BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International’s president and CEO, Arne Sorenson, recently released an update on the company’s initiatives and the impact of COVID-19.
The company has established new programs to support healthcare workers and community caregivers. With the support of American Express and JPMorgan Chase, Marriott has committed to provide $10 million worth of hotel stays for healthcare professionals leading the fight against COVID-19 in the U.S. through the new Rooms-for-Responders initiative.
Marriott has also launched the Community Caregiver Program with the support of hotel owners and franchisee partners. This initiative, available in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, provides significantly discounted rates for first responders and healthcare professionals who want to book rooms at hotels in close proximity to the hospitals where they’re working. The rate is available on marriott.com at nearly 2,500 hotels.
“Marriott understands the pulse of the world beats as one to overcome COVID-19 and its devastating impact around the globe. As we all watch the news unfold about this unprecedented event, it’s clear there’s a need to assist and bolster healthcare workers and community caregivers who are on the frontlines working to contain this disease,” Sorenson explains in the statement. “With both initiatives, our goal is simple — we want to support the frontline heroes who are selflessly supporting us.”
“Many of our properties have contributed by providing food, pre-packed and cooked meals to crisis relief efforts and much-needed supplies such as cleaning products, masks, gloves, anti-microbial wipes, sanitizers and shower caps for medical and other frontline workers,” he adds. “And, in a beautiful sign of solidarity among us all, many of our teams have illuminated their hotel windows with symbols of love and messages of hope.”