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Marriott’s Mobile Requests Expands Globally, Adds Four More Brands

Popular two-way chat feature on Marriott Mobile app enables guests to customize their stay anywhere, anytime – and, in five languages
Bethesda, Md., November 17, 2015 –Marriott International Inc., is expanding Mobile Requests, the industry-leading two-way chat feature on its Mobile app to five additional brands – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Executive Apartments.  Originally launched at select Marriott Hotels, Mobile Requests is also now available at Marriott Hotels across the globe and is being rolled-out at Courtyard and Residence Inn properties in  Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.
Mobile Requests is offered exclusively to the nearly 54 million members of the company’s award-winning loyalty program Marriott Rewards, enabling them to chat in real time directly with hotel staff to answer questions, or request services and amenities starting 72 hours before their arrival, and throughout their stay. Guests can choose to text in five languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, French and German.
“We know nearly a quarter of our guests ask a question or make a request to hotel staff during their stay,” said George Corbin, Senior Vice President of Digital at Marriott International.  “With Mobile Requests, guests can communicate immediately with their hotel right from their smartphones wherever they are before, during and after their stay, making the Marriott Mobile app experience for next generation travelers seamless, intuitive and fulfilling.”
Marriott International was the first  global hotel company to offer a two-way chat option with on-property staff when it launched at 46 Marriott Hotels in May 2015. Guests with an upcoming reservation can use Mobile Requests to instantly communicate with staff hotel in two ways:  they may choose from a drop-down menu of most requested services and amenities, such as extra towels, bath amenities, or valet parking or begin a two-way chat with hotel staff using the “Anything Else” option.  Guests have made thousands of requests since Mobile Requests was launched, and guest surveys show it has contributed to a rise in overall satisfaction.
The Mobile Requests roll out is another step Marriott International is taking in leading digital innovation, following offerings such as mobile check-in, check-out and room ready alerts.  Additionally, Marriott is piloting a series of new mobile services including Mobile Key – allowing guests to use their mobile phone as a room key – at select hotels with plans to expand to additional hotels.  Marriott Rewards members who download the Marriott Mobile app will continue to benefit from these regular updates that further enhance the hotel stay experience.
Guests can download the new Marriott Mobile app for free from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and at http://mobileapp.marriott.com.  Guests can easily enroll in Marriott Rewards for free at http://www.marriott.com/rewards/rewards-program.mi.
ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 53 million members. 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 victoria.hart@marriott.com
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The Ritz-Carlton Announces Paradise Valley

Chevy Chase, Md., January 14, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Five Star Development Resort Communities, LLC have signed an agreement for the development of a new resort and residences in Paradise Valley near Scottsdale, Arizona. “Paradise Valley in Arizona will be a great new destination for our brand in the Americas,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton. “We are pleased to be working with Five Star Development to create this unique desert resort for sophisticated travelers from around the world,” he continued. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley will be the centerpiece of one of the largest new master-planned communities featuring both a resort hotel and residences in close to a decade.Rendering of The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley
The affluent community know as Paradise Valley spreads from north of the Phoenix mountains to Cave Creek & Carefree and the McDowell Mountains to the east in greater metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona.  Spread out over twenty acres, The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley resort will consist of 200 casita-style guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of function space to host luxury meetings for corporate and incentive clients or as the backdrop to stage weddings and local social functions.  The resort, with stunning views of iconic Camelback Mountain will also have a large destination spa with a health and wellness program featuring both an indoor and outdoor desert-inspired treatment menu. A citrus orchard and garden will grow seasonal produce harvested for the on-site restaurants.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Paradise Valley will be developed by Five Star Development Resort Communities in several phases adjacent to the hotel with residence owners having access to services from and privileges at the hotel including a dedicated concierge, priority access to hotel guest accommodations and amenities, in-residence dining and housekeeping. The multi-phased residential community will include 45 single-family homes and 94 villa residences.
Construction is expected to begin in July 2016 with the resort opening in late-2018.
For more information about upcoming openings for The Ritz-Carlton, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com or for worldwide reservations call 800-241-3333.
Note on forward-looking statements:The Ritz-Carlton expectations for future hotel openings are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions, supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could delay or prevent hotel openings or otherwise cause growth to be different than we anticipate.  We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this news release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLCThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 91 hotels and resorts in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ).About Five Star Development Resort Communities, LLCFounded in 1978 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Five Star Development owns and develops projects in multiple real estate asset classes including hospitality, industrial, residential and retail in Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico. For more information, visit www.fivestardevelopment.com
Source: Marriott

Autograph Collection Hotels Adds Four Exceptional Properties in the U.S., Canada and South Korea

Openings Bring Portfolio to 96 Hotels that are Exactly Like Nothing Else
Bethesda, Md., USA – January 14, 2015 – Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independent hotels, is proud to welcome four one-of-a-kind properties to its portfolio, in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica and South Korea. Autograph Collection Hotels’ global portfolio consists of 96 hotels worldwide, bringing the brand even closer to welcoming its 100th property.
Launched in 2010, Autograph Collection Hotels is a pioneer in the independent hotel space and has grown both aggressively and selectively from less than five hotels to over 90 in just five years – making it not only Marriott International’s fastest growing brand, but one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the industry.
“We are very pleased to welcome these properties to our rapidly growing and diverse global portfolio,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President & Global Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels. “2015 was an exciting year for Autograph Collection Hotels with over 15 new hotels joining the portfolio, and we are looking forward to continued success in 2016 and beyond.”
The Collection’s latest additions include:
Annapolis Waterfront Hotel (Annapolis, Maryland)
Annapolis, Maryland’s premier waterfront hotel is located in the city’s historic downtown and is known for its magnificent views of Annapolis harbor.  The 150-room hotel is located just steps from historical sites, shopping, dining and popular harbor cruises that depart from City Dock and the United States Naval Academy. The newly renovated property features enhanced guest rooms with luxury linens and bathrobes, C.O. Bigelow Apothecary bath amenities and a soothing color palette inspired by the Chesapeake Bay. The 8,600 square-foot outdoor patio, one of the area’s most popular event and wedding venues, was redesigned to optimize showcase its breathtaking views while outdoor fire pits and clusters of casual seating were added for guests’ year-round enjoyment. 
The Hotel Saskatchewan (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Located in the heart of downtown Regina, Saskatchewan, the iconic property was originally built in 1927 as part of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s collection of hotels. Over the years, the hotel has hosted many VIPs including the Queen of England, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Rolling Stones and Justin Bieber. Recently the hotel transformed its public spaces, lounge and half of its 227 guest rooms (renovations of remaining guest rooms will continue through March 2016). The property’s 15,000 square-foot meeting and event space will also undergo a design transformation in summer 2016. The hotel’s newly renovated Circa 27 Lounge overlooks Victoria Park and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
The Camby Hotel (Phoenix, Arizona)
Phoenix’s newest independent luxury property seamlessly blends imagination, sophistication, and statement-making design to create a unique experience for leisure and business travelers. The hotel was inspired by Arizona’s Five C’s – cotton, cattle, citrus, climate and copper – and its design, led by Stonehill & Taylor, was influenced by the state’s colors and vivid landscape with copper and pops of turquoise throughout the property. The 277-room hotel is located in the heart of the city’s humming business and entertainment district. The Camby features a restaurant and two bars, a boutique spa, contemporary fitness center and over 20,000 square feet of meeting space along with convenient access to the city’s finest dining, shopping, and cultural attractions.
THE PLAZA Seoul (Seoul, South Korea)
THE PLAZA Seoul is Korea’s premier luxury boutique business hotel, combining contemporary style with ultimate convenience in the heart of downtown Seoul. World-renowned Italian interior designer, Cuido Ciompi utilized a series of indigenous patterns, colors and natural elements to create an ultra modern hotel celebrating Seoul’s rich history and traditions. The Plaza boasts a beautiful array of artwork, including traditional Korean craftwork and premium design items by famed Korean artists.  Hotel restaurants include TAOYUEN, a Chinese restaurant featuring modern Shanghai-style cooking; MURASAKI, a Japanese restaurant that combines modern techniques with simple and casual Neoclassic Kaiseki; and TUSCANY, an Italian restaurant helmed by Michelin-star head chef Maurizio Ceccato.
About Autograph Collection HotelsAutograph Collection Hotels celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 90 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook.
About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.  Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Connect with jessica.berkin@marriott.com
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The New Year Ushers A New, Show-Stopping Retreat for Quebec: Renaissance Montreal Opens

New Lifestyle Hotel Supports Global ‘Renaissance’ of the Brand, With Contemporary Design and Programming for Next Gen Business Travelers“Mixodiology” rooftop celebration planned for Montreal en Lumiere’s La Nuit Blanche, Feb. 27, 2016Montreal, QC, Canada – Jan. 18, 2016 – Many consider arts the lifeblood of Montreal, named a UNESCO City of Design for its commitment to captivating style. No Montreal retreat better embodies that passion than the Renaissance Montreal, which today opened its doors as the city’s most anticipated new hotel. Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Renaissance debut reveals an eclectic mix of art deco architecture, sophisticated yet unconventional interior styling, and best-in-class service. The result is a captivating hotel that speaks to the modern traveler.
“Renaissance Montreal is ripe for discovery,” said Ian Marceau, general manager of Renaissance Montreal. He continued, “Every corner of this gorgeous hotel evokes the vibrancy of our great city. We believe it represents the future of hospitality and are thrilled to bring a hotel of this caliber and creativity to Montreal.”
Transformed for Renaissance by Groupe Daca and managed by Urgo Hotels Canada, the 142-room Renaissance Montreal captures the spirit of Wanderlust, the brand’s new global design philosophy reflecting a contemporary transformation to appeal to the next gen business traveler who seeks adventure with every business trip. Its lobby defines modernity, with unexpected surprises like street art by local artist, Alexandre Veilleux, live DJ entertainment, and tempting cocktail creations by master mixologist Lawrence Piccard. Taste buds are also wowed at East, where contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine features exotic flavors and beautiful plate presentation. Downtown Montreal’s only rooftop terrace will be the place to see and be seen. The outdoor setting on the 12th floor is heated and covered, offering panoramic views, a full bar, bistro kitchen and stainless steel plunge pool.
The rooftop will be open for special occasions leading into spring, including Renaissance Montreal’s “Mixodiology” event for La Nuit Blanche on Feb. 27, 2016. This night of revelry is a marquee celebration during the world-famous Montreal en Lumiere festival, held Feb. 18-March 5, 2016. The hotel fete’s name is inspired by the marriage of mixology and music that will transport guests around the world. Guests and visitors will sample a series of finely crafted cocktails, each inspired by a different corner of the globe, while a DJ spins music that weaves in beats reflective of each drink’s origin. It will be a unique sensory experience of rhythm and taste.
“The Renaissance Hotels brand is going through its own global ‘renaissance’ to meet the needs of the diverse, creative class of the next generation,” said Toni Stoeckl, vice president of Lifestyle Brands for Marriott International. “The contemporary Wanderlust design, unique programming and prime location of Renaissance Montreal will help usher in this new era for the brand, which is revolutionizing the lifestyle hotel experience for today’s business traveler.” 
Renaissance Montreal’s downtown location at the corner of Cathcart Street and Robert-Bourassa Boulevard makes it a natural starting point to explore Montreal. Guests feel like insiders thanks to the insight of Renaissance’s signature Navigators. These in-the-know locals guide travelers on the best Montreal has to offer, from food to music, design and nightlife.
Reservations are available online or by calling 514-657-5000, and a special “Discovery” rate of $199 CAD is available through April 23, 2016.
Renaissance Hotels:
Renaissance Hotels believes in defying business travel conventions for guests who crave unexpected experiences. At Renaissance Hotels, It’s Business Unusual. Each of the brand’s 160 hotels, located in over 35 countries around the world, is unique and every stay offers unconventional programs that help business travelers discover rich, local experiences. We promise to feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of our guests, who see their business trip as an exciting opportunity for new, interesting and sharable experiences. We understand their desire to make the most out of every moment and we offer signature events in our lobbies, bars and lounges designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, mixology, gastronomy and more. Renaissance Navigators are neighborhood experts who are ready to assist guests in discovering true local flavors and activities. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting, rooted in creative sensory meeting design and custom-curated local Navigator excursions and networking events. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com. For upcoming events visit www.renhotels.com/events.
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About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands:
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  
About Urgo Hotels & Resorts:
Urgo Hotels is a Bethesda, Maryland-based hotel company that develops, owns and/or operates 34 distinctive and unique hotels and resorts with an aggregate of more than 4,900 rooms in major markets and resorts in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The company develops, builds and operates for its own account, and provides third-party management and asset management services. For more information about Urgo Hotels and Resorts, please visit www.urgohotels.com.
Media Contacts:Patricia Nugent / Beatrice JimenezEric Mower + Associates212-284-9935 / 212-284-9940pnugent@mower.com / bjimenez@mower.comVictoria Hartvictoria.hart@marriott.com
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Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel Poised to be Crown Jewel of Emperors' City

Nanjing, China, January 19, 2016 – Marriott International today announced the opening of Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel, its first hotel in Nanjing, recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Renaissance Hotels is a highly acclaimed hotel brand appealing to next generation lifestyle business travelers who seek to discover unexpected cultural experiences with every trip. Under a long-term management agreement with Huatai Securities Co., Ltd., the 251-room Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel invites guests to enjoy their trips with inspiring discoveries in Nanjing, dubbed as “the City of Emperors” for being the capital city of several dynasties in ancient China.
Located in the Jianye district of Nanjing, Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel is at the heart of the Hexi central business district and adjacent to Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre as well as the Nanjing International Expo Centre. High-end shopping arcades and a variety of intriguing restaurants and bars are in the proximity, inspiring visitors to discover an unusual journey there. The hotel is merely about 12 kilometers from Nanjing South Railway Station, 16 kilometers from Nanjing Railway Station and 40 kilometers from Nanjing Lukou International Airport.
“Nanjing is strategically located in the booming Yangtze delta area and features a burgeoning economy. This juxtaposes with the city’s profound cultural heritage and makes it the perfect location for a Renaissance hotel. Renaissance Hotels is a global lifestyle hospitality brand that inspires its guests to discover unusual local experiences.  Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel is well poised to deliver such brand promises,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer of Marriott International, Greater China.
“As the first Marriott International hotel in Nanjing, we would like to enliven the senses of Renaissance Hotels in this historical city. Through our hotel, guests would be able to find something unconventional to help them discover genuine local experiences in Nanjing.  These may inspire them to think creatively, help them do their jobs better, or give them an anecdote they can take home or to their next meeting,” said Coco Wen, General Manager of Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel.
Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel captures the spirit of Wanderlust, the brand’s new global design philosophy reflecting a contemporary transformation to appeal to the next gen business traveler. The hotel has 251 tastefully appointed guestrooms including 19 suites that offer a full array of luxury facilities and amenities. All rooms are equipped with luxurious bedding, flat screen HD TV with connectivity panel for personal electronic devices, spacious work desk with ergonomic leather chair, high-speed internet access and Wi-Fi, mini-bar, full-size ironing board and iron, hair dryer, in-room safe, separate bath tub and rainforest shower, individual climate control and panel-controlled curtain.
The hotel provides several fascinating dining options that include Wan Li, an upscale Chinese restaurant with 18 private dining rooms, offering authentic Huaiyang cuisine and local gourmet delights at its best; Food Studio, an all-day dining restaurant with three private dining rooms and an outdoor dining area, features a sumptuous international buffet and a first-of-its-kind ice-cream maker imported from Italy with 12 diverse flavors of Movenpick ice-cream to pamper the sweet tooth; R Bar offers a variety of cocktails, local beer, fresh juices, coffee, locally inspired drinks and seasonal alcoholic concoctions; Pixie is the hotel patisserie that specializes in freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, cakes and brewed coffee; Club Lounge provides guests of executive floors with exclusive happy hour services.
The hotel offers over 2,300 square meters of dedicated event space on a single level and eight tech savvy meeting rooms. It also has a dedicated team to provide guests with Renaissance Hotels’ proprietary “R.E.N. Meetings” service. This service aims at advising customers on how to stage meeting the way they have always wished it could be.
For recreational facilities, the hotel has a 24-hour fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool and a spa. It also features Renaissance Hotels exclusive NAVIGATOR concierge program and its recognized entertainment program, known for bringing the very best of music, arts, culinary and more into each of the brand’s 160 hotels around the world.
About Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Hotels believes in defying business travel conventions for guests who crave unexpected experiences. Each of the brand’s 160 hotels, located in over 35 countries around the world, is unique and every stay offers unconventional programs that help business travelers discover rich, local experiences. We promise to feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of our guests who see their business trip as an exciting opportunity for new, interesting, and sharable experiences. We understand their desire to make the most out of every moment and we offer signature events in our lobbies, bars and lounges designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, mixology, gastronomy and more. Renaissance Navigators are neighborhood experts who are ready to assist guests in discovering true local flavors and activities. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting, rooted in creative sensory meeting design and custom-curated local Navigator excursions and networking events. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com. For upcoming events visit www.renhotels.com/events.
Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenHotels.
Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels.
Like us on Instagram www.instagram/RenHotels.
Follow us on YouTube www.youtube.com/RenHotels.
About Marriott InternationalMarriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  
About Huatai Securities Co., Ltd.,Established in 1991, Huatai Securities Co., Ltd. is a leading integrated securities group in China, with a substantial customer base, a leading e-Platform and a highly collaborative full-service business model. On February 26, 2010, it was listed at Shanghai Stock Exchange with the stock code of 601688. On June 1, 2015, its H Shares have been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited with the stock code of 6886. Huatai Securities is a top performer in the domestic securities industry in terms of both major financial and business parameters. Huatai Securities has the largest securities brokerage business and a leading e-Platform in China. It also has a leading comprehensive investment banking franchise and the top M&A advisory business. Huatai Securities also has one of the largest comprehensive asset management businesses in China’s securities industry with leading product innovation capabilities.
Currently Huatai Securities has controlling interests in 3 subsidiaries including Huatai United Securities Co., Ltd., Huatai Futures Co., Ltd., and Jiangsu Equity Exchange Co., Ltd. It has four wholly owned subsidiaries including Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited, Huatai Zijin Investment Co., Ltd., Huatai Innovation Investment Co., Ltd., and Huatai Securities (Shanghai) Asset Management Co., Ltd. It also has minority interests in China Southern Asset Management Co., Ltd., Huatai-PineBridge Fund Management Co., Ltd., Bank of Jiangsu Co., Ltd., GP Capital Co., Ltd. and E-Capital Transfer Co., Ltd.
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Marriott Hotels Announces Escape to SoCal Sweepstakes with Chance to Win 500,000 Marriott Rewards Points

Los Angeles, Calif., January 11, 2016 – Seventeen Southern California Marriott Hotels properties are celebrating the new year by giving members of Marriott Rewards a chance to win 500,000 Marriott Rewards points and escape the winter cold even faster.
Throughout the month of January, Marriott Rewards members who share a photo or video on Twitter or Instagram of the weather they want to escape using the hashtags #MRPoints and #EscapetoSoCalSweepstakes will be eligible to win. Marriott Rewards members can share a photo or video once daily during the sweepstakes period. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, 2016 to be included in the Sweepstakes random drawing of the winner.
With 500,000 Marriott Rewards points redeemable for free nights, the winning member can experience all that SoCal has to offer—from sun to sand, surfing to shopping, attractions to entertainment, and hiking/biking to golf, Marriott Rewards members can pursue their passions while traveling to this warm-weather destination.
Marriott Hotels participating in the sweepstakes include:Los Angeles Marriott Burbank AirportAnaheim MarriottLos Angeles Airport MarriottIrvine MarriottMarina del Rey MarriottManhattan Beach MarriottNewport Beach Marriott Hotel & SpaRenaissance Los Angeles Airport HotelTorrance Marriott Redondo BeachRenaissance Long Beach HotelNewport Beach Marriott BayviewVentura Beach MarriottCoronado Island Marriott Resort & SpaSan Diego Marriott Del MarMarriott Marquis San Diego MarinaSan Diego Marriott Mission Valley Costa Mesa Marriott
Guests can visit MarriottRewards.com to join Marriott Rewards and become eligible to participate in the sweepstakes. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy extra benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special deals only available when booking direct on a Marriott channel.About Marriott Rewards Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®. Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.
Photo Caption: Dreaming big in Southern California is easy … just step outside the door to unlimited experiences. Photo Credit: Marriott HotelsPress Contact:Narinder NagraMarriott InternationalWestern Region949-215-4654Narinder.Nagra@marriott.com
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Marriott International's Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Paris

November 14, 2015 – We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in Paris and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their loved ones and all those impacted.  At this time, all of our guests and employees have been accounted for and there has been no direct impact to our hotels. The safety and security of our guests and employees is always a top priority.  We will continue to monitor the situation.
Given the ongoing situation, we are sensitive to the potential impact on our guests.  As such, we are waiving cancellation fees for guests holding existing reservations at all 15 Marriott properties in Paris through November 28, 2015. Additionally, we are working with our group and special event customers on a case by case basis.
For reservation information please contact Marriott International global reservations at (800) 228-9290. Those in countries outside of the United States should contact the Marriott International toll-free number in their country. 

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Autograph Collection Hotels Receives 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards

Global Independent Hotel Collection Recognized as One of the Best in the World
Bethesda, Md., November 10, 2015 – Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels, has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, receiving sixteen of the Readers’ Choice Awards over an array of categories. The 28th annual awards rank the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 128,000 dedicated readers cast votes for over 5,000 hotels and resorts worldwide, with a select few being named to the coveted list. The awards, which appear in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. 
The prestigious accolades come on the heels of several recent additions to the collection, including Cotton House Hotel (Barcelona, Spain), Kameha Grand Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland), The Press Hotel (Portland, ME), The Envoy (Boston, MA), Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook (Birmingham, AL), Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston (Charleston, SC), among others. The Autograph Collection Hotels global portfolio consists of 93 hotels worldwide, bringing the brand even closer to welcoming its 100th property.
“We are thrilled that Condé Nast Traveler readers selected so many Autograph Collection properties as their top-choice hotels around the globe,” states Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection Hotels. “Not only is it an honor to receive so much recognition, we also see these results as a testament to the fact that the Autograph Collection Hotels brand has one of the best quality portfolios in the industry.”
Sixteen Autograph Collection Hotels have received honors in the following categories:
Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World: Hotel Park City, Park City, UT (#32)
Best Hotels in Las Vegas: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (#5)
Best Resorts in the United States: Hotel Park City, Park City, UT (#12)
Top 15 Hotels in Texas: Hotel Icon, Houston, TX (#8)
Top 15 Hotels in the Midwest: Raphael Hotel, Kansas City, MO (#8)
Top 15 Hotels in the West: Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, CO (#15)
Top 15 Resorts in Central and South America: Hotel Punta Islita, Islita Beach, Costa Rica (#5)
Top 20 Hotels in Florida: Casa Monica, St. Augustine, FL (#18)
Top 20 Hotels in France & Monaco: Boscolo Exedra Nice, Nice, France (#14)
Top 20 Hotels in Rome: Boscolo Exedra Roma, Rome, Italy (#9)
Top 20 Hotels in the Pacific Northwest: The Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane, WA (#19)
Top 20 Resorts in Canada: Algonquin Resort St. Andrews by-the-Sea, Saint Andrews, NB  (#14)
Top 25 Hotels in Central Europe: Boscolo Budapest, Budapest, Hungary (#22)
Top 30 Hotels in the South: Grand Bohemian Asheville, Asheville, NC (#24)
Top 30 Hotels in the South: Union Station Hotel, Nashville, TN (#29)
Top 30 Resorts in Europe: Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow, Ireland (#8)
About Autograph Collection HotelsAutograph Collection Hotels celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 90 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook.
About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle BrandsMarriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China.  Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline, representing over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Connect with jessica.berkin@marriott.com
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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Content Studio Takes "Two Bellmen" Film Series to Dubai

Two Bellmen Two Begins Shooting at The World’s Tallest Hotel – Stars Freida PintoBethesda, Md., November 10, 2015 – Tomorrow, November 11, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International’s Content Studio will begin production on Two Bellmen Two in partnership with Substance Over Hype, the second comedic, action-packed film following the success of the original Two Bellmen. 
Slated for a multiplatform premiere in January 2016, the studio’s fourth original short film will be shot on location at the tallest hotel in the world – JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. The story returns to follow bellmen Gage and Christian, played by Hollywood actors and stuntmen William Spencer (Spider-Man; Spider-Man 2) and Caine Sinclaire (NBC’s Grimm; How I Met Your Mother) respectively, as they race through the streets of Dubai to rescue a confidential presentation for the beautiful businesswoman Sandra, played by award-winning actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Planet of the Apes, Trishna). 
Other cast members include popular Dubai comedian Ali Al Sayed and actor Darin Toonder (June, Adrift; Flashback; Missed Connection). The movie also features a cameo from JW Marriott’s celebrity brand partner and event planner Colin Cowie, whose notorious attention to detail and high quality standards seen within the film reflect JW Marriott’s approach to service and design.  The film will showcase Dubai’s vibrant culture as a character in it’s own right, from glittering cityscapes to pristine beaches and more.
“Two Bellmen was conceived as a global franchise property and is just one way we are using storytelling to connect with next generation travelers, and it’s working,” said David Beebe, Vice President, Global Creative + Content Marketing for Marriott International.  “Our short films are creating raving brand fans and driving commerce for our hotels, and I’m excited to expand the franchise even further, particularly in a world filled with so many screens and marketing messages.  By becoming producers of content, our brands are on a mission to stop interrupting consumers, and instead use storytelling to reach them where they are already.”
Two Bellmen Two will have a global multiplatform premiere in early 2016 through a limited theatrical release, YouTube, Marriott.com and additional digital-platform rollouts, as well as via in-room and partner channels.  Plans to produce Two Bellmen Three are also in the works, to be shot on location at one of JW Marriott’s stunning properties in the Asia-Pacific region.
Two Bellmen, the debut film released by Marriott’s Content Studio in March 2015, has received over 5.1 million views to date.  Since its premiere, the studio has also unveiled French Kiss, which has been viewed more than 6.1 million times, and is currently in production on its third film in partnership with Renaissance Hotels, entitled Business Unusual.  
“With its breathtaking design and constant influx of global travelers, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is an inspired setting for creative content,” says Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management & Guest Experience at Marriott International. “Two Bellmen Two brings to life the JW Marriott luxury guest experience for viewers, and provides a fun and engaging way for the brand to connect with consumers on an emotional level.”
Two Bellmen Two begins with Sandra, a top executive traveling to JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai to give an important presentation at the Luxury Symposium hosted at the hotel.  Upon arrival, Sandra gives her young assistant, Reed, the USB drive featuring her presentation, only for him to lose it moments later.  Bellmen Gage and Christian notice that something is wrong and quickly pursue the limo where Reed absentmindedly left the USB behind.  Comedically maneuvering through the city of Dubai via horse, ATV, jetski, airboard, skateboard and more, they must escape the clutches of the “Bio Bots,” robots representing the dehumanization of personalized service, in order to return Sandra’s presentation before time runs out. 
The “Bio Bots,” played by the world’s top dancers and parkour athletes from Substance Over Hype who recently performed on NBC’s Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, wear futuristic suites designed in collaboration with James Springham of Legacy Studios, whose recent film work includes designs for The Avengers, Jurassic World, and Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book movie, with additional styling and vision added by stylist Candice Brittain.  The film is accompanied by a custom soundtrack, featuring music from Fingazz, Malakai, AMP Live and more.
“Two Bellman Two is a fantastic platform, not only to showcase JW Marriott Marquis Dubai ‘s elegant design and world-class service, but also the dynamic and diverse city in which it is located,” said Sandra Schulze, Senior Director, Brand Marketing & eCommerce for Marriott International, Middle East & Africa. “Thanks to our Content Studio and local talent like Ali Al Sayed, we are able to showcase one of the world’s most vibrant destinations through innovative content that will be well received both at home and abroad.”
The film was written by Daniel Malakai Cabrera and overseen by executive producers David Beebe and Sandra Schulze.  To watch the original Two Bellmen and for more information, visit www.twobellmen.com or follow the franchise on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About JW Marriott Hotels & ResortsJW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 76 JW Marriott hotels in 27 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
About Marriott International’s Content StudioLaunched in September 2014, Marriott’s Content Studio is dedicated to publishing, distributing and sharing digital content across multiple platforms and on all screens. To further the company’s focus on next-generation travelers and to drive new business, the studio aims to own original content marketing and to produce engaging content that builds worldwide communities of people passionate about travel that will drive commerce to the company’s hotels.
About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle BrandsMarriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Sanya, China.  Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 25 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline, representing over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.
Note on forward looking statements: The anticipated growth of Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio and the expected future hotel locations are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual numbers or locations of new hotels to be different. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them or any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Media Contacts:Jessica BerkinJW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations   jessica.berkin@marriott.com
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Mr. T Joins a New A-Team With Fairfield Inn & Suites®

TV Legend Stars as “Mr. Guaran-T” in New Video Series Featuring the Fairfield 100% Guarantee™
Bethesda, Md., November 11, 2015 – We pity the fool who doesn’t understand that in the hospitality business it’s everyone’s job to help guests stay amazing.  And in an effort to do so, guests need a guarantee that any issue that arises will be resolved on the spot.  Fairfield Inn & Suites® counts on an A-Team of associates across more than 750 hotels worldwide, who know how to get the job done right–every time.  Now they have a new colleague, TV legend and entrepreneur, Mr. T.  Known for his no-nonsense attitude, he is transformed from Mr. T to “Mr. Guaran-T” in a new video series which debuts today and features the Fairfield 100% Guarantee. Download image.
“I’m the enforcer!  You tell me what you need done and I make it happen.  That’s what guests expect and deserve from a great hotel brand and a great associate.” said Mr. T himself. “But even I had to learn a thing or two to put my muscle to work for hotel guests.  I guarantee you’ll have a laugh when you watch the videos and you’ll see for yourself why Fairfield Inn & Suites is the place to stay if you want 100% satisfaction from the moment you check-in until the time you check-out.”
[embedded content]According to a recent survey conducted by Fairfield Inn & Suites, frequent business travelers find more value in a seamless experience; therefore if an issue arises, they prefer a hotel associate to resolve the issue versus just offering compensation.  Additionally, 90% of leisure travelers reported that an overt satisfaction guarantee is required to instill confidence in the guest experience. In fact, this policy often influences consumer’s consideration and choice when booking travel.
“Our guests’ time and the quality of their experience are of the utmost importance to us. The Fairfield 100% Guarantee is a promise to our guests that they’ll be satisfied with their stay or we’ll make it right!,” said Shruti Buckley, vice president and global brand manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites. “Travelers want assurance that someone has their back while they are on the road, and we’re communicating our commitment to guest satisfaction in a unique way.  We look for amazing, multi-talented people to tell our story, which is why we’re thrilled to be working with Mr. T.  He gets us and understands our commitment to our guests.”
The video seriesowcases the transformation from rough-and-gruff Mr. T to a mild-mannered, service-oriented associate known as Mr. Guaran-T.  In the videos, Fairfield’s newest associate learns how to solve everyday guest needs with a little less muscle and a lot more heart.  The videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/Mr_Guaran-T and http://fairfield.marriott.com/guarantee.php
About Fairfield Inn & Suites by MarriottFairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is designed for today’s traveler who is looking to be productive on the road, whether for business or leisure. In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast, Fairfield Inn & Suites offers thoughtfully designed rooms and suites that provide separate living, working and sleeping areas. With more than 750 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and India, Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels participate 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 Fairfield Inn & Suites toll-free number at 800-228-2800, visit www.fairfieldinn.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/fairfieldinnandsuites or follow Fairfield at www.twitter.com/fairfieldhotels.
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