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Q&A: J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr.

J.W. Bill Marriott, Jr. and family

As chairman and CEO of a global hotel empire, J. W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. knows hospitality. He tells T+L what it’s like to be the ultimate repeat guest, his favorite room-service snack, and more.

Q: What was your first job?
A:
I used to make hot-fudge ice cream cakes at my parents’ Hot Shoppes restaurant in Salt Lake City. The trick was to leave a little indent for the whipped cream and cherry on top.

Q: How can we welcome more foreign travelers to the United States?
A:
Regulations regarding visas need to be fixed. Travel is an important economic engine, and a stay at a hotel is an export.

Q: Marriott recently collaborated with Ian Schrager on the new Edition brand. Where is the company going next?
A:
We have two Edition hotels opening in Miami and London over the next two years. And in China, we have 56 hotels open and 34 hotels under construction, including two Ritz-Carlton hotels.

Q: In 1948 your family started vacationing at Scottsdale, Arizona’s Camelback Inn—which celebrates its 75th anniversary this month. Why do you keep going back?
A:
We love the casitas with the private pools where the kids can swim; it’s like having your own house. And you don’t have to worry about a dress code.

Q: What’s your spa ritual there?
A:
I practice Pilates and get massages.

Q: Do you have a favorite room-service order?
A:
A club sandwich is as good as it gets.

Photo courtesy of Marriott International

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