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07/24/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Wants Savvy Travelers to Share Their Experiences - #RCMemories

RCMemories.jpgChevy Chase, Md., – July 24, 2014– A picture is worth a thousand words and memories are a beautiful way to hold on to our very best memories.  To share “Your Memories” and most inspiring journeys, The Ritz-Carlton invites savvy travelers across the globe to tell your story on RitzCarlton.com – #RCMemories.

Ritz-Carlton Your Memories'Your Memories’ displays photos of captured moments as they are shared by guests on Twitter and Instagram and those that are tagged with #RCMemories. Guests may also submit their photos directly through the website to be a part of the memory collection and display.  Travelers share their personal experiences at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts for others to see and be inspired by in a dynamic, mosaic-like display of images that is continuously refreshing. Links to ‘Your Memories’ can be added to personal Facebook, Twitter and/or Sina Weibo pages.

“The Ritz-Carlton brand is positioned on our ability to create memories for our guests. The number one way travelers share their memories is with photos in social media. This brings together the world of sharing through social media and pulling back the curtain on the real live memory making at our hotels,” said Clayton Ruebensaal, vice president, global marketing. “Your Memories is a one-of-a-kind space that is populated entirely with user-generated content and allows everyone to enjoy memories as they unfold and where travelers can come back again and again to see new memories as they are made." The Ritz-Carlton is renowned for leaving an indelible mark on guests’ lives, which has continued to evolve #RCMemories which originally launched in 2013. 

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and part of the company’s global portfolio of brands.

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

07/23/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Bends Over Backwards to Bring Legendary Service to Life Through Video Performance

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. logoChevy Chase, Md., July 23, 2014 – How does a luxury hotel company bring its brand to life and showcase a memorable performance by highly skilled artists in China? It recruits one of the nation’s finest performance arts troupes to offer spontaneous acrobatic shows in Shanghai, and then shares the beautiful video content with a global digital audience.

The Ritz-Carlton has launched a two and a half minute film highlighting impromptu performances by entertainers in Shanghai. Titled ‘Miao’, which means mysterious and full of wonder in Mandarin, the show celebrates the combined world of luxury and Chinese hospitality, telling the story of a memorable stay for two guests at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The video is designed to bring The Ritz-Carlton experience to life in a new and unexpected format that would be exciting to today’s social media savvy guests. It begins backstage as the performers prepare themselves for this magical evening. From the bellboys’ warm welcome to a singing chef and a spectacular grand finale the performers dance, sing and flip through the air in front of a live audience outside The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

“The energetic performance is a way to highlight our rich heritage and create dialogue around our ladies and gentlemen who create memories for our guests every day,” said Ed French, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “Performance Arts are universal and we created this campaign specifically with social media and the digital space in mind to reinforce our values in an unexpected format for a luxury brand.”

The dramatic and custom-created live performances immersed audiences with a one-of-a-kind blend of choreography that married international performance art with Chinese acrobatics. The shows are also designed to encourage audiences to share their experiences via their social media channels using The Ritz-Carlton brand hashtag #RCMemories.

Over a year in the making, the performances follow a couple’s check-in to a luxurious Ritz-Carlton and each stage of their stay. “Our ladies and gentlemen go over and above to surprise and delight guests with special memories. The film is a nod to authenticity, while demonstrating how we empower our ladies and gentlemen every day to create experiences,” added Mr. French.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).
Connect with allison.sitch@marriott.com 

06/24/2014

Elite Status. Accelerated.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. logoReceive credit for twice the nights when you stay at The Ritz-Carlton.

Chevy Chase, Md., June 23, 2014 – There is now a faster way to experience the benefits of Elite status as a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member. In the continued effort to offer Ritz-Carlton Rewards members exceptional experiences, double Elite night credits are a new promotional benefit for 2014. For each night that a member stays at a participating Ritz-Carlton hotel, they will receive credit for two nights, accelerating their achievement of Elite status.

This new benefit supports the hotel company’s efforts to strengthen and differentiate The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program, and offers members an accelerated journey to maintaining their current Elite status or achieving a higher level. This new benefit applies to each stay during 2014, including those that members have already made.

“The Ritz-Carlton is delighted to further enhance the Rewards program and continue to offer our members exclusive benefits,” said Kevin McCarthy, Vice President, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.  “We believe our members will enjoy the many benefits offered with Elite status.”

As the premier luxury brand in the Marriott International portfolio, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels lead the high-end luxury hotel segment by offering a rewards program that enables guests to access benefits at 86 Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts, plus enjoy the full portfolio of Marriott brands worldwide – more than 4,000 properties.

In order to participate in the offer, guests must be a member of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards at the time of their stay. Stays must be at a participating Ritz-Carlton property, and for each eligible night, members will receive two Elite night credits. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for Elite night credit.  Double Elite night credits are retroactively granted to members for all stays at Ritz-Carlton properties starting on January 1, 2014, and are automatically applied to members’ accounts. To be eligible for retroactive double Elite night credit, guests must have been a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member during that stay in 2014.  Nights stayed at a Ritz-Carlton property as a member of the Marriott Rewards program are not eligible for double Elite night credit. Members can review their current status by logging into their account.  

Membership is complimentary and guests are invited to enroll by going online at www.ritzcarltonrewards.com or by visiting any Ritz-Carlton hotel front desk.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). 

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

06/19/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Unveils Plans to Expand in CIS with the Announcement of a Hotel in Astana, Capital City of Kazakhstan

The Ritz-Carlton AstanaLondon – June 18, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Verny Capital, a leading Kazakhstan private investment group, have signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Astana. The luxury hotel is due to open in 2017 as the portfolio’s second hotel in Kazakhstan, with The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty previously opening its doors in 2013. 

Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton, said “We are delighted to work once again with our partners Verny Capital and to bring The Ritz-Carlton renowned levels of hospitality to the capital city of Kazakhstan. We look forward to creating a prestigious luxury hotel for international travellers to this dynamic city.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Astana will be the first international luxury property among hotels in the Kazakh capital, bringing its unique benchmark service culture, with luxurious accommodations and experiences to the city.  Located in the mixed use Talan Towers project, the hotel will occupy 20 floors of the 27 storey development designed by SOM architects from New York.  With 157 lavish guest rooms and suites, the hotel will also offer Ritz-Carlton Club Level accommodation with exclusive access to a Club Lounge. Restaurants and bars at the property will include a Sky Bar with panoramic city views as well as a restaurant, Cigar Bar and private fine dining areas. Business and meeting facilities at the hotel comprise of a 990 square metre Ballroom, designed for social events as well as conferences, smaller breakout rooms and board rooms.  A Spa and Fitness Centre are planned including an indoor swimming pool.

Erlan Ospanov, General Director of Verny Capital commented “The signing of this agreement is an important step for us. We have a longtime partnership with The Ritz-Carlton and this will be our third property adding to The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna and The Ritz Carlton, Moscow - the stars of our real estate portfolio. Our Group has approximately US$4 billion of capital under management. Talan Towers is also set to become a new treasure in our real estate collection.”

The Talan Towers project, strategically located in the heart of the Left Bank also encompasses retail space, offices and luxury apartments.

Astana, located at the heart of Kazakhstan, became the Republic’s capital in 1997, after the capital city was moved from Almaty, the site of the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Kazakhstan.  Astana is a developing city with many spectacular urban design projects underway within an ambitious master plan. Included are public buildings, educational establishments, sports and tourism projects as well as a state-of-the-art transportation system. The city will host Expo 2017 and construction has begun for the exhibition site for this international event which will attract participants from over 100 countries.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

06/05/2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama Debuts Iconic Brand Name

The-Ritz-Carlton-AbamaAnnounces launch of signature resort services and the addition of exclusive Club Level accommodations later this year.

London - June 5, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton flag has officially been raised today in Tenerife, Spain, marking the re-naming of one of the island’s unforgettable luxury resorts.  Abama Golf & Spa Resort has been managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company since 2007 and has been officially re-named The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. As The Ritz-Carlton continues to forge ahead with significant global growth and awareness of the iconic luxury brand, the renaming of the luxury resort is very timely. Download images.

"This resort embodies our company culture, commitment to our guests and focus on service excellence. The current ladies and gentlemen at the resort will continue to provide our guests with the personalized and anticipatory service for which we are known”, said Bob Kharazmi, Global Officer, Worldwide Operations, The Ritz-Carlton. “We are proud that this beautiful resort will now be clearly recognized as part of our branded portfolio and that our guests will soon be able to enjoy additional signature services of The Ritz-Carlton at this property.”

The Ritz-Carlton AbamaThe resort will undergo a guest room renovation and later this year, the addition of the signature Ritz-Carlton Club services. The Ritz-Carlton Club offers guests an exclusive secluded haven within the resort and will be located on the 10th floor. The personal service provided by The Club’s Concierge team will deliver a curated guest experience to ensure an unforgettable stay in Tenerife. The spacious Club Lounge will have panoramic views over the golf course and iconic Teide Mountain and an outdoor terrace to enjoy the Canary Islands’ year round temperate climate.

In addition, the brand’s unique, fun and experiential children’s programme ‘Ritz Kids’ is launching at the family-friendly resort. The Ritz Kids signature program will go live this summer at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. The menu of activities was developed with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society to provide interactive learning experiences based on four pillars of Land, Water, Culture and Environment. Activities are now available at the resort on a daily basis for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old.

The team at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama will continue in their efforts to contribute to the local community through the ‘Succeed Through Service’ initiative as part of The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints, environmental and social responsibility platform. In a partnership with a local school, the ladies and gentlemen of the hotel are involved in this skills based mentoring program to engage and inspire young students. 

The destination resort is located on the Guía de Isora coast of Tenerife, the island of “Eternal Spring” set in an exuberant natural paradise with views over the Atlantic Ocean. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a fascinating destination for both couples and families, with Michelin starred dining experiences, golf and tennis available onsite and close to whale watching in the Atlantic and star gazing at the nearby Teide National Park.                                                                                                                     

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, or visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. www.marriott.com / www.news.marriott.com (NASDAQ: MAR).

Connect with rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

06/04/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Announces First Resort on Legendary Island of Langkawi, Malaysia

The-Ritz-Carlton-Langkawi-2.pngHong Kong, China, June 4, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. will double its presence in Malaysia with a new agreement with AJ Resorts SDN BHD to open an oceanfront  Ritz-Carlton resort on the tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia in 2015.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, fringed by lush tropical rainforests, enjoys its own private cove and beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea on the island’s south west corner. Known as the Legendary Island and Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi has long been famed for its dive sites, beaches and relaxed local culture, offering a rich trove of memories for travelers.

Dato Wira Onn Bin, Executive Chairman of AJ Resorts SDN BHD said: “Partnering with The Ritz-Carlton will further elevate Langkawi as a world class destination for the international luxury traveler.”

“Langkawi is one of the great escapes of Asia with its exceptional experiences on land and sea for the well-travelled guest looking for something authentic and unspoilt,” said Victor Clavell, Vice President, Asia Pacific. “The ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi will bring the best of the local lifestyle and culture blending it in with our renowned service to create exceptional and memorable experiences.”

The Ritz-Carlton LangkawiThe 132-room luxury resort, including 42 villas, sensitively blends in with its surroundings with design elements that reflect the traditional kampong village with interiors by Strickland and Burega Farnell.

The property offers a serene escape among the curated tropical gardens. The resort also offers a family-friendly escape with three swimming pools, including one specially created for children, and a specially-designed Ritz-Kids Club. The resort also serves as a base from which to explore curated authentic local experiences such as Pulau Payar marine national park.

Restaurants reflect the diversity of Asia including Malay, Chinese, Thai and Indian, mirroring the depth of Malaysian culture that can be found in Langkawi. Completing the dining experience are a French fine dining venue and an international beach grill.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa will offer signature treatments and rejuvenating experiences, including a hammam that will mark Langkawi as a new spa destination.  The spa resort experience will be fully worthy of jet setting spa devotees seeking cultural life experiences that transcend wellness.

The resort also offers three dedicated event venues for small to medium sized events, including destination weddings and banquets seeking a venue in an idyllic natural paradise.

Discover more upcoming destinations by visiting www.ritzcarlton.com/locations.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with allison.sitch@marriott.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.

05/15/2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Officially Unveils Desert Chic in Southern California

The-Ritz-Carlton,-Ranch-Mirage-fire-pitNew Style and Sophistication Welcome Guests To Greater Palm Springs

Chevy Chase, Md., May 15, 2014 – From the largest concentration of Mid-Century Modern architecture to one of the most highly-anticipated resort openings in California, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. unveils a new level of chic today in the destination of Palm Springs, with The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. Download image.

 “We are redefining the standard for luxury hospitality in this storied resort destination that is now home to dynamic events drawing a global audience, with a truly unique property in the heart of the Valley,” offers Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “Our fourth hotel in Southern California will enliven the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton service philosophy and deliver a highly-sensory respite in Rancho Mirage that is culturally and generationally relevant, offering rich experiences for leisure and business traveler – from near or abroad.”

The-Ritz-Carlton-Rancho-MirageA mere two hours from the world-renowned destinations of Los Angeles and San Diego, the desert resort is perched on a 650-foot bluff offering sweeping vistas and is enveloped by the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountain ranges overlooking the Coachella Valley.  The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage has been designed in homage to Southern California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle and it presents a spectacular sense of place and authenticity found among few luxury resorts. Unparalleled panoramic views from a serene hilltop location, a pristine indigenous landscape, integrated water features, and brilliant fire and light attractions complement the resort’s 244 spacious guest rooms. Nearly all feature large patios and terraces, some with their own fire pits and views of the dramatic mountain ranges. Download image.

The 25,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage lies at the heart of the resort’s free-standing, two-story spa lifestyle complex. The contemporary indoor/outdoor retreat features 15 opulent treatment rooms, many with private terraces, a complete Fitness Center, movement studios, private whirlpools, rain and Vichy showers, eucalyptus-infused steam and sauna facilities, an outdoor meditation mesa, and an outdoor co-ed whirlpool with waterfall and mountain views. An extensive selection of indoor and outdoor indulgences is available, highlighted by the use of innovative and exclusive skin care technologies, facials, massage, body treatments and the signature Hammock Massage and black diamond dust Rat Pack Facial for gentlemen, both debuting this summer.

State Fare Bar & Kitchen presents the best of California in a relaxed, multi-setting dining environment which showcases a chefs’ display kitchen, interactive market table, outdoor terraces located just off the restaurant with striking valley views, a cozy fireplace “snug,” tableside cocktail trolley service in the bar, walk-in red and white wine rooms and artisanal California menus and ingredients.

Additional resort amenities include three swimming pools, a comprehensive Ritz Kids program and multi-room Ritz Kids center with its own children’s movie theatre, 16,000 square-feet of contemporary indoor meeting space, and 15,000 square-feet of outdoor event space incorporating two lush, cliff-side lawns.

For golf enthusiasts, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage has secured guest access to premier courses and clubs in the Valley, while nearby tennis, hiking on 20 miles of mountain trails, and luxury shopping and cultural experiences also may be enjoyed within minutes of the luxurious new retreat.  

Guests are invited to experience The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage with a selection of opening celebration package rates starting at $379 USD per night.  Reservations may be made online at www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage, by calling 1 (800) 241-3333 or the resort directly at (760) 321-8282 , or by contacting a travel professional.  

Be part of the new journey and connect with the resort on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RitzCarltonRanchoMirage.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

Connect with parool.shah@ritzcarlton.com.

 

 

 

05/12/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Taps Into Stories Told by Guests with Launch of Six Word Wows

Paying Homage To Classic Ernest Hemingway Line; Any Great Story Can Be Told In Six Words

Chevy Chase, Md. – May 12, 2014 – In a new digital campaign launching today, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. will share eight original guest stories, each told in just six words. The unique execution will appear across multiple social media platforms and is designed to encourage guests of the luxury brand to share their own memories and stories in six words.

The concept takes its cue from novelist Ernest Hemingway, who, according to literary legend, was once challenged to write a short story in only six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  Suitably in today’s digital world, The Ritz-Carlton has rolled out the series of Six Word Wows to their highly engaged audience across social channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+, in English and Mandarin.Six Word Wow The Ritz-Carlton Six Word Wow campaign








Discover the full “Honeymoon, Take Two” Story

‘The Six Word Wows are yet another way for us to celebrate the special memories that guests take away from a visit to our hotels all over the world” commented Ed French, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “We have known and been passionate about the stories created every day by our ladies and gentlemen for some time. They are in no small part the underpinning of our brand platform, ‘Let Us Stay With You’. We all have stories to tell, some grand, some personal, but most that we have an emotional connection to. Today, people share their memories online in the social sphere - it’s the modern day campfire. What we needed was a way to enable our guests to share their stories in a faster, easier-to-digest way through social media, without losing the power of them.”

The decision by The Ritz-Carlton to place the campaign exclusively across social channels demonstrates the brands passion around literally involving the consumer in their messaging. Behind each Six Word Wow is an original guest story which can be further discovered through visiting a collection of guest’s Memories from Around the World.

“The campaigns creative solutions draw explicitly on our guests’ power of memory. The idea is to create serendipitous moments through that recall the beautiful facilities, one-of-a-kind on-site experiences and services provided by the ladies & gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton” added French. ‘Now we are inviting all of our guests to hashtag #RCMemories their personal six word tales online.”

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 85 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

The Six Word Wow campaign was produced by Team One out of Los Angeles.

About Team One
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and a division of Saatchi & Saatchi, Team One is a full-service marketing communications agency. Our particular strength is creating intimate connections between aspirational brands and the people who aspire to them. To that end, Team One provides comprehensive brand consultancy, strategic planning, media planning and buying, social media, brand advocacy, relationship (direct) marketing, event marketing/promotions, digital and mobile development, point-of-sale merchandising, public relations, package design and full creative and production services in all channels.

Team One regional offices are in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

Website: www.TeamOne-USA.com

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05/09/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Announces First Hotel in Mumbai and Second in India

The-Ritz-Carlton-MumbaiSet to Open in Early 2017

Mumbai, India, May 8, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has signed a long term management agreement with a consortium led by Oberoi Realty and Sahana Group to open the first Ritz-Carlton in Mumbai, the entertainment, commercial and financial capital of India, and the second in the country following the recent opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore in Karnataka.

The 238-room Ritz-Carlton will be located in Worli, the heart of central Mumbai, a thriving new business district with easy access to the international airport.

The newly built structure will be a beacon on the coastline of the Arabian Sea with magnificent views of the Mumbai skyline and is expected to open early 2017.

Designed as a tribute to modern India, The Ritz-Carlton, Mumbai will honor its traditional past by setting new standards in luxury, technology and service. It forms part of a mixed used development in an iconic high-rise tower with luxury residential spaces. A second tower has been designated for luxury residential condominiums managed by The Ritz-Carlton. 

Architects, Kohn Pederson Fox, will imagine the new towering landmark of glass and steel while renowned interior designer, Tony Chi, will take inspiration from Indian culture to create sleek interiors, including luxurious accommodations and suites that offer a contemporary sense of place.

“We have been searching for the perfect location for a premier hotel in Mumbai for several years,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “This site offers everything hotel guests could want—a prime business location, stylish and contemporary design in this historically rich and vibrant city.”

Vikas Oberoi, Chairman and Managing Director of Oberoi Realty said: “Mumbai is one of the great gateways of the world and by partnering with The Ritz-Carlton, we continue to cement the reputation of the city on the world stage and within the local market. This leading global luxury hospitality brand will resonate strongly with guests both locally and overseas.”

The new hotel is located in the social heart of Mumbai, home to Bollywood, historic attractions, and upscale shopping and dining.  Among the hotel’s vibrant experiences will be an ocean-view bar, two specialty and fine dining restaurants, a Ritz-Carlton Spa and extensive banquet and meeting spaces for the high profile events and society weddings for which Mumbai is renowned.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 85 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with Ainslie.Cheung@ritzcarlton.com