Marriott Starts Envelope Program for Tipping Maids

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In a partnership with A Woman’s Nation — founded by Maria Shriver — Marriott International has implemented a new campaign, “The Envelope Please,” which encourages hotel guests to leave tips for housekeeping staff (many of whom are women).

“The Envelope Please was born from having conversations with women I’ve met who have taken care of my room during hotel stays. Their stories of hard work and perseverance inspired and informed me. They told me that room attendants, who are often the primary breadwinner for their families, are often forgotten when it comes to tipping, unlike other front-of-house employees, since most travelers don’t see them face-to-face. I hope this gratitude initiative will make these women feel seen and validated,” Shriver said in a statement.

Envelopes have been placed in some 160,000 rooms at participating properties, including Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance.

How Much to Tip: Leave $1 to $2 per person, per night. In some cases (if you’re staying at a luxury hotel, for example), $3 to $5 might be more appropriate.

–Amanda Geronikos

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