Marriott Gives ENGAGE Attendees an Inside Look Into the Hospitality Industry

Throughout the 2017 Collegiate DECA ENGAGE Conference, members had the opportunity to really connect with our National Advisory Board partners.

Andy Chaves of Marriott, International Inc. gave members in the ENGAGE Hospitality & Tourism Track the inside scoop on how Marriott, and more specifically, how the Marriott Marquis operates. Collegiate DECA members toured the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and had an amazing time doing so.

Upon arrival at our tour of the Marriott Marquis, we were greeted by Andy Chaves, as well as Scott Nadeau, the General Manager of Marriott Marquis, and several staff members and managers from a variety of different departments.

Delegates got the chance to go behind the scenes and see stellar sights from The View, a revolving rooftop restaurant in New York, and visit the J. W. Suite.

Inside the J. W. Suite at Marriott Marquis.

Everyone also had the opportunity to snack on some delicious treats from the restaurant bakery while meeting the culinary experts behind the magic. Lastly, attendees saw how all the food was made and heard about Marriott’s strategy on changing the in-room dining experience to cater more towards millennials.

Members visiting The View Restaurant & Lounge at Marriott Marquis.

Following the tour, Mr. Chaves presented on Marriott and answered questions pertaining to the ENGAGE Case Study. Delegates then concluded the conference with a presentation of their findings and their own implementation strategy to two judges, Andy Chaves and Alex Louden, both from Marriott, and an audience of hospitality and tourism track participants.

Thank you to Marriott and Mr. Chaves for providing us with such an amazing opportunity!

To engage with Marriott International, Inc. in your community, contact Andy Chaves, Senior Executive, Youth Strategies & Partnerships, Workforce Engagement & Global Diversity.

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