New York Marriott Financial Center gets new name

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 - In January 2008, the New York Marriott Financial Center Hotel officially changed its name to the New York Marriott Downtown. The new name reflects the hotel's appeal to both business and leisure travelers in this bustling neighborhood, from hip TriBeCa, to Wall Street and the tip of Battery Park, with its magnificent esplanades and bird's-eye view of the Statue of Liberty.

The name change comes on the heels of the completion of hotel renovations that include brand new meeting space, a new concierge lounge overlooking New York City Harbor, and an announcement that all guest rooms will be renovated in 2008, with an additional elevator modernization slated for completion by March 2009. Guest room renovations include Marriott's Revive(R) bedding package, 37-inch high definition televisions, Plug n' Play technology, and more.

When the hotel first opened in the early 1990s, Lower Manhattan was still very much a pure business neighborhood. In recent years, the neighborhood has seen tremendous new growth in residential apartment buildings, retail, and leisure attractions.

The New York Marriott Downtown is located at 85 West Street, between Albany and Carlisle Streets, two blocks south of the World Trade Center site. This full service hotel has 497 rooms and 7 suites, a concierge lounge, fitness center and swimming pool, a business center, a bar/restaurant -- 85 West; and a signature restaurant by Roy Yamaguchi, Roy's New York.

For reservations, go to www.nymarriottdowntown.com or call 1-800-242-8685. The hotel's main telephone number is (212) 385-4900.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with approximately 3,000 properties in the United States and 67 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 Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and had approximately 151,000 employees at 2006 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE(R). The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR(R) Partner. In fiscal year 2006, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $12.2 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.

CONTACT: Kathleen Duffy of Marriott International, +1-212-704-8906, [email protected] Web site: http://www.marriott.com/ http://www.nymarriottdowntown.com/

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