Marriott International announced today that it will be a platinum sponsor and exclusive hotel partner for the world’s largest and most popular LGBT sports and cultural event, the Gay Games, presented in 2014 by the Cleveland Foundation.
“We’re thrilled to have Marriott as our official hotel partner. Marriott is a corporate leader in diversity and inclusion and it is great that they are supporting the Gay Games,” said 2014 Gay Games Co-Chair Steve Sokany in a statement. “We look forward to a strong partnership that will help make the ninth Gay Games one of the best ever.”
The 2014 Gay Games run Aug. 9 to 16, in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. The Games encompass 35-plus sports and cultural events. Built on the principles of "Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best," the games are open to all adults of any athletic ability.
“We are so proud to be a platinum sponsor for the Gay Games,” said Joanna Todd, vice president of segment marketing for Marriott International, in a statement. “As a company that is committed to diversity and inclusion, becoming the official hotel partner is a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to this community. We know we have LGBT guests, along with their families and friends and we want them to feel comfortable during their stays. Diversity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our culture and we are committed to welcoming all. And supporting the Gay Games is now part of that welcoming tradition. ”
As Hollie Ksiezyk, co-chair of the 2014 Gay Games, explains, “Marriott already is a popular travel host for LGBT customers around the world. Its [LGBT website] is translated into five languages – demonstrating one more reason why Marriott is a great fit with the global Gay Games.”
The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland, part of the Marriott portfolio, is designated as the 2014 Gay Games host hotel and will welcome participants at the beginning of the event through the opening accreditation activities, as well as other events throughout the week.
“We are honored to have been selected as the official host hotel for the 2014 Gay Games. The Gay Games will no doubt serve to inspire our community and build awareness of Cleveland as a vibrant destination. On behalf of the Renaissance Cleveland, we are delighted to be a part of this exciting initiative.” said Theona Simbrat, general manager.