Marriott International News

The journey of the largest hotel chain in the world, Marriott International, Inc. – now with more than seven thousand hotel, residential, and timeshare properties – began with a root-beer stand in Washington, D.C. in 1927 started by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott. Following its $13.3 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2016, it became the largest global hotel company. It currently commands a mammoth portfolio of more than two dozen hotel brands such as JW Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, The Luxury Collection, Delta Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club, Le Méridien, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Courtyard, Fairfield, and W Hotels. Its properties contain nearly a million and a half rooms worldwide. Through its premier loyalty program Bonvoy, it is engaged in partnerships with the likes of United Airlines, Uber, American Express, Hertz, and others to optimize customer engagement.

Hotels

Four Seasons Sees a Future in Tents

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at Four Seasons’ new exclusive retreats, a Marriott-Disney make believe merger, and Yatra’s IPO planning.

Four Seasons Sees a Future in Tents

Hotels

Mexico’s FibraHotel To Snap Up More Beach Resorts for Sun-Seeking American Tourists

Mexico is clearly emerging as a winning destination coming out of the pandemic, so it's no surprise to see more cash pouring into the region.

Mexico’s FibraHotel To Snap Up More Beach Resorts for Sun-Seeking American Tourists

Hotels

What If Marriott Had Bought Disney

With apologies to the legacies of founders Walt Disney and J. Willard Marriott, sometimes reimagining history can be a fun exercise, and a reminder to be grateful for how things actually turn out.

What If Marriott Had Bought Disney

Tourism

Tourism Leaders Bemoan a Flawed Travel Recovery Without Chinese Tourists

Speakers at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Saudi Arabia this week were full of optimism, but the final piece of the jigsaw is still China.

Tourism Leaders Bemoan a Flawed Travel Recovery Without Chinese Tourists

Hotels

Edition’s Slow Burn Growth Heats Up

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at the Edition hotel brand’s growth, Japan’s relaunched travel discount program, and G Adventures’ technology investment.

Edition’s Slow Burn Growth Heats Up

Hotels

Marriott’s Edition Hotels Face Challenge of Scaling Up Uniqueness

Replicating a lifestyle hotel brand worldwide is a bit like walking on a tightrope blindfolded. Only the skilled survive. Marriott's Edition is up to the challenge, according to the brand's boss. Expect an acrobatic 2023.

Marriott’s Edition Hotels Face Challenge of Scaling Up Uniqueness

Airlines

Latin America’s Aviation Transformation and Other Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Latin America's airline industry undergoes enormous change since the pandemic, Marriott debuts an extended-stay brand in the U.S. and Canada, and the United Arab Emirates lifts all Covid-related travel restrictions.

Latin America’s Aviation Transformation and Other Top Stories This Week

Hotels

Marriott’s New Extended Stay Offering

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at Marriott’s new apartment offering, turning pools into profitability, and what tech layoffs mean for travel brands.

Marriott’s New Extended Stay Offering

Business Travel

Marriott Works to Accommodate Employees Traveling for ‘Water Cooler’ Meetups

Friction between what company travel managers want for their remote teams, and what hotels can actually give them, does exist. But Marriott says it's on the case.

Marriott Works to Accommodate Employees Traveling for ‘Water Cooler’ Meetups

Hotels

New Marriott Apartment Brand Bets on Blended Leisure and Business Travel

Marriott International is debuting an extended-stay brand in the U.S. and Canada. Why buy a startup like Placemakr or Limehome when you can build your own brand?

New Marriott Apartment Brand Bets on Blended Leisure and Business Travel