Marriott CEO passes

US: Arne Sorenson, Marriott International CEO, has passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Sorenson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019. Two weeks ago, Marriott announced that he will be taking a step back to undergo treatment. Today, Marriott reported “with profound sadness… that Arne M. Sorenson, president and


Marriott-Sunwing deal prompts Autograph conversions

US: Marriott International has announced an expansion of its all-inclusive portfolio through a partnership with Sunwing Travel Group’s hotel division, Blue Diamond Resorts. On Tuesday, Marriott International and Sunwing Travel Group’s hotel division, Blue Diamond Resorts, have agreed to a long-term partnership in which 19 franchised resorts—totalling 7,000 rooms across


Marriott announces work anywhere offer

Worldwide: Marriott International has announced a programme to work anywhere with Marriott Bonvoy, with three packages catering to different needs. Marriott Bonvoy’s new Day Pass, Stay Pass and Play Pass were designed as flexible options for guests either seeking a one day stay, an extended overnight stay, or a multi-day


Marriott eyes full ownership of Design Hotels

Worldwide: Design Hotels has reported that a formal request has been submitted by Marriott DH Holding AG to acquire the outstanding five per cent shares of the consortia. The move would allow Marriott International to have full ownership and operation of the brand, which is currently operating as a separate


Marriott announces face masks as part of brand standards

US: Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, has announced that wearing face masks will become a brand standard for guests staying in Marriott hotels “no matter the jurisdiction”. In a video message, Sorenson announced that Marriott is joining the American Hotel & Lodging Association in revealing a new industry checklist


Marriott extends furlough to October 2020

US: Marriott International announced on Wednesday that it will extend its furlough and reduced workweek schedules to 2 October 2020, and expects a “significant number of above property position eliminations” later this year. Due to the reduced demand and drop in RevPAR levels, Marriott is extending the furloughs that began


Marriott begins to furlough employees

Worldwide: Marriott International has announced it is starting to furlough what could be tens of thousands of employees as it closes hotels globally. First reported by The Wall Street Journal, cuts will include staff members from general managers to housekeepers.  Employees will not be given paid leave, but the majority


Marriott makes number of policy changes

Worldwide: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Marriott has amended some of its policies to better cater to the health of guests and reassure safe travel. In an online statement published by Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, the group outlines ways in which it is managing the impact of


Three new Marriott hotels to open in Malaysia

Malaysia: YTL Hotels has announced the debut of three AC Hotels by Marriott. The hotels have all opened earlier this week, with the most recent opening earlier today. AC Hotels seeks to combine harmonious design and tailored style, cutting away any sort of unnecessary elements. The hotels all contain signature