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News: New Partnerships and Awards for Marriott -

Room Key and Marriott have partnered up adding 11 brands and nearly 1,300 properties from the Marriott International portfolio to Room Key's inventory. For travelers this means that they can now look for and then book rooms through Room Key for Marriott brands including Sheraton, Le Méridien, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Design Hotels, Aloft, Westin, Tribute Portfolio, Four Points by Sheraton and Element properties around the globe.

This comes on top of an announcement in June, giving customers access to hotels' loyalty rates when booking via Room Key. "Room Key is a positive force for hotel guests and owners alike," said Drew Pinto, Senior Vice President, Distribution for Marriott International. "We're pleased with Room Key's recent bookings momentum and their low commission structure, and are excited to list 11 additional brands to complement our other 18 brands already offered through Room Key."

Marriott International one of the best places to work

In other news, Great Places to Work and Fortune have tagged Marriott as being one of the of the 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, 10 Best Workplaces for Latinos and 10 Best Workplaces for African Americans.These lists are developed by taking surveys at Great Place to Work companies, looking at everything from advancement and professional development opportunities to equality in terms of promotions and their comfort level at work when it comes to being themselves.

Marriott set up their corporate inclusion and diversity program over three decades ago, and now 64% of the associates working at Marriott represent minority groups. "At Marriott, we want everyone to feel that they belong—that they are family; it's the true heart of an inclusive work environment," said David Rodriguez, executive vice president and global chief human resources officer.

"Our concept of diversity and inclusion promotes a sense of unity, with each of us having the power to be the best at our jobs and to make a positive difference for one another. This recognition from Great Place to Work and Fortune, which considers feedback from our associates, affirms that we are on the right path," he added.

The people first best practice policies and programs help drive their success in this arena, and includes:

• TakeCare Movement centering on happiness and well-being

• Emerging Leader Program designed specifically for front-line and mid-level managers

• Talent Network Teams looking at business challenges with innovative solutions suggested by company associates

• Diversity & Inclusion Councils encouraging diverse viewpoints on business and workplace

• Financial assistance for adoption, Paid parental leave, infertility coverage and progressive healthcare benefits

• Workplace and scheduling flexibility options