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Congratulating the Fairfield Inn & Suites Small Business Challenge Winner: ecycler

Posted:03/08/2011 4:17 PM

Ecycler Fairfield Inn Small Business Challenge Site A few months ago, I mentioned a great contest our Fairfield Inn & Suites brand was doing called “The Small Business Challenge.”  The owners of ten small businesses stayed for free at our Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels as they traveled around the country, trying to grow their businesses and competing for a grand prize of $20,000.

I really like this promotion as my father was an entrepreneur and without his spirit of innovation, taking risks and tremendous determination, Marriott wouldn’t be here today. So, I have a great amount of admiration and respect for people who start a business from the ground up.

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Freshness Is the Key Ingredient at AMP 150

Posted:02/24/2011 9:03 AM

AMP 150 GardenOne of my favorite things to do is to eat and one of my very favorite meals is a big, juicy hamburger – I like them pink, and rare if I can get them that way.  And it’s very hard for me
to pass up a good dessert, especially rice pudding.

When I visit our hotels, I get to experience a lot of different cuisines and dishes from the many fantastic restaurants we have around the world.  One restaurant that I find very unique is AMP 150 in our Cleveland Airport Marriott.  AMP stands for America’s Modern Palate and serves a lot of very reasonably priced small bites to medium sized portions from what the chef, Ellis Cooley, likes to call a garden-focused menu.

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Mapping Marriott's Global Footprint

Posted:11/23/2010 4:48 PM

Cover of Marriotts Sustainability Report When I’m on vacation, I love to walk along the beach and look back to see the footprints I’ve left in the sand.  I know that companies can’t literally leave footprints, but all companies leave evidence of their activities.

Marriott recently released its 2008-2009 Sustainability Report.  It is a record of our progress and ongoing commitment to social responsibility, global diversity and inclusion, sustainability, being an employer of choice and our “Spirit To Serve” culture.

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Enjoying a Smooth, Quiet Ride in the New Chevrolet Volt

Posted:11/03/2010 4:19 PM

Bill Marriott and Chevy Volt I love cars.  I collect a few – I’m a real aficionado.  I used to go to car races when I was a kid and I’ve been to a lot of car shows.  So I’ve really been a car enthusiast.  We just finished test driving the brand new Chevrolet Volt, an all new electric vehicle.  What an exciting car to drive.

As part of Marriott’s Spirit To Preserve initiative, we have been encouraging associates to consider environmentally-friendly forms of transportation like driving hybrids and electric cars and even taking the bus.  Now, we’re partnering with General Motors for the Volt Unplugged Tour to bring the Chevrolet Volt to Marriott headquarters so our associates can take a test drive and learn more about green transportation.  We’ve been hosting the Volt tour at our hotels across the country in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles and San Antonio.  Currently, they’re here for a stop in Washington D.C., then it’s on to New York.

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Marriott Guests Can Give Back with New Voluntourism Package

Posted:07/30/2010 4:28 PM
Guests Giving Back Through Marirotts New Orleans Voluntourism Package The people and businesses along the Gulf Coast and New Orleans have sure endured a lot over the past five years -- between Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and now the oil spill -- but I want to focus on the resilience of that wonderful community.

Earlier this summer, some of New Orleans’ top chefs, including many from our Marriott hotels in the area, organized an event to support and feed the fishermen affected by the oil spill, as well as their families.  Local chefs have long relied on the fishermen to provide their restaurants with fresh seafood, so it was only fitting to turn the tables and provide food to those in need.
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Supporting Critical Water Conservation in China

Posted:05/28/201010:13 AM
Nobility of Nature Water Conservation Program For the past two weeks, I’ve been traveling throughout China visiting our hotels in the region.  We’re just about ready to open a brand new Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pudong, a suburb of Shanghai.  It is truly an amazing hotel – very tall and very beautiful.  But we’re opening an even more spectacular hotel in downtown Hong Kong, right on the water at 118 stories – the tallest hotel in the world.  We opened two beautiful Marriott hotels here this week, and a Renaissance hotel as well, so we’re really on a roll here.

Now, as my trip is coming to an end, I want to share with you an exciting new program that I had the chance to announce during my visit.  It’s called the “Nobility of Nature” and is designed to support a water conservation initiative that helps protect the planet’s largest natural source of fresh water, located in the mountains of southwest China.  The focus of our program will be in the Sichuan province, the same area that was affected by the devastating earthquake that struck the region in 2008.
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Marriott Celebrates Green Initiatives this Earth Day

Posted:04/22/2010 1:02 PM
The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte Today is Earth Day and in honor of this day of environmental awareness, I want to share with you some of our “green” news.  First, I am excited to tell you that earlier this month, our headquarters building in Bethesda, Maryland, was certified as LEED-Gold, which is the U.S. Green Building Council’s gold standard for energy efficient and eco-friendly design.  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and has been embraced around the world.

Transforming our headquarters into a sustainable and environmentally-friendly building will save our company $700,000 annually and we expect to receive up to $1.3 million in tax credits over the next 3 years.  As of today, we have 40 hotels across nine of our Marriott brands that are already LEED-certified or LEED-registered, so it was only fitting that our headquarters became a model for “green” design, too.  Over the next 5 years we expect to grow our green portfolio to nearly 300 hotels with LEED-certification.
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Discussing Climate Change in Copenhagen

Posted:12/15/2009 4:35 PM
United Nations Climate Change Conference

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP-15, opened in Copenhagen on December 7th.  Fifteen thousand delegates are expected to attend, including 110 heads of state and government from 192 countries. Their objective is to establish a binding global climate agreement, to include as many countries as possible, to commit to a reduction in man-made greenhouse gases which have a negative effect on our climate.  Our Copenhagen Marriott is hosting hundreds of delegates and we're honored to play a small part in this historic dialogue.  
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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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Our Commitment to the Brazilian Rain Forest

Posted:08/26/2009 5:43 PM

Amazonas School Clean ShotB Our company has joined the worldwide effort to save the Brazilian Amazon Rain Forest from the deforestation that contributes to climate change. It is something I have blogged about before. We have contributed money to build a middle school, a dormitory and a health clinic in the Juma Sustainable Development Rain Forest Reserve in Brazil. Two more schools are now being built.  We're thrilled that some of our business partners have joined us in supporting this project, including the World Travel and Tourism Council - their president Jean-Claude Baumgarten recently visited the Reserve.

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