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What the Marriott and Starwood Merger Means for Travelers

Jim Pickell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Jim Pickell

Earlier this week, Marriott agreed to purchase Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal expected to close in mid-2016. If this transaction closes, it will...

What The Marriott-Starwood Merger Means For Your Reward Points

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 11.17.2015 | Travel

News of Marriott buying Starwood left many travelers with the same question: What will happen to my Starwood Preferred Guest points? It's a valid inq...

Marriott Buys Rival Hotel Chain Starwood For $12 Billion

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business

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What's Loyalty Got to Do With It?

Damian Bazadona | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Damian Bazadona

In the hospitality business, truly connecting with today's tech-savvy guest does not mean beating the OTAs at their own game. Rather, hospitality experts must crack the new code of consumer loyalty, as I discovered talking to Larry Cassenti of Marriott International.

Corporate Image: The Critical Foundation of Your Brand

Ira Kalb | Posted 09.06.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Once you craft your corporate image, you need to protect it. The more successful you are, the more jealous competitors, angry customers, and those with an agenda will attack you. You have to be prepared with the following three sets of procedures.

Top Down + Bottom Up = Effective in Haiti

FOMIN | Posted 08.27.2015 | World

Five years after the cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, there are encouraging signs of economic activity. In construction, two international chains, Best Western and Marriott, have opened hotels in Port-au-Prince in the last two years.

Diane Guerrero Shares How She Stays Connected To Deported Family

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 08.19.2015 | Latino Voices

“Some people travel for vacation, to get away from it all. I travel to get to it all,” Diane Guerrero says in a video for Marrio...

Off-Season Travel Spots Where You Can Avoid ALL The Tourists

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 07.27.2015 | Travel

Navigating swarms of tourists is quite possibly the most annoying part of a trip for real-deal travelers. So why not avoid them? This spot-on gui...

Marriott's #LoveTravels Campaign Celebrates Pride and Equality Around the World

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

What a historic time we live in! As the world celebrated Pride throughout the month of June, the United States Supreme Court deemed same sex marriage legal and the world came together to prove that #LoveWins.

Marching With Pride and Corporate America

Jordan Roth | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Roth

Long before I was walking, they were marching. The pioneers of gay rights, gay visibility, gay pride first took to the streets of New York City in 1970 to march. And somewhere on this long road, a company started marching, too. And then another and another. First to us, then for us, then as us.

Carly Ledbetter

Could TripAdvisor's New Partnership Mean Skewed Hotel Ratings? | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel

TripAdvisor announced a new partnership with Marriott International on Wednesday afternoon, and some travel industry watchers are wondering if it will...

10 Common Mistakes Managers Make That Hurt Their Business

Ira Kalb | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Fortunately (and unfortunately) many people that start and run a business often don't know the problems and difficulties they are likely to face. Why do I say fortunately? If they knew about all these problems, they probably would not start the business in the first place.

Puerto Rico's Top Five Foodie Secrets

Mark DeCarlo | Posted 06.03.2015 | Travel
Mark DeCarlo

Over the last decade, Puerto Rico has become the Culinary Capitol of the Caribbean. The key to Travel on your Tongue, is "go where the tourists ain't," to find the authentic flavors that will make you drool long after you get back home. You won't find these places on your own. Luckily, I'm here to help.

Paul Blumenthal

Kathleen Matthews Made An Awkward Donation For A Future Democratic Candidate | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former D.C. news anchor Kathleen Matthews is expected to enter the race for Maryland’s open 8th District seat soon. As a Democratic co...

Free in NYC: Enjoy These Rare Moments

Erik Seide | Posted 05.15.2015 | New York
Erik Seide

New York City is a place where most of its residents spend at least half of their paychecks just on rent and a night on the town could cost as much a plane ticket to Europe.

Turning Complaints Into Closer Relationships to Improve Your Business

Ira Kalb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Just about every comprehensive study done on this subject points to greater success for companies that turn the negatives represented by complaints into positives.

Family First

Bill Marriott | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Bill Marriott

Family has always been number one in my life. As a father, I made it a point to be home for dinner every night I was in town. Over my career, I arrived at the office at 8:00 a.m. and I was home for dinner at 6:15 p.m. SHARP!

Where's the Color?

Bill Marriott | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bill Marriott

There's a famous 1980s hamburger TV commercial where a little old lady opens the bun of a hamburger only to find a dime-sized paddy and says, "Where's the beef?" I recently opened the door to our test room and asked, "Where's the color?"

The Hubble Travels Brilliantly

Bill Marriott | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bill Marriott

Last week I received an invitation from an associate at Marriott's headquarters to the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Telescope. I was really interested in this. His wife works for NASA and when he did some digging, he found many references to Marriott and NASA.

Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Like the USW, the United States is a union. It is a collection of diverse states and diverse people. Standing together, they are stronger.

THIS Turned a Hotel Lobby Into an Epic Dance Party

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
Shira Lazar

In the immortal words of R. Kelly, "After the show its the after party and after the party its the hotel lobby." But what if the hotel lobby turns o...

Guide to Las Vegas... With the Kids

Amy Whitley | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel
Amy Whitley

Las Vegas may be the go-to weekend getaway hotspot for couples and singles, but what if you have kids in tow? Is there any way to navigate Sin City with children? Yes... and no.

5 Places To Visit On The Gold Coast Of Florida

Leigh Blickley | Posted 04.17.2015 | Travel
Leigh Blickley

I recently hopped on a two and a half hour flight from New York City to Palm Beach for a three-day trip to celebrate my fiance's 30th birthday. The thing is, we whipped together this vacation in a matter of weeks.

How Hotels are Capitalizing on What Business Travelers Value Most

U.S. News Travel | Posted 04.14.2015 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

If you're not a business traveler, why should you care? Because this group of globe-trotters is changing the hospitality industry in a way that affects leisure travelers, too.

Marriott Will Stop Blocking Your Wi-Fi Devices

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business

Marriott announced Wednesday it will stop blocking guests' personal Wi-Fi devices, after a flood of complaints about the practice.