Bogota Marriott Hotel Opens in Colombia

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239-room Bogota Hotel is First Marriott International Branded Hotel in the Country.

Colombia remains one of the most vibrant markets for development in all of Latin America. We are excited to work with Marriott, and we hope to position the Bogota Marriott Hotel as the preferred choice for business travelers visiting the city.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) announced today that the Bogota Marriott Hotel in Colombia has opened. The hotel is Marriott's first branded hotel in Colombia, and is operated under a franchise agreement with Real Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Grupo Poma of El Salvador. The Bogota hotel offers 224 rooms and 15 suites, and is conveniently located within a 10-minute drive of Bogota's El Dorado International Airport. The hotel's state-of-the-art architectural and interior design concept was created by the firm of Miguel Soto Casas y Cia.

"We are thrilled to partner with Real Hotel & Resorts to open our first Marriott Hotel in Colombia," said Chuck Kelley, executive vice president for Marriott International in the Caribbean & Latin America. "We are confident that this hotel will be highly successful, and play a role in the continued emergence of Colombia as a leading economy in Latin America."

Speaking on behalf of Real Hotels & Resorts, Camilo Bolanos, the company's vice president of marketing and development, said, "Colombia remains one of the most vibrant markets for development in all of Latin America. We are excited to work with Marriott, and we hope to position the Bogota Marriott Hotel as the preferred choice for business travelers visiting the city."

Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International's flagship hotel brand and are designed to "inspire performance," by offering services and amenities that encourage guests to function at their peak and meet their personal goals while traveling for business or leisure. The Bogota Marriott Hotel is currently offering a special opening rate of $245USD plus tax per night. The general manager is Ricardo Martinez; the director of marketing is Leonel Villasmil.

The Bogota Marriott Hotel is located in the center of Bogota's newest business and commercial district of Salitre. The Salitre district includes a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and theatres, all located within the commercial areas of Salitre Plaza and Gran Estacion. The district is also adjacent to the city's industrial district which is home to many of Bogota's largest and most important businesses.

The Bogota hotel, which is adjacent to a modern designed office tower, includes a fully equipped business center, and Wi-Fi in each individual guest room and throughout all public space. For meetings and events, the hotel offers 930 square meters of function space including eight rooms of varying sizes and configuration. The hotel's largest conference space is the ballroom, which is 372 square meters, ideal for a conference, exhibit, or social event. Other amenities include an expansive fitness center with lap pool and three specialty treatment rooms available for massage or other spa services.

For dining and entertainment the hotel offers Pimento restaurant, serving three meals daily. The restaurant was designed by the internationally acclaimed firm, Waterman Design Studio, and includes an outdoor terrace area. This hotel in Bogota also features Tanoshii Lounge & Sushi Bar, open daily and presenting guests with a wide selection of sushi, soups, and tapas. A lobby bar, which offers continental breakfast, is located on the hotel's main level. The lobby lounge area offers expansive views of the hotel terraces and exterior gardens, designed by famed Colombia landscape architect, Ramiro Olarte.

In addition to the Bogota Marriott Hotel, Marriott International and Real Hotels & Resorts will partner on a second hotel in Colombia in 2010, the JW Marriott Hotel Bogota. The Bogota Marriott, along with over 3,000 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide, participate in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows members to earn their choice of points or airline miles for each dollar spent during each stay.

Real Hotels & Resorts franchises several other Marriott International properties in the Caribbean & Latin America region including the Puebla Marriott Hotel in Mexico, and the newly opened JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa in Costa Rica.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts inspires your best performance during travel, delivering an experience that helps you work and relax in your own way. Marriott's nearly 500 locations in 60 countries provide genuine care coupled with fresh, classic design, making it the leading choice for travelers and meeting planners. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit http://www.marriott.com

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 67 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 Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands as well as 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. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com. For an interactive online version of Marriott's 2008 Annual Report, which includes a short video message from Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., visit http://www.marriott.com/investor.

Real Hotels & Resorts, Grupo Poma's hospitality division, is a leading lodging company with more than 4,500 available rooms distributed within its 27 hotels opened or under development in the United States, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Real Hotels & Resorts operates its properties in alliance with three renowned hotel chains: InterContinental Hotels Group, Choice Hotels International and Marriott International. The company is headquartered in San Salvador, El Salvador and had approximately 3,500 employees at 2008 year-end. It is ranked as one of the top hotel management companies in Latin America having received multiple awards and recognitions for its high service and product consistence across its entire property portfolio. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.realhotelsandresorts.com.

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