Marriott International

Dispatch 7

On the boards of a set of 14 business travel suppliers tracked by The Company Dime, female representation doubled between 2012 and 2023 to 30 percent. One of them has a woman serving as chair, the same number in that role among the group as in 2017 and 2012. The number of female CEOs in…

New Hilton SME Program Highlights Supplier-Intermediary Clash

Corporate travel agencies and tech firms concerned about competition from suppliers won’t find comfort in the latest business travel moves from Hilton Worldwide.  Last month, the company announced it would launch by early next year a program offering discounted rates, company loyalty points and program management tools to small and medium-sized enterprises booking on its…

Big Hotel Firms Fight For Midscale Extended-Stay Guests As Use Cases Proliferate

Hoping to capitalize on the work-from-anywhere phenomenon that led to more flexibility for workers, more relocations and longer lengths of stay, big hotel companies are adding new brands in the midscale extended-stay segment. Since last fall, Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Wyndham each announced new products in the space. They augment these companies’ pre-existing…

Why Corporate Hotel Rates Will Keep Rising

Though some forecasters expect moderation next year, corporate hotel rates continue to rise. There are several reasons, notably inflation, cost pressures and lagging corporate recovery relative to other segments. While several hotel executives in recent weeks said all three challenges were easing, they also described a “normalized” environment featuring elevated pricing levels. Buyers should expect…

Grasp’s Virtual Payment Solution Strives For Standard Status

More hotel chains are adopting a solution developed by Grasp Technologies and Marriott International for the vexing problem of communicating virtual payment instructions to properties. “Right now, we’ve launched with Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Hyatt,” said Grasp senior sales director for virtual payments Stacey Mack during a webinar last week. “We will bring on more…

Planning New SME Program, Marriott Sees Corporates Competing For Rates And Availability

Marriott isn’t happy with its offering for small and medium-sized enterprises, so it’s building a new one. The plan comes at a time when customer cohorts are jockeying for rooms and rates, and virtually all intermediaries and suppliers are prioritizing small and midsized enterprises for growth. “This is probably the best time ever” for SMEs,…

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