My First Twitter Chat

March 29, 2016
Well I guess I’ve officially arrived in the 21st century. In February I participated in my first ever Twitter chat, along with my daughter, Debbie Marriott Harrison. And let me tell you, it was great fun! When our communications department approached Debbie and me to try a Twitter chat with...

Made in the USA

March 14, 2016
I’m proud to say we’re making history with the simple, cotton hotel towel. Marriott International has found a way to have the towels and bath mats for our U.S. hotels produced in the USA - with cotton grown in the USA. We signed a long-term agreement with Standard Textile to...

Real Passion, Real Food

March 2, 2016
One of my favorite things to do when I visit hotels is sample their menu. I love that each hotel has a unique perspective on food & beverage. I love that our restaurants take a cue from their communities and offer options that represent the culture and vibrancy of the...

Go. Be. Happy.

February 18, 2016
My wife Donna and me with our grandchildren and great grandchildren. ©Gale Frank-Adise, All rights reserved At the start of any new year, there always seems to be a lot of talk about living a better life. People are in pursuit of overall happiness. Lately a lot has been written...

An Epic Experience

February 4, 2016
I attended my very first professional football game way back in 1942 in Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC. I was so excited to see the Redskins in action, especially one of my very favorite players Sammy Baugh. Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, one of the first real quarterbacks who passed the ball....

Without Reservations in China

January 25, 2016
There’s a Chinese proverb, “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” China is full of people who “go see” … people who travel and explore the world. Today, the Chinese are leading the golden age of travel. When we opened our first hotel in China in 1979 I never...

What’s the Big Idea?

January 4, 2016
Marriott International partners with the Yao Foundation to support educational programs for children in rural areas of China. The start of the New Year gives us all a chance to start fresh, to make a new habit, or to change an old way. Whether they are personal resolutions or business...

Animating History

December 14, 2015
By now you may have heard the story … in 1927 my parents started a root beer stand in Washington, D.C. Later that year, my mother saw an opening in the business to introduce hot food to the menu… and The Hot Shoppe restaurant was born. That was the beginning...

Inspired Leadership

December 2, 2015
In a thoughtful break from my favorite detective novels, I decided to read some more about American history. I chose “Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader” by Robert Middlekauff. I was not disappointed. The book covers Washington’s life and career as a military leader. At the age of...

World's Favorite—And Now Largest—Travel Company

November 16, 2015
I can’t quite imagine what my parents would have thought today. A business they started as a root beer stand is about to merge with Starwood and become the largest hotel company in the world. Well, I can guess at one thing my dad would have said, “Bill, don’t think...