Marriott`s Third Courtyard in Australia

WASHINGTON, D.C., ?{?{ June 11, 2003 ?{ Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) has been named to manage a new 196-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel in North Ryde, in suburban Sydney, under an agreement with Ryde Hotel Pty., Ltd.
When opened in mid-2004, it will be the third Courtyard-branded hotel and eighth Marriott International property in Australia. Courtyard is Marriott`s mid-priced hotel brand that is aimed at business and leisure travelers who need consistent, high quality accommodations and services at moderate, affordable prices.
North Ryde is located approximately 10 kilometers northwest of Sydney`s central business district and is a major commercial office hub with many high tech and blue chip companies such as Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Fuji Xerox, Honeywell, Microsoft, Novartis and Beiersdorf. The new Courtyard will be located at the corner of Lane Cove Road and Talavera Road in the immediate vicinity of North Ryde`s core office developments. Macquarie Mall, the largest mall in the area, and Macquarie University are located nearby.
“We are very excited to welcome this newest Courtyard hotel in Australia,¬ said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of international lodging for Marriott International. “Courtyard is a wonderful hotel product that has been warmly embraced by travelers around the world. We are delighted by its acceptance in Australia.”

Services and amenities offered by Courtyard hotels typically vary from country to country, but are appropriate to the needs of guests in the host country. All hotels feature superior quality guestrooms that are usually larger than rooms offered by other hotels in its segment. Public space at all Courtyard hotels feature casual ambience that is designed to make guests feel comfortable and welcomed.

For dining and entertainment, the Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde will have a restaurant and bar that will serve breakfast each morning and light snacks for the rest of the day. Recreational amenities will include an exercise room.
For social events and small conferences, the hotel will have 126 square meters of space including a boardroom and a 96-square meter conference room that is divisible into two adjacent, equally-sized rooms.
Other amenities include a business lounge in the lobby, a self-service laundry, a sundry shop, parking and in-room refrigerators.

There currently are more than 600 Courtyard hotels in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Australia, Austria, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. Over the next two years, in addition to the U.S. and Canada, additional Courtyard hotels are expected to open in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Puerto Rico; and Brussels, Belgium.

The Marriott International lodging portfolio in Australia includes Marriott branded hotels in Sydney, Melbourne, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane and Courtyard properties in Sydney and Surfers Paradise.


MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading worldwide hospitality company with nearly 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 66 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Ramada International 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., has approximately 129,000 employees, and was ranked as the lodging industry`s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE®. For more information or reservations, please visit the web site at