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Marriott Resorts in Mexico Say ‘Bienvenido’ to All Guests

OutNowThree Hotels Certified for LGBT Guest Services.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – July 8, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) proudly participated in the 4th International LGBT Business Expo, Vallarta-Nayarit 2014 to Latin America. This three-day event was held at the Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta to engage leading travel and hospitality companies that are dedicated to welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender guests, friends and families throughout the Americas.

Mr. Apoorva Gandhi (pictured above first from left), vice president of multi-cultural affairs for Marriott International, was also a speaker at the conference.  “I am excited to be part of this important team working to position Marriott as a global diversity and inclusion leader. Diversity is the one thing that we all have in common and I am proud to show how we at Marriott celebrate it everyday,” he stated.

Mr. Gandhi’s presentation highlighted many of the ways Marriott properties excel in cultural competency, as well as celebrating LGBT individuals, couples and families.

Marriott also received the designation as ‘Out Now’ certified for the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta. OutNow global certification means 100% of the more than 430 employees working in the hotel have been trained to understand and provide the best customer service to their LGBT guests.  JW Marriott Cancun Resort and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort also received certifications.

OutNow is a lesbian and gay marketing specialist organization.  Out Now's unique expertise, experience and approach to LGBT marketing is acknowledged and supported by marketing professionals - and clients - worldwide.

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Asia Society Honors Marriott International, Inc. with 2014 Best Practice Awards

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New York, June 19, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced  that it has been recognized by The Asia Society for its work in the diversity and inclusion space with a number of 2014 Best Practice Awards in the categories of Recruitment and Selection, Market Opportunities and Community Support. Apoorva Gandhi, vice president of multicultural affairs for Marriott International, was on hand to accept the award given during the recent Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum held in New York City.

Tina Edmundson (pictured above), Marriott International’s global officer for luxury and lifestyle brands, participated in the event as a keynote speaker. Edmundson spoke with young Asian leaders and executives from around the country about the challenges and opportunities involved with building a successful brand in a global context, while also sharing some of her personal experiences as an Asian woman executive.

Asian SocietyAsia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.  [Pictured left, Apoorva N. Gandhi, vice president, Multicultural Affairs Marriott International; David Whitelaw Reid, director of Corporate Relations, Asia Society.] 

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DiversityInc Ranks Marriott In Top 20 Companies for Diversity & Inclusion

DiversityInc Top 50 CompaniesCompany Continues to Lead the Hospitality Industry. 

DiversityInc announced Marriott International as #16 during the 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity event making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked #7 for its supplier diversity efforts.

The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.

“Our business is all about creating great experiences for people and providing opportunities to grow and achieve,” says David Rodriguez, Marriott’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources officer.  “As a hospitality company, how we support our associates directly correlates to superior customer service for our guests around the world. That is the foundation of our ‘people-first’ company culture, and it continues to be our guidepost to business success.”

For more information about Marriott’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit

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Marriott is Tops for Latinas

LatinaStyleMarriott International’s Tania Galarza (left), Senior Director of Marketing Strategy accepts LATINA Style 50 award from Robert Bard, president and CEO of LATINA Style.  The magazine ranked Marriott #4 on its annual LATINA Style 50 Report.  This annual survey serves as the most respected source of employment and career information for Hispanic women in the U.S.  Companies responding to LATINA Style's questionnaire are evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace such as the number of Latina executives, Latina retention, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, employee benefits, women's issues, job retraining, programs to recruit veterans and military personnel and Hispanic relations.  Visit for more information about Marriott's diversity and inclusion efforts. 

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Marriott Named to "Top 50 Companies for Executive Women" List

NAFE 2009 1Company Celebrates 15th Anniversary of the Women's Leadership Development Initiative.

Bethesda, Md., February 6, 2014
- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, has been recognized by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) as one of the country’s top 50 companies for employing executive women. Marriott was ranked in the top 10 on this prestigious list, which recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage the advancement of women. [Photo: Shonda Johnson (center) Area General Manager - Detroit, accepting NAFE award from Working Mother Media representatives.]

“We are delighted to be recognized once again by NAFE as a leader in developing women executives,” said David Rodriguez, chief global human resources officer. “Taking care of our associates is at the heart of Marriott’s core values, and this acknowledgement by NAFE reflects the achievements of the company’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.”

Founded in 1999, the Marriott’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative aims to increase the presence of women in management or decision-making positions by engaging senior leaders to ensure career development, as well as encouraging current female leaders to drive organizational success.

Across the globe at Marriott, women comprise nearly 60 percent of management.  At least nine women lead divisions worth more than $100 million annually, and female executives on the rise take advantage of a wide variety of dedicated development programs, which offer everything from formal mentoring and coaching to leadership training and succession planning.

Marriott’s emphasis on talent development as well as availability of flexible scheduling for working mothers has landed the company on several leading best places to work lists, including FORTUNE, Working Mother, and LATINA Style.

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Marriott Honored as Corporation of the Year

Dc black mbaThe Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Black MBA Association (DCNBMBAA) honored Marriott International as its Corporation of the Year for its demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and its long-term partnership with the chapter.   The award was presented during DCNBMBAA’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Fundraiser Brunch, which is designed to encourage and support African American youth pursuing higher education within business disciplines.

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Human Rights Campaign Names Marriott a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT Equality

Human-Rights-Campaign-100%-logoMarriott Earns 100% Perfect Ranking on 2014 Corporate Equality Index. 

Bethesda, Md., December 9, 2013 - Global lodging leader, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today was named among America’s top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

The Index rankings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, benefits for same-sex spouses and domestic partners, appropriate and respectful advertising, and external community outreach. For a list of all corporations measured on the CEI benchmark, visit

“Marriott understands that a global hospitality leader must create the environment where all people are respected, valued and provided with opportunities to succeed,” said David Rodriguez, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Executive, Marriott International. “We aim high to make all of our customers, associates, families, suppliers and owners feel equally welcomed and comfortable, and that’s why this distinction from the Human Rights Campaign is so meaningful to us.”

Marriott joined 277 other corporations on a Supreme Court amicus brief to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this year. The company is a proud sponsor of LGBT rights advocacy groups and its hotels frequently host galas and events on behalf of the HRC, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays), the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others. Marriott is committed to having diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses as part of its supply chain and is a supporting member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, Marriott’s innovative LGBT marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us,” was nominated by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for its prestigious Amplifier Award. (Note: To see examples of this campaign and to learn more, please visit, available to visitors in five languages.)

Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition. 

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Marriott CEO Says Company is “All About the Welcome” and Being Inclusive

RayArneMarriott Honored by Executive Leadership Council for its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership.

“As CEO of a global hotel company, diversity and inclusion makes sense because it’s the heart and soul of our business which is hospitality. We are all about the welcome and being inclusive,” said Arne Sorenson, the company’s president and CEO, during his acceptance speech at the 2013 Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) Annual Gala. ELC is a national organization comprised of current and former African American CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 and equivalent companies. ELC works to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline and to empower African American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities.

Marriott was honored by ELC with the 2013 Corporate Award for its innovation in helping corporate America become stronger and more diverse. 

Marriott was the first company in the travel industry to establish a formal diversity and inclusion (D&I) program in 1989, and the first to introduce a formal supplier diversity program in 1997. Since then the programs have expanded to reflect the needs of the many communities and countries where the company does business. Marriott’s board level Committee for Excellence complements the company’s Global D&I Council, chaired by Sorenson, to ensure the integration of its D&I focus across all areas of the company. The Council, comprising Marriott’s continent presidents and other C-suite executives, oversees D&I strategies that both support the local across the world needs as well as global priorities to attract and engage a diverse stakeholder community of associates, customers, hotel owners and suppliers. Some of the company’s successes include:

  • Spending nearly $4 billion with diverse suppliers over the past decade; Women-owned business enterprises make up approximately 10 percent of Marriott’s supply chain.
  • Partnering with women and diverse business owners to build more than 600 Marriott-branded hotels. The company has a goal of having 700 of its hotels owned by diverse owners by 2015.
  • Offering targeted career development programs, such as the newly launched Emerging Leader Program in the Americas, which include a growing percentage of women and diverse leadership.
  • Attracting and engaging millions of Facebook fans with new social media targeting millennial customers and also associates through its industry-leading Facebook jobs and careers page and global career website.
  • Creating a fresh new look for, the first hospitality portal tailored for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers worldwide in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese. Additionally, launching a new marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us(SM),” to celebrate Pride Season in cities around the world that host gay pride parades and festivals to celebrate the LGBT community.
  • Launching the “For You, We’re Marriott®” campaign, to help showcase the distinction among our brands for business travelers as their needs and budgets change. The campaign focused on African American, Hispanic and LGBT business travelers and ran in both print and digital media.
  • Establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with customer organizations such as the Executive Leadership Council, National Council of La Raza, National Black MBA Association, Women Corporate Directors, National Urban League, Human Rights Campaign, Asia Society, VetFran, U.S. Business Leadership Network, National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers, Asian American Hotel Owners Association and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Sorenson continued, “It’s important to our company that diversity and inclusion is not viewed as separate work, but as a normal course of our business. I look forward to the day when barriers are removed, everyone – no matter the difference – is valued and an environment of inclusiveness is the norm which will lead to opportunities for all to contribute and grow.”

Marriott is consistently honored for being a top company for diversity and inclusion. It has been recently honored by Great Places to Work Institute® for being one of the 2013 World's Best Multinational Workplaces and "2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for 22nd year. The company has also been listed as the #1 company for supplier diversity by DiversityInc, and has been honored by Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Black Enterprise, DiversityInc and Latina STYLE for D&I efforts in workforce, board membership and supplier diversity.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit and diversity inclusion news, visit

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Residence Inn Hosts Travel-Focused Evening with LGBT Community on Twitter

Residence Inn LogoBethesda, MD – Residence Inn by Marriott is partnering with and the Family Equality Council to host a travel-focused Twitter party for all parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT). On November 6, 2013 from 9:00-10:00pm EST, families and experts representing the LGBT community will participate in a conversation that aims to provide travel resources, tips, as well as stories of inspiration.

To speak to Residence Inn’s commitment to the LGBT community and family travel, the brand is collaborating with Dana Rudolph, founder of, to moderate the hour-long conversation. is a leading lifestyle blog for lesbian moms and other LGBT parents. Top experts from the Family Equality Council will be on hand to answer questions and offer their perspectives. Family Equality Council is a national advocacy organization committed to securing legal and social equality for families with parent(s) who are LGBT. Director of Public Policy Emily Hecht-McGowan will offer legal insight, and Midwest Regional Manager Kim Simes will share her travel tips. Topics of the conversation will include:
• Legal and practical aspects of traveling interstate and internationally
• General tips for hitting the road with kids in tow
• Extended stays out-of-state or internationally during an adoption process

The conversation will be hosted by, a multi-platform media company dedicated to making the family travel experience more enjoyable. For more information about this event, including details on prizes available, click here. Between 9:00-10:00pm EST on November 6, participants can follow and join in the conversation with the hashtags #RIFamily and #TMOM.

“Residence Inn is committed to finding new ways to support families and enhance their overall travel experience,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “This opportunity will provide access to expert resources, and prompt dialogue in the LGBT community, which is important as we continue to engage with and welcome our guests.”

This is the latest initiative from Residence Inn, a brand that aims to recognize parents for all that they do. Earlier this year, the Family Travel Talk forum launched on Facebook to provide an online platform for families to discuss, ask questions about and provide tips on travel. With spacious suites featuring full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, laundry facilities and free grocery delivery, Residence Inn is the perfect solution for travel and extended-stay trips to make parents’ lives easier.

With more than 600 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax.

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: and follow Residence Inn on Twitter:

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Marriott CEO: “Women Are Vital Voices in the Global Economy”

Global Hospitality Leader Joins Commitment to Enable World's Women to Reach Full Economic Potential

CGI - Panel - Arne SorensonNEW YORK, NY – Speaking at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI,) on a panel about “Women Decision-Makers in the Global Economy,” Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) President and Chief Executive Officer, Arne Sorenson voiced the company’s strong commitment to supporting the advancement of women as part of the growth strategy for the global hospitality company, which has 3800 hotels in 72 countries. [Photo: Speaking at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI,) about “Women Decision-Makers in the Global Economy,” Marriott International, Inc., President and CEO, Arne Sorenson (pictured, far right) voiced Marriott’s commitment to supporting the advancement of women as part of the company’s global growth strategy.] 

“Our portfolio of hotels will benefit tremendously if women are able to achieve their full potential in the global economy,” said Sorenson.  “That’s why we are focused on advancing women in our company’s management and executive ranks, gaining their loyalty as customers, creating economic opportunity as hotel owners, and nurturing women-owned businesses through our supply chain. This is an important strategy for Marriott’s global growth and the vitality of communities where we do business.”

A commitment to diversity and inclusion has been woven through the fabric of Marriott’s culture since its founding more than 85 years ago. Through the company’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, which drives Marriott’s global strategy, each of the company’s five Continent Presidents, have regional diversity and inclusion goals, focusing on customers, associates, hotel owners and the women and diverse-owned businesses which sell goods and services to Marriott.  Women-owned businesses make up the largest spend with diverse groups, accounting for 10 percent of Marriott’s total purchases of products.  In 2012, Marriott spent $257 million with 4,000 women-owned businesses in North America.

CGI - Uniform - Shanghai Qing HeToday, at the Clinton Global Initiative, Marriott joined more than a dozen corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a five-year commitment to expand its engagement with women-owned businesses outside the United States, especially in emerging economies. Working with WEConnect International and Vital Voices, two prominent NGOs that support and promote the economic potential of women, Marriott will be part of the pledge to train 15,000 women business owners and spend $1.5 billion with their companies by 2018. [Photo: Shanghai Qinghe Fashion Company is a women-owned company supplying uniforms to several Marriott hotels in China.] 

“We know our hotels are greenhouses for executive talent and can elevate women through leadership training, mentorships, and through our procurement with women-owned businesses around the world,” continued Sorenson.   For example, Marriott is already working with women-owned businesses that are supplying hotels in China with high-quality beef, wooden and bamboo crafts, and uniforms.  The company is also investing in women in rural Sichuan Province through its Nobility of Nature environmental project, which supports sustainable bee-keeping cooperatives that produce honey for use in Marriott-operated hotels in China.

In Rwanda, Marriott has partnered with a vocational school called the Akilah Institute for Women to bring 15 women from their first graduating class to work and train in Marriott hotels in Dubai. The women are getting on-the-job skills, leadership training, and will be prepared after 18 months to return, as part of the management team, to open the company’s first Sub-Saharan Africa hotel – the Kigali Marriott Hotel in 2014. A second class of 20 women will begin the program later this year. The company is also working, pre-opening, to identify women-owned businesses that can become part of the supply chain.

This is the model Marriott plans to follow in Haiti, where Marriott worked with the Clinton Foundation to find a partner to build a Marriott hotel in partnership with Digicel. In Latin American, the company has pledged to identify and build capacity among high-potential women-owned business through mentorship, supplier readiness training and engagement as potential suppliers, beginning in Mexico. 

Marriott was recently honored with a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award for mobilizing suppliers to protect the environment and promoting women’s entrepreneurship.  For more news and information about Marriott diversity and inclusion efforts visit

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