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Marriott and Gateway Hospitality to Open the 100-room
 Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina – December 16, 2010 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR; http://www.marriott.com) and Gateway Hospitality are scheduled to open the 100-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Charleston, SC this month.  Located at 4841 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston Airport / Convention Center will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Palmetto Hotel Associates, LLC and managed by Gateway Hospitality of Columbia, SC.  
 
Located two miles from the Charleston International Airport and less than a mile from the North Charleston Convention Center, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston Airport / Convention Center offers guests convenient access to Boeing, Charleston Air Force Base, North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, Tanger Outlets, and Historic Downtown Charleston.  Opening rates will be available.
 
“We are pleased with the continued growth of Fairfield Inn hotels in the Charleston area,” said Brian King, senior vice president, Select Service and Extended Stay Brand Management, Marriott International.  “This hotel offers business and leisure travelers convenient, quality accommodations at an affordable price.  We look forward to welcoming guests and providing the friendly service that sets Fairfield Inn apart.”
 
The new Fairfield Inn & Suites public space features an innovative and contemporary design that is both flexible and functional. The open and bright new lobby welcomes guests with a vibrant color palette of greens, blues, and oranges. Thoughtfully designed suite rooms offer separate living, working and sleeping areas and include an additional television, microwave, and mini-fridge. The sleeping area features plush mattresses, downy blankets and crisp linens to create a truly revitalized bedroom experience. The bright, spacious living area provides a well-lit work area, ergonomic chair, and entertainment area with a second television and CD/stereo. Additional in-room amenities include an ergonomic desk chair, hair dryer and two phones with free local calls.

A complimentary continental breakfast is available each morning in the lobby area.  Other hotel amenities include an evening Manager’s Reception Monday thru Friday, outdoor swimming pool, exercise room, meeting room, valet laundry service, free high-speed Internet and fax and copy service.

“We offer a personalized guest service experience and we are proud to be the home of the Hospitality Movement,” said Bill Carter, Managing Partner, Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston Airport / Convention Center.  “We are taking hospitality to a new benchmark of excellence.” 

Launched in 1987, Fairfield Inn has become a leader in the moderate tier category.  With more than 640 properties throughout the United States, guests can rely on Fairfield Inn to meet their lodging needs wherever their travels take them.  Fairfield Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent guest program.  Members earn their choice of points toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at more than 3,100 Marriott hotels worldwide. 

For more information or reservations, call the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston Airport / Convention Center directly at 843-300-3100, call the Fairfield Inn toll-free number at 800-228-2800, contact a travel agent or visit the web site at www.fairfieldinn.com.

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Contact: 

Jackie Berra
Marriott International
(301) 380-6756    
jackie.berra@marriott.com

Geoff Cipkala
Gateway Hospitality
(803) 324-5725
 geoff@gatewayhospitality.com
 
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