Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) confirmed that by year-end 2003, it plans to offer free high-speed internet access in the guest rooms of the company’s Courtyard, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites hotels - more than 1,200 properties. Fairfield Inn will provide free high-speed internet access at over 500 hotels by year-end 2004.
“Marriott has led the industry in offering high-speed internet access, with more hotels installed than any other lodging company by far,” said John Marriott, executive vice president of lodging, Marriott International. “These brands already provide exceptional value in the mid-price and extended-stay categories, and offering this service free of charge will enhance our guests’ experience even more.”
The Marriott and Renaissance brands will continue to provide the popular “Wired for Business” package to meet the needs of full-service hotel customers for total connectivity. “Wired for Business” combines unlimited local and long distance phone calls within the U.S. with in-room high-speed internet access for $9.95 per day.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading worldwide hospitality company with over 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 68 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 128,000 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 www.marriott.com.