World's Favorite—And Now Largest—Travel Company

November 16, 2015

MI-SOLARI can’t quite imagine what my parents would have thought today. A business they started as a root beer stand is about to merge with Starwood and become the largest hotel company in the world. Well, I can guess at one thing my dad would have said, “Bill, don’t think you did this alone.”

He would be right. This is a day of celebration for my family, Marriott International and Starwood. It's also a day of gratitude to all our hard-working associates.

It’s the associates who set us apart by living our “Put People First” culture, understanding that when we take good care of each other, we take good care of our customers and those customers come back.

It’s the associates whose dedication to this company has made us strong and pushed us to grow over the years. Today, when we announced the biggest deal in our company’s history, it was fitting that we did so from New York.

It was in New York where our company took an earlier leap with the Marriott Marquis. That hotel in Times Square was a huge risk. Times Square in 1985 was nothing like it is today.  Very few people saw potential there.  We did. Together, we opened that hotel and offered the kind of great service that made it a destination. Pretty soon our hotel became the center of a revival that has turned Times Square into a place everybody wants to be.

We are a bigger, stronger company now than we were then. But we still have the same spirit and determination to take risks and do great things together.

Now, it may feel strange to go from competitors to team mates. We have competed with Starwood for customers for decades. But, we have also admired them. Starwood introduced W and changed the hotel landscape by helping define lifestyle brands. They introduced the Heavenly Bed and we all wanted one of those. And, they have loyal guests just like we do.

At day’s end, we have the same goals to treat each other and our customers with care and respect. I expect becoming one team will come pretty naturally.

Part of what makes me so happy about today’s news is that it will expand opportunities for associates, from both Marriott and Starwood, to grow in their careers.

What’s good for customers -- more brands and hotel choices -- is also good for associates.

The expansion opens new paths of exploration and advancement for associates, something that has always been a priority in this company.

This is a proud day for me and for my family and I hope for all the associates who have contributed so much over the years.

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.


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No Offer of Solicitation
The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

Additional Information and Where to Find It
The proposed transaction will be submitted to Marriott and Starwood stockholders for their consideration. In connection with the proposed transaction, Marriott will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a joint proxy statement of Marriott and Starwood that will also constitute a prospectus of Marriott. Investors and security holders are urged to read the joint proxy statement and registration statements/prospectuses and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available, because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents (when available) that Marriott and Starwood file with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, these documents may be obtained from Marriott free of charge by directing a request to investorrelations@marriott.com, or from Starwood free of charge by directing a request to ir@starwoodhotels.com.

Participants in Solicitation
Marriott, Starwood, and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Investors and security holders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Marriott’s directors and executive officers in Marriott’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on February 19, 2015, and its proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 7, 2015. Information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Starwood’s directors and executive officers may be found in Starwood’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2015, and its definitive proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2015. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources listed above. Additional information regarding the interests of these individuals will also be included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good day Mr. Marriott

I have been with Marriott for the past 12 years now , There always friendly where ever I stay and Great beds also, This should be a great Merger for all of us, Just keep all of your friendly people in the Starwood chain , They sure do a great job for all of us.

Thanks Jim Landree

I have been a Marriott client for many, many years and I love the Marriott brands. But I also like the Starwood and I am happy to see that you will be joining forces to become the best hotel chain in the world.
Congratulations and please keep the Marriott standards going strong.
C. Wagner

I am so excited!!! When I received the text alert on my phone from an social media outlet. I was smiling from ear to ear. Out loud I said to myself YES!!!!!!!!!

Onward and upward, a big congrats!

Congratulations, Mr Marriott!
I'm so proud myself that I'm working at Marriott with you and
all other Marriott families. Yes it's so true:)
Thank you so much what you've done for us.

i am a loyal marriott customer for 15 years. i chose marriott over starwood for its values.
the starwood hotels like the westins and the le meridiens lack the friendlyness and welcoming attitude of marriotts hotels. in marriotts i feel as a welcomed guest while in the starwoods i always felt as a solicitor who is more of an annoyance for them.

please mr. marriott make sure that starwood becomes marriott and dont let marriott become starwood.

size is not everything, its the people and the values of a company that make the difference


Congratulations to the worlds greatest Hotel Company!

Congrats to Marriott team. You made this look so easy, under the guidance of a remarkable Leader.

Its been only a year since I joined the Marriott family.
I have fallen for what Marriott stands for and have implemented the philosophy in my own personal life and I'm becoming more confident and matured in my thinking. Thanks to Marriott I'm a better Human. Congratulations for the deal and so proud to be a part of this great future endeavor.

I was so excited while I was reading the news yesterday. Very risky but smart movement, especially now when the hospitality industry is expanding with new and different options for travelers. I am happy to be part of this company and hope to work and contribute with this growth.

What an insperational message.
This fantastic news came at the right time for us in Paris just after those terrible events.
We could see smile again on everybody faces.
Thanks for being such a great company for all of us.

Mr. Marriott,
Thank you for creating opportunities for people worldwide. When I joined Marriott we had only 45 hotels, with today's merger I can't imagine number of hotels we have now.
Thank you for your tremendous leadership and care for people.
Nusrat

This is great news. I remember going to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. My meeting was at the Sheraton on the beach but I rented a car and stayed at the Marriott some distance away, even though I had to cross the street to go to the beach and drive to the meeting. If there was a Marriott in town I had to stay there. I do not go back to the root beer stand but remember going frequently to the 14 and G street Hot Shopp. My loyalty goes back to the fifties. Syed T. A. Naqvi, Platinum Emeritus

Congratulations! I am so excited to be a part of the Marriott associate at this exciting moment.

Bill,

you are the quintessential business leader. In your modest way you always give credit to others but make everyone in and out side your team that you are both the quantity and quality leader. Congrats again for motivating your great team in building the largest and most respected hotel company in "this" world. Only God knows what you'll build in the next one. Your legacy will last forever.

Ken Luchs

This is a proud day for Marriott! I'm a loyal Marriott associate for going on 22 years. I look forward to the merger being officially completed, so that I can gladly welcome the Starwood associates and loyal travelers to the Marriott family.

Dear Mr. Marriott,

Is you philosophy what makes your company successful!

Congratulations.

Sincerely,

Monica Gutierrez, DOSM
Courtyard by Marriott Miami Florida Turnpike

Big day! Excited to be a part of what happens moving forward!

Congratulations on your Starwood purchase.

Congratulations - I can only imagine what that must feel like for you and your family, Mr. Marriott! I love the ideals of the organization, and love our products too. Merging the business to become the world's largest hotel company is an amazing feeling for all of us associates too. I've been with you for 27 years, and couldn't be more proud of the company I work for!

Marriott inspires not only its brilliant associates but its suppliers too and as one such supplier I can honestly say we have learned and indeed copied so much from Marriott over the past 15 years or so that has helped our company to grow and flourish. Your company is a pleasure to work with and we are also very excited to see two of our customers join together. You have every reason to be proud.