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Marriott International Celebrates Equality with LGBT Portraits

Wednesday June 4th, 2014 - 11:32AM


#LoveTravels campaign

BETHESDA, MD—Marriott International has launched #LoveTravels, a multicultural campaign that conveys the company’s commitment to make its guests feel comfortable and communicate the company’s welcoming approach to hospitality.

To bring #LoveTravels to life, Marriott has partnered with photographer Braden Summers to share images celebrating inclusion as part of its new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) social media and marketing campaign.   

“Braden’s work so beautifully illustrates the inclusiveness and equality that we embrace,” said Kristine Friend, senior director, segment marketing. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our guests feel comfortable at all of our hotels and are proud to stay with Marriott. #LoveTravels is a universal theme we believe is shared by all cultures and communities and truly represents our company’s philosophy and values. We also want to encourage our guests and travelers around the world to share their own journey and story through #LoveTravels @MarriottIntl.”

#LoveTravels features images that will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, DC, a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S. A key element of the campaign includes portraits of Jason Collins, professional basketball player; Geena Rocero, fashion model and social advocate and Talisha Padgett-Matthews, a Marriott associate. More about their inspiring stories and other images from the campaign can be found at LoveTravels.Marriott.com, including behind-the-scenes video.

“To help tell Marriott’s #LoveTravels story, I produced an aesthetic for Jason, Geena and our other models that is relatable, authentic and shows them at ease with who they are and comfortable expressing their love,” said Braden Summers. “It will also be a first for me to display my work as dramatically as building wraps on five major hotels in the nation’s capital.”

To coincide with the Capital Pride Celebration, the hotel building wraps will be unveiled beginning on June 2 at Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle; Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown; Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC; Residence Inn Washington, DC/Dupont Circle; and JW Marriott Washington, DC.