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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS TO TRAVEL

 AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS TO TRAVEL
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 26, 1992, implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) begins. One of the most important civil rights statutes in U.S. history, ADA impacts more than 43 million people, assuring them fair treatment in the workplace and public facilities that are barrier free.
 Title III of ADA addresses accessibility in public accommodations, a primary concern of people with disabilities. Businesses, including the travel industry, are moving forward to ensure compliance with the law.
 Marriott Corporation (NYSE: MHS) has long been committed to serving the needs of its guests and employees with disabilities. The company has spent millions of dollars modifying its more than 4,200 lodging and food service units, where necessary, and training its employees. Today, Marriott operations throughout the country meet or exceed state and local guidelines developed to provide access for people with disabilities. The company is working hard toward full compliance with the new ADA standards.
 "We believe the new law will help increase the integration of people with disabilities into the mainstream of our society," said J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and president of Marriott Corporation. "People with disabilities will be encouraged to travel more, and the hospitality industry must provide the service and accommodations they expect. It's not just a matter of law. It's good business, and it's the right thing to do."
 Both Marriott's contract service and lodging businesses are involved in improving accessibility and service for people with disabilities. For example, Marriott Management Services, which provides food and facilities management services to businesses, education and health care institutions, currently is surveying hundreds of clients to assist them in making sure their facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.
 Efforts by Marriott's four lodging divisions include shipping auxiliary aids for people with hearing impairments to its nearly 700 hotels. The kits include such items as a closed caption t.v. decoder, flashing door "knocker," smoke detector with flashing strobe, and T.D.D. message terminal. The kits, which can be requested at the time of reservation, will be available at all Marriott lodging properties by March 1, 1992.
 Marriott has had a toll-free T.D.D. number at its reservations center in Omaha, Neb., since 1989. Room reservations can be made and guaranteed on T.D.D. equipment by calling a special Marriott toll-free reservation number at 800-228-7014.
 Marriott also offers guest rooms that feature extra-wide doorways, raised vanities and closet rods, railings on the tub and commode, and hand-held shower heads.
 Marriott Corporation, headquartered in Washington, is a diversified company involved in lodging and contract services. Its businesses include full-service, moderate price, extended stay and economy lodging; golf management services and timesharing resorts; food service and facilities management; food, beverage and merchandise operations at airports and on highways; and operation of retirement communities. More than 6,000 of Marriott's employees are people with disabilities.
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 /CONTACT: Nick Hill of Marriott Corporate Relations, 301-380-7484; Gordon Lambourne of Marriott Hotels, Resorts and Suites, 301-380-1340; or Mike Roueche of Marriott Management Services, 301-380-1425/
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