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Marriott Golf Announces Global Expansion; Premier Golf Resorts in South Pacific Added to Worldwide Portfolio

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Marriott Golf, the Global Golf Division of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced it has added two new resort golf facilities in the South Pacific region to its premier collection of worldwide managed properties.

The Denarau Fiji Golf and Racquet Club, near Nadi, Fiji, and the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa, in Bourail, New Caledonia have joined Marriott Golf’s managed property portfolio.  This expansion comes on the heels of Marriott International, Inc.’s acquisition and integration of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., and creating the world’s largest hospitality company.

Recognized as a “must play” venue in Fiji, The Denarau Golf & Racquet Club (www.denarau.com/golf/) features an 18-hole Championship golf course, which offers spectacular views of the South Pacific Ocean.  With water hazards in play on 15 of its 18 holes, the 7,150 yard design offers a fun and challenging layout for golfers of all ages and skill levels.   The golf course hosts play from The Westin Denarau Fiji Resort www.westindenarauisland.com, the Sheraton Fiji Resort www.sheratonfiji.com, and Sheraton Villas Resort, as well as other local resorts and residential members.

In one of the world’s most stunning natural settings, The Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa (www.sheratonnewcaledoniadeva.com/golf) is home to the first Dye Design golf course in the Oceania region, a 7,302 yard championship layout.  Built within a wonderfully preserved “domaine” of island property, the golf course borders crystal clear lagoon water and a serene forest, offering an exotic setting to experience a round with friends or family.  As a French overseas territory, New Caledonia offers a special blend of first class hospitality and cuisine.

“Fiji and New Caledonia are truly unique island environments, worthy of a special trip to experience an amazing region of the planet.  With high quality golf, resort amenities, and the incredible hospitality in these locations, it’s a real change of pace for today’s traveler,” said Jim Keane, Senior Director, Golf Operations & Development Planning, Marriott International, Inc.

To fall in line with Marriott’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the Company plans to pursue certification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, and any future eco-friendly programs adopted by Marriott Golf.

Marriott International’s expanded Portfolio now includes 30 leading Hotel brands, establishing a new global standard for unrivaled travel experiences.  The new company operates or franchises more than 6,000 properties and 1.1 million rooms, in over 122 countries.

Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programs are the most recognized and awarded loyalty programs in hospitality, with over 100 million members combined. Today, golfing travelers will have additional opportunities to earn and redeem rewards points for their golfing experiences around the globe.

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