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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.

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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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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. 

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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.

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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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06/18/2012

Marriott International Opens Landmark Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe in the Heart of China’s Third-Largest City

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel - ExteriorMarriott International today announced the opening of Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe, the latest addition to the company’s signature Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand. Ideally located in the center of Tianhe Business District, Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe is adjacent to Pearl River New City – home to the majority of Guangzhou’s international companies and a growing tourist hub.

“With its unbeatable location on Tianhe Road and Marriott International’s commitment to delivering exceptional service, we expect Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe to raise the benchmark for upscale accommodations in this key region,” said Henry Lee, Senior Vice President for Marriott International in Greater China. “The popularity of the Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand continues to grow in China, and we are delighted to partner with Guangzhou Grandview Enterprise Co. Ltd, the hotel’s owning company, to strengthen our presence in the country’s third-largest city with this landmark new opening.”

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel TianheFeaturing deluxe city views, four unique dining destinations and 895 square meters of multifunctional event space, the hotel has been carefully designed to cater to the needs of the region’s discerning event professionals, as well as business and leisure travelers.

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe’s 319 well-appointed guest rooms and suites offer plug-and-play laptop connectivity with television, high speed wireless and wired Internet and premium bath essentials.

There are three expansive atriums located in the hotel, providing a relaxed meeting point for guests above Tianhe’s bustling city center. The Health Club and heated indoor pool also offer guests the perfect opportunity to unwind.

“An oasis of calm in a busy city, Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe showcases the world-class amenities, service and design for which Marriott Hotels & Resorts is famous,” said Alain Po, General Manager. “We are confident in our ability to promote both the hotel and destination to local and international travellers.”

Featuring 895 square meters of event space, including two pillar-free ballrooms and a multi-function room divisible into five sections, the hotel offers comfortably spacious meeting, banquet or cocktail facilities. All facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems and
Wi-Fi, with dedicated wedding planners also available.

The hotel’s four dining options are destinations in themselves. Man Ho, the hotel’s signature restaurant, serves authentic Cantonese cuisine using only the freshest ingredients from the Pearl River Delta, as well as native ingredients that are characteristic of the Guangdong province’s rich countryside. For intimate dining experiences, Man Ho offers a selection of uniquely stylish private rooms.

Guests can enjoy local and international flavours at City Bistro, an all-day dining restaurant set to impress with its lavish fresh seafood buffet and seasonal à la carte offerings. Fresh coffee, pastries and bites-to-go are also available at Java+, while the fifth floor’s The Lounge provides an elegant setting for guests to enjoy afternoon tea or an evening cocktail.

With two Metro Lines right in front of the hotel, the hotel is located at 228 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou. It is within five minutes to Guangzhou East Railway Station and 15 minutes to Guangzhou Pazhou International Exhibition Center. Additionally, Grandview Mall is next door - one of Asia’s largest shopping centers – where guests can delight in more than 750 shops, restaurants, and entertainment facilities, including an indoor ice skating rink, 3D cinema and arcade games center.

In celebration of the hotel’s grand opening, Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe is offering a special rate from CNY1,200 per night, valid until 31 August 2012, which includes of CNY400 Food & Beverage cash coupon and earn 1,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International's signature and most widely distributed brand, with more than 500 hotels and resorts in 54 countries.  Marriott continues to inspire 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. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.  
 
About Marriott International: 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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06/13/2012

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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