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10/22/2013

Marriott's Brands Top-Rated Among Business Travellers

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TownePlace Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites gain top customer ratings in industry surveys.

Bethesda, Md, – October 22, 2013 – The results are in and Marriott International’s modern essentials and extended stay portfolio leads the industry according to recently released Business Travel News' (BTN) 2013 Hotel Chain Survey and the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Representing more than 2,000 hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott all ranked at the top of the two influential industry surveys this fall, showing signs of increased popularity among guests and impressive global development. 

“The strength and growth of our modern essentials and extended stay portfolio are truly extraordinary,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, modern essentials & extended stay lodging. “As we constantly evolve and look for ways to enhance our offerings, these surveys are testament that we are doing well in positioning our brands to serve the needs of our guests.”

TownePlace Suites is the number one ranked hotel brand in the midprice extended stay tier in the BTN survey. Every year, BTN asks business travel buyers to rate the hotel brands with which they conduct business. Survey categories include sales staff, consistency, corporate rate programs, data quality, service, physical appearance, business center, amenities (business and overall), and the price and value relationship. TownePlace Suites scored highest in each of the individual categories of the survey yet again – the only brand in recent history to do so three times in a row.

“We are honored to be Business Travel News’ top-rated extended stay brand in the midprice segment,” said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager, TownePlace Suites. “Being recognized for a third year by such a key sector of the travel industry is remarkable and motivates us to continue to exceed our guests’ expectations during every stay.”

According to the BTN survey, Residence Inn is the second highest brand in the upscale extended stay category, and the top brand in terms of sales staff quality, data quality, helpful/courteous service and quality of the business center. Courtyard, that recently celebrated its 30th anniversary was rated third in the upscale tier in the BTN survey and Fairfield Inn & Suites ranked highest of all lodging types in the ASCI survey and was also rated second overall in its category – the upper midprice tier in the BTN survey. 

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10/18/2013

DFW International Airport Travelers Experience The Next Level at a Transformed Security Checkpoint

SpringHill Suites LogoPilot program at Terminal E18 checkpoint delivers 3,000 square feet of innovation and relaxation for a passenger’s journey

BETHESDA, Md.— Passengers traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport’s security checkpoint at Terminal E, E18 will experience an unexpected respite for the next three months – a stylish comfort zone courtesy of SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

Partnering with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, SecurityPoint Media, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), DFW has transformed the checkpoint into a welcoming and aesthetically appealing space designed to offer travelers a new level of comfort inside a security checkpoint.  The three-month pilot program is labeled “The Next Level Experience.”

“Airports want to deliver a positive experience for passengers from the moment they step out of their car all the way to the boarding door, and screening checkpoints are a major part of that passenger experience,” said Ken Buchanan, executive vice president of revenue management at DFW Airport. “We want to lead the way in making passenger screening a positive encounter, while maintaining the highest levels of security.”

The objective was to create an atmosphere that reflects an overall enhanced experience while going through security. The design features stylish décor, soothing wall art, vibrant lighting and relaxing ambient music.  The enhancements span the entire checkpoint area, offering lounge seating at the entrance and a re-composure area featuring furnishings from SpringHill Suites, allowing passengers to collect their belongings in a comfortable environment after the screening process.

“SpringHill Suites delivers stylish spaces that allow guests to relax and refresh, and the idea was to extend that same hospitality to the airport security area, where so many travelers’ journeys begin” said Craig Fowler, Marriott International’s Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Select Service Brands. “We hope travelers will enjoy the unexpected and pleasant surprises they’ll experience in what can often be a stressful environment.”

SecurityPoint Media directed the checkpoint’s conversion in a partnership with media and creative agencies, MEC, Kinetic, McGarry Bowen and Ferocious Cow.  This program was executed by Aviator, Kinetic’s aviation media specialist division.

“We were excited when SpringHill Suites proposed this ground-breaking idea to us a year ago, and are thrilled to be able to help bring their vision to life,” said SecurityPoint Media President and CEO Joseph T. Ambrefe, Jr. “We’re pleased to be working with DFW and SpringHill Suites in cooperation with the TSA to deliver an atmosphere that enhances the security process, upgrades the traveler journey, and delivers a positive service experience through innovation and the latest in technology." 

“This enhanced checkpoint gives our passengers a next level experience when it comes to security screening,” said James Crites, executive vice president of operations at DFW. “Wait times are automatically calculated and displayed on monitors and audio messages replace the need for TSA officers to shout instructions and security messages are available to guide travelers throughout the screening process.”

The E18 checkpoint is a brand new security checkpoint opened earlier this month at DFW Terminal E under the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program to renovate and redefine the Airport experience in DFW’s four original terminals.  The checkpoint was part of an additional 50,000 square feet of space added to Terminal E for passenger arrivals, ticketing and baggage claim.

Following the three-month pilot, the development team will study the results of passenger interaction with “The Next Level Experience” checkpoint and subsequently decide on future plans for the concept.

About DFW International Airport
Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world's fourth busiest, offering 1,900 flights per day and serving 60 million passengers a year. DFW provides nonstop service to 148 domestic and 56 international destinations worldwide. For seven consecutive years, DFW has ranked among the top ten large airports worldwide for customer service in surveys conducted by Airports Council International. For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, visit www.dfwairport.com or download the Official DFW Airport Mobile App for iOS, Android or Blackberry devices.

(re)defining DFW International Airport
DFW International Airport’s $2.3 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP) is (re)defining first class for this global gateway.  For the latest details regarding TRIP, log on to www.dfwairport.com/redefine.

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
SpringHill Suites is geared toward the business traveler, offering modern amenities and freshly designed spaces at over 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly-appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi.; hotel rooms with dedicated work spaces, free Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs; kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-fridges and coffee service; and pool, spa and fitness centers with free weights and cardio equipment.

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About SecurityPoint Media 
SecurityPoint Media was the first company to introduce a successful Public Private Partnership to the TSA in 2002. SPM’s innovative and patented SecureTray System debuted in 2005, introducing an end-to-end solution to improve efficiencies in the security screening process while delivering high-impact advertising. The system, which features advertisements on the bottom of white security bins and carts to shuttle the bins around, is now in place at 41 major US airports and connects advertisers with more than 1 million unique travelers per day. 

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10/02/2013

SpringHill Suites’ Save Art! Campaign Bolsters Art Education in Under-Resourced Schools

SpringHill Suites LogoSpringHill Suites Partners with Fresh Artists to Donate Art Supplies Nationwide

BETHESDA, Md. - Showcasing the brand’s ongoing passion for the arts, SpringHill Suites by Marriott today launched Save Art!, an initiative to provide under-resourced schools with much needed classroom art supplies.

Research has shown that art education has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth and academic success of children. The introduction of the arts in early education teaches valuable life-skills such as creative problem-solving, decision-making and articulating a vision, and helps to build self-esteem and self-confidence. In spite of this, many schools are facing severe budget cuts that minimize or eliminate their art programs.

In partnership with Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that brings quality art supplies and innovative art programs to teachers in need, SpringHill Suites will provide art materials to local schools in communities across North America. During October, National Arts & Humanities Month, hotel guests and community members will be invited to make a donation in exchange for beautifying a colorful palette displayed in the lobby, thereby creating art themselves. Donations will be used for kits in school and will be delivered just in time for the winter holidays.

“Children are truly inspirational.  I am proud to launch this program as it enhances SpringHill Suites’ commitment to help support youth creativity by encouraging and supporting art education,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. “Fresh Artists is an ideal partner for us as we share the same passion and values of serving our communities through artistic development.”  

Save Art! is a part SpringHill Suites’ ongoing dedication to the promotion of local art and artisans. The brand’s award winning ArtNight program transforms its more than 300 hotel lobbies into galleries by providing local artists, students, and schools throughout the year, opportunities to showcase their artwork for the community in a public setting. Additional programs such as SpringHill Suites’ Art on the Road: 10 Cities, 10 Explorations Facebook campaign included a journey across America to discover the country’s hidden artistic gems through the lens of a photography blogger.

"Fresh Artists is thrilled to partner with SpringHill Suites. We applaud their bold action to address dwindling art budgets. We aim to freshen up art room shelves in three hundred communities and unleash the creative potential of thousands of children across the country," said Barbara Chandler Allen, Founder and President, Fresh Artists

 “Supporting the next generation of artists through Save Art! is yet another way we’re building a legacy of appreciating art and design” said Nielsen. “And we couldn’t be more excited to see the impact we’ll make.”

For more information on the Save Art! program and SpringHill Suites, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

About SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites is ideal for business and leisure travelers who look for style and inspiration in their stay. Featuring suites larger than traditional hotel rooms, SpringHill Suites makes it easy for guests to spread out and fully enjoy their space. Launched in November 1998, the brand currently has more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during their stay at over 3,600 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide. For more information, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

About Fresh Artists
Founded in 2008, Fresh Artists is an award-winning 501(c)3 Philadelphia-based nonprofit that empowers young lives through art by engaging children as full partners in philanthropy, by widely exhibiting children’s artwork in highly visible places, and by providing art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-resourced public schools. Fresh Artists invites K-12 artists to donate high-resolution images of selected artwork, and then provides corporate or individual donors with gifts of high-quality reproductions of that art in exchange for financial contributions. In just five years, the talent and generosity of more than 900 young artist-philanthropists has delivered the value of more than $250,000 in art supplies to public schools. Fresh Artists’ Print Studio and Teen Internship program provides large-format printing for under-resourced nonprofits while giving disadvantaged teens marketable job skills and introductions to potential careers in the creative economy.  Reproductions of children’s artwork have been installed in 200 corporate facilities throughout the country from Washington, DC, to Oregon including SAP, Tasty Baking, Comcast Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, Harvard School of Education, GOOD 360, Shire Pharmaceutical, World Café Live, Yale University Children’s Hospital, Drexel University and filled more than 25 child abuse clinics, homeless and emergency shelters with healing, hopeful children's art. For more information, visit www.freshartists.org.

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07/15/2013

How Do You Dress Up YOUR Breakfast?

SpringHill Suites Breakfast - YogurtSpringHill Suites’ takes on a new spin to help create distinct experiences

Bethesda, MD – From picking new and exciting destinations to selecting the right hotels, people today are looking for ways to create their own unique travel experience that is tailored to their distinctive interests and tastes. SpringHill Suites by Marriott understands this need and is starting by updating the most important element of the day – breakfast. Infused now with an array of customizable options, the enhanced offering introduces a fresh approach to complimentary hotel breakfasts in the upper moderate tier. 

“We know how important it is for travelers to start off their day right,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott. “Having the ability to select and choose what you want, when you want it, enhances the personalization element that in turn improves your overall experience.”

Starting this month, in addition to the signature, hot items previously offered, menu enhancements include fresh spinach, deli ham, cheddar and Havarti cheeses, sweet breads and croissants, whole strawberries, Kashi® cereal and Dannon Oikos® Greek yogurt*. A selection of salsas, local hot sauces and mustards allow travelers to add some spice to their morning routines.

SpringHill Suites Breakfast - ToppingsThink toppings are only for sundaes? Think again. A robust toppings bar now allows guests to dress up their hot or cold breakfast selections, ranging from dried fruit and nuts to sweet decadences such as chocolate chips and coconut flakes to appeal to everyone’s palate*.

At SpringHill Suites, guests discover hotels infused with stylish spaces, blending smart design and thoughtful functionality. SpringHill Suites’ guest suites engage the senses with vibrant colors; provide inviting space that is flexible and connected and open; and present an ambience empowered by a natural sense of freshness. SpringHill Suites lobbies elevate the rules of engagement – transforming how guests seamlessly work and relax. The open design lobby inspires guests to sit, relax and enjoy their stay.

* Items vary by location and day of week.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite brand that offers design and style at an affordable price, appealing to both business and leisure travelers. Ranked highest in the Guest Satisfaction Study for the Upscale Brand Segment by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study, the brand features spacious suites and smart layouts that allow guests to relax and reenergize. Launched in 1998, the brand currently has more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, visit www.springhillsuites.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/springhillsuites or follow the brand at www.twitter.com/springhillsuite.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 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. 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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06/17/2013

Deals of the Month

June 2013

Courtyard Scottsdale Salt RiverIndependence Day Music Festival at the Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River

The Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River invites guests to celebrate Independence Day with live music and fireworks at the annual Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River Fields, featuring country music star Brantley Gilbert, on July 3. Guests must book by July 1, to receive overnight accommodations and two tickets to the Independence Day Music Festival.

For reservations:
Click on "Check Availability" to make an online reservation or alternatively, call 1-888-213-0414 or the local Marriott reservations office and quote the promotional code: XYO
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Valid through: July 4, 2013
 
Chicago Art InstituteDiscover the Art Institute Chicago

Marriott invites guests to explore one of Chicago's most famed attractions, the Art Institute, with this deluxe overnight package. Guests of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, JW Marriott Chicago and the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel will receive two tickets to take in the arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Also included with this deal, are two tickets to the Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity special exhibit running from June 26-September 22.

For reservations:
Click on "Check Availability" to make an online reservation or alternatively, call 1-888-213-0414 or the local Marriott reservations office and quote the promotional code: EB6
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Valid through: Sept. 22, 2013

Cape Ann Whale WatchBoston Summer Whale Watch Experience

Guests of participating Boston Marriott hotels can experience the gentle giants of the sea with Cape Ann Whale Watch. Named “The Best for Whale Watching” by Boston Magazine’s New England Travel Guide, Cape Ann offers half-day trips throughout the summer and fall months. With this package, guests will receive overnight accommodations and two whale watch tickets.

For reservations:
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Valid through: October 27, 2013

Kaboom Town Addison TexasKaboom Town Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day with “Kaboom Town” on July 3 at the SpringHill Suites and the Courtyard Dallas Addison/ Quorum Drive. This spectacular party includes fireworks choreographed to music, historic warplane fly-bys, food and live music. Rates start at $99/night and are is valid on July 3rd only.

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05/30/2013

Marriott International’s Family Of Brands “Serve The World” Every Day

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Major Conference in Orlando Puts Focus on Global Leadership and Local Community Ties.


ORLANDO, Florida – More than 2000 hotels across five of the company’s 18 brands, Marriott International’s select service and extended stay portfolio is bringing scale and global reach to address the local challenges of hunger and homelessness, the wellness and well-being of children, and disaster relief. This week more than 3000 hotel General Managers representing Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott will convene at the Orlando Marriott World Center. In addition to training and teambuilding, all participants will volunteer to support their communities through service projects that have been adopted by each brand. On Saturday, June 1st, the conference keynote speaker will be former President Bill Clinton, whose Clinton Global Initiative tackles many of the same global issues addressed by these brands.

“Marriott has a decades-long commitment to serve our world,” said Brian King, Global Brand Officer – Marriott Endorsed Brands. “Our hotel associates demonstrate their ‘spirit to serve’ throughout the year as they volunteer in local communities around the world. Each brand has a unique personality and purpose which comes through in their signature global cause partnerships. This conference demonstrates how our hotels can improve people’s lives and the state of the world through everyday acts of service.”

RI - Red Cross CPR Training• On May 31, more than 600 Residence Inn general managers will receive emergency preparedness training as part of the brand's new alliance with the American Red Cross as the first hotel partner in the Disaster Responder Program.  The participants will complete a Citizen CPR training program and experience an immersion training where they will learn to build a shelter and understand the needs of disaster victims through role plays.  As an extended stay brand, Residence Inn hotels help people year round who are displaced from their homes by fire and flooding or natural disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.  Throughout the remainder of the year, Residence Inn hotels can participate locally in the Ready Rating™ Program, host a blood drive, participate in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, and support the needs of their local American Red Cross Chapter.

FFI&S - Habitat for Humanity - Painting homes in Orlando• The same day general managers, representing the Fairfield Inn and Suites brand of nearly 700 hotels, will be painting homes in the Orlando area as part of the brand’s long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity to help provide decent, affordable housing for families in need. Since 1995, Fairfield Inn associates have helped build countless homes in the US and Canada. Through the Fairfield Inn and Suites Hospitality at Home program, thousands of associates have provided volunteer service, donated products from hotel renovations, provided financial contributions and have volunteered countless hours at their local Habitat ReStores, as a part of our Commitment to Serve our Communities.

• Furthermore on May 31, 200 general managers from the TownePlace Suites brand will make colorful, comforting blankets for children being cared for at the Orlando-area children’s hospital. The “warm hugs” from TownePlace will be going to all patients at the 158-bed Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Every winter for the past four years, more than 200 TownePlace Suites hotels have donated more than 10,000 handmade blankets to hundreds of hospitals across the United States and Canada.

CY - Biking 1000 miles in one week• On June 1, managers representing more than 900 Courtyard hotels around the world will assemble nearly 200 bicycles for the local Orlando Boys & Girls club.  This excellent effort will help enable children from disadvantaged circumstances to realize their full potential.  Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Courtyard dedicates itself to ensuring the success of youth. As a testament, two Courtyard managers demonstrate this commitment prior to the conference by biking 1,000 miles in one week to Orlando from their hotels in Ohio to raise money against childhood obesity for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital program.

• Finally, hundreds of general managers representing SpringHill Suites, a brand focused on style and design, will be assembling art horses for the Ivey Lane Elementary School in Orlando. The art horses are sturdy design seats for aspiring young artists to straddle while creating their masterpieces. In addition, the general managers representing more than 300 hotels will also be crafting hand-made cards with messages of inspiration and encouragement to the students. Known for its ArtNight events that feature local artists at its hotels throughout the country, SpringHill Suites’ activity is an extension of the brand’s commitment to promoting discovery through art appreciation. 

Marriott’s “Spirit To Serve Our Communities” initiative was formally developed in 1998 and built on a decades-long tradition of community service for the 86-year old company. In 2012, contributions from operations worldwide totaled $33.5 million (a nearly $1.2M increase over 2011,) according to the company’s Sustainability Report. Cash contributions totaled $7.2M; in-kind contributions were $16M; volunteer time value was $10.2M, (a 10% increase vs. 2011.) The Independent Sector’s current valuation for a volunteer hour is $22.14.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 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. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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05/16/2013

SpringHill Suites Claims a Slice of The Big Apple with Opening of First Midtown Manhattan Hotel

SpringHill Suites LogoBrand designates new addition the 300th SpringHill Suites hotel.

NEW YORK – Celebrating its 300th milestone and entry into Manhattan, SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened the doors today of its stylish new 173-suite Midtown Manhattan hotel, located at 25 West 37th Street.  Boasting impressive and unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and lower Manhattan, SpringHill Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue is owned by Hidrock Realty and Robert Finvarb Companies and managed by Marriott International, Inc.  Convenient access to Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building, Herald Square and Bryant Park make this addition a prime hub for both business and leisure travelers.

“We’re delighted that our first SpringHill Suites in Manhattan marks the 300th hotel in our portfolio,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites. “The popularity of our hotels’ smart design and approachable style has increased tremendously as we continue to grow the brand across the country. Guests really appreciate the seamless blend of style and function of our all-suite offering allows them the right environment to relax and reenergize.”

Featuring suites that are larger than typical hotel rooms, SpringHill Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue is ideal for business and leisure travelers looking for style and inspiration in their stay. Every aspect, from furniture and lighting to colors and fabrics, has been carefully selected to offer calm and refreshing spaces. Separate living, working and sleeping spaces also provide guests with flexibility and functionality. The perfect place to sink into a good night’s sleep, the hotel offers luxurious linens and plush pillows, while a comfortable pullout sofa bed and lounge chair offer additional space for relaxation or extra family members. The hotel’s tasteful bathroom includes modern touches, a marble-top vanity, iridescent tile walls and creative lighting features, which help travelers revive and refresh.

Business travelers can take advantage of a large, well-lit desk with ergonomic chair. Complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel’s lobby and high-speed Internet access in every suite allow guests to remain connected at all times.

Featuring a brand new design that adds depth and sophistication to the décor, the lobby is a great venue for conducting casual meetings or simply to socialize. Using warm colors, accent fabrics and walnut-stained wood, the lobby’s earth tones inspire guests to sit, relax and enjoy their stay. The hotel also offers a complimentary hot breakfast, business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities and a fitness center. In the lobby, the Market offers convenient 24/7 access to food and beverages.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite brand that offers design and style at an affordable price, appealing to both business and leisure travelers. Ranked highest in the Guest Satisfaction Study for the Upscale Brand Segment by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study, the brand features spacious suites and smart layouts that allow guests to relax and reenergize. Launched in 1998, the brand currently has nearly 300 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the SpringHill Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue directly at 646-380-1943, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, visit www.springhillsuites.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/springhillsuites or follow SpringHill at twitter.com/springhillsuite.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 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. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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04/25/2013

Vacationers Trade Sun and Surf for Art and Culture

SpringHill Suites LogoSpringHill Suites Annual Survey predicts U.S. 2013 leisure travel trends.

BETHESDA, Md.—April 25, 2013—The 2013 SpringHill Suites Annual Travel Survey reveals that most Americans today are ready to go off the beaten path and explore unexpected destinations. According to the recent survey conducted by Kelton, vacation is no longer just about getting away. It’s about discovering the country from a local, cultural and artistic perspective. Ninety-four percent of Americans would like to experience local art and culture while on vacation and look to local galleries, museums and theaters to provide a rich vacation experience.

“This is our fourth time we have conducted this survey, and this year we really dove into where, why and how people will travel,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. “Trends are really changing, perhaps due to social media sharing or simply because people want more out of their limited time off.”

Revealing that 23 percent of working Americans do not receive any type of paid vacation leave in their current positions, the survey demonstrates that Americans are stressed and tired and crave more down time. Vacationers aren’t taking as much time off as they feel they need—the average American takes vacation about once every 12 months and feels they need one about every six months.

When Americans finally get that coveted time away this year, many realize they don’t have to travel to big cities and tourist towns to experience art and culture—over half of travelers agree they are likely to visit a destination in the next five years that may be thought of as off the beaten path such as Little Rock, Arkansas or Boise, Idaho.
 
“Americans are simply ready to get out there and explore something new,” said Nielsen. “SpringHill Suites has always been a key supporter of local art and artists. It is refreshing to see that Americans too are making the effort to appreciate the diverse art and culture in their own backyard.”

Give Me a Break: Travelers quickly grow tired of their daily routine and feel like they need a vacation more frequently.

• Busy daily routines quickly wear Americans down and leave them yearning for vacation time. One in five (20 percent) say they can’t even go one month of their daily routine before feeling like they need a vacation.

• Women take vacations more frequently than men, with men taking a longer period of time between vacations than women (52 weeks vs. 43 weeks).

• Travelers without kids vacation less often than those with kids. On average, travelers without children go just over one year between vacations, and those with children vacation about every eight months.

• In comparison to many other places in the world, Americans are severely lacking in allotted annual vacation time, and they are feeling it. Ninety percent of working Americans say they want or feel they need more allotted vacation days on top of the days already provided by their employer and, on average, would like an additional 17 paid vacation days. 

Onward, Explorers: Americans will be exploring more on vacation than in years past.

• Vacation is about creating tangible teaching experiences for parents and children, and sometimes that means veering off the main highway. Travelers with children are more likely to visit unique destinations in the next five years, compared to those without children (63 percent vs. 48 percent)

• Americans are ready to get out of town and explore. With the economy improving, 57 percent of Americans agree that “staycations” are a thing of the past, and nearly half also agree that a vacation isn’t a vacation unless you pack up and leave town.

• It is easier than ever to learn about new vacation destinations. Thirty-five percent of Americans on social media say they’ve learned about new vacation spots from seeing posts from their friends.
Home Sweet Hotel: Amenities and perks are hard to leave behind at checkout. • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even on vacation. Thirty-two percent of Americans are most likely to miss the convenient, ready-to-go breakfast in the lobby.

• Who doesn’t love those great travel size toiletry items in hotel rooms? Close to two in five (39 percent) Americans have liked products they used while staying in a hotel so much, they purchased the same item and brand to use at home. Toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap top the list of items purchased post-hotel stay.

• One of the greatest perks about a hotel stay is the built-in housekeeping, but one in four travelers (26 percent) say that they don’t think housekeeping staffs should be tipped.

Count Your Pennies: Travelers watch their wallets but look for splurges on vacation
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• Although the economy is improving, budgeting is still very important for Americans. Four in five (81 percent) vacationers set a budget. More than one-third (36 percent) of these folks spend more than they plan for, 55 percent stick to their budget, and 9 percent come in under budget.

• More women than men (86 percent vs. 76 percent) set vacation budgets.

• Budgeting on the road is more important than budgeting at home. Over three in four (77 percent) of those who don’t consider themselves to be budget-conscious in their everyday lives set a vacation budget.

• There is no better time to splurge than on vacation. Ninety-three percent of Americans are likely to splurge on vacation, and 71 percent of them agree that if they splurge it will be on a meal.

• While sticking to a budget is important, there are some things travelers just wouldn’t give up to save some cash. Eighty-five percent of Americans would be willing to give up something for 25 percent off their hotel stay. Of those, only 26 percent would be willing to give up their mobile device and in comparison, 54 percent of those 21 and over would forgo alcoholic beverages, 43 percent of social media users would give up logging on to these sites, and 40 percent would go without housekeeping for the same discount.

About the Survey

The online survey was conducted between March 12 and March 19, 2013, by Kelton, an independent research company, and commissioned by SpringHill Suites by Marriott, an all-suites brand. The online survey polled 1,048 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, with a 95 percent level of confidence and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.

About Kelton
Kelton is a leading global insights firm serving as a partner to more than 100 of the Fortune 500 and thousands of smaller companies and organizations. Utilizing a wide range of customized, innovative research techniques and staff expertise in marketing, branding, PR, media, and business strategy, Kelton helps drive our clients’ businesses forward.

For more information about Kelton, please call 1.888.8.KELTON or visit www.keltonglobal.com.

About SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites is ideal for business and leisure travelers who look for style and inspiration in their stay. Featuring suites larger than traditional hotel rooms, SpringHill Suites makes it easy for guests to spread out and fully enjoy their space. Launched in November 1998, the brand currently has more than 295 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during their stay at over 3,600 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide. For more information, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

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11/21/2012

Save Points & Stay at Marriott Rewards Most Popular Destinations

Marriott Rewards logoMarriott Rewards members can now take advantage of the off-season with a new award offer, Seasonal Awards.  Whether it’s a beach vacation in the Caribbean, a cultural exploration in Europe, a shopping expedition in New York or a relaxing day at the spa in the deserts of Arizona and California, Marriott Rewards has special options for you that make the most out of your points.  Seasonal Awards provides a 25 percent discount on some of Marriott’s most popular destinations. For example, the Aruba Marriott Resort, which normally costs 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night, will cost 26,250 points per night.

Select hotels in the following destinations include New York City from January 1-February 28, 2013, Europe from January 1-March 1, 2013, Arizona and California desert resorts from June 18-August 30, 2013, Las Vegas from July 1-August 30, 2013, and the Caribbean August 23-November 23, 2013. Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards are offered at select JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott.

For more information and to book, visit http://www.marriott.com/marriott-rewards/usepoints/marriottRewardsSeasonalAwards.mi for a list of the hotels and available dates.  As a Marriott Rewards member, special promotion codes are not needed to participate in this new program.

Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates* and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,700 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. 

Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” five years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program”.   It has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto MarriottRewards.com.

*Hotels may limit the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days.  All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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11/15/2012

Deals of the Week

Mystic Aquarium African PenguinsAdopt a Penguin at Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa and Mystic Aquarium are giving guests the ultimate opportunity to adopt… a penguin.  Upon booking, guests will receive an adoption kit that includes a personalized adoption certificate complete with a photo of their African Penguin.  Perfect for the whole family, guests will also receive tickets to Mystic Aquarium, home to more than 25 resident African Penguins and a copy of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” on DVD.  After a day at the aquarium, guests can unwind with overnight accommodations at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, CT. 

For Reservations:
Click on "Check Availability" to make an online reservation or alternatively, call 1-888-213-0414 or the local Marriott reservations office and quote the promotional code: FML
http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=764196&displayLink=true
Valid through:   December 30, 2012


SHS Holiday PackageHoliday Trolley Tour and S'mores

‘Tis the Season at SpringHill Suites Savannah Downtown/ Historic District and guests are invited for some holiday cheer.  Guests will enjoy a trolley tour of the seasonally decorated Historic District, walk through the Gingerbread Village across the river and enjoy s'mores around the fire pit, all while staying at the SpringHill Suites Savannah Downtown/ Historic District. 

For Reservations:
Click on "Check Availability" to make an online reservation or alternatively, call 1-888-213-0414 or the local Marriott reservations office and quote the promotional code: YX1
http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=778401&displayLink=true
Valid through:   December 23, 2012


Sonoma Bean & BottleBike, Bean & Bottle Experience in Sonoma's Wine Country

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa is giving guests an unforgettable wine country experience from accommodations and credit to tastings and bike rentals.  With this package guests will receive:

 • Accommodations in a Cottage Room
 • One day bike rental for two to explore Sonoma Valley
 • Breakfast for two at Carneros Restaurant
 • $40 credit at Bean & Bottle
 • Wine Tasting Coupons for two

For Reservations:
Click on "Check Availability" to make an online reservation or alternatively, call 1-888-213-0414 or the local Marriott reservations office and quote the promotional code: ZJL
http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=762294&displayLink=true
Valid through:   December 31, 2012


Sydney Harbour Marriott Fairytale PackageShop ‘Til You Drop in Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Marriott makes guests dreams come true with a VIP shopping experience at
Sydney-based designer Nikki Hager’s signature store, PeepToe.  Guests will arrive in style with limousine transfers and $200 AUD to PeepToe in their pockets to shop with. Back at the Sydney Harbour Marriott, guests will enjoy accommodations in one of the newly refurbished Deluxe Operahouse-view rooms. 

For Reservations:
Click on "Check Availability" to make an online reservation or alternatively, call 1-888-213-0414 or the local Marriott reservations office and quote the promotional code: P91
http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=778830&displayLink=true
Valid through:   December 31, 2012