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02/07/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Pays Homage to Japan's Cultural Heart with the Opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton KyotoJapan’s First Urban Resort Officially Opens. 

Kyoto – February 7, 2014:  Heralded as one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2014 in one of the world’s most culturally-rich cities, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Sekisui House, Ltd., one of Japan's leading property developers, officially opened The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto today; the city’s first truly international luxury hotel and Japan’s first urban resort.

Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens, the riverside resort brings the unsurpassed elegance and renowned service of The Ritz-Carlton to Kyoto, while honoring the cultural heritage of the city through design.

“We are honoured to open our fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan, in the beautiful city of Kyoto. Our customers are always looking to explore evocative, new and inspiring destinations and have long expressed a desire for us to offer in this incredible location” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “I believe this hotel offers a timeless window to Japan and complements perfectly 85 other Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a peaceful sanctuary. It sits on the gentle banks of the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto’s popular downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city’s retail and entertainment districts.

The hotel’s luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains. The architects and designers have retained the character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building. The interiors created by Peter Remedios and Spin Studios pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the incorporation of Zen rock gardens (karesansui) and water features, including a four-storey waterfall are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.

The Kamogawa Suite and its sister suites with their moon deck gardens (tsukimidai) and floor to ceiling windows offer luxurious accommodations with enviable panoramic views of the river and mountains, forming an unrivalled sanctuary of luxury refinement and service.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nestled at the foot of the waterfall, features seven intimate and inviting treatment rooms and offers signature services inspired by the rich culture of Japan and ESPA. These include a traditional Acupressure Massage using the dry Shiatsu techniques as well as the Ryokucha Serenity Ritual based on green tea leaves, Gyokuro, dried from the Sun for 20 days in Uji, southern Kyoto and famed for their restorative properties.

In a city famed for its culinary offerings, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto adds new and distinctive fine-dining experiences against an elegant backdrop.

The Japanese restaurant, Mizuki, modeled around a dynamic landscape composed of stone garden, water fall and historical features, serves modern Japanese cuisine including a famed Kaiseki options alongside sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. The restaurant includes an outdoor terrace complete with fire pits for gourmet diners to enjoy the dynamic scenery during Sakura and Autumn seasons.

La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, pays homage to the hotel site’s history. Its private room, called Ebisugawatei, is a preserved historically-listed building while the restaurant also features its own walk-in charcuterie and l’affineur cheese cellar. The unrivalled wine list offers 250 varieties from Super Tuscans to Italian regional classics.

Meanwhile, Pierre Hermé Paris, creator of Haute Pâtisserie, will bring his popular creations and introduce an exclusive range of signature desserts to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The unique collaboration will showcase his work throughout the property including restaurants, meetings, weddings and banquets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto also introduces extraordinary meetings, luxury weddings and special events spaces with four rooms, each named after a cherry blossom species – Takane Ballroom, Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan meeting rooms. The property will also feature a wedding showroom consulting for couples on their big day, showcasing the detailed finery and services that will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Exceptionally rich in beauty, history, spirituality and culture, Kyoto draws 50 million visitors annually to experience the former capital of Japan and its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city and its environs is also home to almost a quarter of Japan’s national treasures. While many of these visitors are Japanese, there is real growth in the numbers of international visitors coming to the city, and Kyoto is now very much must-see destination for sophisticated global travelers who are attracted to the city for its quintessential Japanese experience.

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

Connect with Ainslie.Cheung@ritzcarlton.com

12/17/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Opens in Israel, a New Market Ready for a Globally-Branded Luxury Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton HerzliyaThe Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya brings the renowned luxury hotel experience to life in Israel

Chevy Chase, Md., - December 17, 2013 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. unveiled its first hotel in Israel today, with the much anticipated official opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya. Spectacularly located overlooking the Mediterranean, the property is a first-of-its-kind industry leader for Israel’s luxury hotel market and the country’s first true 21st century "Urban Resort".

“It is a privilege to bring The Ritz-Carlton legendary service to Israel at this beautiful seafront location in the greater Tel Aviv area” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton.  “The Ritz-Carlton service philosophy will be brought to life by a committed team of Israeli Ladies and Gentlemen at our 85th hotel”.

Herzliya is Tel Aviv’s water-front leisure destination, with pristine beaches and an exclusive residential area. Adjacent to Israel’s “Silicon Valley”, Herzliya is a destination for both business and leisure travellers close to the historic cultural sights, Bauhaus architecture and the dynamic café and restaurant culture of Tel Aviv.

The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya is a contemporary resort situated above the Marina with accommodations including 115 rooms and 82 suites and residences. Contemporary interiors inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean coastline combine with the sweeping sea views to create a spacious relaxed ambience in each of the rooms and suites. An exciting collection of artwork throughout the hotel is centred on an original video-art piece by Ayal Landseman, specially commissioned for the lobby area.

Celebrated Israeli Chef Yonathan Roshfeld has partnered with the hotel to create the kosher Samuel Herbert Restaurant at the hotel. Chef Roshfeld, renowned for fresh Mediterranean cuisine, brings his creative talent to kosher cuisine for the first time, using local produce to deliver a memorable dining experience at The Ritz-Carlton.

The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya introduces two new bars and lounges to the city with a Lobby Lounge and rooftop al fresco cocktail lounge for the evening. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Fitness Centre and rooftop pool bring an unrivalled array of leisure facilities to complement the resort’s beachfront location.

Located atop the hotel is the pool, enveloped by a 360 degree view of the Mediterranean coast and the sandy beaches of Herzliya. The rooftop location transforms into a sophisticated cocktail lounge bar as the sun goes down and becomes the summer venue for evening drinks. The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a haven for pampering with an outdoor terrace for relaxation, couples treatment rooms and a Turkish Hammam. This urban oasis has a full range of beauty and body therapies including Ritz-Carlton signature therapies and Shiseido treatments created exclusively for the hotel.

Perfectly suited for intimate business meetings, grand celebrations and gatherings of every kind, business facilities at the hotel include the ballroom, located at the lobby level, with natural light and views out over the Mediterranean and two boardrooms.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 85 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.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).

12/09/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Offers the Perfect Gift That Keeps on Giving Benefitting Make-A-Wish®

The Ritz-Carlton and Make-A-WishGlobal Hotel Company Will Donate Up to $100,000 to Make-A-Wish.

Chevy Chase, Md., December 9, 2013 - Inspire. Engage. Contribute. These are the guiding principles of Community Footprints®, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s social responsibility program focusing on hunger and poverty relief, environmental responsibility, and the well-being of children, which also encourages guests to give back to our local communities.  Around the world throughout the year, The Ritz-Carlton is proud to support Make-A-Wish, where hotels enliven exceptional wish experiences for children facing life-threatening illnesses. This holiday season from December 9th through the 22nd, the global hotel company will donate 10 percent of the card value for every Community Footprints Gift Card purchased in the U.S., Caribbean and online – donating up to $100,000 to Make-A-Wish.

 “We are in the business of creating lasting memories for all of our guests, but there is no greater joy than bestowing a child’s wish,” offered Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Company.  “I am humbled that our Ladies and Gentlemen feel empowered to leave indelible marks on these brave children’s lives and this gift card allows our customers around the world to support the extraordinary, life-changing experiences that Make-A-Wish delivers.” he continued.

From a young boy’s wish to soar amongst the skyscrapers in a helicopter ride; a birthday party 118 floors above Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbor; a starring role for a pint-sized super model to glide down a catwalk during a European Fashion Week; a V.V.I.P.’s private tour of New York City to all the renowned landmarks, including a cruise on the Harbor and visit to The Empire State Building Observatory; a royal princess for a day in Abu Dhabi, ceremoniously graced with a ball gown, coronation, carriage ride and Prince Charming; to  fulfilling a child’s fantasy of swimming amongst the dolphins and lounging on a yacht in the Canary Islands. 

“We’re thankful for the generous support from the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton and the willingness of those participating in this program to help us grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions this Holiday Season” said David Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish America.  “Together through this relationship, The Ritz-Carlton and Make-A-Wish are able to grant more wishes in communities around the world.”

The Ritz-Carlton global family has embraced granting wishes and magnified them by galvanizing their professional and personal contacts in the spirit of selfless service for a meaningful endeavor.

“At Make-A-Wish we have one purpose: to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy” said Jon Stettner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish International. “The wish experience is transformational. It is life-changing. Like The Ritz-Carlton, we strive to leave lasting impressions.  It is the notion that the ‘small touches to grand unexpected gestures’ are the cornerstones of the wish experiences which our wish granters, including The Ritz-Carlton, perform for these special children.”

The Community Footprints Gift Cards are available in denominations starting from $25.00 and may be redeemed at The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts worldwide for accommodations, spa treatments, dining and amenities. 

The Gift Cards may be purchased at properties within the United States and the Caribbean or by visiting http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Retail/CardsAndCertificates.htm. For more updates on our social responsibility efforts, please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RitzCarltonCSR.  To learn more about Make-A-Wish, please visit www.wish.org and www.worldwish.org

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 84 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).

About Make-A-Wish®
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The impact of a wish experience spans a lifetime; strengthening children as they fight their illness, encouraging their families and inspiring their communities. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in nearly 50 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 310,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit Make-A-Wish America at wish.org or Make-A-Wish International at worldwish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

12/04/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Jean-Michel Cousteau Launch Ritz Kids at Hotels and Resorts Around the World

Kids promotionChevy Chase, Md. – December 4, 2013 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., announced today the launch of new, exclusive Ritz Kids children’s programming through an expanded partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.

The Ritz-Carlton aims to delight their youngest guests by making memories that last well beyond their hotel stays. Ritz Kids is an engaging and immersive experience that builds upon the adventures of travel that children will always treasure at 84 hotels from Hawaii to Kazakhstan.

“We are very excited to continue our highly successful relationship with a unique individual whose entire life has been spent dedicated to preservation of the environment, with particular attention to marine conservation and education,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

The new global brand standard for children’s programming includes robust activities for resorts, in addition to multiple touch points for children at city and urban properties. The refined luxury experience for young guests aged four to 12 provides a differentiated program which engages children to explore the world around them. 

“The fun and exciting activities appeal to a child's innate love of discovery and sense of curiosity.  All kids start out as scientists, constantly asking ‘Why? What’s that? How does it work?’   I have spent my life exploring the natural wonders of the world, seeking to understand how our planet works and how we can better protect it,” said Jean-Michel Cousteau.

“Ritz Kids is offering something no other hotel company has before – globally consistent, immersive programming that builds upon the adventures of travel your child will always treasure.  These experiences will be remembered long after their stay,” he added.

The content of the Ritz Kids programming was created by Ocean Futures Society exclusively for The Ritz-Carlton. The environmental expertise of Ocean Futures Society allows The Ritz-Carlton to craft fascinating experiences that are based on four key pillars: 
• Water: Emphasizing the importance of sea life and health.
• Land: Encouraging exploration and discovery.
• Environmental Responsibility: Promoting the environmental health of our planet for the future.
• Culture:  Exposing young minds to a variety of art forms, including music, local customs and history, as well as cuisine.

Whether at a city or a resort destination, children will be exposed to an array of environmentally focused experiences that foster interaction with the world in which they live. The content created by naturalists is as diverse as the natural world around us and is tailored specifically to intrigue and thrill bright young minds. Every family-friendly Ritz-Carlton hotel around the world incorporates Ritz Kids touch points for children throughout their stay.  Specifically, Ritz-Carlton resorts offer an array of exciting adventures, each rooted in one of the key pillars, designed to engage dialogue, spark curiosity and draw wonder from each hotel’s dynamic culture and locale. Examples include searching for indigenous birds in the wild, exploring gardens for Food Fun, playing games to learn about various types of fish, exploring how fish are different from people and learning about local cultures, myths and legends.

Jean-Michel Cousteau and The Ritz-Carlton have also introduced Ambassadors of the Environment eco-travel programs at resorts in Kapalua, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas and Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve which include an environmental and cultural education center with excursions for all ages led by expert naturalists.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 84 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).

About Ocean Futures Society
Ocean Futures Society (OFS) is a non-profit organization with the motto, “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.” The mission of OFS is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. OFS is based in Santa Barbara, CA, USA with offices in Paris; Lucca, Italy; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit www.oceanfutures.org.

Connect with allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

12/03/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces Future of Ritz-Carlton Reserve Location in Bali - The Island of a Thousand Temples

RESERVE UBUD - BIRD'S EYE VIEW - 12.11.2013Hong Kong, China, December 3, 2013 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced Bali, Indonesia as the next stunning location of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The exclusive resort is set to open in Ubud in the summer of 2015, joining the beautiful collection which includes Phulay Bay, Thailand and Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico.

The location of Ubud is in the spiritual and cultural heart of Bali, in a district famous for its arts and crafts as well as temples and monasteries. This exceptional property occupies a prime yet secluded position in the gentle hills along the Ayung River, with views of Bali’s famous terraced rice paddy fields adjacent to the village temple.

“We are delighted to announce another exclusive Reserve project to the hand-selected portfolio. Bali is a well established destination for luxury travelers and we are confident that our resort in Ubud will raise the bar for style, service, and quality in the area” said Herve Humler, President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “The Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers guests a contemporary interpretation of the local lifestyle and culture. The concept is simple, yet exudes style and luxurious levels of comfort. The resorts provide a complete escape to the unexpected; a private, exclusive leisure experience that blends unique elements of the local culture, history, and heritage with intuitive individual service, exquisite indigenous design, casual ambience and respect for the surrounding environment.”

Architectural design inspiration is taken from the unique environment of Ubud. The property will have 60 intimate villas and suites showcasing native architectural features indigenous to Bali with elements of the native art scene giving the Ritz-Carlton Reserve a powerful yet rare sense of place.

Every space will be carefully curated to amplify the sophisticated individuality and needs of each guest. Lush gardens, hillside views, meditative areas and meandering pathways follow the natural lie of the land and lead to a luxurious spa offering bespoke treatments and two swimming pools designed to respect the guest’s needs for privacy and intimate personal space. With personal day beds, and sheltered spaces, guests will be able to truly discover deeply individual spaces to call their own.

Dedicated butlers will personalize every detail recognizing the individuality of each guest, from the creation of romantic dining under the stars, tailored spa experiences at the edge of the jungle, personalized chef specialty menus and off-the-beaten-track excursions created to satisfy every whim. At all times a dedicated yet unobtrusive and discrete personal contact will consistently fulfill the wishes of guests, creating a Ritz-Carlton Reserve service experience that is observant and consistently attentive.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 84 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with Ainslie.Cheung@ritzcarlton.com

11/22/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Grows Global Portfolio with the Opening of Its Newest Luxury Resort in Aruba

The Ritz-Carlton, ArubaThe Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Unveils Unparalleled Luxury Experience to the Island of Aruba.

Miami, Fla., November 22, 2013 – After much anticipation, today The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. introduces its sixth luxury resort in the exclusive Caribbean & Mexico portfolio with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.  Situated on the island’s pristine Palm Beach, the eagerly anticipated oceanfront hotel officially welcomes its first guests while ushering in a new level of luxury travel experiences to the beautiful island nation.

“We are thrilled to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Aruba, a unique island paradise in the Caribbean known for its beautiful sun-kissed beaches, arid landscape and diverse cultural heritage which can be found no place else,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “ Our Ritz-Carlton customers have long awaited this luxury property and we are confident The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba will help to put this destination on the map for luxury travelers and further enhance the memorable travel experiences available for guests from around the world,” he added.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba’s 320 stylish guestrooms, including 55 suites, all boast private balconies with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and design elements that blends the island’s relaxed aesthetic with incomparable Ritz-Carlton character. Two Ritz-Carlton suites deliver panoramic oceanfront views with outdoor showers, while the expansive Club Lounge sits atop the building on the seventh floor with 34 rooms and an endless array of cuisine, beverages and personal service throughout the day to a backdrop of Aruba’s extraordinary seascape framed by floor to ceiling glass windows.

For an unrivalled retreat of relaxation and pampering, The Ritz-Carlton Spa will be the largest on the island revealing a 15,000 square foot tranquil oasis complemented by 13 intimate treatment rooms, salon, boutique and a variety of naturally-influenced indigenous services. Signature island-inspired treatments incorporate the natural elements of Sky, Water, Earth and Fire, infused with locally grown ingredients native to the island of aloe, coconut and cactus, all enhanced by the healing components of herbs and rich earth minerals.

The hotel’s culinary offerings display a selection of four savory fine dining experiences that reflect Aruba’s oceanfront backdrop coupled with authentic dishes and rich flavors. Madero Argentinian Grill features an assortment of specialty cocktails, light bites and poolside seating overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Solanio offers an all-day trattoria with outdoor terrace seating or dramatic open-air kitchen views, Les Crustaces pays homage to impeccably prepared seafood in a fine dining setting, while hand-crafted cocktails and flavorful small bites are presented at Divi Bar & Lounge, the resort’s lobby lounge bar named for Aruba’s wind swept Divi Divi trees unique to Oranjestad and the island. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba introduces exceptional meeting, corporate retreat, and special event space with a selection of indoor and outdoor venues, including a 7,500 square foot ballroom divisible into three salons, three meeting rooms and a selection of outdoor locations, including poolside decks, manicured lawns and a beachside reception area. The beach resort also features a 24-hour 15,000 square foot vibrant casino in an island paradise paired with an assortment of casino games ranging from traditional table favorites to over 300 slot machines.

Guests are invited to experience The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba and its acclaimed collection of luxury amenities with rates starting at $649 USD per night. Reservations can be made on www.ritzcarlton.com/aruba or by calling (297) 527-2222. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RitzCarltonAruba.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 84 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 verona.carter@marriott.com

11/19/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Announces Plans to Open a Hotel in Eastern Chinese Powerhouse of Nanjing

Ritz-Carlton NanjingOne of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China Will be Home to a New Luxury Hotel in Early 2015.

HONG KONG – November 19, 2013 -The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is set to open in the former Chinese capital of Nanjing in the first quarter of 2015, marking the luxury hospitality operator’s continued drive to bring its brand of iconic luxury experiences to China’s vibrant and important cities, in addition to current locations throughout Asia Pacific

Nanjing, in Jiangsu Province, sits astride the Yangtze River basin and has enjoyed a reputation as a vital commerce center for Eastern China. The city of eight million people is home to many UNESCO heritage sites, including tombs from the Ming dynasty. The name Nanjing means “southern capital,” (Beijing means northern capital) and gave the city pre-eminent status until 1927 when the capital of the country moved.

The agreement with Nanjing New Universe Real Estate Development Co, Limited will see The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing open in the heart of a designated central business district called Xiejiekou, just 30 minutes from the airport. The district also enjoys a reputation as the region’s cosmopolitan powerhouse and is home to several department stores and luxury fashion houses.

Featuring 297 rooms and 32 suites, the grand property will also enjoy extensive meeting spaces including a ballroom and seven function rooms. Four restaurants and bars will include a Chinese restaurant serving renowned local Nanjing cuisine. A luxury Spa by ESPA will also form a central part of the well-being experience, alongside the indoor pool and fitness center.

“Nanjing represents a strategic growth opportunity for The Ritz-Carlton as we double our growth in China,” expressed Victor Clavell, Vice President – Asia Pacific. “Spectacular hotels in prime locations with the right partners will allow us to create even more new and exciting experiences for our global affluent guests.” 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 83 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with Ainslie.Cheung@ritzcarlton.com

11/04/2013

The Ritz-Carlton Follows the Footsteps of Marco Polo and Opens in Almaty, on the Old Silk Road

The Ritz-Carlton,AlmatyexteriorNew Luxury Hotel Located Atop one of the Tallest Buildings in Central Asia

 ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN, November 2, 2013 – Timeless luxury arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan when The Ritz-Carlton opened its first hotel in the country. The most highly anticipated hotel in Central Asia was unveiled by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and international real estate developer Capital Partners.

The Ritz-Carlton,AlmatyThe new 145-room luxury hotel offers unsurpassed levels of elegance and is the latest collaboration between Capital Partners and The Ritz-Carlton, following their successful partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow. The hotel sits atop the 37 storey Esentai Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Central Asia. With Club and Suite accommodations and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting facilities, it is part of the Capital Partners’ Esentai Park development, which also includes an extensive shopping mall and residential complexes.

"We are delighted to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Kazakhstan. Almaty is a key gateway city for our customers and this hotel complements the portfolio of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe beautifully,” Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton said. “Almaty is a dynamic city attracting visitors from all over the world and we are excited to be here.”

Burak Oymen, co-founder of Capital Partners) said “We are delighted to be partnering with

Ritz-Carlton once again to bring their prestigious hotel brand to Almaty.

“Capital Partners invests in and develops projects around the world, but our roots are firmly in Almaty and our continuing investment here demonstrates our commitment and belief in the strength of the real estate market in this great city.  This opening of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Almaty is yet another milestone in the history of our firm in providing the city of Almaty with world class infrastructure, in this particular case for discerning travellers, professionals and residents"

Mr Oymen added: "We are also pleased to announce The Ritz-Carlton Residences on the upper floors of the Tower. Residents in these units will not only have the best views in the city, but will also enjoy all the fantastic amenities of the hotel with the privacy and benefits of personal ownership."

Almaty, formerly the capital city of Kazakhstan, is the Republic’s largest city and an important cultural and commercial centre. Located between the Bolshaya and Malaya rivers, Almaty was formerly one of the transit stations on the Silk Road and is now a vibrant business destination.

The city is located in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau in the southeast of Kazakhstan where the mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the city’s skyline. Almaty is fast becoming a world-class shopping destination for visitors with the opening of luxury stores including Gucci and Fendi in the neighbouring Esentai Mall.

Almaty, which literally means ‘city of apple trees’ also offers exceptional natural beauty in surrounding land including Charyn Canyon, Big Almaty Lake and the Ile-Alatau National Park – a spectacular and diverse natural area containing 300 species of animals and birds, including the snow leopard, Central-Asian lynx and the Tean-Shan brown bear.

About The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 83 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. (NYSE:MAR).

About Capital Partners
Capital Partners is a leading real estate developer operating in the world’s most exciting new markets.  Experiencing phenomenal growth since its beginnings in Kazakhstan in 2001, Capital Partners now has offices in Almaty, Moscow, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi.

The company has led landmark projects and partnered with renowned international firms to bring an unprecedented level of quality to real estate in these markets through projects of international significance. 

Its major projects in Kazakhstan have redefined Almaty as the financial and cultural heart of Central Asia. 

In Russia, Capital Partners developed The Ritz-Carlton hotel, Metropolis – a mixed-use, large scale office and retail complex, and Pushkino Logistics Park, the first warehouse development of international quality in the Russian market.

Capital Partners sets the highest standards in recognizing and realizing globally competitive real estate projects in the CIS, South Eastern Europe.

For further information visit www.capitalpartners.ws 

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10/18/2013

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, Officially Opens in Historical Heart of the City

Ritz-Carlton Tianjing - Exterior at NightInvites Guests to Enjoy Art Deco Destination Experience in North East China

TIANJIN, CHINA – After much anticipation, The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, the newest luxury hotel in North East China opened its doors officially today to bring unparalleled luxury service and accommodation to Tianjin - ‘The Port of the Emperor’. The art deco style property is a landmark 10th property in China for the luxury hotel operator.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin sits at the historical heart of the former British concession and modern downtown business district by the Haihe River. The property takes its architectural inspiration from the neo-classical style of the early 20th century with stately hotel rooms arranged around an expansive courtyard in the European tradition.

Featuring 277 luxurious art deco guestrooms and 53 suites created by luxury hospitality designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon, leisure and business travelers alike will enjoy the refined elegance of the comfortable chandeliered rooms, many complete with buttressed stone outdoor balconies and charming views of downtown Tianjin.

The stunning interiors with high ceilings and expanses of marble mirror many of the palaces of Europe. The walls feature hand painted murals of traditional European scenes and Chinese imperial paintings with elegant soft furnishings that create a sense of history and place.

The city center property also introduces a new Ritz-Carlton Club designed as a residential concept which features an open kitchen serving five food and beverage offerings throughout the day, including a traditional English Afternoon Tea, a private dining room, a lounge boasting intimate spaces and a dedicated bar.  The Ritz-Carlton Club Level service includes a dedicated concierge and private check-ins.

“The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin in one of China’s most strategically important cities reflects our desire to meet the growing Chinese appetite for international luxury hospitality experiences,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin represents a major new destination opportunity that will accelerate the recognition by the luxury Chinese guests of our service commitment to create memorable experiences that stay with guests for life.”

Four indulgent restaurants have been designed to create destination experiences in their own right. In addition to classically-styled Lobby Lounge serving cocktails and a traditional Afternoon Tea, Zest all day dining celebrates world cuisine with its lively open kitchens while Tian Tai Xuan, serves authentic, contemporary Cantonese creations. Meanwhile, the stylish Flair lifestyle bar and lounge with live DJs features private wine and cigar rooms, serving fine wines, cocktails, sushi and South Asian-inspired snacks.

Tianjin’s newest luxury sanctuary, The Ritz-Carlton Spa pampers with a collection of therapeutic treatments including specially-created signatures based around Tianjin’s famous China rose.

With a 1,050 square meter versatile Grand Ballroom and a unique courtyard in the tradition of Europe’s palaces, corporate meetings, events and weddings can be crafted into unique experiences that guests will benchmark with.

The landmark Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is  30 minutes from Tianjin Binhai International Airport and just 30 minutes from China’s capital, Beijing, by high speed train.

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/tianjin

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 81 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. (NYSE:MAR).

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10/15/2013

Marriott International Showcases Growth in Asia With the Addition of 186 Properties, Including Six New Luxury Hotels in October

JW Hanoi - ExteriorGlobal lodging leader opens three Ritz-Carlton and three JW Marriott hotels; on track to reach 330 hotels over the next three years

Hong Kong, October 15, 2013 – As Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) continues to help people “See the World,” the company today said it will open six hotels in Asia this month from its Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott brands. The company’s growth of The Ritz-Carlton brand continues apace with openings in Chengdu, Tianjin and Bangalore this month, while its JW Marriott brand will open hotels in Hanoi, Bangalore and Delhi.

JW Bengaluru - JW kitchenWith 186 hotels in its signed pipeline, more than 135 of which it expects to open in the next three years, Marriott expects to more than double in size in Asia through 2016, reaching at total of 330 hotels with more than 96,000 rooms across 16 countries. During this time the company expects to open on average one hotel in the continent every eight days.

“This is an exciting time for Marriott as we join with our local hotel development partners in contributing to Asia’s future growth,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International. “Our explosive expansion across the region reflects the popularity of our brands in Asia with owners and customers alike, and with a hotel opening almost every week across the continent we will be poised to welcome travellers from the world over. To expect to have some 330 hotels in the next three to four years represents phenomenal success of our brands and the commitment of our owners, but to be opening six iconic hotels from two of our world-class luxury brands this month alone is incredible.”

JW Zhengzhou - ExteriorMarriott already operates a broad portfolio of world-class brands in Asia – Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, Marriott Hotels, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments - and sees tremendous growth potential across all brands in the portfolio targeting different market segments. The company expects to open 50 hotels under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand alone in the region during the next few years. 

Marriott is also adding to its brand portfolio in Asia, with the introduction of Fairfield by Marriott into India just last week, and the expected arrival of EDITION into Bangkok in 2016. Fairfield is a significant new brand launch for the company, with 12 hotels signed for India, and additional properties under construction in Indonesia and Nepal.

“While I am of course very gratified that we have reached 330 open and signed hotels in Asia, we are looking forward to continued growth in the region,” said Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director, Asia Pacific.

“We are seeing development across all the countries we are currently present in - including great growth in Japan. We are also entering new markets in Asia, having recently signed hotels in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. China remains our biggest market in the region with 64 open hotels and signed contracts for an additional 89 hotels, which will take us to more than 150 hotels in the country in the next three years or so. As a result, we expect to grow our distribution from 16 cities in 12 provinces, municipalities and special administrative regions, to more than 50 cities in 26 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions by 2016.”

To meet this growth, Marriott expects to add more than 41,000 new educated and trained associates in Asia, doubling its current workforce in the region to more than 80,000 associates between now and 2017– with half of this number in China alone. To support its need for qualified staff Marriott International has invested in programmes that support youth education through its own Marriott Institute of Hospitality in Anhui.  Further, the Marriott Foundation has invested RMB40.5 million ($6.5 million) to support for China’s youth through the Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI). Marriott also runs educational programmes in other countries in Asia, including the Mahindra Pride School organisation in India which offers on-the-job training at its hotels to youth from disadvantaged communities in the country.

Marriott is committed to being an employer of choice in the countries in which it operates. Hotels in South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and China have been recognised as the Best Employer in 2013 by Aon Hewitt, including the ‘Best of the Best’ designation in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. CRF Institute has certified Marriott International as one of the Top Employers in China for the past two years, and Great Place to Work has recognised Marriott International as one of the top 10 places to work in India. Most recently, the company was voted as one of the best companies that university students perceive to be most ideal to work for in the Universum Hong Kong student survey.

Marriott has advocated for removing the barriers to travel through its membership of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and World Economic Forum's Aviation, Travel and Tourism Council. A primary focus has been on new models of mobility, such as the e-visa and reciprocity among nations to make travel easier. The company is also training its associates and teams outside of China to welcome and host Chinese travellers.

Simon Cooper attended the recent signing of the ‘Statement of Intent on SMART Visa’ at the 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia in Myanmar. Ministers and tourism authorities from Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Secretary of Tourism of the Philippines expressed their intention to collaborate with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate travel in the region for the implementation of this system. The objective of the signing of this memorandum of understanding is the elimination of those barriers to tourist travel in the region.

“We continue to see this as a golden age of travel around the world,” said Sorenson, “and our hotels are there in increasing numbers to welcome travellers. In the process, we are opening doors to a world of opportunity for our guests and associates alike, by offering great careers to our associates in China and across Asia, delivering rewarding guest experiences across our growing brand portfolio in the region, as well as providing great investments for our hotel owners."

NOTE: This press release contains “forward looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements about the number, locations and opening dates for new hotels, the expected regional growth in our workforce, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations are not historical facts.  We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 325,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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