Marriott on the Move



Celebrating Our Diverse World This Thanksgiving

Posted:11/25/2008 2:36 PM
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Happy 25th Anniversary Marriott Rewards!

Posted:11/20/2008 2:53 PM

25th_AnnvLogo_4C It's a very special day for our company, the 25th anniversary of Marriott Rewards, our guest loyalty program.  With 30 million members, it's one of the largest hotel loyalty programs in the world.  I know many of you are Marriott Rewards members and I thank you very much.

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Good Luck to Our New President-Elect Barack Obama

Posted:11/14/200812:58 PM

Barack_Obama Like many of you, I have been thinking about the historic nature of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.  Nearly 130 million Americans came to the polls on November 4th because they were excited about the choice between two very talented and patriotic candidates.

I was impressed on election night when Barack Obama reached out and said, "To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote but I hear your voices, I need your help and I will be your president, too." He has promised a bi-partisan administration that will unite the country and move us to economic prosperity. I certainly hope and pray that he's very successful.

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The Facts About Marriott and California's Proposition 8

Posted:11/11/2008 7:17 PM
As many of you may know I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   Some might conclude given my family's membership in the Mormon Church that our company supported the recent ballot initiative to ban same sex marriage in California.  This is simply untrue. Marriott International is a public company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and is not controlled by any one individual or family.  Neither I, nor the company, contributed to the campaign to pass Proposition 8.   
The Bible that I love teaches me about honesty, integrity and unconditional love for all people.  But beyond that, I am very careful about separating my personal faith and beliefs from how we run our business. 
I am personally motivated to speak now because Marriott was built on the basic principles of respect and inclusion.  My father, who founded this company along with my mother, told everyone who would listen:  "Take care of your employees, and they'll take care of your customers, who will come back again and again." 
For more than 80 years, our company has grown and changed, but that basic principle still holds up.  We embrace all people as our customers, associates, owners and franchisees regardless of race, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Our principle is backed up with a formal diversity program, which we established more than 20 years ago.  Our Board of Directors has also focused on this priority and helped us be a leader and a better company.  We were among the first in our industry to offer domestic partner benefits, and we've earned a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for two years in a row.  Many of our hotels have hosted LGBT community functions and events for years.
I am very proud of all of our associates at Marriott. And I want all our associates and guests, whom we welcome into our hotels, to know that we embrace your talents and thank you for your many contributions and your business.
I'm Bill Marriott, and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.

The facts About Marriott and Californias Proposition 8

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Keeping Our Eyes on the Road Ahead

Posted:11/03/200811:03 AM

LA LIVE HERO FINAL 2007-05-21 I was out in Los Angeles recently to check out the progress of the L.A. Live project - a brand new commercial and residential center revitalizing downtown L.A. When it opens in 2010, it will include two of our top brands - a JW Marriott and a Ritz-Carlton.  Also, a Ritz-Carlton Residences.  It's stunning and I'm betting it will be a great success both for Los Angeles and for Marriott.
I'm glad I was there.  Particularly given all the gloomy financial and economic news around these days, it was important to make the point that when we come out of these tough times, we'll be ready.  That's not going to happen overnight, but it's going to happen.  I'm confident that the actions of the political and financial leaders in Washington and globally are going to help the financial markets tremendously.

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I'm Bill Marriott, Chairman & CEO of Marriott International.

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