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Hey Insiders,

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

This Thursday, Marriott International is hosting our first ever Google+ Hangout and we’re inviting you to be a part of it.

Celebrity Showdown: Miami vs. West Palm Beach



Where is the best happy hour? What’s the best dessert in the city? What’s the best local attraction? From bars and restaurants to beaches and shopping, which city has the best scene: Miami or West Palm Beach?

On September 4th 2:30 PM EST we’ll be airing our Miami vs. West Palm Beach Google+ Hangout with YouTube star, travel enthusiast and our host, Ryan Gargiulo as we team up with Miami’s Annie Vazquez and West Palm Beach’s April GoLightly! Click the link below to RSVP and find out more. Annie and April will represent their respective cities in a battle over two of South Florida’s hottest cities. Topics include where to dine, what to see and the can’t-miss things to do.


RSVP Today: http://bit.ly/MIHangoutOnAirEvent

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Be excited – change is coming to Duesseldorf! The renovation of the Renaissance Duesseldorf Hotel started in mid-2014, with an extensive modernization of all public areas and guest rooms planned. The completed changes include updates to the great ballroom and the restaurant, as well as the renewal of the reception, bar and lounge areas. Guest room updates start in October, with completion expected in February 2015. Here are more details and some “insider tips” for your next stay in Duesseldorf…


Be welcome

We are excited to welcome you in a new lobby area. Our staff at three new Front Desks will help you with all your questions. One desk is reserved for Elite Marriott Rewards Members only -- besides the possibility of a mobile check-in, we provide you a fast check-in service at this desk. Tucked away in this comfortable hotel area are a business corner and a little shop offering an assortment of drinks and essential amenities. At the new Navigator desk, next to the elevators, you can learn about city highlights and receive some insider tips. Here are some tips in advance: discover the Ackerstreet in Duesseldorf! Close to the hotel, just a few minutes with the tram, you will experience a unique street with great shops, cafés and more. Also check out the café “Hüftgold” right there. The café is a lovely place where you should try one of the home-made cakes. If you prefer shopping, you have to visit the shop “Elemtarteilchen”, located some buildings ahead. It is a great second hand shop with high quality and fair prices, where you can find clothes from the fifties to the eighties, a wide choice of shoes, trendy accessories and fantastic jewelry.

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Simply relax

The 244 guest rooms, including eight suites, will be completely redesigned with a modern, but friendly and warm atmosphere. Decoration elements of Duesseldorf, e.g. the skyline of Duesseldorf on the curtain, will show you the beauty of the city. The spacious rooms with a minimum size of 28 qm feature new Queen and King-sized beds. A large flat screen TV will help you relax. And if you like to work out, as part of the renovation the hotel will add a gym on the 7th floor in the former pool area.

Taste explosion

Get on a sensory journey! Our restaurant has a completely new look. Come in and be amazed by new furniture, great colors and open space flooded by daylight. Enjoy regional and international delights, as well as seasonal highlights. The international cuisine offered is a true culinary experience. The summer terrace invites you as well, where you can order one of the refreshing cocktails. In addition, the bar with 40 seats also has a new look -- here, as well as throughout the hotel, the fashion and art theme is followed.


Feel the city

The Renaissance Duesseldorf Hotel is located between a close triangle of city centre/old town, exhibition & congress centre and the International Airport, convenient for business or just a leisure break to do some shopping or to see museums. Do you love art? Make sure you visit the art museums K 20 and K 21. Do you love movies? Have a look at the “Filmmuseum”. Do you love fashion? Shop at the most luxurious boutiques at the famous street called “Koe” before you take lunch in the charming restaurant “EL Lazo” serving delicious wines and the best steaks in the city. There are boundless possibilities to experience Duesseldorf.


The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation process. We hope you will visit us and discover the new look of the Renaissance in Duesseldorf soon!


Kristin H.

Renaissance Duesseldorf Hotel



Hey Insiders,


Why should you have to wait until the holidays to score the best deals of year? At ShopMarriott, we don’t think you should!


Starting today and running through September 26th, ShopMarriott will be offering their most popular holiday deal: 30% off site-wide. Whether you’re doing a little early holiday shopping or you've been considering The Marriott Bed - get these discounts while they’re hot!


ShopMarriott Summer Sale: August 28 – September 26, 2014


Happy Shopping!


*Offer valid 12:01 a.m. EDT August 28, 2014 through 12:01 a.m. EDT, September 26, 2014. Discount does not apply to shipping and handling. Discount does not apply to purchases of THANN amenities. Discount will not apply to previous purchases, and may not be combined with any other offer.



Hi Insiders,

Here’s your exclusive sneak peek at some of this week’s Marriott Rewards FlashPerks deals, which go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, August 28, at 12PM Central Time.


This week is all about resting, relaxing and rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. We’ve got a dozen deals to pamper yourself, including:


  • A 50% discount to the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for a Costa Rican getaway at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa (17,500 points per night; regularly 35,000 points)
  • A 30% discount to the Ambiente and Ambience Golf Package, which includes unlimited golf for two at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Stay a third night for free at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and pamper yourself with an exclusive discount to spa treatments
  • Experience Marriott luxury every night in your own home with a huge discount on the points cost for the Marriott Bed (168,750 points for Queen size; 181,250 points for King or California King)


Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. Get some R&R!


From London 2012 Olympic venues to campsites, heritage sites, cycling, walking, white water rafting, horse riding, nature reserves and wide open spaces – you name it and it’s likely to be waiting for you in the Lee Valley. Here at the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, just 30 minutes from London, we are in a great location for you to try all these fantastic things. Lee Valley’s White Water Rafting Centre is something we particularly recommend as a great team-building event or an adventurous day out. They offer a range of white water activities from canoeing and kayaking to white water rafting. It's the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion or hold a corporate day out.

There’s nothing quite like hurtling down grade four rapids to give your team or clients the kind of memorable fun day out they’ll never stop talking about! Heralded as the 'best white water course in the world’, this venue will provide your group or clients with a unique experience that will see them challenged on the same course that the world’s best athletes have faced. You can tailor make your own bespoke day, choosing from different activities and facilities.

ENTRY.jpgWhat a perfect way to end your meetings on a high. Plan your meetings and stays at Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel and enjoy the fabulous team building activity that everyone will be talking about. Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel has 12 meeting rooms that can be tailored for your needs. Our concierge and event planners would be happy to assist you.

Zoe R.

Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel


Hey Insiders,


Thank you to those that took a look at the new Badging System and provided their feedback!


For those that haven’t checked it out yet, below is a breakdown of what the badges are and what you can earn. A full breakdown including terms and conditions can be found in your Rewards Account Overview, under Activity.


I know that the points earned from these badges aren't going to move the dial on your overall points balance. When I talked with the digital team that developed the Badging feature, they thought the points would be a nice and fun way (along with the badges themselves) to recognize your milestones. We hope you enjoy this added bonus to your Marriott Rewards Account, and have fun with it.


So far, we have seen some great feedback in response to the new Badging system. As it grows, we would appreciate your input as well. Do you have a suggestion on a new badge? Share it below. Help us grow this new feature!

Ground Rules:

  • Earning: Some badges earn points. All earn bragging rights. Check out the specifics below.
  • Points: Sit back, points are automatically added to your account.
  • Expiration: Once you earn a badge it’s yours forever.


Member Level Exclusive Badge: This badge reflects your current member level.


Brand Loyalist: Stay two times at the same hotel brand and earn a brand badge (25 points each).


Brand Explorer:

  • Stay at 5 different Marriott hotel brands and earn the 5-brand explorer badge (50 points)
  • Up the game and earn the 10-brand explorer badge (75 points)
  • Try them all and earn the exclusive uber brand explorer badge (250 points)


Road Warrior: Not for the fainthearted. Earn the 100 night badge (25 points), 500 night badge (125 points) or the 1000 night badge (250 points).


Social Maven: Put your social skills to good use.

  • Participate in PlusPoints and earn a social badge
  • Donate to a cause and earn your good citizen badge plus 25 points
  • Refer a friend to get in on the fun and earn a refer a friend badge



Hi Insiders,

Here is your exclusive sneak peek at our Marriott Rewards FlashPerks deals for this week, which go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, August 21, at 12PM Central Time.

If you’re a football fan, you’re going to want to visit the FlashPerks site as soon as these offers kick off tomorrow, because Courtyard and the NFL have teamed up to create some amazing, one-of-a-kind experiences for your favorite team—and there’s only one package per team!

  • One exclusive Courtyard NFL Sunday Game Experience per team that includes game tickets for two adults, a $100 Southwest Airlines gift card and a $25 Courtyard gift card to use at The Bistro
  • A Courtyard & NFL Network VIP Studio Tour, where you can go behind the scenes of the NFL Network studios to see a live taping and get a VIP viewing of the games
  • A Weber Q1000 Gas Grill with Rolling Cart for all of your game day grilling needs (32,500 Marriott Rewards points; usually 62,500 points)
  • A $50 Omaha Steaks gift certificate for nearly half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost (10,000 points; regularly 17,500 points)

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. See you there!

ENTRY_Red Arrows.jpgThe time when I love my job the most is when the Bournemouth Air Festival flies into town.  Spanning 4 days in August, it is a weekend of jet –propelled aviation entertainment that creates a real buzz around the hotel. This is the 7th year and it has got bigger and better each time. All the planes fly just over the sea and Bournemouth’s Pier. About 200,000 people each day descend to the beach to watch, so with the hotel being right on top of the cliff we get the best view!


To get into the ‘Air Fest’ spirit all of our reception team will dress up as Cabin Crew and my concierge team as pilots. The guests love it, and so do we. It is great to see their faces as they arrive at the hotel for the weekend. I don’t like to be biased but The Red Arrows are my favorite and it is spectacular when they fly right over the hotel each day.  I also think the Hunter Jet is amazing -- it is called Miss Demeanour and flown by a pilot called ‘Flapjack’. Our hotel actually sponsors this plane and it is great to see her fly each day. She is very fast and very noisy!


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One poignant moment each year is when the Battle of Britain memorial flight takes to the sky with the spitfire Hurricane and Lancaster planes. It is an honor to see them fly, and I always make sure I raise my hat to pay my respects as they soar by. The flying does not stop at the end of the day; it continues into the evening with sparkling dusk displays and planes literally light up the sky with fireworks coming out of the back of the planes. The Air Festival starts on 28th August 2014 and finishes on Sunday, 31st August. Perhaps I will get the opportunity to welcome you to enjoy the ‘Highcliff Marriott Airways’ over the weekend… but for now, over and out!


Steve P., Head Concierge

Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel

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Hey Insiders,


Exciting news! We are adding even more new features to your Account Overview and wanted you to be the first to know.  In a few days you will see our Travel Map and our new Badging system launch.


The Travel Map will allow you to see all of your trips over the last year displayed on an interactive map.  We will be adding more features to the map soon including the ability to discover new hotels, pin dream destinations and add saved hotels.


Our Badging system will allow you to get in the game, earn badges and points for your stays and activities.  Right now, the Insiders badges, which recognize activity within our community, are not included in the new Account Overview badging system.  We understand this is not ideal and as we launch more badges we will also work to coordinate and integrate the Account Overview and Insiders badging program.  Are the current Insiders badges something you are interested in seeing in the new Account Overview badging system?


Check out the YouTube video below for a sneak peek and look for more new features and badges in the coming months.



I would love to hear what you think of these new enhancements and what you’d like to see more of in the future. Let me know below!



Hi Insiders,

Here’s an Insiders-exclusive sneak peek at this week’s Marriott Rewards FlashPerks deals, which go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, August 14, at 12PM Central Time.


We hope you've got your passports handy, because we've got more than a dozen hotel deals, vacation packages and merchandise items to help you enjoy an amazing international travel experience. Here are just a few of them:


  • A 30% discount to regular room rates at Cape Town’s African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel, plus a complimentary mini-massage on arrival
  • Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, with a complimentary Golden Rewards signature cocktail at the Macquarie Lounge (20,000 points per night, regularly 40,000 points per night)
  • 60% off the regular rate for a complete Thailand travel package from Vacations By Marriott
  • A 50% discount to the points redemption cost of a Sony Cybershot Digital Camera (35,000 points, regularly 70,000 points)


Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. Bon voyage!


New Kid on the Block

Posted by communitymanager Aug 12, 2014

Hey Insiders!


I'd like to introduce myself as the new community manager. I'm excited to get started here on MRI!


Please let me know if you have any questions - I look forward to participating in your conversations and getting up to speed on everything within this community.


Thank you!




Hey Insiders,


It’s almost time to begin registering for the Marriott Rewards MegaBonus. Here’s a chance to rev up your earnings…. and discover the point of all those points! Here are the details:


From September 15, 2014 through January 15, 2015, all Marriott Rewards members registered for the promotion will earn an exclusive MegaBonus offer for qualifying stays made at over 3,800 participating Marriott properties around the world.


Registration opens on August 13, when you will be able to visit your Promotion Central page to receive your unique offer. All qualifying stays can be booked with the payment method/credit card of your choice (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.)


Registration is required by November 15, 2014 (8/13/14-11/15/14)


Earning Dates: September 15, 2014 – January 15, 2015

Participating Brands:

EDITION,® JW Marriott,® Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels,® Marriott Vacation Club, Gaylord Hotels,® AC Hotels by Marriott,® Courtyard by Marriott,® Residence Inn by Marriott,® SpringHill Suites by Marriott,® Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott,® TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and Moxy Hotels.® Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton,® will count toward achievement.

Questions? You will also find FAQs and official terms & conditions when the registration period officially begins August 13 at MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus2014. Please call 888-MARRIOTT (888-627-7468), or call your local Marriott Rewards Customer Support office for complete details.

ENTRY Chef.jpgLocated on the famous ‘Croisette’ in Cannes, our restaurant, the JW Grill Cannes is a haven of peace facing the sea. The authentic Cannes steakhouse experience has arrived, offering the finest American beef grilled to perfection, crisp salads and fresh seafood. We invite you to indulge in all of the delicious cuisine and the luxurious atmosphere that this Cannes fine dining restaurant offers. Here at our restaurant we are always striving for excellence. And here at the JW Marriott Cannes, in addition to being excellent, it is important to transmit know-how and experiences.  Focus on Daniel Denis, a great pastry Chef and teacher…


A native of Lyon, Daniel Denis was raised by a baker and pastry chef who practiced since 1905. Quickly, and from his youngest age, he fell in love with pastry. After obtaining his diploma from the high school of Saint Chamont, he decided to leave his native region to come to the French Riviera which he had always wanted to discover. Just arrived, Daniel started to work at the ‘Ferme de Mougins’ with Patrick Henriroux who taught him all the details of luxury and perfection. Then, he joined the “Belle Otero” team before coming to the JW Marriott Cannes.


ENTRY_3.jpgSince 1999 Daniel has worked for the JW Marriott, bringing all his passion and creativity. Dedicated to pastry, Daniel’s imagination has no limits, and he offers his customers unforgettable experiences. Throughout the years, Daniel has also given his passion and his knowledge to young associates who became chefs. Nowadays Daniel is teaching a young and promising apprentice, Fabien Rallo. Age 16 years old, Fabien is currently studying at the ‘Centre de Formation d’Apprentis’ in Cannes to get a diploma in Pastry. Passionate about creating plated desserts and show pieces for banquets, he participated in demonstrations at the last “Salon du Chocolat” hold in Cannes in November 2013 and has participated in Marriott’s “European Apprentice Dessert Competition”. Focused and meticulous, Fabien was ranked in the top 10 of best pastry apprentices at the Marriott contest for his creation: a strawberry cheesecake. That seems to be the first steps of a wonderful career…


We hope you will visit us soon at the JW Grill Cannes and indulge in the delights our pastry chef creates, as well as all the other delicious steakhouse offerings.


Cecile L.

JW Marriott Cannes


Hi Insiders,

The Marriott Rewards FlashPerks team is back with another Insiders-only preview of some of the deals that will go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, August 7, at 12PM Central Time.


This week, we’re all about having fun in the sun. From golfing to water parks, we want to help our members soak up as much summer as they can with more than a dozen exclusive deals, including:


  • A 30% discount to regular room rates at Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collection, plus a 20% discount on all golf course fees and spa services
  • 30% off regular rates at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, featuring the 10-acre Paradise Springs water park
  • Half off the Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (22,500 points per night, regularly 45,000 points per night)
  • A 30% savings on a complete travel package to Cancun or Kauai from Vacations by Marriott


Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. See you there!

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Just as you enter the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel lobby, you will find two intriguing pieces of architecture and art. On either side of the lobby are two beautifully carved murals based on the mythological epics of Ramayana and Ganesha. The EPIC murals adorning the wall capture the ancient story of the Hindu mythology; The Ramayana - a story of Rama the King of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who got banished from his kingdom for 14 years who fought and killed the demon King Ravana to get his wife back. It symbolizes the reigning of good over evil. The second is that of The Epic of Ganesha, which showcases Lord Ganesha one of the most popular deities in the Hindu pantheon. The wall captures the stories and ritualistic elements from the Ganesha Purana; a Hindu religious text dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesha. The Ganesha Purana and the Mudgala Purana are core scriptures for devotees of Lord Ganesha that are encapsulated onto the wall telling ancient mythological tales.


After discovering the mythological story embedded on our lobby walls, we hope you will take time to explore the other hidden gems of the city. We suggest you visit Mumbai’s oldest museum (third oldest in the country) –The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, established in 1872. The museum was formerly known as Victoria & Albert Museum, Bombay. This museum houses a collection of the Decorative Arts of India and captures the life and history of 19th and 20th century Mumbai through paintings and pictures. This museum showcases a large number of archaeological finds, maps and silver and copperware and the traditional Maharashtrian attire. The also museum displays a slice of life of the people of Mumbai and its history with the extraordinary collection of the various colourful clay models and dioramas. A visit to this museum is sure to take you back in time and give you an insight into the city’s bygone era.


Anthony A.

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel

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