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Marriott Vacation Club Announces Reservations Start For Proposed New Resort In Costa Rica

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott Vacation Club — a global industry leader in Vacation Ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) — announced today that reservations will commence for its proposed resort in Costa Rica, Marriott Vacation Club at Los Sueños, for occupancy in January 2021. This resort will be the first in Central America for Marriott Vacation Club and will offer 24 spacious two-bedroom lock-off villas. The villas are located within the exclusive, 1,110-acre, master planned community of Los Sueños Resort and Marina and within the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort complex. Marriott Vacation Club at Los Sueños is expected to be available through the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program as an exchange option and also to be available for guest rentals through MarriottVacationClub.com. Timeshare sales for Marriott Vacation Club at Los Sueños are planned to launch in January 2021.

“We are excited to offer the highly sought-after destination of Costa Rica to our Owners and guests,” said Brian Miller, president of Vacation Ownership, Marriott Vacations Worldwide. “The villas at this stunning resort will provide the comforts of home with authentic architectural touches that bring the rejuvenating landscape of the region indoors. Additionally, in early spring we plan to debut an innovative sales gallery concept that uniquely complements the area’s natural surroundings while also delivering another important sales distribution center to support our growth strategy.”

Marriott Vacation Club Owners and guests will enjoy access to amenities found at the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, including an expansive free-form pool that winds through the resort, a sprawling beach, the Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat, illuminated tennis courts, mini golf, the Tortuga Kids Club, and five restaurants, including Hacienda Kitchen that showcases the traditional flavors of Costa Rica. Also located within the Los Sueños Resort and Marina is the La Iguana Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course nestled among the tropical landscape of the lush Green Coast and the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. For Owners and guests who want to explore the welcoming local culture and shopping options, the Marina Village features a 200-slip marina, waterfront restaurants, shops, and services all within walking distance of Marriott Vacation Club at Los Sueños.

And for Owners and guests who want to experience a true Costa Rican vacation, unforgettable adventures await. Whether it’s exploring nearby Jaco — an energetic beach town known for its outstanding surfing, restaurants, bars, and boutique shopping — or marveling in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park — with its beaches, casual forest trails, and dense rainforests — each family member will cherish the memories of this ideal vacation experience. And for those looking for the perfect catch, renowned sport fishing is just a few minutes away. The nearby coastline is home to some of the best offshore marlin fishing in the world.  

The resort is being developed by a partnership of CPG Hospitality and Enjoy Group, two of

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Marriott, Tacoma, jewelry store, apartments, open

The long-awaited Marriott Tacoma Downtown opened Wednesday.

Located at 1538 Commerce St., the hotel is next door to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

The News Tribune reported that the hotel has 22 floors and 304 guest rooms.

BIRD UP AT NEW JEWELRY STORE

The Purple Peacock has opened a permanent location in Point Ruston at 5103 N. Main St.

According to its website, the business offers jewelry, furniture, home décor and gifts.

It will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MORE APARTMENTS OPEN AT POINT RUSTON

The Village on Main apartments have opened their doors at Point Ruston.

Located at 5020 Main St. in Tacoma, the apartments are advertised as being pet friendly and with underground parking availability.

In post on social media, the locations are listed as actively leasing and available for tours.

Chase Hutchinson is the reporter for The Peninsula Gateway. He previously covered art and culture for The News Tribune as well as writing film reviews. He got his start in journalism at The Puget Sound Trail, the college paper of the University of Puget Sound from where he graduated.

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Laid-off Marriott Copley workers protest outside hotel

Workers who recently lost their jobs at the Boston Marriott Copley Place demonstrated in front of the hotel Friday, demanding that management provide full severance pay and reinstate them when business returns. The hotel, the second largest in Boston, reopened in August and laid off about half its staff — 230 workers and 30 managers — in September, according to Unite Here Local 26, the hospitality workers union that has been helping the non-union workers. Workers’ severance pay was capped at 10 weeks, instead of the previous 26, and they were told they could reapply for their jobs as new employees when demand rises.



text, whiteboard: Laid-off Marriott Copley hotel workers protested in front of the Copley Square hotel Friday.


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Laid-off Marriott Copley hotel workers protested in front of the Copley Square hotel Friday.

Marriott Copley general manager Alan Smith, who previously noted that the hotel has experienced “unprecedented business impact,” told the Globe: “We respect the right to demonstrate.”

Many hotels have reopened around Boston, but business is bleak. Occupancy rates are hovering around 25 percent on average, and an estimated 8,000 hotel workers are still unemployed.

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Accord Real Estate – Vacation Rentals Has Been Selected As A New Rental Manager For Homes & Villas By Marriott International

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Fort Myers, FL – November 19th, 2020 – Accord Real Estate – Vacation Rentals announced they have been selected by Homes and Villas by Marriott International as a new rental manager in SW Florida. Homes & Villas offers premium home rentals to their more than 140 million members in its travel program, Marriott Bonvoy.  These extraordinary, curated options are included among its 30 hotel brands and more than 12,000+ home rental properties.

Homes & Villas by Marriott International will feature the company’s properties in the Fort Myers/Sanibel market including many adjacent to the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. Additionally, members of Marriott Bonvoy will earn points for each stay and can use points towards their stay in Accord rentals.

‘We’re excited to be one of only a few property management companies in Southwest Florida chosen to be part of this amazing program. It really gives travelers the best of both worlds they can stick with a travel brand that they trust while getting the convenience and space of a larger unit, said Scott Lodde, president of Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. ‘Our properties have all been thoroughly vetted by the Homes & Villas’s trusted team to ensure the homes are up to Marriott’s standards of management, quality, design, safety and service.

Some of the hallmarks of Homes & Villas program and properties, which will be adopted by Accord include:

  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Consistent Safety Standards
  • 24/7 support and check-in
  • Contactless check-in
  • Superior cleaning protocols
  • Premium bed linens and towels
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Child-friendly items upon request, such as highchairs and travel cribs

Launched in May 2019, Homes & Villas by Marriott International marks Marriott International’s entrance into the home rental space, now offering travelers access to 12,000+ premium and luxury homes located in over 225 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Latin America. This curated selection of homes aims to connect travelers to thousands of rental properties around the world and sets the stage for guests’ most treasured travel moments – home-cooked dinners with extended family, romantic getaways or celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary with family and friends.

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Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is a real estate and rental management company located in Fort Myers, Florida. They manage short-term vacation and seasonal rentals, many of which are located in the Marriott Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa. As a family-owned and operated business, Accord specializes in customer service, paying great attention to detail and maximizing the comfort of each of their guests.

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New Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel is open

The lobby of the new Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel. The 304-room hotel officially opened Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

The lobby of the new Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel. The 304-room hotel officially opened Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

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Wednesday morning marked a landmark launch in downtown Tacoma with the opening of the new Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel next to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

“We’re officially open,” said Ben Osgood, general manager of the hotel. “We’ve signed all the documents and the doors are open.”

Osgood spoke to The News Tribune not long after the official 9 a.m. opening.

There was no pomp and circumstance with a large crowd of officials to mark the start, given that Pierce County is now awash in its third surge of COVID-19 cases in the pandemic.

“It’s a little quiet, to say the least,” Osgood said. “But …. we are receiving reservations as we speak.”

For tourism officials, that’s good news.

“This is a big day for Pierce County, and we’re excited to officially welcome Marriott Tacoma Downtown into the Tacoma hotel community,” said Dean Burke, president and CEO of Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier Tourism and Sports, via email Wednesday.

Adapting to change

The hotel, with 22 floors and 304 guest rooms, has been a goal for the city since the convention center’s completion in 2004.

The site’s groundbreaking on Aug. 8, 2017, was arranged with the help of a feng shui expert, focused on every celebratory detail down to the date itself to instill good luck on the project.

Fast forward to 2020: Attention to detail now is focused on providing safe service in a pandemic.

Opening plans called for what Osgood describes as a “big pivot” following Gov. Jay Inslee’s new orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Really, the biggest change that we had to pivot on just in the last three, four days is we are unfortunately unable to open our restaurant,” Osgood said.

Staff had trained for weeks planning for a thriving indoor dining scene.

Instead, guests now can experience a revamped room service with quick turnaround time.

“Our interim dining program … it’s not the traditional room service that you would expect where you get to your room and, an hour and a half after you order, your food shows up on the big metal plate (with) all the fancy dinnerware,” Osgood said.

“This is more on demand, a la carte experience that will be delivered to your room or available for grab and go in the lobby within 15 minutes of your order. So it’s hot and fresh. It competes with your fast casual restaurants. Everything’s in compostable packaging. It’s a really good program, and it keeps it actually very affordable for the guest.”

Other amenities for now are either scaled down or temporarily off-limits, such as the pool, spa and fitness center.

Cleaning, air filtration

Cleaning, another big issue top of mind with guests trying to avoid COVID-19, follows a pandemic protocol.

“Basically, anything that can’t be sanitized in the guest room is removed.,” Osgood said, “and available by request only.

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Marriott Copley terminates half its staff; thousands of hotel workers unemployed around Boston

The hotel industry has taken a beating during the pandemic, nowhere more so than in Boston. Through September, Boston-area hotels had the largest declines in occupancy, average daily rate, and revenue per available room — the three major metrics of hotel performance — of any major metropolitan area in the country this year, according to the hospitality data company STR.

Many hotels have reopened, but business is bleak. Occupancy rates are hovering around 25percent in the Boston area, on average, and an estimated 8,000 hotel workers are still unemployed. The city’s largest property, the Sheraton Boston Hotel, near the Hynes Convention Center, is still closed, as is the former Taj Boston (set to reopen as the Newbury Boston) and the Ritz-Carltonon Avery Street. The hotel at the Encore Boston Harbor casino reopened in July but closed in November following new restrictions on operating hours.

Given the drop-off in demand, it’s not surprising hotels aren’t bringing back many employees. Unite Here Local 26, which represents hospitality workers, estimates that only 1,000 of its 6,600 hotel members are back at work. But not offering Marriott Copley workers — who aren’t part of the union — a chance to get their jobs back is “completely unacceptable,” said Local 26 president Carlos Aramayo.

More than 230 workers — some of whom have been at the hotel for more than three decades — and about 30 managers were terminated by the Marriott Copley, according to Local 26 estimates, and a group of employees recently sent the company a letter demanding that they be first in line for their jobs once demand returns and that they receive one week of severance pay for every year of service, in line with past practices. (Current offers were capped at 10weeks, instead of the previous 26.)

“They feel that they’ve been thrown out on the street, effectively, in the middle of this crisis,” Aramayo said.

The Marriott Copley Place’s general manager, Alan Smith, said the hotel is available to address employees’ questions and provide support. “Our hotel has experienced unprecedented business impact due to the pandemic,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Throughout this timeframe, we have maintained open communications with our valued employees. Many are now reviewing severance offers, which are competitive within the industry.”

Tchoumi, the concierge attendant, was offered eight weeks of severance for her 17 years of service. She is the only source of income for her family, she said, and her unemployment is about to run out; the rental income from her family’s house in Lynn has also disappeared because their tenants can’t pay. Continuing to send money to her family in Cameroon, where a civil war is raging, is out of the question.

“I am left with nothing — no job and barely enough money to survive,” said Tchoumi, whose son also lost his job setting up meetings at the hotel; her husband retired in January after 18 years of working banquets there. “They told us we were all a family. That is not

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Marriott Executive Says Buyers Are Spending More Time Than Ever In Their Vacation Homes

Dana Jacobsohn, senior vice president of residential development at Marriott International, oversees all aspects of the branded residential units of Marriott International, including Ritz- Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Edition, Bulgari, JW Marriott, Marriott, St. Regis, W, Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton, Autograph, Tribute, and Le Meridien.

These types of hotel residences have continued to be popular all over the world since the start of the pandemic, with known brands proving to be safer bets for people during uncertain times, Ms. Jacobsohn said. And with people using their vacation homes more than ever before, many buyers who already own these branded residences are spending more time in them than they ever planned to.

We talked to the Maryland-based Ms. Jacobsohn about what’s on buyers’ wishlists, the importance of high-quality service, and more.

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Mansion Global: Do you think branded residences will fare better than others sectors in this downturn?

Dana Jacobsohn: There’s been an unprecedented impact on hotels. But we are still seeing steady interest return even in that sector.

The biggest surprise to me is that branded residences are more resilient than other types of real estate. My team is as busy, if not busier, than ever. Customers, more than ever, see the benefit of our brand. We’re also seeing strong velocity of sales. People have the desire to have another residence, and they’re not spending as much time on the road.

And buyers have also gotten very comfortable with virtual tours. They know that the projects are going to be extraordinarily high quality. Especially with brands like the St. Regis and the Ritz- Carlton.

The buyers know that our brands are professionally managed, and that makes the buying decision easier and makes them more confident.

The vast majority are buying second, third or fourth homes, but people are spending a lot more time in these homes. Now many of our owners are staying for months at a time.

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MG: How do you make sure that the residences properly pay homage to that brand?

DJ: Whether we have a co-located branded residence or a standalone property that doesn’t have a hotel component, either type of residence is completely aligned with the hotel brand standard. It’s not as if we have different sets of rules. The training is the same, and it feels the same whether you’re in a St. Regis hotel or residence. What may happen in a residence is the team members may know you better and your family better, and can offer an even higher level of service.

MG: Are the services the same as a hotel?

DJ: If you’re in a co-located, of course you’re getting access to all facilities and amenities—the spa, pool, and you can order in-room dining and get housekeeping services.

But the business model that we’ve also grown is the standalone business, with no co-located hotel. That’s one of the fastest growing

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New Marriott Hotel by KEF Airport

The new Marriott Courtyard hotel.

The new Marriott Courtyard hotel.

A new 150-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel opened by Keflavík International Airport in early October,


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reports. Since then, the bulk of the guests have been US soldiers, but the hotel is open to all customers.

We reported in August that a hotel had just been

shipped from China

, and that’s the one that has now opened – made of 78 steel units.

“The operation has gone well during a tough economic situation,” Hotel Director Hans Prins reports. The price is very reasonable, given the quality. The Courtyard Hotels are four-star hotels and among Marriott’s 30 brands.”

“The location is essential,” Hans states. “It plays an important role in how well we’ve performed the first month, and it will play a part in our success in the future. There certainly is need for such a hotel in the area.”

He is optimistic about the future. “I’m very optimistic. The number of foreign tourists will increase again,” he states.

Hans is a Dutchman who has been in the hotel business for 35 years. This is the fifth hotel he opens for Marriott in Europe. Before working for Marriott, where he’s been since 2015, he worked for Corinthia Hotels in St. Petersburg and before that for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Russia.

“Coming to Iceland felt like home right away,” he states. “The people are very friendly, and the nature is beautiful. I see a great opportunity for the hotel in Iceland.”

Hans is happy to be living in Reykjanesbær and used to living far away from big cities, having been brought up on a farm.

“One of the reasons I accepted this project is my desire to see Reykjanesbær and Keflavík prosper. This hotel will have a positive impact on the community. I have worked in big cities where a single hotel doesn’t make all the difference, but it makes a difference for Reykjanesbær to have the hotel in business,” he concludes.

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Marriott reports third-quarter profit as leisure travel improves

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Marriott gains as hotels rebound

Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International on Friday reported a surprise third-quarter profit, helped by cost cuts and a near doubling of occupancy rates in its North American hotels from the previous quarter as leisure travel rebounded on easing novel coronavirus curbs.

While international travel continues to be affected because of border restrictions in many countries, travel within nations has picked up and resulted in a recovery in occupancy rates for hotel chains.

Marriott, which owns the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton brands, said 94 percent of its hotels around the world had resumed operations.

Occupancy rates in North America, Marriott’s biggest market, rose to 37 percent in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from 19.6 percent in the second quarter. The company said business and group travel were recovering more slowly.

Greater China was Marriott’s best-performing market in the reported quarter, as occupancy rates jumped to 61.4 percent from 35.5 percent in the second quarter.

Earlier this week, smaller rival Hilton Worldwide also said it had seen a gradual improvement in demand from a pandemic-induced slump after cost cuts helped the company post a surprise quarterly profit.

— Reuters

HEALTH INDUSTRY

Karen Lynch chosen as new head of CVS

CVS Health named Karen Lynch as its next chief executive, putting a seasoned insurance executive in place to succeed the health-care giant’s longtime leader Larry Merlo.

The shift in leadership reflects how CVS has further evolved under Merlo’s direction from a pharmacy chain into a health conglomerate that sells insurance coverage, administers drug-benefit plans, and offers care, including novel coronavirus testing. Lynch, 57, joined CVS in 2018 when it bought Aetna, where she was widely seen as a likely successor to CEO Mark Bertolini.

Lynch will become one of the most high-profile female executives in the business world, leading a company with a market value of more than $80 billion. Her appointment will be effective Feb. 1, 2021.

Merlo, 64, became CEO in 2011 and molded CVS into a health-industry bellwether. He joined the company in 1990 when it bought Peoples Drug, and worked his way up through the retail ranks to the top post. In his nine years at the helm, CVS has expanded its number of stores to 9,900, along the way acquiring Aetna in 2018 for $68 billion.

Like many health-care companies, CVS has been challenged by the coronavirus pandemic. However, some of those pressures have eased, and CVS boosted its outlook for the year on Friday after posting stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings.

— Bloomberg News

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Insurer American International Group said on

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Marriott Returns to Profitability as Travel Demand Improved in Summer

Marriott International Inc. turned a profit for the September quarter after posting a loss for the previous quarter, as travel demand improved from lows earlier in the pandemic.

“While Covid-19 is still significantly impacting our business, our results for the third quarter showed continued improvement in demand trends around the world,” Chief Executive Arne Sorenson said Friday.

The world’s largest hotel operator posted a third-quarter profit of $100 million, or 31 cents a share, compared with a profit of $387 million, or $1.16 a share, in the same quarter last year. The company recorded a $234 million loss for the second quarter, its second-largest quarterly loss.

Adjusted earnings were 6 cents a share, ahead of the 8 cents a share adjusted loss analysts polled by FactSet were expecting. Impairment charges related to Covid-19 hurt profit by $24 million after tax, it said.

During the July-to-September period, travel demand rose from the rock bottom of March and April as various parts of the world relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. Marriott said it notched gains from the mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan region, which experienced the first wave of coronavirus infections.

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