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Marriott International Signs Seven Hotel Management Agreements in
China, Expects to Have 60 Hotels in China by Year End 2010

Marriott Invests $500,000 Seed Money to Support a Vital Water Conservation Program
 in the Mountains of Southwest China



SHANGHAI, May 24, 2010 - Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) has signed management agreements for seven additional hotels in China and aims to double its presence in the country in about five years.  Marriott's largest market outside of North America is China where the company expects to have 60 hotels open across six brands by year-end 2010, including eight flying the company's Ritz-Carlton flag.  Among properties opening this year in China are stunning Ritz-Carlton hotels in Hong Kong and Shanghai Pudong.

The seven newly-signed hotels are:

• The 320-room luxury JW Marriott Hotel Dalian, owned by Liaoning Baocheng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. (2013). When opened, the hotel will be Marriott's first property in Dalian and ninth JW Marriott-branded hotel in China.

• The upscale 507-room Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa, owned by Ranya Zhonggang Fishery Co., Ltd. (2011). When opened, it will be Marriott's third property in the greater Sanya area.

• The deluxe 269-room Renaissance Zhuhai Hotel owned by Guangyi Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. (2013) It will open as Marriott's first hotel in the city.

• The moderate-priced 260-room Courtyard by Marriott Fuzhou Hotel owned by Fuzhou Zhengfeng Real Estate.  (2013)  When opened, the hotel will be Marriott's first property in Fuzhou.

• The moderate-priced 265-room Courtyard by Marriott Kunshan, owned by Kunchan Dongzhixin Real Estate Co., Ltd. (2011 When opened, it will be Marriott's first hotel in Kunshan.

• The upscale 350-room Hangzhou Marriott Hotel, owned by affiliates of Hualian Holding, a subsidiary of China Union Development Group (2014)  When opened, it will be the fourth Marriott International flagged hotel in the city.

• The upscale 330-room Shanghai Marriott Hotel Minhang, owned by an affiliate of Shanghai Minghjie Real Estate & Development Co., Ltd. (2015).

"China is arguably the world's most compelling tourism market today. Its buoyant tourism industry will host 2.1 billion domestic and international tourists this year, an increase of 12 percent over 2009. Within the next 10 years, China is expected to be the world's single largest source of international tourism and its number-one travel destination," said J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International.

"We are excited to be part of this dynamic growth with our close partners in the Chinese real estate community who develop and own the hotels we operate under our brands, and we are tremendously pleased to add these seven properties to our pipeline in China.  We look forward to expanding our presence in our signature full-service and Courtyard brands."
 

Company joins Conservation International and Government of Pingwu County to protect Asia water tower, source of fresh water to more than 2 billion people

SHANGHAI, May 24, 2010 - Marriott International will invest $500,000 (approximately 3.4 million RMB) in seed money over the next two years to support a vital water conservation program that helps protect the largest source of fresh water on the planet, located in the mountains of Southwest China. The program will focus its work in Sichuan Province, the area hit hard by the 2008 earthquake. Concurrently, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels throughoutChina have committed to reducing their water and energy use by 25 percent by 2017.

The program, called the "Nobility of Nature," is designed to assist rural communities in Sichuan Province with sustainable businesses, such as mushroom farming and honey production, which will place less stress on the environment. Reducing erosion and sedimentation will also improve water quality downstream in both rural and urban areas.

Marriott International associates and the owners of its hotels in China have a special connection with Sichuan Province. Together, they raised more than US$3 million (approximately 20.5 million RMB) to help provide disaster relief to victims of theMay 2008 earthquake which took the lives of nearly 70,000 people. 

"Marriott is committed to doing business in China and to the well-being of the Chinese people," said J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International. "There's a Chinese proverb, 'when drinking the water, consider the source.' Water is the key to prosperity and sustained economic growth. Helping to develop viable ways to preserve the water supply and conserve water in our hotels is important to our business, our associates and our customers," said Mr. Marriott.

"This enables us to demonstrate our shared vision of innovation, opportunity and respect for the environment while further strengthening our 20-year commitment to the people of China," said President and Chief Operating Officer Arne Sorenson.

In addition to its investment in Conservation International's (CI) fresh water project, Marriott's corporate food and beverage team is also developing a sustainable seafood program globally, providing guidelines for chefs and purchasing managers. Marriott will work to actively seek more sustainable alternatives for its menus around the world. Marriott and CI recognize that this is a journey and will work together to make this program a model for the industry.

Marriott also has been focused on reducing its greenhouse emissions through aggressive conservation programs:

  • Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in China and around the world are committed to reducing water and energy usage by 25 percent by 2017. Specifically in China, Marriott's hotels have reduced water usage by 13.5 percent and energy use by 15.7 percent in the past two years.
  • Marriott's 45 hotels currently operating in China are engaged in several operational practices such as recycling paper, metals, bottles, cans and batteries; installing low-energy light bulbs using 80 percent less energy than conventional bulbs; and using tea tree oil to help maintain clean air conditioning units.
  • In April, Marriott headquarters in the U.S. was awarded a gold medal for green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council, a milestone against the company's worldwide goal to have 300 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified properties in five years. The company has unveiled a LEED prototype for its Courtyard brand.
  • Worldwide, Marriott is investing in innovative, large-scale conservation projects that help address some of the most pressing environmental problems. In addition to the new water conservation program in China, Marriott is partnering with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation and the Brazilian State of Amazonas to protect 1.4 million acres of endangered rainforest, called the Juma Sustainable Reserve. This REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) project has been recognized as a model for avoided deforestation to address climate change.
"Marriott's latest commitment toward addressing environmental issues sets a high bar," said Peter Seligmann, chairman and CEO of Conservation International.  "We are pleased that our partnership with Marriott centers around our work in China and on such an important issue as fresh water.  We also look forward to working with Marriott and other hotel companies to strengthen the entire industry's commitment to sustainable seafood sourcing."

Conservation International will join the Pingwu County Government and a local environmental group, Shan Shui, to provide training and resources to the local communities involved in the project.

Marriott International currently operates 45 hotels in China representing its JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel brands. More than 25 hotels are under construction or being planned in China through 2013.

Conservation International (CI): Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. With headquarters inWashington, D.C., CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents. For more information about CI, visit www.conservation.org.

JW Marriott Hotel Dalian
Part of a mixed use development including office space, retail shops and high-end apartments in the Xinghai Bay area ofDalian, the city's new financial and commercial center, the architecturally striking JW Marriott Hotel Dalian will be situated near the Dalian Xinghai Convention and Exhibition Center, the Dalian World Expo Center and office buildings housing many of the world's prominent companies including IBM, Sony, Panasonic, Ericsson, Siemens and Volkswagen. Dalian Zhousuizi International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

The hotel will have three stunning restaurants including an informal three-meal dining outlet, a Chinese restaurant with six private dining rooms and a specialty, themed outlet with two private dining rooms. Also featured will be an inviting lobby lounge that will change mood throughout the day and a vibrant entertainment bar.  Recreational amenities will include a fitness center and world-class spa with six treatment rooms. For social events and conferences, the hotel will have 1,620 square meters of space comprised of a 1,050-square meter ballroom divisible into four sections, a 150-square meter meeting room and five other meeting rooms in varying configurations. 

Business-oriented services will be comprised of a business center with two small meeting rooms and an executive lounge with a small meeting room. State-of-the-art technological amenities and services will be available throughout the hotel's public spaces and guest rooms.

Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa
Located at the north end of Haitang Bay on a beautiful white sand beach, the sophisticated Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa will be about a 40-minute drive from the airport.

Eight restaurants and lounges will comprise the resort's food and beverage choices including a Chinese restaurant with 15 private dining rooms, a seafood restaurant offering indoor and outdoor seating, an inviting beach bar, an exciting lobby lounge and a vibrant sports bar. 

All of its oversized guest rooms will have balconies and will feature contemporary styling, the latest technological advances and baths with separate tub and shower.  Recreational amenities will revolve around a world-class Spa with six treatment rooms; a fitness center; three swimming pools including an eye-catching signature pool, a lap pool and a children's pool; a recreation pavilion; two flood-lit tennis courts; and a kid's club.

For social events and conferences, the resort will have 2,424 square meters of space, including a 1,430-square meter grand ballroom divisible into six sections; a 450-square meter junior ballroom divisible into two sections and four additional meeting rooms in varying configurations.

Renaissance Zhuhai Hotel
Strategically situated in Zhuhai's Xiangzhou district, the contemporary Renaissance Zhuhai Hotel will be located in a mixed-use complex, including offices, serviced apartments, commercial space and the Qianshan Station of the Guangzhou-Zhuhai light rail system. It is expected to be the premier hotel in the city when it opens in 2013. 

Within an hour's drive are numerous tourist attractions including noteworthy golf clubs, the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition Center and the Zhuhai International Circuit, host of many regional and international motor races. The Macau Special Administration Region is located 15 minutes away.

For dining and entertainment, the hotel will offer three restaurants and an engaging lobby bar. Recreational amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool and health club. For meetings and social events, the hotel will have 800 square meters of function space including a 500-square meter ballroom divisible into three sections, a 150-square meter junior ballroom divisible into two sections and three 50-square meter meeting rooms that can be divided into two sections each.

Courtyard by Marriott Fuzhou
Located on Pushang Road near the Cangshan District government offices, University Town and the Jinshan Industrial Park, the Courtyard by Marriott Fuzhou will be part of a mixed-use development consisting of a shopping mall, the hotel and apartments.Fuzhou's Changle International Airport is about an hour's drive away.

Outstanding food and beverage will be a focal point of the hotel which will have an all-day restaurant featuring a permanent grand buffet and 20 private dining rooms along with a welcoming lounge that will flow into the hotel's lobby, encouraging guests to linger with colleagues over Chinese tea or to relax at day's end.

The hotel's spacious guest rooms will have the latest technology, contemporary furnishings, in-room coffee and tea service and sumptuous bed and bath linens. Business services will include an executive lounge with a small meeting room and a business center with two small meeting rooms.

An indoor swimming pool and fitness center will comprise its recreational amenities while 870 square meters of function space will provide four individual meeting rooms in varying configurations.

Courtyard by Marriott Kunshan
The Courtyard by Marriott Kunshan will be located on the east edge of Kunshan's  bustling commercial and political area, near the Kunshan Municipal Government building.  It will be part of a mixed-use complex consisting of serviced apartments and retail space.
The hotel will have a casual restaurant serving three meals daily and a lobby lounge and bar for dining and entertainment. Its recreational amenities will center around a health club. Business-oriented amenities will include a spacious executive lounge with one private meeting room and a full-service business center offering two individual meeting rooms.  For conferences and social events, the hotel will have 549 square meters of function space consisting of five meeting rooms in varying configurations.

Contemporary guest rooms will feature the latest technology; defined areas for rest, relaxation and work; Marriott's renowned bed and bath linens and amenities; and in-room coffee and tea service.

For social events and meetings, the hotel will have 549 square meters of function space comprised of a 342-square meter ballroom that will be divisible into two sections and four additional meeting rooms in varying configurations.

Hangzhou Marriott Hotel
The Hangzhou Marriott Hotel will be situated in the center of Qianjiang New Town—the new central business district ofHangzhou. 
The hotel will be part of a mixed-use development complex that will also have a service apartment tower and two commercial buildings offering office space, 33,000 square meters of retail space and parking.

Accommodations at the Hangzhou Marriott will be spacious and will feature contemporary design elements, modern connectivity and baths with separate tub and showers.

For dining and entertainment, the hotel will offer three restaurants including a Chinese outlet with nine private dining rooms, a specialty restaurant with three private dining rooms, an all-day casual restaurant as well as a bar.  Its lobby lounge will change character throughout the day.

Recreational amenities will include a swimming pool and fitness center and spa that will have a number of treatment rooms and four foot massage stations. Additional amenities will include an executive lounge with a private meeting room, a business center and gift shop.

For social events and conferences, the hotel will have 1,700 square meters of function space comprised of an 800-square meter ballroom that will be divisible into four sections and five individual meeting rooms in varying configurations.

Shanghai Marriott Minhang Hotel
The Shanghai Marriott Minhang will be situated in the Minhang district, the commercial, leisure and academic center of south suburban Shanghai. 

The hotel will offer three dining outlets including a Chinese restaurant with 10 private dining rooms and a specialty restaurant with four private dining rooms and an all-day casual dining outlet as well as an inviting lobby lounge.

For conferences and social events, the hotel will have 1,500 square meters of space including an 800-square meter ballroom that will be divisible into four sections and three individual meeting rooms in varying configurations.

Guest rooms will be tastefully and stylishly furnished and will offer modern connectivity and baths with separate tub and shower.
Recreational amenities will include an indoor swimming pool and a health club. Other amenities will be comprised of an executive lounge, a business center and a gift shop.
 

About Marriott International:
Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,400 lodging properties in 70 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 & Suites, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences 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 137,000 employees at 2009 year-end. It is recognized by Fortune magazine 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 2009, Marriott International reported sales of nearly $11 billion.

Note:  The company's expectation that it will have 60 hotels in China, including eight flying the Ritz-Carlton flag, by year-end 2010 is a "forward looking statement" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, not a historical fact, and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the continuation and pace of the economic recovery; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in the company's most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause the actual number of hotels in China to be different than we expect.  This statement is made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Also See: Hotel Construction in the Asia-Pacific Region Is at a Record Level; A Burgeoning Pipeline in China Is Set to Unfold / October 2007
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