Marriott International has been named a 2017 Best Employer in Asia Pacific, by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon. The hotel group was also recognised as Best Employer in 13 countries and territories across the region, including in the newly added markets of Bhutan, Cambodia and Bangladesh.

The news comes as Marriott International prepares to expand further into Asia Pacific in 2018 – the company’s second fastest-growing region – with 80 new hotels across 16 markets.

Craig S. Smith, Marriott International’s President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific, said: “Putting people first is the cornerstone of our culture and we’re honored to once again be recognized as a best employer. The dedication and development of our associates drive business results.  Throughout 2018, we will continue to encourage innovation, provide greater opportunities and reward success which should further strengthen our growth in Asia Pacific.”

Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer for Asia Pacific at Marriott International, added: “Keeping people engaged and enthusiastic is a priority at Marriott International and why we offer holistic programs such as TakeCare, which focuses on an associates’ body, mind and spirit. This unique program helps them build a healthy and secure future. Initiatives such as this help to create a positive environment as well as attract and maintain stellar talent.”

Marriott International offers a variety of professional development programs to its staff, including the Global Voyage Leadership Development Program for recent university graduates, and GM Elevate, which helps prepare aspiring and new general managers for the leadership role.

The Aon Best Employer program compares organizations to identify those that strive to create a competitive advantage through their people and become employers of choice.