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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).

12/03/2015

Serve With Purpose

Community FootprintsThe Ritz-Carlton Celebrates International Volunteer Day

Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen Active in Over 100 Communities, 28 Countries and Territories

Chevy Chase, Md., December 3, 2015 – On International Volunteer Day, December 5, 2015, the Community Footprints teams at The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the globe will “Serve With Purpose” to benefit their local communities. Focusing on hunger and poverty relief, child well-being, and the environment, the Ladies and Gentlemen will reach out to support those in need in over 100 communities in 28 countries and territories throughout the world. International Volunteer Day is designated annually by the United Nations to promote the ability of volunteers to make a real and sustainable impact.

The Ritz-Carlton is the first Founding Partner of IMPACT 2030, a business-led effort designed to marshal the power of employee volunteering to advance the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  “At The Ritz-Carlton, we are committed to mobilizing our teams around the world to share their skills and knowledge to lift up our communities and inspire our customers to join our efforts to create new opportunities to help the global community achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Mr. Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “Through IMPACT 2030, the power of many will be the force that will allow us to make a difference and accomplish what none of us can achieve alone.”

“International Volunteer Day provides a unique platform for our employees to showcase the meaningful difference they’re making throughout the year, locally, nationally and internationally,” said Sue Stephenson, executive committee vice chair for IMPACT 2030 and Vice President, Community Footprints for The Ritz-Carlton. “It highlights our commitment to the mission of IMPACT 2030 to help combat the most critical issues facing our communities and inspire the private sector to positive action.”

A sample of the Community Footprints projects that The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen are participating in with their local partner community organizations on International Volunteer Day include –

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman teams will volunteer at their Succeed Through Service partner school in addition to renovating a mangrove nursery, and in New Orleans, volunteers will collaborate with 8th grade Succeed Through Service students at the Second Harvest food bank to sort cans and package food boxes for the hungry and homeless in the local community;
  • Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, will host a mobile library and reading activities to promote children’s literacy programs, and Community Footprints volunteers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove will work on habitat restoration projects in Virginia Key;
  • Employees at The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC area hotels have a goal to produce 1,000 meals benefiting DC Central Kitchen and in Dallas, employee volunteers will be creating hundreds of snack packs for Soup Mobile, a local organization that serves meals on the front-line of Dallas' homeless community;
  • Volunteers from The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing will host a Poetry Recitation Contest at the Beijing School for the Blind, while in Chengdu, employee volunteers will teach life skills at Sichuan Cheng Hua Special Educational School;
  • At Penha Longa, employee volunteers and students from Succeed Through Service partner school, Escola D. Fernando I, will volunteer to reconstruct local park trails and in Lake Tahoe, the Ladies and Gentlemen will participate in the Rise and Dine project, distributing clothing and serving dinner to individuals and families in need.

 

Partnering for Impact

Each IMPACT 2030 partner company has committed to applying its employee volunteer actions towards one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals in the form of capacity building and civic engagement. The growing network of businesses joining The Ritz-Carlton as IMPACT 2030 Founding Partners includes: IBM, SAP, Google, TATA Consultancy Services, PwC, UPS, Medtronic, GSK and la Caixa Bank, amongst others. IMPACT 2030 partner companies recognize that a commitment to corporate volunteering — when used in concert with the United Nations, peer companies, and philanthropic and nonprofit organizations — is a powerful tool to address critical social and environmental issues.

Learn more by visiting IMPACT2030.com, following @IMPACT2030 on Twitter and by visiting the Global Goals Employer Toolkit (sponsored by The Ritz-Carlton, IBM and SAP).

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).

Contact: 
Steven H. Holt                                                                                                             
steven.holt@ritzcarlton.com
Regional Director, Public Relations, The Americas                                      
+1-415-312-8264

10/22/2015

Opening of The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo Marks a New Era for the Majestic Property

The Nile Ritz-CarltonIconic hotel offers gateway to Egyptian luxury lifestyle in a legendary setting

CAIRO, Egypt; 22 October 2015: The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, the iconic luxury hotel on the shores of the Nile, opened its doors to a new wave of global travelers to the historic city today. The landmark property, which reopened under the stewardship of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., will offer leisure and business travelers to the city an opulent retreat in the heart of Cairo that is rich in history and intuitive in service.                       

The grand opening of the iconic property, offers visitors from around the world a stately vantage point to witness the resurgence of one of the world’s most famous historic destinations. “Cairo is a city that fuses the majesty of the past with the pulse of the present and the promise of the future,” stated Herve Humler, President & C.O.O., The Ritz-Carlton.

“Visitors over the centuries have been drawn by its ever-evolving mix of history, trade and culture, which continues to draw adventurists, as well as families and business travelers to this vibrant city. With millennial travelers seeking luxury as part of their travel experience, the Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo marries this “bucket-list” city with world-class services. This has not only made Cairo more appealing but has also given us the opportunity to raise our first Ritz-Carlton flag in on the banks of the Nile.”

For the modern luxury traveler experiencing the vibe of Cairo for the first time, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo provides the ideal base from which to dive into the energy of the city as well as to withdraw from it to reflect and introspect. Business and leisure travelers can get the best of both worlds in the historic 331-room hotel, with its ultramodern facilities including a spectacular Olympic-size pool as well as meeting rooms, ballrooms and business facilities. 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.

From five-star Nile cruises to explorative culinary tours and private excursions to the Pyramids, Cairo is unveiling the diversity of its luxury offering and allowing Arab and global travelers to discover the city in new and innovative ways. While first time visitors to the city will be awed by the majesty of the Pyramids of Giza, the city also offers alternative experiences such as viewings of the well-preserved medieval residences formerly owned by wealthy merchants.

Cultural aficionados and art enthusiasts who desire more than visits to the Sphinx and the Pyramids can delight in Cairo’s lush art scene that runs the gamut from Islamic art to impressionist paintings. For the gourmand, the flavours that the city offers showcase the potpourri of cultures that has enriched the city’s personality and made it a unique destination. With cuisines from around the world and experiences catering to the conventional and the quirky, the city is a culinary playground.

“Cairo is a vibrant destination and no matter what your purpose in visiting the city, business or leisure or visiting family, there is always a sense of discovery. The past has left a strong imprint on the personality of the city but its dynamism comes from its ever-evolving cultural and social scenes. For the global tourist, it is this tasteful fusion that appeals and keeps Cairo current,” added Humler. 

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 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarltonreserve.com, www.ritzcarlton.com or www.ritzcarlton.cn. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ) – visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

10/19/2015

Hotel de la Paix, Geneva to Become a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel in the Swiss Capital of Peace

The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva

Chevy Chase, Md., October 19, 2015 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. is proud to announce a signed agreement with the Manz family in Switzerland which will add the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva as a partner hotel as of December 16, 2015. The boutique property sits on the banks of Lake Geneva, (Lac Leman) in Switzerland.

Following an extensive renovation planned by the Manz family, the hotel is scheduled for re-launch at the end of 2016 as The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva. The lakeside property will undergo a comprehensive renovation which includes reducing the number of hotel guestrooms to 75 stunning luxury accommodations featuring refreshed, modern and generously proportioned suites.

The Hotel De la Paix, built in the center of Geneva in 1865, has been witness to a multitude of historical world events. In January 1872, the international arbitration tribunal for the Alabama Claims met at the Hotel De la Paix. Today, the Alabama Salon still serves as a reminder of this important event within the hotel. And as with all iconic treasures in Europe, many decorated and well-known personalities have been hosted, one of which was Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, who whiled away the hours on the banks of Lake Geneva savoring the glorious views over Mont Blanc.

“It is an honor to bring The Ritz-Carlton experience to Switzerland and to partner with the highly regarded Manz family,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “Geneva is an extremely desirable destination for travelers and we will now be able to offer a sensational travel experience to complement the full portfolio of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe,” he added. 

The partnership commences in the year that sees the Hotel De la Paix celebrate its 150th anniversary. Ljuba Manz-Lurje, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland AG, said “I am delighted that the hotel De La Paix, the jewel of Geneva, will be managed by The Ritz-Carlton, one the of the world’s most famous and luxurious hotel companies.”

Embedded between Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the United Nations and headquarters of the Red Cross is best-known as the capital of peace. Water flows through the center of the city into the River Rhône and museums, shops, restaurants, and parks jostle for space on the history-laden south shore known as Rive Gauche and the eponymous Quai Mont-Blanc is one of the most famous addresses in the city of Geneva.

Recently named as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand by London-based consultancy, Luxury Branding, The Ritz-Carlton currently offers a collection of ten luxury hotels throughout Europe including The Ritz-Carton, Abama, The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Hotel Arts, Barcelona and Penha Longa Resort & Spa in Portugal. 

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

About Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland 
The Manz family has been upholding the highest level of traditional Swiss hospitality since 1889. Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland (MPH) owns six hotels in Switzerland and holds an interest in various luxury and first-class hotels in South America. In Switzerland, the following hotels are operated under the Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland brand: The St. Gotthard in Zurich (138 rooms, of which 8 are suites over 5 floors), the Euler in Basel (66 rooms, of which 6 are suites), the Hotel City Inn Basel (30 rooms, of which 8 are superior-standard rooms), as well as the Continental in Lausanne (116 rooms) and the Hotel De la Paix in Geneva, which will now be managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. MPH has also leased the Hotel Helvetia in Basel. With its motto "Feel the difference", MPH places great emphasis on high-quality service and the aspiration to offer guests all amenities as part of a truly personal service. This includes the "Privacy" concept, which ensures guests are offered maximum privacy. MPH – a family-owned company – is now being run by the fourth generation of the Manz family. The company employs 150 people in total, including outsourced services, in three locations: Zurich, Basel and Lausanne. www.manzprivacyhotels.ch 

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

10/14/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Set to Debut in Mexico City in 2019

The Ritz-Carlton Mexico CityLegendary luxury hotel brand to introduce stunning new hotel on Avenida Reforma

MEXICO CITY, D.F., October 14, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. today announced plans to open its first hotel in Mexico City in 2019. Upon completion, the 153-room Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will operate under a long term management agreement with Thor Urbana Capital and Heldan Hotels & Resorts. The hotel marks a significant milestone for Ritz-Carlton development in the Caribbean and Latin America, representing its entrée into one of the region’s most prominent capital cities.  

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Thor Urbana Capital and Heldan Hotels & Resorts to expand our presence in the Caribbean and Latin America, particularly in Mexico City - an epicenter of commerce and culture,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer for The Ritz-Carlton. “Mexico remains one of the largest and most important international markets for our company, and we are confident that our legendary Ritz-Carlton service and culture is a perfect match for this vibrant, exciting destination.”

The hotel will be part of the Chapultepec Uno mixed use project, prominently located at the intersection of Avenida Reforma and Circuito Interior in the heart of the city’s financial center. Once completed, the stunning structure will include 58 floors and 1.1 million square feet of space, rendering it one of the tallest buildings in the city. KMD Architects and Taller GLOBAL are leading the design and architectural efforts for the project.

The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will occupy floors 36-47 of the building, featuring unobstructed views of Chapultepec Park. The hotel will include signature Ritz-Carlton luxury services and amenities including a Club Lounge and spa.

“Mexico City is the country’s economic, industrial and cultural center,” said Jaime Fasja, chief executive officer of Thor Urbana Capital. “We are so proud to be a part of this extraordinary project that we know will bring a new level of luxury hospitality to the city.”

“Travel to Mexico continues to grow for both business and leisure travel throughout the Caribbean and Latin America region and for inbound travel to the United States,” said Gabriel Helfon, chief executive officer of Heldan Hotels & Resorts.  “This project will play a helpful role in the continued emergence and success of Mexico City as a leading international destination.”

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) and Los Cabos, Mexico (2017). The Ritz-Carlton portfolio currently includes 90 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 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, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 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).

About Thor Urbana Capital
Thor Urbana Capital is a leading real estate investment and development company based in Mexico City aimed to capitalize on Mexico´s strong economic growth and real estate fundamentals. Through its vertically integrated platform the firm specializes in the sourcing, acquiring, developing, repositioning, leasing, managing and disposing of multiple real estate projects including lifestyle centers, luxury hotels, and mixed-use projects located in the country’s main cities and top tourist destinations. The firm is currently developing over 7 million square feet in various high-growth markets across the country such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Metepec, and Cabo, among others. For more information visit the company web site at www.thorurbana.com

About Heldan Hotels & Resorts
Heldan Hotels & Resorts is the hospitality division of Grupo Alhel.
Grupo Alhel is a leading real estate firm based in Mexico with more than 45 years in the development, construction, promotion and management of real estate properties. Through this vertically integrated platform Grupo Alhel owns high end office buildings, luxury hotels and resorts, high end residential properties, high end retail space and mixed use properties. More projects are currently under development around Mexico. For more information please visit our company's website at www.alhel.com.mx

Contact:
Catherine Leitner
catherine.leitner@ritzcarlton.com

10/01/2015

"The Grow House" At The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Executive Chef George FistrovichA Container Growing System Yielding One Acre of Produce

Naples, Fla., October 1, 2015 – There’s an extension to the work space for the culinary team at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; introducing the resort’s new onsite Grow House. The first of its kind in a resort setting, The Grow House is a repurposed shipping container with the capacity to grow one acre of produce. 

Utilizing a hydroponic vertical growing system, The Grow House consumes 90 percent less water than a traditional farm or garden of equal size. Additionally, every aspect of the growing process is controlled – from temperature to water PH and lighting – allowing for a 100 percent pesticide free product. Unlike traditional gardens, the fully controlled environment makes it possible to grow climate sensitive crops year-round such as lettuces which thrive in cool soils or mushrooms which require consistent humidity.

“The addition of the Grow House complements our relationship with local farms and further supports our goal to provide guests with the finest and freshest ingredients,” said George Fistrovich executive chef for The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.   

Crops currently growing in The Grow House include Bibb and romaine lettuce, cilantro, arugula, spinach, cabbage and assorted micro-greens. These highly flavorful greens may be enjoyed throughout the resort’s restaurants including the Italian-inspired Terrazza.

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

Photo:  George Fistrovich, Executive Chef

09/25/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Ranks #1 in New Luxury Branding Study of Consumers

The Ritz-Carlton, OrlandoTop Score and Consistency Reflected in Independent Analysis of 2.25 Million Consumer-Generated Reviews.

Chevy Chase, Md., September 25, 2015 – A new study of luxury hotel brands was released yesterday by Luxury Branding, a highly reputed London-based consultancy, naming The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand.  The independent analysis of 2.25 million on-line consumer-generated reviews on TripAdvisor, ranked global luxury hotel brands for both consumer sentiment and consistency across the hotel portfolios. “We are honored to receive this distinction atop an elite group of companies that focus on customer service excellence” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “We are a customer-centric organization which has been built on the feedback our guests afford us. We appreciate the external recognition of our efforts and the continued support of The Ritz-Carlton from global travelers.”

“The pole position for The Ritz-Carlton is testament to a truly remarkable level of consistency and proof positive of a deeply entrenched commitment to delighting guests wherever they operate. In the opinion of the paying guest, The Ritz-Carlton is without doubt the gold standard,” said Piers Schmidt, Founder, Luxury Branding. “This resounding win and by a sizeable margin, which is all the more significant because the jewel in Marriott International's crown is one of the largest luxury operators in this study,” he continued.   To download the study visit Luxury Branding.

This recognition comes just two months after The Ritz-Carlton was named the top luxury brand for guest satisfaction in the J. D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. The hotel company topped its own highest rating from 2013 by an additional 11 points, bringing total points in 2015 to 892 out of a possible 1000. The Ritz-Carlton has achieved this recognition consistently for the past 7 out of 9 years, and currently has the highest ranking achieved to date by any luxury brand.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC 
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 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:
Steven Holt 
Regional Director, Public Relations, Americas          
+1-415-312-8264  
steven.holt@ritzcarlton.com                          

09/10/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Launches New Brand Voice

The Ritz-Carlton brand logoTimeless legacy demands attention to build relevance for the next generation of luxury consumers

Chevy Chase, Md., September 10, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. unveiled today a newly designed brand logo and brand voice that will be implemented across all guest touch points over the next year. The move to clarify, simplify and amplify the luxury brand’s identity comes after a decade of brand evolution and has been created to purposefully maintain the iconic luxury hotel company’s position with a new generation of guests globally. This is the first time in the 32 year history of The Ritz-Carlton that any changes have been made to the revered lion and crown.

“Today we celebrate a defining moment in the legacy of The Ritz-Carlton with an updated brand logo, and a new blue” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and one of the brand's founders. 

The Ritz-Carlton assessed the need to evolve and over the last ten years, significant changes made have seen positive corresponding shifts in key brand metrics. Everything from the brand’s design strategy, the locations selected to open new hotels, the service style, grooming standards and the removal of the formal dining experience have all been re-designed, re-invented or replaced. There is evidence to suggest that by identifying shifts and leading change, the brand had, and has, the potential to continue to benefit today just like it has in the past. “We believe as an iconic brand that it is our responsibility to provide thought-leadership to drive change in the luxury and hospitality arena,” continued Humler.

At its inception, The Ritz-Carlton was known exclusively as a hotel company. Today, the organization has developed several very successful brand extensions which include Residences, Destination Clubs, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a Leadership Center, Retail, Golf Clubs and a philanthropic foundation, Community Footprints. They are not only the largest provider of luxury spas in the United States, but one of the largest providers of luxury meeting and conference space around the world.

Reflecting on the brand evolution, Ed French, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for The Ritz-Carlton added “as a brand that aims to lead the way for luxury, we didn’t wait for emphatic data to tell us there was a problem to fix. Instead, we took a leadership point of view and conducted global studies, not on where luxury has been, but where it is going – to shine a light for the others to follow.”

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Instead of viewing legacy as something that brands inherit, The Ritz-Carlton believes the more powerful form of legacy is one that is written by brands in the present; the ones writing history, not just reading from it every day. The purpose and the values of the brand have not changed; it still strives to create precious memories and to meet the tastes of a new generation of consumers. The new brand voice represents a more modern understanding of legacy. While rooted and inspired by the past, it has purpose and meaning in the present.                                                     

The Ritz-Carlton new brand logoFor iconic global brands, one of the best ways to signal continued relevance is to evolve the inherited symbols of their past, in the case of The Ritz-Carlton, the lion, the crown and the color blue.

In 1920s Boston, affluent homeowners imported the glass for their windows from Europe. Something special happened when that glass met the Boston air, changing it from clear to blue. Because of this happy accident blue became a status symbol in 1920s Boston. When the first Ritz-Carlton in Boston made the decision to install a blue chandelier in its ballroom, the rare color became an instant status symbol. Blue has always been interwoven into the fabric of The Ritz-Carlton story. But the color, as well as the story of its origin, remained in the background, serving the brand quietly. In the process of refreshing the brand voice by updating the color alongside the logo, what emerged was a new color for the brand. The new ‘memorable’ blue reinforces the promise of consistent quality, excellence and the promise of beautiful memories.

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

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09/02/2015

A Rare Place in an Exquisite Corner of the World

The Ritz-Carlton Mandapa.jpgMandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Bali to Debut on September 5

Chevy Chase, Md., September 2, 2015 Situated where temples stand majestic against a backdrop of rice terraces, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is pleased to announce its official debut in Ubud, Bali on September 5, 2015, as the third bespoke resort in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio.

MandapaNamed after the entrance to a traditional Hindu temple, Mandapa is set along the majestic Ayung River as it meets the lush jungle in Ubud, the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali.  Offering individually tailored spiritual, wellness, health and detox programs, complemented by the fulltime personalized attention of a dedicated Patih or butler, the intimate retreat is designed to be a sanctuary in which relaxing one's mind, body, and soul comes naturally.

With only 35 luxurious and spacious suites, and 25 private pool villas, guests can select from an exquisite collection of accommodations that have been meticulously designed to magnify and embrace the surrounding tropical landscape.  The traditional yet contemporary Balinese interiors by Jeffrey Wilkes of renowned Asia-based DESIGNWILKES have created a true luxury experience designed to allure the world’s most discerning travelers. Every element of design at a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is naturally inspired and sustainably sourced. In Mandapa, local providers have infused the retreat with natural materials that blend effortlessly into the natural surroundings.

The highly anticipated Reserve is an exclusive journey inside an indigenous Balinese village, providing a sensory path to wellness and nature. Unobstructed access to nature is an essential component of the experience in Ubud where the power of the great outdoors weaves its magic on interior comfort and is always instantly accessible; even views of working rice paddies are immediate from private terraces. As an ideal destination for collectors of extraordinary moments, the center of Mandapa will feature a traditional rice field, and allows guests to experience the time-honored methods of planting, harvesting and tending this local culinary staple.

Mandapa village will also be home to four restaurants & lounges offering an array of authentic Indonesian cuisine, Mediterranean dining, and tailored health-conscious menus for wellness and detox programs incorporating the freshest local ingredients. Dining Beyond, an exclusive culinary journey, will allow guests the chance to dine in special and exclusive locations within the Reserve and feature a tailor-made menu for each guest experience.

The Spa at Mandapa will allow guests to continue to discover peace of mind and body through holistic, comprehensive wellness and lifestyle programs based on six pillars – Balinese Spa, Detox & Nutrition, Alternative Therapy, Body Therapy, and Healing. Featuring eight treatment rooms and utilizing both ESPA and local products, the spa complex will also feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, sauna, river-front yoga studio, vitality-pool, and relaxation areas.

An organic garden, farm, and an educational Kid’s Hut are tucked away from the rest of the resort, to enable the smallest visitors to take an exclusive journey. The curious minds of young guests will be enriched with exciting, nature-based educational activities designed for mini explorers. In partnership with The Green School in Bali, the educational experiences of Green Camp at Mandapa introduce both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of the destination. The program aims to provide a natural, holistic, student-centered learning environment that empowers and inspires the young guests to be creative and innovative green leaders.

To experience Bali’s premier luxury resort at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, rates at the property start at $570 USD per night. For more information on Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and reservations inquiries, please visit www.mandapareserve.com.

About Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand extension features signature, one-of-a-kind boutique resorts located in hand-picked settings around the world, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place. They have been designed for the most discerning of travelers seeking a personalized, meaningful escape. The current collection of three includes: Mandapa, in Bali. Dorado Beach, in Puerto Rico. Phulay Bay in Krabi, Southern Thailand. 

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 90 hotels and resorts 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.ritzcarltonreserve.com, www.ritzcarlton.com or www.ritzcarlton.cn. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ).

Contact:
Allison Sitch
+ 1 301 5474784
Allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com