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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 09:50 AM
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Marriott Weighs Risk, Opportunity Of a Hotel in Baghdad Green Zone
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A Marriott International official said yesterday that the company was evaluating whether to open a hotel in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, responding to a request from U.S. government officials who are eager to help revive Iraq with foreign investment and economic activity.

The Bethesda firm, one of the largest hotel operators in the world, would have to overcome major obstacles, such as Baghdad's lack of security and its ravaged infrastructure. Chief executive Bill Marriott is considering the deal but is concerned about safety issues, according to someone familiar with his thinking.

Marriott, which is paid fees by hotel owners to manage properties, is mulling the move as it embarks on a major expansion in the Middle East. To meet demand from a surge of business activity there, Marriott intends to boost its properties in the region from 26 to about 75 during the next several years.

Opening a Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh is one thing. But moving into Baghdad is quite another. The Green Zone has been a frequent target of attacks by insurgents. A recent flare-up, when 114 rocket and mortar rounds fell in the Green Zone during a 30-day period ending in late April, showed the unpredictability of the danger.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 09:54 AM
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1. Marriott = Big GOP supporter.
Edited on Thu May-08-08 09:55 AM by onehandle
I influenced a former company of mine not to renew a multi-million dollar contract with them.

heh heh.
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 09:58 AM
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2. I support this idea
Eventually, if the building survives, Iraqis whose homes we've demolished could use it as housing.
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DrDan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 10:33 AM
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3. sounds like we need some additional housing for embassy staff
"New U.S. embassy in Iraq short on housing
Some workers are living in trailers without protection against attacks"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24314784 /
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ToughLuck Donating Member (419 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 11:06 AM
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4. How bizarre is this? When is McDonald's going to open and Walmart?
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 12:34 PM
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6. I think McDonald's already has opened there
WalMart can't be far behind-I wonder if they'll sell hunting rifles at their Bagdad store?
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More_liberal_than_mo Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 06:48 AM
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9. Actually it's Burger King
that seems to have a lock on the American Fast food market in Iraq. They're all on US military bases however and most Iraqis prefer chicken anyway.

Any American based hotel chain in Iraq might as well paint a big red X on the roof. If the mortars and rockets don't destroy it suicide bombers would blow it up within a few months! The only places in Iraq that have US friendly shops and restaurants are in Kurdistan. Even that is likely to change soon if the US continues to help the Turks kill the Peshmerga fighters.
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Mike Daniels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 11:23 AM
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5. I can only presume it'll become housing for government contractors
Who the hell in their right mind is going to chose Baghdad as their vacation spot at any point in the foreseeable future?
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 12:43 PM
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7. Yep, not really private enterprise
Merriot's customers would all be on the U.S. government dime, one way or another.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-08-08 02:57 PM
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8. So will they put the Koran in every room, or stick with the Book of Mormon?
Quite a dilemma.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 07:20 AM
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10. Sure - call it the Marriott Baghdad Bull-eyes:Where business gets bloody.
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