HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
2012 is the year of the Dragon. Let the week-long celebrations begin. That’s right, an entire week of brilliant fireworks and colorful parades. It’s truly an amazing spectacle. Think Times Square – but a whole lot bigger!
Our Marriott hotels in Shanghai, Beijing and Sanya, will have ceremonies featuring Chinese drummers and Kung Fu artists. Food is also very important to New Year's celebrations. The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel created a unique dim sum dumpling menu in honor of the Dragon. Each dish is a work of art.
Chinese New Year Coconut Pudding and Taro and Turnip Cake.
Loh Hei Chinese Salmon Salad.
Pancake with pan-fried goose liver, sliced pork and chicken liver.
Marriott hotels are truly apart of the communities they call home. Like the dragon that represents strength, passion and good fortune, Marriott has strength in its brands, passion in its guests and good fortune for continued growth. Recently, we signed our 100th hotel in China and are opening one hotel a month during the next three years. Each Asian hotel opening has its own traditional celebration. I dotted the eye of the lion in 2007 when Marriott opened its 3,000th property, JW Marriott Beijing.
Later this year, I plan on traveling back to China with my family. I’ll be 80-years old and I can’t wait to learn more about its customs and help promote tourism. So, happy New Year to our friends in Asia. Good fortune to everyone.