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 Marriott Provides Free Private Charters to
Airlift 239 Guests Out of Cancun, Mexico
Arrange Special Air Transport to Atlanta and Mexico City 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2005 - Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) and its subsidiary The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC today arranged special air transportation out of Cancun, Mexico for 239 guests who were evacuated from The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and CasaMagna Marriott hotels.

Guests traveled yesterday and today from shelters in Cancun to Merida International Airport before boarding private charter flights this evening to Mexico City and Atlanta. Marriott International chartered two Mexicana Airbus 320 aircraft and provided the flights at no charge to the guests. Upon landing in Mexico City and Atlanta, guests will be met by Marriott and Ritz- Carlton staff and be offered overnight accommodations.

Following mandatory evacuation orders from local authorities, guests staying at Cancun Marriott and Ritz-Carlton properties during Hurricane Wilma were evacuated to shelters located further inland. Teams of Marriott and Ritz-Carlton personnel took all necessary steps to ensure that guests were as safe and comfortable as possible in these temporary shelters.

As previously announced, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort will remain closed until December 31, 2005. For property updates and hurricane related information visit

Currently ten Marriott properties in Florida are temporarily closed due to power outages and some minor damage.  As of 10 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, October 26, the following properties are unable to accept guests: 

  1. Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
  2. Courtyard Key West Waterfront
  3. Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport
  4. Fairfield Inn Key West
  5. Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott
  6. Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  7. Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina
  8. Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers, A Marriott Vacation Club Resort
  9. Marriott's Ocean Pointe, A Marriott Vacation Club Resort
  10. West Palm Beach Marriott
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,700 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and Horizons brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; operates conference centers; and manages golf courses. The company is headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune® magazine. In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at

Marriott Communications
(301) 380-7770

Also See: First Planeload of Tourists from the Hurricane-ravaged Yucatan Peninsula Arrived Tuesday Night in Denver / October 2005

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