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Memories from the Beijing Olympics

Posted:08/26/2008 1:58 PM

Water-Cube Now that the 29th Olympic Games have come to a close, I've been thinking back to all the memorable moments over the past few weeks.  There were a lot of surprise victories, many upsets and many world records.

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Wowed by the Courtyard Extreme Lobby Makeover

Posted:08/21/2008 7:32 PM

Mr M GoBoard I'm blogging today from the newly renovated BWI Courtyard near Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore, Maryland.  This is the latest Courtyard hotel to feature the brand's brand new lobby concept and design.  The new lobby is already in place at a few Courtyard hotels, including the Fair Oaks Courtyard, which is right down the road in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Marriott Hotels Expand in Mexico and Worldwide

Posted:08/15/2008 3:46 PM

IStock_000004604900XSmall I'll always remember when we opened our first hotel in Mexico, which was a resort in Acapulco on the beach, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  This was a long time ago - about 1968.  Today we have 16 hotels in Mexico and we just announced a huge expansion - adding 23 hotels in our pipeline that now stands at 29.  That means the number of hotels we have in Mexico should triple in five years.

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Living a Healthy Life at Renaissance ClubSport

Posted:08/11/2008 4:32 PM

Snaav_phototour05 A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to visit the Renaissance ClubSport hotel in Aliso Viejo in Southern California. It's part of a new brand we call ClubSport that's an extension of our Renaissance brand.

It's a fitness resort because the 174-room hotel has a 75,000 square foot health club, all under one roof. People who live and work near the hotel can buy memberships and hotel guests can use the club for free. It's a fabulous amenity. If you're like me and you believe it's important to exercise while traveling, ClubSport is the gold standard.

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Urging the U.S. Congress to Support Language Education

Posted:08/04/2008 5:52 PM

IStock_000005432570XSmall I recently blogged about our new program with Rosetta Stone that will allow us to train our people in more languages.  And in the past I've blogged about our Sed de Saber - "Thirst for Knowledge" - program that has been so successful in teaching English to our Spanish-speaking associates.

Our customers and associates speak countless different languages, and we love the fact that we are able to help our associates communicate better with our guests, with each other, as well, and in their personal lives.

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