Marriott International

Hotels Reconstitute, Restore Brand Standards With Business Travelers In Mind

Hotel executives say they are reconsidering and reinstating brand standards, potentially impacting business traveler expectations and corporate sourcing.  Brand standards govern the responsibilities of property owners and operators. Ranging from design, maintenance and renovations to operations, amenities and customer services, they support consistent experiences and define brands. Prominent among them are specifications for food and…

Reporter’s Notebook: Sustainability Stories

The steady stream of sustainability-related announcements this year became something of a deluge from all corners last month. It’s not only travel suppliers looking to enhance their green credibility. In growing numbers, corporate buyers and program managers appear ready to walk the walk. Click through to read about the latest corporate travel cutbacks from green-minded…

Will Required Hotel Guest Vaccinations Hit Corporate Travel?

While there are plenty of Covid vaccine mandates for indoor places around the country and the world, there are few for hotels. In the United States, they’re limited to a handful of smaller boutique hotels and leisure/resort properties — for now. A few other countries already enacted rules requiring proof of vaccination for lodging guests,…

Marriott Again Wants To Skip Corporate Rate Negotiations As Hotel Pricing Remains Volatile

As it and several other hotel companies did last year, Marriott International told corporate accounts it would roll over current-year negotiated rates to next year and bypass the request for proposals process. Some companies last year agreed to that approach but others held out and insisted on negotiating new rates. The hotel company is getting…

Buyers, Intermediaries To ‘Hold Hotels Accountable’ For Environmental Protection

Air travel gets a lot of attention, but lodging also generates greenhouse gas emissions. Given the number of hotel options in a given market, there may be more that companies can do about it. To overcome inconsistent reporting and disparate methodologies across the industry, some corporate buyers are developing their own hotel assessment tools. A…

Op Ed: Katharine Farrell On What Brands Need To Consider Following Acquisitions

Executing an acquisition or merger can be tricky, and there have been several in the corporate travel space recently. Katharine Farrell of the Dots & Lines consultancy looks back at previous examples of brand consolidation in the industry and contemplates the pros and cons. May was an interesting month for the corporate travel industry. The…

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