Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today that beginning Sept. 23, 2002, a new service called “Wired for Business” will be available at hotels in Washington, D.C. The service includes high-speed internet access and unlimited local and long distance phone calls within the U.S. for $9.95 per day. “Wired for Business” will be available at Marriott and Renaissance hotels and select Courtyard, Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites hotels in the D.C. area. The company is considering expanding the service to additional markets. Guests can request “Wired for Business” at the hotel’s front desk during check-in.
The announcement comes after an extensive “Wired for Business” test that began last year and includes the Renaissance Chicago, Atlanta Perimeter Center Marriott, New York Marriott Marquis,* Denver Tech Center Marriott, San Diego Marina Marriott, Oakland City Center Marriott, Bethesda Marriott and the Anaheim Marriott. “Many of our guests expressed a preference for all of their communications needs to be bundled and offered for one price,” said Lou Paladeau, Marriott’s vice president of technology business development.
Marriott leads the hotel industry in offering guests high-speed internet access, with more than 110,000 guest rooms and more than 400 hotels installed. Guests’ use of high-speed internet access nearly doubled at Marriott’s hotels during the first six months of 2002. This year, more than 20,000 rooms in 75 additional hotels will be installed across the Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard and Residence Inn brands.
Marriott’s high-speed access is up to 50 times faster than conventional dial-up service. The system works with any internet-compatible laptop or PC (it does not require any special accessories). Guests are also offered a 24-hour, toll-free customer assistance line. To determine if a hotel has high-speed internet access, visit www.marriott.com/microsites/business/hsia.asp for an easy high-speed access location finder. Marriott’s preferred high-speed internet access provider is STSN, a leading provider of broadband services for the hotel industry, based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For more information or to make reservations, call 1-800-228-9290 or visit Marriott.com.