Marriott Vacations Worldwide Receives Circle of Excellence Innovator Award at American Resort Development Association’s Awards Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. – July 25, 2018 – Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) was recently recognized with several awards by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) at the ARDA Awards Gala held during the annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nev.

Among these honors was the ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) Innovator Award, presented to Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s Disaster Assessment and Response Team for its response and disaster relief efforts in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The ACE Innovator Award is an honor bestowed upon those that have attained the highest level of excellence and whose accomplishments and dedication drive the industry to new heights.

After Hurricane Matthew in 2016 which affected nine resorts in Hilton Head Island, Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s Disaster Assessment and Response Team saw an opportunity – to meaningfully enhance the company’s approaches to business continuity planning. The team redesigned the program structure to ensure complete functional alignment, global coordination and accountability.

In addition to the business response to these two hurricanes, Marriott Vacations Worldwide associates from around the world came together and donated over 10,000 pounds of basic supplies to their fellow associates at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove in St. Thomas. With an even greater gesture of support, the company decided to send power generators to all 135 Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove associates, giving these associates access to at least partial power in their homes while restoration of full power on the island was not anticipated for many months. Because of these type of efforts by the team, DART also received the award for Reputation Issues/Crises Management Team or Team Member (Large Developer).

“It’s an honor to be recognized by ARDA for our dedication to the disaster relief efforts after these two historic hurricanes,” said Stephen P. Weisz, president and chief executive officer. “Our associates have once again shown their passion and willingness to help support their fellow associates during a time of such great need. I am so proud of all the efforts put forth to help not only our associates but our Owners, Members and guests as well.”

Marriott Vacations Worldwide was also recognized for its excellence in several other departments:

About Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation is a leading global pure-play vacation ownership company, offering a diverse portfolio of quality products, programs and management expertise with over 65 resorts. Its brands include Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott. Since entering the industry in 1984 as part of Marriott International, Inc., the company earned its position as a leader and innovator in vacation ownership products. The company preserves high standards of excellence in serving its customers, investors and associates while maintaining a long-term relationship with Marriott International. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter at and find us on Facebook at

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