Marriott joins Russia hotel development boycott

Marriott International has joined other global hotel companies in suspending future openings and developments in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

“We are deeply saddened by the horrific violence impacting the people of Ukraine,” the company stated in a media release.

“We have made the decision, effective immediately, to close our corporate office in Moscow, and pause the opening of upcoming hotels and all future hotel development and investment in Russia.

“We have been closely monitoring the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, Russia and neighboring countries, and remain in regular contact with our teams on the ground, as we work to comply with sanctions and applicable laws. Our hotels in Russia are owned by third parties and we continue to evaluate the ability for these hotels to remain open.”

Marriott has also earmarked US$1,000,000 to its associate relief fund to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine including housing refugees at Marriott properties in neighbouring countries.