double its presence in Malaysia with a new agreement with AJ Resorts SDN BHD to open an oceanfront  Ritz-Carlton resort on the tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia in 2015.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, fringed by lush tropical rainforests, enjoys its own private cove and beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea on the island’s south west corner. Known as the Legendary Island and Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi has long been famed for its dive sites, beaches and relaxed local culture, offering a rich trove of memories for travelers.

Dato Wira Onn Bin, Executive Chairman of AJ Resorts SDN BHD said: “Partnering with The Ritz-Carlton will further elevate Langkawi as a world class destination for the international luxury traveler.”

“Langkawi is one of the great escapes of Asia with its exceptional experiences on land and sea for the well-travelled guest looking for something authentic and unspoilt,” said Victor Clavell, Vice President, Asia Pacific. “The ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi will bring the best of the local lifestyle and culture blending it in with our renowned service to create exceptional and memorable experiences.”

The Ritz-Carlton LangkawiThe 132-room luxury resort, including 42 villas, sensitively blends in with its surroundings with design elements that reflect the traditional kampong village with interiors by Strickland and Burega Farnell.

The property offers a serene escape among the curated tropical gardens. The resort also offers a family-friendly escape with three swimming pools, including one specially created for children, and a specially-designed Ritz-Kids Club. The resort also serves as a base from which to explore curated authentic local experiences such as Pulau Payar marine national park.

Restaurants reflect the diversity of Asia including Malay, Chinese, Thai and Indian, mirroring the depth of Malaysian culture that can be found in Langkawi. Completing the dining experience are a French fine dining venue and an international beach grill.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa will offer signature treatments and rejuvenating experiences, including a hammam that will mark Langkawi as a new spa destination.  The spa resort experience will be fully worthy of jet setting spa devotees seeking cultural life experiences that transcend wellness.

The resort also offers three dedicated event venues for small to medium sized events, including destination weddings and banquets seeking a venue in an idyllic natural paradise.

Discover more upcoming destinations by visiting www.ritzcarlton.com/locations.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 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, 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 allison.sitch@marriott.com

Renaissance Hotels Set to Expand Global Footprint

New Locations in Santiago and Paris Debut as Brand Remains on Track to Open Nine Hotels in 2014

Bethesda., Md., June 2, 2014 – Making its debut in world class  destinations including Santiago, Chile, and the south of France, Renaissance Hotels (www.renhotels.com) announced today that it is on track to open nine hotels in 2014. With six hotels launched and three additional locations on schedule to open, the portfolio will include 162 hotels in 37 countries by year end. The range of new experiences varies from a stylish urban retreat to a boutique escape in the south of France, demonstrating the breadth of the brand’s offerings. Download Images.

A sophisticated hotel brand designed to encourage today’s modern business traveler to Live Life to DiscoverSM, the new locations will offer a memorable guest experience woven through design, service and exclusive amenities. Each new hotel will also offer Renaissance Hotels’ signature programming, including Navigator and LIVE at Renaissance, especially developed to help make every business trip an opportunity to discover. In keeping with the Renaissance Hotel design inspiration, the style, interior design and décor of every hotel will be inspired by the unique locale.  

“This is an  a exciting time for Renaissance Hotels as we open spectacular new locations in some world’s most desirable business and cultural centers including Santiago and Paris,” said Toni Stoeckl, vice president and global brand manager for Renaissance Hotels. “With over half of our existing portfolio open outside of the United States, Renaissance Hotels is a truly global brand which strives to inspire both business and leisure guests to unearth moments of discovery,” he continued. “We are thrilled to be on scheduled to introduce nine new hotels in 2014, all developed in the spirit and commitment of our brand promise to Live Life to Discover.”

In the first half of this year, Renaissance Hotels has introduced the following new hotels to its portfolio, including:

Renaissance-Aix-en-ProvenceRenaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel (France): Opened in January in the heart of Provence, this new 133-room boutique five-star hotel features contemporary design with a stunning Provençal garden and more than 400 paintings and sculptures generated exclusively for the hotel.  Chef Jean-Marc Banzo offers an intimate culinary experiencer at the hotel’s signature Mediterranean restaurant, Le Clos, as well as more traditional fare at Le Comptior du Clos where guests may enjoy the sun drenched terrace offering stunning views of Provence.

Renaissance St Cloud LobbyRenaissance Paris Hippodrome de St. Cloud Hotel (France): Opening this month and located a stone's throw from Porte Maillot Parisian Congress Center and next to the exclusive Paris Country Club, this sophisticated new hotel features Anglo-Norman architecture complemented by modern and sophisticated décor and inspired by the Feng-Shui philosophy, designed by world famous architect Jean-Philippe Nuel. The newest addition to the Renaissance Hotels portfolio in Paris also features an elegant outdoor terrace and garden space for cocktails, celebrations and informal gatherings.  

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center (U.S.)Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center (U.S.):  Opened in May, the 230-room hotel provides a uniquely modern experience in one of the city’s most historic buildings.  Taking over the Colorado National Bank building, one of Denver’s most iconic structures and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, celebrated Allen Tupper True murals add to the hotel’s stunning décor along with specially-curated and locally inspired original artwork. Range, an original concept restaurant and bar, will feature locally-purveyed cuisine inspired by the Rocky Mountain West. This urban landmark hotel will celebrate its official grand opening on June 26th as part of Renaissance Hotels Day of Discovery with a special appearance by DJ Cassidy.

Renaissance Santiago HotelRenaissance Santiago Hotel (Chile):  Welcoming guests since early April, the new Renaissance Hotel Santiago marks the brand’s third hotel to open in South America. The new property establishes a bold presence in the upscale neighborhood of Vitacura, surrounded by stylish boutiques and some of Santiago's finest restaurants. The interior design is centered by an open plan building filled with a series of spaces where the guests are inspired to discover around every corner. Renowned chef Mariano Cid de la Paz serves as executive chef of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Catae. In addition the hotel features several additional dining and entertainment venues include D-bar & Lounge, offering specialty cocktails, local beers and a large selection of Chilean wines and Kaitek Cafe Bar which includes a menu of 29 coffees and an exclusive tea list. This hotel will also celebrate its official opening with an exclusive event in honor of Renaissance Hotels Day of Discovery on June 26th.

Renaissance EdmontonRenaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel (Canada):  Enter this stylish hotel and find yourself immersed in a vibrant and open lobby space especially designed to host local entertainers and talent from around the globe as part of the hotel’s signature events program. Opened in mid-May and introducing a new generation of airport hotel, the arctic themed property features 213 soundproof and spacious guest rooms, including twelve executive suites and a presidential suite overlooking one of the Edmonton International Airport runways.   

Renaissance Hotels also celebrated the opening of the Renaissance Chengdu Hotel in China this past spring.  Additional locations are expected to open by year-end in Minsk, Belarus; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Beijing, China.

Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International’s global portfolio of 18 brands. With its proud motto of “Live Life to Discover,” Renaissance Hotels offers today’s lifestyle business traveler a unique guest experience woven through design, service and unique programming. Check out the full line up of Renaissance Hotels events planned throughout the year at all hotels including local art, culinary, film and more by visiting renhotels.com/events or www.facebook.com/renhotels.

NOTE: This press release contains “forward looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements about the number, locations and opening dates for new hotels, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations are not historical facts.  We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Renaissance Hotels
Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to Discover(SM) at more than 157 hotels in 35 countries around the world. Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination. At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities. Signature LIVE at Renaissance entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, LIVE at Renaissance networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working; you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenHotels. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels. Explore with us on Instagram @RenHotels

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NADAQ: 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 catherine.leitner@marriott.com; or kmckenna@talktocurrent.com

05/20/2014

Renaissance Hotels Welcomes its Newest Gem - The Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel

The-Renaissance-Edmonton-HotelEdmonton, Alberta – May 20, 2014  – Renaissance Hotels, a hotel brand recognized for inspiring travelers to Live Life to DiscoverSM, announced today the opening of its first hotel in Alberta, the state of the art Renaissance Hotel Edmonton International Airport. Representing the next generation airport hotel and the first hotel of its kind to open in Edmonton, the modern and stylish new hotel was developed by Platinum Investments Ltd.
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Featuring a sophisticated open concept lobby, the arctic themed hotel features chic design in its 213 soundproof spacious guest rooms, including twelve executive suites and a presidential suite overlooking one of the airport’s runways. Each guest room features luxurious pillow-top mattresses, spacious work and seating areas, 42” LED HD televisions and personal Keurig* brewing systems.  

The new hotel also offers more than 20,000 square feet of versatile meeting and event space featuring Renaissance Hotels signature R.E.N. meetings program, designed to bring live entertainment and the best of the local destination to your business or social gathering. The hotel will also feature Renaissance Hotels exclusive NAVIGATOR concierge program and its recognized entertainment program, known for bringing the very best of music, arts, culinary and more into each of the brand’s 155 hotels around the world.

Expecting to reach nearly 170 hotels in 40 countries by the end of 2014, Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International’s global portfolio of 18 brands. With its proud motto of “Live Life to Discover,” Renaissance Hotels offers today’s lifestyle business traveler a unique guest experience woven through design, service and unique programming inspired by each destination’s locale.

ABOUT RENAISSANCE HOTELS
Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to DiscoverSM  at more than 155 hotels in 35 countries around the world.  Set to open at least one hotel per month this year, the brand will near 170 hotels in 40 countries by the end of 2014.  Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination.  At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities.  Signature RLife LIVE entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, RLife LIVE networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions.   At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working; you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com.

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com    

05/15/2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Officially Unveils Desert Chic in Southern California

The-Ritz-Carlton,-Ranch-Mirage-fire-pitNew Style and Sophistication Welcome Guests To Greater Palm Springs

Chevy Chase, Md., May 15, 2014 – From the largest concentration of Mid-Century Modern architecture to one of the most highly-anticipated resort openings in California, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. unveils a new level of chic today in the destination of Palm Springs, with The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. Download image.

 “We are redefining the standard for luxury hospitality in this storied resort destination that is now home to dynamic events drawing a global audience, with a truly unique property in the heart of the Valley,” offers Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “Our fourth hotel in Southern California will enliven the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton service philosophy and deliver a highly-sensory respite in Rancho Mirage that is culturally and generationally relevant, offering rich experiences for leisure and business traveler – from near or abroad.”

The-Ritz-Carlton-Rancho-MirageA mere two hours from the world-renowned destinations of Los Angeles and San Diego, the desert resort is perched on a 650-foot bluff offering sweeping vistas and is enveloped by the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountain ranges overlooking the Coachella Valley.  The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage has been designed in homage to Southern California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle and it presents a spectacular sense of place and authenticity found among few luxury resorts. Unparalleled panoramic views from a serene hilltop location, a pristine indigenous landscape, integrated water features, and brilliant fire and light attractions complement the resort’s 244 spacious guest rooms. Nearly all feature large patios and terraces, some with their own fire pits and views of the dramatic mountain ranges. Download image.

The 25,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage lies at the heart of the resort’s free-standing, two-story spa lifestyle complex. The contemporary indoor/outdoor retreat features 15 opulent treatment rooms, many with private terraces, a complete Fitness Center, movement studios, private whirlpools, rain and Vichy showers, eucalyptus-infused steam and sauna facilities, an outdoor meditation mesa, and an outdoor co-ed whirlpool with waterfall and mountain views. An extensive selection of indoor and outdoor indulgences is available, highlighted by the use of innovative and exclusive skin care technologies, facials, massage, body treatments and the signature Hammock Massage and black diamond dust Rat Pack Facial for gentlemen, both debuting this summer.

State Fare Bar & Kitchen presents the best of California in a relaxed, multi-setting dining environment which showcases a chefs’ display kitchen, interactive market table, outdoor terraces located just off the restaurant with striking valley views, a cozy fireplace “snug,” tableside cocktail trolley service in the bar, walk-in red and white wine rooms and artisanal California menus and ingredients.

Additional resort amenities include three swimming pools, a comprehensive Ritz Kids program and multi-room Ritz Kids center with its own children’s movie theatre, 16,000 square-feet of contemporary indoor meeting space, and 15,000 square-feet of outdoor event space incorporating two lush, cliff-side lawns.

For golf enthusiasts, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage has secured guest access to premier courses and clubs in the Valley, while nearby tennis, hiking on 20 miles of mountain trails, and luxury shopping and cultural experiences also may be enjoyed within minutes of the luxurious new retreat.  

Guests are invited to experience The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage with a selection of opening celebration package rates starting at $379 USD per night.  Reservations may be made online at www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage, by calling 1 (800) 241-3333 or the resort directly at (760) 321-8282 , or by contacting a travel professional.  

Be part of the new journey and connect with the resort on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RitzCarltonRanchoMirage.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 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 which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website 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 parool.shah@ritzcarlton.com.

 

 

 

04/29/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo Opens in Korea's New Technology Hub

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul PangyoThe brand new 282-room Courtyard hotel is a new introduction in Korea’s Gyeonggi province located in the heart of Pangyo Techno Valley, an emerging IT hub in suburban Seoul.

Seongnam, Korea, April 29, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. today announces the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo. Located in the heart of the Pangyo Techno Valley, a rising information technology cluster in Seongnam city, the 282-room hotel is just a three minute walk away from the Pangyo subway station which gives direct access to Seoul Gangnam in just 16 minutes with easy access to all southern Gyeonggi areas. Download image.

Commenting on the occasion, Don Cleary, Marriott International’s chief operations officer for Asia Pacific, said: “we are delighted to be opening this Courtyard hotel as the first Marriott branded property in Korea’s Gyeonggi province and are proud to be the first hotel to be built in this emerging IT business hub. In Mirae Asset we have found an excellent partner and we look forward to a long association with them to ensure the ongoing success of this exciting hotel.”

Paul Cannings, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo’s general manger also commented, “It is very exciting to introduce Marriott International’s vision for smart business travel which combine innovative technology with contemporary design and comfort through this new Courtyard property in this developing city and with our optimum location, we hope to build a strong presence in the area targeting business travellers and local residents.”

For the discerning frequent business travellers, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo implements a 100% smoke-free policy throughout the hotel and offers three thoughtfully designed room types ranging in size from 26 to 42 square meters, all equipped with a 40” flat screen smart TV, comfortable work desk and ergonomic chair and high-speed Internet access to help guests stay more productive. Also, an Executive Lounge is located on the top 19th floor for executive floor guests offering complimentary daily breakfast, evening happy hour service with canapés, complimentary coffee and tea and free meeting room usage benefits.

The complex is a 19-story building, with the hotel occupying the 8th floor and above with offices, retail shops, restaurants and coffee houses situated in floors below. The hotel is efficiently designed to satisfy the convenience of guests through its “one stop” layout with the lobby, restaurant and bar and meeting rooms located on the 8th floor. Guests and locals can experience the healthy, international flavors that all-day-dining restaurant MoMo Café showcases in the vibrant open kitchen and live cooking stations. The adjoining MoMo Bar serves a selection of snacks, beverages and spirits with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Pangyo Techno Valley. Moreover, seven multi-functional meeting rooms are ideal for a business meeting or social purposes with a dedicated Event Manager to coordinate the event from start to finish.

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo is the 7th Marriott International property and 2nd Courtyard branded hotel to open in Korea. Being the first business hotel in the Pangyo Techno Valley, Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo will support the area’s development as an IT hot spot as well as strongly settling the property’s presence in the southern Gyeonggi region for both business travellers and locals.

Marking the hotel’s grand opening, the “Stay 3 Nights and Save 33%” offer is valid now through May 31, 2014. Bookings can be made through Marriott.com.

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 Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Pangyo directly at +82 31-8060-2222, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyard.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/ courtyardhotels.

Connect with jane.cai@mariott.com