Hi, I'm Bill Marriott.
Today we witnessed the cruel hand of terrorism once again. According to Pakistani authorities, our hotel in Islamabad was the target of a lone suicide bomber. The explosion occurred by the loading dock in the afternoon local time.
No guests were hurt but a hotel maintenance worker was hospitalized and sadly, one of the hotel's security guards was killed as he tried to stop the suicide bomber from approaching the hotel. He is a great hero and he represents the true spirit to serve of our associates; to go above and beyond, which he certainly did.
We have a lot of heroes, here at Marriott.
People like Theera Kanjana, who was Resident Manager at our JW Marriott resort in Phuket, Thailand when the Asian Tsunami hit. After he noticed the sea acting up, he ordered everyone off the beach and away from the pool. Like the security guard in Islamabad, he put his life at risk - even suffering severe injuries, but, again, he protected our guests and associates.
You know, it all really comes down to caring - a culture of caring. I am very proud of the 143,000 Marriott associates, around the world. They are not only the face of our company; they are its heart and soul.
Today, we're doing all we can to assist the hotel in Islamabad and reach out to the family of our security guard, who gave his life.