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St. Regis Hotels and Resorts Makes Glamorous Debut in China’s Coastal City of Qingdao

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Christopher Cypert

St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, part of Marriott International’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, today announced the debut of The St. Regis Qingdao. The highly anticipated opening marks the first Marriott International luxury brand hotel in the northeastern Shandong region. Strategically located in the landmark Haitian Center in the heart of historic Qingdao, the hotel is set to delight the city’s luminaries and tastemakers with its elegant design, refined craftsmanship and time-honored signature rituals.

“We are very excited to expand our luxury footprint to one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the region with the debut of the iconic St. Regis brand, bringing bespoke experiences curated for the most discerning travelers,” said Henry Lee, President, Greater China, Marriott International. “The opening of The St. Regis Qingdao ushers in a new benchmark of luxury hospitality in this dynamic city and underscores our commitment to continuously grow in Eastern China.”

Occupying the 58th to 78th floors of the 369-meter-tall Haitian Center, The St. Regis Qingdao is the tallest hotel in the region, enthralling guests with panoramic vistas of the Yellow Sea and picturesque coastal scenes. Within an hour’s drive from Qingdao Liuting International Airport, the hotel is adjacent to scenic Fushan Bay, the venue for the sailing competitions during the Beijing Olympics, and with views of iconic local landmarks such as Badaguan Cultural Architecture Centre and Qingdao International Sailing Centre.

Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, the renowned Singapore based interior design firm, LTW Designworks, subtly infused local Qingdao influences with St. Regis’ avant-garde aesthetic. This includes a crystal chandelier inspired by a legendary dress of golden thorns that Caroline Astor, mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV and doyenne of New York high society in the Gilded Age, wore to one of her famed Midnight Suppers. A brilliantly-lit grand staircase offers the perfect venue for the celebrated St. Regis tradition of sabering a bottle of champagne to mark the transition from day to night. The backdrop of the grand staircase is a 74-meter-high atrium art wall that reflects the delicate traces left on the beach by the ebb and flow of the Yellow Sea.

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St Regis Qingdao Ocean View King Suite
Christopher Cypert

The hotel features 233 guest rooms, including 30 luxury suites with spectacular ocean views. In each guest room, the bedside backplate features camellia motifs as an homage to the official flower of Qingdao, representing inspiration, integrity and romance. The bespoke amenities, design narratives and spectacular views combine to transport guests into a world of exquisite luxury and service. Guests will also enjoy the brand’s signature Butler Service, offering around-the-clock anticipatory service and ensuring that each guest’s stay is customized according to their tastes and preferences.

The St. Regis Qingdao also invites guests to embark on multi-sensory culinary journeys with exceptional presentations, memorable flavors and spectacular views at its five distinctive dining outlets. The Drawing Room, located on 59th floor, offers an indulgent Afternoon Tea along with panoramic seascapes. In spaces that combine contemporary chic with traditional charm, YAN TING serves authentic Cantonese cuisine featuring the freshest locally-sourced seafood. Social is an exciting all-day dining experience, featuring international delights at breakfast, along with fresh local seafood and western grill items on the lunch and dinner menus. The Carvery celebrates convivial dining in a classic New York steakhouse setting. In the evenings, guests are invited to The St. Regis Bar overlooking Qingdao city and its charming nightscapes to enjoy handcrafted cocktails. The signature St. Regis cocktail, the Bloody Mary, is given an intriguing new twist using essences of sparkling Qingdao beer, fresh local clams and fine sea-salt and aptly reintroduced as the “GáLa Mary”.

With a total of more than 2,000 square meters of dedicated event space, the hotel offers venues and facilities for iconic gatherings and meetings. The Astor Ballroom, covering an area of more than 900 square meters, is the perfect setting for celebrations, events, galas and talk-of-the-town wedding banquets. The St. Regis Qingdao also offers a bespoke wedding planner service to assist couples in planning their once-in-a-lifetime dream wedding.

The exclusive St. Regis Spa elevates the traditional spa visit into an enjoyable social occasion featuring five treatment rooms including the St. Regis Spa Suite, a private space for couples, families or small groups of friends to relax and enjoy bespoke treatment time together. The Celebration Bar is a joyous space of refined elegance serving the finest Champagne and effervescent cocktails. Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy the hotel’s well-equipped fitness center and indoor infinity swimming pool offering stunning views of the surrounding sea and sky.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the debut of The St. Regis Qingdao. As one of the most important destinations for business and leisure travelers in China, Qingdao now has a most iconic luxury landmark,” said Jennie Toh, Vice President, Brand Marketing and Management, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “We look forward to sharing Qingdao with guests through the lens of St. Regis’ signature glamorous spirit, sophistication and impeccable service when they visit the destination.”

For more information about The St. Regis Qingdao, please visit stregis.com/Qingdao.

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at more than 45 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. St. Regis is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott International, Inc
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,600 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 133 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Debuts in Colombia, Offering Upscale Living in the Heart of Bogotá

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Residence Inn by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announced today the opening of its newest property, Residence Inn by Marriott Bogotá. Marking Residence Inn’s debut in Colombia, the hotel is located at Calle 90 # 16-30, just a few steps from 93rd Street Park and in the middle of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan area in the Colombian capital.

Operated by oxoHotel — a company specialized in the conceptualization, development and operation of multi-brand and multi-segment accommodations — the new Residence Inn by Marriott Bogotá welcomes business and leisure travelers with upscale design and architecture that enhances the guest experience with open spaces to relax and live without constraints.

Residence Inn by Marriott Bogotá provides direct access to Chicó Market (Mercado del Chicó), an innovative gastronomic complex with more than 30 gastronomic offerings, located adjacent to the hotel, as well as to Bodytech Calle 90, one of the best medical sports clubs in Colombia.

“We are very pleased to introduce the Residence Inn by Marriott brand for the first time in Colombia,” said Diane Mayer, Vice President & Global Brand Manager of Classic Select Brands, Marriott International. “We’ve seen increased demand for longer stay brands that offer modern amenities, open room layouts and sophisticated design to spread out, recharge and maintain a healthy balance while on the road, whether for business or for fun. Travelers can make the most of their stay by choosing the Residence Inn by Marriott Bogotá.”

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Residence Inn Bogota
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The hotel offers 131 all-suite, flexible guest rooms including studios and one- or two-bedroom suites. Guests will feel right at home with separate areas for living and sleeping with plush bedding and linens, providing an intimate atmosphere that invites connection and productivity.

The hotel design makes use of organic materials and textures combined with warm colors, transition palettes, as well as textiles and ancestral Colombian goldwork that feature crisp and inspiring details, offering comfort the moment a guest enters the hotel lobby.

LONGER STAY
Designed for stays of five nights or more with maximum benefits in mind, Residence Inn stands out for its modern residential decor based on the idea of ​​‘travel the way you live.’ It is a concept where openness, freedom and love for life translate into personalized service and unrestricted experiences.

Fully equipped kitchens in each suite – complete with a refrigerator, cook top, microwave, dishwasher, residential-size appliances, and dishes and cookware – set the stage for home-cooked meals, paired with Residence Inn’s complimentary grocery delivery. Guests will also appreciate large in-suite workspaces with a well-lit desk, ergonomic seat and high-speed wireless internet access.

Residence Inn offers a wide variety of healthy and natural options on rotation for its daily complimentary breakfast, included in the room rate.

“We are delighted to open the first Residence Inn in Colombia in an area surrounded by impressive shops, restaurants and experiences that invite business and tourism. Each suite has been developed to create sensations of being close to home with personalized welcoming moments,” said Juan Carlos Galindo, CEO of oxoHotel. “With this opening, we are not only reaffirming our intention to offer enhanced experiences to our guests, but also to reignite tourism and new hotel projects in Colombia.”

About oxoHotel
oxoHotel is a company that provides solutions for the conceptualization, development and operation of multi-brand and multi-segment lodging services, with excellent hotel management capabilities and with the purpose of achieving the highest profitability for investors, guest satisfaction and the development of all the staff members’ potential. For more information on oxoHotel, visit: oxohotel.com, or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

About Residence Inn by Marriott
Residence Inn by Marriott is the global leader in the longer stays lodging segment with more than 850 properties in over 15 countries and territories. Guests have the freedom to travel the way they live with Residence Inn’s spacious suites featuring distinct living, working, and sleeping spaces. Travelers can maximize their time and thrive while on the road with fully equipped kitchens in each suite, grocery delivery service, 24/7 grab-and-go markets and complimentary breakfasts. The warm and inviting public spaces feature modern residential design allowing guests to feel right at home, paired with the added amenities of upscale hotel living. Residence Inn is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. For more information or reservations, visit residence-inn.marriott.com.

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Marriott International
+506 7011 4056
Zasha.PerezGarllardo@marriott.com

Orlando Gómez
Orlando Gómez Comunicaciones
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Orlando@orlandogomez.com

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W Hotels and Cercle to Host Livestreamed Concert by Monolink at a Castaway Island at W Maldives: Gaathafushi

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Gaathafushi Island at W Maldives

If you throw a concert in the middle of the Indian Ocean and there’s no one around to hear it, does it still make a sound? You bet it does. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today announces a collaboration with Cercle, the ground-breaking French media company known for filming and broadcasting music performances in the world’s most awe-inspiring places, to host an unforgettable live concert at Gaathafushi—the private castaway island at W Maldives. Streaming live on July 26, 2021*, the hour-and-fifteen-minute set will feature a performance by Berlin-based electronic musician Monolink with the island’s white sandy beach and turquoise lagoon serving as the stage.

“From our Sound Suite recording studios to our intimate Living Room stages and DJ booths, there is always live music happening at a W hotel somewhere around the world,” said Carly Van Sickle, Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing, W Hotels Worldwide. “For our next act, we’re excited to be collaborating with the visionaries at Cercle to celebrate the beauty and wonder of one of our most beautiful Escapes—W Maldives—through the power of music.”

Cercle has produced and livestreamed some of the most jaw-dropping musical performances ever filmed. From a hot air balloon above Cappadocia, Turkey and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt to Glacier 3000 in the Swiss Alps and Mont Saint-Michel island in France, Cercle productions have amassed millions of views online. At sundown on July 26th, Gaathafushi Island at W Maldives will join this list of iconic locations, becoming the first hotel to serve as the site of a Cercle show.

“Cercle is all about great aesthetics, culture, nature and music, values which are shared by W, making this collaboration a groundbreaking no-brainer. When two entities have the same goal and vision, everything flows and expectations are exceeded,” said Pol Souchier, Head of Communication at Cercle. “That’s why we wanted to collaborate with W Maldives and the resort’s magnificent Gaathafushi Island. It’s a location we’ve been eager to feature on Cercle, and with Monolink, an artist long-awaited on the channel, we’re thrilled to celebrate the power of music with our loyal fan base alongside W.”

Electronic singer-songwriter Monolink is known for combining melodic techno with dreamy guitar-led folk. His performance will be livestreamed via Facebook, Twitch, and Oculus Venues at 5pm UTC+5*. Cercle will then work their magic to release the official performance video on their YouTube channel in August, which will be broadcast at select W Hotels around the world. Monolink is also releasing a new single today—“Turning Away”—which is now streaming here and on a Cercle-curated playlist on the W brand’s Spotify channel.

This performance in paradise is meant to honor Gaathafushi, the remote island a stone’s throw away from W Maldives. Guests of the Escape can take a two-minute speedboat ride to the secluded beach and enjoy over 76,000 sq ft of tropical playground by swimming in the surrounding lagoon, indulging in a candlelit meal on the beach prepared by a private chef, or simply relaxing and stargazing under a thatched-roof hut. W Maldives also offers an Island Takeover package where guests can book the entire W Maldives property, including Gaathafushi, for the ultimate castaway island experience. The resort is also home to one of the best reefs in the destination with vibrant colors of the coral forest and captivating, diverse marine life right at guests’ doorsteps.

The music won’t stop once Monolink ends his set. Music is the heartbeat of every W hotel and guests of W Maldives can enjoy curated music across the property during pool parties and daily sunset spins by the only Music Curator in the Maldives, Jennifer Dons.

To see Monolink’s performance at W Maldives, watch live on Cercle’s Facebook @cerclemusic or Twitch @cerclemusic and relive the performance on Cercle’s YouTube channel. Stay up to date with the latest and find exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on Instagram at @whotels, @wmaldives and @cerclemusic. For more information, visit w-hotels.marriott.com and cercle.io.

*Date and time are subject to change due to inclement weather.

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for over two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with nearly 60 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Cercle
Cercle is a media company dedicated to promoting artists and venues through exceptional production in order to raise awareness around art, cultural heritage and great sceneries via two mediums: music and video. Every other Monday, one artist plays an hour-long set in a unique setting, followed by an interview via Facebook Live. Cercle has already collaborated with cultural destinations such as the Eiffel Tower, Château de Fontainebleau, Château de Chambord, Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck, Bourdelle Museum and more.

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Rose Gottwald
Marriott International
rose.gottwald@marriottluxurybrands.com

Alexandra Marín
SEQUEL
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Fairfield by Marriott Celebrates Its Brand Debut in Vietnam with the Opening of Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong

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Fairfield by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, today announced the opening of Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong, celebrating the brand’s debut in Vietnam. Located in the Binh Duong province and inspired by the beauty of simplicity and warm hospitality, the 181-room hotel delivers an inviting and seamless experience, poised to become the destination-of-choice for travelers in southern Vietnam.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Fairfield by Marriott to Vietnam with the opening of Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong,” said Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Marriott International. “The opening marks the fifth brand entry within Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio into the fast-growing country of Vietnam – a testament to our focus on bringing a diversified portfolio for different types of travelers. We look forward to expanding our portfolio further across Vietnam to offer new accommodations in attractive destinations.”

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Located in the one of the largest business parks in the province and home to almost 70 international manufacturing companies, Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong is an ideal base for local entrepreneurs and international business travellers. Guests who are looking to explore the destination can easily access popular tourist hotspots including Song Be Golf Resort, Dai Nam Tourist Complex and Hoi Khanh Pagoda. The hotel is within a 45-minute drive from the country’s commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City and 20-minute drive from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

“Fairfield by Marriott ensures that guests can count on The Fairfield Promise – from the hotel’s level of service to accommodations, if a guest is ever not satisfied with their stay, Fairfield will make it right,” said Diane Mayer, Vice President & Global Brand Manager for Classic Select Brands, Marriott International. “With the opening of Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong, we are very excited to introduce the warm hospitality of Fairfield to travelers in Vietnam.”

Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong features 181 spacious, modern and well-equipped rooms with separate work and rest areas. The property’s public spaces feature the “modern calm” aesthetic of the Fairfield by Marriott brand, which encompasses open layouts, multifunctional spaces and natural light. The hotel features two signature restaurants and bar. ORYZAA, the all-day dining restaurant, presents a fresh take on local Vietnamese delicacies and Western classics, featuring the first international breakfast buffet in the area and an à la carte menu of Asian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Guests who are looking to relax after a long day can enjoy cocktails by the poolside at The Pool Bar.

The hotel also features 120 square meters of function space, suitable for meetings, conferences and social events. Guests staying at Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong will have access to an array of amenities including an outdoor swimming pool and open-air pool bar. Guests can maintain their daily routines at the 24/7 fitness center and shop for daily essentials at The Market, a 24-hour convenience store in the hotel.

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“Fairfield by Marriott is a trusted choice for guests seeking a peaceful sleep, nutritious meals and warm service with a friendly smile. Not only is it an excellent option for business travelers, but Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong will also build a bridge between visitors and local residents, by encouraging the exploration of southern Vietnam’s authentic culture, cuisine and natural scenery,” said Sherman Almeida, Hotel Manager of Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong. “We look forward to welcoming business and leisure travelers to experience our warm hospitality and uplifting spaces.”

About Fairfield by Marriott
Fairfield by Marriott was founded on the principles of warm, trusted service and friendly hospitality inspired by its unique heritage as the namesake of the Marriott family retreat, the Fairfield Farm. Its contemporary, uplifting design provides an effortless experience for guests to maintain their routines while on the road. Evoking the feelings of calming simplicity, Fairfield offers thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites that provide separate quality living, working and sleeping areas. With over 1,150 properties in 13 countries and territories, Fairfield is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enrol for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. For more information or reservations, visit Fairfield.marriott.com .

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,600 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 133 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:
CUC VO (Ms.)
Assistant Marcom Manager
Fairfeld by Marriott South Binh Duong
T. +84.274 378 7300
M. +84 901 333 187
E. Cuc.Vo@marriott.com

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Unveils Its New Vision in China With the Opening of Sheraton Mianyang

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, today announces the opening of Sheraton Mianyang. The 342-room hotel will be the first fully transformed hotel in Asia-Pacific to bring to life the brand’s new vision as part of a worldwide transformation which focuses on design and experience signatures that foster community, gathering, and productivity in all areas of the hotel. Drawing on its roots as a gathering place for both locals and guests in communities around the world, the new approach for Sheraton creates an intuitive and holistic experience with places to connect, be productive, and bring a sense of belonging.

“Sheraton Mianyang provides a living and breathing showcase of our new vision for Sheraton, underscoring our commitment to well position the brand to meet demand of today’s travelers.” said Amanda Nichols, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. “The new hotel is part of a global reinvention journey currently being undertaken by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts to bring all of its properties in line with the new vision, which will showcase the brand’s new focus on services and design that enable socialization, productivity, and personalization, featuring collaborative venues and technology that enable unique experiences.”

Sheraton Mianyang is located in the heart of the Xianhai Scenic Area in Sichuan, a China national AAAA tourist attraction, which consists of 46 islands and stunning mountains. The magnificent natural landscape acts as a backdrop for the hotel, enabling guests to immerse themselves in nature by hiking in the mountains, and cruising and kayaking in the crystal-clear waters. Travelers can easily access the cosmopolitan city of Mianyang via a 40-minute train from Chengdu or a 40-minute drive from the Mianyang Nanjiao Airport and Mianyang Railway Station.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sheraton Mianyang to the Sheraton community and to celebrate it as the first hotel in China to embody all of the brand’s new signatures. This new hotel exemplifies our vision for the brand, underscoring our commitment to provide a sociable, productive, and personalized hotel experience, which Chinese travelers are looking for,” said Henry Lee, President, Greater China, Marriott International. “Within Greater China, Sheraton has the strongest footprint amongst the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, with more than 80 hotels throughout the country. We are committed to continue growing and transforming the brand with two new openings in Xi’an later this year.”

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Lobby at Sheraton Mianyang

A Modern-Day Community Hub
The lobby is at the heart of the guest experience at Sheraton Mianyang. The lobby has been re-imagined as the community hub of the hotel; a holistic, open space that invites people to join together or be alone amongst others, creating a sense of energy and belonging. With a flow that is natural, intuitive, and uncomplicated, guests have what they need within arm’s reach, all set against an inviting backdrop that feels warm and comfortable yet refined. Drawing inspiration to the hotel’s scenic surroundings, the design of the lobby incorporates elements of the Xianhai Scenic Area and the Sichuan bamboo, creating a connection to the local community. A dedicated Community Manager is a friendly face that is always on hand to help guests and locals with anything they need, while also delivering unique guest experiences through curated community programs and events.

Sheraton Mianyang features many of the signature elements of the new vision. This includes the Community Table, an inviting, purpose-built workspace that anchors the hotel’s lobby and allow guests to work, eat, and drink while soaking up the energy of the space. Following Sheraton’s philosophy to embrace both form and function, these tables are custom designed with amenities to keep guests productive, including built-in lighting, outlets, and charging stations.

The Studios, flexible gathering spaces available to book whenever a guest needs it, celebrate collaborative working and connecting with others in a less formal setting. Enclosed with glass, the tech-enabled Studios allow guests to contribute to the energy of the public space while also providing privacy and focus for everything from small group meetings to private dining experiences. The Booths are also strategically placed throughout the lobby, perfect for a spontaneous phone call to connect privately with friends, family, or colleagues from afar.

New Elevated Food & Beverage Experience
Built with its global, productivity-focused guest in mind, Sheraton Mianyang’s new elevated food & beverage offering creates a focal point in the lobby experience. Part bar, part coffee bar, part market, the &More by Sheraton is a central pillar of the new Sheraton vision, transitioning guests seamlessly from day to night with food & beverage options that are locally-sourced, easy to consume while working and customizable to accommodate all tastes and time schedules. Guests can enjoy a wide range of beverages ranging from freshly brewed artisanal coffees during the day to signature cocktails including Espresso Cappuccino Martini and Espresso-Tonic in the evening.

The hotel also features two additional restaurants and a bar, where guests are pampered with a wide array of local delicacies and international cuisines. The all-day dining restaurant Daily Social features a daily buffet with an impressive selection of international and regional culinary favorites, as well as a noodles station serving authentic Sichuan style and from other parts of China. YUE, Sheraton’s signature Chinese restaurant, specializes in authentic Cantonese cuisines and local Sichuan delicacies. The restaurant also features six spacious private dining rooms, all with panoramic views of the Xianhai lake, perfect for family gatherings and business dinners. Unspoken, is a curated, intimate bar that transitions from hidden to active from day to evening, serving creative cocktails and fine wine from all around the world.

Guestrooms & Club Lounge That Bolster Productivity
The new hotel offers 342 spacious and modern guestrooms and suites ranging from 41 to 240 square meters. In the guestrooms, guests are welcomed into a bright, well-lit space with warm, residential appeal, comprised of soft finishes and light wood tones. Most of the guestrooms and suites boast either a lake or mountain view from large French windows, with selected rooms featuring a large balcony to enable guests to stay rejuvenated. All guestrooms feature elements designed for productivity, such as a height-adjustable worktable, integrated power and charging, and layered lighting. The bathrooms are designed with modern walk-in showers and bath amenities by Gilchrist & Soames.

The Sheraton Club Lounge, an exclusive space for Marriott Bonvoy Elite members and Club level guests, offers an elevated experience in which guests are uplifted through meaningful productivity and a connection to the environment. The space is purposefully designed for a layered and engaging experience that transitions seamlessly with activations from morning to evening. Guests will find curated food and beverage offerings, premium amenities, enhanced connectivity, and 24/7 access to provide a private environment.

The Art of Meeting & Gatherings
Sheraton Mianyang features 1,200 total square meters of event space, including one grand ballroom and 5 meeting rooms. The 800 square meter grand ballroom features high ceilings and can accommodate up to 600 guests. The ballroom is connected to an outdoor lush green terrace, making it an ideal venue caters to large conferences, picture-perfect weddings and social gatherings in different size and scale. All venues are equipped with high-speed internet access and the state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities. Hotel’s dedicated event and catering team will ensure every activity that taking place is seamless and well success.

Leisure and Family Experiences that Create Long-Lasting Memories
Guests have access to an array of leisure facilities at the hotel, including the fitness center, which is equipped with the latest cardio and strength training equipment, a heated swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a sauna room. For family fun, Sheraton Mianyang is proud to offer a forest-themed outdoor children’s playground and an indoor kids’ club for a happy family vacation. Families can also take advantage of the Sheraton Side by Side program, offering activities that loved ones can do together helping them create long-lasting memories.

Guests staying at Sheraton Mianyang can enjoy a scenic hike and admire the enchanting landscape outside of the hotel. Apart from the magnificent natural surroundings, Mianyang is also the hometown of Li Bai, one of the greatest Chinese poets in the history. Guests can visit the poet’s Former Residence and immerse oneself in the architecture, statues, and paintings that depicts his life.

For more information on Sheraton Mianyang and reservations inquiries, please visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/migsi-sheraton-mianyang.

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., makes it easy for guests to feel part of something special at over 440 hotels in 70+ countries and territories around the world. As the most global brand within Marriott International’s portfolio sitting at the center of hundreds of communities around the world, Sheraton has a rich heritage in creating a sense of belonging for guests, wherever they are in the world. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is currently undergoing a major brand transformation at properties around the world to bring its signature community experience up-to-date for the next generation of travelers. The new vision for Sheraton features intuitive design, tech-forward experiences and upgrades to everything from guest rooms to F&B. To learn more, visit www.sheraton.com. Stay connected to Sheraton on Facebook, and @sheratonhotels on Twitter and Instagram. Sheraton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy™, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

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Marriott Bonvoy Brings Two Distinctive Well-Being Experiences to Anaheim with the Debut of The Westin Anaheim Resort & Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center

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Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands, award-winning travel program and endless experiences, continues to propel its footprint in Anaheim, California with the opening of The Westin Anaheim Resort and Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center.

As the global hospitality leader in wellness for more than a decade, Westin’s newest outpost in Anaheim boasts state-of-the-art amenities for well-being and relaxation, just steps from Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park. Just three blocks away, Element by Westin®’s newest longer stay property is designed with a focus on sustainability and well-being, ideal for families and groups who want to maintain a balanced lifestyle while traveling. The two hotels are debuting on the heels of last summer’s opening of the nearby JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort and add to Marriott Bonvoy’s growing portfolio of 30 hotels in Anaheim, a destination built on imagination.

“SoCal is looking brighter than ever and as summer travel picks up, we’re thrilled to be able to welcome guests to The Westin Anaheim Resort and Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center – two distinctly unique experiences rooted in well-being,” said Jason Nuell, Senior Vice President, Premium Brands, Marriott International. “The new hotels seamlessly balance the excitement of the destination with the wellness promise that each brand is known for, giving mindful travelers new ways to experience Anaheim. With these two new openings, we’re excited to continue to expand Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio footprint in the destination in order to provide travelers with even more opportunities for meaningful connections and moments of self-discovery.”

The Westin Anaheim Resort Debuts as a Haven of Well-Being in the Heart of the Iconic California Destination

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The Westin Anaheim Resort

With the essence of the hotel’s heritage and design rooted in Anaheim’s citrus history, the newly built AAA Four-Diamond Westin Anaheim Resort occupies eight lush acres and features a modern design inspired by Anaheim’s historic orange grove roots. This latest hotel features 618 stylish guest rooms including 121 suites, a resort-style heated outdoor pool with five private cabanas, and seven signature restaurants and bars, including Anaheim’s only exclusive rooftop bar overlooking Disneyland® Resort.

The brand’s signature 2,860-square-foot WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment including Peloton bikes, TRX functional training equipment and the Westin brand’s new bespoke Hypervolt recovery station, as part of a first-ever hotel partnership with Hyperice in order to support a 360-degree well-being regimen. The hotel offers additional signature well-being programs and amenities including a Sleep Well Lavender Balm bedside amenity, a curated Sleep Well Menu, RunWESTIN™ three- and five-mile running routes, Heavenly® bath amenities and streamlined clutter-free meeting workstations.

The Westin Anaheim Resort’s Family programs were designed to ignite wonder and spark curiosity. At check in, children will be welcomed with a Westin Family Travel Journal, a Local Activity Guide full of engaging activities for kids and special resort plush toy. Additionally, the hotel features 23 meeting rooms totaling 47,542 square feet of customizable and high-tech meeting space including a 16,120-square-foot grand ballroom.

Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center Offers a New Way for Travelers to Relax, Refresh and Connect

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Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center
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Element Hotels has redefined the longer stay experience with a design philosophy that encourages guests to recharge and find focus. This approach is seen throughout the 174-room Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center, located at 1600 South Clementine Street. Guest rooms at the longer-stay, eco-friendly hotel feature the brand’s signature fully equipped kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms, along with Heavenly® Beds, high-speed Wi-Fi and streaming services. The Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center features an assortment of suites, including family-friendly Kids Suites which offer bunk beds.

Element Hotels aims to inspire guests to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while on the road by offering a complimentary Rise breakfast every morning featuring a make-your-own parfait yogurt station, a fresh range of whole fruits and other healthy options. Those looking to keep up with their fitness routine can enjoy the 900-square-foot Motion Fitness center, open 24/7. Additional hotel amenities include a heated outdoor saline pool, an outdoor patio complete with seating and two barbecue grills, a 24/7 Market and complimentary bike rentals through Element’s signature Bikes to Borrow program.

Guests visiting any of these hotels can enjoy the advantages of Marriott Bonvoy’s award-winning loyalty program where members enjoy exclusive benefits including free Wi-Fi, member-only rates and contactless experiences with the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app, achieve elite status recognition and earn points toward free nights at the more than 7,600 properties around the world and more than 30,000 premium home rentals with every qualifying stay.

For more information on these new openings and Marriott Bonvoy, enroll in the loyalty program for free, or to book directly, visit MarriottBonvoy.com.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, hospitality’s global leader in wellness for more than a decade, empowers guests to transcend the rigors of travel while on the road through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well. At 225 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories guests can experience wellness offerings that include the brand’s iconic and award-winning Heavenly Bed, a game-changing gear lending program, TRX fitness equipment in the signature WestinWORKOUT™ Fitness Studios, delicious and nutritious menu offerings, and more. Stay connected to Westin on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Westin is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy™, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Element by Westin®
With more than 70 hotels across North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific, Element Hotels is designed for today’s healthy, active traveler who wants to maintain the balance of daily routines while on the road. Offering many of the comforts of home, Element caters to those looking to stay both short and long-term. All hotels have an outdoor-inspired, sustainability-focused design philosophy and feature spacious and airy guest rooms with in-room kitchens, spa-inspired bathrooms, and signature Heavenly® Beds. The brand’s signature amenities include a complimentary healthful Rise breakfast and a Relax evening reception. Always prioritizing guest wellness, all hotels are equipped with 24/7 Motion Fitness centers, all-natural saline pools and a Bikes to Borrow program. Further increasing flexibility and convenience for small groups, Element now offers Studio Commons, a one-of-a-kind room concept with private communal space to cook, convene, or relax together. For more information, visit www.elementhotels.com and follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Element is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.com.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide that cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers who come seeking experiences that help them be fully present, foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott Bonvoy
Marriott Bonvoy is the award-winning travel program for Marriott International’s portfolio of 30 hotel brands, vacation home rental offering, all-inclusive resorts and hundreds of thousands of experiences. Members can earn and redeem points for stays and more, accelerating the points they earn with co-branded credit cards. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive perks including free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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The Luxury Collection® and Designer Mercedes Salazar Unveil Homeware Collection

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The Luxury Collection announces their second collaboration with renowned designer and Global Explorer Mercedes Salazar, unveiling her first homeware collection with the brand. Inspired by her travels to North Island in the Seychelles, one of the newest additions to The Luxury Collection portfolio, Mercedes has created a vibrant, eye-catching collection of pieces for the home. Designed exclusively for The Luxury Collection, the items range from parrot placemats to cockatoo bread baskets and are available for retail beginning July 2021.

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Mercedes Salazar x The Luxury Collection: North Island

Mercedes Salazar x The Luxury Collection: North Island is inspired by the Seychelles’ bold colors and diverse wildlife. Each piece brings to life the authentic island experience, specifically drawing inspiration from the native Aldabra giant turtles, parrots and white-tailed tropicbirds. The hue-driven- collection is centered around the natural surroundings of North Island; bold pinks, blues, greens, and oranges reflect the exotic landscapes, fruits, and flowers on the island. Wicker candlesticks, vases, placemats, and baskets create a cohesive novelty piece for the home, reminiscent and reflective of the “barefoot luxury” of the North Island villas.

“The Luxury Collection’s hotels and resorts are all such unique destinations and North Island is another example of exceptional harmony between the property and its surroundings,” said Mercedes Salazar. “The island is incredibly rich in biodiversity, and The Luxury Collection is able to showcase the destination’s commitment to preserve and cultivate the nature surrounding the hotel. From the vibrant colors of the flora and fauna to the prints inspired by the exotic animals, North Island and its culture have a natural sense of authenticity – which I aimed to reflect in these new homeware pieces.”

Much like The Luxury Collection, Mercedes is appreciative of the natural world and strives to include it in her continual journeys. She has the enviable capacity to absorb immersive aspects of culture, with a true understanding possessed by a Global Explorer,” said Philipp Weghmann, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Her contagious wandering spirit and deep comprehension of what it means to be a world traveler make her an incredible partner to translate these experiences into products that can be enjoyed at home every day.”

Mercedes Salazar x The Luxury Collection: North Island will launch in July and will be available for purchase on www.luxurycollectionstore.com, www.mercedessalazar.com, and at select Luxury Collection properties including North Island, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seychelles. The collection will range in price from $33 to $385 USD.

About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of nearly 120 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 35 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in Marriott BonvoyÔ, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Mercedes Salazar
Mercedes Salazar is a global brand with a wide product portfolio, offering contemporary jewelry, fashion and home accessories handmade by master artisans in Colombia. The company is currently present in more than 300 stores across the Americas, Europe, UK and Asia, and distributes worldwide through www.mercedessalazar.com

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Marriott International Opens 70th Property in Japan

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Marriott International today celebrates another milestone in Japan with the opening of the company’s 70th property in the country, Aloft Osaka Dojima. With this opening, Marriott International continues its solid growth in Japan as the hotel chain with the most brand offerings. The company has 70 properties across 18 brands in 21 prefectures including major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, as well as other lesser known gems like Tochigi, Gifu and Wakayama. With a pipeline of over 30 additional hotels, including three hotels expected to open later this year, the portfolio is poised for continued growth in Japan.

“Expanding our presence and bringing more brands and experiences to Japan has been a priority for us,” said Rajeev Menon, President, Marriott International Asia-Pacific (excluding Greater China). “We remain confident in the future of travel and look forward to welcoming both domestic and international guests with new and exciting travel choices when they are able to travel again.”

Select-Service and Collection Brands Continue to Grow in Japan
The opening of Aloft Osaka Dojima, Marriott International’s 70th property in Japan, is emblematic of its select-service brand category growth in the country, with the number of open hotels nearly tripling since 2019. The brands in the category such as Fairfield by Marriott, Courtyard, Aloft Hotels, and Moxy Hotels to name a few, offer distinct value for travelers with streamlined services and amenities, paired with casual, convenient dining options and warm hospitality — all at an approachable price point. The new Aloft property is centrally located at the crossroads of entertainment, shopping, dining and business in Osaka. In addition to vibrant urban centers, many of the select-service hotels are opening in Japan’s lesser known areas and are expected to offer easy and comfortable stays for travelers exploring less traveled, yet attractive locations.

The “Michi-no-eki” portfolio – which now comprises thirteen Fairfield by Marriott hotels in prime locations near roadside rest stations in Japan – is a key driver of growth in the select service category in the country. Earlier in 2021, five Fairfield by Marriott hotels opened across picture-perfect destinations including Odai in Mie, Minamiyamashiro in Kyoto, Nikko in Tochigi, Kushimoto in Wakayama, and Susami in Wakayama. Later this year, an additional new Fairfield by Marriott hotel is slated to open with the arrival of Fairfield by Marriott Gifu Takayama Shokawa. The new hotels are situated close to national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, providing guests a gateway to secluded destinations and local gems across the country.

This summer, the highly anticipated opening of Japan’s fourth Moxy Hotel, Moxy Kyoto Nijo is expected to add a stylishly playful twist to Kyoto’s bar and social scene, celebrating youthful nonconformity, open-mindedness, and originality above all. Located in the Kyoto Nijo historic district near the World Heritage site of Nijo Castle, it is set to be a buzzing new location to play and explore.

The recently opened Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is the Tribute Portfolio brand’s second property in the country, and welcomes guests from near and far to craft their own story and live like a local on a journey of exploration in picturesque Kyoto.

Luxury Brands Continue Remarkable Momentum in 2021 and Beyond
Earlier this year Marriott International celebrated the opening of Japan’s very first W hotel with the arrival of W Osaka, which brought the brand’s singularly bold attitude and a playground of new possibilities to the city’s already-vibrant hospitality scene.

The iconic lifestyle luxury brand EDITION will further expand with the expected opening of The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza later this year. The hotel is slated to be the second EDITION property in Japan following The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, which opened in 2020.

“We are gratified to see the strong growth of Marriott International in Japan, and appreciate the confidence of our owners and franchisees in our vision for the future of hospitality in the country,” said Karl Hudson, Area Vice President, Japan and Guam, Marriott International. “Like us, our owners believe that the future of travel lies in providing what travelers truly want, based on lifestyles, interests and preferences. Marriott’s strong and differentiated portfolio of brands cater to the individual requirements of travelers, and this is how our guests know they can count on us to provide what they want, wherever they may travel to.”

With today’s announcement, Marriott International is well-positioned in Japan with 70 hotels across 18 distinct brands, aimed at serving differentiated experiences across traveler segments. The brands currently operating in Japan include: JW Marriott, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton and Ritz-Carlton Reserve, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, and EDITION in the luxury segment; Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Autograph Collection, Tribute Portfolio, and Renaissance in the premium segment; Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield by Marriott, Aloft Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, and Moxy Hotels in the select service segment.

Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of United States federal securities laws, including expected hotel openings, future expansion, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. Marriott International (“we”) caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including those we identify below and other risk factors that we identify in our U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K. Risks that could affect forward-looking statements in this press release include the duration and scope of COVID-19, including the availability and distribution of effective vaccines or treatments; its short and longer-term impact on the demand for travel, transient and group business, and levels of consumer confidence; actions governments, businesses and individuals have taken or may take in response to the pandemic, including limiting, banning, or cautioning against travel and/or in-person gatherings or imposing occupancy or other restrictions on lodging or other facilities; the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response to the pandemic on global and regional economies, travel, and economic activity, including the duration and magnitude of COVID-19’s impact on unemployment rates and consumer discretionary spending; the ability of our owners and franchisees to successfully navigate the impacts of COVID-19; the pace of recovery when the pandemic subsides; general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the effects of steps we and our property owners and franchisees have taken and may continue to take to reduce operating costs and/or enhance certain health and cleanliness protocols at our hotels; the impacts of our employee furloughs and reduced work week schedules, our voluntary transition program and our other restructuring activities; competitive conditions in the lodging industry and in the labor market; relationships with customers and property owners; and the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press 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 Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,600 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 133 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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The Luxury Collection Debuts in Hungary with the Opening of Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest

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Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest
GEORGE FAKAROS – VISION REQUIRED

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, today announced the opening of Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest. Owned by Özyer Group, this iconic opening marks The Luxury Collection’s debut in Hungary. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Matild Palace has undergone a meticulous five-year transformation led by award-winning interior designer Maria Vafiadis and acclaimed local architects Péter Dajka and Puhl Antal to become a 130-guestroom luxury hotel.

At the helm of the interiors, Maria Vafiadis, founder of MKV Design, ensured the next chapter of the building honored its Hungarian heritage through stunning décor that reflects the hotel’s remarkable location in the heart of Budapest, just a stone’s throw from the Danube. The spectacular design celebrates the building’s famed past as a thriving social destination in the city, while creating a modern elegant ambience for discerning locals and global explorers alike to create enduring, treasured memories.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone moment in the growth of The Luxury Collection brand with the opening of Matild Palace, a hotel that will define the destination of Budapest,” said Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection. “The property allows our guests to realize the fantasy of living within in a royal palace, elevated with modern amenities and impeccable service, and we look forward to welcoming them as they discover this timeless and inspiring city.”

An Icon Returns
Steeped in history, Matild Palace was built 120 years ago during the Belle Époque era and was developed under the patronage of Her Imperial and Royal Highness Maria Klotild of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to serve as the social hub of the city. Matild Palace was part of her vision to create two baroque palaces, acting as a gateway to those entering the ‘Pest’ side of the city from Elisabeth Bridge.

A True Epicurean Destination by Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck will oversee all dining operations at Matild Palace bringing a new era of gastronomy and entertainment to the city. His renowned restaurant Spago by Wolfgang Puck marks the debut of the Beverly Hills dining phenomenon in Hungary. The menu will offer traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist through recipes inspired by the produce of the region.

The iconic chef will also oversee culinary offerings at The Duchess rooftop bar opening next month, a secret liquor library, as well as Matild Café and Cabaret, opening in September, which is a dramatic re-imagination of the most popular address for the high society of the Belle Époque era.

Spago and Matild Café & Cabaret will both offer year round outdoor dining on the charming streets of Budapest, marking the first ‘gastro street’ in the city.

Signature Guestrooms and Palatial Suites

Matild Palace offers an exceptional choice of 111 elegantly appointed guestrooms and 19 suites, with many providing spectacular views of the city or the Danube River. The four guestroom categories each take inspiration from The Duchess’s exuberant lifestyle and early 20th century Budapest. Each bedroom is over four meters in height and celebrates Hungarian culture throughout with delicately handcrafted headboards, traditional fishbone parquet floors and lavish spa-style bathrooms inspired by the iconic thermal baths of Hungary. A thoughtful color palette of teal, green, gold, and copper decorates the rooms, reflecting the hues of the iconic Budapest roofscape. The hotel offers many connecting family rooms for multi-generational city breaks.

For a truly unique stay, the Loft Guestrooms, located at the rooftop of the property, provide endless views either across the city or the Danube River through large, sloping windows. The eclectic mix of contemporary design with colorful vintage furnishings and art captures the eye of creatives and is a nod to The Duchess’s artisan friends who used to frequent the palace.

Crowning the palace with its fifth-floor location, The Crown Tower Suite is split across three floors and is the first suite in Hungary to come with a 48-meter-high dedicated tower boasting 360-degree views of the city. Regal elegance is epitomized in the Maria Klotid Royal Suite, designed as a modern interpretation of the Duchess’s private suite, featuring a spacious master bedroom, bathroom, living room and separate study, decorated with elegant chandeliers and handmade glass mosaics.

Wellness and Relaxation
Swan Spa at Matild Palace features a Hungarian-influenced wellness experience with traditional thermal therapy and Hammam rituals designed to awaken guests’ senses. Complete with a salt and steam room the spa will exclusively offer ESPA products for all spa treatments. For those looking to keep active, there is also a fully equipped state-of-the-art gym.

Exceptional Meeting and Event Spaces
With the hotel’s grand architecture providing the perfect backdrop, Matild Palace is poised to handle all occasions from business meetings to special events. Guests can put their minds at ease with dedicated planning experts, the culinary direction of Wolfgang Puck and the latest audio-visual equipment on hand to make sure every experience will be truly memorable.

Rates start from 450 EUR per room, per night and includes breakfast. For more information or to book a stay, please visit https://www.marriott.com/matild-palace.

About Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest
Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest joined The Luxury Collection, Marriott Bonvoy’s celebrated brand. Commissioned by the forward-thinking Arch Duchess of Hungo-Austria Empire, the Palace offers a distinctive ambience representative of its Hungarian heritage, which runs beautifully through its core and is unmistakable from the moment guests step in through the front doors. The property has undergone an extensive restoration, and the interiors are designed by award-winning MKV Design, which celebrates a charming, contemporary style with a nod to the property’s past narrative. Today, the hotel is committed to inspiring guests with its rich history, culture, and epicurean excellence. This iconic palace, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, will offer 111 guestrooms and 19 suites. The property also comes complete with an exclusive rooftop liqueur garden with magnificent views of the city, Hungarian thermal bath inspired spa, and three unique dining concepts created through a culinary partnership with world-renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck. Located in the heart of Budapest and just a stone’s throw from the Danube, Matild Palace combines luxurious surroundings with authentic experiences, and serves as the most spectacular gateway to exploring the magic of Budapest. For more information visit www.matildpalace.com

About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of nearly 120 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 35 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

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More than Words: W Hotels Celebrates Pride 2021 with a Summer Book Club, Amplifying Queer Authors and Narratives

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You can lose yourself in a good book, but you can see yourself in a great one. W Hotels, a champion of inclusivity since its inception, today announces the them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club, a collaboration with them., the next-generation media platform that provides news and commentary through the lens of today’s LGBTQ+ community. By harvesting the power of storytelling, W Hotels and them. hope to bring further attention to queer authors and audiences by shining their collective spotlight on three moving literary titles throughout the summer of 2021.

“Whether through original music, digital art, or dancing in the streets at parades around the world, W Hotels has honored Pride with artists of countless mediums over the years,” said Carly Van Sickle, Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing, W Hotels Worldwide. “This year—in light of smaller gatherings—we wanted to celebrate Pride with anyone, anywhere, who would like to connect through the written word. Together with the incredible team at them., we are excited to support three talented authors with our LGBTQ+ guests and fans.”

The them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club will bring together leading authors, activists, and creatives to dive into outstanding recent LGBTQ+ novels and nonfiction works. From the most unique gay bars on Earth to tight-knit queer communities in the unlikeliest of places, readers are invited to take an inspiring tour of the various ways queer people come together and exist in our world today. From June through August, them. will announce the monthly book selection on Instagram and invite all to read along and share their thoughts throughout the month. Guests at select W hotels across North America can request a copy of the book to borrow during their stay simply by calling Whatever/Whenever™ and mentioning the them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club selection of the month.

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The inaugural book is Real Queer America by Samantha Allen, a transgender reporter’s narrative road trip that shines a light on unexpectedly vibrant LGBTQ+ communities in conservative states across the country, introducing readers to extraordinary individuals fighting for change. All book club members are invited to pick up a print or digital copy and read alongside Book Club Ambassadors, influential members of the queer community who have been chosen by W Hotels and them. to share their personal interpretations of what they’re reading. A book review will be written and published by them. and readers can share their thoughts using #whotels.

“We are so proud to be collaborating with W Hotels to put the power of LGBTQ+ storytelling into the hands of people everywhere. Through this book club, we hope readers feel the spirit of Pride all summer long and beyond—no matter where they are,” said Whembley Sewell, Editor-in-Chief, them. “The selections from LGBTQ+ authors in this series are sure to uplift, inspire, and inform —representing the beauty and promise of a more inclusive future. As you—guests and members of them‘s community—read along, be sure to share connections and reactions to these incredible stories.”

For more information visit the theangle.whotels.com and join the conversation on Instagram @whotels @them #whotels.

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for over two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with nearly 60 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About them.
Them., a next-generation community platform, chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from pop culture and style to politics and news, all through the lens of today’s LGBTQ+ community.

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