Marriott International Reopens in Cancun
WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2006. Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today celebrated the official re-opening of the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort after last year's Hurricane Wilma.
Marriott President and Chief Operating Officer William J. Shaw, along with Felix Arturo Gonzales Canto, governor of the state of Quintana Roo, and other Marriott executives, associates and distinguished guests, were on hand to mark the re-opening of the JW Marriott and CasaMagna Marriott resorts.
'I am extremely proud of our associates and the hundreds of people who worked around the clock to fully open our resorts in time for the peak travel season,' said Mr. Shaw. 'We are grateful to the Government of Mexico and to state and local officials and the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau for their swift action in restoring this beautiful resort destination. At the same time, we want to recognize our ownership partner in Cancun, Mr. Isaac Saba Raffoul, for his unwavering support throughout the process.'
The 448-room JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and the 452-room CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort were closed to guests for eight months while undergoing extensive renovations, which included upgrading the exterior windows in both properties to withstand Category Five hurricane winds. Guest rooms at both resorts have been fully renovated to include new 32' flat-screen TVs and Marriott's new widely acclaimed bedding product.
At the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, the pool area has been redesigned and the lobby bar has been refurbished. At the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, visitors will experience a remodeled children's playground area and a newly renovated pool and outdoor area. The resort's fire system has also been upgraded.
Marriott International began operations in Mexico on Oct. 18, 1990, with the opening of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Cancun and the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Puerto Vallarta. Today, Marriott International's presence in Mexico is represented by 11 hotels, offering 2,905 rooms and spanning six lodging brands. Marriott is currently scheduled to open five