Although I'm not computer literate, I know what a key role our website, marriott.com, plays in booking business at our hotels. More than 750, 000 individuals visit marriott.com every day. Thank you for that.
While the Internet is very helpful and a useful tool, we understand that many visually impaired people have a difficult time using it. However, my son Steve, who is legally blind, relies tremendously on his computer. It speaks to him, talks to him, reads the newspaper to him, and he is really up to speed on what's going on in the world.
Many people take for granted their ability to perform everyday tasks like use the Internet, drive a car or read a book. At Marriott, we are always working hard to improve the access and services we provide to our guests with disabilities.
To help address these challenges, we are currently working with the American Foundation for the Blind, whose commitment to making the lives of the visually impaired more productive is unparalleled. I am proud to announce that Marriott will be the first corporate partner in their Accessibility Assurance Program. By participating in this program, we are working to fulfill our pledge of making the right choices for all of our customers.
We will begin to apply new design standards and features to allow people with disabilities to use the site with greater ease. These features include new technology that will ensure our site is compatible with assistive devices called screen readers. We will also offer sight impaired users the ability to report problems using the site and make recommendations on how to further improve the experience on marriott.com.
We look forward to working with the AFB and hope people who previously had difficulties using our site will find these enhancements helpful. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
I'm Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.