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Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Opens The 250-room Ritz-Carlton, Saigon
in Vietnam, Owned by the Bitexco Group

July 30, 2012 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., the leader in luxury hospitality, has announced the brand's first hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), marking another step in the group's expansion in Asia. The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon is owned by the Bitexco Group, one of Vietnam's most prestigious property developers.

The 250-room hotel is located in the historic centre of Saigon adjacent to the famous Ben Thanh Square market, in a 48-storey tower. The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon is part of a dynamic development project called The One Ho Chi Minh City, which also includes prime office space, retail outlets and 350 luxury apartments.

Award-winning US architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica Architects, drew inspiration from Vietnam's legendary dragon. He described the towers as a representation of two dragons rising from the ground with their tails coiled and pearls dangling from their mouths. In Vietnamese culture, dragons, especially in pairs, are a powerful life symbols representing prosperity and growth.

"We are honoured to be partnering with The Bitexco Group to manage this exceptional property in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City," said Herve Humler, President and COO – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. "Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most vibrant and intriguing cities in Asia today and the sophisticated luxury travellers of today will enjoy exploring the best the city has to offer from this prime location when it opens in 2017. This project offers our travellers an exceptional new destination to explore."

Ho Chi Minh City has a rich history which is reflected in its architecture with numerous neoclassical buildings and broad boulevards. The city enjoys a modern vibe that sits harmoniously with its past. Its proximity to the foothills of the Central Highlands, part of the spine of mountains running nearly the entire length of Vietnam, are a short drive to the northeast while to the south is the Mekong Delta.

Mr. Vu Quang Hoi, Chairman of Bitexco Group of Companies, said: "We are delighted The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has partnered with The One to raise the benchmark for a luxury lifestyle in Vietnam. Bitexco believes in partnering with the world's best. With that, we are also confident that this hub will attract top tier multi-national corporations to locate in The One Ho Chi Minh City."

Asked about additional growth in Asia for The Ritz-Carlton, Mr. Humler said: "We continue to explore other opportunities and destinations in Asia. With the region's strong travel and tourism industry, we see expansion in key Asian cities, with the right hotels in the right locations, to be an essential part of our future strategy."

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase (Maryland, USA), currently operates 74 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings which include The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong which will open as the highest hotel in the world. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR)

Allison Sitch
Senior Corporate Director, Public Relations
Phone: +1 3015474784

Description: Hospitality NetThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

4445 Willard Avenue - Suite 800
USA - Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (703) 941-6225
Fax: 703-941-7492

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