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Calgary Marriott Downtown to Undergo Renovations

Calgary Marriott Downtown to Undergo Renovations

The Calgary Marriott Downtown announced it will begin extensive renovations on the property in October.  The work is expected to be completed by next spring.
As part of the refurbishments, the hotel’s lobby will become bigger, with new seating areas and a reconfigured check-in area.  In addition, a new Starbucks will also open in the lobby area.
The guestrooms are being redone although no details were released about the new design.  Bathrooms …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 20, 2014

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It’s the last weekend of summer.  Naturally, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may have missed over the past week.  Here are five stories that are worth adding to your reading list.
1.)  Paul Riegler takes an in-depth look at Apple’s new iPhone 6 and the new iOS 8 operating system.  Find out about Wi-Fi calling, credit card scanning, monitoring battery …

Marriott Launches New Virtual Reality Experience

Marriott Launches New Virtual Reality Experience

Marriott announced its new, immersive 4-D virtual reality travel experience, the Teleporter.
The Teleporter is a phone booth-like structure that contains a virtual reality headset, wireless headphones, and multiple 4-D elements.  The device works by capturing 3-D, 360° live-action video, and mixing it with the 4-D elements, such as mist, heat, and wind.
Once they put on the headset, customers will experience a virtual version of a new Marriott Greatroom lobby.  They …

Lobby Bar – September 19: When Cows Fly, Utopian Cars, Internet Truth Serum, and Propositions in Envelope

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The Lobby Bar – An Absolutely Crass Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Staying safe in Texas.  Join Karin Sun for a tour of Dallas (you know, that place in Texas where you always have layovers).  General tips include visiting the Texas School Book Depository building, hiding your I © Obama pin, pretending to be a cowboy for a day, and avoiding grassy knolls.
Safe until a data breach.  Apple’s newest …

Sultan of Brunei Making Bid for Plaza Hotel and Grosvenor House

Sultan of Brunei Making Bid for Plaza Hotel and Grosvenor House

The Sultan of Brunei is reportedly preparing a bid for New York’s Plaza and Dreamhotel Downtown hotels as well as the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the Times of London reported.  The properties are all controlled by a jailed Indian industrialist.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah currently owns several luxury hotels through his Dorchester Group including the Beverly Hills Hotel.  These properties have come under fire recently following the enactment of harsh new …

JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou Opens in China

JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou Opens in China

Marriott announced the opening of a new JW Marriott property in Zhengzhou, the capital city of China’s Henan Province.  The JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is located on the top floors of the 60-floor Millennium Royal Plaza, the tallest building in central China.
The hotel’s 416 guestrooms and suites are located on the 41st to 55th floor of the building, and each have ergonomic workspaces and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a panoramic …

JW Marriott to Debut New Signature Spa

JW Marriott to Debut New Signature Spa

Marriott announced plans to launch the Spa by JW later this year.  The new signature spa will debut at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown in September.
The offering will provide guests with a variety of full-service and express spa options, including 60- or 90-minute massages, full body treatments, facials, and nail services.
The facility will also have express suites offering 12- to 25-minute, on-demand services to guests.  The express suites will feature …