Business Travelers Pick Marriott Hotels as Top Chain in TripAdvisor® Survey

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Marriott Hotels named favorite for the second year in a row.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts has come out on top for the second year in a row on TripAdvisor's® annual survey of business travelers. More than 1,500 responded to the survey, which also named Courtyard by Marriott one of the top five hotel chains for business travel.

The survey indicated that the most important feature in hotels to the business traveler are the location/proximity to meetings (30 percent), high-speed internet access (26 percent) and onsite dining and room service (19 percent). Deluxe bedding and high-end bath products were the most important luxuries.

Frequent guest programs, such as Marriott Rewards, remain a top motivator for travelers when choosing hotels, with 78 percent as members of one program or more. More than half of those surveyed said they were "often" loyal to the hotels with which they had points and 10 percent responded that they were "always" loyal.

The TripAdvisor survey also asked business travelers about their likes and dislikes when traveling for work, as well as their preferred cities for business travel.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 2,900 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 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®. The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® 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

About TripAdvisor Media Network
TripAdvisor® Media Network, operated by TripAdvisor, LLC, attracts nearly 30 million monthly visitors (source: comScore Media Metrix, Digital Calculator Report, July 2007) across eight popular travel brands, TripAdvisor® sites, ™,™,™,®,™,™ and™. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 25 million monthly visitors, five million registered members and 10 million reviews and opinions. Featuring real advice from real travelers, TripAdvisor-branded sites cover 270,000+ hotels and attractions and operate in the U.S. (, the U.K. (, France ( and Germany ( TripAdvisor® Media Network provides travel suppliers with graphical advertising opportunities and a cost-per-click marketing platform. Collectively, the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network have won hundreds of awards and accolades from press and industry, worldwide. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

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