Marriott’s Arne Sorenson On The Hospitality Business, Government Shutdown | washingtonpost.com
When Marriott International created Courtyard by Marriott in the 1980s, the company had one customer in mind: the business traveler.
The no-frills chain offered a lower-priced option for those traveling for work. Courtyard hotels were mostly in the suburbs in close proximity to business centers, hospitals and highways.
Today, Courtyard’s 900-plus hotels have shifted to accommodate a growing number of leisure travelers and families as well. Most recently, the Bethesda-based company spent nearly $1 billion sprucing up lobbies and adding bistros to keep up with changing demands.
The brand, which turns 30 this week, has evolved throughout the years. The company’s anniversary comes at a time when Washington area hotels are looking for ways to stay relevant in the business world as the government shutdown continues to batter the local hospitality industry.Lodging IndustryGlobal