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Have you ever taken a trip right into the future? We might take you on one! Last year the Munich Marriott Hotel opened its brand new meeting area after renovating for three months. 13 meeting rooms are now designed in a light and refreshing interior – with every room offering daylight. The Munich Marriott Hotel’s meeting space renovations not only offer an improved product to our customers, but also represent an entirely new meeting concept -- the future of meetings. Munich and Amsterdam are proud flagships for the Marriott brand with implementing this concept into our daily business. Now there is individual and flexible space to work, with sockets built into the desks and writeable walls for collecting ideas. Flexible seating areas invite you to chat and network, while the bright atmosphere energizes.

 

Another innovation for our guests is the red coat direct app – organizers no longer have to leave the meeting room to change their plans for coffee breaks or similar scheduling adjustments. The link to the app is sent three days before arrival to the organizer, allowing them to simply send messages via smartphone or tablet from the meeting room to the staff or the red coat. They no longer have to leave their group to look for staff assistance, greatly improving the meeting process.

 

Seven meeting purposes (celebrate / decide / educate / ideate / network / produce / promote) now support the planning of each event. With those purposes meeting set ups or food options can be specialized, contributing to meeting and event success. We hope you will experience the future of meetings concept at the Munich Marriott Hotel. For making the experience yourself, visit future-of-meetings.com.

 

Christine G.

Munich Marriott Hotel

Hey Insiders,

 

Say hello to your new Featured Insider: jakeal!

 

Joined Insiders on May 29, 2010

 

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Status: Platinum

About Me: Originally from Philadelphia, PA; work in Education as a university administrator; and currently live in central PA. I am a huge foodie, enjoy trying out local places, and try to avoid chain restaurants. I also umpire baseball in my free time.


Bucket List Destinations: Ireland, South Africa, Australia


Fun Travel Fact: I always collect a Christmas tree ornament when I visit a new place.

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Hey Insiders,


I know that many of you have been eager to hear the status on the RewardsPlus experience into the next year. I’m happy to announce that Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus® will offer another year of unmatched recognition and benefits in 2015!


Once registered for RewardsPlus, qualified Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members are eligible to receive complimentary Premier® Silver status. MileagePlus members who have Premier Gold status or higher are eligible for Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status and all of the benefits that come with it. 2015 status offerings will be effective through January 2016.


All Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus members will continue to receive a 20% discount on points-to-miles conversions and 10% more miles for Marriott Rewards travel packages. MileagePlus Premier members will also be able to convert their miles into Marriott Rewards points.


If you’ve already registered for RewardsPlus in 2014 and qualify for 2015 Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite or MileagePlus Premier Gold status or higher, we will automatically renew your registration so you can enjoy RewardsPlus benefits in 2015.


We’re happy to offer you this exclusive program to help you enhance your travel while maximizing rewards! For more information, visit marriottrewards.com/rewardsplus.

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Picture This

Posted by communitymanager Dec 16, 2014

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Hey Insiders,


I know what you’re thinking…you’re thinking, “How do I pass the time until tomorrow when I can see my MegaBonus?” Well, I’ve got an answer for you! Marriott Rewards invites you to “Picture This”: Create your own Dream Scene – add fun designs to your own photos with our web app; a mini-vacation, no download needed!

 

Check it out here: Picture This

Share your Dream Scene here on Insiders with the hashtag #LoveMarriottRewards. We could create the next trending topic: Insiders with Outrageous Dream Scenes!

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Hey Insiders,


The countdown is on for registration to open for Marriott Rewards Spring MegaBonus! This is your chance to rev up your earnings. Here are the details:


From February 1, 2015 through April 30, 2015, all Marriott Rewards members registered for the promotion will earn an exclusive MegaBonus offer for qualifying stays made at over 3,800 participating properties around the world.


Registration opens on December 17th, when you will be able to visit your Promotion Central page to receive your unique offer. All offers will be available by 5:00pm EST on the 17th. All qualifying stays can be paid using any payment method/credit card of your choice (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.)


Registration is required by March 31, 2015

 

Earning Dates: February 1, 2015 – April 30, 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®, Moxy Hotels® and select Protea 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 December 17th at MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus. Please call 888-MARRIOTT (888-627-7468), or call your local Marriott Rewards Customer Support office for complete details.

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Hey Insiders,


Looking for a simple, practical way to help others this holiday season? Donate points to a cause you feel passionate about and you’ll make the season brighter — for others and for you. 


We invite you to join us in supporting one or more of the organizations that Marriott supports through cash contributions, donations of essentials such as food and clothing, and employee volunteering. I’ve blogged about several of these causes in the last few weeks and here’s another chance to help make a difference:


Youth Career Initiative (YCI)  Created by the hotel industry, YCI is a training program using hotels as a unique learning platform. During each six month training program, hotel managers provide life and career skills training to young people considered vulnerable. Marriott International has championed, funded and run this global program for nearly 20 years.

Donate Points »


The National Academy Foundation helps students with limited opportunities prepare for college and careers. For more than 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model blending industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences and business expertise.

Donate Points »


Habitat for Humanity Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses. Since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve more than 800,000 homes.

Donate Points »


The American Red Cross is one of the nation’s premier emergency preparedness and response organizations, providing help and comfort to people facing devastating crises. Through a network of chapters across the country, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters big and small and helps people prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Donate Points »


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's most far-reaching humanitarian organization, with a network of 17 million volunteers in 189 countries. The IFRC’s diverse expertise and longstanding community presence allows them to provide services from battling epidemics in Haiti to assisting war refugees in the Ukraine.

Donate Points »


The Children’s Miracle Network raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. Funding supports research and training, purchasing equipment, and paying for uncompensated care, all in support their mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Donate Points »

 

Fisher House Foundation’s Hotels for Heroes brings comfort to the wounded, injured and ailing U.S. military servicemen and women undergoing medical treatment away from home. Through Hotels for Heroes, your donated points go directly to provide free hotel rooms for military service members in need as well as for family members visiting them.

Donate Points »


Or, donate to charity of your choice by searching our database of more than 1 million organizations.

Find a cause »

Calling all Insiders! Voting for the 2014 Roady Awards is now OPEN!

Help us congratulate your fellow Insiders and celebrate all of the fantastic contributions throughout the year that make the Insiders community such a valuable experience for Rewards members!

 

Your votes for each of the Roady Award categories will determine who wins 200,000 Marriott Rewards points

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NOTE: Right click on each "VOTE" link and select "open in a new window" to make it easy to get back to this page.

VOTE: Most Creative Photo Album


Award Finalists:

VOTE: Most Helpful Travel Tip


Award Finalists:

VOTE: Best Local Advice


Award Finalists:

VOTE: Most Remarkable Blog Post


Award Finalists:


Congratulations to each of our finalists and stay tuned for the winners and Insider of the Year Award. We thank everyone for participating this year and we look forward to many great new adventures in 2015.


Please note: to make things a bit more competitive this year, we opted for 5 nominees per category. Voting is also taking place off of Insiders so it will be a secret who wins in each category. Good luck to all the nominees!

Learn more about the Roady Awards

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With a host of fabulous year-round attractions plus the largest German Christmas Market in the country, Birmingham, England is ideal for a mini break. From jewelry and chocolate making to botanical gardens and sea life plus a popular theatre and a fabulous new museum, there is so much to see and do in and around the city. And the Marriott Birmingham Hotel right in the heart of this cosmopolitan city makes a perfect place to stay.

 

  • Birmingham's fascinating Jewelry Quarter dates back more than 250 years and is still home to over 500 jewelry businesses with over 100 jewelry retailers plus other specialty retailers, bars and restaurants.
  • Just a short walk from the Birmingham Marriott Hotel guests will find the city's wonderful new library, the largest in Europe, with fantastic views across the city. There is also a secret garden and Shakespeare exhibition, in addition to many interesting things for kids to do.
  • Another must for visitors are Birmingham's Botanical Gardens which feature four spectacular glass houses spanning from tropical rainforest to desert climates. Here a lively birdhouse, wildlife trails and a seasonal butterfly house also sit attractively amongst fifteen acres of flourishing gardens and foliage rich in natural heritage. The gardens host open air theatre productions and other events during the summer.
  • Another great attraction for Marriott guests is the famous Cadbury World which has gone on to become one of Birmingham's largest leisure attractions welcoming over 500,000 visitors each year. While not a factory tour, this major attraction offers you the opportunity to explore and discover the history of chocolate and learn all about the origins and story of the Cadbury business right back to the days of its founding fathers.
  • Visitors to Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre can view over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life. They can journey through an amazing underwater world and be wowed by many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep.
  • Those seeking an evening's entertainment need look no further than the city's Hippodrome which stages a year-round packed programme of musicals, ballets, operas, dance and comedy. The Hippodrome co-produces the International Dance Festival Birmingham with partner Dancexchange, which attracts companies and dancers from across the globe to the city to perform in various venues and open spaces.
  • Finally should you decide to combine your Marriott Birmingham mini break with some Christmas shopping in November or December, the city hosts the largest and most authentic Christmas markets outside Germany and Austria. Here you will find over 180 stalls selling gifts, jewellery, decorations, handmade toys, delicious German fare and, of course the ever popular Gluhwein.

 

Nicola C.

Birmingham Marriott Hotel

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The 2014 Roady Awards are here! The annual Roady Awards recognize the very best of the Insiders community from the last year…and it’s all up to you! Your votes will determine the winners of 200,000 Rewards points.

 

We recognize that members like you make Insiders an insightful and gratifying experience, and the Roady Awards celebrate some of the exceptional contributors from the last year. We have four categories to vote on this year:

 

  • Most Creative Photo Album
  • Most Helpful Travel Tip
  • Best Local Advice
  • Most Remarkable Blog

 

Voting opens December 8, 2014 when I’ll announce the nominees for each Award category. Nominees are determined by your current and former Stewards.

 

All Insiders are invited to vote for each Award category through December 31st. All winners, including the announcement of the prestigious Insider of the Year winner, will be announced in early January 2015.

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Hey Insiders,

 

The brand new Marriott mobile app is here with enhanced features for Rewards members! Look out for the new app on December 4th. We listened to your feedback and built a brand new app from the ground up. The newly updated app for iPhone and Android phone features:

 

  • A brand new design that makes searching and booking so much faster and easier
  • A personalized home screen when signed into your Rewards account that allows you to easily swipe through and manage all of your upcoming stays
  • The ability to stay signed into your account for up to 45 days making it easier to manage frequent bookings
  • Mobile check-in and checkout* exclusively for Rewards members with mobile alerts letting you know when your room is ready
  • Ability to make special requests for early check-in, extra pillows or towels, high or low floor, etc.
  • You can now begin a Redemption stay within the app by searching for hotels using points, and will be sent to Marriott.com to complete the redemption booking

 

Our app is available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese. Download it starting 12/4/2014 from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play store.

 

*Regulations in Armenia, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey allow for mobile check-in but require guests to checkout with the front desk. Mobile check-in and checkout is not available in Japan.

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Hey Insiders,

 

Back in April, we broke the news here on Insiders that Protea Hotels is joining Marriott Rewards in 2015. I’m happy to let you know that starting on February 23rd, you can earn, redeem and enjoy full Elite benefits at 26 participating Protea Hotels in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban! The remaining Protea portfolio will be joining in late 2015. There’s even a 10% off the best available rate special offer going on right now. Be sure to visit:


MarriottRewards.com/ProteaHotels


Reward Yourself with a Trip to Africa

Timing couldn’t be better, as Cape Town, South Africa has secured the #1 spot for the world’s best hotel destinations in a recent study. Check out the article here: Where are the world's best hotels? - CNN.com


Questions? Check out the FAQ doc >>


Alright Insiders, will your 2015 travels take you to Africa?

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Native from the USA, jazz is a particular music which mixes blues, ragtime and European sounds. Popular in the States, this kind of music had appeared in the 1960’s in Europe thanks to 2 men, Jacques Sopuplet & Jacques Hebey, who decided to create the first jazz event: the Jazz Festival in Juan les Pins, France. For the first time they gathered together famous American jazz musicians, and the public was able to discover them. The enthusiasm of the people was revolutionary!

 

From this moment forward the city of Juan les Pins became the cradle of jazz. Each year the town hosted a jazz festival with famous musicians such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald. Between sea and sky, the Pinède Gould became the mythic place of Juan les Pins. To immortalize every festival, Juan les Pins decided to create a street like Hollywood Boulevard, with fingerprint molding. Reputed as the place to be for a wonderful meeting with the stars, Juan les Pins is still nowadays set on fire with the passion of jazz lovers. This past summer, the Jazz Festival in Juan les Pins had the honor of welcoming Stevie Wonder, International musician. Juan les Pins, city of jazz, is and will stay the home of the jazz festival for future generations, new musicians, classic or modern people, amateurs or lovers.


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The Jazz Festival is a really amazing event to discover. In 2015, the festival will take place from July 10th to July 19th. To have the opportunity to participate in this International show, we invite you to stay with us at the AC Ambassadeur Juan Les Pins Hotel, the first partner of the Jazz Festival, and taste the magical ambiance of this event. For more information about the Jazz Festival visit the website http://int.rendezvousenfrance.com/fr/agenda/festival-jazz-juan or call the “Office de Tourisme” of Juan Les Pins at +334 9723 1111.

 

Cécile L.

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Juan Les Pins

Big Savings Start in 4 Days

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This Cyber Monday, save 30% on hotel rooms on select dates at hundreds of participating hotels

Starting on Cyber Monday, December 1, 2014 at 12:00AM EST, visit Marriott.com and book your stay in a participating hotel and you’ll save 30%. Offer valid for stays between January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2015.  Stays must be booked before 3:00AM EST on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Hey Insiders,

 

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

 

I’m really excited to share updates that are coming to the Insiders community. Many of these updates are items we have all been collectively talking about for some time now, so I hope you’ll share in my excitement!

 

In the next couple of months, expect to see the below changes come to MRI:

 

Hotel Reviews

The Insiders website will undergo maintenance to completely remove the Hotel Reviews section from the community. This is due to Verified Ratings and Reviews now appearing on hotel websites (more info on that here: Verified Ratings and Reviews Launching on Marriott.com).  As has been discussed, if you have something to share about a particular property, start a Discussion around it, rather than leave a Review.

 

Blog Activity

I know this is something many of you have wanted for a while now! Blog posts will be updated to behave just like Discussion posts in the Recent Content Widget. Blog posts will appear in the content list based on the time of the last comment (so they will resurface when there is a new comment made), and the name next to the post in the Recent Content Widget will belong to the most recent commenter.

 

Updated Insiders Homepage

I’ve been working hard on a redesign of the Insiders homepage. I’m happy to say that the updated, refreshed homepage will be live in the next couple of months! I don’t want to give too much away, but I focused on four main areas in the redesign: refresh the content, make it more intuitive to navigate through, highlight Rewards program news and give more prominence to member blogs. I’ll be sharing a more detailed post on the redesign where I’ll include screenshots so you can see what it will look like. I can’t wait to share it with you and hear your feedback!

 

I’m sure some of your Thanksgiving travels have already started and I hope you enjoy your week with your families!

Hey Insiders,


When disaster hits and help arrives, knowing that someone cares is almost as comforting as the food and relief supplies they bring. And when you support the American Red Cross and the IFRC, you’re one of those who truly cares.


By donating points to help people weather life’s storms, you’ll join Marriott hotels and associates who support the American Red Cross and IFRC by contributing to disaster relief efforts, participating in blood drives, and raising funds for local programs around the world. 


Here are few ways that these organizations make a difference:

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The American Red Cross is one of the nation’s premier emergency preparedness and response organizations, providing help and comfort to people facing devastating crises. Through a network of chapters across the country, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters big and small and helps people prepare for and respond to emergencies.


Here are some examples of assistance they've provided:

  • Blood transfusions to help a young child recover from brain surgery in Oregon
  • Shelter to a mother and her family following an apartment fire in New York
  • Emergency services to tornado survivors in Kansas
  • Reuniting a Sudanese refugee with his mother after 21 years in Virginia

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You can help the American Red Cross serve communities across the U.S. by Donating points to the American Red Cross »

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's most far-reaching humanitarian organization, with a network of 17 million volunteers in 189 countries. The IFRC’s diverse expertise and longstanding community presence allows them to provide services from battling epidemics in Haiti to assisting war refugees in the Ukraine.


Here are some recent examples of assistance they’ve provided:

  • Delivering babies of Syrian refugees in a new maternity center in Jordan
  • Providing education in the aftermath of the Leyte typhoon in the Philippines
  • Helping families across Bosnia and Herzegovina recover from devastating floods
  • Developing a mobile app to report emergencies in Peru

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You can help the IFRC serve communities around the world by Donating points to the IFRC »

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