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The Super Bowl and Super Brands

Posted:02/06/2012 4:35 PM

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Courtyard by Marriott guests love football.  So you can imagine all the lobby buzz for the Big Game.

Courtyard was right in the thick of it as the official hotel sponsor for the National Football League.  We even set up a Courtyard by Marriott Lobby Zone at the NFL Experience where fans of both brands could meet players and really get into the spirit of the game.  As you can see, it was a blast.  The power brands have been great partners right from the start.  

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When Courtyard was launched in 1983, it created a new segment in the lodging industry.  Today, with more than 900 hotels worldwide, it continues to plow past the competition. Every day the brand’s leaders are coming up with new strategies to advance our winning streak. 

With Courtyard’s Refreshing Lobby, the brand scored big with a variety of fresh and tasty favorites at the new Bistro. We were the first to post calorie counts on our menus and now offer this great option to guests at more than 400 Courtyards nationwide.  The menus offer big crowd pleasers like artichoke dip, buffalo wings, hummus, turkey BLTs and -- my personal favorite -- the Bistro Burger.  

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Hotel lobbies have long been a nice place to congregate.  The open layout of new Courtyard lobbies is now ideal for everything from pop up meetings to a place to watch games, including the Super Bowl.  Guests can relax, refresh, recharge and root for their favorite teams.  Maybe next year my Redskins will get their chance.

How did your team do this season?  And what did you snack on during the game?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to know.

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

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The NFL & Courtyard - Two Power Brands

Posted:11/18/2011 6:19 PM

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Brian Orakpo stands 6’3” and 260 pounds.  He came by headquarters to welcome Courtyard as the official sponsor of the NFL.  

 

I’ve been a longtime Redskins fan, in fact, since 1942.  I’ve seen them win some Super Bowls and I’ve seen them struggle like they’re doing this year.  

Putting a winning team together isn’t easy.  You need to find talent at every position and keep adapting your game plan.  A football coach and a CEO are always drafting or recruiting; they are coaching or mentoring; they are creating new plays or in our case at Marriott, new brands.  

That’s why it’s great that Courtyard is the official hotel sponsor of the NFL.  Marriott invented Courtyard and changed the lodging game.   We saw an opportunity to capture new ground and appeal to the business traveler.  That was way back in 1983.   

Today, the game has changed.  It’s much more competitive as other companies move into the market.  But we continue to innovate, to redesign our lobbies and expand globally.  

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We call Courtyard our "power" brand.  Brian Orakpo fits that description as an NFL player.  

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.   

 

 

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What a Ride!

Posted:06/30/2011 2:17 PM

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I love cars, especially fast cars.  On my recent trip to Spain to launch our new AC Hotels by Marriott brand, my host and new business partner Antonio Catalan took me out to the Spanish race track in Madrid.  Even though I speak little Spanish and Antonio doesn’t speak very much English, we both have a tremendous passion for great hotels and also race cars.  

 


Take a look at the great picture below.  Can you identify the car I’m driving? Guess the car

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What a ride.  I reached speeds that must have been close to the sound barrier – or so it seemed.  As a token of our new partnership, I was presented my own racing helmet. 

Earlier, we had toured two of Antonio’s historic hotels in Madrid.  They are now part of our Autograph CollectionAC Santo Mauro is the former palace of a Spanish Duke.  AC Palacio Del Retiro is protected by Spanish National Heritage.   Each hotel has about 50 rooms and a lot of great old-world charm. 

I’m not sure which part of my day was more fun.  Touring our two new “historic” Autograph Collection hotels or putting the pedal to the metal at the Spanish race track.

The photo showing my “two-thumbs up” says it all.  It’s symbolic of both our companies coming together to form a winning team in racing and hotels.  There’ll be a lot of checkered flags in our future.  

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.

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Get Moving at Marriott

Posted:06/02/2011 4:35 PM

Get Moving at Marriott As summer approaches, many people start thinking more about getting fit and leading healthier lifestyles.  We want to look better in our bathing suits.  But many find that it can be quite difficult to get started with a new exercise program or diet.

Our Marriott associates are no exception, and that’s why we’ve developed our TakeCare wellness program -- to help our associates and their families get started on their path to a healthier life.  This program is designed to help associates make small changes to their daily routine, because small changes add up and eventually become healthy habits.

As part of the program, we have created challenges in which many of our associates from around the world compete.  The most recent challenge launched at the beginning of May.  It’s called Get Moving at Marriott and it encourages participants to complete 150 minutes of exercise a week for 8 weeks.

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Marriott Dives In with USA Swimming

Posted:08/06/2010 3:37 PM
Marriott Dives In with USA Swimming This summer has been a real hot one, particularly here in Washington, D.C., where temperatures have run over 100 degrees on many occasions.  This is the time of year I try to get up to our family home in New Hampshire to get away from the heat and humidity of D.C.  One of my favorite ways to cool off during the summers when I was a boy was to go out and take a swim.  I really enjoyed swimming when I was in summer camp when I was 10 years old.

That’s why I’m so excited to announce that Marriott has signed on to be the official hotel sponsor of USA Swimming.  Swimmers are constantly traveling to compete in various meets throughout their season and we’re thrilled to be able to host them at nine of our brands when they’re on the road.
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D.C. United Soccer Players Get Their Kicks in New Fairfield Inn and Suites Lobby

Posted:04/28/2009 2:46 PM

DSC_5055soccer Since I began blogging about two and a half years ago, I've learned a lot about the brave new world of communications.  Our company has also made many advances, embracing social media like Twitter and YouTube.  We've developed a highly interactive website for one of our brands, gocourtyard.com; and I even filmed a video entry for my blog last year about Thanksgiving.  We've been doing a lot of exciting things with video lately - one of my favorites was when dance sensation David Elsewhere showed off his best moves in one of our TownePlace Suites.

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Remembering Slinging Sammy Baugh

Posted:01/29/2009 5:12 PM

4936737-535x800 I attended my very first professional football game with the Redskins back in 1942.  I went to Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., and watched the incredible performance of Slinging Sammy Baugh.  He's recognized as the greatest Redskin ever.  Sammy Baugh was Washington's folk hero of the late 1930's and 1940's.  He passed away this past December 17th at the age of 91.

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On the Same Playing Field with the University of Florida Gators

Posted:01/14/2009 4:51 PM

IStock_000002031740XSmall Each year, Donna and I spend the holidays and part of January at our Harbor Beach Marriott hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  It's right on the ocean, and this year the weather has been terrific.

This January, our hotel was the headquarters hotel for the BCS college football bowl - this was the national championship.  I asked the BCS committee chairman if I could meet the University of Florida coach, Urban Meyer, to thank him for his great previous coaching job at my alma mater, the University of Utah.

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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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