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MARRIOTTREGISTRY. COM Offers Couples Endless Honeymoon Gift Options

MARRIOTTREGISTRY. COM Offers Couples Endless Honeymoon Gift Options

Marriott brings new twist to registry to meet changing weddings & honeymoons market.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 4, 2006

According to a recent study by the Condé Nast Bridal Group, today’s brides and grooms are getting married later in life, which can pose an interesting dilemma for gift givers. After all, what can you buy a couple who already has many of the basics traditionally given to new brides and grooms? To solve this wedding gift quandary, Marriott International (http://marriott. com/vsstart/clickcounter/int/marriott-pr-100206-honeymoon-marriott-homepage/vsend/), Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has introduced a new Honeymoon Gift Registry (http://marriott. com/vsstart/clickcounter/ext/marriottregistry-pr-100206-honeymoon-honeymoon-gift/vsend/external/marriottregistry. com), in which couples receive the gift of exciting new experiences, versus something new for the home. For example, rather than registering for a cocktail glass set, couples can opt for spa services such as the Cocktail Wrap at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand.

“Ninety-four percent of engaged couples plan to go on a honeymoon and 92 percent plan to go on that excursion right after their wedding, which indicates that honeymoons are on top of their priority list,” said Elizabeth Lluch of WeddingSolutions. com, who has partnered with Marriott. “In addition, our research has shown that in recent years, more couples are paying for their own honeymoons, which makes this registry the ideal option for savvy brides and grooms-to-be."

Participating couples start by registering for a number of romantic “honeymoon gift items,” ranging from hotel accommodations (http://marriott. com/vsstart/clickcounter/int/marriott-pr-100206-honeymoon-hotel-accommodations/vsend/city-guide/travel. mi) and spa services (http://marriott. com/vsstart/clickcounter/int/marriott-pr-100206-honeymoon-spa-services/vsend/explore/spa/default. mi) to robes, wine-with-dinner and rounds of golf. Wedding guests can then purchase items from the registry, and the gift values are accrued to one card reflecting the total value for all items purchased from their registry.

The card accumulates value continually as additional gifts are added. Couples can redeem the card at approximately 2,700 Marriott hotels or resorts across nine brands, including Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Marriott Vacation Club International.

There is no registration fee for signing up with the Marriott Honeymoon Gift Registry and no fees or surcharges are charged to gift givers. Because it does not expire, the card can be used during the honeymoon or for multiple vacations, keeping the number of gift options open until the card’s balance is used in its entirety.

“Whether couples marry early or later in life, they all want a dream honeymoon,” said Leigh Anne Ambrose, director of Marriott’s GiftCard Marketing. “With the Marriott Honeymoon Gift Registry, wedding guests can give bridal couples a unique present and memories that they’ll cherish for years to come.”

To view the terms and conditions, or to create a registry, visit http://www. MarriottRegistry. com (http://www. MarriottRegistry. com).

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 2,800 lodging properties in the United States and 67 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 International, Horizons, 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 and golf courses. The company is headquartered in Washington, D. C., and had approximately 143,000 employees at 2005 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 2005, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $11.6 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www. marriott. com (http://www. marriott. com).