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.