The FCC has fined Smart City Holdings $750,000 and ordered it to stop blocking visitors’ mobile hot-spot Wi-Fi at the 30 convention centers it serves nationwide.
Do modern meetings demand more than four walls (tastefully painted in a muted color, of course), a table, chairs, bright fluorescent lighting and a speakerphone? Yes, they do.
Through its partnerships with food banks worldwide, Marriott has donated over $500,000 since 1992. And the brand annually contributes more than $200,000 to Habitat for Humanity. More than 150,000 volunteers from corporate and franchise hotels have rolled up their sleeves to go to work for those in need.
India seems the place to be if you’re a major hotel brand. Several recently announced plans to increase their presence in the country. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide predicts it will have 100 hotels in India by 2015. InterContinental and Duet India hotels are partnering to open nearly 20 Holiday Inn Express properties over the next few years. […]
If a value-added tax (VAT) is enacted to pay for universal health care initiatives, it will destroy the nascent growth the meetings industry is seeing, warned Marriott International Chairman and CEO J. W. “Bill” Marriott and President Arne Sorenson on the June 2 episode of “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” The VAT, which is common […]
Marriott Atlanta Marquis General Manager Erica Qualls is excited about a lot of things. She’s excited MPI’s MeetDifferent conference is in town, she’s excited about the completion of her hotel’s $138 million renovation, and she’s excited about being the host venue for MeetDifferent’s Closing Night Reception. At your service is an occasional series PYM does […]
On Sept. 20 an explosion killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 250 at a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. Soon after, Bill Marriott responded to the act of terrorism in his blog, writing: “This senseless tragedy and the profound loss of life has left me greatly saddened, my heart goes out to […]
Traveling to Florida this week has been a challenge, with Tropical Storm Fay — possibly one of the slowest-moving storms in recent history — causing flight cancellations, flooding streets, and closing down airports and bridges. The MPI Southeast Educational Conference dealt with worries about the storm by being proactive — sending frequent, daily e-mails to […]
Teleconference technology is not new, but Marriott aims to make it mainstream by installing HP’s Halo Meeting Room “telepresence” network in existing conference rooms in select locations.
Aloha Airlines shut down operation of its passenger service to and from the Hawaiian islands, stranding some passengers in Hawaii in late March and frustrating others holding unredeemed tickets for future travel dates. In response, Marriott Resorts Hawaii is offering special rates to stranded guests of its Hawaii-based resorts and is allowing guests who are […]
Marriott International has teamed up with Studio 54 legend Ian Schrager to launch its first boutique hotel brand, Edition.
Marriott International Inc. announced it was scrapping plans for a woman-only floor in its new $100 million, 340-room JW Marriott luxury hotel, scheduled to open this September in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Marriott International Inc.’s two new hotel concepts have one thing in common: They both target the affluent business traveler. But only one caters to kids, big and small.
How many gadgets do you travel with? A laptop? An iPod? A digital camera? Chances are all three, plus a camcorder if you’re on a site visit, and video games if you’re with kids. Marriott Hotels & Resorts has created an ultra-adaptable room with a single plug-in entertainment panel to centralize in-room work and entertainment options, and is rolling it out in its Marriott, JW Marriott and Renaissance brands.
Road warriors of the future may be a lot healthier, thanks to hotels giving trans fats the boot.
Marriott International is one of the world’s most popular lodging companies, but many meeting and destination planners are ineligible to earn commissions when they book rooms at one of its 2,800 properties worldwide. In 2007, a new policy went into effect requiring travel agencies and all travel intermediaries gain certification from the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) or the International Air Transport Association (IATA/IATAN).
In the race to make every element more functional and friendly, hotels are giving their check-in desks the boot, preferring to station front-desk personnel at lobby “pods” or stations with multiple computers, similar to what is found at retail stores.
Travelers wanting to end a hard day with a long, hot bath may have to wait until they return home. A movement is afoot to remove bathtubs from hotels and replace them with upgraded showers.
Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk have teamed with Deaf Link, a San Antonio-based company that uses state of the art technology, the Internet and certified interpreters to provide communication access for the deaf and hard of hearing. Using a Web-based camera and videoconferencing technology, the two hotels provide deaf and hard of hearing "callers" 24-hour […]
Marriott Hotels and Resorts unveiled its hip new room design — its first in 10 years — with a live billboard in Times Square Sept. 21. The mSpot billboard, a life-sized Marriott guest room that doubles as a soundstage, features live entertainment from musicians such as Ciara, Antigone Rising and Collective Soul, and morning workout […]