Marriott Deploys Wireless in Over 1,200 Hotels

Marriott International announced today that more than 1,200 of its hotels offer wireless high-speed internet access worldwide. It is the largest deployment of wireless high-speed internet access in the hotel industry, bringing wireless service to guests staying at select Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites hotels. Wireless high-speed internet access is available in hotel lobbies, meeting rooms and public spaces.

“Wireless high-speed internet access is the next major technology initiative for the hotel industry. The number of travelers who carry laptops with wireless capabilities is expected to continue to increase as wireless technology becomes more widely available,” said Lou Paladeau, Marriott’s vice president, technology business development.

Additional Marriott High-Speed Internet Access Services

“WIRED FOR BUSINESS(R)”—High-Speed Internet Access Combined With Unlimited Local and Long Distance Calls for $9.95

Marriott offers “Wired for Business” at more than 180 Marriott and Renaissance hotels. “Wired for Business” delivers in-room high- speed internet access and unlimited local and long-distance phone calls within the U.S. for $9.95 per day. The service is designed to meet the needs of guests who want to stay connected to work and home by offering them a bundle of communications services for one low price. “Wired for Business” is available in major cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston and Los Angeles.

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IN-ROOM HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS

Marriott leads the hotel industry in offering guests wired in-room high-speed internet access, with 1,700 hotels installed across its portfolio of hotel brands, with this number surpassing 2,000 hotels by year-end. Marriott also offers free in-room high-speed internet access at more than 1,200 participating Courtyard, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites hotels. Fairfield Inn expects to provide free high-speed internet access at approximately 500 hotels by the middle of 2004.
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