Community Update: June 13, 2022

June 13th, 2022


Marriott International Headquarters and
Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ Hotel

May was a month of milestones for both the Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ Hotel and Marriott International.

Marriott International Headquarters & Hotel Named Project of the Year

Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) recognized Marriott’s new hotel and headquarters in downtown Bethesda as the 2022 Project of the Year.

The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties began construction in 2018.  The hotel opened in March and MHQ Bethesda remains on track for a phased associate move-in this summer.

Read the full press release here.

Hip Flask Grand Opening

The hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge, Hip Flask, opened its doors to the public in early May, attracting attention from WashingtonianEater DC, and Bethesda Beat.

If you haven’t stopped by yet, make plans to do so soon. Hip Flask was just named #1 on Eater’s 15 Hottest New Bars Around D.C., May 2022 edition.

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Marriott International’s 95th Anniversary

On May 20th, Marriott International celebrated its 95th anniversary.  What began as a modest root beer stand has evolved into the world’s leading hospitality company, with over 8,000 hotels in 139 countries and territories. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the company’s leaders shared some stories on the recent milestone on LinkedIn:

News from Marriott International

Marriott Supports Humanitarian Relief Efforts 

In response to the war in Ukraine, Marriott International has been mobilizing to help those in need. Marriott has supported and will continue to support humanitarian efforts through relief organizations working to provide meals, health care, basic necessities and more. Hotels have donated over $2.75M in cash and in-kind support, inclusive of 14,350 room nights to house those impacted by the war, as well as supplies and funds to local organizations.

The company stands with all of its associates who are being impacted by the war in Ukraine and is committing $1M from its relief fund to support them and their families. Funds have already helped Ukrainian associates’ family members move into new countries and receive vital support such as rental assistance, food vouchers, and other essential items.

Marriott Bonvoy members can donate points here to join the company in supporting UNICEF and World Central Kitchen as they help those impacted. Marriott Bonvoy will be matching donations point-for-point up to 100 million points donated this year. With this match, over 55M points have been donated so far.

Marriott Spotlighted for Commitment to Doing Good

In May, Marriott was included on two prestigious lists for its commitment to sustainability and social impact. Fast Company highlighted Marriott in its World Changing Ideas Awards for its efforts to train its workforce to recognize and respond to the signs of human trafficking. Marriott was also spotlighted in the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List produced by 3BL Media, which names the top 100 U.S.-based large companies that are leading the way in supporting their workforce, the environment, and communities.

Marriott Helps to Clean the World – And Support the Local Community

During its annual Associate Appreciation Week, Marriott HQ associates packed over 4,000 hygiene kits in collaboration with Clean the World. These kits, full of shampoo, soap, and other sanitary items, will be donated to Marriott’s local partner the Capital Area Food Bank, which will distribute these kits to those in-need throughout the local community.

Marriott International in the Press

The Daily Record: Marriott International launches ‘Bridging The Gap’ hotel development program
June 6, 2022
Bethesda-based hospitality giant Marriott International announced at the 44th annual NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference the launch of “Marriott’s Bridging The Gap,” a multi-year, $50 million development program that aims to address the barriers to entry that historically underrepresented groups face in owning and developing hotels in the United States and Canada.

WTOP: New Marriott headquarters named Maryland Project of the Year
April 27, 2022
One of the largest developments in Montgomery County in years, the combination headquarters and hotel at 7707 Woodmont Ave. in downtown Bethesda, is a $600 million project.

Eater DC: Bethesda’s First and Only High-Rise Rooftop Bar Opens Tonight
May 3, 2022
Hip Flask tops off the area’s newest Marriott property with scenic cocktails, local brews, and light bites

Bethesda Beat: Rooftop bar at Marriott Bethesda Downtown now open
May 3, 2022
Hotel on Woodmont Avenue opened in March

Washingtonian: High-Rise Rooftop Bar Hip Flask Is Now Open in Bethesda
May 5, 2022
The Marriott perch serves up banana daiquiris with a view.

BizBash: 12 New Venues in Washington, D.C. for Spring 2022 Meetings and Events
May 5, 2022
In March, the 245-room Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ opened adjacent to Marriott International’s new global headquarters in Bethesda, about 7 miles from the heart of D.C.

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