With a view to reaching a positive message conveying a ray of hope to the boarders, locals and travellers, over 270 hotels of Marriott International across Asia Pacific – including those at Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon, Jakarta, Maldives, Mumbai – lit up their hotel rooms to form a smiley face on the building’s façade from April 9 to 30. The symbol was selected to project a happy demeanour radiating positivity, with hopes that it brings a smile to the faces of all who see it.
Focusing on the idea behind the performance, Craig S. Smith, Group President, Asia Pacific, Marriott International, said, “In times of uncertainty one thing remains certain – we are in this together, and we will come out stronger. We are all awaiting the time when we can travel again, but until then we are following the guidance from local authorities and are dedicated to continue our support for the communities our hotels are at. Through the various downturns faced over the many years, Marriott International has always stood tall by relying on the humanity of its associates. No matter where people may be, the light at Marriott International will always be on.”
According to the Group, “Putting people first is at core of Marriott International. Hotels across Asia-Pacific have been going above and beyond to demonstrate the extraordinary collective power of people to help others. In these challenging and unprecedented times, associates from hotels across Asia Pacific have volunteered over 40,000 hours to serve their communities. Contributions include food donation, making of protective personal gears for front line medical staff, and securing shelter for medics and journalists.”
Throughout April, guests and travellers enjoyed the “Light for Hope” initiative at select Marriott International hotels across Asia Pacific.