Gaylord Entertainment Company To Transfer Management Of Radisson Hotel Opryland, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, And Wildhorse Saloon To Marriott International
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. Marriott 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. Granite Hotel Properties, Inc. (“Granite”) and Gaylord have filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement/prospectus which describes Gaylord’s plans to qualify as a REIT for federal income tax purposes following the consummation of the sale of the Gaylord Hotels brand and rights to manage Gaylord’s four Gaylord Hotels to Marriott and the contemplated merger of Gaylord with and into Granite to facilitate the REIT election. Notice of a special meeting and a definitive proxy statement/prospectus were mailed to Gaylord stockholders who held shares of Gaylord’s common stock as of August 8, 2012 on August 22, 2012. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE FORM S-4 AND PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED WITH THE SEC BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER AND REIT CONVERSION. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC concerning the proposed transaction, free of charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or Gaylord’s website at www.gaylordentertainment.com. In addition, stockholders may obtain free copies of the documents 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 Gaylord’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger and 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 merger and REIT conversion is contained in the proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC.
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