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HOST OPENS FIRST MULTI-CONCEPT MERCHANDISE STORE AT BWI AIRPORT

 BALTIMORE, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Host International has opened its first multi-concept merchandise store at Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Called "B & W Marketplace," the 2,100- square-foot merchandise store is located on the upper level of the terminal near Pier C. It features nine themed retail shops which are designed to provide a wide variety of merchandise selections to travelers in one location. The shops include:
 -- Starbucks Coffee -- A specialty coffee shop featuring the finest in unique coffee blends, specialty drinks and pastries. BWI is Starbuck's first airport location on the East coast.
 -- Freedom of the Press -- A newsstand offering a selection of over 140 magazines, and 12 local and national newspapers.
 -- Book Business -- The book section, featuring The New York Times top fiction best sellers, and categories such as new releases, business, science, health/fitness and children's and regional titles.
 -- Capitol Ideas -- A greeting card area complete with computer disks.
 -- Mementos -- A souvenir and t-shirt shop.
 -- All Around Sports -- The sports corner, providing the best in professional and college sports accessories and memorabilia.
 -- Kids -- A children's shop featuring games and toys.
 -- Skyline Sweets -- A candy shop offering a wide assortment of bulk candies, and candies by the pound in the form of downtown city skylines.
 -- Bay Point -- A regional food and gift shop representing specialty items from the Baltimore-Washington area.
 "The new B & W Marketplace shop is a unique retail concept, which we believe will meet the needs and preferences of the traveling public," said Jack Bracken, general manager of Host operations at BWI Airport. "With this new facility, we now have a wide range of products and services in one store to serve our customers and make their travel through the Baltimore-Washington area more enjoyable."
 Host, which has had the food, beverage and merchandise contract at BWI since 1972, operates six restaurants and snack bars, seven lounges, nine gift shops, a sports store and a regional specialty shop at the airport.
 "Baltimore and Washington Marketplace is a fine edition to BWI Airport and offers passengers new choices in gifts as well as famous Starbucks Coffee," said Theodore Mathison, Maryland Aviation administrator. "It is one of a number of new and exciting projects planned for BWI over the next year."
 A subsidiary of Marriott Corporation (NYSE: MHS), Host International is the nation's leading provider of airport food, beverage and merchandise. It has operations at domestic and international airports.
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 /CONTACT: Robert T. Souers of Marriott Corporation, 301-380-1339/
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