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MARRIOTT WAIKIKI BEACH OAHU

Marriott International, Inc. is one of the leading worldwide hospitality companies. As one of the world's strongest brands, Marriott enjoys outstanding recognition and reputation, and have over 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 64 in other countries and territories.

The history of Marriott Hotels starts in the spring of 1927 with the opening of a nine-stool A&W Root Beer stand in Washington D.C. by J. Willard Marriott and his new bride Alice, which they later called "The Hot Shoppe". By winter of the same year hot Mexican food was added to the menu, and in 1929 Hot Shoppes, Inc. was officially incorporated. In 1934 a branch was opened in Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1937 Marriott began airline catering business at Hoover Field (currently site of the Pentagon). This division was named "In-Flite Catering" and served Capital, Eastern, and American Airlines. Expansion continued with Hot Shoppes opening more cafeterias in Washington D.C. and landing feeding contracts with the government. In-Flite also landed its first airport terminal food-service contract at Miami International Airport. In 1953 Marriott stocks became public and within 2 hours all the shares were sold. Expansion continued fast with In-Flite getting more catering contracts and more Hot Shoppes opening in various cities.

In 1957, the first Marriott hotel by the name of Twin Bridges Motor Hotel was opened in Arlington, Virginia. In 1967, the Corporate changed its name from Hot Shoppes Inc. to Marriott Corporation and embarked on an expansion spree with the opening of more food production and purchasing facilities, restaurants, hotels, and resorts, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The 100th hotel opened in Hawaii in 1981. The 1980’s also saw the acquiring of Host International Inc., Gino's, and Residence Inn Company, and Fairfield Inn, with which Marriott entered the lower-moderate lodging segment. Expansion continued and the 500th hotel was opened in 1989 in Warsaw, Poland.

In 1993, the company split into Marriott International, a hotel management and franchising company, and Host Marriott Corporation, a hotel ownership company. In 1995 Marriott acquired the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, and in 1997 the Renaissance Hotel Group and introduced TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Suites, and Marriott Executive Residences brands. By 1995, there were 1,500 Marriott hotels; after 5 years in the year 2000 the 2000th Marriott property was opened; and then just 2 years later in 2002 the 2,500th hotel opened in Phoenix, Arizona.

Today Marriott International, Inc. manages and franchises 2,718 hotels and resorts under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn and Ramada International brands. Marriott also develops and operates vacation ownership resorts, executive apartments and conference centers.

Two of these hotels are in Oahu - Marriott Waikiki Beach in Waikiki, a Marriott brand; and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, which is a JW Marriott brand.

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Marriott Waikiki Beach - 2552 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu HI 96815-3699 US
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Situated across the street from Waikiki Beach, Marriott Waikiki Beach are two towers of spacious rooms and suites. A perfect combination of tropical beauty and casual ambiance, the hotel offers several features including recreational activities, and meeting and banquet facilities... more

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina 91-1001 Olani Street Kapolei HI 96707 US
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The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina is located in the Ko Olina resort community on the sunny western shore of Oahu. Superior facilities include boutique shopping, eighteen holes of championship golf, full-service spa, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities..... more

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