|Washington , DC - 8 June 2006 -Marriott International,
Inc. (NYSE:MAR) honored top select service and extended stay segment franchisees
for 2005 at its annual Owners Conference held recently at the JW Marriott
Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz. Seven companies – Concord
Hospitality Enterprises Company, Hospitality Specialists, Inc., InnVentures,
Inc., S & S Hotels, Sivica Hospitality, True North Hotel Group Inc.,
and White Lodging Services Corp. – were awarded Marriott’s highest honor,
the Partnership Circle Award, presented to owner and franchise companies
for their hospitality excellence. Hundreds of representatives from
organizations that own or franchise Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield
Inn, TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites hotels attended the three-day
“Thanks to the great relationships we have with our owners and franchisees,
Marriott is well positioned to execute exciting enhancements to our brands
– from new guest rooms and lobbies to services and amenities – that will
solidify their place as top performers,” said Joel Eisemann, executive
vice president, owner and franchise services, Marriott International.
“We value the strong partnership we have with these companies, who live
and share our vision. I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners of the
Partnership Circle Awards for their outstanding achievements.”
• Concord, based in, Raleigh, N.C., currently owns 38
Marriott branded hotels and has another 16 under development among seven
different Marriott brands. Concord, a company known for continuous
improvement, was the first to adopt the “Print Me” solution that enables
to print documents from their laptops. Concord’s President, Mark
Laport, chairs the Courtyard Franchisee Advisory Committee.
In order to qualify for the Partnership Circle Awards, franchisees must
have a significant number of Marriott-branded select service and extended
stay hotels open, as well as a minimum of one under development. In addition,
franchisees must meet stringent quality assurance criteria, achieve high,
portfolio-wide, overall guest satisfaction scores, actively support Marriott
initiatives through an Advisory Council or other such activities, and embrace
Marriott’s philosophy that states “…take care of the associate and the
associate will take care of the guest.”
• Hospitality Specialists, Inc., of Bethesda, Md., owns and operates
eight Marriott hotels across four select service and extended stay brands
with two more in the pipeline. Hospitality Specialists is a first-time
winner of the Partnership Circle Award.
• InnVentures of Seattle, Wash., boasts the highest guest satisfaction
scores among all Marriott franchisees. The company is a member of The Residence
Inn Association. For the third year in a row, InnVentures’ Courtyard Hillsboro,
Ore., won Hotel of the Year.
• S & S Hotels of Manchester, N.H., owns and operates more
than ten hotels among four of Marriott’s select service and extended stay
brands. S & S Hotels has grown its portfolio of Marriott hotels consistently
year after year and more hotels are planned.
• Sivica Hospitality of Atlanta, Ga., counts two training hotels
– a Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites – among its portfolio of 12 Marriott-branded
properties. The company actively participates in Franchise Advisory
Councils and is an energetic participant in volunteer community activities,
such as Habitat for Humanity.
• White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Ind., owns and operates
nearly 100 Marriott lodging products spanning six brands, and has committed
itself to the Fairfield brand direction by converting their 13 Fairfield
Inns to Fairfield Inn and Suites. The company participates on Marriott’s
Brand Standards and Quality Assurance committees and is a member of the
The Residence Inn Association.
• True North, based in Kansas City, Mo., is a long-time developer
of Marriott-branded hotels with 12 in total. The company currently has
five more in development under four of Marriott’s five select service and
extended stay brands. Seven of the True North’s hotels are in the top ten
for guest satisfaction scores. The company was a charter member of The
Residence Inn Association.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company
with nearly 2,800 lodging properties in the United States and 66 other
countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises
hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance,
Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill
Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership
resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton
Club and Grand Residences by Marriott 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., and has approximately 143,000 employees at 2005 year-end.
In fiscal year 2005, Marriott International reported sales from continuing
operations of $11.6 billion. For more information or reservations,
please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.