We recently had some very special visitors that came all the way from China to visit our headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. They were from a company called Ctrip, which is the largest travel booking engine in China.
Back in October, we signed an agreement with Ctrip in order to leverage their cutting-edge hotel reservation platform, making Ctrip our first online travel agency partner in China. We are the only U.S. based lodging company to sign an agreement like this with Ctrip, and we’re really excited about it because it means that Marriott and Ctrip will establish direct global connectivity so travelers can make bookings at any of our 3,500 hotels worldwide and receive real time confirmation information. It will also allow them to receive the same specials and rates found on Marriott.com.
While they were here, we took the executives from Ctrip on tours of our nation’s capital, introduced them to key executives within our company and educated them about our brands and our culture.
It was a very productive visit, and we look forward to a strong, successful relationship with Ctrip as our company and brands continue to expand in China and the rest of the world.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.