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07/14/2015

SpringHill Suites’ Comfort Zone Offers Little Extras to Summer Travelers at Dulles International Airport

SpringHill Suites Dulles Airport ZoneBethesda, Md., July 14, 2015 – Just in time to help make summer travel a breeze, SpringHill Suites by Marriott has launched its award-winning Comfort Zone experience at Dulles International Airport. This is the brand’s first zone to capture 100 percent of departing passengers, transforming all three of Dulles International Airport’s security checkpoints. With nearly 22 million travelers passing through the airport yearly, the transformed security checkpoints offer little extras that add up to make the travel experience a lot less ordinary for more passengers than ever before.  

“Extending the hospitality of SpringHill Suites by providing unexpected moments of relief is a priority for us,” said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott. “Business travel can be tough and our goal is to help travelers start the trip with a unique and stress-free experience as they pass through one of the countries busiest airports.”

SpringHill Suites Dulles Airport Zone 1The transformed security checkpoints are designed to offer new levels of comfort to airport travelers, while still maintaining the highest levels of security.  Pre-screening zones are outfitted with modern yet comfortable seating allowing passengers a moment to prepare to pass through the security checkpoint. Additionally, post-screening re-composure zones replace hard benches with soft, comfortable couches and convenient tables that invite travelers to relax, re-gather their belongings and put their shoes back on after passing through security.

In partnership with Washington Dulles International Airport, JCDecaux and Aviator, this is the fifth location where travelers have been treated to a SpringHill Suites Comfort Zone. This is the first time the brand has been able to enhance every security checkpoint located in the airport, including the TSA Pre-Check®. Additional Comfort Zones are still in place at Oakland International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, providing unique experiences to travelers coast to coast.

“The partnership between Washington Dulles International Airport, JCDecaux and Marriott to bring a SpringHill Suites Comfort Zone to the airport will create a wonderful opportunity for passengers and continue the tradition of providing world-class service and comfort to our customers,” said Jerome L. Davis, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites 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. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing, 2014 Gold Adrian Awards for Consumer Advertising and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. 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.         

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Erica Villanueva/Ivette Faulkner
The Zimmerman Agency
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850-668-2222

06/16/2015

Playfully Going Incognito and Belting Tunes on the Karaoke Stage Top the List of Ways Business Travelers Treat Themselves to “Me Time”

Treat Yourself IQ InfographicNew Study reveals Americans find business travel a welcome escape, not a guilt trip

Bethesda, Md., June 16, 2015 – Each year, Americans make more than 405 million long-distance business trips,* and as these road warriors put in the miles, a new survey conducted by SpringHill Suites by Marriott reveals business travelers are making the most of their trips by maximizing “me time,” indulging in activities they may shy away from at home. In a city where no one knows your name, more than 60 percent of respondents admitted to going undercover, creating a new identity with a different name, profession and backstory. Nearly a quarter of people have unleashed their inner Mariah Carey at karaoke, with a surprising 16 percent faking an elaborate accent with no shame.

When asked about the ultimate travel companion, nearly 70 percent of travelers would recruit Scandal’s Olivia Pope to help handle their latest crisis or enjoy an Old Fashioned with MadMen’s consummate ad man Don Draper on a dream business trip.

Business travel is being redefined as an opportunity to escape from the monotony of the day-to-day routine. Small indulgences traditionally reserved for leisure travel are now finding their way onto the agenda for business travelers. Other key findings include:

  • 62 percent of respondents enjoy a taste of “the good life” with zero guilt, splurging on savory appetizers and decadent desserts with 30 percent indulging on wine or specialty cocktails.
  • The Savory and Sweet battle was split evenly down the middle with 51 percent craving sweet and satisfying midnight treats and nearly 49 percent wanting salty and crunchy snacks.
  • The majority of respondents wind down after a long day of meetings in the hot tub or pool followed by luxuriating in an uninterrupted bath or shower.
  • Topping the list of what travelers enjoy most about the escape business travel can bring is ignoring the ever-growing pile of laundry followed closely by no “honey do” list at nearly 30 percent and ignoring master chef cooking duties at home coming in at 25 percent.

Instead of the same old grind, business travel seems less like work and more like a chance to discover new destinations and spend time with colleagues outside of work. More than half of travelers surveyed feel refreshed and productive upon returning to work after a business trip.

With more than 300 locations across the country, SpringHill Suites treats travelers with upscale spacious suites and modern dynamic lobbies. Each suite features separate living, working and sleeping spaces to provide guests with flexibility and functionality. Vibrant, stylish lobbies offer guests space to work, mix or mingle.  The hotels also offer business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, fitness centers, express checkout and pools with whirlpool spas. Many hotels offer full-service bars featuring local craft beer, wine, cocktails and a light menu while the Market offers convenient 24/7 access to food and beverages. Travelers can also treat themselves to daily complimentary breakfast with fresh, healthy options and hot breakfast items.

For more information on SpringHill Suites, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
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.

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

*Bureau of Transportation Statistics

CONTACT:
Erica Villanueva
The Zimmerman Agency
evillanueva@zimmerman.com
850-668-2222

05/12/2015

SpringHill Suites Donates Art Carts to Inspire Students Nationwide

SpringHill Suites save artBethesda, Md., May 12, 2015 – As a part of its Save Art! initiative, SpringHill Suites by Marriott is donating 350 Paint Chip Art Carts to under resourced schools across the country. With these donations, SpringHill Suites recommits to supporting art in schools and reenergizes its two-year partnership with Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that brings quality art supplies and innovative art programs to teachers in need.

“The ability to blend our longstanding spirit to serve with the brand’s passion for the arts makes this a perfect partnership,” said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. “We know that art plays such an important role in a child’s development and we are proud that these Art Carts will provide a creative outlet for students and schools in need.”  

SpringHill Suites artEarlier this year, the brand invited Fresh Artists to participate in its bi-annual General Managers Conference in Washington, D.C., where more than 300 General Managers worked together to create Paint Chip Art Carts, which serve as a ready-made art program complete with a curriculum that teachers can provide their students. As a result of the activity at the conference, Art Carts were donated and delivered to Washington D.C.-area schools earlier today. The Paint Chip Art Carts contain supplies for a mosaic project that upcycles “throw-away” paint chips. Supplies in the kit make this program easy for teachers and up to 75 students with a lesson plan, a box of yellow chalk and chamois squares for sketching and two books written by Fresh Artists about how children can make a difference in the world, helping other children with their art.

“Paint Chip Art is a fun, easy and impactful lesson plan utilizing a previously unknown resource,” said Barbara Chandler Allen, founder and president of Fresh Artists. “Art education has proven to aid in both social and academic development, however with many schools under budget constraints, it’s one of the first things cut. We’re thrilled to partner with SpringHill Suites to continue art education throughout the country despite limited resources and budgets.”

SpringHill Suites’ Save Art! Program is part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to the celebration and promotion of local art, raising nearly $100,000 in the first two years of its partnership with Fresh Artists. Every SpringHill Suites hotel across the U.S. and Canada will kick off its annual local Save Art! fundraising campaign in July and will continue through the summer months.

For more information on the Save Art! program and SpringHill Suites, visit http://www.marriott.com/springhill-suites/travel.mi.

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites 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. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. 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.                 

About Fresh Artists
Fresh Artists is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that provides art supplies and programs to under-resourced public schools. In exchange for financial contributions, corporations and individuals receive gifts of high-quality reproductions of student-donated art. Since 2008, the talent and generosity of more than 1000 young artist-philanthropists has delivered the value of more than $500,000 in supplies and programs to schools in 40 states.  Large-scale reproductions have been installed in more than 200 corporate facilities, hospitals and hotels. Visit www.freshartists.org.

Contact: Sarah Moran
Marriott International
Sarah.Moran@marriott.com
301-380-7426    

Erica Villanueva
The Zimmerman Agency
Evillanueva@zimmerman.com
850-668-2222

04/29/2015

SpringHill Suites Offers Travelers Suite Summer Savings

SpringHill Suites LobbyBethesda, Md., April 29, 2015 – With summer right around the corner, it’s time to pack up the winter clothes and welcome the warm weather. SpringHill Suites invites travelers to kick off the season and treat themselves to “suite” summer savings at more than 300 locations across the country. According to a recent survey, 88 percent of Americans took trips last summer and that margin is expected to be high again this year with many travelers looking for a summer escape.

Whether families are rounding up the kids for a road trip or professionals extending business trips into a full weekend in a favorite city, SpringHill Suites is the perfect launch pad to discover a new destination and escape the everyday routine.

SpringHill Suites is a vibrant and stylish all-suite hotel perfectly suited for guests who simply want to savor their time away. The brand offers spacious suites with upscale touches, dynamic lobbies with modern amenities and little extras throughout the hotel experience at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Each suite features separate living, working and sleeping spaces to provide guests with flexibility and functionality. Vibrant, stylish lobbies offer guests space to work, mix or mingle.  The hotels also offer business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, fitness centers, express checkout and pools with whirlpool spas. Many hotels offer full-service bars featuring local craft beer, wine, cocktails and a light menu while the Market offers convenient 24/7 access to food and beverages. Travelers can also treat themselves to daily complimentary breakfast with fresh, healthy options and hot breakfast staples.

For more information on SpringHill Suites, visit www.springhillsuites.com.

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
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.

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

Connect with sarah.moran@marriott.com

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Julia Darrenkamp
The Zimmerman Agency
jdarrenkamp@zimmerman.com
850-668-2222

03/12/2015

SpringHill Suites Rallies Around Art Education

Students from Northport Elementary in Brooklyn Center, MNSave Art! Program Raises Nearly $100,000 for Under-Resourced Schools Nationwide

Bethesda, Md., March 12, 2015 – In partnership with Fresh Artists, SpringHill Suites by Marriott is proud to announce it has raised nearly $100,000 for under-resourced schools in the first two years of the partnership. Last month, hundreds of SpringHill Suites’ General Managers delivered their hotel’s donations to area schools in the form of art supplies. Pictured - students from Northport Elementary in Brooklyn Center, MN after they received their art supplies from the SpringHill Suites Minneapolis West.]

SpringHill Suites recognizes the importance of art education having been cited by Americans for the Arts to promote young students’ self-esteem and confidence, and also aid in both social and academic development. The brand deepened its longstanding passion for the arts, announcing in October 2013, a national partnership with Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that brings quality art supplies and innovative art programs to teachers in need, to provide art materials to local schools in communities across North America. The brand has since launched fundraising campaigns each year, encouraging hotel guests and community members to make donations in exchange for beautifying a colorful palette displayed in the lobby, thereby creating art themselves. This year, the highest grossing hotel, the SpringHill Suites Columbia Downtown/The Vista in South Carolina, raised more than $4,000.

“We are inspired by Fresh Artists’ commitment to art education and are honored to partner with such a dynamic charity,” said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. “Their values align with our passion for serving local communities through artistic development, and we’re very proud to contribute to the youth art community in a meaningful and compelling way.”

This year, the brand invited Fresh Artists to participate in its bi-annual General Managers Conference in Washington, D.C. More than 300 General Managers worked together to create Chip Art Carts, which serve as ready-made art activities that teachers can provide their students. The Art Carts will be delivered to Washington, D.C. area schools, Fresh Artist’s Philadelphia area schools and local schools of the top six fundraising hotels in the coming weeks.

SpringHill Suites’ Save Art! Program is part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to the celebration and promotion of local art and artisans. Since its inception in 2010, its award winning ArtNight program has transformed SpringHill Suites lobbies into galleries by providing local artists, students and schools, opportunities to showcase their artwork for the community in a public setting. Over the last five years, SpringHill Suites has showcased more than 2,000 pieces of artwork in their lobbies across the country.

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

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites 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. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. 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.

About Fresh Artists
Fresh Artists is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that provides art supplies and programs to under-resourced public schools. In exchange for financial contributions, corporations and individuals receive gifts of high-quality reproductions of student-donated art. Since 2008, the talent and generosity of more than 1000 young artist-philanthropists has delivered the value of more than $500,000 in supplies and programs to schools in 40 states.  Large-scale reproductions have been installed in more than 200 corporate facilities, hospitals and hotels. Visit www.freshartists.org.

Contacts: Sarah Moran
Marriott International
Sarah.Moran@marriott.com
301-380-7426    

Julia Darrenkamp
The Zimmerman Agency
jdarrenkamp@zimmerman.com
850-668-2222

12/19/2014

SpringHill Suites Gifts Holiday Travelers With Relaxing Security Checkpoint Experience at Oakland International Airport

SpringHills Suites Experience Zone at Oakland International AirportBethesda, Md. – December 19, 2014 – Joining the millions of Americans traveling for the holidays? SpringHill Suites by Marriott officially opened its award winning Experience Zone at Oakland International Airport’s Terminal 2 security checkpoint today, making it the brand’s first on the West Coast.     

 Partnering with the Port of Oakland, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), SecurityPoint Media and Clear Channel Airports, the transformed security checkpoint was designed to offer new levels of comfort and service to travelers at the airport while still maintaining the highest levels of security. SpringHill Suites’ core elements of style and design permeate the space with sleek, modern furniture, wall art features, calming lighting, soothing music, custom video content and a display with current queue wait times.  A post-screening recomposure area outfitted with comfortable, soft seating options welcomes travelers to gather their belongings in a more relaxed setting.

“We have received tremendous feedback from travelers who have experienced the transformed security zones in some of the country’s busiest airports,” said Craig Fowler, senior director, SpringHill Suites brand marketing. “We are excited to be able to continue to extend the hospitality of SpringHill Suites by providing enhanced surroundings and unexpected moments of relief to busy travelers.”

Debuting at Oakland’s Experience Zone are three integrated projection screens, each 15 feet wide, displaying a continuous, stylized video aimed to bring a calming effect over the entire zone.  As an extra treat, SpringHill Suites will be spreading some holiday cheer by giving away gift certificates to lucky travelers over the holiday season.

“This latest conversion in Oakland is the most dramatic to date. Balancing the unique culture of each airport with the science of queue theory has proven to redefine the screening area as a point of service excellence,” said Joe Ambrefe, CEO, SecurityPoint Media. “SpringHill Suites by Marriott continues to lead the way and we are proud to continue the partnership in 2015.”

"We're committed to providing our customers with a travel environment that's as safe, secure, smooth and relaxing as possible," said Port of Oakland Aviation Director Deborah Ale Flint. "We firmly believe that the goals of security and service are compatible with one another. Partnering with SpringHill Suites and SecurityPoint Media to install the checkpoint of the future will make a traditionally great Oakland travel experience even better."

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites 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. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing, 2014 Gold Adrian Awards for Consumer Advertising and Advertising Campaign and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. 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.                                 

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 one million unique travelers per day.

About Clear Channel Airports
Dedicated to airport advertising for nearly 40 years, Clear Channel Airports is the premier innovator of contemporary display concepts. The Company, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), one of the world's largest outdoor advertising companies, currently operates more than 280 airport programs across the globe and has a presence in 32 of the top 50 U.S. markets with major airports. More information can be found on Clear Channel Airports and Clear Channel Outdoor by visiting www.clearchannelairports.com and www.clearchanneloutdoor.com.

Connect with Sarah.Moran@marriott.com

07/21/2014

Art is Everywhere – SpringHill Suites Challenges Americans to Stop and Share

SpringHill-Suites-Art-is-EverywhereBethesda, Md., July 21, 2014 — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – social sharing of images is the new norm. It is the lens through which people see things today and how they share experiences with friends and family. SpringHill Suites by Marriott believes that art is everywhere – on the side of a building, in a glass and on a plate.  As travelers hit the road this summer, the brand known for its modern style and design is challenging Americans to take time to stop, look around and capture the moment.  

Today, the brand launched an innovative, multi-platform campaign called Art is Everywhere, aimed at aggregating travelers’ artistic finds within creative categories such as “Art in a Glass” and “Me, Myselfie, and I.”  Art is Everywhere features an online gallery with social sharing capabilities where visitors’ images are curated and showcased by theme.  A sweepstakes component rewards entrants with creative prizes aligning with each bi-weekly theme.

“SpringHill Suites has always embraced art in our communities, through events such as ArtNight and with our Fresh Artists partnership,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, Modern Essentials and Extended Stay brands. “Art is Everywhere is an extension of our commitment to furthering art appreciation. It encourages our guests and fans to take notice of the beauty that surrounds us all.  When you look, you will find unexpected surprises everywhere.” 

It’s easy to participate in Art is Everywhere. Simply post a photo via Twitter or Instagram using #ArtisEverywhere and tagging @SpringHillSuite on Twitter and @SpringHillSuites on Instagram.  Images can also be posted via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at ArtIsEverywhereGallery.com.

As an extension to the online gallery and to kick off this campaign, SpringHill Suites commissioned art experts Amani Olu in New York and Mat Gleason in Los Angeles to curate local Art is Everywhere tours highlighting off the beaten path destinations in their respective cities.  The tours showcase art galleries and street art but also carousels, restaurants, doughnut shops and more. These specially curated tours are aimed at encouraging both locals and tourists alike to embrace the variety of art forms around them. With plans to curate additional tours around the country, SpringHill Suites encourages its fans to capture and submit their favorite artistic destinations at home and on the road this summer to the Art is Everywhere gallery.

SpringHill Suites began its journey of connecting travelers to art with ArtNight, its award winning experiential platform. These gallery inspired events, held in hotel lobbies, invite local artists to display their work for guests to enjoy. SpringHill Suites also took its exploration of local art on the road with a travel photographer and blogger who sought out indigenous artists and art forms in 10 cities across the United States, capturing his journey and photos on SpringHill’s Facebook page.

About SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites 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. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. 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.

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

Connect with nina.herrera-davila@marriott.comgabe.medeiros@sohosquarepr.com

 

06/05/2014

Travelers at Chicago O'Hare Treated to Relaxing Security Checkpoint Experience

Chicago-O'Hare-and-SpringHill-Suites-Security-Check-PointChicago, June 5, 2014 – Security screening in Terminal 1 at O’Hare International Airport just got more relaxing and stress-free thanks to a complete makeover. 

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has teamed up with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), SecurityPoint Media and Clear Channel Airports to transform Checkpoint 3 in Terminal 1 into an inviting space that integrates the highest levels of security with a comfortable passenger experience.

“On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we are pleased with the checkpoint transformation that incorporates passenger amenities while maintaining a safe and secure travel environment,” said Rosemarie S. Andolino, CDA Commissioner. “The SpringHill Suites concept is a unique way to improve the screening process for travelers.  These efforts fit perfectly with the Mayor’s goal to increase the number of visitors to Chicago to 55 million by 2020. He recognizes the tremendous power of travel and tourism to grow our economy and create new jobs.”

The recent transformation provides the checkpoint with the look of a modern and stylish hotel lobby. SpringHill Suites’ core design elements are pulled through with sleek, modern furniture, wall art featuring calming lighting and soothing music.  Comfortable lounge seating prior to the entrance of the checkpoint, as well as a welcoming post-screening area where passengers can gather their belongings, and allow for relaxed stops along the way. In addition, SpringHill Suites will bring periodic surprises and giveaways to travelers to keep them smiling along their journey. 

“The SpringHill Suites airport zones are changing the paradigm of travel. As a hospitality brand, we understand how design and style can enhance an experience and provide added comfort” said Craig Fowler, senior director of SpringHill Suites brand marketing. “After the successful concept pilot last year in the Dallas and Charlotte airports, we are excited to be able to come to Chicago and surprise even more travelers.”              

At the renovated checkpoint, passengers will encounter:

  • A checkpoint layout that creates a sense of openness and space; warm color tones that calm the environment; customs graphics that soothe and relax; and thoughtfully appointed, post-screening traveler recomposure area where form fits function.
  • Sleek hotel lobby furnishings and seating designed for the checkpoint.
  • High definition directional audio strategically located throughout the checkpoint to soothe travelers with music and messages.
  • A video wall providing entertainment for those waiting to enter the security process. 

“We bring to the table a decade of proficiency operating at screening checkpoints and extensive research on the passenger experience,” said SecurityPoint Media President and CEO Joseph T. Ambrefe Jr. “We are honored to continue our partnership with SpringHill Suites by Marriott and excited to bring the program to O’Hare. The ability to combine the latest technology and innovation that enhances the security process is a win-win for everyone.”

As airports, airlines and brands across the country collaborate to create an even greater convenience and “sense of place” for air travelers, Clear Channel Airports is at the forefront of reimagining this experience.

“Our vision is to help all players involved in air travel to reinvent the space with the consumer in mind,” said Jon Sayer, president, Clear Channel Airports. “In the coming years, passengers will see continued improvements in the air travel space at ORD and advertisers will discover digital upgrades that will engage with these sought after travelers in even more meaningful ways.”

About the Chicago Department of Aviation

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is self-supporting, using no local or state tax dollars for operations or capital improvements at O’Hare and Midway International airports. Together, Chicago’s airports generate more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. Please visit www.flychicago.com to learn more about the Chicago Department of Aviation.

About SpringHill Suites by Marriott: SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites 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. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. 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.

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 one million unique travelers per day.

About Clear Channel Airports
Dedicated to airport advertising for nearly 40 years, Clear Channel Airports is the premier innovator of contemporary display concepts. The Company, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), one of the world's largest outdoor advertising companies, currently operates more than 280 airport programs across the globe and has a presence in 32 of the top 50 U.S. markets with major airports. More information can be found on Clear Channel Airports and Clear Channel Outdoor by visiting www.clearchannelairports.com and www.clearchanneloutdoor.com.

CDA Media Relations                                                                                                                        (773) 686-3700                                                                                                                        cdamedia@cityofchicago.org

Marriott
Sarah Moran
(301) 380-7426                                                                                                                   sarah.moran@marriott.com  

05/28/2014

SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver Named City’s First Gold LEED® Certified Hotel

SpringHill-Suites-DenverOffering Special Green Urban Garden Getaway Package

Denver, Colo.,  May 28, 2014 – The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver is thrilled to announce that it has been certified LEED® Gold for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

Owned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver and managed by Sage Hospitality, the $45 million SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown is metro Denver’s first LEED® Gold hotel and the second in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott brand portfolio.

The public-private partnership between MSU Denver and Sage Hospitality created a vibrant hotel that opened in 2012, as well as the state-of-the-art Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC), the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region and one of only 11 in the United States.  The partnership created a dynamic environment for education and on-the-job training for students, who work along-side well-seasoned hoteliers from Sage Hospitality.

"Sage Hospitality is dedicated to operating eco-friendly hotels, so we are extremely proud to receive Denver’s first LEED® Gold certification," said Walter Isenberg, President & CEO of Sage Hospitality. "This property gives both business and leisure guests an amazing green lodging option in the heart of downtown Denver and we are using it as a model of sustainability for all future development projects.”

The 150-suite hotel and HLC earned a total of 62 LEED® points, including those for water efficiency, innovative design and sustainable site and materials selection. Unique green features include:

  • More than 90 percent of regularly occupied areas offer natural day lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting
  • The use of only high efficiency plumbing fixtures and low VOC paints and flooring
  • Secure bicycle storage plus lockers and changing rooms to encourage employees and students to use alternative transportation
  • Both buildings offer full recycling in guestrooms, classrooms and offices
  • Nearly 20 percent of the building was constructed using recycled materials and 25 percent of total building materials were locally sourced
  • More than 78 percent of material waste from the construction was recycled
  • All compostable food from the hotel's banquet and catering department, as well as from the student classes, is composted
  • The Housekeeping and Food & Beverage departments in the hotel and HLC use only green, natural cleaning products, including vinegar

In celebration of its Gold LEED® certification, the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown has planted an Aspen tree and an on-site Chef’s Garden, where Executive Chef Daniel Hyman is growing vegetables and herbs to be used in food and beverage offerings through the hotel's banquet and catering department.  Worm casting will be used in the Chef's Garden to allow for organic fertilizing.  Coffee grounds are disposed of in the garden's soil to increase water retention and naturally repel insects. 

The hotel is also launching a special Green Urban Garden Getaway package, starting at $159 per night. It includes: 

  • Overnight accommodations in a spacious suite
  • $20 gift card to Denver’s Urban Roots, which serves gardeners who have limited space and unlimited desire by finding horticultural solutions for city dwellers who toil in small plots of land, vertical spaces, balconies and containers.
  • Complimentary Valet Parking for guests arriving in an Electric or Hybrid vehicle
  • A packet of wildflower seeds to plant
  • Two Denver microbrews

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown and the HLC were developed by Mortenson Development and Mortenson Construction's Denver office was the design-builder.  Denver’s RNL was the design architect and architect of record for the hotel; JG Johnson Architects was the associate architect and hotel interiors architect.

MSU Denver’s 28,000-square-foot HLC is an educational facility that combines classrooms with interactive laboratories to provide an experiential curriculum for the university’s more than 600 Hospitality, Tourism and Events students.  State-of-the-art classrooms include a Sensory Analysis Laboratory for wine and food tastings and a Cellar Management Laboratory, which boasts a 3,100+ bottle wine storage cellar.

The hotel’s 150 spacious and stylish guest suites each feature a flexible workspace, a separate sleeping area, a microwave, mini-fridge, a seating area with pull-out sofa bed and a spa-like bathroom. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast served daily, a Market, a fitness center, complimentary area shuttle service and complimentary wireless Internet. The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown offers 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space and can accommodate groups of up to 250 people.

For more information on the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, please call 303-705-7300 or visit www.marriott.com/densd.

For more information on MSU Denver, please visit www.msudenver.edu

About the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver
The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver is an all-suite hotel designed to appeal to business and leisure travelers who seek stylish, fun and spacious yet functional accommodations at an affordable price. Located in the heart of Denver, the hotel features 150 spacious guest suites as well as 5,000 square feet of conference facilities. Managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality, the hotel provides hands-on training opportunities for students in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department. Amenities include complimentary hot daily breakfast, complimentary area shuttle service and free wireless high-speed Internet, a Market and a Fitness Center.  www.marriott.com/densd.

Media contact:
Julie Dunn: 303-522-2659 or julie@dunncommunications.com

05/22/2014

SpringHill Suites Wins "Gold" for Transforming Airport Experiences

DFW Security ZoneBethesda, Md. – May 22, 2014 – SpringHill Suites by Marriott took home the gold award for its Airport Security Comfort Zones in the Best Single-Market Event category at Event Marketer Magazine’s Ex Awards ceremony. The Ex Awards is the world’s largest recognition program for event marketing programs and recognizes the most innovative campaigns of the year. The winners were selected from more than 850 entries across 26 industries.

SpringHill Suites was recognized for its branded experiences within the security zones of the Dallas Fort Worth and Charlotte Douglas International Airports.  The brand transformed the checkpoints into welcoming and aesthetically appealing spaces designed to offer travelers a new level of comfort inside a security checkpoint.  The design featured comfortable furniture, stylish décor, soothing wall art, vibrant lighting and relaxing ambient music.  

“SpringHill Suites is thrilled to have received a gold award for our security zone branded experiences,” said Craig Fowler, senior director, SpringHill Suites brand marketing. “The positive response from travelers has been very satisfying and we are excited to expand the marketing program into new airports this year.”

Due to the success at Dallas Fort Worth and Charlotte Douglas International Airports, SpringHill Suites will be launching additional comfort zones at major airports this spring. For more information.

SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Amenities include sleek, modernly appointed lobbies with free Wi-Fi; suites 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. At the cutting edge of consumer engagement, SpringHill Suites is the winner of a 2013 Platinum Adrian Award for Digital Marketing and a 2014 Gold Ex Award. 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.

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