The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Anchors North East China with 2013 Opening in Revitalised Historical Heart of Tianjin

  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Anchors North East China with 2013
              Opening in Revitalised Historical Heart of Tianjin

PR Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan. 17, 2013

HONG KONG, Jan. 17,2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Located in the heart of the
revitalised former British concession and central business district, The
Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin will form an iconic landmark when it opens mid-2013 and
pays homage to the city's historical heritage and vibrant modern development.

Tianjin, which literally means Emperor's Port in North East China, has long
been recognized as a key trading port and as a route to Beijing which is only
30 minutes away by high speed train. Designated by the Chinese government as
one of five 'national central cities,' Tianjin is at the forefront of leading
and developing political, cultural and economic standards for the nation.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, is located by the Haihe River, surrounded by the
19^th and 20^th century architecture of European nations that sought to trade
with China, reflecting the city's strategic importance that continues today.
Tianjin enjoys one of the fastest growth rates in China and is a key hub of
the economy. Major industries include petrochemical, car production, metal
works and aircraft manufacturing. It is also the world's fifth largest
container port and China's largest artificial deep-water port.

The soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton hotel with a grand neo-classical style facade
was designed by the Tianjin Academy of Urban Planning and Design, with
interiors created by luxury hospitality designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon. It
houses 277 rooms, including 53 suites and reflects the cultural European
heritage in the district.

"The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin in one of China's most strategically
important cities reflects our desire to meet the growing Chinese appetite for
luxury experiences," said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations
Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. "The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin represents
a major gateway opportunity that will accelerate the recognition of our
service commitment to excellence by Chinese guests. It is an exciting time to
lead the evolution of bespoke luxury by creating memorable experiences that
will stay with them for life."

Mr. Ma He Ting, Chairman of the Board of Tianjin Real Estate Development
Management Group Co. Ltd said: "The city of Tianjin's economic prestige and
historical significance needs to build world-class facilities and services. We
are delighted to have partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to bring
part of that dream to life with an internationally-recognized luxury
hospitality experience."

The property will showcase four restaurants and bars, the signature of which
will be an elegant Cantonese restaurant with 10 private dining rooms, each
featuring its own private wine cellar.

The popularity of the trendy lifestyle venue, Flair Bar and Lounge at The
Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong influenced a sister venue at The Ritz-Carlton,
Tianjin which will offer Asian tapas, a dedicated whisky bar and a cigar
cellar adjacent to the private room on the Mezzanine level. Flair in Tianjin
will also feature nightly lounge music.

The Lobby Lounge, located at the heart of the hotel's majestic lobby will of
course embrace the tradition of classical English Afternoon Tea service and a
gourmet selection of fine Chinese and British teas, and an all-day dining
restaurant with a theatre of live cooking stations will serve cuisine from
Japan, China and Italy.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge for club and suite guests will have a warm
designer urban apartment atmosphere with elements to include a grand fire
place room, a library, separate game and entertainment areas as well as a
boutique bar and residential kitchen styling.

Conference spaces will include one of the city's largest ballrooms, and three
additional function rooms, totaling 1,625 square meters of space. The hotel
will be fully equipped with an indoor swimming pool, luxury fitness and spa
facilities.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently
operates 81 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and
the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under
development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to
have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an
award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of
quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize
successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in
1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel
professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company
web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR).

SOURCE Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com
Contact: Ainslie Cheung, Regional Director, Public Relations, (852) 2192-6207,
Ainslie.Cheung@ritzcarlton.com
 
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