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02.09.17

Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Premier Properties Recognized with AAA Four Diamond Award

The Pfister Hotel, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Skirvin Hilton and Hilton Milwaukee Receive the Distinguished Four Diamond Rating in 2017

Milwaukee, Wis., February 9, 2017. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that four of its owned and managed properties have again received the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Award in 2017.

The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis., remains one of only 12 hotels in North America that have maintained AAA Four Diamond status for 41 consecutive years since the Diamond Ratings were first introduced in 1976.

Other Marcus Hotels’ properties that have received the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2017 include the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. for 19 consecutive years; the historic Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, Okla. for 10 consecutive years and the Hilton Milwaukee, the major convention hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. for six consecutive years.

The Pfister Hotel, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Skirvin Hilton and Hilton Milwaukee are part of an exclusive group of establishments within North America. Currently, less than six percent of the nearly 28,000 hotels approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list. Hotels at this level are committed to providing upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, attentive service and attention to detail, according to AAA.

“Serving our guests, creating memories and delivering exceptional experiences is the foundation of our company. This recognition is a testament to our associates and their passion to make each day extraordinary for our guests. We congratulate our AAA-Four Diamond properties on this notable accomplishment,” said Joseph Khairallah, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

In related news, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ properties also received high rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Hotels list. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and The Pfister Hotel both ranked in the top five best Wisconsin hotels. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel ranked #1 in best Oklahoma City hotels. The rankings evaluate more than 3,000 luxury hotels across the USA, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico and are calculated on the opinion of travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About AAA Inspections
For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct anonymous, in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online TripTik Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, searchable online AAA Travel Guides and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 57 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

02.02.17

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Appoints Gordon Tareta Area Director of Spas

Milwaukee, Wis., February 2, 2017. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced the appointment of Gordon Tareta as area director of spas.

Gordon Tareta

In his new role, Tareta will oversee the company’s Well Spa + Salon brands at the AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis., AAA Four-Diamond Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., and Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. He will also oversee Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wis.

Tareta joins Marcus Hotels & Resorts with more than 25 years of luxury spa industry experience, having developed and operated over 110 renowned and award-winning spas worldwide. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Tareta was the president and founder of Tareta Group International, LLC, a business development group focused on strategic concept development and product integration for individual and corporate spas and affiliated industry suppliers. His career includes nearly 10 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts managing over 110 spas worldwide in 26 countries. While at Hyatt, he conceived and launched Hyatt Pure, which was awarded best spa brand by Spa Finders, and developed and implemented global fitness brand StayFit. Before joining Hyatt, Tareta served as corporate director of spa operations for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, where he completed the refurbishment of the famous Banff Springs Hotel’s spa facilities in Alberta, Canada. Tareta has also served as chief operating officer for Marilyn Monroe™ Spas in Orlando, Florida.

“Gordon’s spa visionary success will be instrumental in overseeing our four award-winning spa brands. His global spa experience and creativity in concept innovation, transformation and product development will further position our top rated spas among the best in the nation,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

01.31.17

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Promotes Jeff Peterson to Vice President of Finance and Transaction Administration; John Hendricks Promoted to Division Controller

Milwaukee, Wis., January 30, 2017. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced the promotion of Jeff Peterson to vice president of finance and transaction administration for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. The company also announced the promotion of John Hendricks to division controller.

Jeff Peterson

In his newly created role, Peterson will oversee all accounting and finance functions for the division, as well as oversee new deal structures, joint ventures, management agreements and the implementation of funding investments. He will serve as a lead member of the Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ development team and will also join the company’s senior leadership team.

Peterson joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2013 as vice president of operations. In 2015, he was promoted to senior director of finance and transaction administration for The Marcus Corporation, overseeing a wide range of financial and strategic initiatives as well as providing support for MCS Capital, the company’s hotel investment affiliate. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Peterson served more than 17 years with Hyatt Corporation in various real estate, asset management, finance and accounting roles. He also served as chief financial officer of Ticketmaster Resale, a division of Ticketmaster/Live Nation, the second largest company in the online resale ticket industry.

Peterson, a CPA, began his career in public accounting at the international accounting firm, KPMG. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

The company also announced that John Hendricks, CPA, has been promoted to division controller for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. In his new role, Hendricks will report to Peterson and oversee daily accounting operations for the entire hotel division.

John Hendricks

Hendricks joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts as director of accounting in 2015 and has been instrumental in major accounting improvements for the company. He also assisted in the company’s conversion to a new fiscal year in 2016. Hendricks graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a master’s degree in professional accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also serves as a big brother as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.

Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Hendricks served as an audit manager for KPMG, LLP where he worked with mid-market companies to Fortune 50 multinational corporations.

“Both Jeff and John have made significant contributions to the operational effectiveness of our division, and have a deep understanding of our business and the hotel industry. Jeff has been an instrumental partner on our development team, overseeing new deal structures and management agreements. John’s accounting and auditing expertise has been invaluable. I am confident they will continue to be an integral part of our team and I congratulate them on their new roles,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

01.25.17

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Names Three New Sales Personnel at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

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MILWAUKEE, January 25, 2017. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company, today announced the hiring of three new sales personnel at Omaha’s soon to open premier full-service hotel, Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. Megan Gilligan has been named director of sales and marketing and Laurie Nielsen-Singer and Kristy Phalen have been named sales account executives. The Omaha Marriott Downtown is scheduled to open in summer 2017.

“We are confident that these three women will contribute successfully to building a top sales and service organization for downtown Omaha’s newest full-service hotel,” said Steve Hilton, general manager of the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. “Their combined 46 years of experience in hotel sales, management and event planning is an exceptional asset for our new hotel, and we are thrilled to have them on our team.”

Megan Gilligan, director of sales and marketing at the Omaha Marriott Downtown
Megan Gilligan
Serving as the Omaha Marriott Downtown’s new director of sales and marketing, Gilligan will oversee all sales efforts, marketing and public relations initiatives for the full-service hotel. Gilligan brings more than 14 years of experience in marketing, sales, catering and hotel management to her new role. Prior to joining the Omaha Marriott Downtown, Gilligan served as director of event sales at the La Vista Conference Center Complex in Omaha, which includes the Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center, as well as the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. In this position, she managed all food and beverage revenues, corporate and association conferences, events and tradeshows and oversaw the property’s sales and event staff. Prior to this position, she served as catering sales manager for the Hilton Omaha, where she was a part of the pre-opening sales team during the construction phase of the hotel. Gilligan received a bachelor’s degree in studio arts from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and was named a “40 Under 40” by the Midlands Business Journal in October 2016.

Laurie Nielsen-Singer, sales account executive, Omaha Marriott Downtown
Laurie Nielsen-Singer
In her new role as sales account executive, Nielsen-Singer will manage all group sales and event planning activities, and will oversee revenue and bookings at the hotel. She brings 22 years of experience in hotel management, group sales and event planning to the Omaha Marriott Downtown, including previous senior sales manager positions with the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel and Hilton Omaha Hotel. Prior to these roles, Nielsen-Singer also served as the director of group sales at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas and destination sales manager at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort in Indian Wells, California. Nielsen-Singer received a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Denver.

Kristy Phalen, sales account executive, Omaha Marriott Downtown
Kristy Phalen
Bringing 10 years of hotel management and sales experience to her new role as sales account executive, Phalen will support all sales initiatives at the hotel. Prior to joining the Omaha Marriott Downtown, Phalen served as assistant general manager at the Sheraton Omaha and general manager of the TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Omaha. She has also held several account management roles with Marriott National Group Sales. Phalen currently serves as the president of the Nebraska Hotel & Lodging Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
Marcus Hotels & Resorts is a minority investor and will manage the 12-story high-rise Marriott Omaha Downtown hotel, which will serve as an anchor for the $205 million Capitol District being developed by Shamrock Development, Inc.

The hotel will offer 20,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space with an additional 16,000 square feet of pre-function space, outdoor event space, hospitality suites, roof-top swimming pool with bar/entertainment area, full-service restaurant and bar, Starbucks® café in the lobby, attached parking garage and personalized concierge service.

The new Capitol District is located in the heart of downtown Omaha across the street from the CenturyLink Arena & Convention Center and TD Ameritrade Park, home of the NCAA College World Series and other major NCAA and regional events.

Views of the project site can be seen live at: http://www.workzonecam.com/projects/shamrock/capitaldistrict/workzonecam.

For more information the Capitol District Development, visit http://www.capitoldistrictomaha.com.

To book an event or reserve meeting space at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capital District hotel for 2017 and beyond, visit http://www.downtownomahamarriott.com or contact LaurieNielsen-Singer@marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, including Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a Chicago location opening in early 2017. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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01.24.17

Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Premier Properties Offer One-Of-A-Kind Valentine’s Day Experiences for Couples Nationwide

Adventure, Romance, Bohemian, Luxury Packages and More Available for Every Kind of Couple

Milwaukee, Wis., January 20, 2017 – Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel management company, is helping couples celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year with one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day packages. These packages incorporate luxurious accommodations paired with unforgettable experiences at some of the company’s top-rated properties, including The Garland, The Platinum Hotel & Spa, The Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee City Center, InterContinental Milwaukee, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, and the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

“At Marcus Hotels & Resorts, we go above and beyond to make each experience unique and extraordinary for every guest,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Valentine’s Day is a memorable occasion in and of itself. Pair it with an incredible experience at a Marcus Hotels & Resorts property and you’ll never forget the magic.”

Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ 2017 “extreme” Valentine’s Day packages are now on sale, including:

“Love the Ride” Package, Including a New Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
If you have a passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, this Valentine’s package is for you. The “Love the Ride” experience includes:
• A brand new, 2017 limited edition Harley-Davidson Iron 833 from House of Harley
• Two-night stay in a luxury suite at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, a AAA Four-Diamond historic hotel
• Private tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum
• $500 worth of Harley-Davidson gear from House of Harley
• Harley-Davidson-themed in-room amenity

Package price: $14,800+ taxes, gratuity, title, license. Package based on availability. To reserve, call 414.390.1854 or visit: Love the Ride – House of Harley Package

Smooches for Your Pooches. Celebrating the Love of Your Favorite Four Legged Friends
The top rated and pet friendly AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. is again offering the “Smooches for Your Pooches” package that celebrates the hotel’s affection for four-legged friends. This package includes:
• Special wedding for two pups, wardrobes will be provided
• Officiant to oversee ceremony / “marriage certificate” for two canines
• Professional photography package by Front Room Photography
• A gourmet happy hour featuring food and beverage for up to 10 humans and their canines
• Two-night stay in a luxury suite

Package price: $3,650 + taxes and gratuity; Package based on availability. To reserve, call 414.390.1854 or visit: Smooches for Your Pooches

“Capture Your Love” Package at the InterContinental Milwaukee
What better way to celebrate your love by capturing it with a full day of pampering and glamour at one of Milwaukee’s most stylish hotels. This package includes:
• One-night stay in an InterContinental Milwaukee suite
• Couple’s photo session with Front Room Photography at the InterContinental Milwaukee
• Hair and make-up by The Pfister Hotel’s award-winning WELL Spa + Salon
• Salsa dance lessons by Francis Annan of Salsabrosa Dance Company
• Private, candlelight dinner for two in an intimate space in the InterContinental Milwaukee with wine pairings, dessert and bubbly. Four-course dinner prepared for the special couple by the hotel’s executive chef.

Package price: $1,950 + taxes and gratuity; Package based on availability. To reserve, call 414.390.1854 or visit: Capture Your Love

“I Just Want Your…Kiss” – Celebrate a Paisley Park Valentine’s Day at Two Minneapolis Hotels
The Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington and Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown are both offering enticing packages to celebrate a perfect Paisley Park Valentine’s Day in honor of Minnesota’s late High Priest of Pop – Prince.
Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington – The Paisley Park Valentine’s Day package includes:
o Breakfast for two
o A $100 voucher for the Bloomington ChopHouse, as well as a bottle of specially selected champagne
o Two signature “Purple Rain” cocktails
o Free Wi-fi access while staying at the hotel

Package price: Current online rate + $100. Reservations must be made by February 8, 2017. Terms and conditions apply. More information is available online.

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown – The Love Prince and Paisley Park package includes:
o One-night stay at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown
o General admission to Paisley Park for 2 (a $38.50 value per person)
o One parking pass

Additional $80 Tours at Paisley Park are available Thursday – Sunday. For more information visit: Paisley Park.

A Bohemian Love Story at The Garland
Retreat to a true bohemian Southern California oasis with The Garland’s Bohemian Love Story package. Couples can enjoy a two-night stay in The Garland’s signature suite and indulge in a private custom-designed five-course dinner prepared by The Front Yard’s executive chef, Larry Greenwood, along with a bottle of Dom & Chateau Boswell Cabernet Sauvignon. To top off the evening, guests will enjoy a private live three-hour acoustic performance.

As part of the all-inclusive Bohemian Love Story package, guests will also receive:
• One or two night stay in The Garland’s signature suite the James or Beverly Park
• $200 in credit to The Garland’s Store
• Breakfast in bed
• Transportation to and from the airport (or house, within 30-mile radius from hotel, if a Los Angeles local)
• In-room couples massage
• Garland robes with a “Welcome to The Garland” swag bag
• Late check-out time

Package price: Starts at $12,000 for two + taxes and gratuity. Package is based on James Suite and Beverly Park Suite availability. To book today, please call 800.238.3759.

“Snowbody I’d Rather Love” Package
Spend this Valentine’s Day skiing, snowboarding and enjoying the scenic views from The Mountain Top at one of the Midwest’s top destinations, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. This heartwarming winter package is sure to please the adventurous couple. This package includes:

• One night stay in a deluxe guest room
• Two lift tickets for one day of skiing or snowboarding at The Mountain Top
• Ski or snowboard rentals for two
• Two Après Ski cocktails
• Anderson Candies upon arrival

Package price: Starts at $659, not including nightly resort taxes and fees. Package is subject to availability and is valid February 1 – 28, 2017. Valid Sunday – Thursday. Other exclusions apply. Book by visiting grandgeneva.com or call 800.558.3417.

“Luxe & Love ” Package Including Custom Heart-Shaped Necklace
WOW your special someone with this over-the-top romantic getaway at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. You’ll be pampered with a couple’s treatment at the WELL Spa + Salon, custom jewelry and a deluxe dinner in bed. Package includes:

● Two-night stay in a premier suite
● Couples massage, followed by individual pampering – facial and blowout for the ladies and gentleman’s facial for men
● Custom necklace made by China West Jewelers featuring a solid gold heart-shaped Lake Geneva charm
● Custom meal delivered to your suite after private menu selection with the Grand Geneva Chef
● Champagne with dinner for an extra special toast

Package price: Starting at $2,650, not including nightly resort taxes and fees. Package is subject to availability and is valid February 17 – 19, 2017. Reservations must be booked at least seven days prior to arrival. Other exclusions apply. Book by visiting grandgeneva.com or call 262.245.7621.

Vegas is All Yours at The Platinum Hotel & Spa
Take a chance on love with an unforgettable destination Valentine’s Day experience! The Platinum Hotel & Spa gives couples the perfect private retreat, with panoramic views of the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. Guests who book the “Vegas is All Yours” package at The Platinum Hotel will receive an exquisite evening of food, wine and views on the hotel’s private 17th floor roof top deck. The all-inclusive experience for two is comprised of:
• Suite accommodations for two nights
• A six-course dinner with wine pairings, specifically prepared by The Platinum Hotel’s Executive Chef
• Flowers and a violinist to accompany dinner

Package price: $5,000 for two, all-inclusive. To make a reservation, call The Platinum Hotel at 702.636.2501 by January 25, 2017.

A Valentine’s Day Dinner & A Show at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
Situated in downtown Madison alongside Lake Monona, the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace offers a cultural getaway in Wisconsin’s capital city. Guests will start off their romantic rendezvous with a five-course meal and wine at the Capitol ChopHouse. Guests will receive two tickets to the Overture Center for the Arts’ production of Baba Yaga, which tells the Cinderella story of a peasant girl, her wicked stepsisters and Baba Yaga, the witch who has haunted Russian folktales and fascinated painters and writers for hundreds of years. After the production, guests will receive an overnight stay at a Hilton Madison lakeside king room and breakfast for two in the vibrant Capitol Club on the hotel’s 14th floor.

With the Dinner & A Show package, guests also receive:
• Free valet parking for one car in the Hilton’s parking lot
• Complimentary transportation to and from the Overture Center for the Arts
• A keepsake program and welcome gift upon arrival at the Overture Center for the Arts

Package price: $850 per couple, taxes and gratuity included. Reservations are valid from February 10 – 19, 2017 and must be made 30 days prior to arrival to ensure tickets to Baba Yaga. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of the reservation.

For more information about the Dinner and a Show package contact Ranette Maurer at rmaurer@hiltonmadison.com or call 608.260.2363.

12.19.16

Wisconsin Hospitality Linen Service Completes $2.3 Million Expansion

Wisconsin Hospitality Linen Service Sheet-Cutting Event
Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ business unit positioned to double capacity

Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 19, 2016. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that its Wisconsin Hospitality Linen Service (WHLS) business unit has completed a $2.3 million expansion that will enable it to double its current capacity. WHLS provides commercial laundry services for Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Wisconsin properties, as well as for other hotels in the Midwest.

“WHLS currently processes approximately 10 million pounds of linen each year, including sheets, towels and restaurant linens. The new equipment, including an additional washer, dryers and finishing lines, will position us to double our capacity over the next five years,” said Tom Mason, senior vice president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, who oversees WHLS operations.

“Many hotels prefer to outsource their laundry services to a third party. As the only central laundry facility in the area that is owned and operated by a hospitality company, we understand the needs and challenges of the industry,” added Mason.

WHLS has been the area leader in commercial laundry services for the hospitality industry for over 20 years. The business was founded by Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 1995 and has operated at its current 32,000 square foot facility near the Milwaukee airport since 2001.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

12.14.16

The Perfect Holiday Gift is Just a Click Away – Marcus Hotels & Resorts Unveils New eGift Cards this Holiday Season

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Holiday Gift Card

Get your holiday shopping done in sixty seconds! New eGift Cards are available for hotels, restaurants, spas, golf and more!

Milwaukee, Wis., December 14, 2016. . . . The perfect holiday present for a friend or loved one is just a convenient click away with the debut of Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ online eGift Cards. Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a national hotel management company, introduced eGift Cards for the first time this week.

The digital eGift Cards can be redeemed for accommodations at the company’s 18 hotels and resorts, dining at signature restaurants, golfing and skiing at the company’s resort properties and pampering at the company’s award-winning spas.

Customers can go to MarcusGiftCards.com, select a gift card theme and amount, and send a perfect holiday eGift Card to the recipient all within minutes. As an added bonus, shoppers will receive a free $25 bonus card via mail, with every $100 gift card purchase.

For those looking for a last-minute gift for immediate delivery, or one-stop shopping, our new eGift Cards are the perfect solution. The eGift Card can be sent to recipients within sixty seconds, and can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year.

“Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ businesses provide the perfect gift for spagoers, golf and ski lovers, wine and food enthusiasts, and for those who want to enjoy a special experience at one of our premier properties throughout the U.S.,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

The debut of Marcus Hotels & Resorts online eGift Cards comes at the same time as the introduction of the company’s new Gift Card website, MarcusGiftCards.com, designed and developed by Graydient Creative of Milwaukee. For more information, visit www.MarcusGiftCards.com or see how you can be a holiday hero here.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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11.22.16

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Offers Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales in Chicago, Milwaukee and Lake Geneva

Milwaukee, Wis., November 18, 2016. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a national hotel management company, is offering not to be missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at premier properties in Chicago and Wisconsin. Now is the time to book a holiday shopping trip or invest in your next vacation at one of these leading Midwest hotels and resorts.

Guests can take advantage of the following Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals:
• AC Hotel by Marriott Chicago Downtown is offering a 15% discount on retail rates with advance purchase for a stay during December 9, 2016 – January 16, 2017. Must book between November 25 – November 28, 2016. Based on availability. Book here.

• AAA-Four Diamond Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. is offering a Deluxe room with Pfister Club access starting at $119/night (a $240 value). Club access includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a full, hot breakfast, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. Must book between November 25 – November 28, 2016. Valid on travel through March 31, 2017. Based on availability. Book here.

• AAA-Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee Hotel is offering a Standard room with two complimentary drinks starting at $89/night (a $180 value). Must book between November 25 – November 28, 2016. Valid on travel through March 31, 2017. Based on availability. Book here.

• AAA-Four Diamond Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. is offering a 25% discount on rooms booked beginning Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9 a.m. The first 50 rooms booked include a $25 dining credit for guests to use at one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants. The sale runs for 72 hours and is valid on travel through February 28, 2017. Blackout dates may apply. Visit http://www.grandgeneva.com to book.

• Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva is offering a 30% discount on rooms booked beginning Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9 a.m. The first 50 rooms booked include one large two-topping pizza for guests to enjoy. The sale runs for 72 hours and is valid on travel through February 28, 2017. Blackout dates may apply. Visit http://www.timberridgelodge.com to book.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

11.18.16

The Secret is Out: EscapeHouse and SafeHouse Chicago Target the Windy City with Grand Opening Launches

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A new mission awaits adventure-seekers as Chicago’s newest experiential attractions, EscapeHouse and SafeHouse Chicago, gear up for their grand openings in River North.

CHICAGO – On orders from Control, top agents have confirmed that legendary Milwaukee destination (and famous spy refuge), The SafeHouse, will now expand by creating a covert location in the Windy City this January. SafeHouse Chicago will maintain the establishment’s treasured 50-year legacy while adding upgraded experiences to the new location, including new technology and a modern design by Chicago’s own award-winning firm, The Gettys Group. Spies eager to start their mission prior to the January grand opening will have their chance with the launch of EscapeHouse Chicago, opening Monday, November 21. The next evolution of innovative escape games, EscapeHouse immerses guests into an action-packed, 60-minute adventure, serving as the perfect precursor to SafeHouse Chicago.

“Who doesn’t want to escape the every day for an hour or two and become an international superspy?” says Agent BB, Greg Marcus, President and CEO of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS). “Fascination with the world of espionage persists in novels and movies, making the SafeHouse and EscapeHouse concepts ones that will stand the test of time. It is the world’s second oldest profession.”

While the popularity of room escapes has skyrocketed nationwide, none compare to the new EscapeHouse Chicago located at 54 E. Ontario Street. Through elevated design and upgraded finishes, this two room attraction transforms guests into the heroes of their own story. EscapeHouse was expertly designed, with upgraded, realistic finishes by Agent Fudd, Paul Daurio of Creative Development. Agent Fudd also led the team behind The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Universal. Over the course of 60 minutes, agents will be tested on their ability to discover clues, solve puzzles and work together under pressure. EscapeHouse Chicago will include two game concepts: Saving the White House, where participants are secret service agents in training who explore an exact replica of the Oval Office, right down to the presidential seal on the ceiling, fusing an educational overlap with stimulating excitement, and Escape the Safe House, where operatives use methodology, tools and tricks of espionage to break codes and find clues to become a super spy.

Secretly headquartered below the city streets in the abandoned warrens of Chicago at 60 E. Ontario Street, the SafeHouse Chicago will fuse elements from the original Milwaukee location with modern touches. While the password to enter will remain unchanged, SafeHouse Chicago will feature upgraded technology, a new agent authentication process, and interesting seating areas including the soon-to-be infamous cone of silence booth. Visiting spies will be tasked with locating the top-secret entrance marked only with a sign for International Exports Ltd. flanked by two gaslights. Before entering, operatives will be required to provide the password or perform a top secret clearance test to gain entry to this newest refuge for spies from around the world. Once inside, operatives will embark on a one-of-a-kind mission as they create their own agent name and complete missions while discovering gadgets and hidden gems.

In addition to upgraded technology, the SafeHouse will reflect more modern touches and upgraded aesthetics more in line with the 21st century. The design of the SafeHouse was led by award-winning design firm, The Gettys Group, and Agent Fudd, Paul Daurio, who designed the EscapeHouse. The décor will feature original espionage artifacts, including the flight deck from an authentic spy plane donated by the man who flew it in WWII, as well as a piece of the Berlin Wall secured from covert operatives. From the sleek Interpol Bar to the Spybrary, to the Seduction Lounge and the Interrogation Room, every aspect of the design has been tinkered, tailored, soldiered, and spied. Interactive elements such as a Gadget Bar featuring a nightly magician, and “futuristic” technology, fuse seamlessly in an action-packed atmosphere where food and signature drinks unite guests as they embark on their mission.

Every spy needs to eat well. Under orders from Control, the SafeHouse culinary agents are always on the prowl, tracing the source of local ingredients and securing them from top suppliers. These ingredients are then smuggled into the SafeHouse and hand-assembled into fresh dishes by experienced chefs to spies who deserve local and authentic food. Honoring original favorites like the Fried C4 Cheese Curds and the hand-crafted M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Burgers), Agent Pickles (a.k.a. Head Culinary Agent David Hardy) is bulking up the menu for visiting spies, adding specialties including poutine and an array of savory entrees as well as healthy vegetarian and vegan items.

“Today’s consumers are increasingly seeking unique experiences, and the SafeHouse is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and bar that fills that niche,” says Agent Blonde, Peggy Williams-Smith, Marcus Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President. “Spies in the great city of Chicago were in need of a refuge and Control wanted to ensure there was a SafeHouse for them as well.”

For more information on EscapeHouse, visit EscapeHouseChicago.com or call (312) 981-6633. EscapeHouse is currently taking online reservations for escapes beginning on November 21. For more information on The SafeHouse, visit SafeHouseChicago.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, including Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a Chicago location opening in early 2017. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its Marcus Hotels & Resorts division, the company’s movie theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fifth largest theatre circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 686 screens at 54 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

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11.16.16

Joseph Khairallah, President of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Joins American Hotel & Lodging Association Board of Directors

Joseph S. Khairallah

Joseph S. Khairallah

Milwaukee, Wis., November 16, 2016. . . . .Joseph S. Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

AHLA represents leaders from all sectors of the lodging industry, including brands, owners and REITS, management companies, independent hotels and state associations. As an AHLA board member, Khairallah will be a part of important discussions concerning a broad range of industry-and association-related issues.

“We continue to reach new heights in our membership, advocacy and communication efforts and, together, with the leadership of our board and our officers, we are making significant progress in advancing our industry priorities,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AHLA. “As a new addition to AHLA’s Board of Directors, we are confident that Joe’s strong leadership will further strengthen our industry’s alignment and strategic direction as we build upon the successes to date. With the engagement of strong leaders like Joe, we are well-equipped to seize upon future opportunities while tackling industry challenges head on.”

Khairallah joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2013 as chief operating officer and was named president of the division in October. Khairallah has more than 33 years of hospitality industry experience, including 30 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. He is a native of Lebanon, graduated from the prestigious Haulot Institute in Belgium and has studied six languages.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About the American Hotel & Lodging Association
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and contributes nearly $170 billion to the U.S. economy. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.



 
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