Marriott International has recently invested in travel activity price comparison platform Placepass, enabling travellers to choose from the website’s more than 100,000 travel experiences in some 800 destinations globally when they book through the hotel group’s website or Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programme website.
These additional experiences will be offered in addition to Marriott’s existing activities available through its loyalty programmes, including SPG’s Moments and Marriott Rewards’ Experiences Marketplace. According to the hotel group, last year more than 6,000 travel experiences including music, sports, cuisine and culture were redeemed via its Experiences Marketplace.
“The addition of Placepass activities and tours beginning later this year reflects Marriott’s commitment to giving our guests a complete travel experience, whether they are in planning mode, staying in our hotels and even in-between stays when they’re thinking about travel,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott’s global chief commercial officer.
Among the standout activities available are VIP visits to filming locations of British TV series Downton Abbey, wrestling with a retired sumo wrestler in Tokyo, and dune exploration by camel or 4×4 vehicle in Dubai.
“Together with Marriott, we will connect guests to great experiences so they make the most of their travels, connect with locals, and discover the world in new ways,” said Placepass co-founder and chief brand officer, Emily Bernard.
Marriott currently operates more than 6,000 properties in 122 countries and lays claim to the world’s largest collection of luxury properties.