Marriott International in the Hainan region held its annual “Run to Give” charity event on September 22nd in Sanya.


This year, 692 associates from 23 hotels in Hainan raised RMB 116,978.3 to support the Yao Foundation project, which aims to help children in rural China improve their educational environments, facilities, and sports skills.

The event kicked off at 9 a.m. with a three-kilometer-long race along the beach at the luxury hotel The Sanya EDITION. Edmund Ko, Chairman of the Marriott International Hainan Business Council, delivered a short speech in which he thanked participants and volunteers, and wished participants a pleasant run accompanied by soothing sea breezes.

4Mr. Edmund Ko, Chairman of the Marriott International Hainan Business Council

“It is delightful to see our associates passionately contributing to the community,” Mr. Ko said. “I believe that together, we can drive meaningful impact to our community with their spirit of sport and deliver aid to children in need.”

“Run to Give” marked the first associate event where legacy Starwood and Marriott International came together to celebrate a meaningful cause after the merger in September 2016. Marriott International in the Hainan region has organized the annual “Run to Give” event since 2016, bringing together hotel associates from across the island province in support of local charities.

2Mr. Wang Fengli and Ms. Wang Feifei from the Sheraton Sanya Resort claimed their wins in men’s group and women’s group, respectively.

“Run to Give” is a key event in the Asia Pacific region, and is part of the company’s “TakeCare” movement, which aims to encourage associates to live their best lives by promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and creating strong team synergy, while reinforcing the company’s core value, “We Serve Our World.” Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Asia Pacific, remarked at the event, “As Marriott International grows bigger, our core belief that we should serve our world stays the same. With the increased presence of our hotels in terms of footprint and associate strength, we’ve worked harder to create positive sustainable social and economic impact in the communities where our associates live and work. This is the way we take care of our people and our world.

There are 23 Marriott hotels operating in Hainan:

Sanya City

Yalong Bay region

– Sheraton Sanya Resort

– Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

– The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay

– The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort

Haitang Bay region

– Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa

– Sheraton Sanya Haitang Bay Resort

– The Royal Begonia, A Luxury Collection Resort Sanya

– The Westin Sanya Haitang Bay Resort

– The Sanya EDITION

Dadonghai region

– Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay

– The Shanhaitian Resort Sanya, Autograph Collection

Sanya Bay region

– Four Points by Sheraton Hainan, Sanya

Lingshui City

– The Westin Blue Bay Resort & Spa

– Xiangshui Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Wanning City

– Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa

– Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort

– Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula

– The Westin Shimei Bay Resort

Haikou City

– Sheraton Haikou Resort

– Haikou Marriott Hotel

– The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou

– Renaissance Haikou Hotel

Danzhou City

– Four Points by Sheraton Danzhou

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,200 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 125 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About Marriott International Hainan Business Council

The Marriott International Hainan Business Council is made up of leadership from all the Marriott hotels in Hainan Province, The main goals of the Business Council are to gain competitive advantages and achieve greater efficiency in the market through joint efforts in the areas of recruiting, procurement, training, and shared services, as well as to drive the Marriott Spirit to Serve the Community in Hainan Province with both associates and the public community.Hainan Business Council belongs to the Marriott International South China Business Council. Besides, the main Business Councils in China are North China Business Council, East China Business Council, Hang Kong Business Council, Taiwan Business Council. And so far, there are more than 82 Marriott International Business Councils around the world working on all the related things above.

About Yao Foundation

Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 18 Hope Primary Schools and one special education school it has funded. Besides constructing the school buildings, the Yao Foundation also improves the educational experience of Chinese youth by partnering with leading Chinese and multinational companies to build libraries, computer rooms,kitchens, and sports and exercise areas in local schools. In 2012, the Yao Foundation initiated the “Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season”program. By 2016, students from 375 schools in impoverished areas, 510,000 attendances from 25 provinces joined the event, letting the children experience sportsmanship through playing basketball and enjoy the happiness that sports bring to them. For more information about Yao Foundation, visit &WeChat:姚明爱心基金.