TRAVEL NEWS — Marriott International President and CEO, Arne Sorenson, sent out an email detailing how the company is addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic concerns for staff, guests and Bonvoy members.

Here is a breakdown of the details

            Details provided by Marriott

  • Monitoring:
    • Marriott is staying up-to-date and following the recommendations provided by the World Heath Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local health agencies.
  • Adapting Cancellation policy:
    • Individual guests with existing reservations (including pre-paid) will be able to cancel or change their reservations up to 24 hours prior to arrival as long as the cancelation or change is made by April 30, 2020.
    • New individual reservations made between today and April 30, 2020, may be canceled or changed up to 24 hours before arrival.
  • Cleaning Procedures and Education:
    • Hand Hygiene: Encouragement of proper and frequent hand washing.
    • Ongoing Training: In addition to training on housekeeping and hygiene protocols, hotel associates are also completing enhanced COVID-19 awareness training.
    • Real Time Information: Marriott International has launched an internal communications hub with the latest news and information associates can use to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. In addition, Marriott’s corporate and regional teams are on standby 24/7 to support the hotels and coordinate with local and regional authorities.
    • Guest Rooms: Hotels use cleaning and disinfecting protocols to clean rooms after guests depart and before the next guest arrives, with particular attention paid to high-touch items.
    • Public Spaces: Hotels have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in public spaces, with a focus on the counter at the front desk, elevators (and elevator buttons), door handles, public bathrooms and even room keys.
    • Back of House: In the spaces where associates work “behind the scenes,” hotels are increasing the frequency of cleaning and focusing on high-touch areas like associate entrances, locker room, laundry rooms and staff offices.
  • Loyalty Program Flexibility
    • Marriott Rewards Points expiration extended to August 31, 2020
    • Suite night awards expiration of December 31, 2020, extended 1 year or December 31, 2021
    • Free Night Award for credit card holders expiring 2020 extended for use until January 31, 2021

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