- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., the luxury hotelier, will move its Atlanta headquarters and as many as 142 jobs to Montgomery County next year.
The hotel chain is relocating its behind-the-scenes operation closer to its Bethesda parent company, Marriott International Inc.
"It's going to make it easier to do business," said Vivian Deuschl, a Ritz-Carlton spokeswoman.
Relocation packages have been offered to all of Ritz-Carlton's 142 corporate employees, but it is not clear how many will move.
"Marriott has been one of the crown jewels in Montgomery County's corporate community for many years, and we are pleased that the Ritz-Carlton will be joining them," said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. "It demonstrates again that Montgomery County is a great place to do business."
At the end of the first quarter, Marriott employed 3,358 in Bethesda.
Ritz-Carlton's corporate offices occupy 35,000 square feet in Atlanta. Officials say they haven't picked a site for the new headquarters and are looking for 30,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet.
Marriott bought a 49 percent interest in Ritz-Carlton in 1995 and three years later increased its stake to 99 percent. Ritz-Carlton, which manages 45 hotels and resorts worldwide, has remained a separate brand from Marriott.
"The move will increase efficiencies in behind-the-scenes support operations while we continue to build upon our company's independent best-in-the-world class of service and unsurpassed luxury," said Simon Cooper, Ritz-Carlton's president and chief operating officer.


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