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Marriott rewards meetings and events in MEA

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Marriott International is offering event planners and meeting organisers new benefits for bookings at participating hotels across Middle East and Africa (MEA) as part of its ‘Rewarding Events Made Here’ promotion. Meeting planners can now choose from a plethora of unique experiences and earning opportunities across the group’s portfolio of distinct brands. It is now possible to book a meeting, event or group stay at a participating Marriott International property in the region and take advantage of a range of fantastic benefits including 5 per cent saving on the master bill, Double Marriott Rewards points, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards points or SPG Starpoints and earning a signing bonus of 3,000 Marriott Rewards, SPG Starpoints or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Points for every 10 room nights booked. Providing event organisers and travel planners the opportunity to make stays even more special, the ‘Rewarding Events Made Here’ promotion is available for meetings, events or group stays with 10 rooms per night or more. Bookings must be made before June 30, 2019 for stays at participating hotels from now until January 31, 2020. Offer is available at all participating brands in the region with the exception of Marriott Executive Apartments, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Element, Residence Inn and Design Hotels. Neal Jones, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, MEA, Marriott International, commented, “We are witnessing a rapid change in the way businesses and individuals plan events and to meet the increasing demands within this growing segment, it is vital that we create packages that not only offer great value, but also rewards on bookings. Whether it is a meeting, a conference, group or an event, we are committed to creating exceptional experiences through personalised services, innovative …

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216-roomed Courtyard by Marriott opens in Al Barsha

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Marriott International has announced Courtyard by Marriott in Dubai’s prominent residential and business area of Al Barsha. Featuring flexible spaces to work, network and relax, Courtyard by Marriott Al Barsha provides the ideal destination for travellers looking to stay connected, productive and balanced while on the road. Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, said, “Courtyard by Marriott represents one of the fastest growing brands in the region under our portfolio and we are delighted to be opening our third Courtyard in the UAE.”  He further added, “The brand is a great fit for the Al Barsha area, which is a prominent business area in the city.” Courtyard by Marriott Al Barsha features 216 spacious and light-filled guest rooms with a modern design, plush bedding and flexible workspaces. The hotel’s state-of-the-art lobby provides an innovative space where guests can work or relax, along with easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via its GoBoard technology. Food and beverage offerings at the hotel include flavours, an all-day dining outlet catering to all tastes and moods, and the Star Buzz Lounge for those looking for a comfortable setting to connect and collaborate. For guests looking to sit back and relax, the hotel’s Upyard Rooftop Bar offers the ideal venue to soak in the views of Dubai’s mesmerising skyline while the Oak Bar provides a contemporary setting with a variety of beverages and snacks. Additional features in the property include three flexible meeting rooms, a fully-equipped fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.

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$500 million owner investment on Marriott’s Sheraton transformation

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Marriott International has announced its transformation vision for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, the third largest brand in its portfolio. The company, which introduced its new Sheraton guestroom late last year, is showcasing its vision for Sheraton’s public spaces at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, bringing to life for owners and investors the company’s brand strategy as well as its signature focus on guest experience, hotel operations and design philosophy. “From the moment we closed the Starwood merger in late 2016, the revitalization of Sheraton has been a top priority for our company,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International. “We knew that the way to restore this incredible brand was focus and collaboration with our hotel owners. We wanted to build on Sheraton’s rich legacy of sitting at the heart of communities across the globe, but also to create a differentiated positioning and compelling proposition for our owners. With our Sheraton transformation plan, we’ve put together all of the pieces of the equation to work cooperatively with our owners to set this iconic brand on a new, disciplined and successful path. We are ready, our vision is clear and the energy is robust for Sheraton.” Owners are already responding to the new vision with optimism and energy, committing an estimated half-a-billion dollars in renovations of hotels across the US. Globally, 25 per cent of Sheraton hotels have committed to renovations with some already underway.”

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Second ‘Four Points’ by Sheraton in Kenya

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Marriot International announced the opening of its second hotel ‘Four Points by Sheraton’ in Nairobi Airport, Kenya. The all-new 172 room hotel features spacious and modern rooms including suites. Strategically situated within the main complex of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the hotel is within easy reach from major highways and overlooks the famous Nairobi National Park. “Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport is a great addition to our East Africa portfolio and strengthens our rapidly growing presence in the region,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. It also offers exciting dining options including an all-day dining, a lobby café and a rooftop bar and grill, Tazama. Guests can also experience the brand’s signature Best Brews programme featuring a local craft pilsner created especially for the hotel in collaboration with the well-known Big Five Breweries.

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