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06/13/2012

Courtyard By Marriott To Open First Hotel In Saudi Arabia

Courtyard Riyadh - ReceptionRiyadh Diplomatic Quarter offers guests choice to refresh and re-energize.

Courtyard by Marriott opened its first hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on June 10, 2012. The 286-room Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is strategically located in the heart of Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter at the Al-Hada District and will provide a new level of functionality and comfort to the Kingdom.

“We are delighted to see the Courtyard brand continuously expand in the Middle East and Africa Region” says Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. “Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter will be our fourth hotel in the region and will bring an unparalleled level of flexibility and service to business travelers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ours guests want more control and options during their stay and consciously choose amenities that create a healthy balance between work and relaxation.” 

All 286 guest rooms will offer a smart and intuitive design, featuring ample work space, multiple outlets for easy plug in capabilities and high-speed internet, ideal for business travelers to stay connected.  The amenities include LCD flat screens and deluxe bedding that are ideal for unwinding after a long day.

The Business Center, located at the Lobby Level, provides all “away from the office” needs to stay productive while on the road including faxing, photocopying, binding, laminations, print-outs, stationery and internet service.

Courtyard Riyadh - All Day DiningTo wind down, guests can enjoy snacks and drinks throughout the day in a casual environment at the Galaxy Restaurant. The temperature controlled indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and 24-hour accessible fitness center, fully equipped with modern cardio and strength equipment, are ideal to help guests refresh and re-energize.

Experience events at the Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter with customized menu options and state-to-the-art equipped meeting rooms that are ideal for social gatherings and business meetings alike. The hotel features two boardrooms and four meeting rooms with over 700 square meters of flexible meeting space for any occasion.

For reservations please contact the Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter
Telephone: 966 1281 7300 Fax: 966 1281 7900
Email: cy.ruhab.sales@marriott.com or visit courtyardriyadhdiplomaticquarter.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 900 locations in 37 countries, Courtyard by 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 go to www.courtyard.com or visit us at www.facebook.com/courtyard

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06/11/2012

First Courtyard by Marriott Hotel to Open in Romania

Courtyard by Marriott BucharestCourtyard by Marriott Brand Continues Expansion in Eastern Europe.

London – As Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) continues its expansion throughout Europe, the company today announced plans to open a second hotel in Bucharest, the 147-room Courtyard by Marriott Bucharest.  The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Gica Popescu Hotels SRL and is expected to open in early 2014.

The Courtyard by Marriott Bucharest will be Marriott International’s second hotel in the city, joining the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel. Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, is the commercial and industrial hub of the country.  Incredibly well connected, with easy access to two international airports and a railway network that connects Romania with other major cities across Europe, the city also boasts fascinating history, natural, leafy landscapes and an eclectic mix of architecture.

“We are excited to be adding the Courtyard Bucharest to our portfolio in Eastern Europe,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.   “We continue to see tremendous opportunity for expansion throughout Eastern Europe, particularly with our Courtyard by Marriott brand. As an essential part of our growth strategy and with the recent introduction of our Courtyard prototype in Europe, we are excited to continue to grow the brand, now 47 hotels strong across Europe.”

The new Courtyard Bucharest will be located in the city center, close to the business district and transport links.  Its architecture will reflect the innovative design concept of the Courtyard by Marriott brand, designed to help business travelers maintain balance on the road.  Spacious, stylish and comfortable guest rooms that inspire productivity with ample work space will allow guests to work and relax on their own terms.

Both stylish and functional, the contemporary lobby will offer flexible seating, an interactive GoBoard™ screen featuring the latest news, weather and local information, and a 24-hour market for grab-and-go salads and sandwiches. The hotel will also feature an all-day restaurant with menu items reflecting local tastes.  Ample meeting space and a large well-equipped fitness centre with sauna complete the hotel’s facilities.

Introduced in 1983 and now with over 900 hotels, Courtyard by Marriott is the 11th largest global hotel brand*. In addition to the new European prototype, the brand will unveil a new Asian inspired design for the Chinese traveler later this year. For more information, visit www.courtyard.com.

*source MKG Hospitality

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06/07/2012

The Stunning New JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe Redefines Luxury

The JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand opens second hotel in Mexico City

Deluxe Room_JW Santa FeMarriott International, Inc. continues to grow its world-class luxury JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the 221-room JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe. The much anticipated hotel is located in the upscale Santa Fe residential neighborhood and is walking distance to plenty of entertainment, great shopping and large international office complexes. 

“Mexico remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in all of Latin America," said Rob Steigerwald, Chief Operations Officer for the Southern Americas at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to partner with Grupo Diestra on this project, and reveal our second world class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel to Mexico City. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to Mexico and is a great addition to the brand’s growing global portfolio.”

The JW Marriott brand is reserved for select luxury properties in key gateway cities and distinctive resort locations. These elegant hotels offer accomplished travelers a luxury travel experience with a distinct sense of place that appropriately reflects the genuine flavor of their surroundings.  Guests will experience a hotel where sophisticated travelers can celebrate success on their terms.

Delux Room_Bathroom_JW Santa FeFor dining and recreation at the JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe, the hotel features two restaurants; Quattro, an authentic Italian menu inspired by the Piamonte region of Italy; and Cúa, an organic Mexican fine dining restaurant with fusion flavors from Mediterranean, Asian and Latin American cuisine. The hotel will also feature a lobby bar, 24 hour room service and an executive lounge open 24 hours that is available for guests staying in executive level rooms. To ensure the guests’ relaxation and fitness, the hotel offers a full state of the art fitness center and will feature the Oriental Wellness Spa with five treatment rooms, saunas, vapor rooms, Jacuzzis and a meditation area.

The 221 rooms and suites will all include High speed internet, 42’’ plasma TV, alarm clock with iPod/iPad docking station, Wireless telephone with voicemail, Nespresso coffee machine and aromatherapy bathroom amenities.

“We are confident that this unique and visually stunning hotel will become a landmark in Mexico City attracting travelers and groups from all over the world,” said Mitzi Gaskins, VP & Global Brand Manager, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts at Marriott International.

The JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe offers more than 13,100 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the largest ballroom totaling 9,140 square feet. The proximity to the international office complexes and the financial district combined with the variety of meeting space makes the JW Mexico City Santa Fe an excellent option for a larger or more intimate group.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 55 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 78 properties in 28 countries. www.marriott.com/jw-marriott/travel.mi.

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06/06/2012

Marriott Turns Up The Volume On Green Hotels

Eric Jacobs (far right), Marriott International's Chief Lodging Officer for North America presents a gift to Momilani Kauakahi (left) and Ruben Guerrero of Salt River Devco, owners of the Courtyard Scottsdale Salt RiverCompany celebrates first LEED Volume hotel and partnership with Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Scottsdale, AZ – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today announced the first hotel to open as part of its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Volume Program - The Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River in Arizona.  The hotel is also the first Marriott-branded property built on U.S. tribal land in cooperation with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, creating nearly 30 jobs.

[Photo caption:  Eric Jacobs (far right), Marriott International's Chief Lodging Officer for North America presents a gift to Momilani Kauakahi (left) and Ruben Guerrero of Salt River Devco, owners of the Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River.]

“This partnership is a symbol of Marriott’s commitment to working with diverse business partners.  Our business thrives on partnerships with organizations that share similar philosophies and values.  We believe that we have found a great partner in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Eric Jacobs, chief development officer, North American Lodging, Marriott International. “It’s a great example of Marriott’s diverse ownership program, which currently has nearly 600 diverse-owned hotels.”

Opened April 26th, the hotel boasts over 6,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 3,000 square foot ballroom.   The hotel features Native American aspects of the Pima and Maricopa tradition and culture including a mural by Pima artist Anthony “Thosh” Collins.  The mural depicts an ancient courting ritual in which young ladies showed their basket weaving skills for young men, a tightly woven basket with an intricate design was said to be of a hard working and patient woman, the ritual is known as the Pima basket dance. 

“We are pleased to welcome Marriott to our community.  The hotel is just the right addition to our 101 Corridor development and expansion.  This is another important ‘first’ for our Community and is the newest addition to our emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination,” says Diane Enos, president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. “We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”

Featuring Courtyard’s innovative Refreshing Business lobby, the new hotel offers guests options to tailor their stay, whether it is for business or leisure.  The Bistro provides a variety of food and beverage options for breakfast and dinner, including Starbucks coffee.  Information is at guests' fingertips with an award winning virtual concierge, Courtyard's GoBoard™, that features QR code mobile download capability for everything from the weather to local restaurants. Courtyard gives travelers control to work, relax and socialize, when they want and how they want.

Like all Marriott LEED Volume hotels, the Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River features a number of elements that focus on energy and water efficiency and recycling.  Some of those elements include:
 Light-colored roofing that reflects heat and saves energy;
 70 percent ENERGY STAR® certified appliances including refrigerators, TVs, computers and kitchen equipment;
 Water-efficient toilets and aerated bathroom faucets;
 10 percent of the building materials used contain recycled content;
-  “On Demand” ventilation that provides fresh air for occupied spaces without wasting energy on unoccupied areas of the property;
 LED lighting - controls that turn off the lights;
 Incorporates high-tech daylight sensors to reduce electrical lighting with natural sun light and
 Uses renewable energy sources such as solar or wind.

Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED Volume Program removes the guess work from the process for property developers, such as hotel owners who want to build a LEED-certified hotel, saving them time and money.  Volume certification provides a streamlined path to LEED certification based on a pre-approved prototype and process.

Owners of these hotels save about $100,000 in upfront costs and six months of design time.  Additionally, owners can expect to save 25 percent in energy and water consumption and should recover their additional investment in five to six years—possibly sooner depending on federal and local government incentives.

“We live in a world where concerns about the environment and about sustainable development are a growing consideration for everyone,” says Karim Khalifa, senior vice president of architecture and construction.  “The LEED Volume program allows our owners and franchisees to build sustainable hotels economically with a predictable return on investment and that our guests will love.  This platform is an important part of Marriott’s global expansion and our commitment to build our hotels in an eco-sensitive way.” 

Marriott’s entire select-service and extended-stay portfolios -- Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites – are all LEED Volume certified.  In addition to the LEED Volume certified Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River, the TownePlace Suites Denver Airport/Fitzsimons in Colorado, opened in early May and is the first of the brand to open as LEED Volume certified as will the Residence Inn Austin in Texas, which is scheduled to open in early 2013.  The SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn brands have projects under development.  Across the Marriott portfolio, there are more than 90 hotels that are LEED- certified or registered by the USGBC.  

Abouth Marriott International – Social Responsibility
Marriott International is committed to responsible global business operations inside and beyond its hotels.  For more information about our sustainability efforts visit www.marriott.com/environment.  For more information about our diversity efforts visit www.marriott.com/diversity.

About Courtyard by Marriott
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 nearly 900 locations in 34 countries, Courtyard is Marriott’s largest brand.  All Courtyard by 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 about the new lobby and the latest brand news, visit www.courtyard.com, the Courtyard Connections blog, the brand’s Facebook page, Courtyard’s Twitter feed.

About The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a sovereign tribe located in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Established by Executive Order on June 14, 1879, the Community operates as a full-service government and oversees departments, programs, projects and facilities. Bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills, the Community encompasses 52,600 acres, with 19,000 held as a natural preserve. With two distinct backgrounds and cultures, the Community is comprised of two Native American tribes: the Pima, “Akimel O’Odham” (River People) and the Maricopa, “Xalychidom Piipaash” (People who live toward the water). The Community owns and operates several successful enterprises including Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Salt River Devco, Salt River Financial Services, Saddleback Communications, Salt River Landfill, Salt River Sand & Rock and Phoenix Cement Co.

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05/31/2012

Marriott International Expands Group and Meetings Portfolio with Acquisition of Gaylord Hotels Brand and Hotel Management Company for $210 Million

Gaylord national at nightExpects transaction to be EPS accretive in 2013.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE: GET) to acquire the Gaylord brand and hotel management company for $210 million. The transaction is conditioned on Gaylord Entertainment’s shareholders approving the company’s conversion into a real estate investment trust. If approved, Gaylord will continue to own the existing Gaylord hotels and Marriott will assume management of these properties under long-term agreements.  The transaction will add 4 hotels and approximately 7,800 rooms to Marriott’s portfolio.

Gaylord Opryland at nightGaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Florida near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas, and Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. Gaylord Hotels are uniquely positioned in the group and family leisure segments with approximately 2 million square feet of meeting and event space. They offer multiple opportunities for recreation, shopping, and dining, as well as entertainment, such as the partnership with DreamWorks ™.

Arne Sorenson, Marriott International president and chief executive officer, said, “We are excited to add Gaylord Hotels to our brand portfolio and are thrilled Gaylord Entertainment selected us to manage their properties.  We have long been impressed with the hotels Gaylord has created, as well as their skill in hosting major meetings and events and attracting the family leisure market.  This is a tremendous opportunity to advance growth and opportunity for both Marriott International and the Gaylord hotel brand.

“Gaylord properties will benefit from Marriott’s economies of scale, including lower costs for central reservations, procurement and other services, plus strong sales, revenue management, marketing and distribution systems, while Marriott will be able to capture even a greater share of the major event market.  Gaylord’s “everything-in-one-place” properties are very attractive to group meeting planners.  As a new REIT owner, Gaylord Entertainment should benefit from improved hotel profitability associated with Marriott’s ability to generate substantial cost savings and incremental demand.”

Robert McCarthy, Marriott International chief operations officer, said, “Both Marriott and Gaylord have well-defined cultures that revolve around putting people first and we expect Gaylord’s ‘STARs’ and Marriott associates will find significant opportunities for career growth in this combination.   Gaylord customers will continue to enjoy the outstanding service for which that brand is known.”

"We chose Marriott – a brand that is a recognized leader in the hospitality industry - due to their  focus on providing the highest quality experience for both group and leisure customers,” said Colin V. Reed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gaylord Entertainment Company. “According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Gaylord in February of over 400 high-quality meeting planners, Gaylord ranked first in all under one-roof offerings and amenities and Marriott ranked as the number one preferred group destination provider overall due to its service standards and wide distribution.”

Upon completion of the transaction, Marriott will operate the hotels under management agreements with an initial term of 35 years.  Marriott International expects to earn an incentive fee in its first full year of management, based on improvement in Gaylord Hotels’ profitability, and further expects the transaction to be accretive to Marriott’s earnings per share by approximately 2 cents in 2013.   

The agreement is subject to the previously mentioned Gaylord Entertainment shareholder approval, which is expected in August, as well as lender consent to amendments to Gaylord’s credit facility and other customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  The transaction is expected to close by October.

Mr. Sorenson will participate in a conference call Gaylord Entertainment will hold at 10:00 a.m. eastern time today to discuss this announcement.  The call can be accessed at Gaylord Entertainment’s Investor Relations web site at http://ir.gaylordentertainment.com.

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including our expectations that we will earn an incentive fee from the Gaylord properties in the first full your, for improved profitability at those properties, and for a greater share of the major event market, 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 those we identify below and other risk factors that we identify in Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. These risks include changes in market conditions; the continuation and pace of the economic recovery; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; and receipt of Gaylord Entertainment shareholder approval and lender consents. 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, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 73 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, 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.

About Gaylord Entertainment
Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates Gaylord Hotels (www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts, and the Grand Ole Opry (www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for more than 80 consecutive years. The Company's entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland, Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM. For more information about the Company, visit www.GaylordEntertainment.com.

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05/29/2012

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Opens Its First Luxury Resort In Japan

Okinawa Ritz-Carlton Suite - Living RoomThe Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa Pioneers Luxury Hospitality on Japan’s Secret Tropical Getaway

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has opened its first luxury resort in Japan on the tropical island of Okinawa. The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa will pioneer luxury hospitality on an island that has been the secret getaway for generations of Japanese visitors, but remains relatively unexplored by the international luxury traveler.
  
The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is the ultimate luxury destination for visitors to an island that is rich in championship golf courses and surrounded by pristine emerald waters that are perfect for waterborne activities. 

The Okinawan concept of hospitality or “gusuku,” which translates as “castle” or “guest house,” has been carefully reflected throughout the property to give it a welcoming sense of place.  The new Ritz-Carlton resort embodies this spirit through its landscaping and contemporary architectural design, which extensively features the Shurijo face motifs, distinctive red clay roof tiles, white walls and holy water ponds.

“We are delighted to be able to bring our first true luxury resort hotel to Japan to complement our city hotels in Tokyo and Osaka,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.  “We have no doubt that Okinawa has the potential to be a resort island of true international appeal, attracting visitors from all over the world, whether they are visiting the island for business or pleasure.  It really is a hidden gem and the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa helps to put this destination on the map for discerning luxury travellers.”

Victor Clavell, area vice president, Asia for The Ritz-Carlton added, “our first luxury resort in Japan underlines our commitment to the Japanese market.  The culture of friendship or ‘keion’ on this island blends seamlessly with The Ritz-Carlton promise to offer the finest personal service and facilities in a warm yet refined ambiance.  We anticipate bringing more of the island’s incredible culture to the world.”

The 97 modern guestrooms and two suites of the Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa have balconies or terraces which enjoy sweeping panoramic views that overlook the East China Sea and the Kise Country Club.  Inspired by the spectacular scenery of ancient forests, manicured golf courses and the sea, the luxurious resort has been designed to be in harmony with its natural surroundings.

This new hotel presents a host of exquisite sophisticated restaurants and a bar.  Restaurants include - Chura-Nuhji, an Italian fine dining restaurant; Kise, a Teppan-yaki restaurant featuring local seafood and renowned Okinawan beef; and Gusuku, an all-day waterside dining experience that serves Japanese, Okinawan and international dishes on its outdoor deck.

Located a short stroll through landscaped gardens is The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, in its own separate enclave.  The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA combines the essence of ancient and modern Chinese, Indian, European and Balinese spa cultures.  It uses the luxury ESPA products that harness the best of nature's essential oils, botanicals and marine supplements.  The exquisite collection of treatments represents complete care, personalisation and the ultimate in luxury.

The Spa features four treatment rooms, four dry treatment rooms, outdoor Cabanas offering Shiatsu or Thai massage.  It also offers the Heat Experience (Steam Sauna, Jacuzzi hot tubs, Stone Sauna with weathered coral tiles).  Two special Retreat Suites are also available (Forest Suite and Ocean Suite) with their own private decks and stone baths.  The spa retreat also houses a Nail Studio, Relaxation Room, Indoor Pool, and the fitness center.

The Spa reception features the use of organic materials in all design points, and the deep forest motif is particularly evident where a display of light creates textural and moving shadows as if under the forest canopy.  Views to the ancient Yambaru Forest can be enjoyed from treatment rooms.

For additional information on The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa please call +81-980-43-5555 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 79 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. (NYSE: MAR)

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05/24/2012

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal to Open as Second Canadian Jewel in the Hotel Company Portfolio

The Ritz-Carlton, MontrealThe Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street reclaims its place among luxury hotels

Chevy Chase, Md. On Monday, May 28, 2012, the iconic Ritz-Carlton, Montreal will reopen after an extensive $200 million restoration combining the latest amenities with the splendour of the past. The Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street is back in all her glory.

“We are extremely proud to reopen this emblem of the very best Montreal has to offer," said Andrew Torriani, president and general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal. “The hotel today is a showcase of modern luxury, but it has not lost the discreet charm of the past or the patina of history.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal Restaurant ViewFor Montreal’s mayor, Gérald Tremblay, “The Ritz-Carlton is reclaiming its rightful place here in Montreal and among the guests who stay there. Since it opened in 1912, the hotel has been one of the most elegant addresses in our city and the jewel of the storied Golden Square Mile, close to high-end boutiques, galleries and museums. Our city has changed a great deal—for the better. The reopening of The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal makes a notable contribution to what makes our city different.”

“The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal will achieve a level of luxury that has not been seen before in Montreal," said Herve Humler, President and C.O.O. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC.  "The hotel will put Montreal on the map as a first-tier destination for business and leisure travelers."

A first-class transformation
Under the direction of Quebec architectural firm Provencher Roy + Associés, the iconic Montreal hotel underwent an exhaustive transformation. The building’s facade was preserved and restored, public spaces were renovated and upgraded, and the guestrooms were redesigned to feature the very best in luxury and comfort. The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal now has 98 rooms and 31 suites. The 4,700-square-foot Royal Suite is the largest hotel suite in Montreal.

“The restoration of the hotel and its reconfiguration posed a challenge: that of adopting a contemporary design while maintaining a harmonious dialogue with the original building. We therefore integrated the principles of the celebrated Venice Charter into our concept, as well as recommendations made in the heritage study of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal under the supervision of Jean-Claude Marsan,” said Claude Provencher, the project’s architect.

The building’s façade was preserved and restored, as were the Lobby, the Palm Court, the Oval Room and the hotel’s famed garden. Many decorative details from 1912, such as marble fireplaces in some of the suites, reflect this masterful blend of old and new.

The guestrooms also feature high-tech amenities, such as thermostats that intuitively remember a guest’s temperature preferences upon check-in, and motion sensors that activate lights when guests enter a dark room.

Sophisticated contemporary amenities
The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal offers guests a wealth of amenities at their fingertips. The 10,000 square feet of meeting space are flexible and offer event planners the possibility of accommodating up to 300 people. Guests can dine at acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, Maison Boulud, in the 130-seat dining room, the 46-seat year-round greenhouse, or on the new terrace on Sherbrooke Street. They can enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel’s impeccable gardens, work out at the gym or take a dip in the new indoor salt-water pool.

“Those who were familiar with The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal before the transformation will find the same attentive service and stately atmosphere, along with the new high-end amenities found in contemporary luxury hotels. Those who are discovering the hotel for the first time will enjoy a unique experience featuring impeccable service in a stunning setting and outstanding comfort,” concluded Mr. Torriani.

About the Ritz-Carlton Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is the most prestigious address in Montreal, with 129 entirely redesigned guestrooms and suites, as well as 46 new luxury residences. The hotel’s restaurant was designed by Super Potato, one of the world’s most highly reputed restaurant design firms. Chef Daniel Boulud manages the restaurant operations with his company, Dinex Group. 

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, home to Montreal’s elite in the early twentieth century. A symbol of refinement and elegance, the hotel has welcomed some of the world’s best-known heads of state, artists and business magnates. Several of the 20th century’s leading figures have stayed there, including the Queen Mother, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Richard Nixon, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, George Bush Sr., the Rolling Stones and Celine Dion, as well as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who celebrated their first marriage at the hotel.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 79 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. (NYSE:MAR).

05/16/2012

Marriott International And Sunshine Construction Agreement Set To Resonate Through Local Economy

Marriott International - Akilah InstituteMarriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) and Ethiopian developer Sunshine Construction have announced a deal that will inject ETB 1 billion into the local economy over five years.

Under the agreement, Marriott International will manage two properties currently being built by Sunshine Construction – a Marriott Executive Apartments for extended stay travellers and a quality tier Courtyard by Marriott branded hotel. Both will be located in Addis Ababa and are scheduled to open in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

This marks Marriott International’s first foray into the country and is a sign of the company’s confidence in the market.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) currently taking place in Addis Ababa, Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa, said that there is a direct correlation between a country’s ability to grow and the entrance of hotel providers into the market. “Hotels bring new untapped revenue into the market by boosting tourism numbers and dollars, building infrastructure and creating jobs, which all resonate throughout the economy as a whole.”

Marriott International has projected that by 2018, the new Courtyard by Marriott branded hotel’s total revenue will be ETB 242 million (US$ 13 million) per year – equating to ETB 1 billion (US$ 65million) injected into the economy over five years from only one 209- room hotel.

“The fundamental demand generators that drive our industry are alive and well in this country,” Kyriakidis said. “Marriott International’s investment into this region represents the economic realisation for the need for hotels – countries need to invest in infrastructure, accommodation and airports to create jobs to grow the economy.

“By taking on these two properties Marriott International is demonstrating its confidence in the market – that it will grow and that the economy will move forward at a staggering pace.”

As Africa's second most populous country, Ethiopia has 85 million inhabitants and a population forecast to grow at over 2% per year to 95 million by 2015. This is matched by a fast growing economy due to improved agricultural performance. Investments into infrastructure, aimed at increasing tourism numbers that have been hindered in the past by limited hotel capacity, are a featured component of the government’s poverty reduction strategy paper.

Travel and tourism currently contribute US$2.8bn, around 10%, to the annual GDP and this is predicted to rise by 5.4 percent.

“A lack of quality supply of hotel rooms in the market combined with growing airline numbers, a rising economy and a growing urban population give us strong confidence in this city and market,” Kyriakidis said.
 
In tangible terms, these two hotels will create 208 local jobs over the next five years. Marriott International has a full training programme and is dedicated to up-skilling and hiring the local population to run its properties. Recruits will be trained and immersed in Marriott International’s culture through a partnership with a local training provider that is yet to be named – similar to the Akilah Women’s Institute programme that is currently underway in Kigali, Rwanda, where Marriott International will open a new hotel in 2013.

Through the appropriate training institute, local residents will learn what it means to be part of Marriott International, with training beginning one year prior to the opening of the hotel and ongoing throughout their career.

“These aren’t just jobs Marriott International is creating, these are real career opportunities with real potential for growth,” Kyriakidis said. “Creating these ongoing opportunities and investing in the development of local people on the ground, who will not only learn transferable skills, but in turn pass on that knowledge, will strengthen the Middle Class in this region. The fact that they do this while earning a salary is what will support the growing economy and encourage further growth.”

As well as Ethiopia, Marriott International is focusing its growth on Benin, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria and Rwanda, with a number of new properties scheduled to open over the next five years. “We are thrilled by the robust expansion of our African hotel portfolio,” said Kyriakidis.

“Africa remains a key market for tourism development because of its increasing economic dynamism and worldwide exposure created by the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa. The economic realities indicate further growth potential for the hotel industry, and with these signings and more to come in 2012, Marriott International will be perfectly placed to accommodate the increasing number of visitors to this great continent.”
 
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 73 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, 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

Connect with deema.termanini@marriott.com and leonie@efikra.com

05/08/2012

Marriott International Expands In Thailand With The Opening Of Three Stunning New Hotels This Year

Beach Pool Sunrise at Marriott RayongMarriott International further strengthens its leadership position in Thailand with the opening of three new properties this year. The Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, The Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and the Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - Sukhumvit Thonglor will all open in 2012 bringing Marriott International’s portfolio to 16 hotels in the country.               
 
Marriott International currently operates a portfolio of world-leading hotels and brands in the country including the world-class JW Marriott hotels in Bangkok, Phuket and Khao Lak, the stylish, lifestyle Renaissance-branded hotels in Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui, and the award-winning luxury retreat, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, among others.
 
“We are delighted to be expanding our footprint in Thailand and bringing these three wonderful new hotels to the country," explained Craig Smith, chief operating officer, Marriott International, Asia. “We have had a long relationship with Thailand having opened our first hotel here, the JW Marriott Bangkok, some 15 years ago. It is great to be able to bring these new hotels to Thailand which we feel will have a very positive impact on both domestic and international travellers to the country. We are totally committed to Thailand for the long term, and in addition to these three hotels we will continue to grow in Thailand with a further five hotels set to open in the next three to four years.”

Rising over Bangkok’s premier lifestyle district of Thonglor, the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit will be perfect for business travellers, weekend getaways and families, with a great mix of leisure and business facilities, ideally located close to the BTS Skytrain station.

With 296 exquisite guest rooms and suites, the hotel will feature three superb restaurants, bars and lounges, four meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom. The iconic building offers sweeping views of the city and will also host a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant.

Located on the popular Mae Phim beach in the resort area of Rayong – just 205 kilometers south of Bangkok - the 206-room Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa will be located on a beautiful stretch of coastline offering aspects of both picturesque mountains and stunning ocean views.
 
The hotel will feature a Grand Ballroom along with five additional meeting rooms with extensive outdoor group space overlooking the tranquil landscape of the Gulf of Thailand. With the ability to host lavish weddings, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, the hotel is expected to become an immediate favorite for MICE, events and meetings customers. Offering a total of 7,120 square meters of total meetings space, the hotel is fitted with LCD projection and state-of-the-art technology for successful and memorable functions and events.

Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - Sukhumvit Thonglor, which will be located in the same building as the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, will offer the conveniences of a full service 5-star hotel with the space, ambience and privacy of residential living.

Marriott Executive Apartments are furnished with a fully equipped kitchen and are appropriate for any length of stay. Located in the heart of Bangkok's upscale residential district, the Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - Sukhumvit Thonglor will offer 74 units comprising one- two- and three-bed room apartments.

“We are delighted to be expanding the number of hotels we offer in Thailand and to be showcasing a new Marriott Executive Apartments in the city, as well as bringing our internationally branded hotels to the beautiful beachside area of Rayong,” explained Philip Bryson, Area Vice President South-East Asia for Marriott International.
 
“These hotels will appeal to business and leisure travellers from across Thailand and internationally and offer world-class service and facilities in locations were we have not previously been able to offer our hotels. It is great to be able to announce such strong growth in Thailand and to be able to bring a new level of hotel to Rayong, that we believe will really help to put the destination on the international map,” continued Bryson.”

NOTE: The statements about the opening dates for the new hotels are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; 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. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 73 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, 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

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com and anchalee.c@marriott.com  

04/27/2012

Renaissance Hotels Opens New Gem In The Heart Of Barcelona

Mark Vanderloo and Elisabetta GregoraciMarriott International Continues Growth In Spain With Expansion Of Signature Lifestyle Brand.

Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) today announced the opening of the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel, located just steps away from the Paseo de Gracia, the premier shopping and architectural district of Barcelona. [Pictured: Mark Vanderloo and Elisabetta Gregoraci]

In celebration of the grand opening, the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel last night hosted an exclusive event featuring a special musical performance by renowned Spanish artist, Rebeka.  The performance was part of Renaissance Hotel’s RLife LIVE program (www.RLifeLive.com), an entertainment and music platform that provides hotel guests and local patrons the chance to discover emerging and established artists on-site at Renaissance Hotels around the world.

“We are thrilled to expand our Renaissance Hotels portfolio in Europe and to celebrate the opening of this exciting new gem in Barcelona,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe. “Renaissance Hotels strive to offer guests authentic travel experiences through hotel touch points including innovative design, cuisine and distinct amenities.We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy the many discoveries within our hotel and this incredible city, so rich in history and culture.”

The hotel, formerly known as The Diplomatic Hotel, has now reopened as the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel following total renovation. The hotel is centrally located near popular tourist attractions including the famed Hotel Gaudí, where guests can see first hand the fascinating architecture of Palau Güell.  Otherhistoric landmarks just minutes from the hotel include Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas, Boquería market and Barrio Gótico – the city’s Gothic Quarter.

Renaissance Hotels is known for encouraging guests to “Live Life to Discover” and get the most out of their travel experience.  Earlier this month, the global lifestyle brand launched a new advertising / marketing campaign that encourages today's business traveler to experience the hidden gems of each Renaissance hotel and to explore the destination with the help of Renaissance Hotels ‘Navigators’ -- the brand’s hospitality lifestyle concierge service. The campaign asks traveler the question, “If you are traveling to a destination for business, why not make the most of your free time and discover something exceptional and unique.

An oasis of calm and wellness, the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel's 211 modern and spacious guestrooms are appointed with signature room amenities including iPod docking stations and flat screen televisions.  Stunning views of the Barcelona skyline can be taken in at La Terrassa, the hotel’s sun-drenched roof top bar and lounge featuring flowing waterfalls, while tantalizing dining options include the CRU Steak House and cosmopolitan CUIT Bar and Lounge.

Other highlights include a 24-hour fitness center, business center and seven unique facilities for meetings and events, each outfitted with modern technical and AV equipment.

Barcelona is truly a city to be discovered with the senses, and the innovative Navigator by Renaissance program enables guests to share in the city’s hidden gems and best-kept secrets.  Focused on creating experiences, the Navigators at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel are on hand to provide guests with authentic, handpicked spots to eat, drink, see and shop.

To celebrate the grand opening, the hotel is offering a special “Taste of the New Renaissance Barcelona” package.

A TASTE OF THE NEW RENAISSANCE BARCELONA HOTEL
Awaken all your senses with Renaissance in Barcelona. Spend the day sampling the very best of Barcelona; explore the bustling city, savor the hotel’s exclusive tasting menu and sip cocktails at the new CUIT Bar & Lounge. Rates start from € 225, bookable from 20 April through 31 May 2012 and available from 1 May through 30 June 2012.

Offer includes:
• Accommodation in a Deluxe room
• Daily Breakfast Buffet
• Tasting Menu + Signature Cocktail at CUIT Bar & Lounge for two people

For more information or bookings, please visit www.renaissancebarcelonahotel.com or call +66 2656 7707.

ABOUT RENAISSANCE
Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of more than 150 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels.  Live Life To Discover. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com.

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