Hotels

Ian Schrager pledges $1m donation to Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund

Ian Schrager, a renowned American hotelier and friend of the late Arne Sorenson, has pledged US$1 million ($1.28m) to the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund.

The fund was established by Marriott International to honour the legacy of Arne M. Sorenson, the company’s late President and CEO, who tragically passed away in February.

The donation is expected to help support the programmatic and career development elements of the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership, which will be housed within the Howard University School of Business.

At a time when the hospitality industry needs it most, the best-in-class program will aim to expand educational and professional opportunities for Howard University students and build the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.

“Arne Sorenson was the finest, most decent, most brilliant and creative man I’ve ever known,” Schrager said in a statement.

Arne Sorenson and Ian Schrager (source: supplied)

“My life was so enriched by just knowing him and dealing with him. I have learned so much about both business and life from him.

“His passing is not only a loss for his family, friends and colleagues at Marriott but to all of us because he brought genuine good and made the world a better place for all of us. I hope that the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund in his honour will continue the great and decent things he did in life by offering equal opportunities to future hospitality leaders.

“I’m very happy the work Arne did while he was alive will still continue and I am committed to helping to raise awareness and funds to support this effort.”

The Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership was created by a US$20 million ($25.6m) endowment by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

Marriott International and now Ian Schrager have both pledged US$1m to the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund and are inviting other companies, organisations and individuals—from all industries —to support this effort and pay homage to the work and memory of Arne Sorenson.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

REVIEW: Hôtel La Pérouse offers a taste of classic French resort life

by Ali Coulton

Hôtel La Pérouse exemplifies Nice’s resort lifestyle offering privacy and quiet luxury on France’s Cote d’Azur.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s new tourism ad names Kevin Hart its chief island officer

Some of the staff at Travel Weekly are trying to become the chief island officer of Australia, but Scomo isn’t returning our emails.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

“Australia is a terrific market for cruising!”: Expedia’s Greg Schulze on how agents can maximise their business

We chatted with one of the big wigs at Expedia during its recent gathering in Vegas. Sadly, he declined our invite to join us for a game of blackjack, but that’s probably for the best.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Globetrotting tour operator arrested following drug drop death

The man also auditioned for Survivor in 2019 and featured in an Indonesian TV commercial – just in case the title wasn’t chaotic enough already.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel to make full recovery before end of 2024, says Virtuoso’s Fiona Dalton

Dalton hosted media at Crown Sydney this morning to celebrate Matthew Upchurch’s return to Aus. Our roving journalist managed to take down this story in between courses.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania celebrates the ‘Month of Lei’ with incredible new famil offer

by Sponsored by Hawai'i Tourism Oceania

This year, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania is celebrating ‘Month of Lei’ 2022 with a virtual trade event and the launch of a new famil incentive.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

PONANT announces new 2023 sailing expeditions in the Kimberley

This ship is so fancy that they put ‘le’ in front of the name just to show they’re not messing about.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

TravelManagers to party like its 2019 with first national conference since COVID

As TravelManager’s GM puts it, this coveted event is like a “slightly rowdy family reunion”, so get ready to explain to your distant aunt why you’re not married yet over mum’s inedible egg salad.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Atlas Obscura and LA Tourism launch official visitors guide

Navigate the streets of LA with this new interactive mobile app, instead of walking around with one of those giant maps from your hotel that make you an obvious mark for pickpockets.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“I have no idea how to fly”: Passenger saves the day after pilot collapses midflight

This situation is kind of like the film Flying High, except not quite as funny and with less confusion about people getting called “Shirley.”

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Etihad unveils new sustainable economy tableware, eliminating single-use plastic

Finally, an in-flight dining experience that doesn’t leave you guiltily fumbling a landfill’s worth of plastic wrappers for half the flight.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“We are ready and we are open for business”: Africa’s Travel Indaba wraps up for 2022

Coincidentally, the journo who wrote up this article was scarfing down a breakfast wrap. This wrap promises to be far less greasy, though is less likely to cure a hangover.

Share

CommentComments