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Marriott International Beats Competition as Best Group Employer in the UAE, in’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2011

Marriott International Award PhotoDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – beat off stiff competition to be named the best hotel group employer in the United Arab Emirates at the first ever Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2011 UAE, sponsored by Hospitality Search International. The awards were voted for by some 24,000 hotel professionals in the state. [photo captions are below.]

The Ritz Carlton Award“We are so pleased to receive this award, particularly as it reflects feedback from our own employees,” said Gary Dodds, vice president, Human Resources, for Marriott International & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C, for the Middle East & Africa. “This award demonstrates the strength of our culture and our brands, as well as the leadership in our hotels.”

At a ceremony hosted by Catererglobal and attended by 160 hotel managers and human resource directors from leading hotels within the UAE, all eyes were on the final prize of the evening, as five giants of the hospitality industry contended for the award of best hotel group employer. In the end, Marriott International (including The Ritz-Carlton) triumphed ahead of Hilton Worldwide, Rotana Hotels, Jumeirah Group and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

In individual hotel categories, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai emerged victorious in the Best Small Five-Star Employer, while the Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek was  runner-up for Best Small 4-Star Hotel Employer.

Marriott International is represented in the UAE with eight hotels and five lodging brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments.  Another nine hotels are under construction in the UAE, set to open by 2014.

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Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,600 lodging properties in 71 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites; SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland USA and had approximately 129,000 employees at 2010 yearend. It is ranked by Fortune as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for. In fiscal year 2010, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly US$12billion.

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Ritz Carlton Award Photo (L-R)
(from left to right) Peter Willis, Sales Director; Nathan Ridgwell, Key Account Manager; Endah Pratiwi, Director of Human Resources, The Ritz-Carlton Jumeriah, Dubai;  Benny Darsana, Area Director of Human Resources, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Europe, Middle East & Africa; and Jeremy Vercoe, Global Account Director

Marriott International Award Photo (L-R)
(from left to right) Peter Willis, Sales Director; Sherif Halim, Area Director of Human Resources, Marriott International, Middle East & Africa; Tony Graham, Managing Director of Hospitality Search International;  Jeremy Vercoe,Global Account Director

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