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Marriott in major data breach as hackers access Starwood database

US: The records of up to 500 million Marriott International customers have been involved in a data breach. The company said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party. An internal investigation has revealed that an attacker had been able to access to

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Marriott International expands European home-sharing pilot

Europe: Marriott International has announced the expansion of its home-sharing pilot to include Paris, Rome and Lisbon in addition to London. From 2 October, travellers can choose from more than 340 properties across four European markets with the opportunity to earn and redeem points across Marriott’s award-winning loyalty platform, including

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Renovated Bessborough Hotel to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection

Canada: Saskatoon’s Delta Bessborough hotel will undergo an extensive renovation and rebranding, starting in early 2019. General manager Martin Gilbert confirmed the hotel will be rebranded to become part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of boutique hotels. “It will affect obviously all the floors: lobby, mezzanine, conference floor and there will

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Marriott partners with Hostmaker for homestay trial

UK: Marriott is entering into a six-month trial with Hostmaker, a London-based homestay property-management company. By visiting TributePortfolioHomes.com, travellers will be able to book a stay in London homes that will be considered members of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio collection. “The short-term rental industry faces two fundamental issues: products with little

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Marriott to merge reward programmes

US: Marriott International has announced it will introduce unified benefits across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest from August 2018. The company says: “This will create an incredibly rich hospitality loyalty programme in which members will earn more points faster than under the prior programmes – on

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Marriott International to expand in Africa

Rwanda: Marriott announces 7 new hotel signings in Africa Marriott International has announced expansion plans in Africa, with seven new properties set to open. The announcement was made today at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Kigali, Rwanda. The company will expand into new markets including Benin, Botswana and

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Tokyo is next destination for Marriott’s Edition brand

Japan: Marriott International and Ian Schrager have announced the signing of agreements for two Edition hotels in Tokyo. The agreements, with Mori Trust, the largest owner and franchisee of Marriott International hotels in Japan, are for The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza and The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, both expected to open in

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Marriott opens first AC Hotel in Germany

Germany: AC Hotels by Marriott has opened a 58-room hotel in Mainz It is the brand’s first property in Germany, joining its global portfolio of more than 100 design-led hotels located in Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US. Following a recent renovation, the

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Marriott to bring Moxy brand to Japan

Japan: Marriott has announced plans to open Moxy Hotels in Tokyo and Osaka. Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho and Moxy Osaka Honmachi are both set to open in late 2017, with Marriott expanding the brand’s presence in Asia Pacific with the opening of the region’s first Moxy in Bandung, Indonesia slated for

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Marriott to design hotel tents at Coachella festival

US: The Coachella music festival in California will feature eight tents designed by Marriott International. Each of the eight safari tents will be redesigned to resemble a different Marriott hotel brand, including Moxy, AC Hotels, and others. Each room comes with a luxury bed, air conditioning, shower, and other amenities.