Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson sit with LinkedIn Managing Editor Chip Cutter to talk about the Marriott-Starwood merger, how the presidential election affects business and their own relationship as they lead the company.
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"Today is the day two pioneers in the travel industry become one. The Marriott International family now includes half-a-million people, hospitality’s finest, welcoming guests in more than 110 countries everywhere from Chicago to Cape Town to Tokyo to Bali.
"This is a milestone day for us and I am well aware that it has come to pass because of the hard work of our associates, the loyalty of our guests, the commitment of owners and franchisees, and the support of the communities where we live and work. That’s why our focus is to be far more than the largest hotel company in the world. We aim to be the best.
"How? By committing to excellence, encouraging the innovative spirit embedded within both companies, offering the broadest portfolio across the globe and nurturing a culture like no other.
"Regardless of the property, we’re going to continue to conduct our business based on our five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. Our core values make us who we are, and as we fully integrate our teams, we’ll uphold our people-first environment and ensure that everyone is treated with the utmost respect.
"With those principles guiding us, we can now go even further in delivering more choices, benefits, and opportunities to our guests, owners, franchisees, and associates and more value to shareholders. Combining Starwood’s brands with ours better enables Marriott to reach our goal of having the right brand in the right place to serve our guests. We now operate, own or franchise more than 5,700 properties with more than 1.1 million rooms across 30 brands, ranging from the moderate to luxury tier."