Marriott Sets New Supplier Diversity Goal

Program Expansion to Include LGBT and International Markets

Aug 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Marriott International, Inc.

    BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International, Inc.
 (NYSE:   MAR) announced today plans to increase spending among diverse
 suppliers to 15 percent by 2009. Additionally, the program will expand to
 include a new category for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT)
 suppliers and international markets, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
     "Last year, our company reached record levels in spending," said Mike
 Tobolski, senior director, Diversity Initiatives, Marriott International,
 Inc. "We plan to build on our company's success in the U.S. and expand our
 program to nurture relationships internationally and within the LGBT
     In April, Marriott became a corporate member of the National Gay and
 Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Marriott announced, earlier this
 year, a record spend of $400 million among diverse suppliers in 2006, $40
 million alone with Hispanic-owned businesses. In 2005, the company set a
 goal to spend more than $1 billion with diverse suppliers by 2010. Marriott
 is well on track to achieve its goals ahead of schedule.
     The success of Marriott's diversity programs has been nationally
 recognized. This year, Marriott was named "Top 50 Companies for Supplier
 Diversity" by Hispanic Trends magazine, "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" by
 DiversityInc and "Top 40 Companies for Diversity" by Black Enterprise.
     For more information on Marriott supplier diversity program, visit
     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(R). The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection
 Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR(R) Partner. In fiscal year 2006, Marriott
 International reported sales from continuing operations of $12.2 billion.
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