Swiftly extinguishing concerns event planners have about reduced perks following Marriott Internationalâ€™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: â€śWe 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.â€ť
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-canâ€™t-buy events and experience.
While this is a limited-time offer, it sure heralds more attractive arrangements for meeting planners to come.