5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 7, 2016 6:09 PM by pluto77 RSS

Research Firm's thoughts on future Marriott Brands

erc Platinum
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Here's an interesting take (well, at least to me, long time Marriott loyalist )  by Skift on the different Marriott/Starwood brands and what might occur in the future.

Who is Skift? (from their web site)

Skift is the largest industry intelligence platform providing MEDIA, INSIGHTS and MARKETING to key sectors of travel.

HERE is what we do: Skift DECIPHERS and DEFINES global travel trends.

HERE is who we do it for: MARKETERS, STRATEGISTS and TECHNOLOGISTS in the global travel industry.

 

https://skift.com/2016/09/21/every-one-of-marriotts-30-hotel-brands-explained/

  
  Glance through to your favorite brand and see if you agree. Marriott has been on record of late, especially after Hilton came out and claimed their distinctive brand identities, of working on fine tuning brand distinctiveness;
  

   Here’s what Marriott’s Global Brand Officer, Tina Edmundson, told Skift last month, a little over two weeks after Marriott inherited 11 of Starwood’s brands: “… In any industry, when you have 30 brands, you’re bound to have brands that occupy the same swim lane, if you will. We are doing work as we speak to solve some of those riddles.”
  
  Some highlights of the Skift article; (remember, these are their thoughts - it hasn't happened)
 
Autograph, Luxury, and Tribute being rolled into one brand
 
  LeMeridien and Renaissance being combined
 
  Marriott, of course remaining Marriott, but needing more differentiation from Westin and Sheraton. The Charlotte M Beta hotel may be very, very meaningful to the future.
  
Marriott Executive Apartments - possible combo with Element to take on Airbnb and HomeAway/VRBO
  
  Delta - "nothing exciting about this utilitarian Canadian brand"
 
  Four Points - possible roll up into large footprint (and quite profitable) Courtyard
 
  Residence Inn - millennials man, millennials. Work-life balance and lobby socializing. Bring on the Mix, roll in the food trucks. Skift says currently RI has a reputation for loneliness and airport office parks. Hey, we could all use some jazzier locations. Like I say to my millennial contacts (and I have several, courtesy of baseball and millennial daughters), "see how many digital friends help you move".

 

  
  

(For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Research Firm's thoughts on future Marriott Brands
    seatexan Platinum
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    Info overload awesomeness!

     

    I thought that Autograph and The Lux Collection might merge at some point too.

     

    I didn't even know about Tribute... Guess that one might roll into Autograph as well.

     

    LOL poor Delta!

     

    I don't know about AC Hotels. There is one in Nola...and after bejacob did a review on one, stark and dorm like... I am not sure I want to hang out there.  I think it was missing a dresser???

     

    I will be trying out an Aloft brand next year in Munich... My sister said it was like a dorm room after staying in one and she didn't like it.  I decided on it b/c it was in a better location than any of the Marriotts AND FREE laundry!!! so important! Mainly the location and free laundry sold me.  I can deal with dorm for 2 nights for that. 

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Research Firm's thoughts on future Marriott Brands
      erc Platinum
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      Good read SeaTexan way to stay on your toes.

       

      I'm tellin' ya, as Norm of Cheers said, "it's a dog eat dog world and we're wearing milk bone shorts". 

       

      Marriott tweaks the language of MegaBonus registration, policies like late checkout and upgrades are property by property, the ever challenging I.T. issues in tracking points, benefits and stays, and now, the introduction of dynamic targeted offers (to specific groups, fine; changing by the day - ouch) we have to be informed or we're going to miss out on opportunities.

       

      Wait till all the folks who were tickled pink about the upcoming Let's Get Connected deals try to grab one of the ten vs. 90+ million competitors, and find The Machine goes on the blitz (ask pluto77) oh baby, fun time had by all .

       

      Keep on keepin' on - Insiders, don't leave home without it.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Research Firm's thoughts on future Marriott Brands
      iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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      SeaTexan,

       

      If your Munich hotel is a spot to spend the night before a plane ride across the pond home you might want to check out the former Kempinski Munich Airport which is now Munich Hotels | Hilton Munich Airport | Munich, BY.  The place if outstanding right in the midst of the airport, a 2 minute walk to the terminal, 2 minute walk to the trains to downtown and with a little shopping village right there as well.  We stayed there twice and both times and loved the rooms as well as the entire hotel.

       

      After reading about the Aloft it certainly does not sound like the JW Downtown here in H-Town, only concern about the MUC Hilton might be if they'd redone the rooms from the Kempinski.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: Research Firm's thoughts on future Marriott Brands
        seatexan Platinum
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        Oh that looks great! and a perfect location if I were flying out.  Do they have free laundry???

         

        Aloft is close to the train station, a Beer Garden and Marienplatz.  I'll be headed to Salzburg by train.  I was going to go back to Munich after a few days in Salzburg and fly back to London but Salzburg has an airport and I can get to Gatwick for pretty darn cheep!

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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