Marriott Marquis Officially Opens - June 10th 2014 - Part One
The cycle is complete. The Marriott Marquis is now officially open. The Districts newest and largest hotel was dedicated on Tuesday morning and celebrated in the evening.
The last formal speech of the day came from the Boss! J.W. Marriott, Jr. In what was a speech that touched on history (both family and business) Mr. Marriott beamed with obvious pride at the latest hotel, and the 4,000th hotel to carry the Marriott name.
This is not the end of the morning event's ......look for Part Two later today, for coverage of the ribbon cutting, the toast and the evenings celebration.
|Guests arrive, and J.W. Marriott, Jr. is there to greet them|
|Photo ops abound as the city's VIP's arrive|
|Let the proceedings begin. Dan Nadeau, General Manager, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC|
|WPA perform the National Anthem|
|First up - Mayor Vincent Gray|
|The Mayor talked about the importance to the city's economy, and the boost that the Marriott Marquis will provide|
|Arne Sorenson, President & CEO, Marriott International spoke of The Marriott Corp. growth|
|Norm Jenkins, President, Capstone Development, LLC spoke of his personal journey with the Marquis development|
|Greg O’Dell, President and CEO, Events DC talked about the 'connection' between the Convention Center and the Hotel|
|Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 was up next|
|Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC|
|Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, added some levity to the proceedings|
|and congratulated the training and labor force involved with the hotel|
|Christopher Gladstone, President, Quadrangle|
|Debbie Harrison, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Marriott International makes announcement|
|David Marriott, COO Eastern Americas, Marriott International. unveils the plaque|
|Mrs. Donna Marriott applauds J.W. Marriott, Jr. on receipt of the honor|