Marriott International, Inc. has being voted the best hotelier to work for by Middle East and North Africa hoteliers, topping the Hotelier Middle East Salary Survey 2017.
The majority of survey respondents – over 50 percent – stated interest in working for Marriott. This was the first time that the brand has been No. 1 on the list.
There were more than 250 responses to this year’s survey across various demographics and types of hotels. For the 2017 survey, 40.43 percent of respondents came from luxury/resort hotels, 45.65 percent from city hotels, with the remainder coming from hotel apartments and mid-market properties.
Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director in the Middle East for Marriott International, said in a written release that the brand’s “commitment to ‘people’ is at the heart of everything [they] do.” The results of the survey assure Marriott International that its hotel teams continue to be “true ambassadors,” he said, as the global brand continues to integrate its teams as well as “retain and foster” new talent.
This recognition follows Marriott International’s recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. The 2016 acquisition created the world’s largest hotel company, employing 500,000 associates worldwide. Within the Middle East and Africa, Marriott International now employs 65,000 associates.
Marriott International, Inc. is based in Bethesda, Maryland and owns over 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands across 124 countries and territories worldwide. The company operates award-winning loyalty programs such as Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.