WASHINGTON - June 30, 2003 - Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today that it has completed its initial rollout of wireless high-speed internet access to 400 hotels in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Germany. It is the largest deployment of wireless high-speed internet access in the hotel industry, bringing wireless service to guests staying at select Marriott, Renaissance, 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. Current pricing for wireless is $2.95 for the first 15 minutes and $0.25 for each additional minute.
“Whether it’s wireless access in the public space or a high-speed internet connection in the guestroom, customers are making decisions about where they stay based on high-speed internet access availability,” says Lou Paladeau, Marriott’s vice president, technology business development. “In the near future, if business travel guests can’t get high-speed internet access, you won’t get them in the door.”
Additional Marriott High-Speed Internet Access Services Include:
“WIRED FOR BUSINESS®”—High-Speed Internet Access Combined With Unlimited Local and Long Distance Calls for $9.95
? Marriott expanded “Wired for Business®” to more than 180 Marriott and Renaissance hotels. “Wired for Business” offers guests 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.
IN-ROOM HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS
? Marriott leads the hotel industry in offering guests in-room high-speed internet access, with 800 hotels installed in major cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston and Los Angeles.