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Happy 100th Birthday to the Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires

Posted:07/29/2009 5:45 PM

BA100th I've always been a big fan of Willard Scott.  I love to watch him on The Today Show when he showcases Americans who have celebrated their 100th birthdays.  In fact, I used to tell my mom I was sure she'd live to be 100, but she didn't quite make it.  She was so excited about the possibility of being on Willard's show.

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A Spirit of Determination in Jakarta

Posted:07/24/2009 5:28 PM

JW-Jakarta-Exterior While it's been a very difficult week since the tragic incidents in our hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia, we are so heartened by the outpouring of support from around the world and the resilience of our guests and associates at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton.

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Repositioning Marriott for Global Opportunity

Posted:07/22/2009 6:34 PM

Anh phoi canh Captioned copy There's a lot of debate among economists and business leaders about whether we're headed towards a recovery in the second half of this year.  While we've seen some optimism, the data in the United States is mixed. Here at Marriott, we reported our second quarter earnings last week and our industry is always an interesting bellwether of the global economy. If business leaders feel confident, they're going to book meetings and plan travel. If consumers feel confident about their job and their income, they'll go on vacation, even if it may be just a weekend getaway.

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Marriott Remains Committed to Hospitality in Jakarta and Around the World

Posted:07/17/2009 6:01 PM

Associate assisting We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and injuries that resulted from the apparent suicide bombings today at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia. We appreciate all the words of support that have come in from members of our extended Marriott family around the world.  In honor of the victims of today's terrible act of violence, our flag at Marriott headquarters is flying at half staff.

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Statement Related to Jakarta Explosion

Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims of the tragic bombings that took place earlier today in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Immediately following the incident, police and hotel security responded and sealed off the area.  Our guests at both properties were evacuated and moved to other nearby hotels.  Injured guests and hotel employees were taken to the hospital for treatment.  Both hotels sustained damage, but it does not appear to be structural.  At the time of the incident, extensive security procedures were in place at the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott.  We continue to work closely with the authorities and hope to reopen the hotels soon.  As always, the safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority.

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What's in the Marriott Name?

Posted:07/16/2009 6:36 PM

Marriott Motor Hotel Our Executive Vice President of Marriott's global full-service hotel brands, Don Semmler, recently asked why we used the family name on our first hotel almost 60 years ago.  My father had acquired a large piece of land on U.S. Route 1 in Northern Virginia.  He wanted to build a new commissary to service his growing chain of Hot Shoppes restaurants.  But as he studied the location, he determined it had over 125,000 cars passing by every day as they approached the 14th Street Bridge entering Washington.  He also knew he was only five minutes from National Airport and three minutes from the Pentagon.  It seemed to him that this location was generating far too much traffic for a simple commissary.  So he thought about what would be a better use for the property.

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Health Care Coverage for Our Marriott Associates

Posted:07/09/2009 7:37 PM

IStock_000003174859XSmall I've blogged about how my father always took time to listen to his employees and let them know that they were a part of his extended family. He made sure they were cared for. In fact, he was one of the first employers to offer health care coverage to his people.

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Now Is a Great Time to Visit Our Marriott Hotels in Mexico

Posted:07/01/2009 6:08 PM

Caribbean-021 We all remember the media attention about the H1N1 flu strain earlier in the spring.  Of course, much of the early attention was on Mexico, which had the first reported cases.  The safety and health of our guests and associates is our number one priority at all times and we take great care to follow the appropriate hygiene and cleaning procedures.  We were pleased that similar precautions allowed authorities to bring the situation rapidly under control in Mexico and elsewhere around the world.

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