Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Airlift 239 Guests Out of Cancun, Mexico

Arrange Special Air Transport for Guests to Atlanta and Mexico City

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — 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

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(R) 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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