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Marriott Vacation Club International Opens First
Las Vegas Resort, the Marriott Grand Chateau

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LAS VEGAS, October 3, 2005 -  Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI), the recognized worldwide leader in the vacation ownership industry and a division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), opened its first Las Vegas resort over the weekend   Marriott's Grand Chateau. 

Located at 75 East Harmon, just off the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the resort sits between the Aladdin and MGM Grand hotels, and establishes a new level of luxury within the vacation ownership industry. Marriott's Grand Chateau exudes the grandeur of a French countryside chateau in the late nineteenth century. 

"Las Vegas is a vibrant destination, and it brings yet another exceptional vacation experience to our nearly 290,000 owners," said Stephen P. Weisz, president of Marriott Vacation Club International. "Marriott owners have long expressed interest in this amazing city. We think they'll be pleased with the result."

The resort will offer 895 (upon build-out) one-, two- and three-bedroom villas ranging from 820-2,095 square feet in four 37-story towers. The first phase opens with 126 villas designed with rich hues of red, green and gold and exquisite tapestries draping the windows, as well as, a fully-equipped kitchen with tile floors and granite counters; a separate living and dining area; 42-inch Sony plasma television, DVD and stereo in the living room; deep soaking tub and oversized shower; washer/dryer; and Wi-Fi accessibility. Three-bedroom villas can accommodate up to 12 guests.

Marriott's Grand Chateau will offer numerous activities and amenities for owners and guests, including:

  • Rooftop pool with whirlpool spa and pool bar
  • Concierge services and valet parking
  • Fitness center offering cardiovascular equipment and free weights; and men's and women's locker and steam rooms
  • Marriott's Activity Zone Experience (MAZE) for all ages
  • The MarketPlace convenience store open 24 hours per day
  • Full-service spa and golf are nearby
Las Vegas is a city like no other with live entertainment, gaming, shopping, golf, sporting events and the leading names in the culinary trade. Day trips to Hoover Dam, hiking in Red Rock Canyon or a paddleboat cruise on Lake Mead are popular amongst visitors. Additionally, McCarran International Airport is a mere 15 minutes from the resort.

About Marriott Vacation Club International
Marriott Vacation Club International is the recognized worldwide leader in vacation ownership with a program highly regarded for its quality and unique flexibility. In 1984, Marriott became the first branded hospitality company by nearly a decade to enter the timeshare industry. Now celebrating over 20 years of making vacation dreams come true for its owners and guests, MVCI continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of over 7,500 timeshare resort villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Today, nearly 290,000 vacation owners around the globe own their vacations "the Marriott way," offering options to exchange weeks with priority within the MVCI portfolio, trade their week(s) for Marriott Rewards points, exchange within Interval International's global system of 2,000 resorts in 75 countries or rent their week(s). 

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories.  Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

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Contact:

 Ed Kinney
Marriott Vacation Club International   
(407) 206-6278
ed.kinney@vacationclub.com

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Also See: Stephen Cloobeck Planning a $240 million 850 Unit Time-Share Project in Las Vegas / Feb 2002
Marriott Vacation Club International Starts Construction of the Marriott Grand Chateau, 888 Vacation Ownership Villas on the Las Vegas Strip / July 2004


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