Marriott triples the joy for meeting planners


Swiftly extinguishing concerns event planners have about reduced perks following Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the former has debuted a joint meeting offer in Asia-Pacific that applies across its three loyalty programmes: Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).

Peggy Fang Roe, chief sales & marketing officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International, said: “We want to invite our members to celebrate with us as we unlock a world of destinations and opportunities with our new combined portfolio… With this offer, we bring more options and consistent benefits to all members across three loyalty programmes.”

Members can now choose from over 500 hotels across 19 brands and 20 countries in Asia-Pacific,she added.

From November 7 to December 31, 2016, members who book a meeting or event at a property in Asia-Pacific for use by December 31, 2017 can receive benefits including five per cent off master-billed rooms, double loyalty points on eligible revenue and a complimentary hour-long reception.

They can earn loyalty points in the currency of the loyalty programmes that the hotel is part of, and have the points transferred to another programme they desire a redemption from.

Customers can link accounts and receive Elite Status Match and reciprocal benefits, points transfers and access to money-can’t-buy events and experience.

While this is a limited-time offer, it sure heralds more attractive arrangements for meeting planners to come.

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