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04/29/2016

The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Asia Set to Change More Lives with a Million Dollar Smile

Smile Asia PhotoSmile Asia Week to Hit the Sweet Spot for Third Year

Hong Kong, April 29, 2016 –The Ritz-Carlton hotels of Asia Pacific are set to hit a new milestone this week for Smile Asia – a global alliance of independent charities, as it launches its third regional fundraiser program which will bring total funds raised to over US$1 million. Smile Asia Week runs from May 2 to 8 and sees specially-crafted cakes sold to raise funds for the international medical charity which provides children with cleft lips or palates a reason to smile again.

All 24 Ritz-Carlton hotels in Asia-Pacific are participating with over 10,000 ladies and gentlemen lending their skills and passion to their community and guests. Each pastry chef has lovingly crafting his own variation on the Smile Asia Week signature cake which features the universally popular flavours of chocolate and banana. All cakes are sold exclusively through the website www.smileasiaweek.org. Customers from around the world can also arrange for cakes to be delivered to their loved ones and friends in Asia to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday and even Mother’s Day on May 8.

All proceeds go directly to the charity and will be used to send medical volunteers on surgical missions across Asia. This year, The Ritz-Carlton enhanced its collaborative program to celebrate the spirit of giving. These include collaborations with local schools, the creation of a First Class Smile Card which gives everyone a chance to thank and recognise the role they play in restoring a smile in the workplace and for the children supported by Smile Asia.

Volunteer ladies and gentlemen from The Ritz-Carlton are also participating in mission trips to remote locations in seven Asian countries to see firsthand how affected children have had their smiles restored. The volunteer work includes setting up the mobile surgery stations, patient registrations and numerous tasks to aid the success of each Smile Asia mission.

“The Ritz-Carlton has always had a cornerstone guiding principle of striving to make a difference in the communities where we operate. Smile Asia Week is an annual signature event and just one way our ladies and gentlemen proudly share their skills and knowledge to lift up communities in Asia and inspire our guests to join us in this sustainable effort,” said Victor Clavell, Vice President – Asia-Pacific. “I am delighted that Smile Asia is able to change so many lives with our contribution.”

Funds raised in the previous two years totaled US$790,000 to support almost 1,000 surgeries and the contribution in 2016 is expected to be even higher, bringing the total funds raised in three years to over US$1 million.

About Smile Asia
Smile Asia® is global alliance of independent charities that offer free surgeries to children with facial deformities, including cleft lip and palate. It has activities in 19 countries and program delivery in 13 Asian countries. Till date, the charities under Smile Asia have delivered over 60,000* surgeries combined.

Smile Asia® is represented by The Smile Mission (TSM) as its international Secretariat. It is a Singapore-registered charity that creates platform for medical volunteers to cross-train and provides free surgery and treatment to children with facial deformities. Since 2008, it contributed to 6,506* free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities.

*Figures correct as at 31 Dec 2015

About Community Footprints
With a commitment to “Expand Global Citizenship,” The Ritz-Carlton social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, is embedded into the company’s service values, long-range plan and business operations. This commitment is focused on children’s well-being, environmental responsibility and hunger and poverty relief. For more information, visit www.communityfootprints.com, or follow The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints on Twitter: www.twitter.com/RitzCarltonCSR.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates more than 90 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. 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).

Contact: 
Michele Lv    
Regional Manager, Public Relations                                          
Tel: +852 2192-6207                                                               
Email: Michele.lv@ritzcarlton.com

 
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04/27/2016

Relax. Refresh. Repeat. The Ritz-Carlton Spas Launch Cultural Experiences for Purposeful Moments  

Ritz-Carlton SpaChevy Chase, Md., April 27, 2016 – With a brand name synonymous for exceptional levels of service and care, The Ritz-Carlton has now extended its talent for crafting tasteful and personalized journeys into the realm of spas. A new concept for The Ritz-Carlton Spa is being implemented around the world beginning with 20 hotels and resorts that include New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Amelia Island, Moscow, Vienna, Cairo and Budapest. Tailored experiences that artfully integrate individual guest needs into treatments will be anchored in local culture, employing natural and organic solutions.

“The Ritz-Carlton Spa concept is designed to extend even more of the unique and personal opportunities for wellness and indigenous experiences that our guests and global travelers seek,” stated Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. A selection of the artful moments brought to life can be seen on this newly released piece of film.



 

Guests in Europe and the Middle East were among the first to experience the newly launched concept at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre.  Drawing on the quintessential Dubai experience, The Desert Reviver treatment takes inspiration from the city’s desert landscape and climate. A stimulating sand-based exfoliation is followed by a hot-stone massage that evokes Dubai’s sunny climes. The journey comes to a close with a cooling ritual that brings to mind a dip in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Treatments at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain are steeped in Middle Eastern traditions. Using regional ingredients such as Argan, Rose and Dead Sea salts, the spa pays homage to the sands of the East Arabian Peninsula, “the land where the sun rises” and the mystical, rugged ranges of North West Africa, “the land where the sun sets”, to create a selection of Arabian rituals that hark back to ancient beauty rituals and natural methods. Her Secret Sanctuary, features a series of age-old traditions, including the rose steam bath and black olive and lavender soap cleanse, to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the body whilst easing the mind. For a treatment that brings the sheen back to the skin, On The Banks of the Dead Sea, harnesses the highly re-mineralizing and detoxifying properties of Dead Sea salts to repair and restore.

Five new Russian treatments were developed for The Ritz-Carton, Moscow, with organic Siberian honey being used as the basis for the nourishing, signature experience.  Utilizing its calming and moisturizing benefits, the Moscow Honey Treatment combines age-old Russian massage techniques, in a gentle body exfoliation, followed by a therapeutic full body massage using the golden honey itself, and finishing with an express facial and invigorating head massage.

Inspired by Vienna’s rose gardens and ‘Sisi’, the Empress Elizabeth of Austria who was renowned for her beauty, the Imperial Rose Ritual is available exclusively in The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. Fragrant rose geranium and sweet orange oils are used to both calm and harmonize the mind, while moisturizing the skin.  A salt and oil scrub is first applied to cleanse and exfoliate, followed by a hot stone massage. 

Allowing guests to connect to their surroundings is a focus on the spa menus across North America.  The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami offers the Tequesta Ritual, a Native American detoxifying ceremony to purify and balance the body and mind with a cleansing algae wrap followed by a relaxing massage ritual. The Citrus Scrub offered at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota offers a full body exfoliation featuring apricot and orange oils and a sumptuous application of orange infused cream to complete the Florida journey – and in Half Moon Bay California, the Pumpkin Facial utilizes a nourishing pumpkin enzyme masque from a 100% natural plant-based line high in beta carotene and vitamins A and C.

There is an innovative new location outside of the traditional treatment room at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island where guests can relax under the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in Hammock massage. Time is the Essence at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples spa where a therapist will consult prior to the treatment and utilize a combination of services and locations to meet the guests’ needs and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.  In Louisiana, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’s Voodoo Massage evokes the magical and mystical soul of New Orleans by using aromas of incense and voodoo chants to set the mood and at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia, treatments are inspired by the natural surroundings. The Oconee Rain Vichy shower treatment uses the therapeutic benefits of water which the Creek Indians from the region believe, “washes everything new again”.

“The Ritz-Carlton Spa experience should be exceptional and memorable. Each and every treatment has been designed to give our guests an experience that is suited to their needs and yet employs time-tested methods. We have packaged tradition, location and culture into the experience to map out a spa journey that helps our guests relax, unwind and truly enjoy The Ritz-Carlton experience,” said Michelle Kelthy, Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates more than 90 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, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).


04/12/2016

The Ritz-Carlton Brings Contemporary Luxury to Budapest, With the Opening of First Hotel in Hungary

The Ritz-Carlton BudepestA blend of modern and elegant design in a historic building reflecting the vibrancy of the city

Budapest, April 12, 2016 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. revealed its first hotel in Hungary today, with the much-anticipated opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest. Located in the heart of the cultural and shopping district, the property is literally on the doorstep of Budapest’s heralded historic sites and minutes away from the glittering Danube River.

 “It is an absolute privilege to open the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hungary” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton.  “The Ritz-Carlton service standards are globally recognised and we’re delighted to bring them to a new market.  Budapest is an extraordinary city and perfectly placed to welcome the newest property in our portfolio”.

There are few cities in the World that can rival Budapest’s setting, history and culture.  As separate towns of Buda and Pest until 1873, each side of Hungary’s capital still retains a unique atmosphere and identity.  Whether guests choose to wander the meandering cobbled streets of the World-Heritage listed Buda Castle district, take to the rejuvenating water from one of the city’s many thermal springs, or simply enjoy tasting the renowned Hungarian cuisine and wines, Budapest maintains its hold as one of Europe’s most alluring cities. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, is housed within a protected historic building, located on Elizabeth Square, with views over St Stephens Basilica. Constructed in 1914 as the headquarters for an Italian insurance company, the building has seen many incarnations, but today it opens as a luxury property with 170 elegantly appointed rooms and 30 suites.  Whilst many of the building’s original architectural details have been retained, including elegant statues on the exterior walls, the interiors offer guests a spacious and relaxed contemporary environment, inspired by the cool colours and swirling water of the Danube River. 

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level is situated on the 8th and 9th floors of the property, allowing guests an elevated experience and an additional sanctuary, with dedicated concierge, plus complimentary food and beverage presentations running throughout the day. 

Introducing two new restaurants and a bar to the Budapest scene, the unrivalled Deak Street Kitchen provides a relaxed and atmospheric environment.  It serves a variety of Hungarian-inspired dishes, created using local seasonal ingredients, and freshly grilled meat & fish, alongside one of the city’s finest selections of indigenous Hungarian wines and beers.  With an elegant outside terrace overlooking vibrant Fashion Street, with its designer stores and colourful market, it provides the perfect location to people-watch, whilst enjoying al fresco dining. 

The Kupola Lounge, situated beneath the building’s iconic stained glass cupula and grand crystal chandelier, is ideally placed for a leisurely farmer’s market breakfast or light lunch overlooking the hotel lobby.  The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, also houses a fresh, contemporary bar.  Combining sleek finishes with the building’s uncovered original architectural columns, the Kupula Bar focuses on serving innovative cocktails in a metropolitan, sophisticated ambiance.

The property’s facilities are completed with the ballroom, situated on the lower ground floor.  Seating 180 people and the perfect new Budapest location for milestone celebrations, it is adjacent to five flexible meeting rooms, which combine contemporary interiors with state of the art technology. 

The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Fitness Centre flooded with natural light on the top of the building, creates an unrivalled haven for guests to unwind, recharge or simply escape.  This urban spa, with indoor pool and three treatment rooms, offers a full range of beauty and body therapies, including The Ritz-Carlton signature treatments, and sits alongside a professionally equipped fitness centre, which remains open 24/7.

“The ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest is perfectly located as the European gateway to travellers whether coming for business or leisure,” continued Herve Humler. “But not only are we looking forward to welcoming our guests and sharing our vision and service standards; we are also excited to become an integral part of the thriving, vibrant city itself”.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates over 90 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.K. 0800 234 000, 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).

04/05/2016

Spa Botánico at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Debuts New Selection of Outdoor Treatments

Dorado-Beach-Spa-BotanicoDorado Beach, Puerto Rico —  April 5, 2016 — Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve today proudly  unveiled an innovative new menu of authentically inspired treatments at the resort’s award winning, Spa Botánico, honoring Puerto Rico’s rich healing traditions utilizing genuine local botanicals. Menu highlights include an array of body scrubs, blended in the spa’s very own kitchen, combining coconut oil, shea butter along with a  variety of indigenous healing ingredients including coffee, bay leaves and lemongrass. These new and uniquely inspired treatment offerings take place entirely outdoors within a lush, private garden setting, reflective of the Reserve inspiration which  encourages travelers  to connect with the natural environment as part of their experience. .

Botanico Al Fresco, the vision of renowned spa expert Tracy Lee, who played a key role in the overall design of Spa Botánico, offers treatments specifically tailored to both men and women. Women may enjoy scrubs such as Coffee & Clove, a revitalizing treatment using caffeine and the essential oils found in cloves to leave the skin feeling soft, refined and moisturized; or the Sweet Lime & Lemongrass scrub, an antioxidant rich treatment meant to restore and calm the nervous system through natural sedative properties of sour orange mixed with the lemongrass which uplifts mood and relieves pain in muscles and joints. This blend of fresh citrus and oils combined with raw sugar leaves the skin feeling supple, refined and moisturized.

For men, new treatment options include a Tobacco & Nutmeg scrub, a detoxifying blend which helps to  draw impurities out of the skin, boost immunity and includes anti-aging properties. The new menu also includes a Spiced Bay & Coconut scrub imparting the remarkable healing properties of bay leaves, as well as coconut, to leave the skin feeling clean and healthy.

Set within a fragrant pineapple garden amidst lush natural landscape, the five-acre Caribbean-style spa sanctuary embraces its natural surroundings as an essential component of the experience. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a very special apothecary portal filled with local botanicals, while the spa's famous Herb Garden serves as a beautiful backdrop through the glass windows of the Relaxation Room. The Herb Garden is an essential part of the resort, producing ingredients used in various spa treatments, welcome tea infusions and dishes at the property's exquisite restaurants, including Mi Casa by José Andrés. Spa Botánico is also home to an outdoor Purification Garden that features warm and cool plunge pools, beautifully tiled outdoor showers, and a free-standing steam room with rhythmic music, allowing guests to completely relax and immerse themselves in the natural moment.

More information on the newly introduced Botánico Al Fresco menu and Dorado Beach's Spa Botánico is available at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/DoradoBeach/Spa/Default.htm.

ABOUT DORADO BEACH, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE

Making its original debut in December of 2012, Dorado Beach is a sanctuary of magnificence and tranquility, tucked away on Puerto Rico’s Caribbean coast. Situated on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is an intimate refuge offering a true sense of barefoot elegance. Created as an open-air enclave infused with references to the surrounding natural landscape and diverse culture, Dorado Beach is a true luxury sanctuary designed to allure the world’s most discerning travelers through a bevy of one-of-a-kind lifestyle activities. Numerous culinary experiences are offered, including Mi Casa by José Andrés, which offers signature dining through a Spanish influenced journey. Guests can also unwind at the award-winning Spa Botánico, a five-acre spa sanctuary built on a pineapple field that blends Puerto Rican ingredients and soothing indigenous traditions to impart a holistic sense of well-being.

Contact:
Marissa Smith          
Tel: (301) 547-4932     
Email: Marissa.x.smith@ritzcarlton.com

 

03/17/2016

Your First Drop® At The Ritz-Carlton

First Drop CupLuxury Hotel Company Launches Proprietary Coffee Brand

Chevy Chase, Md.,  March 17, 2016. A new coffee is brewing at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the United States. First Drop® Coffee is proprietary and branded for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in America. It is made 100% from coffee beans harvested by Rainforest Alliance Certified® farms in Mexico and Brazil.

In addition, select hotels will feature the First Drop® Reserve, also a 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified® coffee. This premium artisan coffee is roasted in small batch form using only the top 3% of the world’s Arabica coffees. The Ritz-Carlton exquisite blend hails from East Africa, Central America, and South America. Each single origin component is roasted one bag at a time to maximize the flavor profile of that specific bean. Only after each origin has been roasted to its perfect range, are the coffees blended together.

“At The Ritz-Carlton we are committed to continuously reviewing our products and vendor partners to ensure the use of high quality, socially responsible products. We believe it is the right thing to do and our guests also share this passion,” said Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President Culinary & Corporate Chef for The Ritz-Carlton. “But the best thing about First Drop® is the taste. It caters to the current coffee palate of our guests and applies well to a variety of brewing methods from pour-over, French press, Chemex, and every espresso combination.”

About Rainforest Alliance Certified® 
Rainforest Alliance Certified® farms meet the comprehensive standards for sustainable agriculture that protect wild-lands, waterways, wildlife habitat and the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Approximately 90% of First Drop comes from Finca La Puebla, located in the Sierra Norte de Puebla in Mexico; approx. 40,000 families make their living from coffee in this region.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company 
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates more than 90 hotels and resorts in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 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 is a socially responsible and aware company and is a founding partner of Impact 2030. For more information on social responsibility and The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott International, please visit here. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

Contact: 
Allison Sitch
Corporate Vice President, Global Public Relations      
Tel: (301) 547-4784  
Email: Allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

03/16/2016

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Set to Debut in Bermuda

Ritz-Carlton Reserve BermudaLegendary luxury brand to introduce stunning new Ritz-Carlton Reserve in 2018

Chevy Chase, Md., March 16, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., the iconic leader in luxury lodging, today announced plans to unveil its first Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort in Bermuda in 2018. The resort will operate under a long term management agreement with George’s Bay Hotel Ltd. and George’s Bay Residences Ltd. The announcement marks a significant milestone for the development of Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Caribbean and Latin America. The project will represent the third Reserve location to open in the region, following the celebrated opening of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in 2012 and the expected opening of Puerto Los Cabos, Ritz-Carlton Reserve in 2018.

Located in an area of historical significance on the western end of Bermuda, the site offers over 2.5 miles of shoreline and includes an expansive peninsula extending into the Great Sound.

“We have watched Bermuda as a destination closely for many years and believe the timing has never been better to introduce what will be a one of a kind, luxury experience to the island,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton.  “We are delighted to work with such an esteemed partner as George’s Bay Hotel Ltd. and we are confident that this resort will offer the most sophisticated travelers an exciting new destination to experience through the eyes of Ritz-Carlton Reserve.”

 “This collaboration resonates with the vision that we have for our development and we are thrilled that this stunning setting lends itself to the Reserve promise of sophistication, seclusion and engaging experiences,” offered Craig Christensen, president & chief operating officer of Morgan’s Point Ltd., the holding company of George’s Bay Hotel Ltd. and George’s Bay Residences Ltd.  “This announcement, combined with the confidence of The Ritz-Carlton in our beautiful island is meaningful to all Bermudians, as it helps to elevate the allure of the destination and enhance the future of tourism.”

Inspired by the notion that the concept of luxury is ever-changing, Ritz-Carlton Reserve is brought to life by its deep focus on elements that speak fluently to connoisseurs of experience. Currently offering three ultra-luxurious, highly personalized and intimate experiences,

Ritz-Carlton Reserve was created for guests who measure wealth by the richness of their experiences and yearn for true escape. Ritz-Carlton Reserve is currently represented by Phulay Bay in the village of Krabi, Thailand, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico, and this past September celebrated the opening of the highly anticipated Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Bali.

The Ritz-Carlton is known for creating an extraordinary environment in which special things happen and where incredible memories are made – where the smallest of things may be the ones that make the biggest difference. Recently named by highly reputed London-based consultancy, Luxury Branding, as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand, The Ritz-Carlton currently offers a collection of seven luxury hotels throughout the Caribbean and Latin America including The Ritz-Carton, Santiago, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, and Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Puerto Rico).  In addition to The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City, future locations in the region include Panama City, Panama (2016), Los Cabos, Mexico (2018) and Mexico City (2019). The Ritz-Carlton portfolio currently includes 91 hotels around the world, with expectations for the brand to reach 100 hotels by the end of 2016.

 

Note on forward-looking statements: The Ritz-Carlton expectations for future hotel openings in the Caribbean and Latin America region and reaching 100 hotels by the end of 2016 are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions, supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International discloses in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K, any of which could delay or prevent hotel openings or otherwise cause growth to be different than we anticipate.  We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this news release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates over 90 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Contact: 
Catherine Leitner
catherine.leitner@ritzcarlton.com

   

02/24/2016

The Beautiful New Digital World of The Ritz-Carlton (video)

The Ritz-Carlton websiteImmersive Travel Site Pushes Guest Photos to the Fore

Chevy Chase, Md., February 24, 2016. Welcome to the new RitzCarlton.com.

Through the eyes and lens of The Ritz-Carlton and its guests, a new Ritz-Carlton website brings a world of travel experiences to life by way of a fully immersive online experience. Digital explorers have a distinctive new hub on which to browse, crafted to simplify journey planning and inspire exploration through photos by fellow travelers.

“With more than 50 million unique visits to RitzCarlton.com in 2015, we wanted to offer global travelers the most insightful, user-friendly and innovative experience available on the internet,” said Ed French, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “Authenticity and transparency is critical to consumers today, which is why we have integrated user-generated social content as part of the web experience.”


 

One of the new special features on the website is Ritz-Carlton Memories’, a homepage display of photos as they are being posted and hash-tagged on social media by visitors to 90 Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts worldwide. This display is then localized to each hotel as you click on the destination you are browsing to view guest photos from that place.

Kyle Murdoch, Head of Digital for The Ritz-Carlton explained, “Across all our online channels we encourage users to hashtag their content with #RCMemories or #RitzCarlton when sharing travel experiences at our hotels. Today, anyone posting travel or Ritz-Carlton photos with the #RCMemories or #RitzCarlton hashtags may find their content appearing on the website or reposted on one of our 12 social channels.”

Each digital touch point across a guest experience, pre-visit, during a visit and post-visit, is designed to provide valuable travel information, interesting content and engage guests at each stage of their journey.

The new website has a staggering 30,000 pages of imagery and information, videos and interactive design features. The most notable enhancements facilitate exploration of destinations through immersive photography and video and through expertly curated travel experiences, in addition to hotel and room displays which enable users to not only reserve the room they prefer, but the view they desire.

As a luxury brand known for service excellence, The Ritz-Carlton website was designed to extend that service experience online and anticipate what travelers and hotel guests need. “Digital environments can be overtly functional or transactional, which does not represent who we are as a company,” continued Murdoch. “Success has come from pairing what we know about our guests and providing them with messaging and destination information that we believe will match their needs perfectly.”

All enhancements made to RitzCarlton.com were made in response to extensive global customer focus groups and research. “We want this site to inspire travel while being as useful as possible to our customers” said French. “We are leaning-in to the concept that memories inspire the creation of new memories. You can now imagine what it might be like to enjoy the same view or experience that other guests do in a way that's more vivid and more tangible.”

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates more than 90 hotels and resorts in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 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:).

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Contact:
Allison Sitch
Tel: (301) 547-4784  
Email: Allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

02/12/2016

Presidentially-Inspired Experiences at Ritz-Carlton Hotels on the East Coast of America

The Ritz-Carlton Presidential Appeal package

London – February 12, 2016 – In honor of the upcoming President’s Day weekend, a collection of Ritz-Carlton hotels are saluting travelers with curated experiences luxurious enough for a President. Whether it’s a long weekend in Boston or extended beach trip to South Beach, guests will feel nothing less than VIP with offers available through Election Day, November 8, 2016.

Inspired by past and present U.S. Presidents, guests booking the Presidential Appeal packages receive everything from spacious Presidential Suite accommodations to a private ‘motorcade’ service, to multi-course dining experiences including the favorite dishes of icons such as John F. Kennedy.

From the nation’s capital to the tropical oasis of South Florida, guests of these select Ritz-Carlton hotels will have the ability to experience unique aspects of a destination that only the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton could offer. A private tour of the President’s neighborhood is led by one of the White House Historical Association’s curators while staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. or a $1,000 shopping spree on Newbury Street is inspired by Jacqueline Onassis’ favorite boutiques while at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. 

For the culinary connoisseur, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. serves up a five-course in-suite culinary experience inspired by none other than John F. Kennedy himself, paired with local wines as served at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Gala. Unlimited stone crab at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is a subtle nod to former President Richard Nixon who was a big fan of the Florida delicacy.

Offered at select North American Ritz-Carlton hotels, these experiential packages are a great way to create lasting memories on the history of these notable leaders.

Whether a plane, train or car ride away, make lasting memories this President’s Day weekend and this year at a Ritz-Carlton hotel. For more information, call 800-542-8680 or visit: www.ritzcarlton.com/presidential

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 91 hotels and resorts in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 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).

Contact:
Alistair Scott          
Director, Public Relations, Europe                                                                                      
Alistair.scott@ritzcarlton.com
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01/14/2016

The Ritz-Carlton Announces Paradise Valley

Five Star Development Resort Communities Chooses Iconic Brand for New Arizona Resort

Chevy Chase, Md., January 14, 2016 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Five Star Development Resort Communities, LLC have signed an agreement for the development of a new resort and residences in Paradise Valley near Scottsdale, Arizona. “Paradise Valley in Arizona will be a great new destination for our brand in the Americas,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton. “We are pleased to be working with Five Star Development to create this unique desert resort for sophisticated travelers from around the world,” he continued. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley will be the centerpiece of one of the largest new master-planned communities featuring both a resort hotel and residences in close to a decade.

Padadis Valley Pool RenderingRendering of The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley

The affluent community know as Paradise Valley spreads from north of the Phoenix mountains to Cave Creek & Carefree and the McDowell Mountains to the east in greater metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona.  Spread out over twenty acres, The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley resort will consist of 200 casita-style guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of function space to host luxury meetings for corporate and incentive clients or as the backdrop to stage weddings and local social functions.  The resort, with stunning views of iconic Camelback Mountain will also have a large destination spa with a health and wellness program featuring both an indoor and outdoor desert-inspired treatment menu. A citrus orchard and garden will grow seasonal produce harvested for the on-site restaurants.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Paradise Valley will be developed by Five Star Development Resort Communities in several phases adjacent to the hotel with residence owners having access to services from and privileges at the hotel including a dedicated concierge, priority access to hotel guest accommodations and amenities, in-residence dining and housekeeping. The multi-phased residential community will include 45 single-family homes and 94 villa residences.

Construction is expected to begin in July 2016 with the resort opening in late-2018.

For more information about upcoming openings for The Ritz-Carlton, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com or for worldwide reservations call 800-241-3333.

Note on forward-looking statements:
The Ritz-Carlton expectations for future hotel openings are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions, supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could delay or prevent hotel openings or otherwise cause growth to be different than we anticipate.  We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this news release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 91 hotels and resorts in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 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).

About Five Star Development Resort Communities, LLC
Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Five Star Development owns and develops projects in multiple real estate asset classes including hospitality, industrial, residential and retail in Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico. For more information, visit www.fivestardevelopment.com

 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Shines Even Brighter Across Global Culinary Scene

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo13 Michelin Stars and a new addition for 2016, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Chevy Chase, Md., January 14, 2016: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C retained 12 of its coveted Michelin Stars in 2015, with Azure 45 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo awarded its first Michelin Star. The thirteen stars across seven restaurants in six hotels within Asia and Europe, reaffirmed the luxury hotel company’s status as a leader in culinary excellence and innovation.  From Abama to Barcelona, Wolfsburg to Tokyo to Hong Kong, leading Ritz-Carlton restaurants continue to compete favorably on the global stage amongst the world’s finest dining establishments.

“All accolades belong to the Ladies and Gentlemen who bring to life culinary and service excellence in our restaurants every single day. They work with such dedication and passion in an environment in which constant evolution and creativity is essential. We are honored to have been recognized globally by such an esteemed, well-reputed organization,” said Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President Food & Beverage for The Ritz-Carlton.  

The world of three Michelin Star restaurants is extremely small, with a little over 100 restaurants in total around the world. One of which is ‘AQUA’ at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg in Germany. Aqua retained three stars for its modern European cuisine, crafted by the celebrated Chef de Cuisine, Sven Elverfeld.  The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong also retained Michelin Stars across two of its signature restaurants.  ‘Tin Lung Heen’ maintains two stars for its traditional Dim Sum, created by Michelin-starred Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui, served amidst a spectacular view from the 102nd floor.  Whist the equally dramatic ‘Tosca’, with its Romanesque décor and ambience, retains one star for its unique mix of innovation and tradition combined to create Italian gastronomy under Chef Pino Lavarra.

Host to two of the acclaimed starred restaurants is The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, a luxury resort in Tenerife, Spain. ‘M.B’, the signature Michelin Star restaurant of the renowned Basque chef Martín Berasategui, famed for his inspired interpretations of Spanish cuisine, earned its original Michelin Star in 2010, and was awarded a second in 2014.  Hot on its gastronomic heels is the one Michelin-starred ‘Kabuki’, with Spanish chef Ricardo Sanz at the helm, combining traditional Japanese influences with contemporary western techniques and ingredients indigenous to the Canary Islands, to create sublimely creative Japanese cuisine.

“Finally, congratulations to Chef Shintaro Miyazaki and the team of Azure 45, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo for their first Michelin Star. Tokyo holds the record for the largest number of Michelin Star acclaimed restaurants within a city  and without a doubt a gourmands paradise, Azure 45 with its creative French fine-dining is a ‘must do’ when visiting the dynamic city, ”concluded Zinngrebe.

Michelin Stars for 2016:
AQUA, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg -- 3 Michelin Stars
M.B., The Ritz-Carlton, Abama -- 2 Michelin Stars
Enoteca, The Ritz-Carlton, Barcelona -- 2 Michelin Stars
Tin Lung Heen, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong -- 2 Michelin Stars 
Kabuki, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama -- 1 Michelin Star
Il Ristorante, Bulgari, Tokyo -- 1 Michelin Star
Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong -- 1 Michelin Star
Azure 45, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo -- 1 Michelin Star

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 91 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 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).