Fresh Views on Travel and Hospitality: An Interview with our 2017 Summer Interns
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Michael Rosenblatt and Mary Grace Cooney are the 2017 Digital Services summer interns based in our Bethesda HQ office. We asked for their perspective on travel, Marriott and what their favorite destination has been thus far.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Michael: My name is Michael Rosenblatt and I am a rising senior at George Mason University (GMU). I have received an Associate’s degree in Digital Marketing along with two certificates in Marketing and Social Media. I am currently on track to graduate GMU with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development. My interest in marketing dates back to when I was a freshman in high school. My older sister encouraged me to join FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and DECA. Although, at the time digital marketing wasn’t as prevalent, but it was obvious to see the new marketing direction from businesses and consumers. Since then, it’s been an exciting ride to see how things have evolved. It’s even more exciting to think digital is still in its pre-stages relative to how long it’s going to be embedded in our culture.
Mary Grace: My name is Mary Grace Cooney and I was born and raised in Oakton, Virginia, which is where I currently live. I am a student at the University of Mary Washington, majoring in Marketing, where I will be graduating from this coming spring.
Q: What has been your favorite travel destination so far? And if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Michael: My favorite travel destination would have to be back in 2012 with my stay in Hawaii. I stayed at the Waikiki Beach Marriott so that in itself was an incredible experience. The most memorable take away from that trip was when I went sky diving over the northern part of the island. Jumping out of a tiny plane overlooking a combination of the Pacific Ocean and Oahu was something surreal! I highly recommend everyone experience sky diving, but especially if you are on a gorgeous island, such as Hawaii.
Mary Grace: My favorite destination I have been to was London for sure! I stayed for a week at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, and I highly recommend it to everyone. The travel destination currently at the top of my bucket list right now is Greece. An opportunity to go there cannot come soon enough.
Q: What’s your favorite travel website/app?
Michael: I must say prior to this internship I was unaware of the website Skift, a hospitality focused website. Being that digital marketing is a focus of mine, and hospitality is a new-found interest, Skift seems to be the one-stop-shop for anything relative to those topics. I would say as a student I find the “How-To” articles under the EDU section extremely informative.
Mary Grace: My family has always been firm believers in booking through Marriott.com (to get all those rewards points 😉), but if I had to pick another site, I would pick TripAdvisor because they give great suggestions on what to do during your stay.
Q: What’s your best travel tip?
Michael: My most recommended travel tip is to definitely invest in the Eagle Creek products! Particularly, the Pack-It Systems. As a business traveler, it can often be difficult to ensure your clothes stay in proper shape. The Pack-It folder is the easiest, most convenient solution to keeping your dress clothes folded, pressed and organized. I guarantee if you try any of the Pack-It solutions you will amazed at how much more prepared you are for any trip.
Mary Grace: My best travel tip would be to always keep a copy of your passport on you. As soon as you get to your hotel, figure out how to use the safe and stick your real passport in there. This way, if you are out and about and you get things taken from you, your original will be safe and sound back in your room.
Q: What do you like most about Marriott?
Michael: Since I started travel hockey at age 7, our organization always put us in Marriott hotels. I would say that certainly has exposed me to such a high level of hospitality from a young age. Whether that be for the best or worst, I was spoiled to that expectation. The random occasions of staying at somewhere other than a Marriott made me really appreciate all the personal details Marriott provides. With that said, what I love most about Marriott is their attention to detail on so many levels.
Mary Grace: My favorite thing so far about Marriott is definitely how welcoming and nice everyone has been. Everyone is super willing to help me out at all times, and provide assistance on whatever questions I may have. The people who work in MDS are the most down to earth people I have ever worked with, and I learn from them so much every day!