March 5, 2013 |
Ikea is heading deeper into the hospitality industry, partnering with Marriott International Inc. to open 150 budget hotels in Europe over the next decade. Ikea's Inter Hospitality Holding, part of the Swedish furniture giant's property division, and Marriott plan to launch the first Moxy Hotel in Milan early next year. The hope is to have 50 sites in development within five years, owned initially by Inter and operated by franchisees. With 150 to 300 rooms each, the hotels are expected to open in major cities in Germany, Britain, Italy, Denmark and more and will fall into the economy-tier, three-star hospitality segment, the companies said.
January 31, 2013 |
The Hyatt Regency brand is coming back to downtown L.A. The Marriott at 3rd and Figueroa streets will be renamed the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown in May. The hotel at 333 S. Figueroa St. started life in 1983 as a luxury Sheraton Grande and later became the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. The Marriott was foreclosed , and China-based Shenzhen New World Group Co. bought it in 2010. It ceased carrying the Marriott name in August and has been operating as the independent LA Hotel Downtown . The aging hotel has been undergoing a $20-million renovation for more than a year to bring it up to Hyatt standards, a spokeswoman said.
January 28, 2013 |
One of the nation's leading gay-rights advocacy groups, the Human Rights Campaign, has formed a coalition of major companies calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It's no surprise, of course, that the HRC in Washington would use its considerable clout to organize big businesses to fight DOMA, the law that excludes recognition of same-sex marriages. What will be a surprise to many is that one of the first companies to join the effort was Marriott International Inc., which was founded by a devout Mormon, John Willard Marriott.
October 30, 2012 |
JW Marriott Resorts have a little something extra for holiday visitors: a $100 credit to spend during their stay. The deal is good at resorts in Tucson, Orlando, Fla., San Antonio and other venues and lasts until the end of January. The deal: The offer, called the Holiday $100 Resort Credit, doesn't go live until Nov. 1 and requires a two-night minimum stay. Extra days score an additional $50 resort credit that can be used for dining, a round of golf or on spa treatments. I like this deal because it's good at resorts in the West, including three in Arizona, one in Las Vegas and another in Palm Desert, Calif.
September 20, 2012 |
Set in South Dakota near the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in 1899, nine years after the Massacre of Wounded Knee, the film "West of Thunder" is a strangely earnest revenge picture, a kindhearted Western with its fair share of killing. A stranger named Henry Seed (Dan Davies, also the film's co-writer) arrives in a small town and soon begins knocking off residents with what seems an almost mystical power. Seed turns the injustices suffered by the natives back onto the settlers, acting as a righteous defender of the people who have been shunted off to their reservation.
September 2, 2012 |
BOSTON - As he gave his acceptance address at the Republican National Convention last week, Mitt Romney for the first time gave America an intimate look at the role that his Mormon faith has played in his life and how his work in the church as a pastor helped shape him. When Romney and his wife, Ann, attended church Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H., his close friend J.W. Marriott (who is known as “Bill”) offered a bookend to that discussion - testifying during the service about how the spotlight on Romney this week had cast the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a positive light and had drawn welcome attention to good works of the church.