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Marriott Hosts First-Ever Hybrid Meetings Event: Connect With Confidence

On November 9, Marriott International hosted a hybrid virtual and in-person event, “Connect with Confidence,” as the first part of a global series. The event was attended by 30 in-person customers and 238 virtual attendees, and took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in Virginia. It showcased Marriott’s updated processes and meetings spaces, while reinforcing the brand’s commitment to help meeting planners execute conferences and events during this new normal. 

Future Hospitality Summit Unveils Lineup of Special Guest Speakers

Future Hospitality Summit (FHS), the hybrid virtual conference developed to explore big ideas and tackle the challenges facing the hospitality industry, has revealed its lineup of special guest speakers. The event will take place live from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and will be available around the world, on October 26 and 27.

Travel Coalition, Executives Call on Congress to Pass Relief Legislation

Last week week, a coalition of almost 200 travel, hotel, franchise, and state and local government groups called for Congress to not go on recess without providing relief for sectors devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, a group of 17 CEOS of the largest U.S. travel companies sent a statement to leaders in Washington, pleading to advance a subsequent round of legislative relief from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Washington Governor Advances Statewide Meetings and Events Guidance

Due to the advocacy of the Washington Meeting and Convention Coalition (WMCC), Washington governor Jay Inslee has modified the state’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 restrictions around business meetings, professional development training and testing, and similar activities, effective from September 21. According to the new guidance, the governor’s "Safe Start" reopening plan will permit meetings and business events to be held at an indoor capacity of 30 percent or 200 guests, whichever is less (excluding venue staff)

Marriott International Debuts Digital Content on Update Meetings Processes

Following the announcement of Marriott International’s "Commitment to Clean" and "Global Cleanliness Council," Marriott has introduced digital content about redefined processes and reimagined spaces guided by cleanliness experts and best practices to help hosts, organizers and attendees plan and execute meetings and connect with confidence 

Marriott International’s Dave Grissen to Retire

Marriott International announced that long-time senior executive Dave Grissen has decided to step down from his position as group president, the Americas, at the end of 2020 and retire from Marriott in the first quarter of 2021. Grissen, who has been with the 36 years—11 of which in his current role—oversees all of the Americas’ lodging business comprising more than 5,640 properties and a work force of 160,000 people.