Marriott is the Most Admired Company in the Lodging Industry for 6th Straight Year, According to FORTUNE

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ — FORTUNE magazine has named Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) the most admired company in the lodging industry for the sixth consecutive year. Marriott’s No. 1 ranking is the result of a poll of 10,000 executives, directors and securities analysts who judge companies based on “innovativeness, employee talent, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment and quality of products/services.”

FORTUNE’s rankings show that Marriott ranked number one in the lodging industry specifically for employee talent, use of corporate assets, and long- term investment. Marriott also ranked first overall among the companies from all industries in the Baltimore-Washington area included on the list.

“We are very proud that the nation’s top business leaders have once again ranked Marriott as the most admired lodging company,” said J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “Our business model, our brands, our leaders, and above all, our associates are the keys to our success.”

The list appears in FORTUNE’s March 7 issue, available on newsstands Feb. 28 and at today.

Other recent awards recognizing Marriott as a great place to work include:

* FORTUNE magazine — Named Marriott one of “100 Best Companies to Work

* National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) –
Ranked Marriott number one in the organization’s annual lodging industry
report card.

* Latina Style magazine — Named Marriott one of “The 50 Best Companies
for Latinas to Work For in the U.S.”

* Diversity Inc. magazine — Named Marriott one of “The Top 50 Companies
for Diversity.”

* Hispanic magazine — Recognized Marriott International as one of the 100
“Best Places to Work for Latinos.”

* Working Mother magazine — Ranked Marriott one of the “Best Companies
for Working Mothers.”

* Washingtonian magazine — Selected Marriott as a “Great Place to Work.”

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has approximately 133,000 employees. It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE(R) magazine. In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at

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