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Photos from my travels in China

Posted:09/26/2007 6:34 PM

JW Marriott Beijing Dedication Ceremony This is Bill Marriott, blogging from Beijing, China. This week, we designated our new JW Marriott at China Central Place our 3,000th hotel in the Marriott portfolio. "Chi" is the Chinese word for energy and that describes what has happened in this country of 1.3 billion people since my last visit here in 2004.

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Off to Asia to Visit Our Tokyo Ritz-Carlton . . . and More

Posted:09/20/2007 4:27 PM

The Ritz Carlton Tokyo There's been a lot of talk recently about the emerging economies in Asia, especially India and China.  We have a lot of hotels under development in those markets and hopefully we'll have over 100 hotels in China and India in the next three or four years.

Despite China's rapid economic expansion, however, Japan still remains a powerhouse.  For a country of just 125 million people, Japan's gross domestic product grew to nearly $5 trillion last year - nearly double China's - although the gap, of course, is shrinking.  Japan's an important market for us too.

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My Dad, Bill Marriott, Sr.

Posted:09/17/2007 6:49 PM

With My Dad My father was born 107 years ago today on September 17, 1900 in Ogden, Utah.  I think about him often.  He was truly a great leader and a great motivator of people.  There was an article in Reader's Digest in the 1940s which said, "Everybody likes to work for Bill Marriott" (that was my father because he was named Bill, too).  But I thought a lot about his leadership skills and the kinds of things that he did.  He always made people feel good.  He got them to work together and enjoy the company of each other, and he got them focused on getting things done and working toward a common goal.

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Starbucks Coffee and Marriott Hotels

Posted:09/12/2007 5:27 PM

Cafe at the Richmond Marriott I don't drink coffee, but I love Starbucks.  What a great company and what a great brand.  Did you ever imagine that customers would become so passionate about the coffee "experience?"

The proof certainly is in the numbers.  Starbucks has more than 14,000 stores in 39 countries.  They have more than 10,000 coffee stores in the United States, often right across the street from each other, and people still wait in line.

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The Importance of Working Hard and Doing Chores

Posted:09/04/2007 7:17 PM

Roy Rogers From the time when I was a young boy, my father was always very concerned that I would learn how to work.  I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth.  Our family had a little bit of money when I was growing up and I didn't need to work, but my father soon fixed that.

So, I did chores around the house and mowed the lawn, swept the driveway, washed the cars and cleaned out the basement.  And when it wasn't done right, I was sent back to do it again.  I spent a lot of time in that basement trying to get it right.

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