Marriott Los Angeles Downtown to Serve As Press Headquarters during 2009 Tournament of Roses®

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The Marriott Los Angeles Downtown today announced that the hotel has been selected as the media headquarters for the 2009 Tournament of Roses and the 95th annual Rose Bowl Game. The hotel will serve as the official press headquarters during media day on December 30th, 2008. Players for each team will be invited to the L.A. hotel by the media for interviews; and, the media will be reviewing team stats and making predictions for the outcome of The Granddaddy of Them All®.

The Marriott Los Angeles Downtown today announced that the hotel has been selected as the media headquarters for the 2009 Tournament of Roses and the 95th annual Rose Bowl Game. The hotel will serve as the official press headquarters during media day on December 30th, 2008. Players for each team will be invited to the L.A. hotel by the media for interviews; and, the media will be reviewing team stats and making predictions for the outcome of The Granddaddy of Them All®.

"The Marriott Los Angeles Downtown is thrilled to host media during such an exciting event in our nation," Libby Zarrahy, Director of Sales & Marketing of the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown, said. "The opportunity will give our associates a chance to showcase the high level of service that our guests have come to expect."

Providing top-notch service is something familiar to the Los Angeles hotel. The Marriott Los Angeles Downtown has played host to NCAA Western Regional men's basketball, as well as the NBA All-Star Game.

The 120th Rose Parade themed 'Hats Off To Entertainment' will take place Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands showcasing the best in entertainment. Following the Rose Parade, at 2 p.m. (PST), the 95th Rose Bowl Game will feature an exciting match-up between two championship teams, once again showcasing the best of collegiate football. For additional information on Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at http://www.tournamentofroses.com.

Located at the hub of 110, 101 and 10 Freeways, the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown is within four blocks of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Walt Disney World Concert Hall, with skywalk access to the World Trade Center. The hotel is in heart of the Los Angeles financial district blocks away from well-known venues like the Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center, Disney Concert Hall, Nokia Center, the LA Music Center and the soon to open L.A. Live entertainment complex. The hotel is also an easy drive to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Universal City, Dodger Stadium, USC, the Los Angeles Coliseum and other popular destinations. All guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that command dynamic skyline views, high-speed Internet access and premium bedding including down comforters, custom duvets, and cotton-rich linens. Visit the hotel online at http://www.losangelesmarriottdowntown.com.

The Marriott Los Angeles Downtown is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the nation's largest independent hotel management company. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, visit the company's Web-site: http://www.ihrco.com.

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