I love cars, especially fast cars. On my recent trip to Spain to launch our new AC Hotels by Marriott brand, my host and new business partner Antonio Catalan took me out to the Spanish race track in Madrid. Even though I speak little Spanish and Antonio doesn’t speak very much English, we both have a tremendous passion for great hotels and also race cars.
What a ride. I reached speeds that must have been close to the sound barrier – or so it seemed. As a token of our new partnership, I was presented my own racing helmet.
Earlier, we had toured two of Antonio’s historic hotels in Madrid. They are now part of our Autograph Collection. AC Santo Mauro is the former palace of a Spanish Duke. AC Palacio Del Retiro is protected by Spanish National Heritage. Each hotel has about 50 rooms and a lot of great old-world charm.
I’m not sure which part of my day was more fun. Touring our two new “historic” Autograph Collection hotels or putting the pedal to the metal at the Spanish race track.
The photo showing my “two-thumbs up” says it all. It’s symbolic of both our companies coming together to form a winning team in racing and hotels. There’ll be a lot of checkered flags in our future.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.
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