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04/09/2014

Marriott International Expands its Courtyard Footprint In Eastern China with the Opening of Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang

Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang

Hangzhou, China, April 6, 2014 – Marriott International continues dynamic growth in China with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang. Located in Hangzhou Qianjiang CBD area within walking distance to Qian Tang River, the 364-room hotel is the exciting new addition to the Courtyard brand in Asia – making it the 11th Courtyard hotel in China.

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“Marriott International’s portfolio in China continues to expand and we’re thrilled to open our second Courtyard branded hotel in the heart of Hangzhou. The upper moderate Courtyard by Marriott brand is known for offering business and leisure guests a refreshing stay with friendly service and attention to detail.” said Henry Lee, chief operations officer of Greater China for Marriott International. “I would like to express our gratitude to our owning partner Zhejiang Xinya Construction Investment Development Co., Ltd. for its trust and enormous support of Marriott International and Courtyard by Marriott brand.”

“Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and a key national tourism city. It is renowned as Paradise on Earth,Tea Capital, Town of Fish and Rice”. Said James Lu, hotel general manager. “The new Courtyard offers the right product design, amenities and services based on what guests value most, will meet with domestic and international guests needs”.

The rooms are thoughtfully designed, featuring a functional work area and high-speed internet access, helping guests stay both connected and comfortable. The Vice Presidential Suite on the 26th floor exudes elegance with a stylish living area and master bedroom.

The hotel’s spacious lobby is designed to welcome guests and to get out of their rooms for work, relaxation and socializing whether travelling alone or with colleagues. With an open and refreshing business environment, the lobby combines innovative technology and contemporary design, featuring a casual seating zone with several electrical outlets and Wi-Fi access. Understanding our guests’ needs, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout all public areas of the hotel.

Hangzhou café, located on the 2nd floor, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, offering a combination of Western dishes as well as Chinese favorites. With contemporary design and décor, all day dining Hangzhou Café has open and spacious seating, ideal for business or casual gatherings. The hotel’s signature Laurel Chinese Restaurants features sumptuous Cantonese and Taizhou cuisine, offering the freshest ingredients and seasonable select dishes and seafood.

Accommodating up to 370 people, the 394sqm pillar-less ballroom is fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and wireless internet, making it the ideal venue for business meetings, weddings and special events.  Courtyard’s professional event planners meticulously arrange every detail to ensure a flawless and successful event.  Other hotel facilities include the open-space Lobby Lounge, Executive Lounge, Business Centre, Gym and SPA.

Whether travelling for business or leisure, Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang offers guests a multitude of choices that allow them flexibility to make the most of their stay. The hotel is the 67th Marriott International property to open in China, and the latest addition to the Courtyard portfolio of more than 950 hotels in 38 countries and territories.

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 900 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 Hangzhou Qianjiang directly at (86) 571 8837 8888, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.cyqianjiang.com

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 newsvisit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contact:
Raymond Li
Director of Marketing
Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang
(86) 571 8837 8888
Raymond. li@courtyard.com 

04/03/2014

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station Opens in Prime Location

Courtyard Tokyo Exterior RenderingThe new 150-room hotel enables fast easy access to all points in the capital and beyond. Virtual room keys, flexible public spaces, and women-only guest rooms offer the style, substance, technology, and quiet energy today’s travellers need to thrive on the road.

Tokoyo, Japan, April 3, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. today announces the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station. Located in the Kyobashi commercial district, the 150-room hotel is just four minutes on foot from the bullet-train-serviced Yaesu side of Tokyo Station. It occupies the first four floors of the newly built Kyobashi Trust Tower, a 21-storey building conveniently situated on the Chuo-dori thoroughfare between Ginza and Nihonbashi, both renowned for their flagship boutiques and centuries-old shops. The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is one minute from the front door.

Commenting on the occasion, Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director for Asia Pacific, said: “we are delighted to be opening, in this prime location, the second Courtyard branded hotel in Japan. Uniting innovative technology with contemporary design and comfort, it is a showcase example of Marriott International’s vision for smart business travel. That model comes to life in destinations around the world thanks to the expertise, knowledge and skills of local partners who share our values. In Mori Trust 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.”

Miwako Date, president of Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts Co., Ltd., said: “following on the December 2013 opening of Tokyo Marriott Hotel in Shinagawa, the close alliance of Marriott and Mori Trust has now produced this cutting-edge business hotel. Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station provides domestic and international visitors alike an ideal location, the highest standards of safety, intuitive room designs and of course attentive service that leaves guests feeling refreshed and knowing that they have experienced something special.”

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station Lavarock Dining & BarFor business travellers who seek a distinctive experience, Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station offers four thoughtfully designed room types ranging in size from 16 to 33 square metres, inviting public spaces in which to unwind and a mix of services that help guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Self-service kiosks expedite check-in and check-out, and for the first time ever in Japan, keyless entry allows guests to use their smartphone to access their room. Women-only rooms provide enhanced privacy and amenities for female guests, while 24-hour gym access and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the premises enable all guests to make the most of their time in this dynamic capital, whether working or relaxing.

Guests and locals can take full advantage of the mild spring weather at GG Co., a first-floor café and bakery with terrace seating. The adjacent Lavarock restaurant, named for its lava-rock grill, serves contemporary bistro fare and grilled specialties from breakfast through bar time and offers semi-private seating. For registered guests, a library bar on the fourth floor provides casual space for impromptu meetings, while private gatherings and conferences of up to 130 people may be accommodated in four separate and fully equipped meeting venues on site.

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station is the 15th Marriott International property to open in Japan, and the latest addition to the Courtyard portfolio of more than 950 hotels in 38 countries and territories. With its proximity to Tokyo Station, the largest train terminal in the country, the hotel is expressly poised to meet a growing demand for quality hospitality experiences in the capital. In 2013, Japan welcomed its ten-millionth international visitor since launching the Visit Japan campaign ten years earlier, and UNESCO both inscribed Mount Fuji onto its World Heritage list and recognised Japanese cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. In December of this year, the recently refurbished Tokyo Station will mark its centennial anniversary; many commemorative events are planned. Moreover, with the 2020 Summer Olympics now set for Tokyo, a steady increase in the number of inbound travellers is expected.

Marking the hotel’s grand opening, the “My New Stay” plan valid now through July 2, 2014 offers a one-night stay for two for ¥26,500. This includes a welcome drink, buffet-style breakfast and a commemorative gift. The rate is inclusive of service charges and applicable taxes, with the exception of a per-person, per-night municipal accommodation tax of ¥200.

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 Marriott Courtyard at Tokyo Station directly at +81 3-3516-9600, 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.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with Jane.cai@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

 

03/18/2014

Marriott Hotels Brings Next Gen To Istanbul

Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli exteriorIstanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli opens showcasing Marriott Hotels’ newest innovations.  

Istanbul, Turkey – March 18, 2014 – Marriott International continues its rapid growth in Eastern Europe with the opening of the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, taking the company’s total number of properties to seven in Istanbul and eleven in Turkey overall.  From its rooftop heliport and stunning views to impeccably furnished guestrooms and sophisticated event space, this five-star hotel is a first-class addition to Istanbul’s skyline.

The hotel is situated within an impressive 34-story building on the European side of Istanbul and between the business districts of Levent and Taksim.  With its cosmopolitan location in Sisli and proximity to popular cultural and historical sites, it is an ideal destination for both business and leisure travellers.  Upscale restaurants, shopping malls and high-end boutiques are all within walking distance, while downtown destinations such as Taksim Square and Grand Bazaar are just minutes away.

Istanbul Great RoomThe hotel’s 259 spacious guestrooms are fresh and contemporary with luxurious furnishings, modern amenities and breath-taking views across the city to the Bosphorus and Golden Horn.  An outstanding health club and spa offers a large high-tech gym, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms.

Guests and locals can enjoy three distinct food and beverage experiences within the hotel.  The Dish Room Restaurant is a light and airy space specialising in Mediterranean cuisine and offering an outdoor terrace and lounge bar.  The Terrace Bar is a welcoming outside space that comes alive at night with live DJ music.  The Great Room Lounge and My Bar offer an array of light and more substantial menu items made to order in the open oven.

“We are delighted to open this magnificent hotel in Istanbul and build on our strong portfolio in Turkey,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director for Marriott International in Europe.  “Over the past few years we have seen robust growth in Turkey where 6 of our 11 hotel brands in Europe are represented, demonstrating the growing strength of our portfolio of brands.”

“Last year, we began a journey to transform our signature Marriott Hotels brand and introduce innovations across every part of the guest experience in response to the changing needs of the new generation of traveller.  Everything from technology and design to meetings is being revitalised and we are very proud that the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli showcases many of these innovations and represents a new standard for the brand.”

The refreshed guest experience begins on arrival with the option of quick and convenient check-in via smartphone.  Almost 350 Marriott hotels globally, including the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, offer both digital check-in and check-out, giving guests greater flexibility. 

In addition, technology has been injected into the meetings experience with Red Coat Direct, a digital concierge that allows meeting organisers to edit meeting requests with a touch of a button without ever leaving the meeting room, and Meetings Imagined, a new digital platform with inspiring ideas, top tips and case studies enabling meeting planners to customise their events.  These new digital services will complement the hotel’s 1,300 square metres of state of the art meeting space and help set the standard for meetings and events in Istanbul.  

Rates at the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli start from €169 Euros.

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.

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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

03/13/2014

It’s No Illusion: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Arrives in Southern California This May

Ritz-Carlton Rancho MirageChevy Chase, Md., March 12, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. will beckon guests to re-discover one of Southern California’s most scenic havens in Rancho Mirage, opening on May 15, 2014.  Less than two hours from the world-renowned destinations of Los Angeles and San Diego – with direct flights from the East Coast – the luxury desert resort is beautifully enveloped by the Santa Rosa Mountain range, on a 650-foot bluff overlooking Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

The prominently-situated Palm Springs hotel will feature 244 resort rooms and suites, residences, a two-story luxury spa, more than 30,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and destination dining with sweeping valley views.

“A seamless luxury experience in this iconic area of California has not only been greatly anticipated by The Ritz-Carlton – but even more so by brand loyalists around the world,” shared Chris Gabaldon, area vice president for the Western region. “This storied property will deliver a highly sensory respite that is culturally and generationally relevant, offering rich experiences for the leisure and business traveler, alike.”

The stunning architectural approach translates to an aesthetic that springs from the region, celebrates the spectacular site and honors the area’s cultural history.  Designed to complement its desert setting by featuring natural elements of stone, wood and fire to reflect the local landscape, colors and culture -- the result is contemporary, contextual luxury.  

Throughout the resort, there is an embrace of indoor/outdoor living, an emphasis on muted natural hues and tactile materials, and a stylized interpretation of the desert environment will create a more harmonious transition between the luxury hotel and its surroundings.  Dining venues will include a visually dynamic exhibition kitchen at State Fare Bar + Kitchen and a restaurant specializing in steak, seafood and fine wine, The Edge. Perched bluff-side with unparalleled views of the Palm Springs valley, The Edge will offer the perfect gathering place for year-round cocktails, celebrations and stargazing. 

“As a long-time resident of this city, I am among the many who are thrilled for the return of The Ritz-Carlton,” offered Doug Watson, general manager of the resort.  “Our Ladies and Gentlemen are truly honored to represent the community of Rancho Mirage and become the desired destination for establishing new traditions and memory making.”

Inviting resort amenities will offer cliff-side swimming and serenity pools and an alluring, artfully-designed destination spa unrivaled in the Palm Springs Valley.  Guests will also be availed access to the desert’s finest curated golf and tennis experiences with exclusive arrangements at premier courses and clubs, accentuated by close proximity to a wide array of cultural and recreational activities – including more than 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, polo grounds, world-class shopping and more.  

For reservations and additional inquiries regarding The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, please call 1-800-241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage. Resort reservation requests may be made beginning March 17, 2014.

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, 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).

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03/12/2014

Iconic Riyadh Marriott Hotel Transformed After Multi-Million Dollar Brand Refresh

Riyadh Marriott Hotel re-launch 2Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – March 12, 2014 – Marriott International celebrated the re-launch of its landmark property, the Riyadh Marriott Hotel . Opened in 1980, located in the heart of Riyadh, and operating under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand, the Riyadh Marriott Hotel was the company’s first property in the Middle East and Africa.

[Pictured: Mr. Abdullah Al-Issa, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Saudi Hotels and Resorts Company and Mr Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Middle East and Africa cutting the ribbon to re-launch the Riyadh Marriott Hotel after completion of a multi-million SAR refurbishment.]

Riyadh Marriott Hotel“I am delighted to celebrate this historic milestone with the re-launch of our beautiful Riyadh Marriott Hotel. This property is iconic for Marriott International and for the city of Riyadh. Mr. Marriott himself signed the deal and visited Riyadh back in 1979 when the hotel was under construction,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Middle East and Africa.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel Terrace Grill Restaurant 1“The Riyadh Marriott Hotel is a beacon. It showcases our authenticity as a company, our roots and the strength of our partnership with SHARACO, the owners of the property for more than 30 years. With the refurbishment, the hotel also symbolizes and showcases our vision, as we continue to innovate and lead the future of travel,” continued Mr. Kyriakidis.

With the completion of the extensive, 1.5-year brand refresh the Riyadh Marriott Hotel has been taken to a new level of style and sophistication.

“We are very pleased to see our shared vision with Marriott International come to life. Our refurbished five-star property is evidence of our commitment to continued innovation in guest services and experience,” said Dr. Badr Al-Badr, CEO, Saudi Hotels and Resorts Company (SHARACO).

Riyadh Marriott Hotel GreatroomThe newly refurbished Riyadh Marriott Hotel features one of Marriott Hotels’ signature new innovations – the ‘Greatroom Lobby’ – which is being rolled out across all hotels in the region.

“The Hotel has been transformed to reflect the brand’s goal of reimagining the future of travel for the next generation of travelers, who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology to stay connected,” said Muin Serhan, General Manager for the Riyadh Marriott Hotel. “The Greatroom Lobby at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel is stunning with an Arabian oasis atmosphere. Our guests can socialize, unwind, work or dine in this up-scale space where they can enjoy the ambience created by the spectacular light installations, Mashrabiya wooden screens, glass mosaics, water feature and plush seating. The area is work-ready too with hot desks, private meeting spaces and free guest Internet access 24 hours a day.”

Other new features and amenities at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel include:

  • 418 newly-remodeled rooms incorporating modern furnishings with a contemporary look, neutral colours and accents of the brand’s iconic red. Smart lighting and high-tech facilities including jack-pack technology are also provided.
  • The Atrium Café in the Greatroom Lobby for relaxed meals and drinks throughout the day.
  • A newly-designed contemporary executive lounge for dining, relaxing and working with a skyline view of the city of Riyadh. The lounge offers complimentary food and beverages throughout the day. Fully equipped business center facilities, a private meeting room and high-speed Internet are also free of charge for guests staying on the executive floors.
  • Introduction of a ladies-only gym, where our female guests can workout on the latest LifeFitness equipment.
  • Bodyline, Riyadh’s largest hotel gym with LifeFitness equipment overlooking the impressive heated, indoor swimming pool and luxurious jacuzzi. This builds on the existing spa treatment zone and, squash and rooftop tennis court facilities.
  • Stunning new Royal Suite and exclusive airline crew lounge.
  • Terrace Grill fine-dining steakhouse. A MENA Travel Award winner and the only restaurant in Riyadh specializing in “Angus Beef”.
  • MENA Travel Award winning Makarim Conventions Center with grand ballrooms to facilitate business conferences, weddings and other social events.

At present, there are 500 Marriott Hotels in nearly 60 countries around the world. Marriott Hotels currently operates 16 hotels in 7 countries in the Middle East and Africa with a total 5,397 rooms.  By 2017, there will be a further 13 properties across the region, raising the room count by nearly 3,000 rooms.

In Saudi Arabia, the Marriott Hotels brand is represented with locations in Riyadh, Jeddah and Madinah, with a new property in Makkah scheduled to open by Q4 of this year. This new five-star property is located near the Grand Mosque in the Jabal Omar development.

Marriott International operates under four lodging brands across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Marriott Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, Courtyard by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton, and currently has seven properties in Riyadh, Jeddah, Madina and Jazan with 1,651 rooms. There are a further seven properties scheduled to join Marriott International’s portfolio in the Kingdom by 2017, bringing in new brands and new cities, bringing the total room count to 4,125:

  • 83-unit Residence Inn by Marriott Jazan (2014)
  • 540-room Makkah Marriott Hotel (2014)
  • 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Olaya Street (2015)
  • 639-room JW Marriott Hotel Makkah (2016)
  • 370-room JW Marriott Hotel Jeddah (2016)
  • 432-room Courtyard by Marriott Makkah (2017)
  • 200-room Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh North (2017)

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 Great Room, 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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03/05/2014

Marriott Hotels Celebrates Grand Opening in the Salsa Capital of the World

Cali MarriottThe Cali Marriott Hotel opens its doors and invites guests to Travel Brilliantly, Caleño style

Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrates the grand opening of Cali Marriott Hotel, its first property in Cali, Colombia, and the company’s third in the country. Surrounded by the high-tech features and iconic glamour of the all-new Marriott, the 300 VIP guests, enjoyed the pulsating rhythms and vibrant vitality for which the destination of Cali – the Salsa Capital of the World – is known.

The 170-room hotel, developed under an agreement with Real Hotels and Resorts, S.A. and Grupo Poma, represents Marriott’s growing presence in Colombia. The night of celebration offered the perfect opportunity to showcase the iconic brand’s belief that travel should be brilliant to attract the next generation of travelers.

IMG_9178In attendance, and accompanied by Colombian model, actress and TV personality Andrea Serna, were investors, celebrities, social figures and Marriott executives, including Craig Smith, Marriott International’s President for the Caribbean and Latin America.

IMG_9166The Grand Opening kicked off with a red carpet leading to a cocktail reception. Chefs from the hotel’s restaurants The Market and Tanoshi, tantalized guests with an array of international dishes, from a fresh pasta station to a ceviche bar, finishing off with a sinfully delicious chocolate room inspired by “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

The event program also featured property tours to enable guests to get a full look at the new hotel including a modern room design equipped with black-out windows, luxury bedding, high-quality personal care amenities and high-speed internet.

Cali Marriott Hotel is the third hotel under the Marriott International portfolio in Colombia following the success of its predecessors, Marriott Hotel Bogota (2009) and JW Marriott Bogota (2010). The opening not only emphasized the company’s rapid expansion in the region, but also its commitment to booming markets in Latin America.

IMG_9144The hotel is situated in Granada, the heart of Cali, which bustles with restaurants, bars and business, and serves as the city’s financial district. The company wants to establish this new property as “the place to be,” for business and social gatherings in the capital of Valle del Cauca.

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 INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $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 MARRIOTT IN THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA (CALA)
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)’s presence in the region is represented by 78 hotels in 25 countries and territories, offering more than 19,000 rooms and spanning nine lodging brands. Marriott International (including The Ritz-Carlton) has 30 hotels under development in the region and expects to double its total number of hotels by 2017 across 10 lodging brands in 27 countries and territories.

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02/24/2014

Marriott International Expands its Iconic Marriott Hotels Brand in China With the Opening of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview

Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview LobbyShanghai, February 24, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) continues its rapid expansion in China with the opening today of the 317-room Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview, bringing the total number of  properties in China under the flagship  Marriott Hotels brand to 15.  Marriott International manages the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview under a long-term agreement with the owner, Shanghai Bao Hua Group.

The hotel is situated next to the Multimedia Valley in Zhabei District and offers unparalleled meetings and events facilities and is the only hotel in Shanghai’s city center with two full-sized pillar-less ballrooms, as well as a wide selection of large conference spaces.

Neighboring the Daning Lingshi Park, the largest green space in the downtown area, the hotel provides a tranquil environment surrounded by nature trails, offering the guests the ability to seamlessly switch between work and leisure.

“We are delighted to open this inspiring hotel in Shanghai which adds to our extensive portfolio in China,” said Mr. Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “The Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview marks Marriott International’s first partnership with Shanghai Bao Hua Group with whom we share a common vision and drive to make this a truly stunning new hotel for this very important city. With the addition of our 15th Marriott branded hotel in China, our total portfolio grows to 66 hotels in the country and our 21st in Shanghai, where we are the largest operator of full-service hotels in the city.”

“Marriott Hotels is the original and iconic brand within the Marriott International portfolio of hotel brands and we are currently on a journey to transform this brand and reassert its position as a pioneer in innovation. Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview will become a standard bearer for the newly revitalized Marriott Hotels brand, and is a great example of how we want the brand to be seen in the future,” said Mr. Cooper.

The Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview offers 317 rooms and suites that feature scenic views of the park, all with a modern and fresh design by internationally renowned interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates. The hotel also provides brand new room amenities by Thann, the natural Thai skincare line, for an enhanced beauty and body care experience.

The hotel is also the perfect choice for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibition). The impressive 2,800 square-meters of meeting space is conveniently located on one floor.

The larger of the hotel’s two pillarless ballrooms measures 1,400 square-meters and features two state-of-the-art 65sqm LED screens, while the other measures 1,000 square-meters and also provides one LED screen. Five flexible function rooms are perfect for small to medium sized sophisticated corporate events. The hotel’s dedicated wedding planning services coupled with its panoramic views across what is Shanghai’s biggest downtown parkland makes it the ideal location for a city wedding.

“Shanghai is one of the most important cities for meetings and events in the region, and the magnificent new Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview underlines Marriott’s commitment to lead the future of meetings in Asia,” said Ricky Lam, General Manager of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview. “This hotel offers the very latest in technology, facilities and creative event spaces and is really a great example of the next generation of Marriott Hotels in Asia, which perfectly embodies the brand’s philosophy of allowing guests to “travel brilliantly”.

The hotel is home to four signature food and beverage outlets that are set to redefine the dining landscape in the immediate area for local residents and travelers alike. These include Shanghai City Bistro, an all-day dining restaurant featuring live action cooking stations showcasing traditional favorites and cuisines from around the world. The prestigious Man Ho Chinese Restaurant specializes in authentic Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine. Eight private dining rooms provide an exclusive and comfortable backdrop for a more intimate gathering of friends and family or for entertaining large or small groups; Tatsumi is a stylishly-designed contemporary Japanese & Korean dining experience hidden away on the hotel’s second floor offering a tasteful blend of north Asian delicacies.

Guests can also relax in The Lounge which serves a selection of soft drinks and signature afternoon tea sets in The Lobby, an engaging setting where business and leisure intersect.

The hotel’s premium amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and indoor swimming pool, as well as access to a golf practice green and a tennis court.

High up on the 23rd floor alongside the executive rooms and suites, the Executive Lounge offers business services as well as complimentary food and drinks for Executive Floor guests.

Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview’s location means it is easily accessible not only to the business districts of Shanghai but also to a number of Shanghai’s most famous attractions. It is a five-minute walk to Metro Line 1, while only 15 minutes by car to the likes of People’s Square and the Bund. It is also 25 minutes to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and 45 minutes to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

For more information or reservations, please call Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview at 8621. 3669 8888 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/shamp-shanghai-marriott-hotel-parkview/

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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02/07/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Pays Homage to Japan's Cultural Heart with the Opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton KyotoJapan’s First Urban Resort Officially Opens. 

Kyoto – February 7, 2014:  Heralded as one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2014 in one of the world’s most culturally-rich cities, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Sekisui House, Ltd., one of Japan's leading property developers, officially opened The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto today; the city’s first truly international luxury hotel and Japan’s first urban resort.

Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens, the riverside resort brings the unsurpassed elegance and renowned service of The Ritz-Carlton to Kyoto, while honoring the cultural heritage of the city through design.

“We are honoured to open our fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan, in the beautiful city of Kyoto. Our customers are always looking to explore evocative, new and inspiring destinations and have long expressed a desire for us to offer in this incredible location” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “I believe this hotel offers a timeless window to Japan and complements perfectly 85 other Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a peaceful sanctuary. It sits on the gentle banks of the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto’s popular downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city’s retail and entertainment districts.

The hotel’s luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains. The architects and designers have retained the character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building. The interiors created by Peter Remedios and Spin Studios pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the incorporation of Zen rock gardens (karesansui) and water features, including a four-storey waterfall are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.

The Kamogawa Suite and its sister suites with their moon deck gardens (tsukimidai) and floor to ceiling windows offer luxurious accommodations with enviable panoramic views of the river and mountains, forming an unrivalled sanctuary of luxury refinement and service.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nestled at the foot of the waterfall, features seven intimate and inviting treatment rooms and offers signature services inspired by the rich culture of Japan and ESPA. These include a traditional Acupressure Massage using the dry Shiatsu techniques as well as the Ryokucha Serenity Ritual based on green tea leaves, Gyokuro, dried from the Sun for 20 days in Uji, southern Kyoto and famed for their restorative properties.

In a city famed for its culinary offerings, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto adds new and distinctive fine-dining experiences against an elegant backdrop.

The Japanese restaurant, Mizuki, modeled around a dynamic landscape composed of stone garden, water fall and historical features, serves modern Japanese cuisine including a famed Kaiseki options alongside sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. The restaurant includes an outdoor terrace complete with fire pits for gourmet diners to enjoy the dynamic scenery during Sakura and Autumn seasons.

La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, pays homage to the hotel site’s history. Its private room, called Ebisugawatei, is a preserved historically-listed building while the restaurant also features its own walk-in charcuterie and l’affineur cheese cellar. The unrivalled wine list offers 250 varieties from Super Tuscans to Italian regional classics.

Meanwhile, Pierre Hermé Paris, creator of Haute Pâtisserie, will bring his popular creations and introduce an exclusive range of signature desserts to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The unique collaboration will showcase his work throughout the property including restaurants, meetings, weddings and banquets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto also introduces extraordinary meetings, luxury weddings and special events spaces with four rooms, each named after a cherry blossom species – Takane Ballroom, Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan meeting rooms. The property will also feature a wedding showroom consulting for couples on their big day, showcasing the detailed finery and services that will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Exceptionally rich in beauty, history, spirituality and culture, Kyoto draws 50 million visitors annually to experience the former capital of Japan and its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city and its environs is also home to almost a quarter of Japan’s national treasures. While many of these visitors are Japanese, there is real growth in the numbers of international visitors coming to the city, and Kyoto is now very much must-see destination for sophisticated global travelers who are attracted to the city for its quintessential Japanese experience.

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, 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).

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