33 posts categorized "Government"

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...

Partnering with the U.S. Government: Secretary Napolitano Visits Marriott

July 13, 2010
We recently had the privilege of hosting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, at our headquarters to talk about issues our industry and her agency have in common. Our associates, including the chefs in our Marriott test kitchen, were thrilled to meet the Secretary. First, we talked about immigration...

Saluting Marriott's Heroes in Bangkok

June 8, 2010
We’re in the hospitality business and nothing gives us more pleasure than welcoming our guests for life’s most memorable moments, an important business negotiation, or simply a good night’s sleep. Sometimes, situations outside our control create inhospitable conditions, like the tragic events that recently unfolded in Bangkok. That’s when our...

Ni-Hao from China

May 25, 2010
Ni-Hao. I’m blogging from the USA Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. This is an absolutely phenomenal development. The Chinese and the participating countries have spent over $58 billion to stage this mega-event. It is, without doubt, the finest thing I’ve ever seen in terms of expos...

A Meeting with Wall Street Analysts

April 19, 2010
On Tuesday night (April 13) I was at the Green Street Lodging Conference at our Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C., and met with a group of Wall Street analysts and other industry leaders. We discussed what lies ahead for our company and the entire travel industry as we come out...

Great News - President Obama Signs the Travel Promotion Act

March 5, 2010
Thank you, Mr. President! President Obama signed the Travel Promotion Act into law this week, representing a great victory for our business and the U.S. economy. We’ve been working on this for years and the credit goes to Senators Reid, Dorgan and Ensign and Congressmen Blunt and Delahunt for a...

International Visitors: A Great Economic Stimulus

September 10, 2009
Bravo to the United States Senate for supporting a much-needed bill that will spur international travel, boost U.S. hotel stays and help accelerate the recovery of the U.S. economy. My thanks to Senators Harry Reid, Byron Dorgan and John Ensign for their tireless work. The Travel Promotion Act will now...

The Face of Travel

June 17, 2009
Back in March, the U.S. Travel Association launched a contest to find the face of the travel industry. They were looking for someone who embodied the character and hard working spirit of our industry. I'm proud to announce that this extremely prestigious honor went to one of our Ritz-Carlton associates,...

The Faces of Travel

May 11, 2009
Today marks the beginning of National Travel and Tourism Week, which is especially important this year given the state of the economy and its impact on travel. I started my day at the Residence Inn Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, where our associates were celebrating their brand's culture at their...