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Expanding the feature to more properties could enable hotel companies to boost the percentage of their direct bookings and cut distribution costs.
Sales representatives will work more closely with travel professionals to better delineate Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis hotels, following Marriott International's $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
CEO Arne Sorenson said that only 16% of the combined 85 million Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty members belonged to both programs, giving the company an opportunity to gain substantial incremental business.
"It is impractical and heartless to think that we will evict all these people. Let's find a way to let them live their lives productively," Arne Sorenson wrote in an open letter on his LinkedIn page.
The world's largest hotel company forecasted that fourth-quarter revenue per available room (RevPAR) wouldn't change much from a year earlier, and that next year's RevPAR would rise about 1%.
Helping guests stay healthy and stick to their wellness routines is part of the resort's new initiatives.
The job cuts are slated to take place during the first two weeks of January.
Marriott hasn't had a hotel in Greece since 2013, when the Athens Ledra stopped operating as a Marriott after an expiring contract wasn't renewed.
The refit of all 650 guestrooms will be wrapped up Nov. 10; many of the rooms are already bookable.
Through the Sabre-powered website, wholesalers can access hotel rates they can use to craft vacation packages.