Marriott’s Hotels in New Orleans Among the First to Welcome Back Travelers

Twelve Hotels in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area Now Accepting Reservations for Stays Beginning November 1

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is pleased to announce that 12 of its hotels in the New Orleans metropolitan area are now accepting reservations for arrival dates starting November 1:

JW Marriott Hotel located on Canal Street
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center
Renaissance Arts Hotel
Courtyard New Orleans — Convention Center
Courtyard New Orleans/Covington — Mandeville
Courtyard New Orleans Downtown Near the French Quarter
Courtyard New Orleans — Metairie
Residence Inn New Orleans — Downtown
Residence Inn New Orleans — Metairie
SpringHill Suites New Orleans/Convention Center
TownePlace Suites New Orleans/Metairie

These hotels are currently open to accommodate relief and restoration workers on a space-available basis, but look forward to welcoming all guests on November 1.

“We are thrilled to be among the first hotels to open to the general public in New Orleans,” said J.W. Marriott, Jr. chairman and CEO, Marriott International. “Our associates are ready and excited to help get this unique and exciting city back up on its feet.”

As the city works to resume normal operations, hotels will be providing essential services, including limited housekeeping, core restaurant menus and high-speed internet access. For rates and availability at these hotels, contact 1-888-364-1200 or 1-800-228-9290. For larger groups, contact market sales at 1-504-679-6570.

“The French Quarter is intact with restaurants reopening daily and a renewed sense of vibrancy. St. Charles Avenue and the historic Garden District are as beautiful as ever,” said Mark Sanders, area general manager of the Marriott Hotels of New Orleans. “It is a privilege to be a part of the restoration of one of the world’s greatest cities.”

The following hotels remain temporarily closed from the impact of Hurricane Katrina and are not accepting reservations:

Fairfield Inn Kenner — New Orleans Airport
Renaissance Pere Marquette
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, Maison Orleans
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (Point Clear, Ala.)

Marriott is contacting guests whose reservations may be impacted due to hotel availability and service conditions. Guests who have existing reservations may also call Marriott directly at 1-800-559-9352 for more information or to change their travel plans.

Updates will be provided on as information becomes available.

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

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