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Marriott Scores 100% Perfect Ranking on 2016 Corporate Equality Index

HRC-2016-logoMarriott Named a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT Equality 

Bethesda, Md., November 18, 2015 - World’s favorite travel company, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today has been selected 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) 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

The CEI is a nationally recognized benchmark that examines America’s leading workplaces and their inclusion of LGBT employees and their allies. Corporations like Marriott that earn the top CEI score of 100 percent also are named the “Best Places to Work” in the U.S. For a list of criteria that comprise the Index’s objective rankings and the corporations measured on the CEI benchmark, visit

“In a constantly evolving marketplace, every organization hopes to have the edge by attracting and engaging top talent. At Marriott, we believe that promoting wellbeing and ensuring everyone has access to opportunity is the most powerful way to cultivate an inspired workforce and to deliver exceptional customer experiences,” said David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International. “All of our associates and guests must feel equally valued, safe and respected at every Marriott property around the world. This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign affirms that we are moving in the right direction to provide truly inclusive experiences on our journey to becoming the world’s most favorite travel company."

Along with Marriott’s longstanding commitment to inclusive human resource policies, the perfect CEI rating also acknowledges the company’s public commitment to advancing LGBT equality. This year, Marriott joined with other business leaders to sign the historic amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt full recognition of marriage rights for same-sex couples. In addition, this past year, Marriott played a public leadership role in opposing anti-LGBT legislation that surfaced in Indiana and Georgia among other states.

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 Colabora con La Raza por Oportunidades para los Jóvenes

Apoorva Gandhi - Marriott InternationalAugust 18, 2015 - The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Líderes Initiative is a national program designed to create opportunities for Latino youth, which will elevate their influence as leaders in the United States. Through a national network of more than 300 high school and college students and young professionals, Líderes identifies, supports, and develops new leadership in the Latino community.  Marriott is a proud supporter of these programs and students.  Apoorva Gandhi, Marriott International’s Vice President of Multicultural Affairs (pictured left with a Líderes student) spoke at the talent showcase event about Marriott’s commitment to the Latino and Latino GenY communities.

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Marriott Continues to Demonstrate Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

National Urban League 2015Honored by National Urban League with Corporate Circle Award

Bethesda, Md., August 13, 2015 - Marriott International continues its commitment to diversity and inclusion through its support of three of its diversity and inclusion partners – the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD).

Marriott supports the NULYP organization throughout the year with their summits and professional development programs.  This year, The NULYPs recognized Marriott with its Corporate Circle Award, (pictured L to R:  Brandi Richard, NULYP President and Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs- Marriott International) which honors companies that demonstrate above and beyond commitment and engagement with the organization.  “Marriott continues to be a valued partner and genuine supporter of the NUL, particularly the young professionals group, said Richard. We appreciate their global efforts to shine a light on issues that affect and are important to African American GenXers and Millennials."

NULYP is a National Urban League volunteer auxiliary that targets young professionals ages 21-40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.

Maruiel Perkins-Chavis, Vice President, Workforce Engagement & Global Diversity gave greetings on behalf of Marriott International at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Annual Conference’s Clarence Mitchell Luncheon.  The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all people.

Julius Robinson, Vice President of the Autograph Collection Hotels and Erica Qualls-Battey, General Manager of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis represented Marriott during the annual NABHOOD conference as panel participants discussing hotel development, industry leadership and innovation.  NABHOOD’s goal is to increase the number of African Americans developing, managing, operating and owning hotels and increase vendor opportunities and executive level jobs for minorities.

Marriott has a longstanding history of diversity and inclusion.  In 2014, the company celebrated 25 years of its formal diversity and inclusion program and 15 years of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.  Marriott is consistently recognized for championing diversity and inclusion, including: Human Rights Campaign 100 percent equality score, LatinaStyle Top 50, Working Mother Best Places to Work, Top Company as Named by the Executive Leadership Council and a World’s Best Multinational Work Places as named by Best Place to Work®.  For more information on Marriott’s diversity and inclusion programs, visit

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Marriott International’s #LoveTravels Social Movement is Full of PRIDE with Pop-Up Wedding in Washington, D.C. Officiated by TV Personality Ross Mathews

#lovetravelsTexas Couple, George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, say “I Do” on Marriott #LoveTravels Parade Float  

Bethesda, Maryland — June 9, 2015— Marriott International is continuing its #LoveTravels campaign, sharing inspiring stories of notable and every day travelers. #LoveTravels not only encourages travelers to explore their personal passions, but celebrates their unique stories. Marriott, the official sponsor of the Capital Pride Parade, will bring #LoveTravels to life with TV personality Ross Mathews, who will officiate a very special marriage ceremony with George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, a couple of nearly ten years, who met in their home state of Texas and now reside in New York. [Photo:  Sean Franklin (L) and George Carrancho.] 

“Capital Pride welcomes thousands of visitors each year in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and allies,” said Stacey Milne, VP Portfolio Marketing Strategy + Planning from Marriott International. “With our dedication to Pride and this year’s amazing parade, we can’t think of a better way to express how #LoveTravels than through the wedding vows of honored guests like George and Sean.  Many couples like George and Sean still cannot be married in states they call home; however, we can all celebrate their marriage here in our nation’s capital as the nation awaits the historic Supreme Court decision. This unique occasion allows us to make their ceremony poignant and meaningful for all Americans and all our visitors.”

“As a public figure and member of the LGBT community, I could not be more proud to partner with Marriott and spread the meaning behind #LoveTravels,” said Ross Mathews.  “This is such a special time for equal rights and there is no better way to celebrate, than by officiating this beautiful couple, in one of the biggest Pride parades in the country.”

“The love that will be in the nation’s capital during Pride will be a testament to the historic change in the nation. Although we reside in New York, we continue to wait to be married in our home state of Texas,” said George and Sean. “We’re overwhelmed that we have been chosen by Marriott to celebrate our union with thousands more along the parade route, and we are thrilled to travel to D.C. for this monumental moment.”

Mariott has also enlisted social media ambassadors with millions of followers on YouTube and Instagram to spread the #LoveTravels message including Alex Wassabi, Bria and Chrissy, RJ Aguiar, Olga Kay, Michael John Buckley and Miles Jai.

The #LoveTravels social movement that kicked off with Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Tim Howard and Angela Simmons in 2014 will continue to roll out with new ambassador stories throughout the summer with new inspiring stories of notable travelers.

To join the conversation, travelers can visit or Facebook/Instagram (@LoveTravelsWithMe) and Twitter (@LoveTravelsWMe) and use the hashtag #LoveTravels.

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Marriott Golf Debuts $1 For Hope Campaign in Support of Military Veteran's Nationwide Through PGA Reach

$1 For Hope CampaignNationwide Initiative Launches at 20 Premier Marriott Golf Facilities: All Proceeds to Support PGA HOPE--Helping Our Patriots Everywhere—Golf Program for Military Veterans with Disabilities

Orlando, Fla., May 19, 2015… Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators, announced the launch of the $1 for HOPE campaign, in support of military veterans nationwide through PGA REACH.  The campaign was officially announced on Wednesday, May 13 in conjunction with PGA HOPE Day at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va.

As part of the $1 for HOPE campaign, all golfers/visitors checking in for their tee time and/or making a purchase at the pro shop - at any of 20 participating Marriott Golf resort destinations - will have the opportunity to make a donation, by adding $1 or more, to their fee.  All proceeds from this initiative will be used to support and enhance PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) programming nationwide.

Vet GolferThe flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA HOPE is designed to introduce golf to veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. The HOPE program, led by PGA Professionals, helps veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides. All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by PGA REACH, and offered at NO COST for military veterans and their families.

Learning and playing the game of golf is a proven activity that has positively impacted thousands of wounded veterans nationwide, and PGA HOPE is truly making a difference. As many veterans struggle with the transition back into civilian life, golf programming delivers a new level of enjoyment, while PGA Professionals provide expert golf instruction, and encourage the veterans to be more active in their communities. Participants of HOPE programs include military veterans living with a specific set of physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or the loss of a limb, among other challenges.

“I’ve listened to military veterans describe the difficulty of getting out of bed in the morning, but once they are introduced to golf, they use the game as a platform for inspiration,” said William Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf.  “On Behalf of Marriott International, we are thrilled to support the PGA HOPE initiative, and our collection of Marriott-managed properties in the U.S. is committed to raising funds to support golf programming for our American Heroes.”    

Marriott has always valued the service and commitment of veterans who have served the country, and is committed to continue serving them through its hiring, recruitment, programs and partnerships. The company’s ongoing effort to attract and retain the best and brightest talent includes actively recruiting U.S. military veterans to work at Marriott hotels.  Marriott has ramped up its outreach to more than 500 military bases around the world and launched a military careers site just for vets at

Participating courses in the $1 For HOPE campaign represent some of the country’s premier championship venues, including: Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.; Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Starr Pass Country Club, Tucson, Ariz.; Desert Springs Golf Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.; Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Grande Vista Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.; The Rookery at Marco, Naples, Fla.;  Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club,  St. Petersburg, Fla.; Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Sarasota, Fla.; Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Crane’s Landing Golf Club, Lincolnshire, Ill.; Toftrees Golf Club, State College, Pa.; Cattails Golf Club, Kingsport, Tenn.; and Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va.

Adds Nault, “The $1 For HOPE campaign is a wonderful initiative that can engage golfers across the country in better understanding the HOPE program and directly supporting the unwavering commitment put forth by veterans who served our country so faithfully.”

For more information on the $1 for HOPE campaign and additional military programming at Marriott Golf facilities, please visit  For more information on PGA HOPE Programming, please visit

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Marriott Golfmanages 50 golf courses at 37 locations in 11 countries, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for seven Marriott International lodging brands. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators. Marriott provides golf management and consulting services to a variety of operational environments including resort, private club, daily fee, golf school and franchises. For more information, visit


DiversityInc Applauds Marriott’s Inclusive Culture

DiversityIncWorld’s Favorite Travel Company Continues to Lead the Hotel Industry

Marriott International was recognized as #13, up three spots from last year, on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked on specialty lists for its LGBT (#4) and supplier diversity (#10) efforts. 

{Pictured, Marriott associates at the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 event.}

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 passion is to keep Marriott the place where customers, associates and others feel they belong and will be cared for like family,” commented David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President – Global Human Resources Officer and Global Diversity Executive.  “And therefore, our greatest source of fulfillment is the diversity of people who choose Marriott for great experiences and opportunity.  We strive to ensure that inclusion continues to mean that everyone is valued for what they hold in common with everyone else, and also for the unique differences that make us all one-of-a-kind masterpieces. We believe that true inclusion embraces us as individuals in a grand mosaic without sacrificing insight or compassion for the difficulties that any group may face.”

Marriott has a longstanding history of diversity and inclusion.  In 2014, the company celebrated 25 years of its formal diversity and inclusion program and 15 years of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.  Marriott is consistently recognized for championing diversity and inclusion, including: Human Rights Campaign 100 percent equality score, LatinaStyle Top 50, Working Mother Best Places to Work , Top Company as Named by the Executive Leadership Council and a World’s Best Multinational Work Places as named by Best Place to Work®.  For more information on Marriott’s diversity and inclusion programs, visit

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Marriott International Honored for Inclusiveness

543618025_DD_3713_62EC3DE82A4C7E0AF47CDBAEA2674D33"At Marriott, we will continue to do our part to promote a vibrant economy where each individual is able to reach his or her highest potential without the barriers of discrimination. We will do that by putting people first, whether in Haiti or Harlem, India or Indianapolis, or wherever we put out our welcome to you,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO (pictured 7th from left, back row) after accepting the “Straight for Equality in the Workplace” Award from Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) during the organization’s annual gala.  Mr. Sorenson is pictured with Marriott International associates at the PFLAG event.


Marriott Europe Reaches Out To Europe’s Unemployed Youth

RH La Defense Marriott Europe aims to create 20,000 career opportunities for young people by 2020
Donations to charitable partners reaching nearly 1.5 million since 2012

March 16, 2015: Marriott's commitment to assist Europe's unemployed and disadvantaged youth takes a dramatic step forward this month with the announcement of its ambitious goals for its World of Opportunity1 programme in Europe. 

Marriott’s aim is to create 20,000 career opportunities for young people aged 16-25 by the year 2020. That means 20,000 young people receiving a range of placements, apprenticeships, training and development courses offered by one of the world’s largest and diverse hotel groups.  Marriott Europe has so far provided almost 4,000 employment opportunities to young people since 2012 and its goal is now is to increase that number five-fold over the next five years.

The company is already engaged with charitable partners, The Prince's Trust and SOS Children’s Villages – both experienced charities in the field of youth support and employment – and it is with their advice and collaboration that enables commitment to this ambitious goal.  Since Marriott started its World of Opportunity programme in 2012, it has donated more than €930,000 cash and €490,000 in-kind to its charitable partners along with 27,000 volunteer hours.   

Crucially, Marriott's career opportunities are as open to disadvantaged youths as they are to those who complete higher education and university graduates. The group is committed to finding and nourishing talents from a swathe of Europe's youth.  According to figures from the European Commission, five million young people are unemployed across EU countries and one of the key factors highlighted for this growing problem is a ‘skills mismatch’. 

"As a hotel group, we depend on talented people in order to survive," says Amy McPherson, president and managing director, Marriott International Europe "Hotels are a people business, and although technology and mobile connectivity have enhanced the industry, it will, at its heart, always remain a people business.  It has been extraordinary to watch the progress and commitment of these young people rise up through the ranks of our company, and seeing them enjoy a huge sense of pride and ambition.  It also makes a significant difference to the success of the company."

Marriott's vision is also good for business; it offers a committed forward-thinking business goal that will benefit the organisation as much as it will young people. The group has real, long-term job opportunities to offer alongside internships and development courses so the aim is to put young people into meaningful, long-lasting employment. 

Because of the diversity of its operations and the flexibility to move staff around departments, the hotel business is uniquely placed to provide the opportunities young people need, whatever suits their personalities and talents: front of house, back of house, technology, catering, food and beverage, marketing, and so on. All it takes is the right "can-do" attitude on the part of the candidate, and a willingness to commit to an exciting, constantly changing business.

In the same month that the group is named one of the UK's top employers in the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For and Best Employer from a survey conducted by Germany’s Focus Magazine, it aims to build on that reputation by tapping into Europe's most precious and under-used resource: its young people.

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Government Youth Unemployment (issued Jan 2015): 

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  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  

1World of Opportunity is Marriott’s commitment to addressing youth unemployment including young people from disadvantaged backgrounds - enabling them to reach their full potential by providing employment skills training and vocational opportunities.

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LATINA Style Magazine Ranks Marriott International #9

Latina Style Top 50Only Hotel Company in the Top 10 

Bethesda, Md., March 10, 2015 – For the 15th year in a row, Marriott International is on the LATINA Style 50 list for best companies for Latinas.  The company ranked #9 and this year is the only hotel company in the top 10.  Violeta Seidell, Marriott International Vice president of Project Services, accepts the award.




Marriott Helps Make It Happen for Women-Owned Businesses and Celebrates International Women’s Day

Ms.-Lui-Ai-Hui,-owner-of-Yanbian-Livestock-Development-Co.-meets-Mr.-Marriott-in-ChinaLodging Leader Named a Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises, shares outstanding progress with Clinton Global Initiative commitment

Bethesda, Md., March 6, 2015- On the eve of International Women’s Day, Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) is proud to once again be named one of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises.  The annual list recognizes companies with an excellent track record for providing opportunities for women-owned businesses to compete for and secure corporate contracts.

Women-owned businesses make up Marriott’s largest spend with diverse groups, accounting for 50 percent of the company’s total diverse spend.  In 2014, Marriott spent $274* million with over 4,000 women-owned businesses globally.

“We are honored to once again be named as a Top Corporation by WBENC,” said Dominica Groom, director, global supplier diversity at Marriott International. “2014 was an outstanding year for Marriott engaging with women-owned businesses.  In addition to the increase in spend globally, we more than doubled our engagement and outreach efforts for women business owners over the prior year.”

In 2013, Marriott joined more than a dozen global corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a five-year Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to expand its spend and engagement with women-owned businesses outside the United States, particularly in emerging economies. Working closely with WEConnect International and Vital Voices, two prominent NGOs that support and promote the economic potential of women, Marriott has spent more than $20 million to date with women-owned businesses outside the United States, and trained more than 150 women business owners.

In the two years since joining the CGI commitment, the company has created new business relationships with a number of women-owned businesses globally, including:

  • In the Americas, the latest addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio, the Marriott Port-au-Prince in Haiti, has contracted with a woman-owned business Ayiti Natives, Co which will now supply retail amenities for the hotel.
  • In Asia, Marriott spent over $1 million with women-owned suppliers in 2014. More than twenty hotels in China now source beef from Yanbian Livestock in Jilin Province, China, a women-owned business with whom the company has been working with for four years.  
  • In Europe, Marriott identified a partnership with Simpsons Tea. Through mentorship from the Marriott team, Simpsons Tea launched an innovative new tea line, which was then presented to buyers at a Marriott-sponsored event, resulting in opportunities with hotels across the region.
  • The acquisition of Protea Hotels has also provided an opportunity to start engaging in discussions with women-owned business in Africa.

In 2015, Marriott’s continued and increased emphasis will be placed around supplier diversity, with a collective goal to increase spend with existing diverse suppliers, including women-owned businesses.  Marriott will look to engage and contract prospective suppliers through various means, including hosting Marriott-specific events to provide a direct connection with Marriott buyers.

The company’s partnerships with NGOs and CGI commitment members such as WEConnect and Vital Voices are critical to its efforts to support women-owned businesses. In January 2015, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts debuted the “JW Voices for Women” program, a collaboration with Vital Voices that pairs JW Marriott’s female leaders with local women-owned businesses in order to build a mentor/mentee relationship. The launch event, held at the JW Marriott Mexico City, brought together more than 100 women for discussions on career development, and the importance of investing in women.

In addition to developing relationships with female business owners, in 2014 Marriott also held its first Women Ownership Works (WOW) Summit designed to encourage women hotel ownership. The one day event was held in New York City and connected current female hotel owners with prospective owners who were considering hotel development as an investment opportunity. Marriott plans to have 20 percent of its existing global portfolio owned by diverse owners, including women, by 2020.

Marriott is consistently honored for being a top company for diversity and inclusion. It has been recently honored by the National Association for Female Executives as one of the top corporations for employing executive women, as well as recognized by Great Places to Work Institute® for being one of the 2014 World's Best Multinational Workplaces and "2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for the 23rd year. In 2014, Marriott was named Corporation of the Year by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. 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 diversity & inclusion efforts in workforce, board membership and supplier diversity.

Marriott International is committed to responsible global business operations inside and beyond its hotels. For more information about our commitment to supplier diversity visit

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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*Updated September 2015