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Taking a Break on a Great Football Afternoon

Posted:09/30/2009 5:15 PM

IStock_000001870882XSmall During the contest for the College Football National Championship in January, I met University of Florida coach, Urban Meyer.  I was so proud of the great result he achieved when he coached my alma mater, the University of Utah.  I was anxious to meet him and thank him for all his Utah victories.

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CBS Football's James Brown Answers Fan Questions from One of Our Courtyard Hotels

Posted:09/25/2009 5:38 PM

CY Hotels Twitter We're really excited that this Monday, September 28, CBS football broadcaster James Brown will be at one of our Courtyard hotels.  He's spending the afternoon with us to shoot a video that you'll be able to see very soon.

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Two Courtyard Hotels Make Eco-History

Posted:09/22/2009 6:59 PM

DSCF8008-1151 They say you can't be in two places at once, but I learned today you can, thanks to technology!

Today we celebrated two big milestones with one big event.  First, the Courtyard Portland City Center in Oregon, which opened just a few months ago, officially received its LEED-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and there are only 20 hotels in the United States that have earned that label.

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A General Manager's Concern for the Well-Being of His People

Posted:09/18/2009 5:45 PM

RCcruiseShip A few months ago, I posted a blog about the decline in travel and tourism in Mexico as a result of the global recession and the concern about the H1N1 virus.  In fact, for some of our properties, the decline in occupancy was so drastic management was faced with the possibility of having to lay off members of their staff.

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Preparing for the H1N1 Virus

Posted:09/15/2009 4:51 PM

Week1_flu In the United States, September is always a month of great expectations. Summer vacations end, children go back to school, the work week goes back into high gear, and the American football season begins.  At Marriott, we're using our Global Safety and Security Preparedness Month this September to educate our associates on how to be ready for the next wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic.

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International Visitors: A Great Economic Stimulus

Posted:09/10/2009 6:55 PM

IStock_000001958458XSmall Bravo to the United States Senate for supporting a much-needed bill that will spur international travel, boost U.S. hotel stays and help accelerate the recovery of the U.S. economy.  My thanks to Senators Harry Reid, Byron Dorgan and John Ensign for their tireless work.  The Travel Promotion Act will now move over to the House of Representatives, where Congressmen Roy Blunt and Bill Delahunt are the champions.

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Group Business Is Our Business

Posted:09/02/2009 6:24 PM

Sports When most people think about those who stay in hotels, they picture executives traveling to meet with their clients to close a deal or leisure travelers taking vacations at resorts. In our Marriott Hotels and Resorts brand, business travel makes up about 40 percent of our business, leisure travel 20 percent. You might be surprised to learn that the other 40 percent comprise what we call group travelers. They are very important business for us.

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