Marriott Leads Industry in BusinessWeek Travel Survey

PRNewswire-FirstCall WASHINGTON Oct. 21 :

Marriott has been ranked the top hotel chain in BusinessWeek`s first
annual hotel survey of nearly 1,200 subscribers. BusinessWeek, in its
October 27 issue, cited Marriott as “the winner by a wide margin,” chosen
by 24 percent of respondents-or two-to-one preference.

According to BusinessWeek, subscribers also chose Marriott Rewards as
their favorite loyalty program. Marriott Rewards is the largest frequent
guest program with 19 million members and 2,300 participating hotels.
Members can choose from more resorts, spas and golf than any other program.

The BusinessWeek survey found high-speed internet access as one of the
most important services or amenities for business travelers, calling it
the “real surprise” and quoting an industry expert as saying, “That`s an
area you`re going to see a lot of hotels focus on in the next year.”
Marriott already has more than 1,000 hotels offering high-speed internet
access worldwide.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts was also recognized in the current issue of
Consulting magazine, which gave it a grade of A+ in its “The Best Places
to Stay, 2003 Hotel Report Card.” The magazine noted Marriott`s “laser
focus on business travelers” for its success.

More information about the BusinessWeek survey is available at and information about the Consulting magazine
survey can be found at


MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. 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(R).
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