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A Salute to the 100th Hotel of the JW Marriott Brand

February 3, 2021
My father and I at the first JW Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., in 1984. We’re celebrating a big milestone this month – the opening of the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street. It’s the 100th hotel of the JW Marriott brand. Atrium at JW Marriott Tampa Water Street What a...

So Hard to Say Goodbye

October 28, 2020
J. Willard Marriott (left) with future business partner Hugh Colton circa 1920. 2020 has been an unbelievably challenging year for the travel industry. We were forced to close hundreds of hotels around the world, shut down our corporate headquarters and postpone weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversary parties and so many other...

The Silver Lining of COVID-19

October 8, 2020
Me with my great grandson on September 17th, his 7th birthday and what would have been my father’s 120th birthday! With the pandemic closing schools, this is the first time we were able to celebrate his September birthday together. We’re entering the final few months of one of the most...

Helping Each Other Through the Storm

March 25, 2020
Associates at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Gaylord, Michigan, packed free lunches for the local community. As I turn 88 years old today, my thoughts have dwelled, of course, on the global pandemic that has severely impacted our world and our company, resulting in quarantines and illness for...

The Challenge of Work-Life Balance and Why You Should Always Make Time for Cake

December 17, 2019
Donna and me with the kids, before David was born, in 1964. I’ve worked in the hotel business for more than 60 years and I’ve been passionate about it from day one. While many other professionals enjoy a round of golf or a trip to a professional football game every...

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...