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Marriott to suspend all operations in Russia

  • Hotels
  •   06-06-2022  10:05 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Marriott to suspend all operations in Russia
The Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel. (Kapustin Igor/Shutterstock)
Pax Global Media

Marriott International will suspend all operations in Russia due to restrictions placed on the Russian economy because of the country’s violent invasion of Ukraine, the company announced on Friday (June 3).

Marriott said the “newly announced” restrictions the United States, European Union and United Kingdom placed on the Russian market make continuing operations “impossible.”

“The process to suspend operations in a market where Marriott has operated for 25 years is complex,” the company said.

The move adds to Marriott’s already-made decisions to close a corporate office in Moscow and pause the opening of upcoming hotels and all future developments and investment in Russia.

As the process to suspend hotel operations in Russia begins, the hotelier is focused on “taking care of our Russia-based associates.”

“Since the war began, we have supported associates in Ukraine, Russia and across the region, including securing employment with Marriott outside of countries directly affected by the conflict,” the company said.

Marriott says it has also deployed $1 million in internal disaster relief funds for associates and their families to assist with resettlement aid, including food vouchers, transportation assistance, medical, and legal support.

In addition, more than 85 Marriott hotels are now providing lodging to refugees from Ukraine in neighboring countries.

“We have provided over $2.7 million in hotel-level financial, fundraising, and in-kind support, including food and supply donations, to relief organizations operating on the ground,” the company said. “Marriott is focused on hiring refugees, with more than 250 already hired across more than 40 hotels in 15 European countries, with plans to continue.”

“We will also match Marriott Bonvoy points donations to World Central Kitchen and UNICEF, up to 100 million points this year, with over 50 million points donated to date.”

The company’s statement did not state which sanctions led to its decision to suspend its Russian operations.

The company joins hundreds of other major companies that have suspended operations in Russia after the conflict began, including Disney, FedEx and Ikea, according to a list compiled by Yale University’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute.

“We continue to join our associates and millions of people around the world in wishing for an end to the current violence and the start of a path towards peace,” Marriott said.

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