Marriott International and Witkoff to Develop Integrated Resort and Casino, The Drew Las Vegas, Debuting EDITION Brand and Marking The Strip’s first JW Marriott

LAS VEGAS, February 12, 2018 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and global development firm Witkoff announced today a plan to open a new resort at 2755 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Ushering in a new era of world-class hospitality, the integrated resort and casino to be named The Drew Las Vegas will debut the EDITION brand in Las Vegas and mark The Strip’s first JW Marriott. Anticipated to open in late 2020, the resort will feature nearly 4,000 rooms and suites as well as over 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. Once open, the hotels will be managed by Marriott International.

“The Drew Las Vegas will become a landmark property for Marriott International,” said Tony Capuano, EVP and Global Chief Development Officer, Marriott International. “The resort will give our more than 100 million loyalty members the chance to enjoy our brand of hospitality in one of the most exciting and popular cities in the world, whether the visit is for a convention or a leisure trip.”

“With Marriott International, we have the opportunity to leverage the world’s most powerful group and convention pipeline as well as an unmatched loyalty program to ensure we unlock the unparalleled value of this asset,” said Witkoff Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Witkoff. “This acquisition, made in partnership with New Valley LLC, is a well-designed, structurally-sound project with a significant discount to both replacement cost and the implied public market valuations of comparable Las Vegas Strip resorts.”

Two Blackbirds Hospitality, led by renowned hotelier and former Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin, will oversee the launch and operations of The Drew Las Vegas. As an integrated resort, The Drew Las Vegas will be home to a broad offering including a casino, luxury hotels, together with convention facilities, entertainment, nightlife, retail and dining curated into one cohesive guest experience.

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About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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About Witkoff Group

Witkoff Group is a privately held, global real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York City. Founded by Steven Witkoff in 1997, the firm is a market leader in the ownership and development of premier residential, hospitality, office, retail, and mixed-use projects in major cities both in the United States and abroad. Witkoff specializes in identifying and acquiring undervalued properties in key central business district locations as well as assets with strong repositioning potential in gateway markets. Leveraging a vertically integrated, operationally focused approach to project development, with in-house teams focused on acquisitions, financing, design, development, construction, sales and marketing, and asset and property management, Witkoff has consistently executed creative strategies across diverse asset classes.

About Two Blackbirds Hospitality
Founded by global real estate developer Steve Witkoff and hospitality executives John Unwin and Stephen Singer, Two Blackbirds Hospitality specializes in creating brand personalities where a sense of belonging is cultivated for guests and staff alike. Through a combination of vision, strategy, and insight into consumers and markets, Two Blackbirds Hospitality shapes the success and business performance of powerful brands and guest experiences in the US and beyond.

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Anichi Development Breaks Ground on 120-Room Anichi Resort in Dominica Set to Open Late 2019

Roseau, Dominica, February 12, 2018 – Principals of the Anichi Resort and Spa hosted Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and members of his Cabinet in a groundbreaking ceremony for the 120 room property to be built in the northern town of Portsmouth. This boutique property will be operated by Trust Hospitality under the Autograph Collection Hotels brand of Marriott and is expected to open in late 2019.

According to Alick Lawrence, CEO of Anichi Development, “This groundbreaking ceremony is particularly relevant post-Hurricane Maria, as it shows the resiliency of our people while instilling trust in the economic climate and hope in the tourism industry in Dominica.”

Mr. Brock Hochhalter represented Marriott at the proceedings, and Mr. Michael Register represented Trust Hospitality.

The project is funded from the real estate component of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program. Thus far, three of the approved hospitality projects under the real estate component of the CBI program has begun construction. In addition to Anichi Resort and Spa, the Cabrits Resort Kempinski, Dominica with 160 rooms and the Jungle Bay Resorts and Spa with 120 rooms are both expected to begin welcoming guests in early 2019.

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Dominica LogoAbout Dominica

Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Coastal Air Transport, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If traveling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express Des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia.

 

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9+ Best Travel Tote Bags Under $60 Reviews

The best travel tote bags are a fantastic addition to the usual pieces of travel luggage for it serves many purposes for men, women, and kids of all ages. This carry-on type bag is considered perfect mate for any travelers that have a lot of assorted items for their immediate use and that they want to keep them a tall the times. Trivial things such as identifications, plane tickets, eyeglasses/sunglasses, snacks, headphones, and many more.

Travel tote bags are generally lightweight, yet roomy, strong, and durable. Usually, it comes with multiple interior and exterior pockets to keep contents organized and managed for easy reach. Generally, the best travel tote bags come with zippers, snaps and Velcro closure providing both quick access and security. Trendy ones are made of canvas, leather, cotton, suede, and nylon. Men often chose a structured tote bag that looks like a briefcase, while most women may opt for a more feminine one that resembles an over-sized purse. Additionally, large travel tote bags can also function as a piece of luggage with wheels and a retractable handle.
Below is our list of tote bags which may guide you for your next purchase of this small traveling companion.

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Winter in Mont Tremblant arrives with Porter Airlines seasonal service

TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2017/CNW/ – Porter Airlines welcomes ski season with winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant on December 8, 2017. Flights are available until April 2, 2018, with service up to five times weekly. Connecting flights to Mont Tremblant via Toronto are also available from a number of Porter destinations. Continue reading “Winter in Mont Tremblant arrives with Porter Airlines seasonal service”