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Marriott International Announces Three-Year Growth Plan

Marriott ·18 March 2019
Marriott will outline its plan to add between 275,000 and 295,000 rooms by 2021, supported by the strength of its record 478,000-room pipeline, including roughly 214,000 rooms already under construction. Marriott will disclose that its new room openings during this period could contribute $400 million in fee revenue in 2021 and $700 million annually when stabilized. The company's three-year growth plan assumes, but does not forecast, comparable hotel revenue per available room (RevPAR) growth of 1 and 3 percent, compounded annually."Starwood has made us a more formidable competitor, providing a more valuable loyalty program, brands with strong appeal to loyalty members and owners, talented associates, terrific locations, particularly in the fast-growing Asia Pacific region, significant cost synergies and meaningful scale," said Arne Sorenson, Marriott International president and chief executive officer. "We launched our newly branded loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy, just last month. The program reached 125 million members as of year-end 2018 adding roughly 50,000 members per day."Given the assumptions for its three-year plan, the company could produce the following results:Diluted earnings per share of $7.65 to $8.50 by 2021, a compound growth rate of 11 to 15 percent over 2018 adjusted results;Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) increasing by 6 to 9 percent compounded, with net income increasing by 5 to 8 percent compounded, each compared to adjusted results in 2018;Cash available for shareholders could total $9.5 to $11 billion for the three years (2019 through 2021);Shareholders could see $1.9 to $2 billion in dividends, assuming a continued 30 percent payout ratio, and $7.6 to $9 billion in share repurchases over the three-year period.Marriott's growing pipeline of new hotels is fueled by the strong profitability of its hotels, the broad selection of powerful brands available for development, its rich loyalty program, lower costs from the company's meaningful scale, and the strong confidence of its owners and franchisees. The company will disclose that 70 percent of its portfolio of open and signed pipeline projects is held by owners with multiple Marriott properties, and roughly one-third is held by owners with ten or more Marriott branded hotels. Marriott's development pipeline reflects an increasing number of legacy-Starwood branded hotels. Since the merger date, the pipeline of legacy-Starwood brands has increased nearly 25 percent to represent nearly one-third of the legacy-Starwood portfolio's system size.The company will also discuss its success improving the Sheraton brand. With more than 155,000 rooms, Sheraton is the company's most geographically diverse brand and the company's third largest brand globally measured in both rooms and fees. The brand contributes significantly to Marriott's overall scale and effectively reduces costs for all the hotels in Marriott's worldwide system. More than one-quarter of Sheratons are already under renovation or committed to a renovation. In 2018, Marriott launched a new Sheraton brand strategy, guest room prototype and design approach, and just a week ago, unveiled the new Sheraton logo, signaling change to owners, operators, guests and Sheraton associates. Since the acquisition, Sheraton's RevPAR index has improved to over 100."Our new three-year plan, with Starwood fully integrated, demonstrates how our fee-based, asset-light business model generates even stronger and more sustainable cash flows. This allows us to invest profitably in our core business at high rates of return and also return significant amounts of capital to shareholders," said Leeny Oberg, Marriott International's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Our proven business model combined with opportunities to leverage our significant scale from the Starwood acquisition uniquely position us for additional shareholder value creation."Marriott will provide a live webcast of today's investor and security analyst conference. The live webcast will be available for investors on March 18, 2019 from approximately 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time in the U.S. Slides and video from the meeting will be provided through a live webcast via Marriott's investor relations web site. The slides contain financial models for the three-year period, including estimates of net income, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) and cash from operations, as well as non-GAAP financial measure reconciliations for those estimates as appropriate. Copies of slides will be available for download at approximately 8:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Those wishing to access the webcast should log into http://www.marriott.com/investor, and click on the Security Analyst Meeting link under the "Recent & Upcoming Events" tab. Presentation materials from the meeting and the webcast replay will be available online after the meeting as well.

Racing Fans Finish First as Marriott International Extends Marketing Partnership With Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Marriott ·14 March 2019
For the upcoming F1 season, beginning March 17, Marriott International is revving up and expanding its marketing partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. The big winners will be the members of Marriott's newly renamed travel program Marriott Bonvoy, which replaced Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)."Our marketing partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team will give Marriott Bonvoy members, many of whom are fans of the team, the opportunity to pursue their passion for the sport," said Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer, Marriott International.Among some of the money-can't-buy experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments - the travel program's experiential platform - that members will be able to bid on with their Marriott Bonvoy points are:Spending the night on the exclusive Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport luxury yacht during the Monaco Grand Prix and enjoying full hospitality during race weekend.Being chauffeured by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to the circuit on race day.Being driven around the track in a high-performance Mercedes-AMG car by a professional driver during race weekend.Learning the ropes from the experts themselves in the Pit Stop Challenge.These Marriott Bonvoy Moments will be in addition to other member experiences, including behind the scenes access with the team over Grands Prix weekends for the ultimate fan selfie, where drivers, media and celebrities hang out, visits to the team garage, and prime viewing venues and other experiences at races throughout the season."We are delighted to expand our marketing partnership with Marriott International", said Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. "We can already look back on a very successful seven years together, but now we're taking our marketing partnership to a whole new level. The extension proves that Formula One keeps growing as a marketing platform for leading global brands who want to further strengthen their brand awareness and value. In addition to access to a huge, global audience, F1 offers the possibility to deliver unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to partners and their customers thanks to the equally exciting and exclusive nature of the sport. We are pleased to be delivering those experiences to Marriott Bonvoy members."The new agreement not only extends the marketing partnership of seven years, but also significantly expands it. For example, going beyond typical meet and greets to creating opportunities for members to spend time with the drivers in relaxed and luxurious environments.Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Marriott Bonvoy will become the racing team's "Official Hotel Loyalty Program," while The Ritz-Carlton, one of Marriott's luxury brands, will become the team's first ever "Official Hotel Partner." Logos for Marriott Bonvoy and The Ritz-Carlton will appear on the racing suits of the drivers Hamilton and Bottas, whilst Marriott Bonvoy will be the team's first partner brand on the car's halo. The Ritz-Carlton will bring its legendary service to the team's premium at-track VIP hospitality space, the Silver Arrows Lounge, which will be called The Ritz-Carlton Silver Arrows Lounge in select markets. And amongst wider marketing initiatives, Marriott Bonvoy and The Ritz-Carlton brand will bring the partnership to life for guests through social media, in-room TV and Marriott Bonvoy Traveler - the company's popular digital magazine.About Mercedes-AMG Petronas MotorsportMercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is the works Formula One Team of Mercedes-Benz, competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship - the pinnacle of world motorsport and the largest annual sporting series in the world.Based at two world-class technology campuses in the UK, the team designs, develops, manufactures and races the race cars and Hybrid Power Units driven by five-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and race-winning team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Formula One is a uniquely demanding technical and human challenge, requiring the right alchemy of cutting-edge technologies, high-performance management and elite teamwork to deliver results at 21 Grands Prix around the globe in a race season running from March to December.Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport set new benchmarks for F1 success on its way to winning the Constructors' and Drivers' World Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. During those five Championship-winning seasons, the team scored 74 wins, 147 podiums, 84 pole positions, 33 fastest laps and 39 one-two finishes from 100 race starts.

Do Not Disturb: Westin Hotels & Resorts Champions #JOMO

Marriott ·13 March 2019
Ahead of World Sleep Day, Westin Hotels & Resorts today recognized the power of #JOMO and announced its continued commitment to make it easy for travelers to reclaim time for their well-being routine while on the road. In lockstep with a growing global demand for well-being and an increased awareness of the value of self-care, Westin will reward guests who find the 'Joy of Missing Out' and take time back for extra sleep, exercise or a break from technology.Beginning today through March 17th 2019, #JOMO doortags will be available at participating hotels around the world for guests to use, for the opportunity to receive specially-curated Sleep Well amenities. Global travelers will be able to experience the #JOMO doortags in Westin hotels in New York, Vancouver, Mexico City, Lima, Puerto Vallarta, Warsaw, Munich, Hamburg, Doha, Cape Town and Singapore, as well as at new Westin hotels in Hawaii, the Maldives and Australia.To incentivize tech-tethered travelers to disconnect from their devices, Westin will also reward those who embrace the #JOMO social movement leading into World Sleep Day by gifting them 250 Marriott Bonvoy points through Instagram. Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott International's travel program, which replaced Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). Members with a public Instagram account linked to their Marriott Bonvoy account* who post between March 3-14 using the hashtag #WestinJOMO and tag @Westin will have points automatically added into their account on a first come first serve basis.**"Finally, sleep and self-care have become cool to talk about," said Chris Heuisler, Global RunWestin Concierge, Westin Hotels & Resorts. "Today's over-scheduled and always-on culture has spurred a counter-movement among those who see the value in disconnecting and taking time back for well-being, starting with a good night's sleep. Nearly 65% of people sleep fewer hours while on the road; so empowering travelers to embrace the 'joy of missing out,' sleep strong and rise better reinforces our commitment to guests' well-being and the growing understanding that sleep impacts everything from the way you work out to business productivity and overall happiness."Westin Hotels Celebrate #JOMO, Helping Tech-Tethered Travelers DisconnectTo ensure travelers take time for themselves on World Sleep Day, Westin hotels around the world offer experiences rooted in wellness as an alternative to the constant digital connectivity that accompanies travel. For example:The Westin Hilton Head Island boasts an Unplugged package in which guests have their in-room televisions disconnected; they also trade in their cell phones in exchange for bicycle rentals, a kayak tour and time at the spa;The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver features a Liquid Yoga program atop floating aquamats during 60-minute vinyasa sessions, held in the hotel's indoor pool to promote wellness through movement and stillness;To promote restful and relaxing sleep, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley offers guests Sound Therapy sessions featuring Himalayan singing bowls and light meditation;And The Westin Brisbane now offers a detox facial with Hydropeptide to fight the effects of HEV (blue light) on the skin."There is a direct correlation between your sleep and your overall well-being," said Dr. Charles Morin, a sleep researcher and President of World Sleep Society. "And perhaps unexpectedly, quality sleep is also foundational for people to reap the benefits of fitness and is a necessary part of exercise recovery."Dr. Morin continued, "Disconnecting and winding down one to two hours before bed, which includes putting away light-emitting electronic devices, lends to falling asleep more easily and experiencing deeper, more restful sleep."In London, Westin recently launched its new running club and event series - called Rise & Run - along banks of the River Thames. On the first Tuesday of every month. the five-kilometre running club has been created to inspire Londoners to rise early, following a good night's rest, and take a moment tune out their busy schedules and tune into their well-being. Visit www.runwestinlondon.co.uk for more. And in Toyko, the Westin brand has partnered with the Tokyo Marathon, one of the six largest and most renowned marathons in the world, to offer premier VIP marathon packages to Marriott Bonvoy loyalty members and to be partners in travelers' sleep, nutritional and fitness training leading up to the marathon."As a brand routed in wellness dating back to the game-changing debut of the Westin Heavenly Bed nearly 20 years ago, #JOMO is the perfect extension of Westin's commitment to well-being," Heuisler added. "Whether guests choose to spend an extra hour in bed, make time for a healthy breakfast, go for a run with one of our 250 Run Concierges, or just disconnect from their device, it is more important than ever to take back time for well-being."Known as the premier brand truly committed to helping guests get a good night's sleep, all Westin hotels offer complimentary Sleep Well Lavender Balm bedside amenity, infused with the calming essential oils of lavender and chamomile - the latest in a series of sleep offerings that promise a better slumber for travelers.For more information, please visit www.westin.com/sleepwell and follow along on social via #WestinJOMO.About World Sleep SocietyWorld Sleep Day is organized by World Sleep Society, an international association whose mission is to advance sleep health worldwide. World Sleep Society promotes and encourages education, research and patient care, particularly in those parts of the world where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed. World Sleep Society currently represents over 900 individual healthcare providers and 31 regional sleep societies, totaling over 14,000 members. Learn more at WorldSleepSociety.org and WorldSleepDay.org. Find us on Twitter @_WorldSleep and facebook.com/WASMF.*To link your Instagram to your Marriott Bonvoy account, go to www.earn.marriottbonvoy.com/points; select "Connect with Instagram;" sign into Instagram (if you're already signed in, you will be re-directed to the registration page); enter your Name, Email, and Marriott Bonvoy Account Number; click Complete. Welcome to #MarriottBonvoyPoints!** For more information and terms and conditions, visit http://west.tn/JOMO.

Marriott International To Provide Live Webcast Of Security Analyst Meeting To Be Held On March 18, 2019

Marriott ·12 March 2019
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today it will provide a live webcast of its upcoming Security Analyst Meeting. The webcast will be available on Monday, March 18, 2019 from approximately 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time (EDT).Topics to be discussed at the meeting will include the strength of Marriott's brands and marketing programs; the company's hotel development strategies; and Marriott's earnings prospects for 2021.The live webcast will be provided through Marriott's investor relations web site. Copies of the presentations will be available for download approximately one hour before the start of the webcast.Those wishing to access the webcast should log onto https://marriott.gcs-web.com/, and click on the Security Analyst Meeting link under the "Recent & Upcoming Events" heading. Presentation materials from the meeting and the webcast replay will be available online after the meeting as well. Investor or analyst questions concerning the analyst conference should be addressed to Marriott Investor Relations at (301) 380-1379 or investorrelations@marriott.com.

Sheraton Unveils New Logo Marking Transformation Milestone

Marriott ·11 March 2019
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International's most global brand continues its transformation journey with a nod to its timeless pioneering legacy, as it unveils a new logo that pays homage to its past and depicts its vision for the future. The new design reflects the brand's holistic vision for the future, making Sheraton the central gathering place of communities around the world, welcoming guests and locals into a public space that embodies the modern town square vibe."The logo's evolution reflects the renewed energy and firm commitment we are making to our owners and guests to the resurgence of this iconic brand. More than a logo, this is a symbolic statement of Sheraton's vision for our new guest experience," said Mara Hannula, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, Classic Premium Brands. "This was the final piece of the redesign puzzle. This new logo offers a modernized look and feel to match the reimagined space while maintaining the powerful equity and recognition of the original logo."The new Sheraton experience will be available to guests later this year in Phoenix. The transformed 1,000-room Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel which the company purchased in 2018 will bring to life the first of Sheraton's full on-strategy hotel along with other exciting innovations. The hotel will serve as a living and breathing lab, showcasing design and activations, using new technology and insights that bring a unique community vibe to the space."There has been so much enthusiasm for the new direction of the brand and owners are excited about the change," said Indy Adenaw, Vice President and Global Brand Leader of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. "From Phoenix to Toronto, Tel Aviv to Fiji more than 30% of our portfolio worldwide is under some sort of renovation. Whether it is a full or partial transformation, I am sure our guests will be pleased with what they see."The first Western brand in China and the first U.S. brand to do business in Eastern Europe and Russia, Sheraton's signature crest is one of the most recognized marks in the world. Serving as a reminder of the brand's long-standing history, at the center of the new logo, the iconic Sheraton "S" remains. The new logo has been redesigned to signal an eye to the future while also hearkening back to Sheraton's history. The new logo reimagines the signature laurel as movement from the world and the energy of gathering, which point to the modernized Sheraton "S" redrawn at the center. Guests will start to see the new logo on collateral and websites starting in April.In celebration of this moment for the brand, Sheraton associates across the world are kicking off on March 13 internal rallies to commemorate this milestone and the new Sheraton service and culture strategy, recommitting themselves to the brand and to reestablishing its place at the heart of the global community.

W Hotels Announces New Artist with W Records: Roosevelt

Marriott · 4 March 2019
W Hotels Worldwide is pleased to announce the latest release from their newest music initiative, W Records. Today, Greco-Roman/City Slang Recording Artist Roosevelt, the Cologne-based singer, songwriter and producer Marius Lauber, will release the first of his two singles with W Records. "Falling Back," also known as "Cape Cod," was recorded in the W Sound Suite at W Barcelona and is a song Roosevelt often plays live and at the request of his fans. Never recorded until now, Roosevelt has decided to finally release this fan-favorite via W Records. Listen to "Falling Back" here. Roosevelt is the third artist to record for W Records, following last year's tracks by Amber Mark and Perfume Genius."After a lot of touring, it felt great to be able to be in an environment where I could focus on the music 24/7. Being in a studio inside of a hotel was a whole new experience for me, I didn't even consider the possibility before. The W Sound Suite is amazing to work in, it's cozy, but also has the right equipment to record," said Roosevelt.W Records is once again reaching beyond the music to support a cause that is important to both W and the artist.All W Hotels proceeds from the streaming of "Falling Back" will go to SOS MEDITERRANEE, a European, maritime-humanitarian organization dedicated to rescuing lives in the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded by European citizens who chartered the rescue vessel Aquarius in order to save people in distress in the Central Mediterranean - the world's most deadly migration route. The organization's four headquarters are located in Berlin (Germany), Marseilles (France), Palermo (Italy) and Geneva (Switzerland)."We are continuing to push the boundaries of the guest experience with incredible talent like Roosevelt," said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. "With Roosevelt, we're able to bring a track that has never hit the global stage to music fans and guests all over the world. It's a privilege to support artists who are passionate about their work and the causes they support and to help make them heard."Roosevelt's self-titled debut album reached the Top 20 of Billboard 's Dance/Electronic chart and earned praise from outlets including The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Stereogum, Paste, DJ Mag, The Independent, and more. Roosevelt became an in-demand remixer (CHVRCHES, Rhye, and Glass Animals, to name a few) while maintaining a relentless touring schedule. His follow-up album Young Romance was released in late 2018 via Greco-Roman / City Slang Records.Listen to these W Records Releases:Amber Mark - "High On Your Love"Amber Mark - "Can You Hear Me (ReWork)"Perfume Genius - "Alan (Rework)"Perfume Genius - "Not For Me"Find Roosevelt Here: Web / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube / Press KitRoosevelt On Tour:Mar 28 - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, ES (Headline Show) - TICKETSApr 11 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL (Headline Show) - TICKETSMay 03 - Warm Up Festival, Murcia, ESMay 31 - Immergut Festival, Neustreliz, DEJun 07 - Palencia Sonora, Palencia, ESJun 15 - Traumzeit Festival, Duisburg, DEJul 06- Pulpop Festival, Roquetas de Mar, ESJul 12 - Panama Open Air Festival, Bonn, DEJul 18 - Super Bock & Rock, Lisbon, PTJul 20 - ZMF Festival, Freiburg, DEAug 10 - Sziget Festival, Budapest, HUSept 07 - Lollapalooza, Berlin, DE*More dates to be announced soonAbout W RecordsW Records is a record label and resource for artists selected by W Hotels and their music industry partners. From recording to release, W Records supports artists through every step of development, providing recording space, mixing and mastering and finally, distribution of the new sound via live performances, streaming and vinyl production. Tracks for W Records are recorded, naturally, in W Sound Suites (the brand's signature, on-site recording studios) with four rising artists stepping up to the mic within the first year. . Tracks from each artist will be released through W Records both digitally and via limited edition runs of vinyl which will be gifted to tastemakers, DJs and W fans as a throwback way to enjoy new/next music.Production NotesW Records is supporting emerging artists, and artists on the tipping point of worldwide fame with production, distribution, and live performances. Each artist will lay down tracks in a W Sound Suite (either W Hollywood, W Barcelona, W Bali or W Seattle) and record a cover as well as an original track. Once the tracks are mixed and mastered, W will release 500 copies of limited-edition vinyl which will be sent to DJs, tastemakers as well as music-loving SPG/Marriott Rewards members.The Liner NotesThe W brand's long-standing relationships with music industry partners, promoters, media and influencers will help W Records artists cut through an overcrowded market. Artists will also get direct exposure to more than 120 million members of Marriott International's loyalty programs, providing a huge audience from the start. W Records is in part overseen by Giant Step, the marketing agency that has created award-winning campaigns for brands like Intel, Samsung and ABSOLUT. Like W, Giant Step has a true passion for music and is a recognized brand within the industry having worked with many notable artists over the years including Amy Winehouse, Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga and Daft Punk. The W Records team and capabilities are similar to a small but powerful independent label. W Records is supported by both in-house and music-centric PR teams between THINK PR (W brand) and Grandstand Media, non-commercial radio promotion from co-sign, plus Giant Step's marketing team adding DJ, tastemaker and influencer marketing to the program's scope. Global distribution is provided by AWAL (Tom Misch, 3LAU) which connects W Records with audiences through top streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Deezer. This combination of a nimble label team with the marketing power of W Hotels and Marriott International creates a unique and exciting prospect for the artists working with W Records to amplify their sound on a global scale.Stay tuned for the next artist announcement from W Records. In the meantime, please visit W Hotels online to learn more about W and music, and follow along on social @WHotels. To book your own recording session at a W Sound Suite, visit: W Bali, W Barcelona, W Hollywood, W Seattle.

Celebrating National Chili Day

Marriott on the Move | By Bill Marriott·27 February 2019
Tomorrow is National Chili Day, a great day to celebrate one of my favorite dishes. Chili Con Carne was always a big seller at the restaurant chain my parents, J.W. and Alice Marriott, started in Washington, D.C., in 1927. When they first opened their doors that year, they operated as an A&W Root Beer franchise selling cold drinks for 5 cents each during the summer months. Business was brisk, until the season changed. My parents quickly realized they needed hot food on the menu for the cold winter.

Marriott International Expected To Debut More Than 30 Luxury Hotels Around The Globe In 2019

Marriott ·26 February 2019
Marriott International, Inc. today announced it is projecting to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2019, furthering the company's global perspective on luxury travel with its ensemble of eight distinct luxury brands. Through the world-renowned hospitality hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, JW Marriott and Bulgari, Marriott International continues to push boundaries, creating new guest experiences which meet the needs of the evolving luxury traveler. With an unrivaled network of landmark hotels and resorts in more than 60 countries and territories today, Marriott International is poised to expand its luxury footprint with more than 200 properties in the development pipeline, representing 20 new countries for the company's luxury portfolio, from Sri Lanka to Bermuda and Morocco to Kenya."Our eight unique luxury brands provide distinct experiences that appeal to different types of luxury travelers, no matter if your priority is residing at the best address in town, completely immersing yourself in your destination, or prioritizing your wellbeing," said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader, Marriott International. "From the world's most iconic destinations to the ultimate undiscovered gems, we are focused on elevating travel with highly contextualized, nuanced brand experiences that signal the future of luxury by allowing our guests to indulge their passions while sparking personal growth."The Future of Luxury Travel Will be Defined by Personal DiscoveryA global luxury study conducted in partnership with creative agency Team One revealed that luxury travelers of today are traveling not just to discover the world, but also to discover something about themselves. Edmundson continued: "When it comes to experiences, people today are seeking more meaning and personal significance rather than just the opportunity to indulge. Travelers have become active participants in the trips they are taking - they are more engaged and vested than ever before. Ultimately, global luxurians are becoming 'creators' in every aspect of their travel experience and for this group, travel is no longer a departure from reality, it is the reality." With a rapidly growing global footprint and eight distinct luxury brands, Marriott International is uniquely positioned to deliver on these new expectations, inviting globally-minded travelers to look at the world through a new lens. "For our guests, we strive to go beyond offering moments of delight, to creating experiences that will profoundly inspire and transform," said Edmundson.The Ritz-Carlton Offers Legendary Service Around the GlobeKnown for its legendary service and refined design, The Ritz-Carlton will continue to set the standard for luxury. With six openings anticipated in the year ahead, the iconic luxury brand also expects to celebrate the opening of its 100th property. The brand is expected to make its return to Australia with the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth and is slated to grow in China with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Xi'an. Showcasing the beauty of the Moroccan landscape and culture, The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam is set to offer an oasis in the country's vibrant capital, while The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will invite guests to experience the city through a new perspective. With a mission to inspire travel and create memories for its guests, the brand also expects to see the completion of a major renovation of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park and to continue to work towards the inaugural voyage of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection in February 2020.St. Regis Anticipates Grand Debuts in Global Hot SpotsCurrently offering more than 40 hotels in 20 countries and territories, St. Regis recently celebrated the renovation of The St. Regis Rome along with the opening of The St. Regis Zhuhai, China's premier tourist destination on the Pearl River Delta. In the coming year, St. Regis is planning to debut the Andre Fu-designed St. Regis Hong Kong where the award-winning designer will blend the brand's timeless elegance with silhouettes representative of the city's architectural and cultural diversity. The brand is also set to expand its footprint in Europe with The St. Regis Venice, which is ideally situated on the Grand Canal and offers a central location from which to explore the historic city. Finally, St. Regis is also expecting to bring its modern glamour and bespoke service to Cairo, a destination that has captivated travelers for generations and one which is quickly reclaiming its place as a hot spot for the global explorer.W Rewrites the Rules of Luxury TravelTrailblazing its way around the globe, W broke the norms of traditional luxury in destinations including Brisbane, Amman and Costa Rica in 2018. The luxury rebel also rewrote the music festival rules, taking the festival experience off the field and onto fabulous hotel grounds with the global launch of WAKE UP CALL. Bringing people closer to the music than ever before, the brand's signature music festival series made stops at W Hollywood, W Barcelona and W Bali. This year, the brand will live out its mission to fuel guests' lust for life with eight hotels projected to open, ranging from Aspen and Ibiza to Muscat and Melbourne. W skillfully balances the power of a global brand with the relevance and personality of a local insider and continues to revitalize its global portfolio with multi-million-dollar renovations planned or underway at more than half its properties in North America, including W Washington D.C. and W San Francisco.EDITION Continues Growth in Iconic Destinations Around the GlobeIn 2018 the EDITION brand doubled its footprint, growing from four properties to eight with openings in Shanghai, Bodrum, Barcelona and Abu Dhabi. The in-demand lifestyle brand was created through a collaboration between boutique hotel creator and innovator Ian Schrager and Marriott International, which offers sophisticated design, a curated taste of the destination and modern service. Next up, the brand expects to redefine luxury with its recent opening in New York City's Times Square and will bring its distinct perspective to West Hollywood with a scheduled opening in Q2 2019.The Luxury Collection Brings Authentic Charm to New DestinationsOffering the promise of unique, authentic experiences, The Luxury Collection is a rapidly growing ensemble of 110 hotels in more than 30 countries and territories around the world. In 2018, the brand made its debut in Savannah with the opening of Perry Lane, expanded its footprint in Paris through Hotel de Berri and brought distinct resort design to Los Cabos with Solaz, among other exciting debuts. With each hotel serving as a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures, The Luxury Collection anticipates debuting nine properties this year in coveted locations such as Okinawa, Cesme, Buckinghamshire, and Budapest.JW Marriott Inspires the Passions of its Guests through Uplifting ExperiencesJW Marriott offers differentiated luxury experiences at 84 hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories, including the recent opening of JW Marriott Nashville. Inspired by its legendary namesake, JW Marriott is committed to curating uplifting experiences for guests, delivering experiences and environments that help guests be fully present and bringing people together to celebrate life's most meaningful moments. This year, JW Marriott anticipates continuing to bring its distinct style of warm service to established and emerging destinations with planned openings from the Maldives and Shanghai to Savannah, GA.

Manchester United And Marriott International Announce Global Marketing Partnership

Marriott ·20 February 2019
LONDON - Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) and Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) today announced a multi-year marketing partnership, giving the 120 million members of the Marriott Bonvoy travel programme exclusive opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Manchester United football experiences - including the chance to become the club's Stadium Announcer or Kit Manager for the day.The new partnership launches today with a film that features familiar faces from the Manchester United first team and team management, bringing these magical moments to life.Manchester United Group Managing Director Richard Arnold comments:"Marriott International is the leader in its field and we're excited to be partnering with them as Marriott launches its new travel programme, Marriott Bonvoy. Together we look forward to creating some unforgettable moments for Marriott Bonvoy members, inspired by the thrill and excitement that only Manchester United can create for fans around the world."With the Marriott Bonvoy travel programme, members have access to its extraordinary portfolio of global brands and properties in 130 countries and territories, as well as unmatched member benefits and exclusive Marriott Bonvoy Moments' experiences.Marriott International Global Marketing Officer, Karin Timpone, comments:"We are thrilled to offer compelling benefits to Marriott Bonvoy members, now expanded to include unique Manchester United experiences. This marketing partnership enables our members to access special VIP game experiences by using the points they've accumulated during hotel stays for unprecedented, exclusive experiences."Marriott Bonvoy Moments enables members to redeem points to purchase any of 8,000 lifestyle, entertainment, sport, culinary and more experiences globally. Exclusive Manchester United Moments that members can bid points for include:'Stadium Announcer' Experience - Marriott Bonvoy members will have the chance to go behind the scenes at the iconic 'Theatre of Dreams,' shadowing the stadium announcer with their pre-match preparations. Prior to the game, the member and a guest will soak up the atmosphere pitch side, before enjoying VIP hospitality, including match tickets and a meet and greet with a former player.Welcome the Team on arrival at Old Trafford - Members and their guest arriving at Old Trafford on matchday will head pitch side to meet a Manchester United legend before making their way to the player's tunnel to be in prime position to welcome the team as they step off the coach and head into the dressing room to prepare for the game.'Kit Manager' Experience - Members will be able to add a final finesse to the home dressing room at Old Trafford pre-game as they shadow the first team Kit Manager. The member and a guest will help prepare the match kit ahead of the players' arrival before heading pitchside to be met by a Manchester United Legend. After the hard work is done, the member will be able to sit back and relax whilst enjoying pre and post-match VIP hospitality.To see the full range of Marriott Bonvoy Moments with Manchester United visit: www.moments.marriottbonvoy.comAbout Manchester UnitedManchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 141-year heritage we have won 66 trophies, enabling us to develop the world's leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers. Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and match day.About Marriott BonvoyMarriott Bonvoy is the new travel program replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) starting February 2019. Comprised of a portfolio of 30 hotel brands, members can earn and redeem points for hotel stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Chase and American Express. The program offers 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments. 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 they enjoy 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.

Marriott Hotels in Costa Rica Present Their New Rooms Inspired in Local Nature

Marriott ·14 February 2019
The renovation consists of 500 rooms inspired by the Costa Rican coffee culture and beach vibes.Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San JoseAt Costa Rica Marriott the renovation has modernized the rooms with the latest innovations in technology while highlighting the feeling of being at a traditional Coffee Hacienda of the region.Some of the elements that inspired the decor of this property were the typical hand painted Carreta of the 15th century from the Sarchi area , as a historical reference of the transportation of that time in the country, and the importance of coffee in Costa Rica's history is showcased in the colors and illustrations as well as details inspired by Costa Rican artisans.The modernity of the rooms is complemented by traditional maple solid wood furniture sustainably farmed and traditional artwork. The bathroom now features a large walk-in rain shower, which evokes the rainforest in the Costa Rican tropics.The bedroom showcases the work of local photographer Armando del Vecchio who captured the essence of the Costa Rican coffee plantations. The color palette chosen was also inspired by the process of this grain: from its fruit to its roasting, therefore, you can appreciate brown, terracotta and crimson tones throughout the rooms."The rooms are more versatile. The business traveler will have different options to work: in bed, on the sofa and the desk. The number of connectivity ports was increased, and the desk is integrated into the television panel, where the guest can work, relax and eat comfortably. There are elements and special decorative details throughout the room. For leisure travelers, on the other hand, we offer a connection to the destination in every detail of the room, "explained Dennis Whitelaw Country Manager of Marriott Hotels.The Costa Rica Marriott hotel features 299 spacious rooms and suites, 5 restaurants, two swimming pools, a luxury spa, fitness center, and conference rooms with capacity for 1,000 guests with an experienced Events team to make every group a memorable one. The property was also recognized as Leading Hotel of Costa Rica 2018 by the World Travel Awards organization.Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf ResortAt Los Suenos Marriott Resort, modern comforts are in perfect harmony with the ocean views and the rainforest that distinguishes this region of Costa Rica.The decorative elements found in the rooms highlight the work of national artisans inspired by Costa Rican scenes, including the lamps inspired by local landscapes and the colors giving an allusion to Las Nubes de Coronado town as well as the fauna and flora of the country.In the range of colors you can see earth tones such as greens, coffees, creams and reds, which combine perfectly with the details of sustainable wood utilized throughout the room. Another objective of the design was to maximize the space intelligently with features such as a comfortable sofa that functions as a place to rest, work, read, or as an additional bed.Sustainability takes center stage in the new rooms with showers, lavatory faucets and toilet with low water consumption; in addition, you can find LED lighting and an intelligent thermostat. "Marriott Hotels and their owners have a strong commitment to sustainability and the implementation of all possible green practices, in Costa Rica our two Marriott hotels are also certified with the highest Sustainability Rating by the National Institute of Tourism, and they also have the ecological blue flag award in the climate change category, "said Mr. Dennis Whitelaw, Country Manager for Marriott Hotels.The entire room renovation project is slated for completion in April 2019 and maintains the character of seaside colonial Hacienda while highlighting the newest Marriott global design.Los Suenos Marriott features201 rooms and suites, meeting spaces with capacity for 500 guests, spa, fitness center, and a large free-form pool that has been recognized as one of the best in Latin America. In addition, the Resort's 18-hole La Iguana Golf course has been recognized as the Best Golf Course in Costa Rica by Golf World Travel Awards.

To My Valentine

Marriott on the Move | By Bill Marriott·14 February 2019
I proposed marriage to the love of my life, Donna Garff, by long-distance phone call – if you can believe it – in 1954. I was in Navy Supply School in Athens, Georgia, at the time, just starting my two-year stint as a ship’s supply officer aboard the USS Randolph.

Marriott International Continues Expansion Across Africa With Three New Deal Signings

Marriott · 8 February 2019
MARRAKESH, Morocco -- From the Forum de l'Investissement Hotelier Africain in Marrakech, Marriott International (www.Marriott.com) announced three new deal signings across North and West Africa, reinforcing the company's commitment to expanding its presence across the continent. The new deal signings highlight the company's growth in Morocco and Ghana, while marking its debut in Liberia.Organised by Bench Events, Forum de l'Investissement Hotelier Africain is a gathering that unites North and West African countries in a bid to develop their economies and support hospitality investment. The forum connects business leaders from international and local markets - driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure, entertainment and hotel development across the region."New and established markets across North and West Africa continue to present us with immense opportunities to further enhance and diversify our portfolio in the continent," said Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa at Marriott International. "The new deal signings further strengthen our robust development pipeline, which is a result of our long-established presence in Africa and the trust owners have in Marriott International and our compelling portfolio of diverse brands." The three new hotel signings announced during the Forum de l'Investissement Hotelier Africain are:The St. Regis Marrakech ResortMarriott International's luxury brand portfolio in Morocco is slated to further expand with the signing of The St. Regis Marrakech Resort. The St. Regis Marrakech Resort will be a part of the Assoufid Golf Resort and will include 80 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and villas, all offering spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains. With leisure facilities such as a spa, pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, The St. Regis Marrakech Resort will also feature six distinctive culinary experiences, including two specialty restaurants and the iconic St. Regis Bar inspired by the King Cole Bar at the brand's flagship in New York. Offering the ideal escape from the city, the resort will be in close proximity to the award-winning, 18-hole Assoufid Golf Club which has established itself as one of the best courses in Africa. Anticipated to open in 2024, the resort is owned by Assoufid Properties Development SA and developed by United Real Estate Company (URC), part of the Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO) group of companies.Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka AirportThe company's footprint in Ghana is expected to further expand with the signing of the Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport, which will mark the debut of the extended-stay brand in the country. Projected to open in 2023, the 12-story hotel will consist of 160 spacious suites with separate living, working and sleeping zones, all equipped with fully functional kitchens. Other facilities in the hotel will include three food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar, a health and leisure club and a boardroom. The hotel will be strategically located in the Airport Residential Area of Accra and less than 1.5 kilometres from the Kotoka International Airport. A franchised property, the hotel will be managed by Yamusah Hotels Management Company Limited, the owner and developer of the property.Four Points by Sheraton MonroviaThe company expects to make its debut in Liberia with the Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia. Anticipated to open in 2020, the hotel will consist of 111 stylishly appointed guestrooms and four food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar and lounge and speciality restaurant. The hotel will be in the heart of Monrovia's central business district and near key governmental and ministerial buildings, diplomatic facilities and the University of Liberia. The hotel will boast Four Points by Sheraton's approachable design and excellent service and reflect the brand's promise to provide what matters most to today's independent travellers. The Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia is a franchised property owned by Sea Suites Hotel LLC and will be managed by Aleph Hospitality.Strong Growth Momentum across North and West AfricaMarriott International is on track to expand its footprint in Africa to 200 hotels by the end of 2023. The North and West Africa regions play a pivotal role in the company's overall growth strategy for the continent.In North Africa, Marriott International currently has 30 hotels and over 10,000 rooms in its portfolio and with a robust pipeline in place, the company expects to grow its hotel portfolio by 60 percent by the end of 2023. Presently home to nine Marriott International brands, the company expects to introduce six new brands in North Africa - including St. Regis, W Hotels, Autograph Collection, Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments. The company anticipates the opening of four new properties across North Africa in 2019, including the debut of The Ritz-Carlton Rabat which will mark the company's first luxury property in Morocco. Other planned openings include the launch of the St. Regis brand in Egypt with The St. Regis Cairo, the Four Points by Sheraton Setif in Algeria and the Marrakech Marriott Hotel in Morocco.In West Africa, the company expects to grow its current footprint by 75 per cent with the addition of nine new hotels and more than 1,800 rooms by the end of 2023. Currently operating 12 properties across Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Guinea, Marriott International plans to enter Benin and Ivory Coast as a part of its development pipeline. In 2019, the company is on-track to open the Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene, its ninth property in Nigeria, and the Protea Hotel by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport in Ghana.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Marriott International, Inc..

Marriott International Fundraising Initiative Raises Over EUR400,000 To Support Young People In Europe

Marriott · 4 February 2019
Marriott International has today announced it raised EUR400,000 last year to support youth employability charities across Europe, taking the total amount raised since 2012 to EUR2.5 million.The money, raised through its restaurant promotion, You Eat, We Give, saw the company donate a pound or euro for every lunch and dinner served in its restaurants throughout September and October. The initiative is part of Marriott's wider World of Opportunity programme, which aims to find and nurture the wealth of talent that currently lies untapped in 15-24 year olds throughout Europe.Reiner Sachau, Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International in Europe, commented: "Marriott has a long history of investing in programmes that help young people. It's been amazing to see the results of our You Eat, We Give fundraising campaign and we look forward to supporting young people as they move into the world of work. Since 2012, our associates have volunteered over 70,000 hours of their time and we're proud of their commitment to helping young people in Europe realise their full potential and open the doors to meaningful employment."Marriott will use the money to support two charitable partners: In the UK, the money will be donated to The Prince's Trust to fund employability programmes such as Get into Hospitality. Across Continental Europe, funds donated will be used by SOS Children's Villages International to support young people in their programmes into independent life and careers. Working in partnership with both organizations, Marriott's World of Opportunity training courses develop employment skills and "life skills" that help young adults from challenging backgrounds take their first step into work and independent living. This initiative supports the company's sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, and its commitment to Empower Through Opportunity.Patricia Molano, head of International Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy at SOS Children's Villages International said: "A core part of our work at SOS Children's Villages is to support young people on their journey to self-reliance and finding decent work. Corporate partners such as Marriott International are invaluable in helping us to ensure that young people in our care have the skills and knowledge they need as they launch their careers and follow their dreams. Since 2012, Marriott International has shown an important commitment to the young people in our care, for which we are profoundly grateful."About The Prince's TrustYouth charity The Prince's Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The programmes offered by the charity give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince's Trust move into work, education or training. The Trust has helped over 900,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince's Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.About SOS Children's VillagesSOS Children's Villages is the largest non-governmental organisation focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk. Founded in 1949, the organisation today runs 2,300 programmes reaching more than a million children and adults in 135 countries and territories. We adhere to the principle that every child grows best in a family environment, with loving parents or caregivers, living together with their siblings, in a place they can call home. We work with communities, local partners and authorities to support disadvantaged families to prevent family breakdown. We aim to influence decision-makers to promote the well-being of children, especially of those without parental care. We also help care for and protect at-risk children and families in more than 20 humanitarian emergencies.More information on SOS Children's Villages can be found at www.sos-childrensvillages.org

Our Winter Wonderland

Marriott on the Move | By Bill Marriott·30 January 2019
It’s below freezing today in Washington, D.C., which makes it a perfect day for some outdoor ice skating, don’t you think? In the winter of 1958, we covered the swimming pool at the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel and turned it into an ice rink. See the photo above.

What's Your Sign?: W Hotels Announces Astrology Guide in Collaboration With the Numinous

Marriott ·24 January 2019
What does 2019 have in store in the stars? W can tell you. Today W Hotels announces a collaboration with Ruby Warrington, Founder of cosmic lifestyle platform, The Numinous. Alongside the creative team at W, Warrington has created an astrology guide for W hotels in Asia Pacific. In keeping with the W brand's endless appetite to help discover what's new and next, the guide is designed for avid travellers and cosmic fans alike, pairing guests with travel inspiration, personalised to their Zodiac sign.Drawing on each hotel's location, design and aesthetic, Ruby, a former Sunday Times STYLE Features Editor, matches each W hotel to the distinctive personality traits of each star sign. Delving into everything from travel types, packing tips, flavours to savour and what to see and do in each city, the comprehensive guide gives playful insight into every W hotel and destination in the region. The guide also features tips from each hotel's W Insider - tapped-in talent who provide insider access to everything locals are buzzing about."We are thrilled to have collaborated with Ruby to develop this astrology guide for our guests joining us in the Asia Pacific region. The guide is fun, soulful and is sure to playfully speak to each of our guests. Ruby has captured the culture of each W destination in such a brilliant way," commented Bruce Ryde, Vice President Luxury Brands and Brand Marketing, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.Ruby has brought her wealth of astrological experience to create this exclusive guide, which is available for global guests on the brand's content hub, The Angle. Here is a snapshot of the hotels perfectly paired to all twelve signs of the Zodiac:Capricorn: W Xi'an Epic expeditions to ancient sites and monuments form the backbone of Capricorns' travel schedule, so soak up the historical splendour at W Xi'an, which stand as starting point of Silk Road, having abundance of historical treasures of China.Aquarius: W Kuala Lumpur - A journey into outer space would be the ideal Aquarius getaway, as they thrive on journeying to the edge of the unknown, envisaging a life of endless possibilities. For a taste of the future today, W Kuala Lumpur is an entry point to one of the fastest developing cities in the world.Pisces: W Bali - Seminyak - An imagination like no other sign, Pisces move through the world with an open heart and one foot in a fantasy of their own creation. The luxuries of W Bali await.Aries: W Taipei - This air sign likes to be where the buzz is and thrives on constant stimulation. A city break to this modern metropolis, where high-tech living collides with easy access to natural wonders, will feed Aries' "Type A", all-or-nothing personality.Taurus: W Guangzhou - Luxury is a must, and from lush island getaways to lavish spa breaks and epicurean adventures, Taureans seek travel experiences that satisfy all the senses. Taureans' dedication to the cult of the catwalk is also second-to-none, and W Guangzhou is a decadent landing pad into what is recognized as one of China's premier fashion capitals.Gemini: W Brisbane / W Singapore - Sentosa Cove - Endlessly adaptable and with one eye always on what's new and next, their up-for-anything attitude, and infinite curiosity sees Geminis sampling a wide array of travel destinations. A trip to the city beach resorts of W Brisbane or W Singapore will satisfy their desire for a kaleidoscope of experiences.Cancer: W Maldives - They crave privacy like no other sign and seek secluded spots where it feels safe to emerge from their shell. Cancerians are the most watery of water signs, so nestling into the private cabanas at the W Maldives private island resort, offers perfect tranquillity.Leo: W Bangkok - Life is one long party for the Leo, and they prefer to dance from one adventure to the next. W Bangkok is a jet-set gateway into a city that feeds Leos endless appetite for life.Virgo: W Shanghai - The Bund / W Suzhou - Virgos thrive on efficiency and while switching off fully can be a challenge, they find their own kind of relaxation in the soothing cadence of a well-oiled routine. W Shanghai and W Suzhou are the perfect bases for exploring two of the busiest cities in China.Libra: W Koh Samui - Forever seeking beauty, balance and harmony, Librans are drawn to travel experiences that offer the best of all worlds. A tropical hideaway that's also a hub for Thailand's beautiful party people, W Koh Samui will tick every one of Librans' boxes.Scorpio: W Hong Kong - Each new adventure is the beginning of a magical mystery tour for Scorpios, who love to slip behind the scenes and journey deep below the surface. W Hong Kong is the gateway to one of the world's most mysterious cities.Sagittarius: W Goa - As the most adventurous sign of the zodiac, those born under Sagittarius are forever setting off for horizons unknown. W Goa is the perfect entry point to a multi-cultural hub where East meets West.Commenting on the collaboration Ruby said, "I love that W has embraced astrology, which is about so much more than reading one's weekly or monthly horoscopes. Rather, astrology is a language that helps us to view the world through a more magical lens, and what else are we looking for when we travel?"The collaboration kicks off the new year following an exciting 2018 for the W brand, which saw further expansion into Asia Pacific with new hotels: W Xi'an, W Kuala Lumpur and W Brisbane.For further information, visit w-hotels.marriott.com.

American Express and Marriott International Revamp Cobranded Consumer and Business Credit Cards with Introduction of new Marriott Bonvoy Travel Program

Marriott ·23 January 2019
NEW YORK -- Today, American Express (NYSE: AXP) and Marriott International, Inc. announced upcoming changes to the current Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Cobrand Credit Card portfolio following the recent unveiling of Marriott's new loyalty brand, Marriott Bonvoy, which will replace the travel program's three current loyalty brands, Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards on February 13, 2019. On that date, the current Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Cards will be rebranded to Marriott Bonvoy American Express Cards, and will soon offer travelers and businesses additional valuable benefits, rich points offers, and new artistic Card designs.Starting February 13, 2019, the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Cards will be rebranded as follows:The current Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card will be rebranded to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express CardThe current Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Expresswill be rebranded to the Marriott Bonvoy American Express CardThe current Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express will be rebranded to the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card"In line with the changes to the Marriott International loyalty program, our rebranded Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card portfolio will maintain the same great benefits and rewards that have enhanced our Card Members' travel journeys over the years, as well as offer compelling new designs, names and benefits," said Eva Reda, Executive Vice President, Global Cobrand Partnerships at American Express. "Building on our successful 50-year relationship with Marriott, we are looking forward to entering this exciting new chapter and continuing to bring incredible value and service to our Card Members wherever life or business takes them.""Marriott Bonvoy is more than a loyalty program, but rather a holistic travel program built on the idea that travel enriches each of us and connects the world," said David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty, Marriott International. "The incredibly rich benefits and earning opportunities the American Express Cards provide will accelerate our members' ability to pursue their passions when they travel."New Additional BenefitsIn addition to the value introduced to the Marriott American Express cobrand Card portfolio last year, more benefits will be rolled out across the Card portfolio this year to further reward and enhance Card Members' travel experiences.As of January 1, 2019, all Marriott Bonvoy American Express Cobrand Card Members now have access to a 15 Elite Night Credit each calendar year1.Additionally, starting March 28, 2019, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card Members can get up to $100 in property credit per stay when they use their Card and a special rate code to book stays of two or more nights at The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis properties2. This builds on this Card's rich existing benefits, which include 6X points on purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide, 3X points on U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines, up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties, complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status, and an annual free night award (redemption level at or under 50,000 points) at participating hotels every year after their Card account anniversary3, Priority Pass membership, no foreign transaction fees4, and more. The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card will continue to have an annual fee of $450.4Additionally, starting March 28, 2019, Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card Members can get an additional free night award (redemption level at or under 35,000 points) when they spend $60,000 or more on the Card annually 5. This new benefit is in addition to the valuable existing benefits already offered on this Card, which include 6X points at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties and 4X points at U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. shipping purchases, as well as an annual free night award (redemption level at or under 35,000 points), complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite Status, no foreign transaction fees4, no annual fee employee Cards and more. With the new enhancements, the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card's annual fee will increase from $95 to $125 starting on March 28, 2019.4American Express will no longer accept new applications for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card after February 12, 2019. When the Card is rebranded to the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card on February 13, 2019, existing Card Members will continue to get access to the Card's great benefits and offerings, including 6X points on purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide, the new 15 Elite Night Credit benefit, Automatic Silver Elite status, and an annual free night award (redemption level at or under 35,000 points). The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card will continue to have an annual fee of $95.4New Rich OffersIn celebration of the refreshed Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card portfolio, American Express and Marriott will be introducing rich new offers to further reward both new and existing Card Members.From February 13 through April 24, 2019, eligible new Card Members who apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card or Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card can earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after they spend $5,000 in purchases on their Card in the first three months of Card Membership.6In addition, starting February 24, 2019, Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card Members whose accounts were opened before January 23, 2019 will be eligible to earn up to 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points. Once registered, eligible Card Members can earn 25,000 bonus points for every $25,000 in eligible purchases on the Card, for up to 100,000 points through the end of the year. Eligible Card Members will receive more information about this offer, including the relevant terms and how to register their Card soon.New Card DesignsTo further bring to life the new Marriott Bonvoy brand, American Express and Marriott are excited to announce a collaboration with Manhattan-based mural and studio artist, Tony "Rubin" Sjoman to design the new Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card. Rubin's modern artistic Card design is inspired by Marriott's new visual identity and aims to evoke the desire to travel and explore."The shapes within the design emulate a cityscape and the color palette is intended to mirror sunrise and sunset reflecting off buildings," said Rubin.Additionally, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card will be offered in a sleek stainless-steel Card design and the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card will be offered in a sophisticated blue-gray plastic Card design.The new Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card and Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card designs will be available to new Card Members starting March 2019, and the new Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card design will be available starting May 2019. Existing Card Members will automatically receive the new Card designs over the following months.More information about the revamped Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card portfolio can be found here. Terms and limitations apply.About American ExpressAmerican Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, instagram.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/company/american-express,twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, Accertify, InAuth, corporate card, business travel, and corporate responsibility.About Marriott BonvoyMarriott Bonvoy is Marriott International, Inc.'s new travel program built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). Comprised of a portfolio of extraordinary brands where you can earn and redeem, as well as offering approximately 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the travel program enables members to explore the world in pursuit of their passions. Under Marriott Bonvoy's five Elite tiers, status is more achievable than ever. With a single currency, earning and redeeming points is faster and simpler, and members can accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Chase and American Express. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive all the perks that come with Elite status, including, free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, mobile requests and, wherever available, mobile key. In addition to featuring a powerful travel program, Marriott.com also offers 30 extraordinary brands to book, endless experiences and the best available rates. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MeetMarriottBonvoy.marriott.com. To download the Marriott [app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.1Limit one 15 Elite Night Credit per Marriott Bonvoy member account; benefit is not exclusive to Cards offered by American Express2 Effective March 28, 2019, when you use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card to book through www.marriottbonvoy.com or by calling Marriott Bonvoy at 1-800-450-4442, for a two-night minimum stay at The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis using the Member Rate named "$100 Property Credit, Luxury Credit Card Rate", you will be eligible to receive a property credit of up to $100 per booking to be used on qualifying purchases on property. When booking online, you must be logged into the Marriott Bonvoy account linked to your Card account to be eligible to book this rate. When booking by phone, please reference the "$100 Property Credit, Luxury Credit Card Rate" Member Rate. You must confirm you are booking the correct $100 property credit rate at time of booking. Card Member will receive a credit equal to $1 for each dollar of qualifying charges made at the property under the Card Member's booking, up to $100. The property credit will be applied as a credit on your bill upon checkout (and not on your American Express billing statement). Qualifying charges do NOT include property fees, taxes, gratuities and the cost of the room. Additional exclusions based on specific hotel restrictions may also apply (including, without limitation, purchases within the hotel that are made with a third party merchant). Please see the applicable hotel front desk for details. You must use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card to pay your bill upon checkout. Stays booked by either the Basic or an Additional Card Member on the eligible Card account are eligible for the $100 property credit benefit. Each booking is only eligible to receive a property credit of up to $100, regardless of the number of rooms booked. The property credit cannot be carried over to another stay, is not redeemable for cash, and expires at checkout if not used on qualifying purchases on property during the stay. The property credit is non-exchangeable and non-refundable and is applied in USD or equivalent in local currency based on exchange rate at time of checkout. May not be combined with other offers or programs unless indicated. Back-to-back stays within a 24-hour period at the same property are considered one stay.3 The Card Member is responsible for all incidental charges and, at properties where resort fees are applicable, for payment of additional mandatory resort fees.4 Rates and Fees - More information can be found at the following links - Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card , Starwood Preferred Guest Consumer Card, and Starwood Preferred Guest Business Card5 Effective March 28, 2019: If, in any calendar year of Card Membership, your total eligible purchases on your Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card reach $60,000, you will receive one Free Night Award from Marriott Bonvoy. Eligible purchases to meet the purchase requirement are for goods and services minus returns and other credits. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or purchases of other cash equivalents. The Free Night Award can be redeemed for a one-night stay inclusive of room rate and applicable taxes at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels with a redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. The Card Member may be responsible for payment of additional mandatory resort fees at properties where resort fees are applicable, and is responsible for all incidental charges. This benefit is only available to the Basic Card Member on the Card Account. The Free Night Award will be automatically deposited into your Marriott Bonvoy member account within 8-12 weeks after you meet the purchase requirement. You will receive an email from Marriott Bonvoy to the email address listed on your Marriott Bonvoy member account confirming that the Free Night Award e-certificate has been deposited into your Marriott Bonvoy member account. The email will also provide instructions on how to redeem your Free Night Award e-certificate. To redeem the Free Night Award e-certificate, you must log into your Marriott Bonvoy member account and apply the e-certificate during booking. The Free Night Award e-certificate will expire 1 year from issuance. E-certificates may not be transferred, extended beyond the expiration date, or re-credited for points. To qualify for the Free Night Award, your account must not be cancelled or past due at the time of the Free Night Award e-certificate issuance. Please visit redeem.marriottbonvoy.com/hotels for a list of participating properties. American Express is not responsible for fulfillment of Free Night Award e-certificate redemptions. Redemptions are subject to the terms and conditions of Marriott Bonvoy.6Restrictions may apply on the awarding of welcome bonuses across Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest Co-Branded Credit Cards issued by American Express and Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Co-Branded Credit Cards issued by JP Morgan Chase. Terms and limitations apply.

Marriott International Sets New Record for Growth in 2018 Fueling Global Expansion and Adding Choice for Travelers

Marriott ·22 January 2019
BETHESDA, Md., -- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced record organic rooms signings in 2018, ending the year with a record global pipeline. In 2018, the company signed management and franchise agreements for 816 properties, comprised of 125,000 rooms, while opening nearly 500 properties comprised of more than 80,000 rooms around the world across its portfolio of 30 brands."Marriott's meaningful growth momentum across its portfolio of brands continued in 2018, as hotel owners increasingly turned to Marriott's world-class teams, leading business platforms, unmatched global scale and captivating brands," said Tony Capuano, Marriott's Executive Vice President and Global Chief Development Officer. "With the world's largest pipeline of hotels, a growing loyalty base of 120 million members and a compelling value proposition to our partners, Marriott is positioned to fuel expansion further in 2019."As of December 31, 2018, Marriott's global footprint grew to more than 6,900 properties and more than 1.3 million rooms in 130 countries and territories, with Marriott brands making their debut in Finland, New Zealand, Lithuania, Mali and Ukraine. The pipeline also grew to a record 478,000 rooms.Record setting year for signings in international marketsThe year also delivered a new record for organic international room signings in Europe and Middle East and Africa, and for organic hotel signings in Asia Pacific, delivering a source of future growth in destinations where international travel is surging, and residents are increasingly joining Marriott's unified loyalty program.Marriott's lead in luxury strengthensIn the industry's highest tier, Marriott's already leading luxury portfolio - consisting of brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, JW Marriott and EDITION - made remarkable strides in 2018. The company signed 29 luxury properties consisting of 6,200 rooms across six brands, with visionary projects such as The Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai Hongqiao, a St. Regis in Dubai, and a three-brand luxury project in the Dominican Republic.According to the latest STR data, Marriott's luxury pipeline is larger than its next three competitors combined.Growing loyalty members drive greater owner benefitsIn 2018, Marriott's hotel owners began to see even greater benefits with growing loyalty program membership, which now stands at 120 million members around the world, reduced charge out rates, higher luxury redemptions and a growing proportion of bookings from our direct channels."Marriott's owners are benefiting from a growing base of affluent, global loyalty members seeking travel experiences of a lifetime in sought-after destinations," said Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International. "Our loyalty members benefit in turn from an increasing number of Marriott properties around the globe, as our owners continue to develop exciting projects in gateway cities, resort areas, and locations where our customers aspire to travel."Note on forward-looking statements: This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, including the number of properties the company may add in future years, potential increases in the size, strength or benefits of the company's loyalty program and similar statements concerning possible future events or expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including changes in market conditions; changes in global and regional economies; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; consumer sentiment; the availability of capital to finance growth and refurbishment; and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply here. We make these statements as of the date of this press release, and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Marriott International Has Trained 500,000 Hotel Workers to Recognize the Signs of Human Trafficking

Marriott ·21 January 2019
Marriott International today announced that, as of this month, it has successfully trained 500,000 hotel workers to spot the signs of human trafficking in its hotels and how to respond if they do, marking a watershed moment in the global fight against this multinational crime."Human trafficking is a horrific form of modern slavery that entraps millions of people around the world," said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. "By educating and empowering our global workforce to say something if they see something, we are not just standing up for the most vulnerable in society, we are also protecting associates and guests as well as living up to a core company value -- serving our world."Marriott launched its mandatory human trafficking awareness training program for on-property staff in both managed and franchised properties in January 2017, underscoring ongoing efforts under the company's robust sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction.As part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Marriott is pleased to report that hundreds of thousands of associates have stepped forward to understand and stop the exploitation."Hotels can unfortunately be unwilling venues for this unconscionable crime - and as a global hotel company that cares about human rights, we're proud to be training hotel workers across the Marriott system to spot the signs," said Dr. David Rodriguez, Chief Global Human Resources Officer, Marriott International. "There is no easy fix, but combatting modern-day slavery starts with awareness - and we now have a significant number of people capable of recognizing suspicious behavior and reporting it to management and, in some cases, law enforcement."Training has resulted in rescuesSince launching the program, Marriott's training has directly resulted in young people being removed from dangerous situations.To develop and test its human trafficking awareness training program, Marriott spent nearly a year collaborating with ECPAT-USA and Polaris - two leading non-profits that specialize in combatting human trafficking. The company arranged for the program to be translated from English into 16 additional languages and also made sure it could be taken either online or in a classroom setting, so it can be accessed and understood in the 130 countries and territories where Marriott operates. The instruction is also broken down by role because the signs that a front desk clerk sees may differ from those that a housekeeper or bartender sees.The International Labour Organization projects that worldwide more than 40 million people are subjected to modern slavery - and UNICEF estimates that about 25 percent of trafficking globally involves children. Polaris, which runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the United States, estimates there are hundreds of thousands of sex and forced-labor trafficking victims in the United States.Examples of the visible and hidden warning signs that Marriott shares with its hotel staff:- Minimal luggage and clothing- Multiple men seen being escorted one at a time to a guest room- Individuals who can't speak freely or seem disoriented- Guests who insist on little or no housekeeping"Hotel workers wouldn't necessarily see a human trafficker visibly restraining a victim; they would typically see a scenario that is much more nuanced and harder to detect if you don't know what to look for," said Rodriguez. "That's why helping hotel workers identify the signs of sexual exploitation and forced labor is so important. This knowledge gives them confidence that they can do something to help, which is already having an important impact in our hotels."Through Marriott's training, hotel workers learn to observe and take notes about what they remember and then report their suspicions to a manager, who may then contact law enforcement. For their part, law enforcement officials say that this training helps enhance security in their community because greater awareness can lead to greater responsiveness both inside and outside of a hotel's walls.The training is having an impact far beyond Marriott International's workforce. The company donated the training to academia and to the industry through the American Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation, where the proceeds of the training bought by other lodging operators go back to support ECPAT-USA and Polaris.Hotel guests also can learn the signs. Guests who suspect trafficking or abuse should not confront the child or adult but should alert hotel management or security, dial 911 or their local emergency number for emergency situations. In the U.S., they can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text "BeFree" (233733).NOTE TO EDITORS: B-roll package includes:- Soundbites from hotel workers in English and Spanish who have gone through training- Soundbites from Dr. David Rodriguez, Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International- Hotel security, housekeeper, front desk associates and bartender on the job/action shots

Marriott International Announces Marriott Bonvoy - The New Brand Name Of Its Loyalty Program

Marriott ·16 January 2019
"Marriott Bonvoy marks an evolution in travel because it represents more than a loyalty program," said Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International. "Marriott Bonvoy is a travel program designed to bring to life our extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 129 countries and territories, while also providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling and pursuing their passions."Linnartz continued, "Represented by a simple, bold and modern logo, Marriott Bonvoy is welcoming and optimistic. Our 120 million members have access to the world's leading hotel portfolio at the best room rates and member benefits, as well our collection of Moments experiences that bring exploration and discovery of the world to the forefront."Beginning on February 13, Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments will become Marriott Bonvoy Moments, which together with Marriott Moments will feature approximately 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations available for purchase or by redeeming points. In addition to accessing locally relevant sights and excursions, such as hiking into glacial Patagonia, desert treks on camelback in Morocco or cruising to Vietnam's timeless floating villages, members can indulge in once a lifetime experiences like cooking alongside renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert, or honing football skills in a master class with Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.Throughout 2019, Marriott will bring Marriott Bonvoy to life with a series of experiential events for members taking advantage of the company's marketing partnerships with iconic brands including the NCAA and the FIA Formula One World Champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, as well as through sponsorships such as the Oscars, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, The Hong Kong Sevens and The PGA Tour World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.On August 18, 2018, Marriott launched one loyalty program with unified benefits under its three legacy loyalty brands -- Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG. On February 13, the combined program completes its integration under one name, Marriott Bonvoy.With Marriott Bonvoy, members will have access to Marriott's portfolio of diverse brands including the largest collection of lifestyle and luxury properties. Whether it is sun-soaked overwater bungalows at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, mountain-side resorts nestled against ski slopes like at The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler, beachfront properties hugging pristine sands like at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, to iconic urban towers offering panoramic views like at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, or former palatial residences like The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Venice), Marriott Bonvoy provides members an unparalleled offering of experiences together with the opportunity to earn desirable member benefits.Since Marriott introduced the unified loyalty benefits under Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG last August, members have been able to seamlessly book stays and earn and redeem points across the entire portfolio and achieve Elite status faster with new Elite tiers. Members now earn on average 20 percent more points per dollar spent.The launch of Marriott Bonvoy will introduce two new names for previous Elite status tier names:Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite for members who surpass 75 nights.Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador. This top Elite status tier recognizes members who surpass 100 nights and more than $20,000 in spend annually. These members enjoy the highest level of personalization with a dedicated ambassador to help plan their travel and cater to their needs one-on-one.Marriott Bonvoy will usher in a new mobile experience. Members using either the SPG or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps are encouraged to download the current Marriott app now which will automatically update to become the Marriott Bonvoy app on February 13. The SPG and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps will be deactivated on that date.Members can learn more about Marriott Bonvoy at MeetMarriottBonvoy.marriott.com where they also can watch a short video describing the new brand. To download the media kit including images and video, please click here. To learn more about the loyalty program benefits, please visit www.marriott.com.About Marriott BonvoyMarriott Bonvoy is the company's new travel program built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). Comprised of a portfolio of extraordinary brands where you can earn and redeem, as well as offering approximately 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the travel program enables members to explore the world in pursuit of their passions. Under Marriott Bonvoy's five Elite tiers, status is more achievable than ever. With a single currency, earning and redeeming points is faster and simpler, and members can accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Chase and American Express. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive all the perks that come with Elite status, including, free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. In addition to featuring a powerful travel program, Marriott.com also offers 30 extraordinary brands to book, endless experiences and the best available rates. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MeetMarriottBonvoy.marriott.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Celebrating Twin Bridges' Anniversary

Marriott on the Move | By Bill Marriott·16 January 2019
Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Marriott's shift from the restaurant business to the hotel industry. On this date, January 16, 1957, my parents cut the ribbon on the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. See photo above. We were in a hurry to accommodate all the crowds coming...

Michelin-starred Chef and Restaurateur, Fabio Trabocchi to Unveil Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia, an Exclusive Epicurean Experience at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Marriott · 9 January 2019
W Marriott, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced that award-winning chef and restaurateur, Fabio Trabocchi will take over the operations of JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa's fine-dining restaurant. Set to open in April 2019, the hotel's existing fine-dining culinary concept will be reinvented as 'Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia,' featuring a sophisticated yet luxurious ambiance coupled with striking architectural details that date back to the 1920s."We are delighted to welcome Fabio Trabocchi to JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa and are excited to lead our guests through a dynamic culinary journey with the unveiling of Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia," said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. "Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia will feature a vibrant menu thoughtfully curated by Trabocchi, with cuisines deeply rooted in traditional flavors from Italy and the Adriatic."Nestled inside JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, the city's premier hotel that enjoys a splendid location on Venice's private island, Isola delle Rose, Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia will incorporate culinary highlights from the celebrated menu of Trabocchi's existing Michelin-starred restaurant, Fiola DC. Guests can anticipate dishes that combine seasonal ingredients locally sourced from Venice's famous, centuries-old Rialto Market, the Adriatic Sea, as well as vegetables and exclusive olive oil from the private island's own vegetable garden and olive grove.The menu will change daily and provide a nostalgic twist on traditional Venetian cuisine prepared with a modern presentation and standout dishes such as Fiola Lobster Ravioli, Bassano White Asparagus and Caviar, Foie Gras alla Veneziana, Moeche col pien (soft-shell crabs from the Venetian lagoon), Venetian Style Tuna Crudo (a daily-changing crudo option, finished tableside), and Vanilla Fried Pastry Cream and Corbezzolo Honey. Guests can also enjoy Trabocchi's modern take on the classic Venetian cicchetti (local bites) for the Aperitivo."The debut of Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia is a significant milestone as it marks Fiola's expansion internationally in the most magical city I know, as well as a personal homecoming as I announce my return to Italy after so many years abroad," said Fabio Trabocchi, Chef and Restaurateur. "We look forward to another exciting chapter for Fiola and are eager to offer the discerning guests at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa signature dishes that incorporate local Venetian flare. Our menu was inspired by the city's romantic atmosphere and we are thrilled to open the doors to our newest location."Fabio Trabocchi, who participated in the inaugural Venice Food & Wine Festival at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in May 2018 and will be joining the soon to be announced festival again in 2019, manages an impressive portfolio of iconic restaurants in the United States with his wife and business partner, Maria Font Trabocchi, including: Fiola DC, Fiola Miami, Fiola Mare, Sfoglina Pasta House, and Del Mar. The Trabocchis' growing restaurant group has received numerous accolades including a Michelin star at Fiola DC, the group's fine-dining flagship restaurant. Both Fabio and Maria Trabocchi stand behind their commitment to providing guests with a world-class dining experience while making them feel at home the moment they walk into each of their restaurants.About JW MarriottJW Marriott is part of Marriott International's luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to sophisticated, self-assured travelers seeking The JW Treatment - the brand's philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. JW hotels offer crafted experiences that bring to life the brand's commitment to highly choreographed, anticipatory service and modern residential design, allowing guests to pursue their passions and leave even more fulfilled than when they arrived. Today there are 80 JW Marriott hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Visit JW Marriottonline, and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.About JW Marriott Venice Resort & SpaSettled on its own private island in Venice, Isola delle Rose, just a quick ride to St. Mark's Square by complimentary shuttle service, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury experience for the most discerning traveler. The combination of wide and lush green areas, a refined restoration by award-winning architect Matteo Thun, together with an attentive service and the finest wellness and dining experiences makes Isola delle Rose a serene retreat from where you can easily explore the beauties of Venice and at the same time indulge in the luxury of a resort. Opened in 2015, the Resort features 266 rooms and refined suites, 4 restaurants - including the fine dining restaurant Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia, by Michelin-starred Chef Fabio Trabocchi - and 4 bars offering international and local cuisine, GOCO Spa - the largest spa in Venice, a Church, kids club and family activities, water sports, a rooftop lounge area with pool and view over Venice, lush green areas, and Sapori Cooking Academy for gastronomes looking to experience the authentic Venetian lifestyle and atmosphere. Visit JW Marriott Venice online, and on Instagram and Facebook.

Marriott Provides Update on Starwood Database Security Incident

Marriott · 4 January 2019
Working closely with its internal and external forensics and analytics investigation team, Marriott determined that the total number of guest records involved in this incident is less than the initial disclosure. Also, the number of payment cards and passport numbers involved is a relatively small percentage of the overall total records involved."We want to provide our customers and partners with updates based on our ongoing work to address this incident as we try to understand as much as we possibly can about what happened," said Arne Sorenson, Marriott's President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we near the end of the cyber forensics and data analytics work, we will continue to work hard to address our customers' concerns and meet the standard of excellence our customers deserve and expect from Marriott."Marriott is updating its press release of November 30, 2018, which announced that the company determined on November 19, 2018 that there was unauthorized access to a Starwood guest reservations database. In that release, the company said that it believed the incident involved information about up to approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property* on or before September 10, 2018, although at that point the company had not completed the analytics work to identify duplicative information.Update on the Number of Guests InvolvedMarriott now believes that the number of potentially involved guests is lower than the 500 million the company had originally estimated. Marriott has identified approximately 383 million records as the upper limit for the total number of guest records that were involved in the incident. This does not, however, mean that information about 383 million unique guests was involved, as in many instances, there appear to be multiple records for the same guest. The company has concluded with a fair degree of certainty that information for fewer than 383 million unique guests was involved, although the company is not able to quantify that lower number because of the nature of the data in the database.Passport Information UpdateMarriott now believes that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were included in the information accessed by an unauthorized third party. The information accessed also includes approximately 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers. There is no evidence that the unauthorized third party accessed the master encryption key needed to decrypt the encrypted passport numbers.Marriott is putting in place a mechanism to enable its designated call center representatives to refer guests to the appropriate resources to enable a look up of individual passport numbers to see if they were included in this set of unencrypted passport numbers. Marriott will update its designated website for this incident (https://info.starwoodhotels.com) when it has this capability in place. The website lists phone numbers to reach the company's dedicated call center and includes information about the process to be followed if guests believe that they have experienced fraud as a result of their passport numbers being involved in this incident.Payment Card Information UpdateMarriott now believes that approximately 8.6 million encrypted payment cards were involved in the incident. Of that number, approximately 354,000 payment cards were unexpired as of September 2018. There is no evidence that the unauthorized third party accessed either of the components needed to decrypt the encrypted payment card numbers.While the payment card field in the data involved was encrypted, Marriott is undertaking additional analysis to see if payment card data was inadvertently entered into other fields and was therefore not encrypted. Marriott believes that there may be a small number (fewer than 2,000) of 15-digit and 16-digit numbers in other fields in the data involved that might be unencrypted payment card numbers. The company is continuing to analyze these numbers to better understand if they are payment card numbers and, if they are payment card numbers, the process it will put in place to assist guests. Further updates will be made to the dedicated website: https://info.starwoodhotels.com.Guests who have questions related to their payment cards should visit https://info.starwoodhotels.com for more information, including toll-free phone numbers to reach the company's dedicated call center.Starwood Reservations Database DiscontinuedThe company has completed the phase out of the operation of the Starwood reservations database, effective the end of 2018. With the completion of the reservation systems conversion undertaken as part of the company's post-merger integration work, all reservations are now running through the Marriott system.Guest SupportMarriott continues to offer the following services to help guests monitor and protect their information:Dedicated Website and Call CenterMarriott has established a dedicated website (https://info.starwoodhotels.com) and call center to answer questions guests may have about this incident. The frequently asked questions on https://info.starwoodhotels.com have been updated and may be further supplemented from time to time. The call center is open seven days a week and is available in multiple languages.Free Web MonitoringGuests from countries and regions listed on the site have the opportunity to enroll in web monitoring services free of charge for one year. Please visit https://info.starwoodhotels.com and click on Free Identity Monitoring to learn more.* Starwood brands include: W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels. Starwood branded timeshare properties (Sheraton Vacation Club, Westin Vacation Club, The Luxury Collection Residence Club, St. Regis Residence Club, and Vistana) are also included.Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 129 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. 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.

W Records x VICE Release Amber Mark Documentary

Marriott ·17 December 2018
WHAT: The launch of Marriott Content Studio and W Hotels x VICE Media partnership and multi-platform exclusive documentary "Let's Talk About You, Amber Mark" which will be airing on VICELAND, VICE Media's online platforms and social media channels for both partnering brands."Let's Talk About You, Amber Mark" follows Amber Mark in her hometown of New York City as she reflects on her upbringing, the inspiration behind her heart-wrenching lyrics and her journey as a performer. The documentary glides between artistic representations of Amber Mark, her experiences recording and performing with W Records and an endearing interview, taking viewers into a stream-of-consciousness exploration of both the artist and cinematic artistry.Driven by the Marriott Content Studio, the partnership between W Records and VICE Media was born from a shared vision to create compelling and artful docu-narrative content. The teams spent the past few months working side-by-side with Amber Mark to craft a mini documentary which authentically reflects her passion, inspiration, and most importantly, her music.WHY: Marriott Content Studio, W Hotels and VICE are approaching this project with a common goal: to connect with viewers and bring new/next talent and topics to the forefront of the music conversation. This joint effort to document and promote Amber Mark's journey to the limelight is a prime example of how partnering talent in the music industry can and should be engaged in creating content that reflects their aesthetic and ethos as an artist. The documentary and online content produced as part of this partnership gives audiences everywhere an intimate look at Amber Mark's personal style and path to fame in her own words. TV:December 14 @ 7:00PM - W Records x VICELAND documentary premiereDecember 15 @ 12:00AM - W Records x VICELAND documentary re-airDecember 15 @ 3:00AM - W Records x VICELAND documentary re-airDecember 15 @ 6:00PM - W Records x VICELAND documentary re-airDecember 17 @ 6:30PM - W Records x VICELAND documentary re-airOnline:December 17 - W Records x VICE documentary digital premiereSocial:December 8-18 - VICELAND social platforms, 30-second trailerDecember 17 - VICE Snapchat Takeover WHERE: Watch LIVE hereCatch the digital premiere hereFollow along with W Hotels and VICE on social for more SOCIAL: @WHotels / @VICELAND / @VICE

Design Hotels Welcomes Seven New Members

Marriott ·10 December 2018
As Design Hotels wraps a bow on the year, we do so with the welcome addition of seven new member hotels that span the globe--as ever, unified by exemplary concepts. From Portugal's Douro River to the far reaches of China, join us in celebrating a year well-curated with these holistically centered expressions of creativity.Set majestically upon the banks of the beautiful Douro River, Douro41's harmonious dialogue between rock and soil, river and edifice, recalls the minimalism of a traditional vineyard terrace and yet is augmented by glass that accentuates its views.As the only Design Hotels member in Toronto, the cosmopolitan Canadian city is perfectly reflected at The Drake Hotel.A cultural institution in its own right, the 19-room, one suite hotel is defined by live music, wellness and creative workshops, jam sessions, artist talks, yoga, and more.A jaunt to the American west coast now means respite on the craggy Californian shores at Timber Cove Resort. An extensive renovation strongly emphasizes the property's iconic architectural bones and artistic soul.Further south, in the historic heart of Leon, a 19th century casona has been transformed into Hotel Emiliano. Preserved by the National Institute of Anthropology and History, the hotel retains many of its charming original elements such as the patio with its wooden and clay pergola, quarry stone details, and framed doors and windows.At Hotel Alaia in Chile, a 12-suite property puts guests just moments from one of the country's top surf spots--a picturesque stretch of coastline and natural wonder in itself. Rock chimneys, a panoramic lobby, and an endless tapestry of native woods and black rock characterize this low-impact, future-friendly property.When eastern aesthetics and holistic wellness philosophies beckon, two distinct Chinese retreats fit the bill. At Tsingpu Tulou Retreat architect Hua Li, of TAO (Trace Architecture Office), emphasizes the essential meaning of place by presenting an exterior that seems untouched by time.Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat on other hand is a lyrical concrete tale retold, informed by Neri & Hu's fresh take on traditional Chinese architecture.

Tribute Portfolio Hotels Partners With Pantone Combining The Power Of Color And The Joyful Pursuit Of Travel

Marriott · 6 December 2018
From Art Basel in Miami Beach, Pantone & Tribute Portfolio Debut the First in a Series of Interactive Pop-ups featuring the 2019 Pantone Color Of The Year: Living CoralThe "Pantone Pantry by Tribute Portfolio" will Premiere at Royal Palm Beach Resort Travelling to The Alida Hotel in Savannah, Georgia & The Slaak Rotterdam in The Netherlands Next YearTribute Portfolio, Marriott International's newest collection of independent and characterful hotels, today announced a first-of-it-kind collaboration with Pantone, a renowned global color authority: introducing a series of experiential pop-ups that celebrate the power of color and the pursuit of travel to inspire creativity and connect communities. Aptly named for its communal nature and colorful design, the Pantone Pantry by Tribute Portfolio will debut at Art Basel in Miami Beach at the Royal Palm South Beach Miami Resort and will travel to new Tribute Portfolio hotels next year.Each Pantone Pantry by Tribute Portfolio will take guests on a whimsical journey of color and captivating design, using different mediums to bring the travel-inspired installations to life and to playfully highlight the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year palettes. Artful, unexpected and designed to reflect the character of its host city, each pantry will be created collaboratively with a cast of colorful characters, artists and influencers, who have a unique perspective on travel."We are thrilled to collaborate with Pantone, who is as passionate and colorful as we are," said Amanda Nichols, Global Brand Director, Tribute Portfolio. "With 28 hotels open and growing, Tribute Portfolio has struck a chord with those who seek out independent experiences and crave a connection with the community when traveling. With Tribute Portfolio's knack for igniting imaginations through travel and Pantone's ability to inspire through color, these quirky pop-up experiences are sure to encourage a fresh perspective for guests and locals alike."This announcement follows the highly-anticipated reveal of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral as the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone. Sociable and spirited, Living Coral embodies the desire for playful expression and symbolizes the innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, including travel, which has the ability to enable shared experiences and social connection."Like travel, color enhances and influences the way we experience the world," said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. "Linked to tactility and human connection, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral is a warm and welcoming shade that fosters immersive experiences and encourages playful expression; so it made perfect sense that we collaborate with Tribute Portfolio, a brand that shines a light on the individualized and personalized spirit of all its characterful hotels, to create a unique way to experience color and bring PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral to life."First-Ever Pantone Pantry by Tribute Portfolio Makes a Splash at Art Basel with Interior Designer Athena Calderone, Supergroup LSD and Pop Art Illustrator Gabriel AlcalaPremiering this week at Art Basel in Miami Beach, the Pantone Pantry showcases the playful personality of the Tribute Portfolio brand with monochrome and multi-sensory moments that pay tribute to how color - like travel - can reframe your perspective and illuminate the quirky character of different destinations. Inspired in part by a pantry that offers a familial welcome to all, the pop-up also reimagines a traditional hotel experience with an unexpected concierge desk, a cabinet of curiosities and a hidden hotel guestroom. LSD, the supergroup comprised British musician Labrinth, Australian singer Sia and American music producer Diplo, as well as pop art illustrator Gabriel Alcala were tapped to create custom animations, digital projections and a show-stopping playlist that bring the whimsical world to life with their signature psychedelic pop point of view.Ever-inspired by her passion for travel to reframe flavors, cultures, food, architecture and design, Athena Calderone celebrated the grand reveal of 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral and officially opened doors to the Pantone Pantry by Tribute Portfolio at the Royal Palm South Beach Miami yesterday."Travel opens your eyes to everything, in a way, bringing black and white into dynamic technicolor; and my eyes absorb it all - they're always swooning," said Athena Calderone, founder of EyeSwoon and author of Cook Beautiful. "I'm delighted to celebrate this immersive pop up with Tribute Portfolio and Pantone, which will assuredly inspire someone's next adventure and colorful journey through travel."The Pantone Pantry will be open to the public December 6th and December 7th 2018 from 10:00am through 5L00pm for festival-goers to be among the first to experience the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year palettes.Tribute Portfolio will Take its Pantone Pantry to Indie-Spirited & Creative Communities around World in 2019Next year the brand's Pantone Pantry will pop up at The Alida in Savannah, Georgia, recently opened in October 2018 as part of Tribute Portfolio. The Alida strikes the perfect balance between modern design and the city's timeless charm, located ideally on Savannah's revitalized riverfront. Designed by Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects, the 173-room boutique hotel celebrates individuality and eclectic personality with no two rooms designed to be quite the same. Poised to be woven into the fabric of the community, the residential hotel is just a few blocks from the Broughton Street retail corridor, the Savannah College of Art & Design and the SCAD Museum of Art.The Pantone Pantry by Tribute Portfolio will also pop up at the new The Slaak Rotterdam, scheduled to open in March 2019 as part of Tribute Portfolio. Following the restoration and renovation of its storied building - once the printing house of the Het Vrije Volk newspaper and then a studio space for artists, the intimate and inventive 74-room hotel will reflect the dynamic metropolis of Rotterdam, known for its passion for innovation and its unpolished charm.For more information, please visit www.tributeportfolio.com/pantoneAbout Tribute PortfolioLaunched in April 2015, Tribute Portfolio, part of Marriott International, Inc., is a collection of aspirational independent hotels around the globe, offering guests and owners the ability to "Stay Independent" whether it's at boutique resorts or urban properties in great destinations. For more information on Tribute Portfolio, please visit www.tributeportfolio.com. Follow along to Stay Independent: @TributePortfolio on Instagram, @TributePRTFLO on Twitter, and Facebook. Tribute Portfolio is proud to participate in the company's award-winning loyalty programs - Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit members.marriott.com.About PantonePantone provides a universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization - leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce approved Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at www.pantone.com and connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.About The Pantone Color InstituteThe Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, and consultative color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.

Prince's Trust Canada and Marriott International Announce National Partnership on New Youth Employment Initiative

Marriott · 6 December 2018
Prince's Trust Canada, a national charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales, and Marriott International, a leading global lodging company with more than 6,700 properties across 129 countries and territories, announced a new Canada wide partnership today that will support youth employment and grow the hospitality-talent pool nationally.Prince's Trust Canada works with innovative and dedicated employer partners like Marriott International to link young people facing barriers to employment with meaningful employment opportunities. Prior to the partnership announcement, the two organizations ran a successful pilot project in Toronto.The new Get Into Hospitality program saw 12 under-employed and underserved young people in Toronto get two weeks of rigorous classroom training and two weeks of fully paid job shadowing training at Toronto area hotels. The young people finished the program with new skills, improved confidence and jobs. Marriott International committed to hiring at least 50% of the program participants"We're excited to be partnering with Marriott International on the Get Into Hospitality program," said Sharon Broughton, CEO of Prince's Trust Canada. "I've seen firsthand how the program gives young people the confidence they need to believe in themselves, to aim higher and succeed in all aspects of their lives. Marriott International is an industry leader and their commitment to employee development, the diversity of their operations and the number of jobs available across Canada make them an ideal partner."In addition to helping young people struggling to find employment, the hospitality-focused curriculum and paid workplace experience program supports the expanding travel and tourism industry in Canada by preparing young Canadians for careers in the industry."We are proud to be the hospitality partner of choice for Prince's Trust Canada. Marriott International recognizes the importance of helping to prepare young people for careers and college programs in the hospitality industry, and this is an additional step towards building a solid foundation for the future of tourism and hospitality work in Canada," said Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada. "This new and innovative partnership offers training to the Marriott associates of tomorrow and we look forward to launching it across Canada, changing young peoples' lives and helping to propel local economies across the country."Globally, the hospitality industry is expected to support 126 million jobs over the next ten years, causing the demand for talent to outpace talent supply. In a context where, globally, over half of the population is under 30 and where youth unemployment is twice the level of adults, developing meaningful and sustainable employment for young people under 30 is essential.This employment initiative reflects Marriott's commitment to provide opportunity and supports its sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction.Prince's Trust CanadaEstablished by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2011, Prince's Trust Canada is a national charity focused on transforming lives and building sustainable communities in Canada.Prince's Trust Canada works to unlock potential in three key areas - providing entrepreneurship training for veterans and transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members, helping young people build confidence through employability programs, and supporting Indigenous communities as they revitalize and protect their languages. princestrust.ca

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