CHEVY CHASE, Md., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced the expansion of its luxury hotel portfolio in the CIS with the development of the first hotel in Kazakhstan. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty is owned by a subsidiary of Capital Partners L.L.C. The 145 room hotel is located in the 37 storey Esentai Tower within the mixed use Esentai Park development project in Almaty which includes an extensive shopping mall, Fitness Club and residential complexes. The hotel, located in the centre of the city, will offer Club and Suite accommodation together with over 10,000 square feet of meeting facilities. "We are honored to partner with Capital Partners to manage this exciting property," said Herve Humler , President and Chief Operating Officer. " Almaty is an important business centre in the region and we are delighted to now be able to offer The Ritz-Carlton experience to our global business travellers visiting this city." Burak Oymen, co-founder of Capital Partners: "We are delighted to be working again with Ritz-Carlton. We believe that the partnership between Capital Partners and Ritz-Carlton, which has already worked so well in Moscow, will help create another exceptional hotel in an exceptional city." Almaty, formerly the capital city of Kazakhstan, is the Republic's largest city and an important cultural and commercial centre. Located between the Bolshaya and Malaya rivers, Almaty was formerly one of the transit stations on the Silk Road and is now a vibrant business destination. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty will be opening late 2013. About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) SOURCE The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.