37 posts categorized "Diversity"

Renovating Riyadh

April 7, 2014
I remember travelling across the world to the desert sands of Saudi Arabia in 1979. We were starting to open hotels all over the world. With its rich culture and strong heritage, Saudi was the best place to plant our first flag in the Middle East. The Riyadh Marriott Hotel...

Take Me Out to the … New Baseball Academy

March 31, 2014
The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The smell of fresh popcorn and peanuts in the air. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening day for baseball fans. So much potential and promise for your favorite team to make it all the way to the Fall...

Happy 95th Birthday to America's Pastor

November 18, 2013
Listen to blog Rev. Billy Graham, President Nixon and me; Dad and Rev. Graham On November 7, I travelled to Asheville, NC to help celebrate the 95th birthday of the Reverend Billy Graham. I was very honored to attend this significant event. In 1976, the President of The United States...

Noella has it right, "It's kinda fun"

November 4, 2013
Noella Abijuru in Dubai Listen to how Noella Abijuru a resident of Kigali, Rwanda describes working for Marriott. “It’s kinda fun. Though it’s a business, it’s kinda fun.” Noella is one of fifteen women hired about a year ago from the Akilah Instutute for Women. She’s been training in Dubai...

Bridges … A Solid Foundation for Opportunity

August 19, 2013
Years ago, when our company was first beginning to add hotels to our business, my dad would scout locations for new hotels by watching the traffic across the bridges of Washington. He would say they would never move the bridges. He knew that a hotel built near a bridge or...

It’s Joe’s Abilities That Count

June 3, 2013
Joe with the 5-year certificate he earned last year Let me tell you about Joe DiPietro. This amazing young man has worked at the Residence Inn Philadelphia Valley Forge in Pennsylvania for six years as a member of the maintenance team. He is the kind of associate every business owner...

The Buzz Around Europe's Green Efforts

September 17, 2012
I recently returned from a cruise through Europe. As always, I had a tough time separating work and leisure. I can’t come into a port or a city without resisting the impulse to stop by some of our hotels and visit some competitors. What struck me on this trip is...

Awards of Excellence

May 9, 2012
My father often said “take good care of the associates and they’ll take good care of the customers.” That’s at the heart of how we do things at Marriott every day. Our associates around the world put people first - whether it's inside the hotels or outside in the communities...

Welcoming the World

March 19, 2012
A USA Today headline caught my eye the other day. It read: "Chinese travelers are seeing the USA in record numbers." A follow up article said: “NYC’s Marriott Marquis ready for Chinese visitors.” What’s happening in U.S. tourism is really exciting. Barriers are being removed and we’re taking steps to...

Building Bridges to Opportunity

March 12, 2012
One of my core business beliefs is that great companies exist for more fundamental purposes than just to make money. At Marriott, we “open doors to a world of opportunity.” That phrase connotes how much we want our associates to grow during their careers. But “opening doors to a world...