Marriott Vacation Club Announces New Resort on Marco Island

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Company's First Beachfront Vacation Ownership Resort on Gulf of Mexico

Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI), the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announced today the development and sales start of its first resort on Marco Island, Fla. Slated for occupancy in March 2009, Marriott's Crystal Shores on Marco Island is proposed to include 219 two- and three-bedroom villas (at build-out). Initial pricing ranges from approximately $20,000 to over $100,000 per week depending on season and floor plan selected.

"Marriott has enjoyed being a member of the community on Marco Island for nearly 35 years and we look forward to this exceptional new resort continuing that tradition and involvement," said Stephen P. Weisz, president of Marriott Vacation Club International. "After more than 15 years of searching for just the right opportunity on Marco Island, we couldn't be happier with this prime beachfront location for Marriott's Crystal Shores."

Continued Weisz, "This resort represents the latest in architectural design both inside and out and we think our owners and guests will greatly enjoy the open and fresh approaches used to enhance their vacation experiences on this beautiful island."

With its dramatic presence and clean lines, the architecture of Marriott's Crystal Shores will integrate and enhance the surrounding natural environment capturing the essence and easiness of the Gulf Coast Florida lifestyle. Upon arrival, owners and guests will be greeted under a glass roof and wood trellis porte-cochere by the soothing sight and sounds of a waterfall. Gulf breezes flow through the glass paneled, open-air lobby and cascading pools lead to unobstructed water views, while lush, tropical landscaping is woven throughout the resort creating an ideal environment to relax and enjoy the delightful climate and setting.

The buildings have been designed to optimize views from every villa. The spacious floor plans will range in size from approximately 1,100-1,450 square feet and offer large windows and casual furnishings made of natural materials, and an inviting color palette consisting of golden tan, blue and sage green. Villas at Marriott's Crystal Shores will feature a spectacular floor-to-ceiling sliding glass wall which opens up to a gracious balcony offering panoramic views and fresh sea breezes while providing ample space for relaxing and entertaining. The resort will also offer a limited quantity of three-bedroom penthouse villas which boast spacious 800 square foot balconies with stunning Gulf front views. Each villa features a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with GE stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry, tile floors and granite counters; generous living and dining areas; washer/dryer; oversized shower with multiple shower heads in master suite; multiple Sony flat-panel televisions; Sony DVD players in living room and bedrooms; and Wi-Fi access. Three-bedroom villas can accommodate up to ten guests.

Proposed resort features and amenities include:

  •     Two elegant pools that cascade from the open-air lobby and finish zero-entry offering stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico
  •     One tropical pool with a waterslide and zero-entry
  •     Three whirlpool spas
  •     Expansive beachfront
  •     Large outdoor terrace for games like Shuffle Board and Ping Pong
  •     Marriott's Activity Zone Experience for all ages and game room
  •     Fitness center featuring Life Fitness equipment; locker rooms and two treatment rooms
  •     Fire pit for evening activities
  •     Barbeque areas

Other proposed resort features will include an elevated pool bar and grill with Gulf views and an Owner's Lounge which will offer a large terrace and indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the pools and the Gulf in addition to the MarketPlace convenience store. Owners and guests can also take a short stroll down the beach or on South Collier Boulevard to dine, shop or enjoy a spa treatment at the newly renovated Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa.

Marco Island, the largest barrier island of Florida's Ten Thousand Island archipelago, is located on the Southwestern tip of Florida's "Paradise Coast" and is known for its pristine Gulf beaches, world-class golf, shopping and dining, eclectic art galleries and casual atmosphere. Boasting four miles of sugar white sand beaches and beach parks within the Ten Thousand Island region, visitors enjoy long walks and shelling on deserted beaches, spectacular sunsets, and numerous water sports activities. Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and many other state, local and private parks and preserves offer ideal habitats for viewing wildlife, as well as outdoor recreation such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating. Nearby Naples offers a variety of upscale restaurants and boutiques, art galleries and the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, the premiere performance hall in the region and home to the Naples Philharmonic. Marriott's Crystal Shores is located within driving distance of Tampa, Orlando and Miami, and is 22 miles from Naples Municipal Airport and 50 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), the region's largest airport in Fort Myers.

About Marriott Vacation Club International
Marriott Vacation Club International is the recognized worldwide leader in vacation ownership with 46 resorts and a program highly regarded for its quality and unique flexibility. In 1984, Marriott became the first branded hospitality company by nearly a decade to enter the timeshare industry. Now celebrating over 23 years of making vacation dreams come true for its owners and guests, MVCI continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of over 9,000 timeshare resort villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Today, more than 335,000 vacation owners around the globe own their vacations "the Marriott way," offering options to exchange weeks with priority within the MVCI portfolio, trade their week(s) for Marriott Rewards points, exchange within Interval International's global system of 2,200 resorts in 75 countries or rent their week(s).

For information, please visit http://www.marriott-timeshare.com/MarcoIsland.

James Woelbern            
Marriott Vacation Club International        
(407) 513-6969        
james.woelbern @ vacationclub.com

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