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First Marriott-Flagged Hotel in Israel
to Open in Nazareth in Mid-1998
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first Marriott-flagged hotel in Israel will open in mid-1998 following a franchise agreement reached between Marriott International (NYSE/MAR) and HEI Mid-East Hotels, Ltd. When opened, the 258-room Nazareth Marriott Hotel will be the first international standard hotel in the city.

The Nazareth Marriott Hotel will be prominently located on a hilltop overlooking the Old City of Nazareth, the Basilica of Annunciation and the wider Galilee area.

“Marriott International has long wanted a presence in Israel with a Marriott-flagged property,” said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of Marriott Lodging International. “This is a first-step into the country with a high-quality hotel that will dominate the Nazareth market.”

“Obtaining Israel’s first Marriott franchise reflects both the property’s quality and our commitment to manage the hotel at the highest international standards,” said Stephen Mendell, HEI Mid-East Hotels, Ltd. president. “Affiliation with the world-renown brand will be a major factor in attracting business and leisure travelers to the property.”

The Nazareth Marriott Hotel will feature an executive floor with special amenities designed for international business and leisure travelers, including a private executive lounge. It will also have 5,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, two restaurants, a coffee shop, a lobby lounge, a health club, an outdoor swimming pool within a large well-landscaped garden area, several small retail shops and parking for approximately 100 automobiles and six buses.

Marriott Lodging is currently represented in Israel by the 340-room Tel Aviv Ramada Hotel and the 642-room Renaissance Jerusalem Hotel.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, the Marriott Lodging system has five additional hotels under development. They include the 141-room Ritz-Carlton Dubai (1998), the 150-room Madinah Marriott Hotel in Saudi Arabia (1999), the 212-room Jordan Valley Marriott Resort at the Dead Sea in Jordan (1999), the 355-room Mirage City Marriott Resort Cairo (2000) and the 292-room Abu Dhabi Marriott Hotel in the United Arab Emirates (2000). Another 14 properties are currently in operation offering more than 5,513 rooms and spanning three lodging brands — Marriott, Renaissance and Ramada International.

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Email: june.farrell@marriott.com

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