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Gaylord Entertainment Company Concludes Strategic Review; Agrees To Sell Gaylord Hotels Brand And Management Company To Marriott International; Will Reorganize As A Real Estate Investment Trust

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 73 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION,  Renaissance, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties. Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Gaylord expects to restructure its operations in connection with the proposed REIT conversion and as part of this restructuring it intends to prepare a proxy statement to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Gaylord plans to file with the SEC other documents regarding the REIT conversion. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE REIT CONVERSION AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE REIT CONVERSION. The final proxy statement will be mailed to the Gaylord’s stockholders. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC concerning the proposed transaction, free of charge, at the SEC’s website at In addition, stockholders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Gaylord by going to Gaylord’s Investor Relations website page at or by sending a written request to Gaylord’s Secretary at Gaylord Entertainment Company, One Gaylord Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, or by calling the Secretary at (615) 316-6000.

Interests of Participants

Gaylord and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Gaylord in connection with the REIT conversion. Information regarding Gaylord’s directors and executive officers is set forth in Gaylord’s proxy statement for its 2012 annual meeting of stockholders and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, which were filed with the SEC on April 3, 2012 and February 24, 2012, respectively. Additional information regarding persons who may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed REIT conversion will be contained in the proxy statement to be filed by Gaylord with the SEC when it becomes available.

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