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The ice-skating rink at the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, VA. It’s below freezing today in Washington, D.C., which makes it a perfect day for some outdoor ice skating, don’t you think? In the winter of 1958, we covered the swimming pool at the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Marriott on the Move
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Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Marriott’s shift from the restaurant business to the hotel industry. On this date, January 16, 1957, my parents cut the ribbon on the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. See photo above. We were in a hurry to accommodate all the crowds coming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Marriott on the Move
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Aidan (pictured above), a banquet server at one of our properties in Naples, Florida, was home with his family when Hurricane Irma struck the city in October 2017. He watched in disbelief as 145-mile-an-hour winds struck his house, ripping off shingles and causing a tree and multiple tree limbs to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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Forbes placed Marriott International on its The World’s Most Innovative Companies list in June of this year. What an honor to be recognized. Since my parents started the company in 1927, we’ve never been afraid to take chances and try new things. Just in the last year, we’ve partnered with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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Bill Marriott, Arne Sorenson, and chefs Thais Rodriguez, Lara Brown, Paula DaSilva, Jennifer OBrien, Laura Bartholomew, and Ilkay Suuctugu Every quarter, the Marriott International Food and Beverage team pulls together a “taste” panel with some of our top chefs and senior management. It’s sort of a “Chopped” without the judges,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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This may come as news to some, but for many years, Marriott International owned and operated two amusement parks, one in California and one in Illinois. We named the parks Marriott's Great America and they were proud tributes to all that is great about this country. They were also, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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J. W. "Bill" Marriott Jr. (ca. 1954) Today, as we come together with family and friends to celebrate our Nation’s independence, I find myself reflecting on the visionary leadership that was displayed during the Revolutionary War more than two centuries ago. Against almost impossible odds, George Washington led the Continental... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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Marriott International broke ground recently on its new global corporate headquarters in downtown Bethesda, MD. As I stood there at the ceremony with a hard hat and shovel, I couldn’t help but marvel. Look how far we’ve come! When my parents, J. Willard and Alice Marriott, started the company in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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Every so often I get a letter from a customer or an associate that really touches me because of their positive feelings toward Marriott International and our culture. Since my father founded this company, our most important and enduring principle has never changed: If you take care of your associates,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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All Awards of Excellence Honorees on Stage (May 2018) I’m probably biased, but I really believe that our organization is one big family. That’s why my heart was warmed when I recently met Jackie Ford, executive assistant at the College Park Marriott in Maryland. She told me Marriott is where... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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Alice S. Marriott and J. W. Marriott, Jr. (ca. 1935) I recently came across a poem my mother wrote to me some 37 years ago, which she titled "This Is Your Life, According to Mother." She gave it to me in June 1981 in honor of my 25th year with... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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Barbara Bush, Chef Laurent Richard, President George Bush at The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park – September 2004 This past week, Barbara Bush taught this country – and the world – one final lesson: how to die with grace. Letting go for someone who loved and enjoyed life so fully could not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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J. Willard Marriott Sr. I'm often asked why Marriott International has been so successful over the years. I tell them it all harkens back to my father's commitment to taking care of the associates, and his endless striving for excellence at every level of the company. I was reminded of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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It probably goes without saying, but I have visited thousands of hotels. Just this past year, I have seen over 100—and that’s a drop in the bucket compared to my younger days. Touring properties is a passion of mine, not an obligation. I’m often my happiest when I’m at a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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The Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan in India is doing some great work. Earlier this year, the team won our Debbie Marriott Harrison TakeCare Award of Excellence for promoting the wellbeing of their associates and making the hotel a healthier place to work. Recently, they made a video celebrating their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Marriott on the Move
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The holidays are a time for many things, but above all, it’s a time for family. I am fortunate to be spending another Christmas with those I love. On Christmas Eve, we host a big family dinner and on Christmas Day my wife Donna and I go house to house... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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I’m of the firm belief that to do something right, you can’t cut corners. I’ve been at that crossroads many times before, but I can confidently say I’ve done my best to do things the right way. This covers anything from maintaining ethical business practices to putting associates first. Personally,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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Fairfield by Marriott turns 30 this month. In the blink of an eye, I’ve seen the brand evolve from its first property in Atlanta, GA, to nearly 900 hotels around the world, entering new markets like Brazil, China, and Nepal this year. Though a lot has changed, I’m comforted to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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Five years ago, my family’s foundation partnered with San Diego State University to create the China Hospitality Education Initiative, or CHEI. Our idea was to establish relationships with a few Chinese schools and offer hospitality teachers hands-on operational experiences and teaching resources to supplement textbooks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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Me and My Wife at Lake Winnipesaukee I recently had the pleasure of doing a fireside chat with my son, David, at a Marriott conference. The theme of our conversation centered on how we promote associate wellbeing through our TakeCare program and where we find our happiness. It’s a simple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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This year we recognize nine associates and four hotels who consistently go above and beyond for our guests and associates. I could write at length about each one, but I’ll highlight just a few here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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My mother was a woman of “firsts” and her story continues to pave the way for women striving to make an impact as businesswomen and true partners. My mother was a leader in our company and our family – her legacy is unforgettable. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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The Bo'i+o coffee shop at the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel in the Dominican Republic If you’ve read my blog before, you know one of the great pleasures of my job is to visit our properties and associates. It’s something my father loved to do, too. He taught me the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Marriott on the Move
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Late last year, I had the opportunity to speak at the Annual Celebration of the Center for NonProfit Advancement. They are the leading advocate for nonprofit organizations in the Washington D.C. metro area. They have been doing tremendous work as champions for all nonprofits in our community. At the celebration... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Marriott on the Move