Marriott Named as One of the Top 100 Bold Companies in 2005 by CIO Magazine

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has been named by IDG’s CIO magazine to its CIO 100 list for the sixth time in seven years. The magazine recognizes Marriott as an organization that exemplifies the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. The 2005 CIO award, this year themed to honor the “Bold 100,” acknowledges organizations that embrace transformational initiatives for the sake of great reward. According to the magazine, the “Bold 100″ honorees “are playing not just to survive, but to win.”

“This award demonstrates Marriott’s position as an innovator and leader within the hospitality and travel industry in creating integrated business practices and technology solutions that enhance our guests’ experiences, deliver value to our owners and franchisees, and enable our associates to provide Marriott’s hallmark service every day,” says Carl Wilson, Marriott International’s executive vice president and chief information officer.

“The Bold 100 honorees stand out because they have dared to take on risk for the chance of reward in an extremely conservative business climate,” says Abbie Lundberg, Editor-in-Chief, CIO. “These organizations are smart, inventive and determined — I offer them my warmest congratulations.”

Marriott is frequently acknowledged by leading publications for its use of technology to shape and enable business initiatives and for fostering a positive work environment for its IT professionals. Earlier this year, Marriott’s One Yield revenue management system received CIO magazine’s “Grand Enterprise Value Award” and was recognized by Computerworld as a “Best in Class” technology. In 2005, Marriott was also named to Computerworld’s Top 100 “Best Places to Work in IT” list for the third consecutive year, and in 2004, Marriott was the highest ranked hospitality and travel company on the 2004 InformationWeek 500 list, a ranking of the most innovative users of information technology in the United States.

About the CIO 100

To provide a vision of ever-changing business trends, the focus of the CIO 100 changes annually. The recipients of this year’s CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their bold practices in both business and IT. Next, teams of CIO magazine editors and writers reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, the teams met for a day-long meeting to debate the merits of each nominee and vote on the final 100.

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, 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, 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. 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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