We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and injuries that resulted from the apparent suicide bombings today at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia. We appreciate all the words of support that have come in from members of our extended Marriott family around the world. In honor of the victims of today's terrible act of violence, our flag at Marriott headquarters is flying at half staff.
In recognition of the unfortunate realities in which we live, we have had rigorous security procedures in place at these hotels and others around the world. I want to personally assure you that the safety and security of our guests and associates has been, and will always be, one of our highest priorities.
We are currently doing our best to take care of the guests, associates and their families at the two hotels. We are also cooperating closely with the authorities as they investigate the incident. From what we have determined so far, the hotels were not structurally damaged and we hope to reopen them as soon as we can confirm that they are safe.
It is a sad truth in today's world that, if someone is willing to sacrifice his or her own life in an attack, there are no guarantees of safety. Nonetheless, we remain committed to do our best to implement tough and effective security procedures working with our associates, outside security experts and the authorities. And we remain committed to providing a place of hospitality, for public diplomacy, business and enjoyment for our guests, and providing opportunity for our wonderful associates who work in Jakarta and around the world.
Finally, your expressions of support and concern mean a lot to me personally. Thank you for helping me keep Marriott on the move.