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06/04/2015

Residence Inn Spices Up Social Hour for Travelers

The MixBethesda, Md., June 4, 2015 – Food trucks, grilling, a taste of the hottest local eats and sweets, all washed down by premium beers in a relaxing social setting…what’s not to love? These are today’s food trends and one that Residence Inn by Marriott is embracing with its new program Residence Inn MixTM.  The leading extended stay brand brings a fresh approach to the concept of social hour with a reimagined experience that combines multiple local culinary options, upgraded beverage offerings and the perfect atmosphere to mingle.  

#InnTheMix“Residence Inn understands extended stay guests and we know people who travel for longer periods crave variety.  We also see younger travelers wanting to trade in evenings at a buzzy bar for a more comfortable way to relax and reconnect,” says Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “The Residence Inn Mix changes things up and brings that fun energy and local flare into the kind of setting that truly brings the social back to the evening social.”

Offered three nights per week at Residence Inn’s nearly 700 locations, these experiential evening gatherings encourages guests to interact and connect with the destination. Themed nights include: 

  • It's On (Mondays) - Meet other guests for some "must-see TV" or hang by the fire pit with a variety of light-fare appetizers.
  • Off the Grill (Tuesdays) - Join in for conversation and great eats, hot off the grill.
  • Food Truck (Alternating Wednesdays) - Get to know the local area's most popular food trucks.
  • Local Flavors (Alternating Wednesdays) - Sample specialties from famous local hot spots.
  • Just Desserts (Alternating Wednesdays) - Reward yourself with something sweet and savory.
  • Out & About (Anytime) - Stop by the front desk to get the lowdown on the best local spots and what's abuzz in town.

The Residence Inn Mix“Our research found that more than half of frequent business travelers are looking for something to do without needing to leave the hotel on long stays,” said Mayer, “They want to meet others and experience the local area without the hassle of always leaving the hotel to do it – so we’re bringing local to them.”

As part of the Residence Inn Mix rollout, the brand has teamed up with leading visual discovery platform Blippar to pilot image recognition and augmented reality technologies. The augmented reality experience will be showcased at four special Residence Inn Mix launch events, starting this month in Boston, Austin, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.  Guests will be provided with blippable beverage coasters that allow them to unlock unique interactive experiences including multi-player trivial games, customizable selfies and premium Anheuser-Busch content including suggested food and beer pairings. This is the first time Blippar has partnered with a major hotel brand and is also the introduction of its new multi-player function.

Residence Inn, which created the extended stay lodging category, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and continues to introduce game changing industry direction for this segment. From new sleek branding to a chic updated lobby design, the brand evolves constantly to stay ahead of the curve and meet the needs of business travelers. The Residence Inn Mix is the newest brand offering that will help guests enjoy and thrive on their extended stay.

Follow along on Residence Inn’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms and raise a glass to a new way to “mix” work and play.

Residence Inn
With nearly 700 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn and follow Residence Inn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/residenceinn.

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

Blippar™ is the world’s fastest growing image recognition and augmented reality app. Utilizing proprietary, best-in-class image technologies, Blippar™ enables users to instantaneously pull interactive, informative digital content directly from the environment around them, their favorite publications, brands and objects via their iOS, Android or Windows devices. Since launching in the UK in 2011, Blippar™ has expanded rapidly, partnering with some of the biggest and most exciting media owners and brands in the world -- including Anheuser Busch, General Mills, Heinz, and Conde Nast. To learn more, visit blippar.com.

Contacts:
Ansley Brown                        Meredith Lovera
Marriott International           Laura Davidson Public Relations
301-380-1216                       212-696-0660
ansley.brown@marriott.com  meredith@ldpr.com

05/05/2015

Tamera Mowry-Housley and Residence Inn Reveal Stylish, Time-Saving DIY Tricks for Summer Travel

Tamera Mowry-HousleyMowry-Housley named 2015 Resident Mom of the Year

Bethesda, Md., May 5, 2015 – Tamera Mowry-Housley has multiple titles in life: wife, mother, sister, actor, author, talk show host, entrepreneur, and now one more: Resident Mom of the Year.

Today at the new Residence Inn Manhattan World Trade Center hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott celebrated its fifth annual Resident Mom of the Year award, by honoring actor and entrepreneur Tamera Mowry-Housley. The program highlights Residence Inn’s commitment to making moms’ lives easier while on the road and at home. Tamera is an inspiration by empowering women to follow their passion, and balance work, play, family and travel – all while feeling gorgeous and staying active.

With a demanding television career, a two-year-old son and a daughter on the way, Tamera understands the challenges of maximizing her time. In just one morning, between her multiple roles, she can keep a live studio audience on their toes, pack for a weeklong family vacation in Central America, and whip up a healthy snack for her toddler. As part of her partnership with Residence Inn, Tamera developed 10 special new “Mom Hacks” to help other busy mothers thrive at home and on the road. From packing tips to “weapons of mass distraction” for the kids, her tricks will help families keep their cool during the hot summer travel season, and will also be available later this month in video form on Residence Inn’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channel.

“With a home on the west coast, family in the mid-west, and work obligations on the east coast, I know what it’s like to have a travel-filled schedule that balances motherhood and a career, with some necessary ‘me-time’ thrown in the mix,” said Tamera, who currently hosts The Real, which was rated the #1 new syndicated talk show of the 2014-2015 television season among women 18-54 and was just renewed for its second season premiering this fall. She and husband Adam Housley welcomed their first child, Aden, in 2012, and are expecting a baby girl this summer.

“I’m constantly on-the-go with my family, and I love that Residence Inn is everywhere and has all the comforts of home, but even better – with features like grocery delivery service and great options at breakfast, we can focus our attention on the important things, like discovering new places and adventures,” said Tamera. Residence Inn hotels offer spacious suites with full kitchens, free Internet, swimming pools, laundry facilities and complimentary hot breakfast, so families can stick to a routine, while uncovering extra time for new experiences. Offering a peek into her personal pantry, Tamera has created an exclusive kid-friendly healthy cookie recipe for guests of Residence Inn, made with only five ingredients that can be prepared quickly at home or in a hotel suite.

“As a young mom with a thriving career, she is dedicated to her family, and offers a fresh, creative perspective that is relatable to all parents,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “Tamera is the perfect Resident Mom as she has grown up in front of our eyes, and stayed on top of her game through the various chapters and roles in her life. Similarly, Residence Inn has changed through the years, and constantly evolves to enable guests in an ever changing environment.”

Tamera started acting at a young age, reaching stardom alongside her twin sister Tia on the hit comedy Sister, Sister, which aired more than 100 episodes in six seasons, from 1994-1999. Tamera’s received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and a Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Television Actress for her work on the show. Tamera and Tia next starred on the hit Style Network reality series Tia and Tamera, which chronicled her life as she balanced her acting career along with marriage and motherhood. Most recently, Tamera debuted her book Twintuition: Double Vision with her sister Tia, which tells the story of two twin teenage girls that start having psychic visions and will be the first of a four book series with HarperCollins.  

Tamera will join Residence Inn and #KidsNTrips for a Twitter chat on May 14 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET to discuss family travel tips. Parents can join in the conversation using hashtag #KidsNTrips, for the chance to win a Residence Inn gift card, perfect for summer family travel.

Residence Inn by Marriott 
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn and follow Residence Inn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/residenceinn

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

Contact: 
Ansley Brown                         Meredith Lovera
Marriott International            Laura Davidson Public Relations
301-380-1216                        212-696-0660
ansley.brown@marriott.com   meredith@ldpr.com 

12/12/2014

Residence Inn by Marriott Adds Second Hotel in Scotland

Residence Inn AberdeenMarriott International and Aberdeen City Council Sign Major Deal for Marischal Square Hotel 

London, UK – December 12, 2014 – Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) and Aberdeen City Council have today signed an agreement to deliver a brand new Residence Inn by Marriott hotel on the new Marischal Square development in the centre of Aberdeen.  Work on the hotel, which is aimed at the extended-stay business and leisure markets, will begin in January 2015 and is expected to be completed by summer 2017. Download images.

The 126-room Residence Inn Aberdeen is part of the multi-million pound Marischal Square project which Aberdeen City Council is developing in partnership with urban regeneration and property specialist Muse Developments.  The hotel is the first Residence Inn by Marriott in the city and joins seven other Marriott International properties in Scotland including Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott hotels in the Dyce area of Aberdeen and a 107-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in the centre of Edinburgh.

Residence Inn by Marriott hotels are designed to meet the needs of extended-stay guests (five nights or more) and the new Marischal Square hotel will comprise 114 studios and 12 one bedroom suites – each with a fully equipped kitchen and separate areas for living and sleeping.   The expansive public areas will feature a Lounge Bar, Grab and Go Market, fitness centre and business centre.

Tim Walton, Vice President International Development, Marriott International, was in Aberdeen to view the hotel site and said that he was delighted to be in a position to add Aberdeen to the list of major European cities in which Residence Inn by Marriott has a presence.  

“We are thrilled to be part of the exciting development plans for Marischal Square as we continue to expand our Residence Inn by Marriott brand in Scotland.  The brand prides itself on giving guests everything they need to thrive on longer stays, and we are confident that the modern and stylish design of the hotel combined with the excellent location at the heart of Aberdeen will offer a dynamic hotel experience in the city,” said Mr Walton. 

Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “This agreement is a major boost for the city and highlights the strong appeal of both Aberdeen and the new Marischal Square development to top-flight international businesses.   Marriott International is one of the world’s leading hotel companies and to see them developing a four-star hotel on the site is a huge vote of confidence in the continuing regeneration of our city centre.”

Marischal Square, which is fully funded by Aviva Investors, will deliver a vibrant new mixed-use quarter for the city and include the new Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, Grade ‘A’ office space with associated car parking, retail, cafes, restaurants and civic space, along with public access, landscaping and public realm improvements around a site once dominated by the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters building St. Nicholas House.

About Residence Inn
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

The Residence Inn Aberdeen will join three existing Residence Inn by Marriott hotels in Europe: Residence Inn Edinburgh, Residence Inn Munich City East and Residence Inn Sarajevo.

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

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

12/08/2014

Residence Inn Helps Business Travelers Stay Connected With Their Kids

StoryBug-Marquee-Tile-DESKTOPPartnership with Cricket Media’s Story Bug enables parents to read a bedtime story with their children across the miles -

Bethesda, Md., – December 8, 2014 – Geographic distance no longer means having to compromise sacred bedtime rituals with your children. Launching today, Residence Inn by Marriott announces a partnership with Story Bug by Cricket Media, a collaborative reading app for iPhones and iPads that allows kids and their parents, grandparents and other loved ones to read stories together even if they aren’t physically in the same location.  With the help of video chat, an interactive reader and Cricket Media’s award winning collection of digital books, sharing a bedtime story while traveling has never been easier.

“We understand how difficult it is for parents who have to travel for work to maintain the daily routines for their children, especially in the evening before bedtime,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “As a part of our ongoing commitment to celebrating families, the Story Bug app helps our guests use technology in a fun and meaningful way to stay connected with their kids.”

All app users will have access to two co-branded, travel-themed books titled “I Left My Sock in San Francisco,” and “We’re on our Way.” As part of the experience, parents and their little ones will be able to see and hear each other while viewing the same digital book, plus share controls for turning pages and interacting with content. A digital hand shows where the child is pointing to on the page, so grown-ups can challenge their young readers to point to items or sound out words.

“In addition to being a fun way for families to connect, Story Bug is a great educational tool,” explained Katya Andresen, CEO at Cricket Media. “Families can choose from a vast library of digital books for children aged 0-6 that engages young readers through early development concepts and topics, such as counting, rhyming, colors, animals and more.”

Story Bug offers families access to award-winning Cricket Media content, like complete issues of Babybug Magazine and dozens of e-books for children ages 0-6. Residence Inn guests will be able to receive a free one-month subscription to the app through March 20, 2015 but there are additional ways to receive the 30 day trial outside the relaxing hotel stay. Those interested may also visit www.RuleStorytime.com to receive the 1 month free trial coupon code.  

Residence Inn by Marriott 
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn and follow Residence Inn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/residenceinn.

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

Cricket Media
Cricket Media(TSXV: CKT) is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world. Cricket Media’s 13 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug, Ladybug, Cricket® and Cobblestone® and digital apps in English and Chinese. The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools, for school and home, include the ePals virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as In2Books®, a Common Core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Cricket Media serves approximately one million classrooms and millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide. For more information, please visit www.cricketmedia.com.

Connect with ansley.brown@marriott.com

 

12/01/2014

Residence Inn by Marriott Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Residence Inn by MarriottLondon, UK – December 1, 2014 – Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand in Eastern Europe with the opening of its first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 75-suite Residence Inn Sarajevo.  The hotel, operated by an affiliate of U.S.-based Interstate Hotels & Resorts, is the first internationally-branded hotel in the country and fills a gap in the extended stay market with spacious suites and studios that enable guests to thrive on long stays.

Residence Inn by Marriott Ideal for stays of five nights or more, the Residence Inn Sarajevo comprises 62 studios and 13 suites, each with a fully-equipped kitchen and separate areas for eating, working and relaxing.  The well-designed rooms promote productivity with large, well-lit work desks, ergonomic chairs and complimentary high-speed Internet.  A welcoming and restorative feel is created throughout with warm, earthy colours and light wood fixtures and fittings.  Natural light floods the rooms through floor to ceiling windows and each suite has its own private terrace.     

Designed to meet the needs of extended-stay guests, the inviting public spaces feature flexible seating for working or relaxing and a 24-hour Market selling drinks, snacks and meals.  Additional facilities at the Residence Inn Sarajevo include free grocery delivery, airport pick up and drop off (at additional charge) and a fitness centre with sauna. 

Ideally located just twenty minutes from the airport and near the old city, the Residence Inn Sarajevo provides convenient access to the city’s historical and cultural attractions as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.  An attractive year-round destination, Sarajevo is known for its variety of summer festivals and skiing throughout the winter months.

About Residence Inn
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax.  

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

CONTACT:    
Helen Taylor
Marriott International                                 
+44 (0)20 7012 7199                                      
helen.taylor@marriott.com                              

11/17/2014

Residence Inn Announces the Next Secret Assignment for Fans of Dreamworks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar

PenguinsWin a trip for four to see “Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation”

Bethesda, Md., November 17, 2014 - Residence Inn by Marriott is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation and everyone’s favorite super-secret spies to launch the Penguins Picture Mission this fall. The contest, debuting in advance of the November 26 release of “Penguins of Madagascar,” gives fans a chance to win a getaway for four to Tampa, FL see “Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation,” and stay in a Residence Inn suite fit for only the most covert travelers.

“Residence Inn is always looking for new and creative ways to enhance the family travel experience,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “We are thrilled to align with DreamWorks Animation to bring delight to so many of our guests staying at Residence Inn properties across the country.  Additionally, Penguins fans will have a chance to star in their own mission just like our friends Rico, Skipper, Kowalski and Private through our Penguins Picture Mission.”

Contestants can enter the Penguins Picture Mission contest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by reenacting their favorite “Penguins of Madagascar” pose with the hashtag #PenguinsMissionPromo between now and December 7. Contestants can enter up to six times, once per week. Each image will be generated into an online photo gallery, giving fans a chance to check out the competition.

The grand prize includes round trip airfare to Tampa for four, a three-night stay at the Residence Inn Tampa Downtown, four tickets to see “Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation”at Busch Gardens Tampa, two-day admission tickets for four at Busch Gardens Tampa, and more. Every week for six weeks, participants will also be entered to win prizes including a package of Madagascar DVDs and a $150 Residence Inn gift card.

Throughout the partnership, Residence Inn will also feature new Penguins of Madagascar activity sheets, for kids to color on during their stay. These special activity sheets will be available at the more than 650 Residence Inn hotels nationwide.

Residence Inn by Marriott 
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn and follow Residence Inn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/residenceinn.

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

Connect with ansley.brown@marriott.comjessica@ldpr.com  

10/23/2014

Marriott's Courtyard and Residence Inn Brands Rank Number One Among Business Travelers

Courtyard and Residence InnBethesda, Md, – October 16, 2014 –Marriott International’s modern essentials and extended stay brands lead the industry according to the recently released Business Travel News' (BTN) 2014 Hotel Chain Survey. Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott earned top honors in their respective categories of the industry leading survey, which is a testament to both power brands’ focus on innovation, guest satisfaction and global development.

“I am truly proud of all those involved in making Courtyard and Residence Inn the most admired hotel brands among travelers,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, modern essential & extended stay brand management. “We constantly evolve the design and service of our brands to meet the changing demands of guests. From technology to layout of the lobbies, we listen to customers. Both brands were the pioneers of their lodging segment and it is indeed rewarding and a testament to them that they rank top of class.”

Every year, BTN asks business travel buyers to rate the hotel brands with which they conduct business. This year, Courtyard gained its spot at the top, ranked by surveyors as the number one hotel brand in the upscale tier. Courtyard was also ranked number one in most of the survey categories, used to determine the final ranking: arranging group travel, data quality, helpful/courteous service, physical appearance, public business amenities, in-room business amenities, overall price/value.

According to the survey, Residence Inn was named number one overall in the extended stay upscale tier and also number one in all but one of the survey categories: sales staff, consistency, corporate rate programs, quality of data, helpful/courteous service, physical appearance, in-room business amenities, in-room personal amenities and overall price/value.

In addition, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott ranked considerably well in the survey, showing continual popularity among guests for Marriott’s select service portfolio.

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

Connect with ansley.brown@marriott.com 

06/02/2014

Residence Inn Tees Up With PGA Pro Golfer Michael Putnam in Celebration of Father's Day

Michael-PutnamHit a “hole-in-one” with Residence Inn for a chance to win a trip to the PGA Tour 

Bethesda, Md., June 2, 2014 – Residence Inn by Marriott is showing love for dads this Father’s Day by giving them a chance to improve their game with a lesson from PGA Pro Michael Putnam. Download image. The winner of the Residence Inn Adores Dads Hole-in-One Challenge will enjoy sporting their new golf clubs in an exclusive experience during the PGA tour with the Pro himself, while staying in a spacious Residence Inn suite. “As a dad, I am honored to be a part of Residence Inn’s tribute to fathers this year,” said Michael Putnam. “When I’m traveling with my family, the space and comforts of Residence Inn really help me be on my game. I look forward to sharing the tour experience with the winner of the challenge.”

Between now and June 14, fathers can enter on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by sharing their best Father’s Day memory using the #RIAdoresDads hashtag. Residence Inn and Michael Putnam will announce the winner on or around June 17. The prize includes airfare and tickets for one lucky dad to attend a PGA Golf Tournament, a two-night stay at a nearby Residence Inn, a one-hour golf lesson with Michael Putnam and new golf clubs from Cleveland Golf.

The winner can select one of the three PGA Golf Tournaments to attend as a special guest of Michael Putnam. 

  1. Residence Inn Montreal Airport offers easy access to downtown Montreal, just steps away from shopping, dining and entertainment and convenient to the PGA Tournament RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, July 25-27. Guests maintain their work-life balance while away from home by starting their day with Residence Inn’s free hot breakfast, and ending their day with a swim in the outdoor pool and soak in the Jacuzzi.
  2. Residence Inn Reno is conveniently located just 20 minutes from downtown Reno and 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe. Guests enjoy cooking in a fully equipped kitchen with ingredients from Residence Inn’s free grocery delivery service and attending the property’s weekly complimentary barbeques, making it a prime option for golfers of the Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf and Country Club, August 1-3.
  3. Residence Inn Greensboro Airport boasts spacious all-king suites ideal for the king of the house. The on-property putting green is perfect for dads looking to improve their game before heading out to the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club, August 15-17. After the tournament, they can visit nearby popular attractions such as the Greensboro Coliseum, the Aquatic Center, and the International Civil Rights Museum, or simply enjoy the comforts of home with free Wi-Fi. 

“Residence Inn is dedicated to enhancing the family travel experience and supporting busy parents,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “We are excited to recognize fathers with the launch of our first ever Residence Inn Adores Dads program.”

Residence Inn by Marriott
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn and follow Residence Inn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/residenceinn

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

05/07/2014

Soccer Superstar Mia Hamm Kicks off Residence Inn's Search for the Ultimate Soccer Mom

Mia-Hamm---Resident-MomHamm Named Residence Inn’s “2014 Resident Mom of the Year”

Bethesda, Md., – May 6, 2014 –Soccer star Mia Hamm may be an icon for a generation of women, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and a committed philanthropist heading her own foundation, but ask this 42-year old superstar to name her favorite role and the answer is soccer mom, hands down.
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Today in New York, Residence Inn by Marriott kicked off its traditional Moms’ Month celebration by selecting Mia Hamm as its 2014 Resident Mom of the Year.  During the day’s activities, Hamm also announced the beginning of the “Ultimate Soccer Mom” search, reaching out to moms across America to nominate themselves for the winning title.

Moms can enter on Facebook or Instagram by posting a 100-word entry and a photo, tagging Residence Inn and using the #RIMomsMonth hashtag. Everyone can join in the fun and qualify to win exciting daily prizes by posting a comment on Residence Inn’s contest announcement on Facebook. The contest’s grand prize winner, named the “Ultimate Soccer Mom” by Hamm and a panel of Residence Inn judges, will win a trip for four to Los Angeles to meet Mia Hamm at the new Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE hotel in summer 2014.

“I know what it’s like to raise a family while working, multi-tasking and traveling,” said Hamm, a native of Selma, AL and graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After retiring from professional soccer in 2004, Hamm settled with her husband, former Major League Baseball player Nomar Garciaparra in Southern California where they raise twin daughters Ava and Grace, 7, and son Garrett, 2. She’s frequently on the road making public appearances and speaking on behalf of her charitable foundation. 

“Our crazy schedules can make any mother feel pulled in a million directions. I’m always worrying about getting enough exercise and staying healthy while I’m traveling,” said Hamm. As one of her first contributions to the Residence Inn family, Hamm designed two easy-to-follow fitness programs for moms on the go – quick routines that don't require special equipment yet leave a mom feeling rejuvenated and energized.

“I appreciate Residence Inn’s commitment to enhancing the family experience on the road,” said Hamm, who often travels with the kids. Residence Inn hotels feature spacious suites with full kitchens, free Internet, a pool for the kids, laundry facilities and a healthy hot breakfast, making it easier for families to stick to a routine while traveling.

Residence Inn Mom of the Year Mia Hamm“Mia Hamm is synonymous with excellence in all she’s achieved,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn.  “That same spirit drives us every single day at Residence Inn. Mia is a perfect match for us because she brings an athlete’s dedication to finding health and balance. Her real life experience touches moms everywhere, and we look forward to sharing her fitness routines on the Residence Inn YouTube channel later this month.”

Hamm’s athletic career is the stuff of legends. Born with a clubfoot, she wore corrective shoes as a toddler. Yet Hamm’s soccer prowess kicked in at a young age, despite the many schools she attended as the daughter of an Air Force pilot. In 1987, at age 15, Hamm became the youngest soccer player on the national team.  She won the Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999, and took Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004. Elected Soccer USA's "Female Athlete of the Year" five years in a row (1994-98), Hamm was named MVP of the Women's Cup (1995) and was the winner of three ESPY Awards, including  "Soccer Player of the Year" and "Female Athlete of the Year.” In 2004, along with teammate Michelle Akers, Hamm was named to FIFA's list of the "125 Greatest Living Soccer Players,” the only women and only Americans to be named to the list at that time.  An outspoken pioneer for gender equality in sports, Hamm was named the greatest female athlete of the last 40 years by ESPN in 2012. 

In 1999, Hamm founded the Mia Hamm Foundation, which is dedicated to bone marrow research, after her brother, Garrett, died of complications from a rare blood disease called aplastic anemia shortly after the 1996 Olympics. Her Foundation also raises funds and awareness for the development of more opportunities for young women in sports.  Since officially retiring from her beloved sport, Hamm has devoted herself to the Foundation and raising her family.

Residence Inn by Marriott
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit www.residenceinn.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn and follow Residence Inn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/residenceinn.  

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01/07/2014

Marriott Opens North America's Tallest Hotel in New York City

RI-CY-Central-Park68 Stories, Two Brands, One Iconic Hotel

New York – January 7, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings today announced the opening of an iconic addition to the New York City skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan.  The $320 million tallest single-use hotel in North America is located at 1717 Broadway. Built and owned by G Holdings and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the dual-branded hotel will provide employment for 160 associates in the New York area.
The impressive 68-story building is just steps from Central Park and Times Square.  The hotels offer guests convenient access to Carnegie Hall, the Broadway Theater District, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. As one of the top travel destinations in the world, New York City welcomed 54.3 million visitors in 2013.

“This opening is a prime example of an ideal dual-branded hotel. Thank you to our long-time partner, Harry Gross and his family, this will surely be both brands’ crown jewel,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president of Modern Essentials and Extended Stay for Marriott International. “The new hotels’ contemporary designs and stunning views coupled with our friendly associates will surely make the property a great ambassador for the bustling city.”

Ideal for visitors to New York City, the hotels offer valet parking and share 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center located on the 35th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor sundeck for stretching, relaxing or seasonal sunning. Some guest rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of Central Park, Times Square and the Hudson River.

“We brought the first Courtyard by Marriott to Times Square, in the center of Manhattan in 1998, and these new hotels, the Residence Inn Central Park and Courtyard by Marriott Central Park, are the most innovative hotels we’ve built to date,” said Harry Gross, President & Chief Executive Officer of G Holdings.  

“In addition to fabulous views, a stellar New York City location and amenities galore, our 21st century telecommunications, with free international phone calls, digital systems and hi-tech wiring, set these hotels far above the standard that business travelers and tourists expect.  We are proud to introduce these spectacular hotels to New York City,” Gross added.

Whether traveling on business or pleasure, guests will enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. In addition, each room delivers 1.25 gigabytes of bandwidth with horizontal and vertical fiber optical cable network that allows for fast, extensive use on multiple devices at one time. Smart TVs offer 60 HD channels. 
Groundbreaking artwork, which includes breathtaking sculptures to full wall murals throughout the hotel by renowned abstract expressionist artist, William DeBilzan creates a unique, new experience for travelers staying at the hotel. The artwork traverses five floors of the hotel and is inspired by New York City, as well as themes of love and life.  

About The Courtyard by Marriott
Housed on floors 6-33, the Courtyard hotel guest rooms feature modern design with a contemporary feel. The room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Large windows offer natural lighting and the chosen color palette of the walls and bedding offer a soothing and calm environment. An upgraded and spacious layout creates an enhanced bathroom experience.

“The Bistro,” Courtyard’s popular food and beverage offering, serves up casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer, for guests to unwind. Local beer and wine products will be featured to allow travelers a taste of the Big Apple.

Courtyard’s award-winning touch-screen concierge, GoBoard® 4.0, provides local information, maps, weather and headline news on a 55-inch, LCD screen. Guests also can also obtain immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment and local event information, as well as walking directions.

About The Residence Inn by Marriott
The Residence Inn hotel is situated on floors 37-65 and offers studio suites designed for stays of five nights or more. Each suite has a custom designed fully functional kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and custom appliances. Residence Inn’s complimentary breakfast has a variety of great options, including specially made featured items. Guests can start their day off right with healthy food choices and, with a convenient to-go offering, can make sure they do not miss the most important meal of the day.

Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the hotel offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel’s grocery delivery service, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room. The hotel’s weeknight evening gatherings offer a casual, relaxing environment where guests can be as social as they want, while enjoying light fare.

Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn participate in Marriott International’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the hotels directly at 212-324-3773-4, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131, the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211 or visit www.residenceinn.com or www.courtyard.com  For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn, and follow Residence Inn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/residenceinn  or become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

About G Holdings
G Holdings is a dynamic 40-year-old real estate development firm with its roots in the fashion industry and a proven record of bold innovation and financial success in the hotel industry. Led by Harry Gross and his sons, Ron and Etai, the Gross Family have completed ground-up construction of five Marriott branded hotels in New York City, with a sixth Marriott hotel underway. Among its hotel developments include the Courtyard by Marriott Times Square in 1998, the first new construction Courtyard in New York City; the Courtyard by Marriott at JFK International Airport; the Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City by Marriott; the Residence Inn by Marriott Times Square; and the Marriott Ghent, the first Marriott property in the heart of Ghent, Belgium.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group 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 386 hotels with more than 73,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, with ownership interest in 36 hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 37 hotels with nearly 7,500 rooms under construction or development throughout the world.  For more information, please visit www.interstatehotels.com

Contact:
Nina Herrera-Davila 
Marriott International
301-380-6756  
nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com