The JW Marriott Nanjing Road Luxury hotel in Shanghai Offers Special Deals and Incentives for World Expo 2010

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China's tourism industry remains aggressive, especially in the areas of meetings and events. A prime example is World Expo 2010, which begins just a year from now in Shanghai. Expected to have the highest attendance in terms of visitors, the city is preparing to welcome approximately 70 million visitors. Acknowledging this upswing in tourism, particularly business and conference travel, the JW Marriott Luxury Hotel on Nanjing Road, Shanghai, will be offering special deals and incentives for travelers to Shanghai for the World Expo.

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China's tourism industry remains aggressive, especially in the areas of meetings and events. A prime example is World Expo 2010, which begins just a year from now in Shanghai. Expected to have the highest attendance in terms of visitors, the city is preparing to welcome approximately 70 million visitors. Acknowledging this upswing in tourism, particularly business and conference travel, the JW Marriott Luxury Hotel on Nanjing Road, Shanghai, will be offering special deals and incentives for travelers to Shanghai for the World Expo.

"This expo will help to establish Shanghai's status as a major economic and cultural center," said Dominic Sherry, regional vice president of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific. "We have expanded our Shanghai portfolio greatly in the past few years and are ready to serve groups coming in for pre and post Expo activity."

In focusing on meetings and events, theJW Marriott luxury conference hotel in Shanghai on Nanjing Road will be launching a "Meetings in China" initiative with a new website at MarriottMeetings.com.cn, which will target the specific needs of this segment. In addition to the JW Marriott Shanghai luxury hotel at Tomorrow Square, the site will also feature Marriott properties throughout the country and provide event stories, incentive ideas, maps, destination information, and much more. User friendly and easy to navigate, the site's landing page will lead directly to the RFP page for group inquiries.

"Our global sales offices and marketing team are working closely with the local government and businesses to align our customer partnerships," said Mr. Sherry. "Most incoming traffic for Marriott hotels in China is mainly domestic guests, followed by USA, Japan and Germany."

The JW Marriott Shanghai Luxury Conference Hotel near Downtown Puxi offers over 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space, spanning over 23 meeting rooms as well as a large reception area for receptions and mixers. All of the Nanjing Road luxury hotel's guest rooms include wired and wireless internet access, spacious work desks, dual line speakerphones, and access to the full service business center, ideal for business and conference travelers attending the World Expo 2010. Recently, the company launched its "Seamless Meetings" by Marriott program at more than 100 properties throughout the Asia Pacific region, offering great incentives for meetings when booking at least 100 cumulative room nights between now and December 31, 2009 at any of Marriott International's brands, including JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, and Courtyard by Marriott. The offer is valid on new contracts only and includes perks such as 100% allowable attrition, 10% rebate off the master bill and Double Marriott Rewards points. Marriott Rewards remains a popular program in Asia. In 2008, revenue from Marriott Rewards members in Asia increased 18 percent while membership grew by 14 percent.

For more information on sales and reservations, please visit the JW Marriott Shanghai Luxury hotel at Tomorrow Square website at: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/shajw-jw-marriott-hotel-shanghai-at-tomorrow-square/

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 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, 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, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion.

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