Richard Crawford is Marriott International’s Senior Director of Hotel Development for the Australia Pacific region. A New York Stock Exchange listed company, Marriott is the world’s largest hotel company, operating 6,500 hotels under 30 global brands.
Richard Crawford co-founded Hobart’s internationally acclaimed Henry Jones Art Hotel, which under his ownership was Australia’s most awarded hotel.
Other former business interests include Thrifty Car Rental Tasmania and travel wholesaler, Tas Vacations.
Outside his private business interests, Richard has served as a Board member of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, The Skills Institute, Waterfront Business Community, Fahan School for girls, and Tennis Tasmania.
Following its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, Marriott has a global team of more than 675,000 people and operates 6,500 hotels in 127 countries. The group has 30 leading brands, including Marriott, Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Westin, W, St Regis, Le Meridien, Aloft, Moxy, EDITION, and Bulgari. Illustrating Marriott’s rapid rate of global expansion, the company will open a new hotel – somewhere in the world – every 13 hours for the next three years.