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Lobby Bar – September 23: Blinding Aliens, Mail-in Tweets, and Donald Trump’s Golden Ticket

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Ground control to Major Tom. Join Jeremy Del Nero (greetings) in a look at some of the new features in Apple’s iOS 10. The flashlight now has adjustable brightness, which allows the user to put it in one of the following modes: low light, medium light, or bright light. If you enter a series of secret swipes across the screen, …

Marriott Announces Strategy for Marriott Rewards and SPG Guest Loyalty Programs

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With Starwood Hotels and Resorts now part of Marriott International, members of both hoteliers’ guest loyalty programs have been wondering what will happen to their respective programs and – perhaps as importantly – to their points.
On Friday, Marriott said it plans to continue to operate both programs – Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG, and Marriott Rewards – for at least the next two years before it eventually phases out SPG. …

Marriott Completes Merger with Starwood, Becoming World’s Largest Hotelier

Marriott Completes Merger with Starwood, Becoming World’s Largest Hotelier

It’s official. With the closing of its merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International became the world’s largest hotelier Friday.
The combined company brings together Marriott, Courtyard, and Ritz-Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W, and St. Regis properties and will have over 1.1 million rooms in more than 5,500 hotels in 100 countries.
Also effective Friday, members of both hotel’s guest loyalty programs will be able to link their accounts. …

Starwood-Marriott Merger to Close This Week, Creating World’s Largest Hotelier

Starwood-Marriott Merger to Close This Week, Creating World’s Largest Hotelier

Marriott International announced Tuesday that its planned merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts had cleared its final hurdle – approval by Chinese regulators – and would close by Friday.
The combined entity will be the world’s largest hotelier.
“I know we’ll do great things together as The World’s Favorite Travel Company,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s CEO, at the time the merger was announced.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Starwood shareholders will …

Starwood’s New Hotel Zachary to Open in 2018 Opposite Wrigley Field

Starwood’s New Hotel Zachary to Open in 2018 Opposite Wrigley Field

The developers of a new hotel located opposite Wrigley Field in Chicago announced it will be called the Hotel Zachary, named after Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis.
The new hotel, which is slated to open in time for opening day at Wrigley Field, is owned by a company controlled by the owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, which plays at the stadium, and will be a Starwood hotel.
The Zachary …

Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe to Open in Quebec

Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe to Open in Quebec

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced that it plans to open a new Sheraton property in Quebec, Canada, by the end of next year. The Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe will be Starwood’s 13th property in the Canadian province.
The 16-story property will offer 205 guestrooms, including 28 suites. The Sheraton Club Lounge, which SPG Gold and Preferred members can use Starpoints to upgrade to, will provide complimentary breakfast, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.
The hotel will …

New Aloft Hotel Opens in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

New Aloft Hotel Opens in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of the Aloft Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The hotel is the first of the brand’s properties in the country.
The hotel offers 281 guestrooms, as well as a gym and rooftop pool. The property provides over 2,368 square feet (220 square meters) of meeting and event space.
Guests can dine at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, Dish, as well as a rooftop pool café. A 24-hour …