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For hotels, leisure travel is roaring back

Nov 3, 2021
Pleasure travel has helped the hotel industry emerge from the depths of the pandemic. But business travel has been slower to bounce back.
The Marriott and Hilton hotel chains recently posted improved financial results, largely on a rebound in leisure travel. Health risks are among the issues still restraining business travel.
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Now you can earn Marriott points at the grocery store

May 4, 2020
Since many people aren't traveling, the hotel company is trying to capitalize on an activity that gives people an incentive to use its cards.
A woman wearing a mask at a grocery checkout stand. Hotel giant Marriott will give points for grocery purchases.
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Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson: "The impact to people's lives will be profound."

Mar 26, 2020
The hotel industry has been decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson announced thousands of employees would be furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 takes financial toll on travel and hospitality industries

Feb 26, 2020
And it’s not just companies in China feeling the strain.
A medical staff member disinfecting a hotel in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 3, 2020.
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Marriott plans to take on Airbnb in home-sharing market

Apr 29, 2019
The hotel group is preparing to launch a new division.
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“We don't ever want to be the cheapest provider of lodging services,” says Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.

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How Marriott buying Starwood affects frequent travelers

Apr 1, 2016
A hotel merger is tricky business, as is knowing what will happen to your loyalty points after the fact.
Mark redeemed 12,000 Starwood points per night for his 2014 stay at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Today, the same hotel requires 20,000 Starwood points per night.
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Loyal customers part of the price for Starwood Hotels

Mar 28, 2016
In the bidding war for the hotel and resort company, loyalty counts
An employee of a Marriott hotel in midtown Manhattan moves guests bags on March 21, 2016 in New York City.;
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Marriott and Starwood get a room for $12 billion

Nov 16, 2015
The hotel chains will merge to become the world's largest hotel operator, with 30 brands.