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Evanco Corporation, Town of Gravenhurst and Marriott International Planning a Residence Inn by Marriott
Muskoka Wharf hotel in Ontario

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TORONTO – July 28, 2005 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), Evanco Corporation and the Town of Gravenhurst are pleased to announce plans to construct the Residence Inn by Marriott Muskoka Wharf hotel in Gravenhurst, Ontario.

To be situated on the shores of Lake Muskoka, this 104-room, all-suites hotel will be a major addition to the Muskoka Wharf, a public-private partnership initiative celebrating Muskoka’s waterfront heritage.  True to the theme of the Muskoka Wharf, this hotel will have the distinctive early 1900’s heritage architecture reminiscent of early Muskoka. Construction of the hotel is expected to begin early in 2006, with the official opening slated for the spring of 2007.

“I am especially pleased that Marriott Hotels has chosen Gravenhurst as a location for its latest Residence Inn by Marriott hotel,” said Bruce Evans, president of Evanco Corporation. “Marriott’s commitment and confidence in the Muskoka Wharf area will only serve to contribute to the economic success and vibrancy of this new, exciting destination attraction.”

“On behalf of the Gravenhurst Town Council, I am pleased to welcome Marriott Hotels to the Town of Gravenhurst,” said Mayor John Klinck. “The Residence Inn by Marriott Muskoka Wharf hotel will be a wonderful complement to the already vibrant Muskoka Wharf area.”

“The Residence Inn by Marriott Muskoka Wharf is part of Marriott’s continued strategy to grow our brands in new markets across Canada,” said Ronald T. Harrison, president of Marriott Lodging Canada and senior vice president of Marriott International.  “Gravenhurst is a popular destination with natural beauty and small town charm.  We believe the Residence Inn brand will be a perfect fit for the growing needs of this community.”

The Residence Inn by Marriott Muskoka Wharf will feature a gatehouse entry, common area, indoor pool, fitness area, outdoor sports court, patio, library, and breakfast and hearth room. Two meeting rooms, equipped with the latest audio and visual equipment, will accommodate small conference groups.

Residence Inns are designed as all-suite hotels that offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Designed for extended stays in particular, each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen with coffee maker, microwave oven, full-sized appliances and in-room high speed internet.  The hotel offers daily housekeeping, complimentary grocery shopping services and same-day dry cleaning. A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is available each morning in the lobby area.  Other hotel facilities and services include a whirlpool and fitness centre, a social room, weeknight social hour and faxing/copying/printing.

A leader in extended-stay lodging, Residence Inn by Marriott offers more than 475 hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. 

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Contact:

Bill Clarke, SVP
Evanco Corporation
bclarke@evancocorp.com
(705) 646-6271
www.residenceinn.com

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Also See: Delta Hotels Commences Management for ClubLink Corporation’s Four Muskoka Resorts; Chris Lund Appointed Regional Director Resorts Ontario / Jan 2001
Clee Varon Named Director of Sales and Marketing for Deerhurst Resort, Muskoka, Ontario / June 2005

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