The openings of the two Courtyards signal the entrance into Manhattan
of Marriott's leading hotel brand designed to meet the needs of business
travelers. The 244-room Courtyard by Marriott Times Square South, located
at 114 West 40th Street, is the first new hotel to be built in the garment
district since 1970. The 308-room Courtyard by Marriott Midtown East, located
at 866 Third Avenue, is a conversion of the former Macmillan Publishing
The New York Marriott Brooklyn, the first new hotel construction in
New York City's most populous
borough in nearly 70 years, is located at 333 Adams Street. Since opening
for business on July 7, this 376-room upscale hotel has enjoyed such success
that owners and executives have already entered the design stages of a
200-room expansion. Construction of an annex tower, which will be connected
to the main hotel via enclosed pedestrian bridge, is expected to begin
"We've always been bullish on New York," says Marriott International
vice president of lodging, Jurgen Giesbert. "When the New York Marriott
Marquis opened in 1985, it was the first premier hotel in Times Square,
and one of the first corporations to move into the area. Now look at Times
Square! Marriott's continued New York City expansion, marked by the grand
openings of these three hotels today, is a reflection of our ongoing enthusiasm
about the future of New York City."
"Courtyard's Manhattan debut brings another lodging option to business
travelers in one of the country's most important urban markets," says Craig
Lambert, brand vice president, Courtyard by Marriott. "Courtyard has earned
accollades for its consistently superior accommodations and the value it
represents. The highly desirable locations of these properties, along with
Courtyard's tried-and-true reputation, will enhance Marriott's portfolio
in New York City."
"New York City is enjoying tremendous interest from potential travelers
around the world as the news spreads of our cultural and economic renaissance,
and our cleaner, safer streets," says Fran Reiter, president and CEO of
the New York Convention Visitors Bureau. "We need to accommodate this demand
with more hotel rooms, as well as meeting and convention space, and so
we are very pleased to welcome these three new Marriotts to the New York
City hotel landscape."
The ten New York City Marriott hotels offer 5,848 guest rooms, 222,364
square feet of meeting and exhibit space, nine ballrooms (including New
York City's second and fourth largest), and 21 restaurants and lounges.
In 1997, the New York City Marriott hotels enjoyed an average occupancy
of over 87%. This surpassed New York City's average hotel occupancy of
"In this city that is the capital of the world, Marriott has grown to
become the market leader with more than 5,800 rooms by year-end 1998,"
remarked Bjorn Hanson, Ph.D., New York-based global partner in the PricewaterhouseCoopers
hospitality and leisure group. "That is an impressive record any lodging
company would be proud to match."
Marriott's ten New York City hotels include: New York Marriott Marquis,
Renaissance New York Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Times Square South, New
York Marriott East Side, Courtyard by Marriott Midtown East, New York Marriott
World Trade Center, New York Marriott Financial Center, New York Marriott
Brooklyn, LaGuardia Marriott, and Courtyard by Marriott LaGuardia.
The introduction of the three New York City hotels is in keeping with
Marriott International's multi-tiered global expansion plan. One of the
industry's leaders, Marriott expects to reach its 2,000th hotel by the
year 2000. Marriott International, Inc. is a leading worldwide hospitality
company, with over 1,700 operating units in the United States and 53 other
countries and territories. Major businesses include hotels operated and
franchised under the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn,
Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, Executive Residences,
Renaissance, New World and Ramada International brands; vacation club resorts;
senior living communities and services; and food service distribution.
The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has approximately
131,000 employees. For fiscal year 1997, Marriott International reported
sales of $9 billion.