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    Published on October 22, 2010

    By Mekha Mohan

    New Delhi— From Poland to India, Thailand to the United Kingdom, Marriott International hotels around the globe served tangy Tom Yum Goong (lemongrass soup) and savory Pad Thai noodle on October 20, 2010 to thousands of customers, associates and officials in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record by hosting the world’s largest Thai dinner party.

    The vibrant colors and delectable flavours from the magical kingdom of Thailand were displayed at an extraordinary gourmet feast hosted by Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon today. The signature Pan-Asian noodle restaurant, Red Zen at the hotel offered the guests a lavish evening from cocktails to dinner as part of this exotic celebration.

    Matthew Cooper, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon said, “We are extremely excited about this record-breaking feast as it is our constant endeavour to cater to the gastronomical delights of our patrons. We selected today October 20, 2010 as part of Marriott’s global Customer Appreciation Week’s activities to be the special day to celebrate Thailand.”

    “Thai cuisine has gained worldwide popularity in recent years,” said Dominic Sherry, Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Marriott International Asia Pacific. “In an effort to restore Thailand’s position as a major tourist destination, we are reaching out to customers everywhere with what they love most about Thailand – its food.”

    The “Worldwide Dinner Event” takes place during Marriott International’s customer appreciation week, allowing Marriott properties across Asia, Europe and elsewhere to say thank you to its best customers while treating them to a dinner bursting with flavors and a gift box filled with favorite Thai recipes. The coordination in having the dinners occur simultaneously allows Marriott to compete for the world record.

    “We are very excited at the possibility of setting a new record,” Mr. Sherry added. “It became an exciting team effort with participation from many of our brands and regions.”

    Representatives from the Thai Tourism Authority and Thai embassies around the world joined in the festivities. Marriott International’s presence inThailand is represented by 17 hotels, offering 4,422 rooms, spanning five lodging brands: JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts; Marriott Hotels & Resorts; Renaissance Hotels & Resorts; Courtyard by Marriott Hotels; Marriott Executive Apartments; and Marriott Vacation Club International.


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