The New Orleans Marriott celebrates its golden anniversary

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The summer of 1972 returned to downtown New Orleans yesterday as the New Orleans Marriott celebrated its 50th anniversary, complete with music from the era, retro cocktails, vintage photographs and a giant “50” illuminating the skyline from the windows of the hotel’s 42-story tower.

New Orleans’ iconic Marriot opened its doors half a century ago as the city’s tallest building, the city’s tallest hotel, and the tallest hotel in the South. At the time, it was also the largest hotel in Marriott’s portfolio of 24 hotels. Today, with more than 5,000 establishments, Marriott International is the largest hotel chain in the world.

“The New Orleans Marriott has been a significant Canal Street landmark for five decades,” said General Manager Frank Zumbo as he greeted guests. “The opening was heralded as an economic boost for the city and poised to position New Orleans as a major tourist destination for leisure and group business.”

Proclamations from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and District B City Councilmember Lesli Harris recognized the hotel’s importance to the city’s $9 billion tourism industry that now attracts more than 18 .5 million visitors each year.

On behalf of Board Member Harris, Erica Wise also declared July 20, 2022 to honor 50 years of service to the New Orleans Marriott from each of the six founding partners.

William Currie, Gloria Mejia, Carol Mitchell, Hattie Russ, Linda Toney and Sarah Zeno have worked at the hotel since it opened.

“Over the past five decades, Marriott has provided thousands of citizens with career opportunities in the tourism industry, combining unique New Orleans hospitality with world-class Marriott service,” said Mark Romig, director of marketing for New Orleans. & Company.

In celebrating this historic milestone, Zumbo also reiterated Marriott International’s commitment to the communities where the hotels are located. Nearly 40 years ago, Marriott became the first corporate partner of the Children’s Miracle Network. Locally, Marriott properties have raised $1.6 million over the past 15 years for Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Zumbo announced continued support for the children’s hospital with an annual silent auction on October 14 and a golf tournament on November 7.

Additionally, hotel management announced a partnership with Son of a Saint, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping orphaned boys.

“We believe in investing in the vitality of our local children to support the resilience and future of our city,” Zumbo added as he presented a check for $18,000 to Founder and CEO Sonny Lee to fund school supplies. and the uniforms of 50 boys upon their return. school in August.

“We are grateful to the Marriott team for this level of support and for helping to amplify our mission on such an important occasion in the history of this historic hotel,” Lee said, as mentees Jayce Irving looked on. , 11, and Dylan Irving, 10. . “Our slogan states, ‘If you love New Orleans, invest in its future.’ Marriott’s contribution to this organization and to the city is to put those words into action with intention and impact.

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