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JW Marriott Maldives Opens Doors to Guests

JW Marriott Maldives Opens Doors to Guests

Marriott International announced the opening of the JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa on the Maldives archipelago. The new property is on Vagary Island, which is part of the Shiviyani Atoll or administrative district.
Villas at the 60-key property start at 2,520 square foot (234 square meters), and feature private pools and sunbathing decks.  Single-story and duplex Overwater Pool Villas overlook the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean and are set on …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2019

November, the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of spring in the Southern. Originally the ninth month in the calendar of Romulus, November retained its name, which is derived from the Latin “novem” or “nine.”
In the United States, November is the month of the Thanksgiving holiday, a …

United Airlines and Marriott to Offer Complimentary Luggage Delivery to Hotel Rooms in London

United Airlines and Marriott to Offer Complimentary Luggage Delivery to Hotel Rooms in London

United Airlines and Marriott International announced a program under which the airline will offer passengers flying in the Polaris business-class cabin between New York and London complimentary baggage transfer to their hotel.
The program is only available on flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow.  It is available to all passengers in the cabin including those who hold upgraded tickets who are staying at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House …

Marriott to Acquire Barbados-Based Elegant Hotels Group in $130 Million Deal

Marriott to Acquire Barbados-Based Elegant Hotels Group in $130 Million Deal

Marriott International said Friday it plans to acquire the Barbados-based Elegant Hotels Group.
Elegant owns and operates seven hotels with a hotel of 588 rooms including several all-inclusive resorts as well as a beachfront restaurant.
“There is a strong and growing consumer demand for premium and luxury properties in the all-inclusive category,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s CEO, adding that “the addition of the Elegant portfolio will help us further jumpstart our expansion …

Grand Hotel Britannia Reopens as St. Regis Venice

Grand Hotel Britannia Reopens as St. Regis Venice

Marriott International announced the reflagging of the former Grand Hotel Britannia as the St. Regis Venice.
The 169-key property opened following a two-year renovation.  The hotel itself is a collection of five Venetian palaces, and the oldest one dates back to the 1600s.  The palaces were converted into the Hotel Barbesi in 1868, and it was renamed the Hotel Britannia in 1881.  In 1938, the hotel was sold to the Compagnia …

New Moxy Hotel Opens in Manhattan’s East Village

New Moxy Hotel Opens in Manhattan’s East Village

Marriott International announced the opening of the Moxy NYC East Village in Manhattan.
The new hotel has 286 guestrooms and suites. Each room is decorated with a specially commissioned art piece by Xan Padrón, a local artist.
Dining options for guests include Alphabet Bar and Cafe, located in the lobby, which offers Skee-Ball and an interactive graffiti installation, as well as a menu consisting of salads, paninis, and tartines, and Cathédrale, which …

Alaska Air to Ask Customers to Bring Their Own Water Bottles on Board

Alaska Air to Ask Customers to Bring Their Own Water Bottles on Board

As part of its ongoing initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastics on flights, Alaska Airlines is asking passengers to bring their own water bottles with them under its #FillBeforeYouFly initiative.
The airline said it hopes to reduce inflight waste per passenger going to landfills by 70% by the year 2020.
“We’re passionate about working with our guests, employees, airports, and partners to reduce waste, protect habitats, and improve water health,” …