A roundup of some of the latest airline and hotel news announced recently. Includes details of a new Ritz-Carlton resort coming to the Caribbean, news that Emirates will restart its A380 service between Dubai and Houston, information on how you can check-in a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines & details of when the Malaysia Airlines lounges in Kuala Lumpur will reopen.
Following Marriott’s hotel category moves late last week I’ve taken a closer look at the changes Marriott is putting through and pulled out some of the more interesting statistics. I’ve taken a look at Marriott’s hotel category changes by region, by significant brand and on a holistic level to try to get a better idea of just what these changes mean and to see if they’re as bad as some are saying they are. Are the latest Marriott hotel category changes really the “bloodbath” that some are suggesting or are they something else?
Marriott has launched what it's calling its biggest sale of the year in honor of the start of the spending season. The Marriott Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale is now on and will run through to 27 November 2017. I'm not entirely sure how Marriott can call this its biggest sale of the year when it only applies to properties in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America...but then I'm not in marketing so I'm not programmed to write nonsense.
Marriott has announced the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi in Malaysia as well as the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix in Geneva. The former is a new oceanfront luxury resort (Marriott's first resort in Malaysia) while the second is the result of a multi-million dollar renovation of the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva.
One of the biggest issues that travelers can face when making plans to use their miles and points is that, quite often, they can see availability for the flight or hotel reservation they want to book but they don't yet have all the miles or points needed to make the reservation. This issue can be avoided, to a degree, by transferring in points from other sources or by purchasing more miles or points from the airline/hotel....but what if you don't have points to transfer in and what if you don't want to pay for more points? Marriott has the answer.
A quick round up of some of the hotel news I've noticed over the past few days with four of the big chains either announcing major new properties or, in the case of Starwood, opening new properties that should please their loyalty program members.
To say that I procrastinated about which hotel to book in Abu Dhabi would a be an understatement of gargantuan proportions. I must have changed my mind a dozen times, switching between both of the Hyatt's, the Ritz Carlton, the Intercontinental and the Le Meridien. A few things made up my mind for me in the end:
A round up of some of the recent hotel news outside of the huge "Marriott to buy Starwood" news that's dominated the travel scene recently. With a series of new hotels being announced by various chains and Cyber Monday rapidly approaching, there's quite a bit going on in the hospitality industry right now.
Hotel news from Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels and Carlson-Rezidor all of whom have recently opened new hotels or have announced plans for new hotels. From Oman to Cairo to Amsterdam to Mexico City, there's some interesting stuff in the pipeline.
On Wednesday 27 May, Ritz-Carlton opened their 11th hotel in China with the Ritz-Carlton Macau. According to the press release the new property is located...