Marriott International is offering the equivalent of four hours’ pay to employees at hotels it manages in the US and Canada upon the associate’s completion of a COVID-19 vaccination regimen.
However while it is strongly encouraging employees to get vaccinated, the shots are not mandatory, according to the company.
The widest possible distribution of vaccines to travelers and hospitality workers is a key driver of an economic recovery, the company says.
David Rodriguez, global chief human resources officer, said that as vaccines become more widely available, this will create a safer environment for all associates, “and we believe that consumer confidence to travel again will increase significantly and help the rebound of the travel and tourism sector.”
Rodriguez added that the goal of the program is to remove potential obstacles to getting vaccinated “so associates can put their health first and have peace of mind.”
Marriott is also encouraging its franchisees to offer flexibility and incentives to their associates to allow them to get vaccinated as well, as a vital step in the industry’s recovery. Many of Marriott’s more than 7,000 properties are franchised.