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05/28/2015

JW Marriott Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau Set New Standard for Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau guest roomMarriott International’s Asia-Pacific Region Celebrates Two Milestone Openings 

Macau, China – May 28, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) marked a new milestone today with the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau in the thriving Special Administrative Region (S.A.R) of Macau in South China. The properties are located within one of the world’s most spectacular entertainment and leisure destinations – Galaxy Macau™. Guests are invited to embark on an urban escape at Asia’s largest JW Marriott property or revel in the finest personal service and unforgettable experiences at the first all-suite hotel by The Ritz-Carlton. Download images.

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau livingroom“Marriott International sees unlimited potential in the future of Macau,” said Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International. “The launch of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau with Galaxy Macau™ are long-term investments that will perfectly complement Macau’s evolving tourist landscape. The region has undoubtedly changed significantly in recent years and we are seeing the city transform from a gaming destination to one with a more diverse range of entertainment and recreation options for guests of all ages.”

“The opening of the JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau with their exceptional service, superb facilities and spectacular culinary experiences will add an extra dimension to Galaxy Macau™, creating the ultimate destination for unlimited leisure and enjoyment. The two hotels – each with their distinct brand identities – are sure to enhance the Macau experience and will redefine the meaning of luxury in the region,” said Rauf Malik, Vice President of Operations at JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau.

Marriott International currently operates 177 hotels in Asia Pacific and the JW Marriott Hotel Macau marks the region’s 29th JW Marriott property. By 2020, the JW Marriott brand is expected to have more than 50 properties in the Asia Pacific region. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC currently operates 88 hotels around the globe with The Ritz-Carlton, Macau being its 89th hotel. The brand is planning to double its footprint across Asia in the next five years. The grand opening of both the JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau will further solidify Macau’s evolving positioning as a leading destination for leisure and entertainment as well as meetings, incentives and special events.

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton are located at Galaxy Macau™, Phase II – Macau’s newest, fully integrated world-class resort. Here, guests have easy access to a host of leisure and entertainment options, including premium shopping, exquisite dining, world-class entertainment events and multi-functional meeting spaces. Easily accessible by air, land and sea, 31 million tourists visited Macau in 2014, with the majority coming from mainland China. 

JW Marriott Hotel Macau – A New Benchmark for Luxury
JW Marriott Hotel Macau will serve as Asia’s flagship hotel, bringing guests a sense of harmony through the richness of authenticity – discovered in the beauty of craftsmanship and delivered with an intuitive response to personal expectations. With 1,015 luxurious rooms and suites styled with elegant sophistication and overlooking magnificent views of the Galaxy Macau™’s Grand Resort Deck and Cotai Macau, the hotel is an effortless luxury retreat that puts guests at ease.

The newly opened JW Marriott Hotel Macau is home to four restaurants, which will provide innovative, intuitive and crafted dining experiences that leave everlasting memories. Helmed by Executive Chef, Bruno Correa, the hotel’s culinary offers include classic Cantonese cuisine in a contemporary Chinese setting at the Man Ho Chinese Restaurant; an all-day dining outlet with international and regional cuisine – Urban Kitchen; the relaxing JW Pool Bar; and the sophisticated lobby lounge The Lounge.

To provide a truly immersive resort experience for guests of all ages, JW Marriott Hotel Macau is also taking the concept of “Edutainment” to Macau via the world’s largest JW Kids’ Club, which features an abundance of interactive activities for children that are designed to educate as well as to entertain. There is a dedicated kids’ pool for vacationing family guests and outdoor pool, in addition to access to Galaxy Macau’s 75,000 m2 Grand Resort Deck with lush oasis gardens, the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, the world’s longest Skytop Rapids at 575m and a 350-ton white sand beach. Guests can also choose to stay at the hotel’s exclusive Retreat Studios and Pool Suites to revel in the ultimate relaxation.

The pillar-less Grand Ballroom with ground-level access and multi-purpose function rooms offers over 2,700 m2 of flexible meeting space, making JW Marriott Hotel Macau an ideal destination for incentive groups, conferences, weddings, social and event gatherings.

For more information about the hotel, please visit www.jwmarriottmacau.com.

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau – Bringing its Legendary Service to the Heart of Macau
Offering the impeccable levels of service for which the brand is famous around the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, will feature over 250 suites on the top floors of the integrated resort. Intimacy, exclusivity, and personalized attention to detail are hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton standards of hospitality and Macau proves no exception in enabling guests to indulge in the finest personal service and the best of Asian luxury.  

Overseen by Executive Chef, Bruno Correa, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau’s culinary offerings are second to none. Whether it is classic Cantonese fine dining at Lai Heen whose chef played a very important role in achieving two-star Michelin restaurant recognition at his previous restaurant; sophisticated high-teas or cocktails with spectacular views over the Cotai skyline at the classic The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge; or the casual and exotic ambience of The Ritz-Carlton Café where guest can indulge in The Ritz-Carlton Jewelry Afternoon Tea; or healthy yet tasty organic fare and traceable seafood at The Ritz-Carlton Pool Bar – all offer an unsurpassed culinary journey sure to inspire the senses. The private and elegant dining rooms are ideal for intimate and celebratory occasions, providing a truly fine dining venue in which to delight in the high culinary art of the hotel.

As is typical of The Ritz-Carltons around the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau goes to every length to ensure it seamlessly blends elements in the hotel with that of its local surroundings. The hotel is adorned in Azulejo tiles, a form of Portuguese or Spanish ceramic tile that has evolved into the Rococo style panels that are synonymous with the heritage décor found in Macau today. During their in-room check in on arrival, guests can immerse themselves in the local culture with Chinese tea and local snacks, all to the backdrop of soothing music. In-room amenities include traditional egg-tarts, almond cookies and chocolates along with a bookmark that details the history of Macau.

The relaxing outdoor pool provides spectacular views over Cotai, whilst, for those seeking privacy, the poolside cabanas provide an intimate retreat. For the ultimate pampering experience, guests can immerse themselves in sensorial bliss at the hotel’s spa, ESPA. Featuring ten lavish treatment rooms and three couples’ suites, which infuse elements of design rooted in traditional Chinese and Portuguese architecture, a therapeutic massage session at the idyllic hotel spa is sure to warm the soul.

For special events such as weddings, with over 900m2 of flexible event space. The Ritz-Carlton, Macau specializes in pairing ideal event venues with impeccable service. When booking a wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, each couple is accompanied by a wedding professional that serves as a single point of contact throughout the entire wedding planning process to make sure the vision of the bride and groom comes to life. The Ritz-Carlton Wedding Atelier will serve as a one-stop source of wedding partners that can help create unforgettable confectionaries and unique giveaways for guests as well as inspiration for decoration and entertainment possibilities.

For more information about the hotel, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/macau

Macau – Asia’s Most Exciting Destination
Both JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau are the ideal base from which to explore all that the city of Macau has to offer. Nature lovers as well as families should visit Seac Pai Van Park, Macau Giant Panda Pavilion and Parque Natural da Taipa Grande among other attractions. Adventure and adrenaline seekers can visit the Macau Tower Convention & Exhibition Centre to take the plunge with a ‘Bungy Jump’ or ‘Sky Jump’ – a walk around the outside of the 338m high tower. Speed demons can put the pedal to the metal go-kart racing in Coloane.

Just 15 minutes away from the hotel, in the center of the city, a rich cultural history with UNESCO World Heritage sites awaits, including the A-Ma Temple, Ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square. By night, Macau’s world-class theater, fast-paced entertainment and diverse social scene give plenty of reasons to keep visitors enthralled until the early hours of the morning.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travellers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretence. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 73 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 hotels in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.  

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.   

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 89 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, 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).

Note on forward-looking statements: The growth expectations of the JW Marriott brand and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the Asia Pacific region over the next five years 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 refurbishment, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International, Inc. discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could delay or prevent the development of planned hotels. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press 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.

Media Contact:
Peggy Cheng
Marriott International - Asia Pacific Public Relations
+852 6020 1955 Peggy.cheng@marriott.com                                                                                            

05/06/2015

A Legend Rises Again With The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, CairoLuxury brand’s debut in Egypt pays homage to the hotel’s rich history

Dubai UAE, 06 May 2015 - Majestic in appearance, sophisticated in design and peerless in pedigree, The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo marks the return of an icon to the Egyptian capital. The historic property will reopen under Ritz-Carlton’s stewardship in late summer, heralding a new era of luxury hospitality in the heart of Cairo.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo will open in the late summer of this year. The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation whilst retaining many of the original features, reminding guests of the cherished memories of days gone by, yet well-prepared to host a new generation of guests with a desire to uncover the mystique of the historic city. With the hotel nearing the handover stage, finishing touches will be made on its extensive renovation and with the help of Ladies and Gentlemen of the Ritz-Carlton, its rich culture of service in the hotel’s famed premises will be established.

CairoIn its decades of history, the latest addition to The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of 88 hotels and resorts has played host to the world’s most powerful and famous, from statesmen through to Hollywood icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, as well as business giants such as Nelson Rockefeller.

“The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo will amplify the hotel’s classic legacy with a contemporary approach. As a brand, we are proud of instilling in all our properties, a distinct personality rooted in a sense of place and history,” commented Hervé Humler, President & Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “By complementing the property’s natural strengths with our focus on bespoke service, diverse experiences and rich memories, we aim to reinstate the hotel as pride of national tourism in the country.”

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo exteriorCentered between the Nile and Tahrir Square, the hotel is easily accessible from Cairo’s key attractions and landmarks including the Arab League Headquarters and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the King Tut exhibition. In addition, the nearby Qasr El Nile Bridge links the hotel to the magnificent Cairo Opera House, a unique landmark of aesthetic and cultural interest in Egypt.

The hotel’s palatial proportions allow visitors to enjoy a sense of exclusivity and spaciousness, while appreciating the location in the heart of the city. The 331-room hotel houses ultramodern facilities including a spectacular Olympic-size pool with 17 private cabanas. The accommodations and interiors, all designed by eminent interior designer Frank Nicholson - a long-standing collaborator of the brand -are reminiscent of the timeless style of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe whilst being anchored in the flavours and traditions of Egypt. In particular, the 50 exquisitely laid-out suites, including the elite Royal and Presidential suites, feature spectacular Nile views and offer an elevated sense of luxury.

With its celebrated attention to detail and expansive facilities, the hotel encourages the leisure and business traveler to be assured of seamless service and a relaxed stay. Guests can unwind in the spa, which offers a plethora of treatments to work or travel weary guests, including the signature Rasul therapy. Guests can cap their wellness journey with a sunset yoga session on the spa terrace overlooking the Nile. 

The hotel’s meetings and conference facilities include the Alf Leila wa Leila Ballroom, another original feature of the hotel, ideal for weddings of a grand scale. In addition, a new conference center offers avant-garde conference spaces including a 1,700 square meter conference hall.

Gastronomes visiting Egypt will also be spoilt for choice with an array of dining venues. With innovative and cutting edge fare spanning Arabian, Italian and Continental cuisine, complemented by gorgeous views and appealing ambience, the hotel’s dining venues are set to be a culinary revelation for the city’s residents and visitors.

The hotel’s cultural leanings are also reflected in its sartorial sensibilities – the uniform of the Ladies and Gentlemen of the hotel was designed by Cairo’s new crop of designers who created a set of attire that embraces the design and history of the hotel and the city in which it is based.

“The hotel holds an iconic space in the city’s history and we wanted to salute that,” added Humler. “Our Ladies and Gentlemen will not only be ambassadors of the Ritz-Carlton, crafting the legendary service and creating lifelong memories, but also symbols of the hotel’s magnificent past and its ongoing pursuit of excellence.”

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 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 sarah.walkerkerr@ritzcarlton.com

 

05/05/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to Open Doors in Budapest, One of the Most Beautiful Cities in Europe

The Ritz-Carlton Budapest lobbyKnown for innovators and dynamic thinkers, Hungarian city to welcome The Ritz-Carlton in 2016  

 Chevy Chase, Md., May 5, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has signed a deal with Al Habtoor Group, the UAE based conglomerate, which will see the opening of the first property from the luxury brand in the Hungarian capital.

Located in the heart of Budapest, the 192 room hotel overlooks Erzsébet square with commanding views of St Stephen’s Basilica. The property will undergo an extensive renovation set to commence at the beginning of 2016 and is due for completion in the second quarter, making it a stunning member of a portfolio of hotels known for its exacting service and exceptional attention to detail.

“Hungary represents the next great international expansion opportunity for The Ritz-Carlton,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are especially pleased that our initial presence will be in Budapest, the country’s principal political, cultural, and commercial centre,’ he added.

Budapest is home to some of Europe’s most impressive historical architecture, such as the Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge, Heroes’ Square, the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Basilica. It is widely known as a popular tourist destination in Central Europe; home to a number of World Heritage Sites such as the banks of the River Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway (the second oldest in the world).

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Ritz-Carlton for such an exquisite property to build on our unique portfolio of hotels. We are bringing together two of the best names in the business, both dedicated to offering world-class luxury and hospitality. We look forward to welcoming guests to experience the renewed property in early 2016, said Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group. 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company adds another European capital to the growing portfolio of destinations in which global travellers will find the luxury hotel company’s award winning service, due to reach 100 hotels by the end of 2016. 

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 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).

NOTE: The statements about the future openings of Ritz-Carlton hotels are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, 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 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. 

Connect with Allison.Sitch@ritzcarlton.com

04/30/2015

((Chime)); The Sound of Personalized Mobile Service

ChimeNew Interactive App from The Ritz-Carlton Puts Service at Meeting Planners’ Fingertips in Real-Time

Chevy Chase, Md., April 30, 2015 – Anticipating needs of guests are core to The Ritz-Carlton service values and philosophy and that now includes digitally assisting meeting planners with the launch of ((Chime)), the new mobile app designed specifically for meeting planners. “The Ritz-Carlton is the leader in luxury meetings globally,” said David Murphy, Vice President, Food and Beverage Design and Development. “((Chime)) extends that leadership into digital and mobile, allowing meeting planners around the world to schedule services and request fulfillment prior to and during their events,” he continued.   

 

((Chime)) allows meetings planners to communicate with their conference concierge using an online menu of options on their mobile device.  Meeting planners may make service requests,   food and beverage changes, audio visual requests, in-room temperature changes, room set-up and scheduling alterations and many other options from a simple touch activated app available on wireless-connected or web-enabled mobile devices. There is also a text feature which allows meeting planners to give specific and unique instructions during a meeting. Once a request is made, the planner will receive a response from the conference concierge confirming receipt of the request and that service is in process. 

As showcased in the ((Chime)) YouTube video, the meeting planner takes just a few simple steps to request a new addition to their group meal menu for the next morning. The simple steps taken right on the guest’s mobile device allows for quick execution of requests.

“Our Ladies and Gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton around the world strive to create unique, memorable and seamless meeting and event experiences for all guests,” said David Murphy, Vice President, Food & Beverage Design & Development. “((Chime)) anticipates meeting planner needs and supports event teams in delivering extraordinary and personalized service.”

((Chime)) is available for download at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts globally from New York to Los Angeles, from Hong Kong to Dubai, from Barcelona to Bali and more than 80 other locations. It is also available in 20 languages globally including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

To learn more about ((Chime)) for your mobile device, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/chime.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 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). 

Connect with Steven.Holt@ritzcarlton.com 

04/27/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago Set to Become Full Participant in the Renowned Ritz-Carlton Hotel System

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. logoChevy Chase, Md., April 27, 2015.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announced today that The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago will become a full participant in The Ritz-Carlton hotel portfolio and all of its programs. Guests will be able to make reservations on www.ritzcarlton.com and will be eligible for benefits of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards guest loyalty program.  This integration is expected to occur in August of this year.  The hotel will undergo an extensive renovation of its public space and guest rooms over the next two years.

Since its opening on Michigan Avenue in 1975, the hotel had been using The Ritz-Carlton name under a license agreement with a predecessor of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, which by its terms did not provide for full integration into The Ritz-Carlton system. 

“We are delighted to welcome The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago into our family of award-winning luxury hotels” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  “This will give our loyal customers access to one of the finest addresses in the great city of Chicago.  After the extensive renovation that is planned, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago will take its place among the truly iconic luxury hotels in the United States.” 

The statuesque 429-room hotel is located on floors 15 through 30 of Water Tower Place on the city’s Magnificent Mile, near Navy Pier and Chicago's Gold Coast. The hotel features 101 hotel suites, a full-service spa, fine dining and over 21,000 square feet of meeting space and a vibrant rooftop restaurant and bar.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC 
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 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).

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

 

04/24/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Brings its Brand of Timeless Luxury to Jeddah

The Ritz-Carlton JeddahThe Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah marks luxury hospitality brand’s growing footprint in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dubai, UAE, 24, April 2015: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, will open its second hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah late summer with The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah. The latest addition to the portfolio will serve as the perfect showcase of the great traditions of Saudi hospitality; an eye-catching landmark situated over eight acres of land on Al Hamra Corniche. The new hotel with its splendid architecture will be a majestic addition to the city’s vibrant hospitality scene, with unmatched conference facilities to cater to the local, regional and international markets.

The new hotel will be operated by The Ritz-Carlton for the Ministry of Finance, reinforcing its existing partnership on The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.   

The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah underscores the brand’s development ambitions in the region. “The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah is a much-anticipated milestone for us as it not only introduces our signature standards in this growing market but also emphasizes our commitment to the Kingdom,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “This region is critical towards the achievement of our strategic goal of reaching 100 hotels globally and we are fortunate to have strong partners who share our vision.”

With a mix of universally recognized service and state-of-the-art amenities, all tempered with local flavor, the Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah aligns well with Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning status as an economic powerhouse attracting visitors from around globe. Featuring 224 guest rooms, including 30 exquisitely laid out royal suites spanning 500 square meters each, the hotel will cater to a diverse range of visitors from short-stay business guests through to large wedding groups. The hotel will also boast four dining outlets, offering visitors and residents alike a taste of Ritz-Carlton’s excellent culinary experience.

Reflecting the rising importance of the meeting and incentives sector in the Kingdom, the hotel also boasts a staggering 63,356 square meters of meeting space. The hotel will be equipped to host major conferences and exhibitions with the Grand Auditorium venue, capable of seating 1,500 guests, while the hotel’s restaurant and dining outlets can serve over 500 guests during any time throughout the whole day.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC  
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 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). 

Contact: 
Sarah Walker-Kerr                       
sarah.walkerkerr@ritzcarlton.com 
Regional Director of Public Relations                                                       
+971 (0) 56 2160815  

04/02/2015

Cherry Blossoms Reveal Their Beauty From Washington, D.C. to Japan

Cherry BlossomsThe Ritz-Carlton Viewing Tips and Experiences Help you Celebrate Sakura

Chevy Chase, Md., April 2, 2015 – Bonded by a tree rooted in culture and tradition, the Washington, D.C. Ritz-Carlton hotels and the luxury brand’s properties throughout Japan have collaborated on an exclusive guide to celebrating Sakura, the iconic Cherry Blossom season. 

For tips,  top viewing locations and unique ways to bring the cherry blossom experience home, the  Ritz-Carlton guide features 21 ways to get the most out of this magical, albeit brief season. 

Cherry Blossoms 2Viewing Locations:
Discover thousands of blooming cherry trees by visiting the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. A multitude of parades, festivals, concerts and events take place at this location through April 11thThe Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C outlines these events on their website.  For an “off the beaten path” view of the cherry blossom trees, visit Arlington National Cemetery located only minutes away from The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, or explore the hotel’s top cherry blossom locations in D.C.  When at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, visit one of the most famous sights in the city, Sakura no Toori Nuke (Cherry Blossom Lane) to see almost 120 tree varieties blooming along the sensationally colorful lane.

Cherry Blossoms 1Sakura Tea and Cocktails:
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo has infused the cherry blossom theme into its delicious food and beverage offerings. Enjoy Sakura Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge or a Sakura Cocktail at the bar until April 30. Find the recipe for ‘Spring-pity’, the hotel’s Sakura cocktail on Pinterest.

  1. Cherry Blossom Body Scrub Recipe:

The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner has created a Cherry Blossom Body Scrub Recipe that can be easily made at home. Combine 1 cup of Himalayan sea salt, ¼ cup of jojoba oil and 2-3 drops of rose essential oil with fresh cherry blossoms or rose petals. The complete recipe and additional tips can be found on Pinterest.  

  1. Cherry Blossom Wedding Décor:

Amal Zaari, The Director of Catering Sales at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C suggests utilizing natural elements such as tree branches into your centerpieces. Check out the video on YouTube as Amal takes you through some wedding design tips for incorporating D.C.’s stunning Cherry Blossom trees into your springtime dream wedding. The pastry chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto take their creativity to the wedding cake design and suggest a Sakura inspired cherry macaron wedding cake instead of the traditional design to truly stand out.  

  1. Cherry Blossom Inspired Sweets:

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C. put a ‘cherry-licious’ twist on their famous French Toast S’mores. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary butler-passed Cherry S’mores every evening from 6:30pm-7pm in the Living Room. The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner offers simple recipes on their website for some desserts you can try at home. Try the White Chocolate Cherry Blossom Shortbread and Cherry Blossom Ganache.

Visit The Ritz-Carlton Cherry Blossom Pinterest board for more ideas on cherry blossom-themed cocktails, spa treatments and sweet treats. Follow us on Twitter @RitzCarlton or Facebook for insider tips. As you experience cherry blossom season at our hotels around the globe, share your photos with #RCMemories for a chance to be featured on Twitter or Instagram.  For more information about Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts worldwide visit www.ritzcalrlton.com.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 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).

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03/26/2015

Guests Make A Difference At The Ritz-Carlton For Earth Hour 2015

Earth HourHotels and Resorts around the Globe Offer Authentic Experiences that Impact Conservation

Chevy Chase, Md., March 26, 2015 – On Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m. local time,The Ritz-Carlton hotels, resorts, clubs and residences around the world will proudly support Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lighting throughout the properties. Founded by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is the single largest, symbolic mass-participation event in the world, inspiring a global community of millions of people across 162 countries and territories to switch off lights. As an annual event, Earth Hour brings attention to sustainability issues on our planet and how each of us, whether as individuals or organizations, can make an impact. The Ritz-Carlton hotels, clubs and residences around the world will create unique, memorable experiences for their guests and members during Earth Hour, inviting them to actively participate in this global conservation effort to create a greener and more sustainable environment.  

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre will engage the future generation in the importance of environmental conservation with the Ritz Kids activity, “Stories by Candlelight.”
  • Guests at newly opened The Ritz-Carlton, Bali will be invited to participate in “meditation under the stars,” where fresh breezes and dimmed illumination from traditional lighting will evolve into a peaceful moment.
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, guests may attend a moonlight beach BBQ and bonfire, complete with a stargazing activity with Naturalists from the Ambassadors of the Environment.
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, the pathways to the hotel and residences will be lit by luminaries carved from ice.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul will invite guests to view a traditional Turkish Shadow Play performance in the lobby.

We invite you to follow @RitzCarltonCSR on Twitter to experience the Earth Hour activities at our hotels, clubs and residences as they take place around the world.

“We are committed to working towards a more sustainable future, by preserving natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment,” comments Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  “Earth Hour is an outstanding forum for us to exercise this commitment and help raise awareness for the importance of environmental responsibility around the globe.”

Participating in Earth Hour aligns with the company’s social and environmental responsibility program and its guiding principles to engage, contribute and inspire.  Environmental responsibility is a key pillar of Community Footprints, implemented by each hotel’s Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Team (REACT), with a global strategy including water and energy conservation programs, recycling initiatives, sourcing environmentally preferred products, and increasing organic and locally sourced dining and spa options.  For more information about the global impact of Community Footprints, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/communityfootprints.

Contact:
Steven H. Holt   
Steven.Holt@ritzcarlton.com 
+1 415-312-8264

03/18/2015

The Cultural Capital of Australia to Get a Cultural Hotel Company Icon When The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne Comes to Town

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. logoLuxury Hotel To Be Highest In Australia

Chevy Chase, Md., March 18, 2015: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Fast Consortium (FEC), a leading Asian property developer, have signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne located at 250 Spencer Street in the UNESCO city of literature.

The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne will be the centrepiece of an urban mixed-use project in the central business district which will include residential apartments and retail shopping.  With 250 rooms, the statuesque luxury hotel will be the highest in Australia, with floors located from level 64 to 77 of the building with dramatic views from all sides. The project will commence construction next year and is designed to include restaurants and a host of services and facilities for which The Ritz-Carlton is known. 

Vibrant and multicultural, Melbourne brims with galleries, cafes, restaurants and a lifestyle that give Australia's second-largest city a distinctly European feel. There is an active music and arts scene and Melbourne is home to the Festival for International Arts, the International Comedy Festival, Fringe Festival, Food and Wine Festival and the Indigenous Arts Festival.    

A unique feature of the city center is Melbourne’s famed laneways – designed for horses and carts in the Victorian era - but since the 1990’s they have undergone a renaissance. Today, they offera wide variety of pedestrian experiences ranging from urban art, fashion boutiques, hidden lounges, rooftop bars and live music.

Last year, FEC announced that it is developing a Ritz-Carlton at Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Australia.  Today’s announcement marks the second luxury hotel slated for The Ritz-Carlton in the country and demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing exceptional hotel experiences in the major cosmopolitan cities of Australia.

“We are honored to partner once again with Fast Consortium on a second, spectacular project in Australia,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “We look forward to welcoming Ritz-Carlton guests from around the world to a sensational high-rise hotel in Melbourne, a rich and intriguing city.”

FEC Chairman, David Chiu commented, “We believe Australia has plenty of opportunities in the tourism industry.  The country has many unique offerings which are driving the growth in tourist arrivals.  We are delighted to bring this international luxury brand to Perth and now Melbourne.”

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 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 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).

About the Far East Consortium
FEC is an international property development company with a strong Australian presence.  Founded in 1960, FEC is one of Asia’s largest property developers and is a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Since commencing operations in Australia in 1994, the group has contributed significantly to Melbourne’s skyline through 12 landmark urban renewal redevelopments.  FEC also owns Carepark Group, one of largest car park operators in Australia; and Dorsett Hospitality International Ltd, a hotel group listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong with hotels in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

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02/02/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. Receives Honors for Forty-Seven Properties in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rankings

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake TahoeChevy Chase, Md., February 2, 2015 – An impressive 47 hotels within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. have been named award winners in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rankings. 

To qualify for this distinguished accolade, U.S. News & World Report identifies the best hotels using an unbiased methodology centered on three components: reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews, and hotel class ratings.  The respected organization ranked more than 2,500 hotels across the USA, Caribbean, Mexico and Canada -- with the top 10 percent among the luxury segment analyzed, selected as winners.

“We are honored to have so many properties awarded among this elite group,” offers Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Our focus and commitment continues to be on service excellence and creating lasting memories for our guests and we are truly proud of our Ladies and Gentlemen for achieving this accolade.”

Best Hotels in the USA:

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Best Hotels in the Caribbean:
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Best Hotels in Mexico:
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun 

Best Hotels in Canada:
The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Each of the following properties was identified as one of the "Best Hotels" within its market:

Best Atlanta Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

Best Arizona Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix 

Best Aruba Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Best California Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Best Charlotte Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Best Florida Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove

Best Fort Lauderdale Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Best Georgia Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta 

Best Lake Tahoe Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Best Los Angeles Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Best Miami Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove 

Best Miami Beach Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

Best Naples Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Best New York Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester 

Best New York City Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park 

Best North Carolina Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Best Ohio Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

Best Ontario Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Best Palm Springs Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Best Pennsylvania Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Best Philadelphia Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Best Phoenix Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix 

Best Puerto Rico Hotels
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

Best St. Louis Hotels and Best Missouri Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Best Toronto Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Best U.S Virgin Islands Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Best Virginia Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Best Washington DC Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 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, 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).

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com