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Game on Africa - Marriott International Partners with NBA Africa Game 2017

Marriott International’s (www.Marriott.com) ongoing partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) (www.NBA.com) is heading to South Africa, for NBA Africa Game 2017. Marriott will bring the excitement of the NBA to members of its award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, with unique experiences including VIP tickets to the game and the chance to interact and meet with NBA legends and an exclusive sweepstakes for South African residents.

Marriott Rewards members in South Africa can now enter the Sweepstakes at http://YouAreHereWithMarriott.com for a chance to win a weekend stay for two at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Additionally, the winner will enjoy access to an exclusive meet and greet, an intimate breakfast with an NBA player or Legend and tickets to watch the NBA’s Team Africa take on Team World in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA). NBA Africa Game 2017 will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

“We are committed to creating unforgettable moments for our loyal members, and what better way to do so than offering exclusive access to, on and off court action at NBA Africa Game 2017,” said Neal Jones Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “Basketball enjoys great popularity throughout the world, and has a growing fanbase in South Africa. This is an opportunity for us to engage with our loyal members through their passion for the sport and give them a once-in-a lifetime experience while amplifying the benefits of our Loyalty Program.”

NBA Africa Game 2017 is the latest event in Marriott’s partnership with the NBA that began in 2016 and provides loyalty members and hotel guests who are passionate about basketball with enriching and exclusive experiences. In addition to tickets to the game, Marriott will also host select members and guests at a special reception featuring meet and greets with former and current NBA players and mascots.

If you are not a member of the Marriott Rewards programme, you can visit http://JoinMarriottRewards.com/measummer17 to join and still be eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.

Marriott Rewards members can earn points or miles across 30 brands and more than 6,100 hotels worldwide, including Protea Hotels by Marriott, the leading hospitality brand in Africa, and enjoy benefits such as free Wi-Fi and Marriott Rewards member rates.

There's never been a better time to be a member. Get more choice and exclusive access to unforgettable moments. To find out more, visit http://members.marriott.com

Distributed by APO on behalf of Marriott International, Inc..

Media contact: Anjali Mehra Anjali.Mehra@Marriott.com +971 565396555

About Protea Hotels by Marriott: Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and it is one of the most widely recognized brands on the continent with over 90 hotels throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is ideal for both business and leisure travellers by offering properties in primary and secondary business centres and desirable leisure destinations.  Each hotel offers modern facilities, proactive and friendly service and consistent amenities such as full service restaurants, meeting spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, and well-appointed rooms, ensuring global standards for a high quality, relaxed and successful stay. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the winner of 8 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys, the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013 and Icon Brand 2015, and the winner of the Hotels category in the Ask Afrika 2015/2016 Youth Brands Survey. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 30 leading brands that operate more than 6,000 hotels in 122 countries. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at http://members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, visit http://ProteaHotels.com.

About Marriott Rewards: Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program – Marriott Rewards – spans 18 unique and iconic global brands and over 4,300 distinctive properties. Members of Marriott Rewards® - which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® - can link their accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at http://members.marriott.com for expanded benefits including instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer across portfolios. When members book their stays on http://Marriott.com or the Marriott Mobile app (http://mobileapp.marriott.com), they earn loyalty points, enjoy the advantage of exclusive Member Rates (www.Marriott.com/online-hotel-booking.mi), our lowest available rates, and gain an elevated stay experience with free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in and checkout, and Mobile Service Requests wherever available.  The hugely popular Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Hotel Program of the Year–Americas” nine consecutive years as chosen by frequent travelers. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates. To enroll and for more information about the program, guests may visit. Connect with Marriott Rewards on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/marriottrewards), Twitter (https://Twitter.com/MarriottRewards) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/marriottrewards).

About Marriott International: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. 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. Connect with us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/marriottinternational) and @MarriottIntl on Twitter (https://Twitter.com/MarriottIntl) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/marriottint).