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Pieter Knot Named General Manager at Marriott’s
Frenchman’s Cove on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I

Orlando,  FL  -  26 May 2009 - Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) – the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) – has appointed Pieter Knot to general manager at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Knot is now responsible for the Marriott Vacation Club resort located on 13 waterfront acres overlooking scenic Pacquereau Bay in St. Thomas. Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove currently boasts 124 two- and three-bedroom villas ranging from 1,172 to 1,572 square feet and will offer a proposed total of 220 villas upon build-out. Each villa features stunning water views and amenities including a fully-equipped kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, spacious living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, multiple flat-panel televisions and DVD players, and two balconies.

With nearly 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, Knot began his career with Marriott in 2000 in Aruba where he served as the director of services for both the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club. From there, Knot quickly progressed to front office manager at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Three years later he was appointed to director of services for Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club and Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club and soon advanced to director of room operations for both properties.

In his most recent role, Knot held the position of general manager at Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club in the British West Indies where he successfully opened three phases at the resort, as well as earned the recognition as a “World Class Leader for the Florida-Caribbean Region” by Marriott Vacation Club International.

“We are thrilled to have Pieter as our new general manager at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove,” said Troy Asche, regional vice president of customer experience for the Florida-Caribbean region. “Under Pieter’s leadership and with his extensive experience, we are certain that Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove will continue to be one of the most sought-after destinations for our Owners and guests in the Marriott Vacation Club portfolio.”

A native of Aruba, Knot is relocating to St. Thomas with his wife, Dorothea and two children, Cassandra and Daniel. Knot holds his bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas and looks forward to becoming an active member of the St. Thomas community. 

About Marriott Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club is the recognized worldwide leader in vacation ownership with a program highly regarded for its quality and unique flexibility. Celebrating 25 years of unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true; Marriott became the first branded hospitality company by nearly a decade to enter the timeshare industry in 1984. Marriott Vacation Club continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of more than 11,000 timeshare resort villas throughout the U.S.,  Caribbean, Europe and Asia.  

Today, more than 395,000 Owner families around the globe own their vacations “the Marriott way,” offering options to exchange weeks with priority within the Marriott Vacation Club portfolio or within Interval International’s global system of more than 2,400 resorts in over 75 countries, trade their week(s) for Marriott Rewards points, or rent their week(s). For more information, please visit www.marriott-vacations.com. For nightly rentals, please visit www.marriott.com. 

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 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, The Ritz-Carlton Destination 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 Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end.  It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004.  In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion.  For more information or reservations, please visit our web site atwww.marriott.com. For an interactive online version of Marriott's 2008 Annual Report, which includes a short video message from Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., visitwww.marriott.com/investor.

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Contact:

James Woelbern
Marriott Vacation Club International
james.woelbern@vacationclub.com / 407.513.6969

 

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