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Members have more luxury hotel redemptions than with any other program
Laurie Goldstein

(301) 380-5296
WashingtonDC  -  21 October 2005 - 

Members of Marriott Rewards®, Marriott International, Inc.’s (NYSE:MAR) award-winning guest loyalty program, can now redeem their points for Orient-Express hotels in locations such as Venice, Italy and Bora Bora in the South Pacific.

Members can choose from some of the world’s most romantic luxury resorts, including the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, The Westcliff in Johannesburg, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, and the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa in French Polynesia.  They can also redeem points for the Orient-Express Safaris in Botswana, which allow guests to experience the Eagle Island Camp, Khawe River Lodge or the Savute Elephant Camp.  The Orient-Express hotel rewards range from 85,000 points for a night at a beach bungalow at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa to 700,000 points for a four-day/three-night safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.   With the addition of these hotels, there are now three more countries where members can travel using their Marriott Rewards points.

Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises ( is a hotel and leisure company providing luxury travel experiences for discerning travelers in areas of outstanding cultural, historic or recreational interest.  The Orient-Express collection includes 49 businesses in 22 countries worldwide: 38 highly individual hotels, three restaurants, six tourist trains and two river cruise operations. 

Marriott Rewards is the industry leader in luxury redemption options, offering more hotels on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List than any other hotel company.  Orient-Express hotels join Marriott Rewards’ other luxury redemption partners including The Ritz-Carlton hotels, JW Marriott hotels, the 16th century Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate and the 13th century Ashford Castle Hotel & Country Estate in Ireland, Peppers Retreats & Resorts in Australia and Orient-Express cruises and trains in Europe and Asia.

Participating brands include Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Marriott Vacation Club International. 

In addition to free hotel stays, Marriott Rewards points may be redeemed for frequent flyer miles, car rentals, theme park passes, retail merchandise and more.  With more than 2,500 participating hotels in 65 countries and more than 22 million members worldwide, Marriott Rewards provides travelers the opportunity to get to the places they dream of 30 percent faster than with other leading programs.* 

Marriott Rewards has been named “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World” by Business Traveler magazine for the past eight years, and was named “Best Hotel Loyalty Program” by the readers of Business Week magazine.

For information about Marriott Rewards or to enroll, call (800) 249-0800, visit the front desk of participating hotels, or log onto


*Comparison based on seven nights at Starwood, Hilton, InterContinental Hotel Group and Hyatt full-service hotels of similar quality and points earned on dollars spent.  Assumes standard award offerings for base-level members.  All comparisons made as of 6/05.

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

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