One-on-one with Stephanie Linnartz of Marriott International
“People are dying for experiences now more than ever,” Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International president, tells Axios.
- “Leisure travel in many states and parts of the world is beating 2019,” Linnartz notes, speaking on the sidelines of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit.
- Leisure and hospitality workers quit at a 6.4% rate in August, more than double the total rate across all industries.
What she's saying: “We're doing a lot to make sure, as we go out and try to hire people back into our hotels, [that] they see us as a career, not just as a job,” says Linnartz.
- While the company has raised wages and offered signing bonuses and incentives, Linnartz believes that offering people the opportunity to work their way up differentiates Marriott from competitors.
- “People want careers and futures, and I think that’s the magic sauce.”
What we're watching: Even though some aspects of travel will change forever, Linnartz sees remote work and "blesiure" — a blend of business and leisure travel — driving future growth through extended stay bookings.
- Companies that opt to do away with offices are convening staff together several times a year. And employees who can live anywhere will continue to take advantage of the flexibility, she says.
The bottom line: "While some segments of business may go down, I think new ones will blossom up, and net, net ... I'm very bullish on the future of travel."