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SABEWDC16 is chaired by Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief and senior economic analyst for Bankrate.com. The conference is co-chaired by Cory Schouten, Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University and SABEW vice president.

Attire for SABEWDC16 is business casual for working sessions and business attire for receptions and awards dinner.

Refund Policy Reminder - SABEW will refund 100 percent of an attendee’s registration remittance if e-mail notice of cancellation is received at sabew@sabew.org by 5 p.m. EDT Thursday May 5, 2016. A 50 percent refund will be granted if notice is received at sabew@sabew.org by 5 p.m. EDT Thursday May 12, 2016. No refunds will be issued after 5 p.m. EDT May 16, 2016.
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Friday, May 20 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Checking In With Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson

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U.S. hotels had their highest occupancy and nightly rates in history last year. But hotel owners see challenges brewing all around them: battles with online travel agencies, threats from Airbnb and the potential for overbuilding as the world’s economy cools off. Arne Sorenson is the company’s first CEO whose last name isn’t Marriott. And he is overseeing a colossal merger with Starwood, owner of the Sheraton and Westin brands, that would create the world’s largest hotel company with more than 1.1 million rooms around the world.

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Scott Mayerowitz

Airlines reporter, The Associated Press
Scott Mayerowitz is an enterprise travel reporter with the Associated Press. Prior to the AP, Mayerowitz reported on travel for ABC News and oversaw the network’s online travel section. He has won several journalism awards, including one for breaking news coverage of the American Airlines bankruptcy and one for a feature on lost luggage.

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Arne Sorenson

President and CEO, Marriott International Inc.
Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., a global leading lodging company with more than 4,300 lodging properties in 81 countries and territories and reported revenue of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. | | Previously, Mr. Sorenson was Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and... Read More →