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08/27/2012

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Opens Its First Hotel in Austria on Iconic Schubertring Boulevard

The Ritz-Carlton, ViennaThe Ritz-Carlton Vienna is the 80th hotel in the luxury hotel company’s portfolio.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA -August 27, 2012 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has opened its first hotel in Austria in the capital city of Vienna. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, a 202 room property located on the central Schubertring Boulevard, is the ninth hotel in Europe for the luxury hotel company.

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is an elegant building composed of four historic palaces dating back to the 19th century and is located in the heart of the city with incredible views of Vienna’s landmarks from its rooms and roof top bar. The cultural heritage of the city with its museums, opera, concert halls and historic buildings is just a short stroll from the hotel.

The hotel embraces tradition with many original design features which have been painstakingly preserved and integrated into the interiors offering a strong sense of place.  An impressive marble staircase is a stunning feature of the hotel interior, decorative mural paintings together with intricate wood carvings and panelling were all carefully restored and form an essential part of the hotel’s character.

“We are delighted to open our 80th hotel in this key European capital and to offer discerning global travellers a truly unique property here in Vienna” said Herve Humler President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

“The hotel will bring The Ritz-Carlton service philosophy to the city and combine it with Viennese hospitality to create memorable experiences for guests whether travelling on leisure or for business” 

The Ritz-Carlton Vienna reflects the city’s combination of Imperial tradition and contemporary creativity in its design and interiors incorporating both historic and modern features. 

The hotel’s stylish guestrooms and suites include 43 suites and a spacious Presidential suite of rooms on the second floor with many original features. The Club Lounge is located on the seventh floor and provides guests exclusive access to a private concierge service, a gastronomic food and beverage presentation throughout the day and views of the city scape from its windows below the eaves of the hotel.

Dstrikt restaurant , located on the ground floor with a summer terrace, offers  authentic Austrian cuisine from the kitchen of Chef Wini Brugger, open throughout the day guests can enjoy locally grown produce and regional dishes. The rooftop bar Atmosphere is a unique location from which to discover the panoramic views of the city of Vienna and enjoy a relaxing drink. Melounge is adjacent to the lobby and is the perfect setting for the Viennese tradition of coffee and cake in the afternoon. The cosy D-Bar completes the sophisticated variety of bars and restaurants at the hotel open to both local residents and hotel guests.

The business facilities offered at the hotel include a range of meeting rooms featuring the stunning 300 square metre Crystal Ballroom decorated with thousands of sparkling crystals. Two permanent boardrooms and three function rooms with natural light are complemented by a Business Centre, all located on the first floor.

Recreational amenities comprise of a spectacular 18 metre indoor swimming pool, Fitness room, sauna and steam rooms. The boutique Guerlain Spa will offer six treatment rooms including two specially designed for couples.
For additional information on The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/vienna or call the hotel on
+ 43  1 311 88 110

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 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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Marriott International Strengthens Leadership Position in Shanghai with Opening of Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing

Renaissance Shanghai CaohejingSHANGHAI, CHINA – August 27, 2012 - Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) today celebrated the opening of the 383-room Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing Hotel in Shanghai. The hotel is managed in partnership with Shanghai Caohejing Park Huagang Properties Ltd., and represents the sixth Renaissance-branded hotel to open the city. Renaissance Hotels is the signature lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 17 hotel brands.

The hotel is centrally located in the Caohejing New Technology Development Zone in the Xuhui district, offering a retreat for business travellers in the heart of the neighborhood. Situated within five minutes of Shanghai Metro Line 9, the hotel boasts easy access to the nearby Hongqiao business district, and the shopping and dining hub of Xujiahui. The hotel is also conveniently located near the Hongqiao Transportation Hub and Shanghai International Airport.

We are delighted to partner with Shanghai Caohejing Park Huagang Properties Ltd on this new Renaissance Hotel,” said Simon Cooper, president and managing director Marriott International, Asia. “The opening of the Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing cements our position as the dominant player in Shanghai, representing our 19th hotel in this vibrant city,” he said. “It also demonstrates our confidence in the strength of the Renaissance brand, which continues to grow in China.”

Renaissance Hotels, acquired by Marriott International in 1997, has emerged as one of the most popular brands within the company's portfolio. In 2008, the brand began an intense journey to firmly establish itself in the lifestyle hospitality space by introducing game-changing programmes including Navigator and RLife LIVE, one of the industry's most well-recognised entertainment platforms showcasing emerging musical artists through live performances in Renaissance Hotels around the world. Both of these ground-breaking programmes will be offered to guests and locals alike at the new Renaissance Shanghai Caoheijing.

A natural continuation of the brand's extraordinary journey, Renaissance Hotels launched its first ever global ad campaign, Live Life to Discover, earlier this year. The campaign represents the culmination of the global repositioning of the brand, and can be found at select airports throughout Asia, including Shanghai International Airport.

Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing CafeThe Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing offers 383 Deluxe Rooms, Club Rooms and Suites, including the Presidential Suite. Rooms are stylishly warm and vibrant and packed full of five-star amenities and technology: fully-wired and equipped to accommodate both business and leisure guests. The area’s first international hotel, the Renaissance balances a mix of traditional Chinese décor fused with a contemporary Western feel. The hotel’s chic and spacious interiors with elevated ceilings and expansive windows provide plenty of natural light and a relaxing, spacious environment. With 14 meeting room options of varying sizes including a divisible, pillar-free 570m2 Grand Ballroom, the hotel offers the setting for meetings, special events and dream weddings in the area.

Four destination restaurants and the hotel lounge deliver the best in local and international cuisine from quick snacks and leisurely afternoons of ‘Sip & Savor,’ to family gatherings and fine dining. Wanli, the hotel’s signature Chinese fine-dining restaurant, offers Cantonese and Shanghainese delicacies, while its ten private dining rooms (seating of up to 20 guests) boasts East-meets-West features of modern design entwined with local history and elements of feng shui.
Smoki Moto is a modern, casual and cosmopolitan restaurant offering Korean BBQ, sushi and teppanyaki favorites and signature Sojo cocktails. The hotel’s all-day dining spot, Café BLD, is a new take on Renaissance Hotel’s three-meal restaurant serving the best of local and international favorites prepared in an open kitchen. The Lounge offers a cool transformation from morning to evening where you can sample afternoon tea and discover the best in fine wines and “R” cocktails in the evening, while enjoying live music as part of RLife LIVE, the Renaissance brand’s renowned entertainment program.

The 24-hour Fitness Center is equipped with the latest in cardiovascular equipment, free weights, and an indoor swimming pool. Qualified personal trainers are on hand to assist guests, along with a full complement of amenities including steam room and sauna.

For guests up for a bit of well-deserved pampering, the Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing redefines the R&R experience with its very own wellness sanctuary featuring TOUCH SPA – professional facilities providing luxurious body and beauty rituals in seven private treatment rooms.

As the newest Renaissance hotel in Shanghai, the Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing, with its exclusive five-star amenities and personalised ‘Ambassador’ service is poised to prove a huge hit with guests.

For more information or reservations, call Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing Hotel directly at (86 21) 3325 8888 or email vanessa.wang@renaissancehotels.com; or visit www.renaissancecaohejing.com.

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.

Friend us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenaissanceHotels

Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels

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Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com; daniel.ford@marriott.com

 

 

08/17/2012

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Acquires the Essex House Hotel

Essex House HotelIconic Asset in Central Park South will be Converted to the JW Marriott Brand.

CHICAGO – AUGUST 17, 2012 – Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BEE) announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase New York City’s Essex House Hotel from the Dubai Investment Group for a gross purchase price of approximately $362.3 million.  The purchase price includes 509 hotel rooms, nine condominium units and significant hotel-level cash reserves.  Net of the acquired cash reserves, the transaction equates to a purchase price of approximately $685,000 per unit, based on 518 total units. The transaction, which is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is expected to close on or before September 7, 2012.

The Company has arranged for $190.0 million in first mortgage financing from Bank of America.  The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 400 basis points, with a LIBOR floor of 75 basis points, and will be for an initial term of three years, plus two one-year extension options upon the satisfaction of certain financial and other conditions.  The balance of the purchase price will be funded in cash.  The company is evaluating joint venture options and other alternatives, including asset sales, as capital sources to fund the balance of this acquisition.

The Company has also signed a 50-year management agreement with Marriott International to rebrand the hotel as the JW Marriott Essex House New York.  As part of the management agreement, Marriott will guarantee the net operating income of the hotel up to $21.5 million per year for a period of eight years, subject to a maximum funding by Marriott of $14 million in 2013 and $12 million in each year from 2014 to 2020.  Total cumulative fundings by Marriott are capped at $40 million.  Upon closing, Strategic Hotels plans to invest approximately $18.3 million in various property improvements, including renovations to various common areas, select systems upgrades as well as new signage and other branding efforts to distinguish the property under the JW Marriott flag. 

An affiliate of Strategic Hotels previously owned the Essex House Hotel, having sold it to the Dubai Investment Group in 2005 for approximately $440.0 million, which included 605 hotel rooms and ten condominium units.  Laurence Geller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. commented, “The Essex House is one of New York City’s most recognized high-end hotels, and I am pleased that we are able to reacquire this landmark asset and convert it to the first JW Marriott in Manhattan.  The combination of the Essex House Central Park South location, Marriott’s outstanding distribution and world-class customer service, and our successful long-standing relationship with the Marriott brands, clearly positions the Essex House for success.  Geller added, “We will continue to evaluate and act upon prudent hotel investments that complement our portfolio and create shareholder value.”

“We’re delighted to have been chosen by our valued partners at Strategic Hotels & Resorts to manage the iconic Essex House Hotel on Central Park South, making it the home of our first JW Marriott hotel in New York City," commented Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc. “We believe there is substantial upside for this hotel as a JW Marriott brand, especially when combining our sales and marketing channels with the excellent asset management expertise of Strategic Hotels. Come stay with us when you visit New York!"

About the Property
Towering 40 floors and offering commanding views of Central Park, the Essex House Hotel is among the most luxurious and recognized hotels in Manhattan. Quintessentially New York, the hotel has played host to world dignitaries and celebrities alike since opening in 1931. The building underwent a comprehensive $90 million renovation in 2007.  Today, the hotel features world-class amenities including a full-service spa and fitness center, a fine-dining restaurant and well-appointed meeting and event spaces. The 509 guestrooms offer stylish furnishings that celebrate the property’s rich history while offering guests all the comforts of a high-end hotel.

About Strategic Hotels & Resorts
Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) which owns and provides value-enhancing asset management of high-end hotels and resorts in the United States, Mexico and Europe. The Company currently has ownership interests in 17 properties with an aggregate of 7,762 rooms and 840,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and banqueting space. For a list of current properties and for further information, please visit the Company's website at www.strategichotels.com.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of exceptional properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels and resorts 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 54 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2014 the portfolio will encompass 76 properties in 28 countries.  For more information visit www.jwmarriotthotels.com
 
This press release contains forward-looking statements about Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (the "Company"). Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the Company's projections. Factors that may contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to the following: failure to consummate the transaction for the acquisition of the Essex House Hotel due to the inability to obtain financing or the failure to execute definitive documents with the proposed lender regarding the financing of the Essex House Hotel; the default of the Company or the default of the seller, pursuant to the purchase agreement; the failure of closing conditions to be satisfied; the effects of the recent global economic recession upon business and leisure travel and the hotel markets in which the Company invests; the Company’s liquidity and refinancing demands; the Company’s ability to obtain or refinance maturing debt, including the $97.5 million mortgage debt related to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla hotel that matures September 1, 2012; the Company’s ability to maintain compliance with covenants contained in the Company’s debt facilities; stagnation or further deterioration in economic and market conditions, particularly impacting business and leisure travel spending in the markets where the Company’s hotels operate and in which the Company invests, including luxury and upper upscale product; general volatility of the capital markets and the market price of the Company’s shares of common stock; availability of capital; the Company’s ability to dispose of properties in a manner consistent with the Company’s investment strategy and liquidity needs; hostilities and security concerns, including future terrorist attacks, or the apprehension of hostilities, in each case that affect travel within or to the United States, Mexico, Germany, England or other countries where the Company invests; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; the Company’s failure to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures; risks related to natural disasters; increases in interest rates and operating costs, including insurance premiums and real property taxes; contagious disease outbreaks, such as the H1N1 virus outbreak; delays and cost-overruns in construction and development; marketing challenges associated with entering new lines of business or pursuing new business strategies; the Company’s failure to maintain the Company’s status as a REIT; changes in the competitive environment in the Company’s industry and the markets where the Company invests; changes in real estate and zoning laws or regulations; legislative or regulatory changes, including changes to laws governing the taxation of REITs; changes in generally accepted accounting principles, policies and guidelines; and litigation, judgments or settlements.

Additional risks are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those appearing under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. The forward-looking 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.

Connect with stephanie.hampton@marriott.com

 

08/15/2012

Marriott International to Open First Hotel in Ukraine

Renaissance Kiev HotelRobust Growth Across Eastern Europe Continues with Addition of Historic Hotel to Renaissance Hotels Growing Global Portfolio

London – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced that it will open its first hotel in Ukraine, the 173-room Renaissance Kiev Hotel, under a management agreement with Subsidiary Enterprise Grand Plaza. The hotel is expected to open in mid-2013 following an extension and renovation of the existing historic building formerly known as the Leipzig Hotel.  Renaissance Hotels represents the signature lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio. Recognized for its signature guest programs including R Navigator and RLife LIVE, Renaissance Hotels currently has 35 hotels throughout Europe.

Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, serves as the economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. The Renaissance Kiev Hotel will be perfectly situated in the heart of the city centre on the corner of famed Volodymyrska and Prorizna Streets, facing Golden Gate Park. The hotel is located a short walk from the city’s key attractions including the shopping district, government buildings and Saint Sophia Square and a stone’s throw from the city’s Opera House.

Renaissance Kiev Hotel 1Boasting stunning, elaborate architecture and design, the Renaissance Kiev will add a new extension to the existing, historic façade coupled with sensitive interior re-design. A hotel brand known for its ability to incorporate indigenous inspiration within every guest experience, the historic property will be restored to its former glory, bringing the distinct look and feel of the Renaissance Hotels brand to the dynamic city of Kiev. 

“We are thrilled to be adding our first hotel in the Ukraine,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe. “As we continue to expand throughout Eastern Europe, we are excited to enter exciting new locations like Kiev, which offer both stunning natural beauty, as well as a fascinating mix of old and new, rich history and culture.”

The hotel will boast 173 elegantly appointed guestrooms and a rich offering of authentic dining experiences, including a specialty and casual restaurant, as well as lobby bar.  The hotel will also feature a well-equipped business centre and fitness center with spa.

The new Renaissance Kiev Hotel will also introduce the Renaissance Hotels brand signature programs to the city, including its R Navigator lifestyle hospitality concierge service and the award winning RLife LIVE entertainment program which showcases the best of emerging talent within the local arts community to both hotel guests and locals alike.
For more information on Renaissance Hotels, and to share your own local discoveries, please visit the brand's newly inspired website, www.renhotels.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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

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.

Friend us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenaissanceHotels

Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels

Connect with elizabeth.caminiti@marriott.com

 

08/14/2012

Marriott International Opens First AC Hotel by Marriott in France

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les PinsAC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins Adds to Marriott’s Expanding Presence on France’s Famed Cote d’Azur.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) celebrates continued growth in the south of France with the opening of its first AC Hotel by Marriott in the country, the first new AC Hotel by Marriott to open since the launch of the joint venture and co-brand last year.  The former Hotel Ambassadeur, located in the heart of Juan-les-Pins, has been re-branded an AC Hotel by Marriott hotel, following ambitious growth plans for the brand announced last year. 

As Marriott continues to grow its presence on France’s glamourous Cote d’ Azur, the 221-room AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins joins the JW Marriott Hotel Cannes, which re-opened following a stunning renovation earlier this year, the Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco, and the AC Hotel Nice, which will open in early 2013.

“We are thrilled to affirm our growing presence in this stunning region of France,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.   “The AC Hotels by Marriott brand already has a strong holding in Spain, Italy and Portugal, but we have been actively seeking opportunities to expand into France where we see the brand’s urban lifestyle feel fitting perfectly. We could not be more excited about the opening of this first AC Hotel by Marriott in France as we continue to expand the brand across Europe.”

Following renovation, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins exudes the modern comfort and urban style associated with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand.  Blending quality, comfort, design and technology, the hotel features fresh new designs to its reception and lobby, including a signature AC Lounge with zones to relax, work or unwind.  The hotel’s 221 guestrooms and suites boast smart, contemporary furnishings, natural driftwood floors and a warm and sophisticated color palette.

In addition to its twenty flexible meeting rooms that can accommodate up to two hundred people, the hotel is a stone’s throw from a new convention centre opening in 2013 offering a host of facilities including exhibition and lecture space for 500 delegates.

Located in a lush and tranquil setting, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins offers both indoor and outdoor pools, a pool-side grill and is located a short 200 meter walk from the hotel’s idyllic private sandy beach.  Provençal cuisine with a unique twist can be sampled at the AC Ambassadeur Restaurant where fresh, natural ingredients are transformed into memorable culinary experiences.

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins ExteriorJuan Les Pins, a small seaside resort nestled on the Mediterranean Sea between Nice and Cannes, is a popular holiday destination with the international jet-set, boasting incredible beaches, boating and nightlife. The “pins” refer to the umbrella pine trees known for widely inhabiting the destination.  Near to the hotel is the famous La Pinede Gould, world renowned for hosting the annual “Jazz A Juan” International Jazz Festival held every July.

The AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes -Juan Les Pins joins over 80 existing AC Hotels by Marriott throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal. 

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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.

08/08/2012

Renaissance Hotels’ Debuts Newest Address in Turkey

Renaissance Istanbul BosphorusTowering 212-Room Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel Opens.

LONDON – Marriott International, Inc (NYSE:MAR) today celebrates the opening of its ninth hotel in Turkey, the 212-room Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel operating under a franchise agreement with Polat Holding A.S.

Offering stunning views of Istanbul’s celebrated Bosphorus River, the magnificent 20-story Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel is located on the European side of Istanbul, in Besiktas, midway between the areas of Taksim and Levent.  The hotel is ideally situated just moments from Bosphorus’ main boat harbor and within easy reach of the city’s cultural gems such as Saint Sophia Museum, Sultanahmet Mosque and Topkapi Palace that helped earn Istanbul ‘European Capital of Culture’ status in 2010.

 “We are excited to open this magnificent new addition to our Renaissance Hotels portfolio in Europe,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.  “Istanbul is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city where rich history and sublime architecture can be enjoyed alongside eclectic culture, arts and nightlife.  Turkey offers tremendous opportunity for development, and we see huge potential for continued growth across all of our brands here.”

Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus roofThe Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel features a rooftop bar boasting incredible city views, a lobby bar, bistro and all-day dining restaurant with outdoor terrace serving Mediterranean cuisine with Turkish specialties. For leisure and relaxation, there is a state-of-the-art fitness centre including an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Turkish bath. 


The 212 sophisticated guestrooms and suites boast magnificent Bosphorus views, luxury bedding and latest technologies.  Flexible meeting space, including a vast ballroom divisible into three, caters for all manner of meeting and social events.

“Renaissance Hotels are known throughout the world for creating authentic travel experiences that offer guests a sense of discovery,” added McPherson.  “Istanbul is a premier cultural destination, making it a perfect fit for our Renaissance Hotels brand.”

The Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel joins eight existing properties in Marriott International’s portfolio in Turkey, including the newly opened JW Marriott Hotel Ankara and EDITION Istanbul.

ABOUT RENAISSANCE

Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of more than 152 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.

Friend us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenHotels

Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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 elizabeth.caminiti@marriott.com

 

Marriott Hotels & Resorts Announces First Hotel in Voronezh, Russia

Voronezh Marriott Hotel220-Room Hotel Scheduled to Open in 2015.

As Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) continues its rapid expansion across Eastern Europe, the company today announced the signing of a new hotel in Russia – the 220-room Voronezh Marriott Hotel.  The hotel is scheduled to open in 2015 and will operate under a management agreement with Ojsc Tsum-Voronezh.

“We are thrilled to announce this great new addition to our portfolio in Russia and to continue to grow our flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand here,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe. “We currently operate 14 hotels across Russia and see tremendous opportunity for continued growth across all of our brands in this incredible market.”

Voronezh, located 500 kilometres south of Moscow, is a regional business hub where aviation, logistics and manufacturing are the mainstay industries.  Tourism to the city is increasing given the city’s relative proximity to Moscow on the main transport route, coupled with an attractive city centre, lovely parks and public squares, and multitude of theatres, cinemas, monuments and churches.

Located in downtown Voronezh on Prospekt Revolyutsii, the hotel will occupy a prime commercial location as part of a new development accommodating shops, office space and residential apartments.  Prospekt Revolyutsii is the epicentre of Voronezh life; a historic avenue lined with beautiful buildings and bustling with cafés, restaurants and shops. 

With 660 square metres of flexible meeting space, including a column-free ballroom, and a dedicated business centre, the hotel should prove popular with the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions market.  Leisure facilities will include a health club with fitness centre, sauna, steam room and spa treatment rooms.

Marriott Hotels and Resorts are Marriott International’s signature and most widely distributed brand with over 85 hotels in Europe alone.  There are currently 14 operating Marriott International branded hotels in Russia.

About Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to inspire and provide a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. 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
 
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: 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.

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07/10/2012

Marriott International Announces its First Hotel in Sri Lanka - The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Sri lanka beachHONG KONG - Marriott International has signed an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of East West Properties PLC, to open a hotel in Sri Lanka, the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa in 2014 – this will be Marriott’s first property on the Indian Ocean island.

The 200-room, 11-storey Marriott Weligama Resort and Spa, will be operated under Marriott’s flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand.

“Marriott is delighted to be extending its portfolio and opening a world-class hotel in Sri Lanka” commented Simon Cooper, president and managing director Marriott, Asia Pacific. “Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and opportunity and we hope to capitalise on that and establish a strong presence in the country. We are confident that the reputation of Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the power of Marriott Rewards, our loyalty programme, will create great interest from both local and international travellers and be successful in promoting the beautiful area of Weligama Bay, as well as the country itself as this is our first hotel here.”

Commenting on the project Mr. Nahil Wijesuriya, Chairman, East West Properties PLC said: “We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The resort is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road in the South-East of the country. The construction is being carried out in-house by East West Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd. so we have direct control of every aspect of the construction of the resort and are confident that it will be of the highest standards and quality.”

Marriott International is a world renowned operator and franchiser of a broad portfolio of hotels and resorts which include Bulgari Hotels and Resorts and The Ritz Carlton. Marriott International currently operates over 3,700 hotels in over 73 countries and territories around the globe. Marriott Hotels and Resorts are Marriott International’s signature and most widely distributed brand and is also known for the world’s largest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards.

Weligama, located 144km from Colombo is a popular tourist destination renowned for its sandy beaches. Famous for its stilt-fishermen perched on a cross bar of a single pole planted into the sea bed, this attraction has been captured in every corner of the world depicting Sri Lanka as a preferred destination of choice for travellers from all over the world.

The Hotel will be located in Weligama, a part of Matara which is one of the largest cities on the south coast of Sri Lanka, where tourism and fishing are the two main businesses. Tourism is the mainstay of the south-western coast of Sri Lanka. The services sector is expected to be the primary engine of growth in coming years which is expected to be led by tourism.

2011 was declared as the “Visit Sri Lanka” year by the government. The country witnessed record levels of tourist arrivals in the early months of the year; a trend that is expected to continue for the remainder of the year.

“We see great opportunity in Sri Lanka with ever-increasing visitor numbers to the country,” continued Cooper. “While India, UK and Germany are the largest source markets for hotels in Sri Lanka; the Middle East and Russia are the emerging source markets and with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (“SLTDA”) aiming to achieve a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016 we are confident of attracting great leisure and business guests to the property.”

With some 640sq metres of flexible ballroom space, the hotel should prove extremely popular in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE) market. While those travelling to Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa on holiday, will be able to take full advantage of the wide leisure offering at the hotel which includes three restaurants, a pool with a pool bar, spa, fitness centre and a beautiful stretch of beach.

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

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06/26/2012

JW Marriott Absheron Baku Opens

JW Marriott AbsheronStunning 243-Room Hotel is Marriott International’s First in Azerbaijan.

Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) has opened its first hotel in Azerbaijan, the 243-room JW Marriott Absheron Baku under a management agreement with Yeni Absheron Oteli LLC.  A stunning addition to Marriott International’s luxury JW Marriott global brand portfolio, the hotel overlooks Baku’s famed Azadliq Square and the Caspian Sea.

“We are thrilled to grow our luxury JW Marriott portfolio in Europe and to open world-class hotels such as the JW Marriott Absheron Baku,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.  “A dynamic and cosmopolitan city, Baku is a destination on the rise, experiencing impressive growth and a cultural rebirth. With its beautiful natural surroundings, fascinating history and vibrant nightlife, Baku is the perfect location to showcase our JW Marriott brand in Eastern Europe.  Baku is fast becoming a new European and International hotspot and we see great opportunity to expand our portfolio here.”

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. 

Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, bordered by the Caspian Sea to the east.  Baku, home to 1.9 million people, is the capital and largest city as well as the country’s primary port.  Steeped in history, this ancient city has long been associated with oil, but old and new are fusing together at breathtaking speed with an influx of investment and infrastructure and the planned construction of around 500 new buildings in the next few years. 

Located in Baku’s most prestigious neighborhood, in the heart of the business, shopping, and entertainment district, the JW Marriott Absheron Baku is a modern and stylish hotel in keeping with the relaxed elegance and effortless luxury synonymous with the JW Marriott brand.  Just 25 minutes from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the hotel offers easy access and luxury accommodation to business and leisure travelers to Baku. 

JW Marriott Absheron RoomThe 243 elegantly appointed guestrooms, including 15 Executive Studios and Presidential Suite, offer exceptional comfort and stunning views of the Caspian Sea. Boasting natural textures and colors reflecting the Azerbaijan landscape, the rooms also feature the latest technologies, contemporary furnishings and luxurious bed and bath linens. 

The hotel features a fully equipped business center and 3200 square meters of flexible meeting space flooded with natural light, including a spectacular 1,208 square meter column-free ballroom with high ceilings and panoramic views perfect for weddings, banquets or galas.  The idyllic spa with sea views sets the stage for a truly relaxing experience, while the 24-hour fitness center features the hotel’s crowning glory - a rooftop indoor pool overlooking the sea.

Dining at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku takes guests on a culinary journey with four options including the Fireworks Oriental Kitchen where Azerbaijan, Turkish, Iranian and Indian cuisines are masterfully crafted with the spices and flavors of the region, and the OroNero Bar & Ristorante where the delights of fashionable northern Italy from Parma to Milan can be enjoyed in an al fresco setting.  The Razzmatazz Cocktail Bar&Lounge offers a sophisticated and sociable setting while the delicatessen style Zest Lifestyle Cafe provides an informal, flexible option for any time of day.

About JW Marriott - JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of exceptional properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels and resorts 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 54 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2014 the portfolio will encompass 76 properties in 28 countries.  For more information visit www.jwmarriotthotels.com.

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06/25/2012

Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport Says Aloha

Courtyard Maui Kahului AirportIntuitive Lobby Design Features High-Tech GoBoard® 4.0, Flexible Work and Social Spaces and 24/7 Food and Beverage Market.

Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport opened its doors this month and welcomed guests to its innovative lobby and room design on the picturesque island. This latest Courtyard is the brand’s fourth in its Hawaii portfolio and the first managed by Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR). Located at 532 Keolani Place, the hotel is owned by R.D. Olson Development and features the Refreshing Business lobby that offers flexible private/public space, media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings.

The 128-room, 10-suite Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport helps guests stay connected, productive and comfortable. Thoughtfully planned, each room features plush bedding, functional work space with an ergonomic chair, spacious bathrooms, a separate seating area and complimentary in-room high-speed Internet. Individual climate control, 37-inch LCD high-definition televisions and iPod docking stations help add to guests’ comfort.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport provides convenient access to Maui’s pristine beaches, the area’s top attractions, including Upcountry Maui, Paia and Road to Hana, as well as the Kahului Airport, for which complimentary shuttle service is offered.

Courtyard by Marriott understands business travelers, and, through extensive research, the brand continues to evolve to meet guests’ changing needs. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the adaptable lobby space allows guests options to make the most of their time on the road.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard by Marriott. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. The Courtyard lobby invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or be entertained, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.” 

The open, bright and contemporary Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in and allow staff to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance. Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.

Dining has also been completely redesigned with The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.®, offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind. Coffee lovers can also enjoy freshly brewed Starbucks coffee. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste mistakenly left behind.

A key component of the Courtyard lobby is the newly enhanced GoBoard® 4.0, which presents local information, maps, weather, and headline news on a 55-inch LCD touch screen. Designed with today’s busy traveler in mind, the award-winning GoBoard® features mobile integration, enabling guests to send directions from the GoBoard® directly to their smart phones. Guests can also touch the screen for immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment and local event information, and walking directions.

Throughout the hotel, guests can connect to free WiFi, and there are ample electrical outlets in the lobby to power digital devices. The business library features several complimentary computer terminals, along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status. Guests can also take advantage of state-of-the-art meeting space, a well-equipped fitness center, surfboard storage and a sparkling outdoor pool, complete with relaxing cabanas and a whirlpool.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located by side exits.

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 910 locations in 38 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.
 
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