Statements from our hospitality partners

Statement from the Raleigh Convention Center

The Raleigh Convention Center will continue to support all customers and visitors with respect and care regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. This position is in alignment with our city’s policy of nondiscrimination. House Bill 2, recently passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, does not reflect the values of our facility. We are privileged to serve a diverse public who contribute immensely to the strength and vitality of our area.  It is of the utmost importance that all attendees feel comfortable in our facility; and our staff will make every reasonable accommodation to ensure our guests feel welcome. Our mission is to provide an outstanding customer experience that assures that the needs of all customers are met.

Statement from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau’s mission is to promote travel to and within Wake County through a comprehensive strategy for attracting meetings, conventions, sporting events and leisure visitation. We will continue to serve ALL travelers and those interested in visiting. We understand there is a wide range of opinion and concern about the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (House Bill 2). Our primary mission remains to increase tourism economic impact for the City of Raleigh and all of Wake County. Respect for diversity and inclusion also remains a constant for our staff and area hospitality partners as well as for our valued visitors.

Statement from Marriott Hotel

The President and CEO of Marriott International is one of numerous signatories on a letter of protest to the governor of NC on this issue. In addition, the Raleigh Marriott City Center, our conference hotel operated by a subsidiary of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, under license from Marriott International, Inc. or one of its affiliates, issued the following statement:

As a place of hospitality, we pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all. We value our partnership with North Carolina State University and The American Society of Biomechanics and per our non-discrimination policies all of our guests and associates will remain respected in our hotel.