I mentioned last week that May is a big month for our company. We’ve got lots to celebrate during the anniversary month of our company’s founding. We spend a lot of time focusing on our terrific associates, applauding them for jobs well done throughout the year. We have a week-long event called Associate Appreciation Week.
We also set aside time during this week to invest in our global communities. Marriott International locations worldwide participate in “Spirit to Serve Our Communities Day.” It’s a day when our people are given time off to participate in an activity of their choice to help improve their communities.
You see, we want the communities where we do business to be better because we are there. We want our communities to see our hotels as positive influences on the places they call home.
For example, in Hong Kong, associates at the JW Marriott will help raise awareness about the water shortage in China’s Northwest Mainland. In Europe, our people at the Renaissance Amsterdam will work to beautify a hospice for seriously ill children.
And this year, more than 2,000 associates from our headquarters building will be heading out to serve at 29 different projects in the Metro DC area, including constructing a playground at a bilingual charter school.
What I love most about Spirit To Serve Our Communities Day is that we don't stop there. This isn't just a one-day event for us. All year long our properties are committed and invested in making their communities better. Just recently, the Berlin Marriott received the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service… an award that celebrates the hotel team that best exemplifies my mother’s timeless philosophy… “By generously giving of our time, energy and resources, we enrich the lives of others."
I am so proud of the legacy my mother left and of each of our associates that strive to make our world a better place.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.