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Marriott Plans to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in 2020

Marriott Plans to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in 2020

Marriott International said it will open over 20 luxury hotels next year with locations ranging from Danang to Istanbul to Reykjavik to Toronto.
The hotelier will add hotels under three brands, JW Marriott, W hotels, and Edition, as well as under the umbrella of the Luxury Collection, formerly the Starwood Luxury Collection.
The JW Marriott brand will open in eight locations, namely Anaheim, Orlando, and Savannah in the United States and Danang, …

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 …

Marriott Faces $124 Million Fine in the U.K. Over Starwood Data Breach

Marriott Faces $124 Million Fine in the U.K. Over Starwood Data Breach

Marriott International said Tuesday that it faces a £99.3 million ($124 million) fine from the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office as a result of the 2018 breach of its Starwood reservations database.
The hotelier will contest the penalty from the ICO, saying it will “respond and vigorously defend its position.”
The ICO is planning to fine the hotel chain under a new privacy rule known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, …

American Airlines, Hyatt Hotels Announce Reciprocal Rewards Program

American Airlines, Hyatt Hotels Announce Reciprocal Rewards Program

American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels announced a reciprocal rewards program that will allow members of one company’s loyalty program to earn rewards simultaneously with the other.
The program, which was unnamed at the time of publication, is reminiscent of Crossover Rewards, the program that Delta Air Lines and Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced in February 2013.
The program’s benefits vary according to the elite level that the individual member has. American Airlines …

Marriott Bonvoy is the New Name of the Hotelier’s Loyalty Program

Marriott Bonvoy is the New Name of the Hotelier’s Loyalty Program

Marriott International revealed the new name of its guest loyalty program, five months after having combined all three of its loyalty brands—Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest or SPG.
The new program will be called Marriott Bonvoy and it will officially launch on February 13.
While there are no further changes to the program, there are two new elite status tier names.
Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite will replace Platinum Premier …

Marriott Admits 5 Million Guest Passport Numbers Taken by Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott Admits 5 Million Guest Passport Numbers Taken by Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott International said on Friday that fewer members of its Starwood guest loyalty program were affected in a massive data breach than initially feared but conceded that it had not encrypted the passport numbers for over five million people.
Experts believe that the attack on Starwood’s systems were undertaken by Chinese intelligence agencies.
In November, Marriott reported that one of its reservations systems had been hacked, compromising the personal details of up …

Marriott Reports Breach of Starwood Reservations System, 500 Million Accounts Impacted

Marriott Reports Breach of Starwood Reservations System, 500 Million Accounts Impacted

Marriott International said Friday that one of its reservations systems had been hacked, compromising the personal details of up to 500 million guests.
The computerized reservations system used by Starwood, which merged with Marriott in 2016, was accessed by an unauthorized third party. That party may have had access to guest names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, passport numbers, and additional travel information.
Marriott said Friday that the information that was compromised …