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Hello Insiders! We wanted you to be the first to hear this new message from our CEO, Arne Sorenson, about Marriott Rewards and the merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts http://bit.ly/1SMe5dT



A Message from Arne Sorenson - YouTube

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Charleston by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


Known  for rich  history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, the Charleston, South Carolina area has been long recognized as one of the top small cities in the U.S. The Charleston area’s combination of vibrant culture, genuine hospitality and wonderful people continue to make it a special place to live and visit. During the festive holiday season there are plenty of things to do and experience to truly make you feel like a Charlestonian native. This year, start a new family tradition that keeps the kids off the iPod and the extra pounds off the waistline:


  • Mark your calendar for the 38th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble to be held on November 26th- Thanksgiving Day. 
  • Not wanting to cook on Thanksgiving? The Charleston Restaurant Scene will provide you and your family with some of the finest fare prepared by some of the best chefs in the South.
  • Make the holidays magical and start your holiday shopping season on King Street, most recently named one of America’s top Shopping Destinations. Or check out City Market which houses more than 140 merchants, including 20 locally owned boutiques.
  • Deck the Halls at the Chalreston Museum with their Annual Holiday Workshop on December 2nd. Children sip on hot cocoa and taste yummy cookies as they decorate a replica of one of Charleston’s finest antebellum home, the Heyward Washington House.
  • The 35th Annual Charleston Christmas Parade is on Sunday, December 6th.ENTRY 2.jpg
  • The 34th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats & Oysters will be held in Charleston Harbor on Saturday December 12th.
  • Don’t forget about the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Country Park, one of the best holiday light shows in America. Each year, thousands of families create lasting memories at the Holiday Festival of Lights, where millions of multicolored lights illuminate the sky throughout 52 enchanting nights from November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016.


The Courtyard Charleston Historic District is located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, and adjacent to famed Marion Square and Charleston’s newest venue: The Gaillard Center. Our location makes it easy to check out the many attractions and fun things to do in Charleston, all within walking distance. Our hotel has a full time dedicated concierge, providing excellent service to help you make the most of your stay. We hope to see you here soon!


Polly Ann E.

Courtyard Charleston Historic District

PSSSST! We’ve got a secret that we’re excited to unveil in December!


Could it be…


A way to show our Insiders how amazing we think they are? Perhaps.


A way to win Marriott Rewards points for the new year? Perhaps.


A way to show your best travel experiences from 2015? Perhaps!




Like I said, our lips are sealed until Dec. 1. But keep your eyes peeled, Insiders!

We are looking for community members to test an exciting new travel tool that we are developing. This will be a way to find and share things to do in destinations like New York City, San Francisco, London, etc.


This is an exclusive opportunity for Insiders to test the prototype and give feedback that will ultimately shape the direction of the final product.


Keep in mind that you will need to have a verified Facebook account to participate. However, the final product may or may not be linked with Facebook.


To participate, comment below or send one of the community managers a private message before December 1, 2015. I will send instructions to interested members later this week.


Thanks in advance!

Insiders, we’re happy to provide you with a little bit more information on the Marriott and Starwood merger, primarily how it pertains to your Rewards accounts today. Please see the note from Arne Sorenson below:


As a valued member, we’re excited to share the news that Marriott International will join together with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to create the world’s largest hotel company.  For our Marriott Rewards members, this will mean even more choices in even more places, giving you access to 1.1 million rooms across 5,500 hotels in more than 100 countries.


Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) are among the industry's most-awarded loyalty programs, and they should be even stronger when the companies merge. Our programs and brands complement each other well, and we intend to draw upon the best of both programs to provide more value for our guests and hotels.


This is the start of a long journey as we combine our two companies.  For now, we remain separate, and there is no change to your Marriott Rewards program status, your Rewards points or your existing reservations. You will continue to earn Rewards points and elite stay/night credit for your stays, and bonus points for any promotions in which are you are participating.  There is no change to how you manage your Rewards account or book reservations.


Over the coming months, as we have more to share we’ll be sure to reach out to you by e-mail, at marriottrewards.com and via twitter (@MarriottRewards).  In the meantime, we remain at your service wherever you need us—whether in our hotels, at marriottrewards.com, the Marriott mobile app, or via our Customer Care Centers.


All my best,


Arne Sorenson



It’s official! Protea Hotels and Marriott Rewards have joined together.



Starting November 17, Marriott Rewards members will be able to earn, redeem and enjoy full benefits at ALL properties in the Protea Hotels portfolio, including Protea Hotels Fire & Ice! and African Pride Hotels.



From chic urban hotels to luxurious safari lodges, experience the diversity and excitement that the African continent has to offer with more than 100 properties across eight sub-Saharan African countries, including Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.



Member Exclusive:

Start your African adventure with your choice of special offers, available at participating properties from November 17, 2015 to February 17, 2016.

2,000 Points:
Boost your points balance as you broaden your horizons. Get 2,000 bonus points with each stay.

20% Savings + Breakfast:
New vistas are even more exciting with 20% off the best available rate, plus free breakfast for two.


Choose from participating hotels across the brand and across the continent — Protea Hotels,

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! and African Pride Hotels.

Where will your African journey take you? Check out this link to learn more:









Marriott & Starwood

Posted by communitymanager Nov 16, 2015

Hello Insiders!


As most of you have read this morning, Marriott International has signed an agreement to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts in a merger transaction to create the world’s largest hotel company.  The transaction will form an even stronger, more efficient global company to compete in the rapidly evolving, global travel industry. It combines Starwood’s leading lifestyle brands and international footprint with Marriott’s strong presence in luxury and resort, convention, and select service segments, creating a more comprehensive portfolio for guests, meeting planners, owners and franchisees. Following the merger, Marriott International, Inc., will operate or franchise more than 5,500 properties with 1.1 million rooms open worldwide and more than 370,000 rooms in the development pipeline.


At this time, we do not have any more information to share, but we will be sure to update the community as we learn more.We hope you are as excited about this acquisition as we are!



Marriott News center: bit.ly/1H4fYCi

We're interested in learning about what's most important to you while you use Insiders. Over the next week or so, we'll be asking you some questions about how you use features available to you in Insiders. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

If you could earn a badge, or some other form of recognition (credit) for something you do today, what activity would you like recognized?

Suggestions for activity in Insiders is great, but think outside of Insiders too. This could be related to something that you are already doing when making a reservation, during a stay, or even while discovering content on Marriott.com.

Obviously, we know extra Marriott Rewards points are always appreciated, but outside of points, what other types of recognition would be valuable to you?



Thank you in advance!

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Prague by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


The Czech Republic and its capital Prague are among the top holiday destinations in the world. Prague offers amazing architecture spanning all periods from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Noveau, and Cubism. The city is known for its rich history, beauty, and culture – especially classical music. During the Christmas season, the city is known for its magical Christmas Markets. Every year at the end of November the whole country watches as a tree is selected from one of the numerous woods. The selected tree then makes a voyage through the country to Prague, to the Old Town Square where it is decorated and then ceremoniously lit to officially open the Christmas season and the markets.


ENTRY_2.jpgDuring this festive time, the main market in the Old Town Square consists of many small wooden stalls offering Christmas tree ornaments and decorations, traditional handicrafts such as jewelry, embroidered lace, hand knit scarves and gloves, glassware, metal ware, ceramics, scented candles, puppets and dolls adorned in traditional costumes. The Christmas atmosphere would not be complete without delicious food such as roasted hams on spits, barbequed sausages, Christmas cookies and pastries -- don’t miss the traditional “Trdelnik”, a hot sugar coated pastry. There is of course the world famous Czech beer that must be sampled – not only the typical Pilsner Urquell, but also local beers from micro-breweries.


Visiting Prague during Christmas is an unforgettable experience. In addition to the Christmas markets a rich cultural offering is waiting for you, whether it is opera, a classical music concert in one of the churches, or an open air carol recital. Hopefully we will see you strolling around the city with a cup of hot mulled wine in hand. We would be happy to welcome you in Boscolo Prague!


Richard S.

Boscolo Prague, Autograph Collection


A New Way to Sea Life

Posted by communitymanager Nov 12, 2015


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What’s going on at Atlantis, Paradise Island this holiday season? See below for a sampling of upcoming events!

77west.jpgAtlantis is thrilled to announce the opening of 77° West, a new and signature restaurant at The Cove Atlantis. Arriving in late November and located at the approximate latitude of its namesake, 77° West is Atlantis’ newest dining experience, offering guests South American-inspired cuisine with a Bahamian touch. The restaurant will begin welcoming guests for dinner this holiday season.



marketplace.jpgThe beloved Marketplace is undergoing an ocean-inspired update designed by Jeffery Beers.  The restaurant encompasses buffet-style dining and made-to-order food stations. Slated to be completed by Christmas 2015, Marketplace will re-open as Poseidon’s Table, offering a buffet dining concept with an entirely refreshed design

live.jpgAtlantis, Paradise Island will kick-off 2016 with a legendary performance by iconic female performer Diana Ross on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015.  She will perform some of her most notable songs in the Imperial Ballroom at the family-friendly resort.  Tickets to this Atlantis LIVE show start at $275 and reservations can be booked by calling 1-800-Atlantis or at AtlantisBahamas.com.

We're interested in learning about what's most important to you while you use Insiders. Over the next couple weeks or so, we'll be asking you some questions about how you use features available to you in Insiders. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Do the credits, participation levels, badges, or leaderboards (ranking) help you determine what information on Insiders is most helpful? What matters to you most? Why?

Let us know by commenting below. Thank you in advance!

We are looking for your feedback! This will take less than 5 minutes to answer, but please answer by November 23rd.

Please help by answering our latest poll - click on the link below to answer:


Based on your actions in the Insiders community, what are you most proud of?

We're interested in learning about what's most important to you while you use Insiders. Over the next couple weeks or so, we'll be asking you some questions about how you use features available to you in Insiders. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Insiders!



Hey Insiders,


With the holidays approaching, I wanted to give you all the inside scoop on a ShopMarriott cyber sale that will be taking place tomorrow, November 8 – December 29. During this time, ShopMarriott will be offering huge discounts on items site-wide, including:


  • $750 off the Marriott Bed
  • 35% off Marriott Pillows
  • 30% off blankets
  • 30% off Mattress Toppers
  • 30% off Sheets and Duvet Covers
  • 35% off Robes and Towels
  • Buy one, get one full-sized THANN amenities

& more!


Here’s a link where you can check out more information!



ShopMarriott Cyber  Sale

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Leeds, England by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


Traveling to England this holiday season? Come experience two enticing events in Leeds: the International Film Festival and annual Christkindelmarkt.


First, explore the wonders of film across Leeds. Roll back to 1888 and you’ll learn how the world’s first moving images were created in Leeds.  From then until today, the city of Leeds is quickly becoming a leading center for film culture, with historic and contemporary cinemas, major film festivals and events for all ages. If you love your films, please visit us here from the 4th November to the 19th November to experience the 29th Leeds International Film Festival.


Have you always wanted to visit a Festive Continental Christmas Market? The city of Leeds has the answer with its incredible Christkindelmarkt. The market opens on Friday the 13th November and runs until the 20th December. Leeds is known to be one of the most recognized German Christmas Markets in the UK, with the traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery and colorful lights, combined with the varied food offerings help to create a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of the city. Set in the very popular civic setting of the award winning Millennium Square, the market attracts thousands of visitors to Leeds each year. The market includes over 40 wooden chalet stalls offering a range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone, including jewelry, handcrafted toys and festive decorations. Let’s be honest, a Christmas market cannot be a Christmas market without offering the stand out German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, soups, goulash, schnitzels, stollen, gingerbread and candied fruits. We hope you will join us this holiday season, and stay with us here at the Leeds Marriott Hotel.


Matthew D.

Leeds Marriott Hotel

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