31 posts categorized "Government"

Monumental Hotel in the City of Monuments

June 10, 2014
Do you know why I love the hotel business? It’s all here in our 4,000 hotel, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. There are more twists to this hotel story than the traffic circles from L'Enfant’s original city plan. It took 20 years to get it done, but it’s the end...

My Travel Turning Point

December 2, 2013
Listen to blog U.S.S. Randolph; I'm the officer on the left; Winston Churchill boarded Everyone loves a photo contest. I saw the theme of this one for TownePlace Suites and it struck a chord with me. TownePlace Suites asked travelers to submit a photo and a caption that describes how...

A "Bill to Bill" Meeting with President Clinton

June 10, 2013
Listen to blog One of the benefits of being an old guy and living in Washington, D.C., is that I have had the privilege of meeting almost every U.S. President since Eisenhower. Each is a remarkable leader in their own way, right for their times, endorsed through election by the...

Boston Strong

April 22, 2013
REFLECTIONS, RELIEF, RESPECT Boston’s most horrible and difficult week is finally over. Like most of you, I was following the events closely. I am deeply grateful to law enforcement and our Marriott security teams for keeping thousands of guests safe. Hotels become safe havens in times of crisis. Marathon runnners...

A Big Day for U.S. Tourism

January 20, 2012
"The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work.” -- President Obama, January 19, 2012 Listen to Blog This year 1 billion people are expected to travel outside their own countries to see and experience the world. And for every 35 of those international visitors,...

Making the Tough Call

August 22, 2011
Listen to blog I bought President Bush’s autobiography, Decision Points, a while ago and during some quiet time over the Fourth of July weekend had an opportunity to read it. It was obvious that President Bush wrote the book himself. It included many wonderful, personal stories about him, his courtship...

Opening America's Arms to Global Travelers

May 24, 2011
It’s been a busy few months in the realm of travel and tourism policy, so I wanted the chance to bring you up to speed on what’s going on, and I hope it will lead to measurable change in the way the United States welcomes overseas visitors. I’ve blogged about...

Encouraging the Expansion of the Visa Waiver Program

April 15, 2011
I’ve blogged before about how beneficial the Visa Waiver Program is to the United States travel and tourism industry. But, it also helps a lot of other industries in our country, including all the restaurants and retail that rely so much on international travelers. The Visa Waiver Program allows low-risk...

Talking Travel with the Governor of Puerto Rico

March 31, 2011
I was recently in Puerto Rico and had the opportunity to meet with the governor, Luis Fortuño. He really understands the immense value the travel and tourism industry brings to his country. Back in the 1990s, Governor Fortuño served as the first Secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development...

A Warmer Welcome Means More Jobs

November 18, 2010
President Obama has just returned from Asia, where he had an extensive visit promoting U.S. exports. But here at home we’re doing all we can to increase exports and create more jobs because each time a visitor from abroad buys a hotel room in the United States, that counts as...