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10/14/2014

Renaissance Hotels and The Creative Coalition Launch of "The Art of Discovery"

Art of DiscoveryPhotographed by Jeff Vespa, Edited by Robin Bronk, Designed and Art Directed by Nancy Rouemy  

New Literary Project Captures Moments of Discovery from World’s Most Celebrated Artists

New York, Oct. 14, 2014 In a world where we’re pressed for time and inspiration, moments of discovery have become a most precious gift. Today, The Creative Coalition and Renaissance Hotels join forces to encourage consumers to think about their own personal moments of discovery with the official launch of the new book, “The Art of Discovery.” The literary and photographic project beautifully captures that singular moment in time that can act as a personal muse, featuring 100 beloved celebrity portraits shot by renowned photographer Jeff Vespa accompanied by insightful stories edited by The Creative Coalition's CEO Robin Bronk. “The Art of Discovery” design and art direction were created by typographer and award-winning art director Nancy Rouemy of We Live Type Ltd.

Renaissance - The Art of DiscoveryAvailable on amazon.com, the book takes readers on a journey from Jane Lynch’s  very first stage debut to Kurt Russell revealing the most sacred details of the first few hours of his newborn son’s life, “The Art of Discovery” is a collection of revelations from the world’s most beloved artists and entertainers who share the most heartwarming moments of their lives.  Other featured luminaries include actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly, Adam Driver, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Groff, Ethan Hawke, Anna Kendrick, Jared Leto, John Leguizamo, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Gabourey Sidibe, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts, Forest Whitaker, Shailene Woodley, and others.

“After months of carefully curating thousands of stills and hours of inspirational storytelling, we are   proud to debut this powerful piece,” said Robin Bronk, editor of the book and CEO of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.  “The Creative Coalition found an ideal sponsor in discovery with Renaissance Hotels, and it is our hope that this book, full of deeply personal stories – many that have never been revealed publicly – will encourage readers in their own pursuit of discovery.”

The book, published by Rizzoli, is available now on Amazon.com will be celebrated at a star-studded gala tonight at Marquee in New York City. A portion of book sales will go to support the arts education advocacy programs of The Creative Coalition.

“It’s incredible to think of how the creative arts – music, photography, film, and more – can be so poignant in our lives, whether we’re actors, artists or business-traveling road warriors,” said Toni Stoeckl, vice president of lifestyle brands for Marriott International, Inc. “Renaissance Hotels invested in this project as part of our ongoing brand promise to ‘Live Life to Discover.’ Just like today’s next-generation lifestyle business traveler hopes to make time to discover even when on the road, we hope to inspire our guests to ignite their own curiosity and make discoveries through the arts as they canvas the globe.”

“The Art of Discovery” book is available for $45.00 USD at major book retailers, as well as online via amazon.com. For more information please visit renhotels.com/theartofdiscovery or thecreativecoalition.org.

Capture Your Personal Moment of Discovery

This fall, The Creative Coalition and Renaissance Hotels proudly invite consumers to share their personal stories of inspiration for a chance to win an “Art of Discovery” experience of their own. One lucky winner and a guest will be travel to Southern California for a stay at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa and an exclusive photo shoot with celebrity photographer Jeff Vespa, capturing their very own moment of discovery. 

Share your moment of discovery at renhotels.com/theartofdiscovery and online via  #ArtofDiscovery.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jeff Vespa is a photographer and the CEO and founder of Verge. He is also one of the cofounders of WireImage, the largest entertainment photo agency in the world. He was previously the editor-at-large for LIFE.com and the West Coast special projects editor of Los Angeles Confidential magazine. Robin Bronk is an author and CEO of The Creative Coalition.  She is a frequent speaker on the role of entertainment in advocacy and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, People, Boston Globe, The Washington Post; and is a guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, Fox and other broadcast outlets.  Ms. Bronk is a contributor to The Huffington Post, has edited two other books, “Art & Soul” and “If You Had Five Minutes With the President," and pens a weekly "Five Minutes..." column for The Hill newspaper. “The Art of Discovery” is designed by typographer and award-winning art director Nancy Rouemy.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE COALITION (www.thecreativecoalition.org)
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president.

ABOUT RIZZOLI
Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Italian communications giant RCS Media Group.  Rizzoli began its publishing operation in 1974 and has since become an industry leader in the fields of art, architecture, interior design, photography, haute couture, and gastronomy.  In 1990 the Universe imprint was added, marking Rizzoli’s entrée into the pop-culture worlds of humor, fashion, beauty, sports, performing arts, and gay and alternative lifestyles. Universe also publishes economical versions of Rizzoli books, and it is under the Universe imprint that the company publishes its highly successful calendar program. In 2008 a new imprint for the house was established called Skira Rizzoli, with the goal of expanding the company’s presence in museum-related publishing, and in 2011, Rizzoli established Ex Libris, an imprint dedicated to publishing up-market literary fiction and nonfiction with a transatlantic character.

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Media Contacts:
Renaissance Hotels
Verona Carter
verona.carter@ritzcarlton.com / 786-470-3434

Kelly McKenna
kmckenna@talktocurrent.com / 212-445-8380 

The Creative Coalition
Allison Risbridger
arisbridger@thecreativecoalition.org / 646-717-9912

Vespa Pictures
Jessie Cohen
jessie@jessieiscohen.com / 415-623-0150

09/17/2014

Renaissance Hotels Unveils Fall Music Lineup

GROUPLOVEGuests Discover Emerging Talent with Exclusive Performances by LA ROUX and Capital Cities

Go Behind the Scenes with GROUPLOVE, DJ Cassidy and Walk the Moon 
 

Bethesda, Md., September 17, 2014 Renaissance Hotels (www.renhotels.com), known for inspiring travelers to Live Life to Discover®, announced today its fall schedule of signature live events and unique multi-media programming.  In partnership with AEG, a leading entertainment and sports company, Renaissance Hotels is set to provide guests and locals with exclusive access to the music’s most sought after emerging artists all season long.

Capital CitiesRenaissance Hotels Events
This isn’t your average concert series - Renaissance Hotels creates opportunities for guests to discover new music on-site at select hotels and discover the destination through each artist’s eyes.  Hotels bring discovery to life through local tastes, sights and sounds that offer truly authentic experiences curated with the help of each artist to complement the live performances. Upcoming events include: 

  • Grammy award winning LA ROUX performs at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California on September 24th. Singer Elly Jawill play songs from the new album Trouble in Paradise.
  • Capital Cities, a pop group from Los Angeles who first met on Craig’s List, will bring their unique sounds to the Renaissance Chicago Downtown on November 6th for a special performance while guests sip and sample some of the band’s favorite spirits and fares. 

Tune in!
Renaissance Hotels and AEG have produced The Navigator Live, a documentary-style special series capturing live performances held at Renaissance Hotels earlier this year.  Debuting this month, the program also features exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage as the artists discover new experiences  while on the road.   The Navigator Live will air on AXS TV, Renaissance Hotels’ in-room television channels, Renhotels.com and Renaissance Hotels’ YouTube channel.  

  • Wednesday, September 17:  Join alternative rock band GROUPLOVE as they introduce us to their favorite NYC discoveries including Veselka & Cake Shop in the East Village and Willamsburg’s Southside Guitars before performing at R Lounge at the Renaissance Times Square. 
  • Wednesday, September 24: Follow critically acclaimed alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON as they pop into their favorite BBQ spot and visit the studio where they recorded their first album before they arrive at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel to preview songs from their sophomore album out later this year. 
  • Wednesday, October 1:  Spend a day in the life of world famous DJ Cassidy as he explores Denver enjoying a pre-show meal at Sushi Den and checks out local antique jewelry store Victoriana before spinning live to celebrate the opening of the new Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.  

Fall Festival Alert:
Held annually in Las Vegas, the Life is Beautiful Festival brings together amazing music, world class food, iconic public speakers and phenomenal art together for an incredible three day event. This year, Renaissance Hotels will be on-site to share in the experiences. Visit http://lifeisbeautiful.com/ for more information. 

Discover More!
For a full schedule of music performances as well as local art, culinary and film events, visit www. renhotels.com/events or www.facebook.com/renhotels.

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

About AEG
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China),  Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England).  Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Club Nokia, and a 54-story, 1001-room convention "headquarters" destination.  In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, assets of AEG Sports include franchises such as the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo and the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race.  Along with AEG Facilities, other global divisions include AEG Live, the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions and AEG Global Partnerships, responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships, naming rights and other strategic partnerships.  In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program featuring the industry's first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced AXS a comprehensive entertainment platform serving as the company’s primary consumer brand including AXS Ticketing which provides fans the opportunity to purchase tickets directly from their favorite venues via a user-friendly ticketing interface, Examiner.com and the AXS TV network.  For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com.

Contacts: 
Catherine Leitner; catherine.leitner@marriott.com; 646-726-4599

Kelly McKenna; kmckenna@talktocurrent.com; 212-445-8380

09/02/2014

Landmark Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Brings Cutting Edge Lifestyle to Chinese Capital City

Beijing-Renaissance-Wangfujing-Hotel-(Forbidden-City-view)Renaissance Hotels opens second gem in Beijing with stylish address overlooking Forbidden City on historic Wangfujing Street

Beijing, China, September 1, 2014 Renaissance Hotels (www.renhotels.com), a hotel brand known for inspiring its guests to Live Life to Discover®, proudly debuts its second hotel in Beijing with the introduction of the 329-room Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing. The stylish new hotel overlooks the famed Forbidden City on historic Wangfujing Street. Download images.

Beijing Renaissance Wangfujing Hotel Hutong wideRenaissance Beijing Wangfujing joins the Renaissance Beijing Capital in the capital city and a fast-growing portfolio of 18 hotels in China including six in Shanghai and three in Tianjin, with additional locations in Suzhou, Wuhan, Sanya, Huizhou, Guiyan, Chengdu and Hong Kong. The latest opening brings the total number Marriott International offerings to 72 hotels across six brands.

Wangfujing Street has been a center of activity for thousands of years and the pedestrian pathway remains popular to this day with visitors and locals. As one of China’s longest pedestrian streets as well as a heritage site, it is an iconic symbol of Beijing and a “must-see” attraction when visiting the capital city. The new hotel blends history with ultra-modern design in the hotel’s distinctive two-sided building, with one side facing the Forbidden City and the other side facing Wangfujing Street, paying homage to the ancient and modern themes.

Beijing Renaissance Wangfujing Hotel ballroomThe Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel features the latest innovations in design and décor, technology and culinary. The lobby design reflects the 24/7 work patterns of the modern business traveller, allowing for a smooth transitioning from work to relaxation. Each contemporary designed guestroom and suite offers an expressive style with a soothing colour palette, complemented by an artful blend of luxury amenities including plush bedding, flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless high-speed internet. The hotel’s executive lounge offers sweeping panoramic views of the Forbidden City.

“This is an exciting time for Renaissance Hotels and for our guests who are discovering fabulous new design, local culinary inspiration and discovery around every corner,” said Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International.  “We are thrilled to once again introduce the excitement of Renaissance Hotels to the ancient heart of the capital, embracing the spirit of this fabled destination.”

Destination dining includes Hutong Place, an exclusive venue for private dining and entertainment, with imperial Qing Dynasty Palace cuisine; authentic Cantonese cuisine at residential-style signature Chinese restaurant Wanli; signature cocktails and live music at R Bar; fresh open kitchen fare at all-day restaurant Food Studio. 

Distinctive guest programming include the 24-hour Navigator service – a lifestyle hospitality concierge featuring hotel Ambassadors specially trained to bring the local destination to life for guests, and live entertainment events showcasing emerging music, culinary, art and more.

Renaissance Hotels signature R.E.N Meetings program will be offered, with space including the largest ballroom in the area (10,006 square feet) and five additional meeting rooms – all equipped with the very latest technology. For leisure and relaxation, the hotel features an indoor swimming pool, state-of–the-art fitness centre and tranquil spa.

In celebration of its opening, Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing is offering an introductory special for RMB 980++ a night deluxe accommodation.  Buffet breakfast for just an extra RMB 1 – and half price breakfast for the second guest. The offer is valid through December 31, 2014.

Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing is operating under a management agreement with owners China Jin Mao Investment Group. “I would like to express our gratitude to our owning partner for its enormous support and confidence in Marriott International and Renaissance Hotels,” added Mr Lee.

He Cao, Chairman of China Jin Mao Group said: “This new landmark hotel bridging ancient and modern in the historic heart of Beijing is a perfect fit with the Renaissance philosophy of adventure and discovery.”

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

For more information or reservations, call Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel directly at    +86 10 6520 8888, visit www.renaissancebeijingwangfujing.com or email

rhi.bjswf.sales@renaissancehotels.com. The Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel participates in Marriott Rewards, the global rewards program that allows members to earn points or airline miles for every dollar spent during their stay.

Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel’s website: www.renaissancebeijingwangfujing.com

Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel’s official Weibo: http://weibo.com/u/5216700740

About Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
The stylish lifestyle address on historic Wangfujing Street features an artful blend of luxury amenities and distinctive service near Tiananmen Square and Beijing Capital Theater, with views over the fabled Forbidden City from half of its 329 guest rooms and suites.Event facilities and services include the largest ballroom in the area, at 10,006 square feet, and five tech savvy meeting rooms – all equipped with the very latest in state-of-the-art audio visual technologies. Recreational facilities extend from an indoor swimming pool and state-of–the-art fitness centre to a relaxing spa. Destination dining includes TheHutong Place, an opulent and exclusive venue for private dining and entertainment, with Qing Dynasty Palace cuisine; authentic Cantonese cuisine at residential-style signature Chinese restaurant Wanli; cocktails, light fare and live music at R Bar; fresh open kitchen fare at all-day restaurant Food Studio.                                                                                                                                                  

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

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com

08/26/2014

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel Debuts in Historic Bartlett Building

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown:

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

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

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

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com

06/13/2014

Renaissance Hotels Presents Summer of Music with Thomas Dybdahl and Lucy Rose

Thomas Dybdahl jpg Exclusive performances in extraordinary locations that inspire discovery.

London, United Kingdom– June 13, 2014Renaissance Hotels presents a summer schedule of live music from several vibrant European city locations over the coming months.  From sun-drenched rooftops to city gardens and historic lobbies, some of the hotels’ most inspiring spaces will host a line-up of exciting artists including Thomas Dybdahl and Lucy Rose.

Offering a rare opportunity to see international artists perform in intimate settings, the one-off events are designed to inspire memorable travel Lucy Roseexperiences such as listening to Thomas Dybdahl from the seclusion of the city garden at Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero, or watching Lucy Rose in the enchanting Koepelkerk, a unique 17th century domed church at the Renaissance Amsterdam.  The performances, representing an ongoing programme of music events in Europe, are free to attend but places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Kicking off the summer schedule is Thomas Dybdahl, a hugely popular Norwegian artist famous for his bluesy folk music and often compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake.  Thomas has achieved an impressive five multi-platinum albums, four Number 1 albums, two coveted Norwegian Grammys and international acclaim:

“Each song has the delicate suspense of a drawn breath” – NY Times

“One of the most talented singer-songwriters” – Q Magazine

Thomas is performing two exclusive shows in Paris on 26 June: 

An intimate afternoon performance in the hotel’s beautiful walled city garden

An evening performance in the chic Makassar Bar & Lounge, just steps from the landmark Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées 

Thomas’ performance will mark Renaissance Hotels’ Global Day of Discovery, an annual event in which thousands of guests at more than 155 Renaissance properties worldwide are invited to experience inspiring events that celebrate local discoveries and music.  

Next up is Lucy Rose, a British artist who, with her disarming voice and candid lyrics, has gained a status and fan-base most new artists can only dream of.  Her biggest videos have clocked up over two million views and her debut album ‘Like I Used To’ was received with critical acclaim:

“One of the country’s most promising new voices”  “Utterly beautiful” - Sunday Times 

“Gentle, folky, confidential tone, undershot by a coolness of intelligence and self-possession” - The Daily Telegraph

Lucy is performing at three Renaissance hotels in July: 

Lucy will perform in CUIT Bar & Lounge, a rooftop bar and terrace with outstanding views across Barcelona

Lucy will perform in the stunning garden of the historic hotel, a former military riding school dating back to the 1850s

The atmospheric Koepelkerk will host 500 people for the tour finale

A third European tour taking place in the autumn will be announced soon.  For more information on other Renaissance events taking place around the world, visit:  www.renhotels.com/events

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

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL:
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

06/12/2014

Renaissance Hotels Debuts in Belarus

Renaissance Minsk HotelLondon, June 12, 2014 Renaissance Hotels (www.renhotels.com), a hotel brand known for inspiring travellers to Live Life to Discover®, announced today the opening of the Renaissance Minsk Hotel, representing the first Marriott International hotel to open in Belarus.  Centrally located in Minsk’s thriving business district, the modern new hotel is a short walking distance to the city’s cultural treasures including the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre.  The hotel is operated by an affiliate of U.S. based Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Download images.

The 267 comfortably appointed guestrooms, many with balconies overlooking the city, are elegantly designed with wood floors and panelling, and a neutral colour palette of cream and beige.  Modern lighting and leather furniture complete a contemporary and sophisticated look.  The spacious Penthouse Suite offers two bedrooms, a living room and a private terrace whilst the luxurious Presidential Suite features a kitchen, a private dining area and a Jacuzzi. 

Renaissance Minsk Hotel poolWelcoming public areas offer comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi and areas to work and socialise alongside two dining options: the "Arborea" restaurant and the Lobby Bar, which serve a variety of European, Belarusian and signature dishes.  Additional facilities include a state-of-the art fitness centre with indoor pool, and a spa featuring Russian and Finnish saunas.   Meetings and special events may be hosted in any of the seven spacious meeting rooms, or the hotel’s expansive Grand Ballroom, which is the largest in the city.

Renaissance Hotels’ onsite Navigators are on hand to help guests discover the best of Minsk including bars, restaurants and historical sites such as Troitsky Suburb, an old town rebuilt in 19th century style on the Svisloch River.

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

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

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide.  Interstate and its affiliates manage nearly 400 hotels with 71,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 35 hotels with 6,200 rooms under construction or development throughout the world.   For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit www.interstatehotels.com.

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Renaissance Hotels Kicks Off a Summer of Discovery With Third Annual Global Day of Discovery

Global Day of DiscoveryExclusive events demonstrate how business travel inspires enriching experiences.  

Bethesda, Md., USA – June 12, 2014 – Renaissance Hotels (www.renhotels.com), a hotel brand known for inspiring its guests to Live Life to Discover®, will host its third annual Global Day of Discovery on June 26th at more than 150 of its hotels around the world. On this day, nearly every Renaissance Hotel will celebrate by offering both hotel guests and the local community the opportunity to get out and discover something new by hosting exclusive musical, culinary, art or culturally focused events and unique local excursions designed by hotel NAVIGATORS to showcase the unique stories of each destination.   For a complete list of events, visit www.renhotels.com/events.

The Day of Discovery celebration officially kicks off Renaissance Hotels’ Summer of Discovery calendar, a summer-long program of exclusive events at all 157 hotels around the world designed to help travelers experience the best discoveries of the season.  Now, it’s easier than ever for travelers and locals to plan their calendar by visiting Renaissance Hotels’ dedicated events website at www.renhotels.com/events.  Renaissance Hotels’ robust line-up of ongoing and Sumer of Discovery events will be updated in real time as new experiences are unveiled by each hotel.

“We make a promise to our hotel guests that every time they step into a Renaissance Hotel they are inspired to discover and experience something new and meaningful,” said Toni Stoeckl, Vice President for Renaissance Hotels. “Celebrating our Global Day of Discovery is just one way that we encourage guests to Live Life to Discover by inspiring travelers and locals to make the most of their time in a destination by visiting a new local art gallery or listening to an emerging musician perform in one of our hotel lobbies.”

A sampling of events taking place around the world on June 26th includes:

  • World famous DJ Cassidy will spin live to celebrate the opening of the new Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel located in the landmark Colorado National Bank Building.
  • Passion Pit will help commemorate the opening of the new Renaissance Santiago Hotel with an exclusive DJ Set.  The special opening event will also feature a photography exhibit and silent auction with proceeds benefitting the rebuilding of Valparaíso in light of the tragic fires that plagued the city earlier this year.
  • Emerging indie rock band Walk the Moon will preview songs from their upcoming album with a live performance at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel.
  • Norwegian Grammy winner Thomas Dybdahl will perform some of his hit songs, first at Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel in the hotel’s outdoor garden, followed by a performance at the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel in the chic Makassar Bar & Lounge.
  • Join the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel to explore Port City, a local micro-brewery, followed by a water taxi ride to the Washington DC area’s newest attraction, the Capital Ferris Wheel.
  • On the eve of Glastonbury and to kick start the British music festival season, the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London is providing guests the opportunity to discover this summer’s hottest new band, Hudson Taylor.
  • Fashion enthusiasts in New York City will enjoy an Elie Tahari trunk show in celebration of the designer’s 40th anniversary in fashion on Renaissance Hotel 57’s rooftop terrace.
  • Renaissance Nashville Hotel kicks off the "Hero Behind the Hits" series with a performance and discussion with award winning songwriter, Gordon Kennedy, who has penned hits for the likes of Eric Clapton, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill.
  • Depart the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel to discover the history of the Big Easy during a cocktail walking tour to experience some of the French Quarter’s most famous bars and restaurants, followed by a performance from local jazz artist Kristin Diable and The City at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel.
  • Guests of Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa will visit the Walled City of Lucca, one of the world’s most magnificent and intact Renaissance-era city walls. 
  • The Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel will explore the hidden gems of Old Cairo by inviting guests to discover the charm of the Citadel, a medieval Islamic fort near the center of Cairo, famous for its grand views of the city.   
  • Curacao’s best local fashion designers and musicians will come together to showcase their talents at the Island Music and Fashion Festival at the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino.
  • The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa will feature Chicago based Artist Patrick Skoff, best known for "The Art Hunt," where selected works are hidden around the city for guests to discover via social media clues.
  • The Renaissance Sao Palo Hotel will unveil never before seen work of famed local graffiti artist Conrado Zanotto set to live music in the hotel’s lobby lounge.
  • Guests are invited to the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel’s premier Stargazing Event, a guided exploration of the cosmic ceiling with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) on the hotel’s rooftop. 
  • As soccer (or football) takes the summer stage, join the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel to participate in a mini competition during an outside BBQ with live music and live viewing of soccer games to compete for fabulous prizes.
  • The Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing Hotel will provide insider access to the Shanghai Museum of Glass where guests can experience the magical, colorful, sparkling and crystal-clear world of glass featuring interactive and live demonstrations.

Share Your Discovery!

Additional social media elements designed to engage guests and offer unexpected surprises will take place throughout the summer and to kick this off, from June 12-27th, Renaissance Hotels is running a competition encouraging fans to share their best business travel stories.  Entrants will be asked to share a photo with caption on Twitter and Instagram, tagging @RenHotels and using the hashtags #businessbrag and #contest.  Two winners will be eligible to win. The first will win a trip to the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel to experience an exclusive music performance by Lucy Rose. The second will win a year of tickets to AEG concert venues, and a stay at a U.S. Renaissance Hotel of choice.
Winners will be announced on June 30th via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit www.renhotels.com/businessbrag for more information

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

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

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com or alicia.clarke@talktocurrent.com

06/04/2014

Renaissance Hotels Set to Expand Global Footprint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NADAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com; or kmckenna@talktocurrent.com

06/02/2014

Marriott International Accelerates Growth in Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels With Plans to Add 200 Hotels Over the Next Three Years

JW-Marriott-VeniceRapid Global Expansion Strategy Leads the Industry.

New York, New York - June 2, 2014 – Marriott International, (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced plans to significantly grow its global portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands.  Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

 “The luxury and lifestyle category is stronger than ever and we see demand continuing to rise worldwide,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO.  “Next generation travelers are poised to comprise more than 60 percent of our business over the next four years, and already represent a broad spectrum of diverse cultures and lifestyles that view travel as an important way to enrich their lives.  Our approach to the luxury and lifestyle segment embraces this trend and is shaping our development strategy.”

“The company’s current luxury and lifestyle portfolio totals 449 hotels across eight brands, each offering its own unique personality and distinctive guest experience.   We have put the power of Marriott behind the growth of iconic brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, as well as newer brands including EDITION, Autograph Collection and AC Hotels by Marriott. At the same time, the company continues to introduce new brands such as Moxy Hotels, and continues to evolve its Renaissance Hotels brand globally. We are delighted with the success of these tremendous brands, part of our aggressive strategy to lead in the luxury and lifestyle category.”

Also today as part of this segment-wide strategy, Marriott International officially launched its new campaign, #LoveTravels, a multicultural campaign that conveys the company’s commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel. The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Renaissance Hotels are all participating in the ground breaking campaign which features visually powerful images shot by acclaimed photographer Braden Summers that will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S.

The breadth of the company’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio is largely represented by the following brands globally:

The Ritz-Carlton opened six properties in 2013, including hotels in Chengdu and Tianjin in China; Aruba; Herzliya, Israel; Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bangalore, India. Most recently, The Ritz-Carlton opened its first hotel in the U.S. since 2010 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California.  Growth plans call for 15 additional hotels between now and by year-end 2016 including in Nanjing, China; Rabat, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Los Cabos, Mexico; Tunis, Tunisia; Haikou, China; Panama City, Panama; Bali, Indonesia and Macao.

Through an acclaimed partnership with legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, EDITION hotels are stunning microcosms of the world’s top cities. EDITION combines the best in service, food, beverage and entertainment which Ian Schrager is known for with the global reach and operational expertise of Marriott International. Following the highly successful debut of The London EDITION last September, the brand is on target to open in Miami Beach this fall and will debut in New York City’s landmark Clock Tower building in the spring of 2015. Future hotels are also planned for Abu Dhabi (2015), Gurgaon, India (2015), Sanya, China (2015), Bangkok (2016) and West Hollywood (2017), as well as the recently announced Times Square EDITION in New York City (2017).

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will debut in Italy in early 2015 on the private island of Sacca Sessola, a short boat ride from the stunning city of Venice. In addition, the brand is on schedule to open 23 new hotels in the next two years, growing from 64 to 87 hotels in 29 countries by the end of 2016. Centered in the idea of well-being, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts offers a collection of partnerships with leading luxury brands in nutrition, culinary, art, culture, and wellness as part of the brand’s commitment to delivering a deeper and more meaningful luxury guest experience at each of its hotels worldwide.

Autograph Collection continues to grow rapidly having reached its 60th hotel milestone in less than three years. Exactly like nothing else and the fastest brand launch in the history of the industry, the unique collection allows independent hotels the opportunity to tap into Marriott International’s powerful sales and marketing platforms including Marriott.com and the award winning Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program. With twenty hotels expected to join this year, the portfolio is an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from iconic properties such as The Algonquin Hotel in New York City to the luxurious 15 room Kessler Canyon hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City CenterMaking its debut in world class destinations including Santiago, Chile and the south of France, Renaissance Hotels is on track to open nine hotels in 2014. With five hotels launched thus far and four additional locations on schedule to open, the portfolio plans to celebrate more than 160 hotels in 37 countries by year-end.  Renaissance Hotels is designed around making business travel fun again and helping its guests to discover unexpected surprises with every stay, whether it’s listening to live music in the lobbies, taking in a pop-up art exhibit or simply enjoying handcrafted cocktails and locally inspired foods.  It is a sophisticated hotel brand whose mission is to encourage today’s modern business traveler to Live Life to DiscoverSM and make every business trip an opportunity to experience a new story that can be shared.

AC Hotels by Marriott, a brand concept launched in Europe in 2011 as a joint venture with Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, plans to open its first hotel in the U.S. this fall at the Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans, quickly followed by locations in Kansas City and Miami in early 2015. AC Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. Inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, the brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinctly urban feel. A sleek and modern approach to design combined with unique elements which embody the character of each destination; growth plans for the brand include more than 30 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Developed following extensive research and created with the next generation traveler in mind, Moxy Hotels expects to debut in Europe this September at Milan’s Malpensa Airport in Italy. A fresh and innovative lifestyle hotel brand combining stylish design and approachable service at a reasonable price, Moxy Hotels is one of the newest and most exciting brands within the category. The brand is set to open additional locations in key cities throughout Europe by the end of 2016 including Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt in Germany; Oslo, Norway; London, United Kingdom and Aberdeen, Scotland. Early growth estimates predict the brand could reach 150 hotels within the next ten years.   

*Marriott International’s total luxury and lifestyle portfolio currently includes 449 hotels representing The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (89), Bulgari Hotels (3), EDITION (2), JW Marriott Hotels (64), Autograph Collection (60), Renaissance (157), AC Hotels by Marriott (72), and Protea Fire & Ice Hotels (2). The category will officially expand to nine brands following the debut of Moxy Hotels in Milan this fall.

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 77 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com.

05/20/2014

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com