Monday, November 25, 2013

Marriott International elevates commitment to a green Aruba with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Aruba

Aruba Bound

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA November 20, 2013- As the new Ritz-Carlton, Aruba opens its doors to welcome luxury guests to the island of Aruba on Friday, November 22, 2013, J. W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., Executive Chairman of Marriott International, the parent company of the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand with two existing Marriott hotels on the island, announced today several new partnership initiatives to promote sustainable tourism on the island. The collaboration is designed to further enhance Prime Minister Mike Eman’s vision for a Green Aruba while continuing Marriott’s long-standing commitment to enriching education on the island.
“Aruba is at the forefront for travelers who seek elegant accommodations, a beautiful climate and unparalleled beaches, where they can enjoy pristine nature and leave nothing more than their footprints in the sand,” said Mr. Marriott. “To support that sustainable vision, we are pleased and honored to present an environmental curriculum tailored to Aruba for 5th and 6th grade primary school students on the island, introduce youth to leadership skills through our Ritz-Carlton Succeed Through Service program and support the government’s vision for a tourism institute that will be a magnet for hospitality professionals hoping to pursue careers in the growing Caribbean and Latin America tourism economy.”

Aruba Bound

During Mr. Marriott’s last visit to the island the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman requested Mr. Marriott’s support for the establishment of an Institute for Hospitality, Sustainable Tourism and Economic Resilience in Aruba. “My vision is for Aruba to be renowned as one of the region’s most notable hospitality destinations, home to a distinguished local workforce that is well educated and skilled in environmental sustainability and hospitality management,” said Prime Minister Eman.
“Marriott International graciously accepted our invitation to partner with the Aruba Hospitality and Tourism Institute and has been a tremendous partner throughout the years with their Marriott and Renaissance Hotels. The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba amplifies the brand’s economic impact even further with 320 hotel rooms and 450 local jobs. In addition to a dowry to enable professionals as well as academic partners to make a distinct contribution to the development of tourism in the region, these contributions ultimately serve to incrementally benefit the island’s economic standing and we are confident the institute will make a substantial impact to the quality and growth of tourism in the region,” he added.
The signature new programs that debut in Aruba with The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba include:
  • An innovative environmental curriculum for primary school students developed by The Ritz-Carlton specifically for Aruba in collaboration with marine biologist, Dr. Richard Murphy of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. The education modules will be available on the Green Aruba website for others in the travel industry to download, allowing for easy accessibility by Arubans to learn about the island’s unique environmental assets and how to protect them.
As part of the program launch, students will be invited to Skype with Fabien Cousteau, grandson of legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, while he is undertaking Mission 31 to break his grandfather’s world record for an underwater stay.
  • Succeed through Service®, The Ritz-Carlton’s distinguished Community Footprints program, which introduces youth to skills necessary to succeed and the ability to serve others. The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba will be working in tandem with youth on the island to help develop skills required for success while boosting their self-esteem.
  • A commitment from the J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Foundation to support the creation of the Aruba Hospitality Institute, Prime Minister Eman’s vision for sustainable hospitality management training. Marriott International will also supplement the curriculum that is being provided by the academic partners in the Institute by contributing leadership development and training content to be delivered by Marriott executives.
  • A partnership with Tortugaruba to bring best practices in sea turtle conservation to Aruba, including a regional summit to be hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.
  • The Ritz-Carlton will launch its Community Footprints program in Aruba at Arikok National Park with the management team and trainers volunteering at Dos Playa to remove marine debris and driftwood from this important sea turtle nesting site. Community Footprints is The Ritz-Carlton’s global conservation and community engagement initiative.
With 320 oceanfront rooms and suites, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers a luxury vacation lifestyle that combines a passionate and dedicated service philosophy while catering to an array of personal tastes and interests. The resort encompasses incomparable style and signature Ritz-Carlton service, with a selection of unique offerings consisting of savory dining experiences, including four restaurants, a luxurious 13-treatment room Ritz-Carlton Spa, two swimming pools, a 24-hour casino, one of the largest state-of-the-art meeting facilities in Aruba and the seemingly endless white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Story Courtesy of The Morning News Aruba

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