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Introducing “Bill Marriott: Success Is Never Final”

September 9, 2019
Over the next few months, I will share life lessons from my new biography, “Bill Marriott: Success Is Never Final.” When journalist and New York Times best-selling author Dale Van Atta approached me a few years ago about writing a biography exploring the lessons learned from my life story, I...

Take a Spin on National Roller Coaster Day

August 16, 2019
In 1976, we opened a pair of amusement parks called Great America, in Santa Clara, California, and Gurnee, Illinois. In our quest to be the world’s favorite travel company, Marriott International has dabbled in a variety of businesses over the years, from airline catering to cruise ships to a number...

Raising a Mug on National Root Beer Float Day

August 6, 2019
One of my family's Hot Shoppes locations from the late 1930s. Happy National Root Beer Float Day! It’s no secret I love root beer. I love ice cream, too. They taste good together and they’re so closely tied to Marriott International’s history. My parents started their company as an A&W...

50 Years Ago, We Opened Our First International Hotel

June 19, 2019
The Paraiso del Pacifico was Marriott International's first hotel outside of the United States. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Marriott International opening its first hotel outside of the U.S. Back in 1969, we operated ten properties in the U.S We were also catering for airlines. And the Hot...

Celebrating Fairfield by Marriott’s 1,000th Hotel

April 25, 2019
Fairfield by Marriott was inspired by my family’s weekend retreat – a cattle ranch called the Fairfield Farm in Hume, VA. Fairfield by Marriott announced today the opening of its 1,000th hotel location: the Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center North. It’s the second Marriott International brand...

Thoughts on My Birthday

March 28, 2019
Celebrating my 86th birthday with my daughter, Debbie Harrison. I turned 87 years old this week and I have to say, I feel great. I spent the day, as I always do, with my family at Camelback Inn in Arizona. We’ve been going there for more than 50 years. I...

Celebrating National Chili Day

February 27, 2019
My father (left) in front of the first Hot Shoppes in 1927. Tomorrow is National Chili Day, a great day to celebrate one of my favorite dishes. Chili Con Carne was always a big seller at the restaurant chain my parents, J.W. and Alice Marriott, started in Washington, D.C., in...

To My Valentine

February 14, 2019
Donna married me "for better and for worse ... but not for lunch." I proposed marriage to the love of my life, Donna Garff, by long-distance phone call – if you can believe it – in 1954. I was in Navy Supply School in Athens, Georgia, at the time, just...

Our Winter Wonderland

January 30, 2019
The ice-skating rink at the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, VA. It’s below freezing today in Washington, D.C., which makes it a perfect day for some outdoor ice skating, don’t you think? In the winter of 1958, we covered the swimming pool at the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel and...

Celebrating Twin Bridges' Anniversary

January 16, 2019
Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Marriott’s shift from the restaurant business to the hotel industry. On this date, January 16, 1957, my parents cut the ribbon on the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. See photo above. We were in a hurry to accommodate all the crowds coming...