Givex Powers New Marriott International Hotel Gift Card

AUSTIN, TX, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Givex, a global technology company which empowers businesses with the tools to acquire, learn, communicate with and reward their customers, announced today the launch of Marriott International's new gift card program.

In addition to powering The Ritz-Carlton gift cards since 2009, Givex has drawn on many more years of experience developing and operating global gift card programs to create a gift card solution for Marriott that is usable across the world regardless of country or currency. Available at participating Marriott International properties, online at gifts.marriott.com and through select third parties, the new Marriott gift cards can be used at Marriott's portfolio of brands worldwide, including JW Marriott; EDITION; Autograph Collection; Renaissance Hotels; Marriott Hotels & Resorts; Courtyard by Marriott; Fairfield Inn by Marriott; Springhill Suites by Marriott; Residence Inn by Marriott; TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Marriott Vacation Club International. The gift cards can be used to pay for room accommodations, spa services, golf, dining, wedding charges and other hotel expenses.

"Marriott brand GiftCards are the perfect way for Marriott fans to introduce their friends and family to the gift of travel," says Leigh Anne Ambrose, Senior Director Marketing, Marriott. "Redeemable at over 3,600 Marriott International hotels worldwide, they give the recipient a world of possibilities."

"We're very glad to be partnering with Marriott," says Debbi Blackburn, VP Business Development, Givex. "Our platform helps many global organizations with multiple brands manage a unified gift card program, while also giving them access to our many other innovations."

Givex will be exhibiting at HITEC 2011, the World's Largest Hospitality Technology Show, and demonstrating how any hotel can benefit from the same engine powering Marriott's new global gift card program.

About Marriott International, Inc.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,600 lodging properties in 70 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Bvlgari, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott; Fairfield Inn by Marriott; Springhill Suites by Marriott; Residence Inn by Marriott; TownePlace Suites by Marriott brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Marriott Vacation Club, and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers.

The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 129,000 employees at 2010 year-end. It is ranked by FORTUNE as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best companies to work for.  In fiscal year 2010, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $12 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About Givex

Givex's technology has now significantly evolved from the first gift card and loyalty programs that began in 1999. We now provide customizable tools that empower businesses of all kinds to acquire new customers, build, maintain and expand their customer database, effectively communicate with customers, and finally understand and reward their most loyal customers. Find out more at www.givex.com.

SOURCE Givex

For further information:

At HITEC
Debbi Blackburn
VP Business Development, Givex
phone: 1-770-514-8436
e-mail: debbi@givex.com

At Givex
Bryan Wang
Director Marketing, Givex
phone: 1-877-478-7733 ext. 309
e-mail: bryan@givex.com


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